Welcome to the Stevenage Model Boat Club Website
We are a friendly, welcoming club that meets twice weekly throughout the year at Fairlands Valley in the middle of the town to sail our model boats, have impromptu discussions about the models and share knowledge to help everyone along their boat building journey. Fairlands Valley Park is a large public park with three lakes. We use the middle one: The Millennium Lake. The park has a good café, good parking, paved paths and child play facilities.
All the club business is carried out lakeside, with the exception of the AGM in December. We exhibit at a selection of local shows / exhibitions to make our club known to the general public and we visit other clubs. Our members have every type of boat: scale boats, sail boats, fast boats and slow boats; boats made of plastic and GRP; wood blocks and planks; old boats and new boats; boats from kits, boats from bits.
We at SMBC just like model boats and the people who build and sail them. Come and meet us.
Contact details are on the LOCATION page, with directions & email addresses.
For the latest on what's happening at the club, check out the NEWS page
Stevenage Model Boat Club started as a section of Stevenage Model Aircraft Club. In the 1970s, the boat section split from the aircraft section and moved to their current home in Fairlands Valley Park.
In the 1980s, Syd McGoun & his wife re-formed the club as SMBC. At this point the club was at the forefront of the new sport of model power boat racing and for many years the club attracted members from a wide area, participating in competitions to a national level, held on the Millenium lake in Fairlands Valley.
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I.C Boats (Boats with internal Combustion engines - diesel, petrol or glow plug) can still be run on the SMBC Lake in Stevenage. The heyday of class racing at the club has long passed, but a healthy interest remains with enthusiasts meeting on a Sunday morning and a Thursday afternoon. All descriptions of boats are run, modern racers, ready to run boats, the latest hydros and near vintage boats. These fast and furious boats are subject to an 80 decibel noise limit, the same as required on the current racing circuit events.
Read more about IC Boats.
Fast Electric boats are very popular, whether tunnel hull, mono hull, or the basic 'Club 500'. SMBC runs a Club 500 competition through the year, from Spring to Autumn, with members pitting their racing skills against each other using identical boats.
Scale and semi-scale boats are most prevalent in the club now. Highly detailed models of naval ships and lifeboats abound, with a good selection of tugs, fishing boats and other work boats. Private yachts, speedboats, airboats and paddle steamers appear from time to time. Older models keep appearing, as does the occasional model that is solely a figment of a vivid imagination.
Read more on SCALE.
Yachts are popular as they can be sailed all afternoon, with the challenge of skill against the wind with no need to refuel or recharge batteries. There are not enough yachts of one design to make for viable class racing. On the water, for casual sailing, are marble heads, IOMs, (International One Metre) smaller ready to go models and semi-scale boats from kits or built from plans. Help with setting up boats and sailing techniques is always available at the lakeside, but the subject is too large for inclusion on this site. Read more on YACHTS.
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When & where do we sail...
Every Thursday afternoon from 1pm & Sunday morning from 9am (10am in Winter) throughout the year, at Fairlands Valley Park Millenium lake SG2 0BL - subject to weather conditions!
Generally Sunday sees I.C boats and fast electric, Thursday is more Scale & Sail. You can find location details & map... HERE.
If there are any special events being held which may affect access for sailing, members are usually notified in advance via email.
There's a nearby cafe & toilet facilities, and free parking.
We are involved in organising and attending various events throughout the year, both locally and further afield.
By running some of these events, the club is proud to support the RNLI and Mercy Ships, a local charity funding a hospital ship off the coasts of African countries, providing life saving and life enhancing operations to local people there.
See the EVENTS page for more details of what's on and what we do.
NOTE: as the website is under 'reconstruction', not all pages are live yet, and those that are may be added to in the near future.
Want to get in touch? Contact details are on the LOCATION page, with useful email addresses.
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