Big Boats

NOR 40th Mermaid Marblehead race

One for all you Marblehead skippers well worth the effort to go and show support for another local club

Saturday 22nd February Handicap race cancelled

Hi all im cancelling Saturdays race as Ive no intention in going out in the rescue boat in 40Mph winds to put the bouys out. But I will be sailing

Big Boat Hendicap series

The next race day is nearly upon us Saturday 22nd Febuary bring your big boat old or new anything over 1M and enter the handicap series. Saturday promises to be windy so B or C rigs. The grass is still muddy so bring appropriate foot wear.

Beale Park Collection open Day

I have just received an email from Max which is shown below detailing the next Beale Park open day.

“Many of you have enjoyed an opportunity to visit the Beale Park model collection assembled by the late Richard Howard. For those who have been before or those who have not yet made the visit the next OPEN DAY will be held on the 29th February. Ideally we limit the number of visitors to around 12 as the congested space and time available for either Max Buttimer of myself to speak with everyone is limited. So, if you would like to come, please let me know in advance. or 07768 074796 or,

There are still a huge number of models to choose from; Steam and combustion models, tugs, warships, paddle steamers, ship models, a couple of large Tea Clippers, other Brigantine trading ship type models, static “Victory” and earlier ship models etc: Plus, Hornby tin plate model boats, Star boats, some Alexander models and a good number of 1970’s style racing model yachts, a few Multi hull boats, Marbleheads, 10 Raters, A Class etc: You need to come and ferret around to find the hidden gems ! There is now a £100 and under special offers table !!”

Its well worth the effort to go and see take a cheque book or Cash no cards.

Saturday 7th Febuary 2020

Sailing will take place this Saturday due to high winds I intend to start early and Pack up around lunch time there hopefully will be a least 2 A class Yachts on the water.

Handicap Race

Saturday the 25 January 2020 saw the first Handicap race of the season. It was well attended with two Marbleheads, 2 A class yachts, a DF95 and two DF65’s. The winds were unfortunately light with some gusting. David was the overall winner with his Homebrew Marblehead.

The Handicap system we are using was developed by Roger Stollery for the Guildford Model Yacht Club. This is what Roger has to say about it

“ The intention is simple that each skipper sails against the rest of the fleet in the normal way, but competes against himself to decide the results of the handicap events, the series or the annual club championship. The incentive is therefore to raise your game a lttle bit above your standard for a chance to win.”

You will notice at the end of the normal score sheet an extra column this shows your newly calculated handicap.

Marblehead and 10 rater World Champoinships 2020

The championships are to be held at West Kiirby from the 9th June till the 19th June so put it in your diary as a day out.

See website for further details

Saturday 11th January 2020

The day started well with winds around 11 Mph but by the afternoon 27Mph gust were being experienced. This did not daunt the skippers that turned up. We had a Laser, a David Creed Starkers Marblehead, two A class yachts, a DF95 and several smaller boats. It s the first time I have ever seen a A class planeing across a Lake. The Laser owned by David went very well and Garrys Marblehead was very very fast.

Big Boat Saturdays

If you have a big Racing Yacht then bring it along we the Big Boat section meets every Saturday at about 10:30 through to 15:00 in the winter later in the Summer. Normally its dark when we leave!

There will be handicap racing every third Saturday of the month when we get organised. So it does not matter how old your boat is or how good you are at sailing it. You will still stand a chance of wining.

So dig out that old “Marblehead” or “10 Rater” or maybe even a “A Class” bring it along and have some fun with like minded owners.

Two Classic A class Yachts on the lake a Whitefriars Sailing Club

From the MYA A Class web page

Yep 2020 is here, another year and the beginning of another decade. So apart from being 2020 whats the vision, if you’ll pardon the pun, to what’s new, what’s happening and, Heavens to Betsy, what’s changing.

Let’s take it from the top, the A class has not one but two Class Captains, Mike Ewart and Bill Green. If you haven’t already met either one you soon will. Mike is the one with the beard and hair the other has minimal amounts of either. Fairly easy to distinguish. Both have been around radio sailing for more years than you can shake a stick at and both have the A and 6m Classes to heart. Why two? I hear you ask, that’s very easy to answer Mike and Bill have worked together to make something of the 6m class and propose doing similar things for the A. That is not to take anything away from Bob Conner, he did a cracking job for far longer than he was supposed to, the Class is richer for his work and we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Thanks Bob. The PRACC series dates for 2020 are all set and they are shown on the 2020 MYA racing calendar. To help you we have also shown the National and District Championships and there is an event coming to a lake near you.

Well that deals with what’s happening and parts of what’s new, so what’s the other bit? One of the things about the PRACC series was that it didn’t consider what happens to the older boats. Most of them gather dust, are not sailed and look a bit past there sell by dates. Glories of a yesteryear. Not anymore, no more excuses, a Classic Class is introduced into all the A class events to get those boats out of the loft, the shed or the dark and out where they belong, out on the water competing. You no longer need the latest thing in carbon to compete, there are some beautiful A boats out there built in natures Hi Tech material that need a bit of TLC and a touch of bringing up to date. Now’s the time to do it. Whats a Classic? that’s simple its design that is no longer competitive with the current premier fleet, it can be an Argo, a Sweet 6, a Privateer, a John Lewis design etc. If you are not certain ask either Mike or Bill. Its not all about speed is about the history, the tradition, the grace of the class and we will talk more of the tradition later.

OK the bit that’s left to mention is what’s changing. The class is seeking formal recognition as a Class Owners Group (COG) under the auspices of the MYA. When we know what is required we will be in touch with as many of the A Class skippers we know about to seek your input before confirming it. Its not a big leap at all, it’s another step in the proposed changes to the MYA where the running of the classes is being devolved to the classes. In today’s age that is the right thing to do. You may have seen the changes to the MYA Constitution and the COG’s are a fundamental part of that. Here is not the place to discuss that except to say that we believe is the right way to go for the class. A similar move has been made on behalf of the 6m Class.

There was mention of history and tradition, so there is little something for you to think about. In 2023 the A Class is 100 years old, yes that’s right, 100 years. That is something to celebrate and we have started to think seriously about it. Nothing is concrete yet and we need your thoughts about about what, where and how, so don’t be shy let us know because we certainly will be asking the question through out this year. Several suggestions have already been made and the feelers are out and about. Talk to us.

We would like to update the list of A Class skippers so we can contact you directly to let you know what’s up and coming. We will be in touch with the Club Secs to help us out or you can contact me direct through the MYA site using the A Class Registrar link.

Hopefully we will see see you at the PRACC events and here’s to an interesting and challenging 2020 and see you on the water.

Mike Ewart and Bill Green
A Class Captains

RA 2020 Events


We have decided to close the lake for the next month and all being well we could be back sailing 5 December 2020