G&DMBC – Latest Club News
We are back again sailing, still limited, but glad to see and talk to visitors especially at Over, here are some of the boats sailing this Easter in the sunshine.
Well the time has come to consider a return to some limited sailing at our venues given the government’s latest guidelines to return to normality by late June. So, provided the infection rate does not change dramatically with the current return for school children in England, these regulations read that, from Monday 29th March 2021 outdoor gatherings of up to six people from different households will once again be permitted under the first step of this return to normality.
Further to this, and providing that hordes of over 30 Club Members and their friends and relatives don’t turn up at our venues, we can take all limits off our venues and resume usual free sailing from Monday 17th May.
The online calendar booking system has been reinstated and will commence taking bookings on Saturday 27th March with first sailing slots on Tuesday 30th March as per the usual system. This will remain in place until Sunday 16th May, after which it should no longer be necessary. There is no change to the system or to the existing link to the online booking system, the link is simply found on Page 2 (calendar) of the Club’s website, www.gdmbc.co.uk or use:
We wish you all a better year ahead and hope to see all members when all restrictions are finally lifted later in the year, keep building boats and let the webmaster have pictures and Ross would like articles for the newsletter.
The Webmaster has “edited” the links page as many suppliers etc, have gone out of business, some such as SHG now only sell on EBay even though he still has a website if you have experienced good service from a supplier not listed we will add them to our site.
Booking Sailing Times from March 27th
From April 21st the Thursday sailing will change to Wednesday
There are 48 slots available each week on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday with two sessions each sailing day, the popular ones especially Sunday afternoon book up quickly, however you cannot expect to grab this slot week after week so it may be “rationed” also Fridays will be kept for the sailing boat sailors. Please book on line if you can and then check, online, that you have the slot you want, we cannot expect Bob, who is doing all the work to email you back details, (I have been guilty of this) please keep his workload light.
These booking times are for members only, you have been emailed the link above by Bob.
Weed collected at Over
The Club set up three working parties in action for three weeks. The picture shows the amount of weed collected in the first week, it is enormous. The weed was wheelbarrowed around and placed on the river bank as an attempt to reduce bank erosion at high tides. The weed stretched about 20metres along the bank in Swiss roll style about 70cms dia 1mtr long.
Weeding at Over
All carefully spaced out and clearing the Canal Basin which was totally choked with weed due to the conditions this year and our enforced absence.
We are back
At this moment in time, early July many members have been working hard at Over clearing the weed growth, which due to the wet winter and hot spring has been tremendous, we hope to have cleared the main area between the slipway and the top wall.
We are then going to open at Over on a limited and time slot booked system from June 30th, days have changed to what we were doing before and we are there on Tuesday,Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the Friday reserved for sailing boats.
The usual Covid safety rules apply, please do not crowd the members, keep a safe distance, we realise that you the public can come and watch but please, please use the common sense you were born with! Even if you are family you must keep a distance from members sailing. Club members must book their slot times do not just turn up, you will not be welcome, also sadly for the moment we cannot accommodate visiting Model Boaters.
Warwick International Model Boat Show
We once again supported the show at Warwick Exhibition Centre, now a two day show instead of three, despite the appalling weather conditions that had turned the carpark into a morass (the car park attendants did a great job) there seemed to be as many people at the show as in the previous year. We put on a very good display and several members braved the very crowded pool to display their boats under power. There were fewer Traders this year which is a pity as we go to the show to display our boats but also to spend money buying stuff for the next project. We hope the show keeps going but the organisers need to re-think their charges to traders because without them the show will fold.
30 Years Celebration – 30th June 2019
Fun on the Canal, youngsters having a go with our Club “Training Tugs”
Our celebration Cake organised by Derek
Our Committee about to eat all the Cakes
This is the ‘Wheely Boat’ which is bases at Over and gives trips on the Canal to the disabled and can take people in wheel chairs as well, named after Sir Charles Morrison MP who was a great supporter of the charity, they also use the boat at times to help keep the Canal clear of weed and cut back encroaching growth. They can be contacted via ‘Sailing for disabled’. Some of our members help out with this charity.
Sunday June 30th we celebrated our 30 years with a party at Over on the Canal, we were very pleased to see so many members turn up plus the general public, there was a good display of boats and the youngsters (plus their Dads!) enjoyed the two ‘Have a go’ small tugs we have built so people can try their hands at radio controlled boating, the free tea and cakes were enjoyed and Derek had organised not only the barbecue but a special cake with our badge on it, and it tasted nice too. The “Sailing for disabled” “Wheely Boat” took people on trips down the Canal and also rescued the occasional model that got into trouble, the weather was fine and we even signed up new members which is always pleasing.
We are here at Over every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternoons, for those of you with Satnav the Postcode is GL2 8BZ plenty of free parking space please come on down and visit us we will be glad to meet you.
Tall Ships at Gloucester Docks 2019
To all I promised 30 models of various types and that’s the number we displayed. Phil enjoyed himself steaming away, two boats at once, was he practicing for an on the water display? Meanwhile the upstairs crew, besides pushing crisps through the floor boards showering those below entertained with several demonstrations. Phil, yes another, entertained with engine start up, sirens whooping, navigation lights, search lights, finally all guns blazing, a good draw for the for the visitors. Peter Haines had his narrow boat lit up but his star attraction, waving Ken certainly entertained the children and women. Dave Lock brightened up the skies with his Smit tug in full navigation mode. To brighten up the guys with their grey ships on the ground floor, live music by various artists kept them awake. Derek’s Mayflower tug was probably the main talking point of the three days. There are many suggestions as to why she at one time had railings along the sides. A person who had worked on her in this guise said it was for when she worked in the Bristol Channel in rough weather the sea water could clear the decks. I think we all had a good time on the stands and wandering around. TED
28 May 2019
30 Years Celebration – 30th June 2019
Last summer we celebrated 30 years of model boating in Gloucester, as you can see reading in the ‘History’ section we have had our ups and downs and have moved all over the place settling, we hope finally, here at Over on the restored section of the Hereford to Gloucester Canal. The Canal Society keep this area very well maintained and even in my time have doubled the length in water, well worth a visit even just for a nice walk along the bank. Please come down and see us and we will even let you have a go (at any age, see below) with our new small tugs which are under construction, or if you belong to another Club please bring your boats.
Spring 2019 Come and have a go!
At Warwick we purchased two small tug kits which club members are going to build for use by the general public. These will be available at Over, and when we go to other places, so that children (and grown ups) from 5 to 85 (if accompanied by a responsible adult!)can try their hand at radio controlled model boats and maybe be persuaded to join us and enjoy the fun we have with all sorts of models. these models are now built and Danny has built two “Control Posts” so that you the public can have a go, we would love to see you (see paragraph above) and we will be starting in the spring, watch this space or come down and visit us at Over later this year.
Danny has built the first of our new “Come and have a go” tugs and it is now undergoing “Sea Trials” ready we hope for Easter and all including children and prospective members will be welcome to try out our hobby, so if you are interested please come and see us. Wednesday or Sunday afternoons are the best time and a designated member will let you have a go (under their supervision).
Warwick Show 2018
The Club displayed 30 members boats at this year’s show, the most ever and Ted managed to squeeze them all onto the stand, our display was well received by the visitors and the “compere” of the pool was especially pleased when Phil put his steam dinghy on the water as he thought it was the first time they had had live steam on the pool. Dens again confounded visitors when we explained he drilled .4mm holes in .6mm stanchions, not once but dozens of times in his wonderfully detailed models! Don’t worry we don’t know how he does it either, The WW2 grey fleet was shown in abundance and we were complimented on our display of steam models. There are other show pictures on this website.
We will be back next year, it is going to reduce to a two day show we hope it keeps going especially as there is serious doubt over the Bristol Show which we did consider supporting.
Over Canal Basin
We are now back to normal at Over Canal Basin and especially on Sundays and Wednesdays our members have returned to sailing their boats, in peace and quiet and visitors, who are always welcome, will be able to see what we do and will have interesting boats to look at when they walk by or stop to talk.
Speech House Show
In September 2018 we put on a good display at the Speech House Steam Rally they not only gave us a space but built a temporary pond so that we could sail our smaller boats this created a lot of attention from the large crowd that support this event in the Forest of Dean Phil’s steam boats in particular created a lot of interest especially when he fired one of his engines up on the stand.
On the May Bank Holiday 2018 we held one of our fun days for members and their families, we held Micromagic racing to Ted’s rules for the sailors and steering competitions for the motorboats under Bryan’s rules, good fun was had by all, lunchtime was an american picnic (you bring and share) with Derek providing the Barbecue, good fun was had by all, and even the weather co-operated!
At our AGM we re-elected our Chairman Ted and our Treasurer Bob, our two stalwarts Peter and Barbara stood down after 5 years hard work, Bryan has replaced Peter in the important post of Secretary but we are looking for a Social Secretary to replace Barbara, the Clubs finances are sound and our sailing venues in good shape particularly Over Basin which we help to maintain by weeding and Algae Control and has never looked better due to the hard work of John Hamer and his team of volunteers.
2017 Warwick International Model Boat Show
Once again we exhibited at the Warwick Model Boat Show, where we put on a a very good display of members boats, most finished and some under construction, there was a lot of interest shown in our exhibits and we also floated some models on the pond that the organisers provide, Bob’s new amphicar was of great interest as were the large speedy boat models and Denes showed how it was possible to drill a 0.4mm hole in a0.8mm brass rod to impressed onlookers! Sadly there were a few less stands and some regular traders were missing so we hope that the show will go on.
2017 Canal Open Day at Over
We put on a very good display at the Over Open Day supporting the Canal Society and ensured that there was something to look at for the spectators with model motor boats, steam boats and displays by the Micro Magic sailors and the One Metre Class especially Kevin with his One Metre, it is a bit narrow for these large fast sailors, who normally sail on a private lake that our club have access to, but they demonstrated the dexterity required to sail these racing models.
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