Selsey Model Boat Club



There is a problem with the water level of the pond, the monthly competition was postponed to 21st due to debris and un sailable parts of the pond. Our theory is that the water table has been lowered due to the pumping during the work in Beach Road and water has been leaking out of the pond into the surrounding ground.

With the debris cleared team relay racing went ahead on 14 April, this time we had 3 teams of 3; the results were very close, and everyone enjoyed the competition. The low water level played its part as the Blue team were about to win a race and a gust sent a yacht into the shallows by the island where it ran aground!  RESULTS Red team 1st ,Yellow 2nd and Blue 3rd










21st April

There were ducklings and baby coots about so we didn't run the scamp racing.

The light easterly breeze was difficult to sail in, It was very trying as there were patches of no wind and the starts today were tricky too! The lack of water meant some yachts ended up aground on the island, Kens rescue boat was used for a few recoveries until unfortunately Linda managed to get it locked onto one of the metal stakes so Simon had to wade out and get it back.

The results are Peter 1st , Simon 2nd and Chris with a very good 3rd place,

The next 3 skippers had the same points , Paul C 4th Colin 5th and Linda 6th on count back.


Hopefully for May's event we will have more water otherwise we will have to run a hosepipe overnight!



On the third attempt to run the March Sunday races it was still windy, but because it was sunny we thought we would have a go.

Scamp racing was different this week as we had to avoid an obstruction so we used the steps buoy as the first mark and went anticlockwise around the rest, John had fitted his old spec. motor and proceeded to win all 4 races, Simon's scamp however did not like it, there was a terrible noise as the cooling fan worked loose and rubbed on the universal joint. Then in race 3 It jumped over a mark and broke a propeller blade. It was raced with only one blade in the last race and was quite fast, maybe this is a new way to go faster! Cliff's scamp was fast but needed to be better controlled. George was looking forward to winning the scamp racing again but found out that he had left the transmitter on all night, Maybe he was too excited about the first Grand Prix to remember.


Nasty gusts were coming through but there was enough time gust free to do some yacht racing. Peter coped very well with this and shot off and won 2 races, Simon was close but only won one. Linda's yacht was determined not to race, it hit the post by the steps and broke the jibsheet, once repaired it then had another problem, going round in circles, somehow the rudder linkage had come off the tiller. After fixing this it was about to be launched again when the main sheet come untied, then we noticed that there was something big and heavy moving inside. The main servo mount had completely broken off from the hull, time for a major refit!

Chris enjoyed the conditions, and only had to repair the jib once to come 3rd

Ian was 4th and could have had a better score but just as he was rounding a mark a big gust came and sent him the wrong side of it, unlucky. Despite the sun it was very cold, George had the sensible idea to stop after the first race to go home and warm up.

Paul B was even more sensible and kept his boat in the car!

Thanks again to Caroline for doing the finishing for us, it was so gusty that the chair we put out for her kept blowing over!



At the AGM It was agreed that we would replace the club Victoria rules with the AMYA rules except for the sail marking requirements, of a “v” on the mainsail and numbers on the jig.

The rules are almost the same see the link in the club rules page.

Also the use of fast electric craft is banned and will be emphasised on the application form and club rules.


For once there was some wind, a light southerly which was warm too.

Scamp racing started well with 5 boats but after 2 races there were only 2 left, not even enough for another race!

Cliff had radio range problems which meant  instead of going round the course the Scamp headed off at speed towards East beach shops, he was heard saying he would have to join the 21st century and by a new transmitter! John's boat was very slow, He blames his daughter who plugged in her hair straighteners but maybe John just forgot to unplug them when he was using them. Finally Chris's boat just stopped during race 2, I think something came un-soldered again maybe?

Simon and George both had first and seconds but as George won the last race he took the days win.

Victoria racing.

12 skippers enjoyed the warm weather and 6 races were run. Simon didn't have much luck in race one, he lost sail control but managed to get it in and realised it was not a quick fix so he missed the tea-break to go and get a spare yacht called Dudley, (it came from the west midlands). He just missed the start of the next race so he literally had to throw Dudley in at the deep end!

In race 2 Richard had the bad luck, his back-stay got stuck on a post on the island, George tried to free it with his boat but in the end it was only recoverable with waders.

We were joined by a new member who is a sailing superstar Bill Dawber, Bill showed us how its done by winning 3 races, Linda won 1 and Simon won 2 with Dudley.

Winner for the day was Bill then Linda, 2nd, Simon, 3rd, Peter 4th and Chris 5th.


Unfortunately the wind was blowing the exhaust fumes from the generators across the pond which did spoil what would have been a really nice day, lets hope the works on Beach road are on track and we can get our peaceful pond back!


January 2019

After the very sad news that Louis Phillips had passed away we decided to remember him and show our respects by tying black ribbons on our yachts during the mornings races. Louis won club member of the year in 2017 for the time and effort he gave to starting and recording club events which he had been doing for many years.

Louis will be sorely missed.
























Louis watching the start line at a club race back in April 2016



On Boxing day we held the annual Christmas pudding race, the wind was very light but slowly picked up as the morning went on, with light winds there was always the chance of picking up debris.  Linda won a race but unfortunately in races 1 and 6 she picked up some reeds, spoiling her chances of winning one of the 3 medals on offer.

Mike A had a fast boat but kept getting into trouble, the penalty turns taking their toll, he still finished 5th.

For some reason Colin D was trying to get closer and closer to the first mark, I've done it again he shouted as he got stuck on it for the 2nd time!

The light wind was causing problems for George and Colin L, Colin finally got his refurbished house-martin sail set-up and came 3rd in the last race. George was suffering with a cold.

Chris lead a race for a bit but could not cope with the excitement!

Simon won a race but also picked up a tree branch which gave him an unfortunate last place! his two 2nd places put him in the running for a medal but which one?

Richard and Paul C sailed very well and won 2 races each.

The Medal winners were Paul Gold, Richard Silver and Simon Bronze. You will see from the results there was very close racing throughout.

The medal winners agreed that although inedible, the discs were much better than a 3rd of a pudding!   Full yacht results here

























                                                             Happy medal winners !




For December’s Prize-giving buffet and raffle, info and photos click HERE


Sunday 9 th December

Chris and Phil did a brilliant job repairing and putting back the barriers that had floated off during the flooding last week, Peter also helped as much as possible. Thanks on behalf of everyone in the club.

3 keen scamp skippers did 4 races, and for once no damage was done although George's boat did collect a lot of water, the racing was close but Louis almost fell asleep as the results were identical for each race Simon 1st George 2nd and Ken 3rd.

There was a strong westerly wind with large gusts that could be seen as expanding dark patches on the disturbed water, the sun was out so we decided to do some sailing.

Only the bravest Victoria skippers launched for the race, Michael A. didn't like the look of it and refused to put his boat in! Paul C started the race but decided it was too much for him and one race was enough for Ken.

During race 3 the gusts were getting worse, the yachts were out of control too much to start another so we decided to call it a day before any damage was done.

We noticed that the pond level had gone down a bit, but it was replenished when George emptied both his boats at the end!

Well done to Richard who won 2 races and came 1st, Simon 2nd and Colin L 3rd.

Peter won a race but unfortunately got something stuck on his keel in race 1 .



On the 13th November we visited Dell Quay Sailing Club and joined in with their Victoria racing.

The conditions were ideal with a steady wind and almost no weed . There was some very competitive sailing from the 17 boats on the water. Following the races we had a lovely spread of sandwiches and cake. Thanks to all for making it a very enjoyable event

When the results were combined Selsey Model Boat Club won the day, well done to the members that sailed there for the first time (Chris, George ,Peter , Ian and Paul), it was also good to note that none of the boats went wrong in the salt water.

Simon 1st  Linda 2nd  Peter 3rd  Paul 4th  Richard 5th

 Full results here

S.M.B.C. News


November 4th

Scamp racing does not get any better than this with three of the craft going out in one race. This included George’s Red Terror sustaining a very bad hole above the water line due to Kevin trying to sink him! Colin Dean decided to take the long route home by going round the back of the island and had to be rescued by the tug. However, George won the day with Kevin second and Simon third. Well done to all in providing a few minutes of entertainment.


The Victoria yachts arrived en masse; fourteen in all and some close racing was seen.The blank spot just off and to the left of the launching steps proved to be a big problem to some skippers and great rafts of yachts were seen loitering in this patch of water. Ken made a good start to the morning finishing third place in the first race after Linda had tweaked his yacht. Simon had trouble with his rudder servo and had to retire from the morning’s activities. By the time of the last race several skippers had called it a day and departed leaving just five yachts on the water. Peter and Paul enjoyed some close racing up front with Peter taking the win on count-back, Paul second and Richard third.


 October 7th

Sunny with some decent wind for a change.

8 scamps seemed to have no problems starting even though they were blown around a bit by the wind. Hang on Linda has just told me this is wrong and there was a large jumpy crash on the first race! what do I know.

The hyper fast orange-ish boat was raced again but Paul had an excuse this time for lack of control, he had been ill with bronchitis for 3 weeks.

I am not sure what happened to it in the first 2 races but there was a whiff of burning wire in the air, All sorted it won race 3, but in race 4 a steering overshoot caused it to be sideways in the path of Simon's boat, the crash creating a large hole in the side,  Paul carried on racing, only to realise he was watching the wrong orange boat, His was parked on the island full of water!

Cliff's boat ended up on the far bank then after a rescue it motored across to park on the island, maybe lack of steering was the problem.

Richard too had trouble in race 1 and spent the rest of the time trying to rescue it from the outlet area reeds with 2 poles strapped together.

Kevin did very well and won 2 races with his re-motored boat coming first overall

Simon had one win and came 2nd overall, George was up with the leaders and had the same points as Simon but came 3rd overall on count-back.


The Yacht racing was kindly run by Paul as his boat was in pieces, I think that's what he said.

Despite the decent breeze there were still many patches of no wind which meant that it was possible to catch up from a bad start sometimes.

Talking of bad starts there were still boats getting tangled up despite Paul and Simon explaining which direction to sail to be on starboard!

There was a close battle at the front between Linda Simon and Peter, Simon just getting the win ahead of Linda.

Richard did very well, his four 4ths and a second gave him 4th overall

Chris had a good day getting a 3rd place, coming 5th overall

George was in 2nd or 3rd in one race and was even ahead of Peter when bad luck struck and his Victoria ran aground near the island.

Phil did well in race 4, coming 3rd, but then wanted to leave early to paint a shed! we managed to persuade him that Victoria racing was much more important.


Sunday 2nd September

Scamp racing with 7 boats had lots of bumps and some jumping, John W finally bought a new battery and won the first 2 races with it but then there was a burning smell and the boat came 2nd then 7th; now he needs to buy a new motor!

One of the clashes in race 1 made a hole in the side of George's boat, this was quickly patched up and if anything made it go faster!

George did very well with his boat getting 2 firsts, a 2nd and a 3rd, he had the same points as John but George won overall on count-back.

Simon’s boat was on a go slow but managed 3rd overall.


The yachts had an easterly wind which meant we were starting halfway down the pond again.

The racing was difficult as there were zones of turbulent air between regions of steadier wind.

Colin Dean did very well and led a few races; his three 2nd places gave him 4rd place overall.  Peter Fisher won the day with some good sailing and some good recoveries from bad starts. Simon was only one point away but was happy to get 2nd, Linda won a race and came 3rd overall.

Richard was often up with the front of the fleet and consistent sailing gave him lots of 5th places.

Louis thought he would have some fun again and made Colin L do an extra lap even though he had actually won the second race; he was sailing so fast Louis missed him.