Ryde Model Yacht Club
Ryde, Isle Of Wight, England
WELCOME to Ryde Model Yacht Club’s web site. As can be seen from the History section of the site, our club has been in existence for over 136 years and our sailing water, the Ryde Canoe Lake, was constructed in 1882.
In 1934 RMYC recognised the potential of the Marblehead class, and established the first British fleet, with the inaugural National Marblehead Championship taking place on the Canoe Lake in 1938. In those days, the boats were of wooden construction, with cotton sails and vane steering, but constant development over the years has seen them transformed into sleek lightweight carbon fibre thoroughbreds with sophisticated radio control, but retaining the original overall length of 50 inches and maximum sail area of 800 square inches.
The Marblehead is the ideal boat for our sailing water, with remarkable performance in all wind conditions. Like most model yacht venues, the Canoe Lake has different characteristics depending on wind direction, with easterly breezes being the steadiest and usually the strongest. Winds from the landward southern side can occasionally be rather frustrating, but have the benefits of rewarding the best sailors, and probably raising everyone’s standard of sailing in difficult conditions.
We succeed in being a friendly club, racing hard but remaining good friends. New members and visitors are always welcome.
Cheering crowds at Ryde Canoe Lake welcome the resumption of sailing
An interesting picture of the Ryde Boating lake C 1925 as it was originally designed, before the council in recent years ruined it by adding an island in the middle to support wildlife.
Robert Denton Curry
Born 14/06/1838 – Mintlyn, Norfolk – Died 29/06/1898 – Ryde, IOW
Recently a member of the public, Mrs Anne Geoghegan visited the club on a racing sunday to show us a picture she had found of her Great Grandfather MR Robert Denton Curry. We were delighted to see such a rare and detailed image of a member from around the time the club began. Its a reminder to us all of the clubs rich heritage and the vast changes that have taken place in the lives of the individuals and the boats that we race today. Mr Curry was a Yacht Modeller and a Flag maker from the late 1860’s he had a shop in Pier Street.
Interested to read and see more information from our clubs past click on this link