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This was our stand at the Warwick International Boat Show we not only show boats but also display them working on the show’s pond. This year’s show theme was 300 years of inland navigation and canals so a special effort was made to show suitable boats such as canal tugs and also pleasure boats, another picture of our narrow boats is on our civilian boat page.
This was the “Harbour” used during our recent boat “Driving Tests” where we attempt to manoeuvre around a fiendish course devised by Brian and friends, when we had finished the sailors had an elimination race where the last yacht drops out until there is a final winner. We try various skills competitions during the year apart from the serious sailing series to create interest for members of the club and at the interval we all ate “Beans on Toast”
We put on a good show at the Speech House Steam Rally and even had boats circulating on the 12 foot by 10 ft pool they built for us (tastefully decorated with logs!).
Club Officers and members attended the ceremony when The Hereford and Gloucester Canal Trust were presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for the splendid work they are continuing to carry out in restoring the Canal, which is one of our main sailing venues. Our main contribution to this is to maintain the water quality in the Canal Basin by algae control and the hard graft of weeding the basin which would quickly become unusable without this work.
Warwick International Boat Show
We put on a good display at the Warwick Show, in a good position after Ted managed to get us moved! The Venue has been increased in size and now also has a larger pool to sail the boats, Bob’s Bond Lotus created a lot of interest, with luck it should be a finished exhibit by next years show.
May Fun Day 2014
Presentation of new Picnic Tables to the Canal Society
The Gloucester & District Model Boat Club has enjoyed another years sailing at Over Basin. Club membership is now at a record level with 115 members.
Attendance has been at record levels with well over the twenties on Wednesdays, up to five members from Hereford. Many of this year’s new members who are retired are keen to go boating, Also this year we have had a number of members join who are wheelchair bound,
joining Rob who has built and sailed for years. Some of our new members have never built a model boat. Members have been kept busy guiding them. Very often the following week they have turned up for the next stage. One member Dave who is in this category set sail in October. The joy on his face was worth all the effort and has given enthusiasm to others. Unfortunately our treasurer Bob, an experienced modeller who specialises in one off amphibious vehicles may well soon join the above. Bob is determined to be back at Over.
Our annual Beans on Toast Sunday saw two dozen members enjoy another fine day; unfortunately through lack of wind the sailors stood around all day looking rather forlorn.
The motor boat boys lent their models to the sailors to cheer them up or rib them. The competitions were well patronised.
The photo shows a ready laid table for the first sitting, sauce and cheese at the ready
.Our fortnightly Micro Magic yacht competition sometimes sees fourteen yachts taking part. The rules are simple, first over the line wins. The ladies show no mercy for the men.
A photo shows how a good wind makes exciting sailing.
Dave our new webmaster has just completed this stern paddler making its debut adventure.
Ross’s Clyde Puffer sedately sails the canal. The model is about three feet long and powered by an electric motor. A skipper on the bridge, crew on the deck preparing to off load a cargo of stone.
As I write this article it has been raining for nearly two weeks. All boats are tied up and wives becoming frustrated with men under their feet.
Our display at the Over Canal Festival 2015 where we put on a good display of boats and kept the public entertained, nice day Saturday but Sunday spoiled by rain