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Marblehead RC Yacht for sale

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Please note that all club activities and events have been cancelled until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic.

SeaWind Hull Weights Measured
At the March round of the SeaWind Championship all competing hulls were weighed and a number of boats were found to be underweight. Get more on this story here.

Nico Human Wins Hobby-X 2020 Raffle
Nico Human was the lucky winner of the GMBC raffle held at the Hobby-X show at the Northgate Dome. Get more on this story here.

2020 GMBC SeaWind Sailing Championships - Round 3
The third round of the GMBC SeaWind championship took place at Emmarentia Dam today and Brent showed us the way around the cans with six bullets out of seven. Well done to Bruce R on some consistent sailing to take second. Gary only lost a podium result after a count back.
 Get full championship results here.

2020 Hobby-X Exhibition
The 2020 Hobby–X Exhibition is now a thing of the past, and we can look back knowing that we put every effort into making the show the best one yet. Get more on this story here.

2020 GMBC IOM Sailing Championships - Round 3
A fleet of 11 boats sailed in the third round of the IOM championships at Rusty Hook on Sunday 01 March. A squirrelly wind of 0 to 5 knots made for some tricky sailing on a cool and sometimes rainy day, but as usual, nothing could dampen the fun and friendly atmosphere. Get the regatta results here. Get championship results here. Get more results here.

2020 GMBC SeaWind Sailing Championships - Round 2
The second round of the GMBC SeaWind championship took place on Sunday 16 Feb at Emmarentia Dam. There is now a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard between Brent and the two Bruces. Get full championship results here.

2020 GMBC SeaWind Championship - Round 1
The first regatta in the 2020 SeaWind championship was sailed at Emmarentia Dam on Sunday 19 January. For a change the wind was good and setady and blew from the east - the best angle for our sailing area. We equalled our best fleet ever with 16 boats on the water. The good breeze made for quick races, so we were able to rack up 12 races by 2pm. Considering that there were two or three regular skippers missing, plus two new SeaWind purchases this month, we could easily expect a fleet of 20 boats in February! Get the full results here.

GMBC Annual Exhibition Day
Our annual showcase day was well supported by members and the public alike and was a great success.

Model Boats for Sale
Here is your chance to get into the fun world of model boating. We have a wide selection of scale boats and yachts for sale. Model boats for sale.

SeaWind Handicap Regatta
As we know, SeaWinds are not all created equal, and boat weights vary by as much as 350 grams! At Rusty Hook on Sunday 7th April we held a series of races in which we will apply a variety of different handicaps to level the playing field. Get the story and full results here.

Adding Buoyancy to RC Yachts
SeaWinds (and most RC yachts) do not have any positive buoyancy. If enough water gets into the hull the ballast at the bottom of the keel will pull the boat under water and it will be gone in seconds, never to be seen again. But it's quite easy to make your boat survive such an accident by adding buoyancy. Read more here...

Club 500 Racing
The Club 500 guys sure know how to enjoy themselves! On Saturday 25 March we had all six of the current fleet battling it out on what is a mix of tricky, fast and slow technically-difficult track layouts as used in racing this class worldwide (M-shaped layout). Get more information here.

Video clip shot from a drone
Visit our gallery page to see video of sailboat racing at Rusty Hook shot from a drone.  Photo gallery.

Photo Gallery
Have a look at some great pictures taken at our September meeting. Photo gallery.

A Simple Smoke Generator
Here is a simple design for a smoke generator that you could build from parts you probably already have, or can easily source. Get the details here.

Basic Rules of Yacht Racing
No games are played without rules, and knowing the basic ones will keep everybody happy on the water. Get the basic rules here... 

A History of Emmarentia Dam
Emmarentia Dam is one of the recreation hot spots of greater Johannesburg. Thousands of people relax there every weekend but how many know its history? We certainly didn't until we stumbled across the following description compiled by the Johannesburg 100 committee in the archives...  Get the full report here...

Some Great Videos
Check out some very good videos uploaded by Peter on our Gallery page.

 

Photos and Videos

See pictures and videos of our racing and scale sailboats, and electric and steam scale model boats here.

 

Next Meeting of the Gauteng Model Boat Club

The GMBC meets at Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg, every weekend.

See our calendar of meetings and events here.

Get details of our location here.

 

More About the Gauteng Model Boat Club

The GMBC caters for remote control model yachts and electric and steam power boats. Read more here.

 

 
 

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