Recent Events

Sunday 31st March, despite the cold, there was a good turn out of members.  No steam boats this time but plenty of others.  Lets hope every Sunday we get this sort of turn out.  Thank you all



AGM 2ND MARCH 2019 Main points

Thank you to all the members that turned up for the Annual General Meeting this year.  

The meeting started well with the business of the day going through fairly quickly, the committee were voted back on with a new treasurer Damian Earley.  The auditors will be the same as the last year.  There was a special mention of thanks for Richard Hart, Treasurer for a number of years with the club and he will be sorely missed.

A lot of discussion about the website and events ensued in any other business . 

The 30th anniversary is this year and booked for Thursday 20th June at Southwater Country Park with the café providing a buffet for members.  We need help and ideas for this event for some fun competitions,  Please contact committee if you can help.

Communication was criticised for not informing members of relevant issues , ie: Storage and the hut, events taken place.  The committee will now look to populate the website with more information.

Finances are stable.  Membership fees will not change for this year.  We need to maintain a good balance of funds to ensure the club can continue for many years to come.

It was put to members that membership cards be sent out on email to be downloaded to stop the use of plastic cards and to make the process of membership easier,  the majority vote was for plastic cards.  If you are a member that is happy for an emailed membership card then please let us know.

The members were asked how and what they would like to see event wise going forward in the next year.  There was a bit of silence before one member expressed that a few years ago there was a Focus day for boats, could this be a event to come back 2 – 3 times  year?

Richard Bailey informed the members that the racing has been well attended with the last meeting having 15 boats on the water.

The committee can do so much but we need your input, suggestions and help on many of our events, communication and the website.

There are a few other mentions at the agm which we will post soon.

Next years AGM will be on 7th March 2020

Please feel free to contact the committee on with any suggestions, thoughts or ideas.


Dabblers Committee




Illuminated Sail – 6th / 7th October – Sumner Ponds


Everything was set for the weekend.  Gazebos were erected on the Thursday beforehand, Fish & Chips were ordered for the Saturday evening, Competition classes sorted and prizes organised.

Saturday came round and tables were put up, the boats displayed, tea, coffee and biscuits laid on.

All set……then……the weather changed and it rained and it…….rained…….and it turned cold….but then……when the fish and chips were about to be served it had stopped raining!!  Majority of members turned just before the food!! Do not blame them for that!


The Illuminated sail went ahead with some members putting their boats on the water and other just leaving them on display on the tables.  All went very smoothly for this and the following participating members were all winners:


Ron Hall with Eldergarth

Pete Brown with Steamer Albion




Keith Wright with Steam Boat Victoria

Nicky Budgen with Fiesta

Sunday saw the weather being very dry and warm with a lot more members turning up. Tea and coffee again was provided by Lynn which was very much appreciated over the two days.  A stall selling bric-a-brac in aid of the Life Boat Charity raised in excess of £80

Competition winners were:

Scratch Built

John Harman and his pleasure launch

John Ware with his steamer


Paul Hemstritch


Special prize was presented to Pete Shires for his Poop deck and toilet. Brilliantly made!!




Thank you to everyone that turned up and supported the event.