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2020 GMBC SeaWind Sailing Championships - Round 2
The second round of the GMBC SeaWind championship took place on Sunday 16 Feb at Emmarentia Dam. There is now a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard between Brent and the two Bruces. Get full championship results here.

2020 GMBC IOM Sailing Championships - Round 2
A large fleet of 12 boats contested the second round of the IOM championships at Rusty Hook on Sunday 02 February. The wind strength wad a lot lower than the apps predicted, but nevertheless there was some close racing and a great summer day of sailing was enjoyed by all. Welcome to Ryan who joined a regatta for the first time (and won a race) and it was great to see Max who came all the way from Witbank to sail with us. Get the regatta results here. Get championship results here. Get more results here.

2020 GMBC SeaWind Championship - Round 1
The first regatta in the 2020 SeaWind championship was sailed at Emmarentia Dam on Sunday 19 January. For a change the wind was good and setady and blew from the east - the best angle for our sailing area. We equalled our best fleet ever with 16 boats on the water. The good breeze made for quick races, so we were able to rack up 12 races by 2pm. Considering that there were two or three regular skippers missing, plus two new SeaWind purchases this month, we could easily expect a fleet of 20 boats in February! Get the full results here.

GMBC Annual Exhibition Day
Our annual showcase day was well supported by members and the public alike and was a great success.

Model Boats for Sale
Here is your chance to get into the fun world of model boating. We have a wide selection of scale boats and yachts for sale. Model boats for sale.

2019 GMBC IOM Sailing Championships - Round 3
The third round of the GMBC IOM championship was sailed on Sunday 04 August at Rusty Hook. Conditions were warm and sunny with a very nice steady breeze. We had a large, competitive fleet of eight boats with new skippers and new boats on the water. IOM club racing at its best! See championship results here. Get more information here.

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.

Model Boats for sale
Visit our marketplace to see new model boats that have recently been added for sale. Get more information here.

Interclub RC Sailing Challenge - 31 May 2019
Sunday 31 March saw the first of our quarterly interclub challenges which was held at Wemmer Pan. The fleet included SeaWinds, DF95s, IOMs and Marbleheads. Get more on this event here.

Hobby-X 2019
This year's show was once again a success and our new banners and logo, along with a huge display of boats, was a show draw card. Our stand (in collaboration with CMBC) attracted a lot of interest and we gave out many flyers. Get more information here.

GMBC Night Sail and braai at Emmarentia Sailing Club.
The Night Sail, which took place on Sat 9 February, was a great success.

Graupner Wiesel Rebuild
I have the Graupner Wiesel boat which was given to me when I was about 10 by a family friend. It has gone through various incarnations of colour scheme and propulsion. Last year, I decided to do a proper refurbishment. Get the full story here.

Adding Buoyancy to RC Yachts
SeaWinds (and most RC yachts) do not have any positive buoyancy. If enough water gets into the hull the ballast at the bottom of the keel will pull the boat under water and it will be gone in seconds, never to be seen again. But it's quite easy to make your boat survive such an accident by adding buoyancy. Read more here...

Club 500 Racing
The Club 500 guys sure know how to enjoy themselves! On Saturday 25 March we had all six of the current fleet battling it out on what is a mix of tricky, fast and slow technically-difficult track layouts as used in racing this class worldwide (M-shaped layout). Get more information here.

Video clip shot from a drone
Visit our gallery page to see video of sailboat racing at Rusty Hook shot from a drone.  Photo gallery.

Photo Gallery
Have a look at some great pictures taken at our September meeting. Photo gallery.

A Simple Smoke Generator
Here is a simple design for a smoke generator that you could build from parts you probably already have, or can easily source. Get the details here.

Basic Rules of Yacht Racing
No games are played without rules, and knowing the basic ones will keep everybody happy on the water. Get the basic rules here... 

A History of Emmarentia Dam
Emmarentia Dam is one of the recreation hot spots of greater Johannesburg. Thousands of people relax there every weekend but how many know its history? We certainly didn't until we stumbled across the following description compiled by the Johannesburg 100 committee in the archives...  Get the full report here...

Some Great Videos
21 May 2015
Check out some very good videos uploaded by Peter on our Gallery page.


Photos and Videos

See pictures and videos of our racing and scale sailboats, and electric and steam scale model boats here.


Next Meeting of the Gauteng Model Boat Club

The GMBC meets at Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg, twice a month on the second Saturday and the last Sunday of every month from 13h00 to 16h00.

See our calendar of meetings and events here.

Get details of our location here.


More About the Gauteng Model Boat Club

The GMBC caters for remote control model yachts and electric and steam power boats. Read more here.



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