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Hobby-X Exhibition

Please note that all club activities and events have been cancelled until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic.

SeaWind Hull Weights Measured
At the March round of the SeaWind Championship all competing hulls were weighed and a number of boats were found to be underweight. Get more on this story here.

Nico Human Wins Hobby-X 2020 Raffle
Nico Human was the lucky winner of the GMBC raffle held at the Hobby-X show at the Northgate Dome. Get more on this story here.

2020 GMBC SeaWind Sailing Championships - Round 3
The third round of the GMBC SeaWind championship took place at Emmarentia Dam today and Brent showed us the way around the cans with six bullets out of seven. Well done to Bruce R on some consistent sailing to take second. Gary only lost a podium result after a count back.
 Get full championship results here.

2020 Hobby-X Exhibition
The 2020 Hobby–X Exhibition is now a thing of the past, and we can look back knowing that we put every effort into making the show the best one yet. Get more on this story here.

2020 GMBC IOM Sailing Championships - Round 3
A fleet of 11 boats sailed in the third round of the IOM championships at Rusty Hook on Sunday 01 March. A squirrelly wind of 0 to 5 knots made for some tricky sailing on a cool and sometimes rainy day, but as usual, nothing could dampen the fun and friendly atmosphere. Get the regatta results here. Get championship results here. Get more results here.

2019 GMBC Christmas Regatta
The 2019 Christmas Regatta was held at Emmarentia Dam on Sunday 15 December and attracted a fleet of 13 boats in four different classes. Those GMBC regulars who had not yet left for their holidays were joined by visitors from NRSC. Unfortunately the wind was from the south-west (the worst possible direction for ED) and resulted in swirling eddies of wind that made sailing a bit of a lottery, but certianly helped to sharpen up tacking skills! Get the regatta results here.

2019 GMBC IOM Sailing Championships - Round 6 - Final
The sixth and final round of the GMBC IOM championship will take place on Sunday 01 December at Rusty Hook. Tune-up races will start at 10h30 and the regatta will get under way at 11h00. See championship results here. Get more information here

2019 GMBC SeaWind Sailing Championships - Round 11 - Final!
The eleventh and final round of the GMBC Sailing Championship for SeaWinds took place on Sunday 10th November at Emmarentia Dam
in very shifty and tricky breezes. Congratulations to Brent for the overall win and especially to Gary who, but for a countback, would have pipped Bruce for second place. Get more on the GMBC Sailing Championships here. Get full championship results here.


International One Metre (IOM) ClassGMBC International One Metre Sailing Championship Announced
Over the past four years we have grown the SeaWind fleet at GMBC from five boats to 30 and we now have arguably the most exciting and well-attended RC club championship in the country.

We have recently seen similar rapid growth in our International One Meter fleet - from just two boats a year ago to the current 11, with more being added all the time, and with our own club members getting involved in the manufacturing process, new boats, rigs and sails can be made to order in our Club. It's quite possible that we already have one of the biggest IOM fleets in the country and it is time to innovate and give our club members what they want - a local, competitive, exciting and well-run IOM club championship.

It's only natural that once you have tamed a SeaWind, you will look for something faster and more responsive and many of our SW sailors have adapted to IOMs very effectively. Up until now we have had no formal racing to offer our IOM skippers, so we are launching a regatta series which will be run on the same basis as the successful SeaWind one.

On the first Sunday of every month we will have an IOM regatta at Rusty Hook restaurant in Honeydew. It's an accessible venue with great facilities and better quality wind than Emmarentia.

Having a different championship every fortnight will mean that those skippers who have both SeaWinds and IOMs can compete in both series and it will allow our members to sharpen up their racing skills ahead of the IOM National Championships.

Beginners will now be able to start off their RC sailing career with a SeaWind and then move up to an IOM without moving to another club. This will also create a market for used boats as people move between the two series, and for those of us who can't get enough RC sailing, we will now be able to race in two regattas a month. The inaugural round of the GMBC IOM Club Championship will be held on Sunday 2 June 2019 at Rusty Hook.

SeaWind Handicap Regatta
As we know, SeaWinds are not all created equal, and boat weights vary by as much as 350 grams! At Rusty Hook on Sunday 7th April we held a series of races in which we will apply a variety of different handicaps to level the playing field. Get the story and full results here.

2018 GMBC Christmas Regatta
On Sunday 09 December at Emmarentia, GMBC was joined by a number of visitors from other clubs, some from as far afield as Witbank! The fleet of 18 boats included IOMs, SeaWinds, DF95s, Hurricane and an RC Laser. It was a great way to finish off a very successful year before the holiday season kicked in. Get full results here.

Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting took place at Rusty Hook in Honeydew on 2 December. Congratulations to the many winners of the trophies and prizes! After the formalities and festivities we took to the water for a few hours of fun sailing at a great venue. See pictures from the prize giving here.

GMBC Third Annual Exhibition Day
The third annual Gauteng Model Boat Club took place at the Emmarentia Sailing Club on Sunday, 28th October 2018. After very good coverage in many local and national newspapers, as well as on TV, a large crowd gathered at the water's edge on a glorious, sunny, Highveld summer's day to drool over the immaculate scale models and watch them performing on the water. Get more on this story here

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