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SeaWind Handicap Regatta
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2019 Hobby-X Show
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GMBC night sail
Marblehead RC Yacht for sale

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2019 IOM National Championships
The IOM Nationals take place at HMYC near Howick from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th November.
We have 14 active IOM skippers in our club, making us probably the biggest IOM fleet in the country, and you are all encouraged to enter this regatta and compete at the highest level. Get more information on this event here.

2019 GMBC IOM Sailing Championships - Round 5
The fifth round of the GMBC IOM sailing championship regatta took place at Rusty Hook on Sunday 6th October in very shifty winds, with five different race winners. Lots of good close dices with Brent and Bruce tied on points going into the final race. The championship is nicely poised, with five boats separated by just seven points going into the final round in December. See championship results here. Get more information here.

SeaWinds for Sale
Here is your chance to get into the most competitive radio-control yacht racing in the country! Two Seawinds for sale: No.23 carbon-fibre hull, ready to race, no radio R4500. No.33 ABS hull, ready to race, complete with radio. R4500. Alternatively, R8000 for both. Bargain of the year! Contact Herman on 082 373 3927 or E-mail him at
See more model boats for sale here.

2019 GMBC IOM Sailing Championships - Round 3
The third round of the GMBC IOM championship was sailed on Sunday 04 August at Rusty Hook. Conditions were warm and sunny with a very nice steady breeze. We had a large, competitive fleet of eight boats with new skippers and new boats on the water. IOM club racing at its best! See championship results here. Get more information here.

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.

Model Boats For Sale
Check out the new models which have been added to our marketplace.

Interclub RC Sailing Challenge - 31 May 2019
Sunday 31 March saw the first of our quarterly interclub challenges which was held at Wemmer Pan. The fleet included SeaWinds, DF95s, IOMs and Marbleheads. Get more on this event here.

Hobby-X 2019
This year's show was once again a success and our new banners and logo, along with a huge display of boats, was a show draw card. Our stand (in collaboration with CMBC) attracted a lot of interest and we gave out many flyers. Get more information here.

GMBC Night Sail and braai at Emmarentia Sailing Club.
The Night Sail, which took place on Sat 9 February, was a great success.

Model Boats for sale
Visit our marketplace to see new model boats that have recently been added for sale. Get more information here.

Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting took place at Rusty Hook in Honeydew on 2 December. Congratulations to the many winners of the trophies and prizes! After the formalities and festivities we took to the water for a few hours of fun sailing at a great venue. See pictures from the prize giving here.

GMBC Third Annual Exhibition Day
The third annual Gauteng Model Boat Club took place at the Emmarentia Sailing Club on Sunday, 28th October 2018. After very good coverage in many local and national newspapers, as well as on TV, a large crowd gathered at the water's edge on a glorious, sunny, Highveld summer's day to drool over the immaculate scale models and watched them performing on the water. Get more on this story here.

Graupner Wiesel Rebuild
I have the Graupner Wiesel boat which was given to me when I was about 10 by a family friend. It has gone through various incarnations of colour scheme and propulsion. Last year, I decided to do a proper refurbishment. Get the full story here.

Summary of Work done for Howard Johnson
Howard is a long-time member and supporter of the Gauteng Model Boat Club. Alas, like many of us, he has boats gathering dust in the garage and needed help in making them seaworthy again. I gladly agreed to help and I am going to explain briefly what I did and why. Get the full story 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
21 May 2015
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, twice a month on the second Saturday and the last Sunday of every month from 13h00 to 16h00.

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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