Droitwich Spa
Model Boat Club

        Founded 1988                                                                                                                       2017
Last site update: Friday 21.04.17
Web page maintained by Jim Cook

Notice Board
A place for notifying members of important matters.

is back in business!

On Sunday 5th March a group of warmly-dressed stalwarts visited Top Barn to check out the weed situation.  Half a dozen or so yachts were sailed until the cold drove skippers indoors for coffee and biscuits.  No problems whatsoever were encountered with weed, so Top Barn is now back in business on the first and third Sundays of each month.  The new launching ramp (right of photo) makes launching very easy, but lifejackets must be worn when using it.

County Hall pool is currently fenced off due to the presence of blue-green algae bloom (which can be very toxic).  For your own safety DO NOT attempt to sail there until further notice. 
Please watch this site for further information.

County Hall latest update
20th April:
I'm afraid the latest news is not at all good.  With the arrival of warmer weather the algae levels are increasing again.  Latest figures show that between 9th March and 6th April the algae levels increased substantially.  What Place Partnership plan to do about this is currently unclear, but what is clear is that public access to the pool is unlikely to be restored anytime soon.  In the meantime the Club Committee will continue to arrange alternative sailing sites, and in recent weeks Top Barn has provided some of the most enjoyable yacht sailing that we've experienced in a very long time.

Sailing venues   April, May, June 2017:
Please note that all County Hall entries in this list are provisional until we know more about the algae situation.  In the meantime keep an eye on this schedule; other venues will be arranged and the list will be updated accordingly.

16th April Top Barn 09.00 - 12.00
23rd April Springridge nursery, Crowle (see below)
30th April Bodenham Arboretum 10.00 - 12.00
7th May Top Barn 09.00 - 12.00
14th May County Hall
21st May Top Barn 09.00 - 12.00
28th May County Hall
4th June Top Barn 09.00 - 12.00
11th June Bodenham Arboretum - Club Exhibition (see below)
18th June Top Barn 09.00 - 12.00
25th June County Hall
2nd July Top Barn 09.00 - 12.00

Top Barn Activity Centre                                                                                                                                  photo: Jim Cook


Events for 2017:

Key to entries:
Entries in normal text are standard club meetings.
Entries in green italics are meetings to which we have been invited as guests, but do not have a club stand.
Entries preceded by this red 'club' symbol are meetings at which we have a manned club stand.

Sunday 29th January:  sailing at Bodenham Arboretum

Sunday 12th February:  informal gathering at the Countryside Centre Cafe

Sunday 26th February:  sailing at Ockeridge Lake Fishery

Friday 10th March: Skittles evening

Sunday 12th March:  sailing at Bodenham Arboretum

Sunday 26th March: sailing at Bodenham Arboretum

Saturday/Sunday 1st/2nd April: Coalville Model Boat Show

Sunday 9th April:  sailing at Ockeridge Lake Fishery

Sunday 23rd April:  sailing at Springridge Nursery, Crowle.
Address is Old Turnpike Road, Crowle, Worcestershire WR7 4AG.
This venue is more suitable for electric boats and sailboats with shorter keels (e.g. Star Baby, 6" keel).  Deeper keel boats can be sailed (e.g. Seawind, 12" keel, and similar) and efforts will be made to mark the shallow area.  In the event of wet weather waterproof boots are advisable as this is a very rural setting.

Sunday 30th April:  sailing at Bodenham Arboretum
Sunday 30th April:  Mid-Thames Model Boat Club open day 10.00 - 17.00
To be held at Beale Park RG8 9NW.  DSMBC members are invited to take part if they wish.
The lake will be divided to provide room for free sailing, fast electric demonstrations, tug towing and any other activity identified in the run up to the day.

Saturday 13th May: Knightcote Lifeboat Day
Knightcote Model Boat Club, CV47  2EQ.

Includes two guest speakers.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May:  Model Boat Mayhem Weekend
At Wicksteed Park. NN15 6NJ
This is a turn-up-and sail event, with on-site camping available (charge applies)

Sunday 11th June:  Club Exhibition and sailing at Bodenham Arboretum
Sunday 11th June : Knightcote Open Day
Knightcote Model Boat Club, CV47  2EQ.

Sunday 18th June: King Lear lifeboat day
Watermead Country Park, LE7 1PD. 

Sunday 2nd July: Knightcote Navy Day (Surface Warships Association)
Knightcote Model Boat Club, CV47 2EQ.

Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th July: Hereford Society of Model Engineers open weekend
Boats, trains and other moving models.  Large pool, ride-on railways (ground level 7 1/4 inch and
5 inch, elevated track for 5 and 3 1/2 inch, gauge 1 garden railway). Teas and light refreshments.
Location is Broomy Hill, Hereford HR4 0LJ. 

Wednesday 26th July: Bromsgrove Society of Model Engineers
Model train driving evening at Avoncroft Museum from 18.30

Sunday 30th July: King Lear Friends and Family Day
Watermead Country Park, LE7 1PD. 

♣  Sunday 13th August: Worcester City Flower Show
Our annual model boat display in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. WR1 3EX

Friday 18th - Sunday 20th August:  Ragley Hall Model Boat Exhibition
Organised by Telford M.B.C.

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August: 28th Model Boat Convention
Venue is Haydock Park Racecourse.  Details on website here: http://www.modelboatconvention.co.uk/

Sunday 27th August: King Lear Warship / Grey Ships Day
Watermead Country Park, LE7 1PD. 

Sunday 17th September: Knightcote Club Lunch
Booking required

Sunday 24th September:  The return of the PLANK RACE !
Back by popular demand!  You can read the rules here.

If you're looking for inspiration, click on the link at the bottom of this page (to Tony Holt's site).  When it opens, click on the 'DSMBC events' tab at the left-hand side.  You will find numerous plank race photos going back as far as 2007!

Sunday 8th October:  Club Exhibition and sailing at Bodenham Arboretum

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November:  International Model Boat Show
Venue, as usual, is the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN.

Sunday 26th November: Club A.G.M.
Venue t.b.a.


2016/17  Committee

Your committee members until October 2017 are:

Chairman - Trevor Coveney
                    (trevorcamping72@gmail.com   Tel: 01527 876870)
Secretary - Graham Povey
                    (graspov@aol.com   Tel: 01905 923514)
Treasurer - Keith Blackall
Events Secretary - Andrea Povey
Newsletter Editor - Rob Oswell
Tony Addison
George Aldridge
Adrian Taylor








A typical Sunday gathering at County Hall                                                                                                Photo: Dave Stratford

Click Here  for a link to Tony Holt's model boating site - one of the best there is!

Droitwich Spa Model Boat Club 2017