Winter Calendar 2020/21 – various meetings from mid October through to the end of April 2021 has been added.
Please note; members cannot just turn up and plonk a boat on the water at any listed meetings, you must be pre-booked via the Club Secretary. All other times members are free to use the lake dawn to dusk but the rescue boat will not be available.
Winter Series & the “rule of 6”
Until further notice the club will continue to follow the Governments guidance with a limit of 6 persons being present at each meeting. This has meant a complete rethink on how we could return to running any point scoring Winter Series for IOM Yachts and Fast Electric (Mini Mono & Mini Hydro) classes. After some considerable effort each section has come up with its own format/system which is the fairest and best suited so all those who wish to enter can do so while keeping to our clubs Covid 19 policy and the limit of 6 at all times.
IOM Yachts; the club has developed a CHMS (Covid Heat Management System) which is run as a league with skippers being promoted/demoted dependent on their previous results. It does mean a single round has to run over several meetings but it is fair for all with anyone having an equal chance to win a round and the overall series. The full rules can be found on the “One Meter Yachts” page.
Fast Electric (FE); the Winter Series will have 6 rounds with drivers being selected to attend 5 of them so all get a chance to race each other. The class rules for Mini Mono RTR and Mini Hydro remain exactly the same as before, but more-often-than-not the 6 boats will have to run in 2 heats of 3. Additional measures will be in place with the wearing of face masks and disposable gloves for those doing the Lap Counting and timing the races.
Small Yacht Section (SYS); despite the best efforts it was not possible to find a suitable point scoring system in part due to a lack of suitable persons to use the Rescue Boat but also because there are two classes which are raced as one fleet but scored separately. The CHMS could not be used and it was impossible to find another fair way to run it.
The section will continue to meet by-weekly through the winter months with skippers being drawn to decide who will attend each time.
Scale/others; from time-to-time the Club will run one-off free sail/scale meetings for those who do not have a IOM, SYS or FE boat and would just like to “float their boat”. These will be run ad-hoc when the weather forecast for a Sunday is looking good. Members will be informed via email/Facebook, if more than 6 wish to attend a draw will take place.
No smoking within the cordon areas at Apex – the Committee asks that members please do not smoke or vape while standing within the cordon areas at Apex. As a consideration to other members now we are all required to stand in one place by the 2M spaced cones.
AGM moves to Jan 2021 – the Committee have decided to postpone the AGM which was due to be held in a few weeks and instead hold it on Monday 11th January 2021. Exactly what form it will take will be decided closer to the time dependent upon what restrictions/guidance are in place. Outside everything regarding Covid 19 which is ongoing and very fluid, there are no pressing matters for an AGM which cannot wait until January. The club’s finances are in very good shape. All the current Committee members have agreed to continue in their current posts.
more club meetings for Sept/early Oct – more meeting have been added running through Sept into early Oct, see the Calendar page for details. A reminder the maximum entry for all these meetings remains at 6 and you must pre-book at least 24 hours before the start time. I will confirm at least 12 hours beforehand if you have been drawn to attend. See Covid 19 Policy page for details on how to do this.
It’s been good to see some members out for the first time since lockdown started. Unfortunately, a club like ours falls slightly between the gap in the government’s guidelines on outdoor gatherings, but this matter is being addressed – we just have to be patient for now. The most important thing is that all our meetings continue to follow the appropriate guidelines and that they are being run in the safest possible way. If you have attended any of our meetings during this new era, I’m sure you’ll agree that has been the case.
To make things slightly easier from now on we will be putting out yellow disc cones at 2M spacing on the ground within our cordon areas, you will be asked to stand by these while operating you boat.
more club meetings in August – the club has extended the meetings held at Apex through August and have added a couple of late Weds afternoon SYS sessions. See the Calendar page for dates/times.
Please note; all meetings are limited to 6 attending and you must pre-book, see Covid-19 Policy & Meeting Dates page for info on how to do this.
The first 4 club meetings since the lockdown have all gone very well, more meetings will be added soon. Don’t forget until further notice ALL club meetings are pre-book only. Individual members may use the lake but see “Covid-19 Policy & Meeting Dates” page for guidelines and details on the steps you must follow.
Scale & “other” boats at the lake – half a dozen members enjoyed a very pleasant evening last night (Weds 22nd July) with a variety of models on the water, including some 3D printed and one powered by a solar panel!
Thanks to Daron & Mark for the photos;
IOM yachting & Fast Electric sessions return to Apex – last Wednesday night (15th July) five members enjoyed a fast electric test session, then on Sunday morning (19th July) another five were out IOM “friendly” yacht racing. Both meeting went very well with everyone enjoying themselves on lovely sunny days and very glad to out using their boats again.
A few short videos of the FE session is now on the Club’s Youtube channel; SMBC Youtube channel
Return to sailing 2020 – our first meeting since lockdown went very well this morning (11th July), the new system for launch/recovery of the dinghy went very well and the cordon area worked a treat. We had glorious sunshine but not much wind for the small yachts and only 6 allowed to attend – but at least we were back after almost 4 months!
9/7/20 – we are back!!! The Clubs Committee with the assistance of Sedgemoor District Councils Health and Safety Team have agreed upon a suitable Covid-19 Policy and Risk Assessment. This allows individual members to use the lake and the club to hold meetings once again – BUT, there are important conditions attached such as pre-booking and a limit of just 6 members at a time.
DO NOT TAKE YOUR BOAT TO THE LAKE UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE POLICY;
24/6/24 – The Committee have been working very hard behind the scenes to find a reasonably safe way for all of us to return to boating at Apex once again. The park is very popular so we have to consider not only your safety but the public’s as well while keeping to the government guidelines – which have changed a few times! To make matters a little more complicated the water level at Apex has only just returned to its “normal” level. Thankfully, last week’s rain has filled it back up again and we can use all the launch areas.
We hope to have a suitable Covid 19 policy and risk assessment agreed with all parties and in place soon which is safe and practical for our needs. This will set out clearly how any club meetings are to be run so we can mitigate any risk not only for you but other club members and the public. We hope to have some news on this shortly, but for the time being the Committee asks that;
you please do not use the lake even as an individual.
“Sods law” dictates your boat will fail and drift into the left side where it is impossible to recover without our rescue boat – and we currently cannot use it at all until a policy is in place. One thing is for sure, when we do return for club meetings it will not be quite the same again for a while.
More to follow…watch this space!
17/5/20 – All club meetings remain suspended until further notice and nothing has really changed. While the government guidelines on spending time outdoors has been slightly relaxed it does not allow group gatherings of more than 2 persons (unless from the same household) in public areas such as the Apex Park.
We have been asked if individual members can use the lake for a casual sail by themselves. The Committee has discussed this matter and in order to protect club members and the public we recommend that; no club member should use the lake by themselves even as a casual user.
The park is extremely busy every day and maintaining a social distance would be difficult if not impossible at present.
The Committee will review and amend when advice changes.
Members Models – thanks to Mike Hayward who sent in an article and photos on his construction of a 6 metre model yacht “Athene”. This has been added to the Members Models page.
Members Models – thanks to Denzil Moins who sent in photos and an article on his recent build of a 1/250 scale “Titanic” kit. It has been added to the Members Models page.
Club launches its own Youtube Channel – www.youtube.com/user/mljsutton/videos
It has a few videos of various models/events all taken at Apex over the last couple of years. This has been setup by Mark Sutton (many thanks Mark) who has kindly agreed to manage and moderate this for our club. As a Club member you are welcome to include a video but it must be “model boat related”, taken by yourself or by someone who has given permission for it to be used. It does not have to be filmed at Apex. If you have a suitable video please contact Mark but do not attempt send him the video. He will reply to you with an invite to upload it Google Driver. It’s not difficult – even I managed to do it!
Mark’s email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Members Models – a new section has been added which we hope will inspire members to get busy in their workshops and build a model boat during these difficult times. Alan Spencer and Richard Harris have kindly sent in photos with an accompanying articles about their builds. See Members Models page.
If you have built something, anything model boat related and have some photos plus a few words about the build please send them in to me (Russ; email@example.com) and I will be happy to include.
IOM Yacht For Sale – Mike Cooke is selling his “Rocket” boat, see For Sale page.
Malcolm’s Model Auction – the auction finished last weekend and was a huge success! Many thanks everyone who took part. All the winning Bidders have been contacted and once the current restrictions are lifted they will be contacted to make arrangement for their items to be collected/posted.
Malcolm’s wife Peggy and her family have asked me to pass on their sincere gratitude to everyone for taking part and raising so much money. This is very much appreciated.
It is great to see almost all the items have gone to people who knew Malcolm well and his models will remain in the local area.
Online Auction of Malcolm’s Models – an online auction has been set up to sell Malcolm’s models. There are 35 items up for sale all ending at different times/days from midday Wednesday 25th March through to the evening of Friday 27th March.
See Malcolm’s Model Auction for details – happy bidding!
All Club meetings and events suspended until further notice – due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak the Clubs Committee has agreed unanimously to suspend all Sedgemoor Model Boat Club events and meetings until further notice. We have not made this decision lightly but as you will be aware things have suddenly taken a turn for the worse and the advice now is to avoid all gatherings. To be clear that means no club meetings or competition events at the Apex Park for the time being. Our bi-monthly meetings held at the Ritz Social Club are also suspend. Malcolm’s Model sale will not be happening this Sunday but we are looking to auction many items online – more on that to follow.
You may have heard the MYA (Model Yacht Association), SYR (south west small yacht series) have also suspended all their events, plus the Woodsprings MSC have stopped all their competition meetings. It’s a great shame but I hope you’ll understand our decision.
We have to follow the governments guidelines and advice. The health and well-being of all our members is our first and most important priority. We cannot give you a date when our meetings might resume again, nobody knows to be honest. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the guidelines/recommendations.
COVID19 update; obviously, you will all be aware of the COVID-19 virus outbreak and the impact it is having on many events.
The Committee Officers have decided that unless or until the government guidelines change, we will continue to run all our boating meetings as planned.
We recommend all club members consult the latest government advice before deciding to attend any club event; https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Malcolm’s Model Sale, Sun 22nd March (sale from 10.30am, Auction starts 11am) – A reminder the sale and auction of many of Malcolm’s Models, tools and building materials is on this coming Sunday 22nd March at the Apex Park on the grass area above the ramp. Stuff for sale will be put out at 10.30am (first-come-first-severed) other larger items and compete models will be sold via auction starting at 11am. For a full list, photos, starting bid prices see “Malcolm Model Sale” page.
If you cannot attend on the day you can set a maximum price you wish to pay and I will bid for it on your behalf. If no one else bids for the item you’ll get it for the starting price.
IOM Alice Trophy (& Spring Series Rd1) – we held this event in very wet conditions this morning but managed to get in 7 races before we called it quits as we were just too wet! It was very, very close but Nigel Clarke won it scoring 9 points just 1 ahead of John Woodman who tied on 10 points with Richard Aucott. John takes 2nd spot on countback.
Congratulations to Nigel who retains the Alice Trophy.
Fast Electric Winter Series 2019/20 – the final round of the series took place last Sunday. Russ Chilcott won both the Mini Mono RTR and Hydro classes for this round which also secured him a series win for both. See Fast Electric pages for full reports/results.
Congratulations to Russ on winning the Mini Mono RTR & Mini Hydro Winter Series 2019/20
IOM Yacht Winter Series 2019/20 – the final round of the series took place this morning and it was nice and windy for change! Full report and scores are on the IOM pages. Bob Conner won this round but Nigel has won the series overall for the second year running.
Congratulation to Nigel on winning the IOM Winter Series 2019/20
Malcolm’s Model Sale & Auction – on Sun 22nd March 10.30am to 12.30pm we will be holding a sale and auction of many of Malcolm Franks models and tools. Items for sale will be put out at 10.30am with the auction starting at 11am. See “Malcolm’s Model Sale & Auction” page for a full list, info and photos.
Tree branch in lake – the very large tree branch which had broken off and fallen into the lake during recent storms was removed from the water today (thanks to Chris, Kevin, David B, Roy, John B and Russ) cut up and left on the grass by the ramp. The council have been notified and it should be removed shortly.
Calendar updated – the calendar has been updated (version 2) so it now includes all events moved due to recent storms. It also includes “Malcolm’s model sale” on Sunday 22nd March when we will be selling and auctioning many of Malcolm’s models, more details to follow.
Sunday’s Small Yacht 1 Hour Race is OFF due to storm Dennis, it will now take place Sun 28th June.
Sunday meetings CANCELLED – this Sunday 9th February IOM (Rd8), Fast Electric (Rd4) and free sail & scale meetings at Apex have been cancelled due to storm “Ciara” heading our way!
The IOM round is cancelled, so the series is now 8 rounds with the final one two weeks later on 23rd Feb as planned.
The Fast Electric round has been rescheduled and will take place following the IOM in the afternoon of 23rd Feb.
Ritz Social Club meeting – a reminder our next bimonthly meeting to discuss the business side of the club is next Monday 3rd February at the Ritz Social Club, Burnham-on-Sea starting at 7.30pm.
Membership renewal due soon – club membership renewal is due next Saturday 1st February. The fee remains the same at just £15 adult (£20 family). Here is the 2020 form > SMBC Membership form 2020
Please note; you can now via BACS, see form for the bank details. If you do not have a printer see Russ lakeside as he will have spare forms.
Welcome Aboard – Bob Walters who has recently joined our club. Bob is currently building large RAF crash tender and hopes to have it out on the lake shortly.
Welcome to the club Bob.
Malcolm’s funeral update – the wake will be held after the funeral (approx. 5.30pm) at Worlebury Golf Club, Monks Hill, Weston-super-Mare, BS22 9SX. The club has a large car park and is less than 10mins from Crem.
If your satnav offers two routes I would suggest taking the slightly longer one via Spring Hill and Milton Hill to avoid the bottom of Monks Hill as that road is a bit steep and narrow in places.
Welcome aboard – we have two new members who have joined our club this week, David Spicer and Alan Senior.
David has a fleet of vintage yachts, (3 x Alexander’s & Daniels 36R) and Alan a brand new Dragonforce 65 yacht.
Welcome to the club David and Alan
Membership renewal – a reminder club membership renewal is due on 1st Feb. The fee remains the same at just £15 adult (£20 family). Here is the 2020 form > SMBC Membership form 2020 Please note; you can now via BACS, see form for the bank details.
If you do not have a printer see Russ lakeside as he will have spare forms.
Malcolm’s funeral will be held at 4.30pm on Wednesday 22nd January at Weston Crematorium, Ebdon Rd, Weston-super-Mare, BS22 9NY. There will be a wake afterwards at approx. 5.30pm (venue TBC) you are all welcomed to come along and celebrate his life with his family. If you would like to attend the wake please let Russ know so they have a rough idea of the numbers for food.
If you would like to make a donation in Malcolm’s memory the family has asked to please do so to Weston Hospicecare whose staff and volunteers were so wonderful with his end of life care. This can be done via their website; https://www.westonhospicecare.org.uk/make-a-donation or by cheque payable to “Weston Hospicecare” and send to; Supporter Care, Weston Hospicecare, 28 Thornbury Road, Uphill, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4YQ
Malcolm Franks – I’m really sorry to report Malcolm Franks passed away this morning following his battle with cancer. As many of you know he was my best mate, a friend to many in the club and our longest serving Chairman.
I first met Malcolm back in the early 80’s when we both raced I/C power boats at Apex, within a short time we became good friends regularly attending club meetings at home and away. In 1990 he became the Club Chairman, a post he held continuously right up to last October when illness forced him to stand down as he could no longer attend the meetings.
When first in the post he saw the club through some very tricky times with strong characters in the club trying to break it up into various sections. Because he was liked and respected by all you knew him he was able to pull things together, make sure we stayed as one club and was instrumental in seeing it grow from the strength to strength.
When attending model shows and events he didn’t like having to tell the children not to touch the models so decided to build something especially for them. The first of many “Malcolm creations” was an RC controlled dragon followed by an animated Winnie the Pooh rowing a boat and many more all built to withstand a bit of poking from the many excited kids who loved them. He also was a key part of the original “Team Sedgemoor”, a large contingent of club members who would travel across the district taking part in scale steering, tug towing and fast electric competitions. As well as being a member of the Sea-Jet Display Team, the 24 hour scale endurance race team and many other things to numerous to mention.
His banter lakeside, ability to put things into perspective and just get along with everyone he met will be truly missed. He was a real friend. I know he will be missed by all who, like me had the good fortune to have known him.
I hope you will join me in offering our deepest sympathy to his wife Peggy and his family.
MYA IOM south west Winter Series (rd3) results – today’s event scores have been added plus a full report see “SWD Winter IOM event” page. Thanks to Scott for running things today, I think all the skippers or hopefully most of them, enjoyed their racing. Team Sedgemoor didn’t do too badly taking 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 10th places.
MYA IOM south west Winter Series (Rd3) – our club is hosting round 3 of the series tomorrow (5th Jan) with racing from 10am to approx. 3pm. Currently there are 15 entries from various clubs throughout the south west, we have a good entry from our club, why not pop along and support our members? See “SWD Winter IOM Event” page for details.
Group photo – thanks to all who attended our “Christmas Cracker” free sail meeting at Apex last Sunday (29th Dec). We had plenty of members and their boats and all have now been included in a new club group photo. Thanks for Nigel for taking the photo and doing a bit of Photoshop. The new photo is top of this websites home page and also on our Facebook page.
Happy New Year to all Club Members!
Club group photo – a quick reminder if you are free tomorrow (29th Dec) afternoon at around 1.30pm why not pop along to Apex and be included in a new club group photo which will be used on our website and Facebook page. If you can bring along a boat also that would be great as we are looking to get as many models as is possible on the water in the foreground at the same time.
Trophy Wall – a new page has been added to this website which list every trophy winner for every competition still running since our records began, this covers 24 events with some going back as far as 1987! In time we hope to include those which are no longer run dating back to late 1970’s and through the 80’s when we regularly held meetings for Marblehead class yachts, 10R yachts, 10cc and 3.5cc I/C power boats.
A few words from our new chairman.
It has been a busy few weeks since taking on the role as Chairman, with poor Arley’s sale of all his RC bits, correspondence from other clubs and sorting out the calendar for next year! I would like to take this opportunity in thanking Malcolm for all his work over the years and wish him all the very best. The club continues to grow from strength to strength with one of the highest memberships the club has ever had and a very healthy bank balance. This year has seen a new sub-section complete their inaugural series (Club 500) and the FE section growing with many active drivers.
The club have hosted a number of district events at Apex in both yachting sections, not forgetting the annual Tug Towing, and hopefully next year our Wet & Dry Race. My thanks go to Chris, Nigel & Russ for their hard work behind the scenes, the club would not run as well without their tireless work. I wish all club members and their families a happy and peaceful Christmas and a happy boating new year.
Christmas Cracker & club group photo – our annual “Christmas Cracker” gathering at Apex is on Sunday 29th December 1pm to 3pm following our mornings IOM yacht racing. It’s a great chance to get out in some nice fresh air, float your boat (any boat) and wiggle your TX sticks for a while. Our mobile kitchen will be lakeside and we will be providing teas, coffees and soups – if you have any treats left over bring them along as I’m sure they will be much appreciated!
At around 1.30pm (weather permitting) we plan to take a club group photo. This will replace our slightly dated one we currently have on our websites home page and also top of the Facebook page. It would be really good to get a large fleet of various models on the water all at the same time with as many members as possible in the background.
Small Yacht Series – the final round in the 2019 series took place this morning bringing to an end another very successful series with skippers enjoying some really great racing and all in good humor. A full report and scores plus the overall points table can be viewed on the Small Yachts page. For the overall series the top three were; RTR (1st) John Woodman, (2nd) Russ Chilcott & (3rd) Rod Butler.
MC (1st) Alan Barnstable, (2nd) Kevin Roberts & (3rd) Chris Lewis.
Congratulations to John on winning the RTR class and Alan Barnstable.
IOM World Championship in Brazil – the very best of luck to club member Bob Conner who has made it into the GB Team and is taking part in the IOM World Championship being held at Porto Alegre in Brazil from 15th to 23rd November.
More info on the event including the day-by-day results can be found here; https://www.2019iomworlds.com
MYA membership – the MYA membership fee for 2020 is expected to remain the same at £14.00. If you would like to join please let Scott Smart know ASAP so he can file the paperwork. Please contact Scott via email; firstname.lastname@example.org or tel; 01934 842081. At this time we do not require any payment from you, only to know your intention to join the MYA. Their fee can be added to your club membership fee which is not due until Feb next year.
Welcome Aboard – Graham Small who joined the club today bringing our membership up to 67. Graham is new to the hobby and bought Arley’s IOM boat at the auction last week. He hopes to be racing it in our IOM series at some point.
Welcome to the club Graham
Some sad news I’m afraid – club member Geoff Norman passed away on Saturday. Many of you will not have met him as he had only joined our club this year. Even though he was new to the hobby he had built a very nice Rother Class RNLI lifeboat, a Landing craft complete with an operating halftrack truck on-board and only recently finished a model of a Global container ship.
You may remember it was Geoff who borrowed a boat and took part in the Team Tug Towing competition in June and with a team mate he’d never met before they won it! I know he was well pleased with that and enjoyed his time at the lake.
He was a true gentleman, a good model maker and one of the nicest guys I had the pleasure to have met.
I trust you will join me in passing on our sincere condolences to his family at this very sad time.
Geoff’s funeral is on Wednesday 13th November, at 2pm at St Decumans Church in Watchet. His son Dan says if any member’s fancy coming along you will be most welcome.
Auction of Arley’s models raises £703 – today we held the auction of Arley’s models and the sale raised £703 all of which is being donated to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance at the request of Arley’s wife Celia. A big thank you to all who attended and were so generous. It really good to know pretty much all the models will be out sailing on our lake soon many of them by members who knew Arley.
Fast Electric (blow off the cobwebs!) test session Sun 27th Oct 1.30pm to 3pm – we will be running a test session for anyone who has a Mini Mono RTR or Hydro Fast Electric boat. It will be a good chance to give them a run in readiness for the FE Winter Series opening round which starts just a week later on Sunday (3rd Nov).
Apex is all clear – Some good news, we have been told today we can use the lake “as normal” as the levels of Blue Green Algae at Apex has subsided. So we are once again allowed to use any models that produce spray. Though the water is now considered to be safe it is always good practice to clean your hands especially if you have something to eat lakeside. It’s not uncommon to see rats running around the water’s edge!
Auction of Arley’s models – some items (17 Tool box, 18 band saw, 19 air compressor, 20 bench grinder) originally listed were done so in error and are not for sell. This also applies to any household items originally mentioned. Only items now listed on the for sale page (No 1 to 17) are for sale – sorry for any confusion.
IOM Dickie Bird “Starboard” trophy – congratulations to Nigel Clarke on winning the event this morning. See One Meter Yachts page for full report and scores.
For Sale (via auction) to club members – we are selling all of Arley Bushill’s models, tools and building materials via auction at 12 noon on Sunday 27th October at the Speedy Self Storage, Premier Business Park, Huntspill Road, Highbridge TA9 3DE. There is a lot of it! For more info and photos see the For Sale page.
Wet n Dry Race postponed until Spring 2020 – the ongoing algae outbreak means we cannot test run the models and since the event is fast approaching on 20th Oct we have decided to postpone it until April/May 2020. If you plan to enter the Wet n Dry Race please let Russ Chilcott (see Contacts page) know and I’ll do my best to fix a date which suits all the entrants.
AGM News in brief – Kevin Roberts was elected as Chairman, to bring the Committee numbers back up to 9 in total Richard Aucott agreed to stand and was duly elected a Members Representative. All the other existing Committee members were happy to remain in their posts and were re-elected unblock. Our bank balance currently stands at £2,410.18 up £138.10 on the previous year which is very good considering we reduced the full membership fee by 25% last year. With the accounts looking healthy the fees will all remain the same for 2020 – don’t panic they are not due until Feb next year.
For his long service to the club it was agreed unanimously to make Malcolm Franks the Clubs Honorary President.
Club 500 Fast Electric series – congratulations to Kevin Roberts who has just won the inaugural Weds afternoon series. Richard Harris finishes the series in 2nd place with Howard Ashenden in 3rd. See Fast Electric/Club 500 results page for reports and scores.
IOM Summer Series – congratulations to Russ Chilcott who won this morning IOM Summer Series round and the overall series, but it was very close in the end! Russ scored 114 points, John Woodman 113, Scott Smart 111 and Daron Maynard 110.
Letter from our Chairman – Due to ill health I have had to give up being your Chairman. I’ve been Chairman 26 years (I think, as I’ve lost count now!) and Vice-Chairman a few years before that! I’ve loved doing it – we have had many great times as “Team Sedgemoor”. Being Chairman was easy for me as I’ve always had a great team of lads that made everything run smoothly and I really appreciated this.
Many thanks all the Committee members and Section leaders and of course my right and left hand men Russ Chilcott and Chris Locke who I have had to rely on lately. I would like to thank everyone who over the years who have made this club the best club to be in.
Reminder our AGM is on Monday 7th October – we will start at 7.30pm with the AGM business, immediately followed by our normal bimonthly meeting, as usual it’s at the Ritz Social Club, Burnham-on-Sea. If you are a member of the club you should have received the agenda and the notes of previous meeting via email or post, if you have not please let the Secretary Russ Chilcott know ASAP.
Small Yacht series (round 6) meeting due to be held tomorrow 22nd Sept has been CANCELLED. Due to awful weather forecast of 91% chance of rain and only 8mph winds we have decided to cancel this round. It will be rescheduled for another date.
For Sale – the MX14 IOM & Sweet A Boat yachts listed have both been SOLD
Has anyone lost a boat or two? Found these today almost sunk against the reeds over the far side of the Apex Lake on 11th Sept. It is not believed they don’t belong to anyone in our club.
If either or both belong to you and you are able to prove that they do please contact the club Secretary Russ Chilcott; email@example.com
Welcome Aboard – Mike Hayward who finished building 6M yacht from scratch in 2016 and has decided it is time to get her into the water. Today he joined the “Irregulars” Weds afternoon skippers at the lake, borrowed a Dragonforce yacht and after a few very enjoyable races he has caught the sailing bug!
Welcome to the club Mike
Club membership now stands at 66
For Sale – the “Lintel” IOM Yacht has been SOLD
Confirmed Blue-Green is present in the lake.
The Environment Agency tests of the water (29/8/19) have confirmed potentially toxic blue-green algae is present.
They will test the water again following a period of cloudy and wet weather when it normally begins to clear, how long that takes is anyone’s guess, last year that happened by mid-October
For Sale; IOM Yacht & A Boat – just added both, ready to race, see For Sale page for details.
Small Yacht Skippers Challenge – 7 skippers entered the event this year which is a one-off where each skipper takes it in turn to race each others boat. Good fun and very interesting to see how you compare to others, especially when trying to catch your “own” boat! Congratulations to John Woodman who won it for the second year running.
See SYS Skippers Challenge page for full result, report and photos.
Blue-Green Algae Outbreak Policy now enforced – there is possible outbreak of the algae in the Apex Lakes. As a precaution our club has been asked to enforce our outbreak policy with immediate effect. This means until further notice any boats that produce spray, or amphibious type models are PROHIBITTED to use the Apex Lake. See Blue-Green Algae Outbreak Policy page for more details.
We will provide hand and boat washing facilitates lakeside at all club meeting listed on our calendar. If you are at the lake by yourself having a sail that’s fine, but please make sure to bring something to clean your hands and your boat and follow these simple steps;
• Wash and thoroughly dry all models and any other items that have been in contact with the water. Items should not be stored wet or damp.
• Use the hand wash dispensers provided whenever you remove a boat from the lake.
• Do not launching or recover your model from any areas that have thick aggregations of algae or scum.
• Do not use the park benches as a boat stand when you remove your boat from the water.
• If your boat collects any excess water drain it off back into lake upon removal.
Clubs Tug Towing tanker has a complete make-over – Arley had taken it on and was halfway through its rebuild before his accident. David Behennah kindly took it on and has made a really nice job of it.
We thought it only appropriate to rename the tanker “The Arley”.
Welcome aboard – new Family Club members Penny Gould and her partner Dave Salter, plus Penny’s grandson Luke Gillard (Junior) who joined our club today. All are very new to the hobby, Dave has a very nice fishing boat and Luke an airboat. Welcome to the club to you all.
Club Membership now stands at 65
Scale Challenge Series 2019 – the last round in the current series has been run, the meeting scores and a report have been added (see Scale Models page) and final overall points table update.
Congratulations to Russ Chilcott who has won the 2019 series.
Playday – another superb display from our club (despite the weather) with 50+ models on show on and off the water including over 300 children’s enjoying the Have-a-go-boats running non-stop all day.
A huge thank you to the team of 11 members without who’s help it could have been such a success for the club.
See the Playday page for a full report and photos.
IOM Yacht Weds night series – congratulations to Nigel Clarke who has won the series with a one round still to go.
Playday coming soon! – A reminder if your free this coming Wednesday 7th August we could really use some more helpers and boats to display static and/or on the water during the day. This is really big event (7000 children last year!) so you must be on site before 9.30am and won’t be able to leave until after 3pm. We could do with a few more volunteers to help with running the children’s have-a-go-boats, you’ll be doing it with another member for only 1 hour. For an idea of what the day is all about see the Playday page.
FE Weds night series – Chris Locke has won the 2019 Fast Electric Weds Night series with a round still to go.
Arley’s funeral will be held on Monday 5th August at 10 a.m. at Sedgemoor Crematorium, Red Lane, Stretcholt, TA6 4SR. It’s between Highbridge and Bridgwater just off the A38. There will be family flowers only but if you wish to make a donation please do so to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. The family has invited his friends to meet at The Pimpernel after the funeral. This is just along the A38 at 92 Main Road, West Huntspill, Highbridge TA9 3QZ.
28/7/19 For Sale – the “ISIS” IOM yacht has been SOLD
21/7/19 For Sale – the MX16 Yacht has been SOLD
I have some very sad news I’m afraid – our friend and club member Arley Bushill passed away yesterday afternoon. As some of you know last week he had a very serious accident while working at his home and never really recovered. Arley had been in the club right from the early days. A while ago he moved away and then back to the area and took up the hobby again from where he left off sailing and building boats and making new friends in our club.
He was very much “old school” having spent his working life as an engineer, skills he would then use whenever possible to construct everything himself from the keel up to making his own sails. He really enjoyed his time at the lake and we very much enjoyed his company and friendship. He really enjoyed his time at the lake and we very much enjoyed his company and friendship.
He will be very sadly missed by all of us who had known him. Our thoughts at this sad time are with his wife Celia and his family.
For Sale; two small yachts & FE boat – Steve Cole is selling his two small yachts and Fast Electric boat. See For Sale page for more info and photos
Welcome Aboard – Terry Young who has just joined our club bringing our membership up to 61. Terry is completely new to the hobby and is building an aircraft carrier for his first ever project!
Welcome to the club Terry
IOM Yacht Spring Series – congratulations to Nigel Clarke who has just won the series for the fourth year in a row! Report and scores are on the One Meter Yacht latest results page.
Gloucester & District MBC Open Day (Sun 30th June) – we have been invited to the clubs 30th Birthday Bash being held at the canal basin on the old Hereford to Gloucester Canal in Gloucester on Sun 30th June. There will be fun events for both sailing and motor model boats. Food and drink will be laid on including a barbecue and things for the children to do. I’m taking part in our Small Yacht Team Relay event on the day so won’t be there but if you wish to attend please contact their Club Sec Bryan. His email plus info and direction can be found on the Calendar page/Gloucester MBC Open Day.
Open Tug Towing – a report, results and a few photos from the event are on the website, see Scale Models page sub-menu Tug Towing. The weather was pretty awful with the odd shower and very high winds making for choppy waters! New club member Geoff Norman joined Cliff from the Woodspring MBC, both had never done tug towing before but with directions from Chris they managed to win the event and went away with a box of chocolates each!
Welcome aboard – Roger Fuge and Denzil Monis who have just joined our club bringing our numbers up to 60. Both were members of the Yate & Sodbury MBC which sadly folded last year. Roger and Denzil have a large and varied collection of scratch and kit built model scale boats including small yachts.
Welcome both of you to our club
Open Tug Towing & Free sail this Sunday – a reminder this coming Sunday 16th June from 1.30pm (following the morning’s Small yacht racing) we are running a one-off Tug Towing competition at Apex. It will follow the same format as we had last year with two tugs towing a tanker around an obstacle course. We can provide a tug boat if you don’t have anything suitable to use. There is no entry fee, just turn up and have a go. The course will be set out in the left-hand corner so the rest of the lake will be available for anyone who wishes to free sail a boat or two. We are hoping to be joined by members from other model boat clubs in the area.
IOM Yacht for sale – just added an MX14 racing yacht ready to race for £500. See the For Sale for more details and photos.
Yacht hulls FREE to a good home – the club has been donated 3 old yacht hulls which are free to anyone who wants them. See For Sale page for more info plus photos.
Welcome aboard – Mark Shipman who has recently moved to the south west and joined our club. Mark is a seasoned Fast Electric racer and former Secretary of Electra and SWARM (FE racing district & regional series). He is looking to join our Mini Mono RTR series very soon. Welcome to the club Mark
Club district success – well done to Richard Aucott for the win and Nigel Clarke who took 2nd spot representing Sedgemoor MBC in the IOM yacht SWDCS at Dartmoor last Sunday. Another great result for the club.
Welcome aboard – Mick Perkins (No57) who has just joined our club. Mick is an experienced RC scale boat builder who has recently taken up small yacht racing. He has a Dragonforce RTR yacht and plans to be joining the “Irregulars” sailing on a Wednesday afternoon. Welcome to the club Mick
Bring & Buy 5th May – A reminder this coming Sunday 5th May from 1pm we have our annual Bring & Buy sale at Apex. If you have anything RC related collecting dust in your workshop why not bring it along and make yourself a few quid? I would advise you put a sticker on with your name and an asking price. There will be a gazebo and a few tables out which members are free to use.
Also, the same afternoon it is one of our Free Sail & Scale afternoons. The numbers attending these meetings so far has been pretty poor so we need to see some members with there boats on the lake to justify keeping them on the calendar.
SOLD – the RG65 yacht listed below has been sold
For Sale – Dragonforce RG65 yacht (small yacht) in very good condition, ready to sail just requires TX & RX.
Only £90, See For Sale page.
A record breaking Fast Electric racing day at Apex! On Weds 17th April we had 6 Club 500 boats racing in 6 races in the afternoon with a large crowd enjoying the free show. (plus 8 small yachts and 2 scale boats sailing in between the races) Then in the evening round 1 of the Weds night series we had 12 Mini Mono RTR boats in non-stop action racing 8 heats before dark. Sorry no video or photos – we were all to busy!
31/3/19 Club Class to be called Mini Mono RTR – the FE Drivers have agreed to change the name Club Class for Mini Mono RTR from the Weds night series onwards. The new name is to avoid any confusion with the Club 500 class. The class rules remain exactly the same as before – only the name changes.
27/3/19 BST starts this weekend – for those coming along for the IOM Spring Series round and/or Free Sail and FE racing this Sunday 31st March don’t forget British Summer Time starts this weekend so put your clocks forward an hour the night before.
18/3/19 SOLD – the boat listed below has been sold
15/3/19 For Sale – HydroPro Affinity RG65 (small yacht) ready to sail and only £50, see For Sale page.
2/3/19 Safe use of the Rescue Boat – the rules regarding the use of the Rescue Boat have been amended. From now on any member wishing to use the boat must consider themselves to be a competent swimmer, have been given instruction on its safe use and complete and sign a “Safe use of the Rescue Boat” form. All members have be notified of this change. The new amendments regarding 7.10 (Rescue Boat Safety Policy) are included in the full rules which have now been indexed, these can be viewed on the “Contacts” sub menu page.
2/3/19 IOM Alice Trophy 10th March has been CANCELLED – we have had to cancel this meeting because almost everyone who would normally attend is either on holiday or away at other meetings! The Alice Trophy will be run on another date TBC.
1/3/19 SOLD – the Spectrum DX6i recently listed on the For Sale page has now been sold.
24/2/19 Welcome aboard – to Geoff Norman who has recently joined our club. Geoff is new to the hobby and has a Rother class RNLI boat. Welcome to the club Geoff
24/2/19 Fast Electric Winter Series – with 1 round to go in the series Russ Chilcott has won the Club Class 2018/19 Winter Series and Chris Locke the Mini Hydro class series.
Congratulations to both
19/2/19 Dragonforce yacht has been SOLD – only the Spectrum DX6i + RX is left for £40. See For Sale page.
18/2/19 Small Yacht 1 hour endurance race – we had a record entry for the Small Yacht section with 19 skippers taking part in this annual event. It was fairly busy at the start with some good close racing for the entire hour. Well done to the class winners Chris Lewis (MC) and John Woodman (RTR). Thanks to Graham Fright for Lap Counting and Kevin Roberts as OOD. See Small Yachts page for full results, report and photos.
14/2/19 trees trimmed at Apex – After several months, many emails and a few meetings the Council have trimmed the branches on the trees in the right hand corner of the lake. Many thanks to the Friends of Apex Park group, Cllr Janet Keen and Scott Mason for their help in getting this done. Below a “before” and “after” photo.
13/2/19 Club 500 boats are go!!! – the club is now holding meetings for the popular Model Slipway Club 500 class boat. Currently it is planned to only race these boats about once a month on Wednesday afternoons. See the Fast Electric pages for more info and class rules. 5 members entered the very first race meeting on Weds 13th Feb and all enjoyed their first race experience. Kevin Roberts was the one to beat as he won all 6 races run!
Photos below show the drivers, the new start gate and the boats in action.
13/2/19 SOLD – Richard’s Dragonforce V5 small yacht and some other items have been sold but he still has the V6 (newer model) complete and ready to sail including a Spectrum TX and RX, all for only £120. See For Sale page
10/2/19 IOM Yacht Winter Series – Congratulations to Nigel Clarke who has won the 2018/19 Winter Series with a round to go.
9/2/19 For Sale – IOM “Isis” racing yacht complete and just needs radio. See For Sale page for details and our Facebook page for more photos.
27/1/19 Welcome Aboard – to Roger Keen who joined our club today. Roger is a regular dog walker at the Apex Park and has just purchased a 5ft long Frigate warship as his first model boat – going in at the deep end! Welcome to the club Roger
22/1/19 Welcome Aboard – to Howard Prothero who has just joined our club. Howard has recently retired and is getting back into the hobby and plans to start with a Billings kit crab boat. Welcome to the club Howard
14/1/19 For Sale – two Dragonforce small yachts ready to race including transmitter, boat stands, spares, tool box and instruction books. All for £250.00. See For Sale page for more info plus photo. Wishing all Club members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Boating New Year
22/12/18 A reminder we have one final meeting this year on Sunday 30th December, in the morning it’s IOM racing (round 5) and in the afternoon it’s FE racing (round 3) plus Free Sail & Scale. 12 noon to 2pm our mobile kitchen will be out and we will be serving hot teas, coffees and soups – if you have any Christmas treats left over please feel free to bring them along!
21/12/18 Full boating calendar for 2019 has been published – see the 2019 Calendar page.
28/11/18 Wet n Dry Race – congratulations to Chris Locke on winning the annual amphibious race.
1/11/18 Sedgemoor are 2018 Champions! – the club has been the top scoring of the 9 clubs that entered MYA south west district IOM events in the district. Thanks to Richard Aucott, John Stone, Scott Smart, Daron Maynard, John Woodman and Nigel Clarke for making the effort to take part in the district events and putting the Sedgemoor Club into the top spot!
31/10/18 Winter Boating Calendar is out now – the Clubs full Winter Boating Calendar running from November right through to the end of March 2019 has been published. See Winter Calendar 2018/19 page.
16/10/18 Blue-Green Algae has gone – some good news, algae levels at Apex have dropped sufficiently and as from today we have permission to use the lake “as normal” once again. The extra hand wash, boat cleaner and signs will all be put away – hopefully not to be seen again for a very long time! We will continue to leave out one hand wash dispenser normally kept in the front of the rescue boat at all future club meetings. We would strongly advise you always clean your hands especially if you have something to eat lakeside after using your boat on the lake.
The Wet N Dry Race will be run at 2pm on Sunday 18th November. Why not build something and join in? See the Wet N Dry page for more details and the rules.
7/10/18 IOM Yacht racing Summer Series – congratulations to John Woodman on winning the series with a score of 97 points. Russ Chilcott was runner-up on 93 just a single point ahead of Scott Smart who finished in 3rd. Full score sheets and reports for every round and the overall series is on the One Metre Yachts / Latest Results page.
24/9/18 SYFRC meeting 14th Oct – our club will be hosting the final round of the SYFRC (Small Yacht Friendly Racing Club) series on Sunday 14th October. It was due to held at Woodsrping MSC but they had to cancel due to very low water levels. We had nothing on that date and have many members who take part in the series. The SYFRC meetings are run pretty much to the same format as our own Small Yacht Series with “relaxed racing rules” the only difference is that this one will continue on until mid-afternoon.
21/9/18 IOM Sunday 23rd Sept CANCELLED – due to the awful weather forecast for the weekend it has been decided to cancel this Sunday’s (23rd Sept) IOM Summer Series round.
16/09/18 S.W.D.C.S. 5 The results of the SWD MYA event have been added to the IOM section. Congratulations to Richard Aucott on being the top Sedgemoor skipper finishing 2nd overall. 29/8/18 IOM Yacht Weds night series – tonight was the final round of the series, the scores and overall points table have been added (see IOM Yacht results). Congratulations to Richard Aucott on wining the series with a score of 123 points. Nigel Clarke takes runners-up spot on 118, with Scott Smart finishing in 3rd place on 110. 26/8/18 Wet N Dry Race 2nd Sept cancelled Due to the recent Blue-green algae outbreak the Wet N Dry Race due to take place next Sun 2nd Sept has been CANCELLED. We hope to run it on a later date – watch this space! 26/8/18 MYA IOM south west series 16th Sept – our club will host round 5 of the IOM south west district series on Sunday 16th September. It was due to held at Bideford MBC but they had to cancel due to very low water levels. As we had nothing on that date we have stepped in to host it. This meeting is for MYA members with IOM measured yachts only. Info on entry will be on the MYA south west website soon.
10/8/18 Scale Challenge Series – the final round scores, report and the overall points table have been added. See Scale Challenge page. The 2018 series was won my me! (Russ Chilcott) on 167 points, only 5 points ahead Chris Locke (162) in 2nd place, with the Scale Sec. Rob Arlett in 3rd on 140. 4/8/18 Meeting @ Ritz Social Club Mon 6th Aug – A reminder it’s our bi-monthly club meeting on Monday 6th August at the Ritz Social Club, Burnham-on-Sea at 7.30pm.
2/8/18 Playday 2018A really great day, over 50 models on display, over 300 kids during the day on the have-a-go-wet bikes running (almost) non-stop for 7 hours and by the end 12 very tired club members! A big thank you and well done to all. See the Playday page for photos, more photos and some video are on the Clubs Facebook page
28/7/18 Playday is on next Wednesday 1st August – Our club has been given approval to run the Children’s Have-A-Go-Boats during the event. We can also run our own boats on the lake during the day but obviously not ones that might produce spray from the water or amphibious models. To play safe we are not going to put Lucinda the dragon on the lake but she will be “doing her thing” alongside our club stand. If you are free next Weds you will be most welcome to join us. Due to the numbers attending (said to be biggest in UK!) vehicle movement is restricted so you’ll need to be on site before 9.30am and cannot leave until after 3pm. As usual we can park on the grass right behind our stand which will be at the top of the ramp on the left hand side.
We could do with a few more volunteers to help out running the have-a-go-boats. You’ll be doing it with another member for only for 1 hour. If you can help out let me know. For the first time this year right opposite our stand will be the South West RC Truckers club with their impressive RC trucks and diggers on display.
If you are interested in attending or want more info please contact the Club Secretary Russ Chilcott 24/7/18 For the time being and until further notice we cannot use the Apex Lake. The Environment Agency have this morning confirmed that there is an outbreak of Blue-Green Algae in the Apex Park Lakes. Hopefully we will be allowed to continue to use the lake for our meetings with some additional precautions in place and once a risk assessment and safety policy we have provided to the Council has been approved. 24/7/18 Blue-Green Algae Outbreak in Apex Lake – Statement below from Sedgemoor District council; We have received confirmation from the Environment Agency that we have blue-green algae at levels exceeding the threshold in the lake at Apex Park. Weekly sampling will now take place and I’ll update you all accordingly. Our advice is:
· no dogs should be allowed to drink, swim or paddle in the water · fishing is not permitted · fish caught from the water should not be eaten · swimming is not allowed · all contact with water should be avoided and notices surrounding the water should be observed and abided by.
A position statement has been released by us in addition to warning signs being placed around the lake perimeter and in the park noticeboards. The paddle boarding and fishing taster sessions have been cancelled for Playday next week and a revised event risk assessment has been approved by Jo Coles, our Health & Safety Advisor.
Parkrun and the Model Boat Club have/will also provide a revised risk assessment as regular users of the park.
23/07/18 We have just been informed that there is an outbreak of Blue-Green Algae in the Apex Lake. Sedgemoor District Council is awaiting scientific test results to establish the type of algal bloom present.
15/7/18 Playday volunteers wanted! If any members are free on Weds 1st Aug 10am to 3pm we are looking volunteers for the 1 hour slots to help to run the children’s “Have-a-go-boats”. Please contact Russ Chilcott if you can help.
8/7/18 So everyone can watch England win their semi-final World Cup match – IOM Weds night 11th July has been CANCELLED and will take place on the reserve date on 29th Aug instead. The afternoon free sail 3.30pm t0 5.30pm will go ahead as usual.
6/7/18 Fast Electric Racing – last Weds night meeting saw a record entry with 13 taking part. FE Drivers class of 2018
25/6/18 Small Yacht Team Relay Race – this was the first time we ran this event and despite very little wind it went very well and produced some good races. Report and scores have been added (see Small Yacht sub pages)