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Ryde Model Yacht Club

Established 1874

Ryde, Isle Of Wight, England

WELCOME to Ryde Model Yacht Club’s new 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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND VISITORS

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Congratulations to the magnificent 9 members who ventured out on New Years Day and started 2016 off with a fun morning of racing!!!

 

This years Christmas Race was lots of fun. We had a high turn out of members with decorations on boats on festive Christmas jumpers. This years race has been combined with our first Xmas social with lunch booked at The Captains Table in Ryde. We had a first with 3 generations of Allen’s present for racing, The launching of the clubs new Tug, Bag Lady and some unusual shots taken from a Go Pro Camera mounted on Corinna’s  Boat.

Finally a big thanks to Alex and Chris for organising the venue and sorting the payments. We all agreed the meal was excellent value for money and I am sure we will come again.

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To see all the photos from the day click here.

RMYC members would like to Honour our friend and fellow sailor who is no longer with us.

Phil Felton

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Phil took to model sailing in a big way and was a real gentleman. He will be missed by us all. We will be thinking of him and his family when he is finally laid to rest on 19th October 2015.

God bless you Phil.

CONGRATULATIONS TO STEVE CURTIS ON WINNING THE 3RD SERIES OF 2015.

STEVE WON THE SERIES IN HIS OWN HOME BUILT MARBLEHEAD ” WINDSHIFT” BEATING OTHER BOATS CREATED BY INTERNATIONAL BOAT BUILDERS SO WELL DONE STEVE!!!!!

Steve Curtis - "Wind Shift"

Steve Curtis – “Wind Shift”

Cheering crowds at Ryde Canoe Lake welcome the resumption of sailing

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALAN HANKINS ON WINNING THE 1ST SERIES & THE  GEORGE MATTHEWS MEMORIAL TROPHY 2013.

Alan Hankins (Starkers 3)

Alan Hankins (Starkers 3)

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.

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FANTASTIC NEWS RMYC HAS RECOVERED THE ‘Ryde Model Yacht Club Coronation Cup 1937′ & ”R.M.Y.C. Memorial Trophy, 1957’

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The club is very gratefull to Fran & Jonathan Hoare who spotted the cups had been put up for auction by solicitors responsible for disposing of the assets of the late Mr Coutts of Ryde a member from the past. We are also gratefull to the Auctioneers,  Hose Rhodes & Dickson’s for withdrawing the cups from the sale and the Solicitors for returning the cups with no fuss. With the recent re-introduction of the cups we intend to keep a better record to insure such a thing doesnt occur in the future, however if any members of the public reading this article come accross any cup belonging to the club we would be gratefull of there returns as records show there are still some cups missing from the collection.

 

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

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS BROOK FOR WINNING THE FROSTBITE SERIES OF 2013

THE SERIES ENDED TODAY WITH 10 BOATS RACING IN AT TIMES EXTREME CONDITIONS AND BY THE END OF RACING ONLY 3 BOATS WERE LEFT RACING. Click to take a look!!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS BROOKS FOR HIS FANTASTIC RESULTS THIS YEAR AFTER WINNING THE 1ST, 3RD AND 4TH SERIES IN 2012.

Chris Brooks’ (Starkers 3) – “Sycorax”

 

Exciting News

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