Vintage Model Yacht Group to visit us

August 27, 2006 at 4:58 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

October 1st will see the Vintage Model Yacht Group visit the Long Pond at Clapham. The groups fleet include class racing yachts that date back to the 1880s, as well as non class sailing models and commercial toys from a bygone era. Usually the VMYG and ourselves arrange dates when Clapham members wouldn’t normally be racing. However on this occasion Clapham’s Chairman has agreed to waive our priority, as the VMYG especially asked for October 1st. Members of Clapham will still be racing their International One Metre yachts, and the joint meeting should provide something to interest anyone curious about model yachts.

20th August – 6M

August 20, 2006 at 5:38 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

What a great day of racing!

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Conditions were almost perfect today for racing on the Long Pong, and the members who turned up enjoyed close racing, race after race. The wind was a constant force 3 running down the pond at a slight angle. In all, six 6M Class yachts made it to the line for the mornings racing. An early lead was taken by Jack won the majority of races in the morning, closely followed by Graham sailing the chairman’s second boat. During the tea break we experimented with a different start line that would give these larger yachts a clear run for the line, on both port and starboard tack. Before the change, the start line was between the leeward mark and the shore, so there was usually a hustle to start on starboard, in the wind shadow caused by the helms on shore.
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2nd in the Vane A Class Nationals for Mark Dicks

August 12, 2006 at 5:31 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Our congratulations go to Clapham Member Mark Dicks, who with the help of his son Joshua, sailed “Nexus” into second place in the Vane A Class National Championships. The Championships were hosted by Gosport Model Yacht Club from 29th July – 4th Aug with over 20 Yachts from around the UK taking part. On the Wednesday, 22 yachts raced for the Yachting Monthly Cup. The cup which stand almost 2 feet high was first raced for in 1926, and 80 years later the same up is being closely raced for.

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Mark Dick tuning Nexus during the Yachting Monthly Cup

Welcome to the Clapham Model Yacht Club

August 11, 2006 at 10:46 am | Posted in News | 1 Comment

Nestling on the edge of Clapham Common, just meters away from the long pond is The Clapham Model Yacht Club. The club has been sailing here since it was founded in 1882. Our small but perfectly formed clubhouse was built by members in 1946 and is the idea place for a cuppa between races. Started for racing wind vane yachts, we now only race Radio Controlled yachts on the first and third Sunday of each month

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