Borders Model Boat Club

Season Summary Report for 2009

We had a good sailing season with new models featuring as the season progressed. In May we gave a display at the Kelso Vintage Show where we had aprox 50 models on show.

We had out Fun Day and Competition Day together on Sunday 21st June and had good weather to set off a great days sailing competition and good food, all at the pond side.

We also had a Club Social Evening where we gathered at a local hotel for a meal, drink and chat.

In Sept we had our Club Regatta and although it started to rain we sheltered under our gazebos and listened to one of our junior members play his accordion till the rain relented, and at the same time Jimmy Kinloch from Edinburgh arrived with his much regarded Boat the Duchess which carried on the theme of scottish music for the rest of the afternoon, so a most enjoyable time was had by all.

We gave a sailing Demonstration at a pond set up for us at the Selkirk Rally on 20th Sept and that turned out to be a triumph as the public were most enthusiastic and kids enjoyed the fun of handling the models and sailing them.

We all look forward now to the Pint and Natter nights to plan the next model to build and pass the winter months waiting for the spring and start of the season again.

Submitted by:    Bill Murnin (Sec)  26th Sept. 2009


TUG TOWING EVENT - 20th MAY 2007.                   Pictures in Gallery 9

We, like everyone else I suspect, had been watching the weather forecasts for the last few days with some trepidation and the cancellation of road works on the Forth Road Bridge at the week-end because of bad weather seemed to put a kybosh on the proceedings.  However, the local weather forecast predicting fair, dry and sunny weather  turned out to be pretty accurate...but unfortunately the wind remained rather high and very gusty.

As a consequence the start was delayed by around an hour with the wind moderating the whole time and we finally got underway at around 1.15, with several masterly displays of barge handling by messrs Noon and Mason who really showed how bow thrusters should be used!!

Three courses were run for Single Tows, one of which was an apparently simple berthing exercise and the others were somewhat tortuous with just enough in the way of dog legs to catch out even the experienced skippers particularly given the gusty wind.

We had 7 entrants with M. Loney & William Noon scratching on the first round.

This left 5 to complete the remaining two courses.

Bill Noon and Norry Mason looked like being clear winners, albeit with only one point separating them but, as luck would have it, the wind died completely just as the last competitor, Nigel Coates, got about half way round and he managed to just pip them to the post, again by only one point.

Results were Nigel Coates, aggregate score 4,  Bill Non aggregate score 5 and Norry Mason aggregate score 6.  So Nigel came first, Bill Noon second and Norry third.  Award certificates were presented for 1st and 2nd - a 3rd place certificate is in the post to Norry being as how things were so close.

There was just enough time to have a play with a twin tug tow.  A bit of an eye opener for the home team !!  Clearly we need more practice - we can't always rely on the wind god smiling on us :lol:

All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable day and it was a pleasure to welcome our visitors -

Bill and William Noon,  Jim Gordon, M. Loney (all from Glasgow Richmond) and Norry Mason (Largs MBC)

Sincere thanks must go to the visitors for their welcome assistance in erecting (and dismantling) gazebos etc.  Had it not been for this the home team could have been struggling a bit - Nigel Coates, Jimmy Kinloch, George Hartnup, Willie McBain and Iain Moffatt. This is the disadvantage of having to move all the gear by car across Inverleith Park!  Those who have pond side storage should be eternally grateful!!

Nigel Coates, once again, leapt in and out of the pond repairing gates destroyed by the competitors and changing the course set up for the three rounds.  Many thanks Nigel.

Iain Moffatt - Comp. Secretary EMBC


Edinburgh Model Boat Club

Submarine Day 2009 - Event Report

Published by Andrew Gray                                            Pictures in Gallery 20

Edinburgh Model Boat Club

Sub Fest 24th June 2007

Event Report submitted by Andrew Gray, Club Treasurer.   Pictures in Gallery 10


5th September 2010

This was a very successful day with many good reports from those who attended.

The venue was excellent as were the facilities provided.

Most importantly there was a very good turn out of Clubs covering boats, tanks, aircraft (including helicopters), dolls houses and model railways.

Sailing was available on the canal basin and canal sections although there was a goodly crop of weed that hindered things a bit.  Sadly for the less agile, there was also a fair lift getting boats into and out of the water although fortunately many folk had brought lifting straps.

Clubs attending were:

Glasgow Richmond MBC;  Scottish Model Warship Association;  Knightswood MBC;  Rosyth Model Ship Club;  Ayr MBC;  Glasgow South Ship Modellers;  East Kilbride MBC;  Irvine MBC;  Greenock MPB&YC;  Hamilton Radio Modelling Club (planes & helicopters);  East Kilbride Model Railway Club;  Clyde Model Railway Club (Hamilton);  East Kilbride Miniature Houses Club.  

Three Trader Stands were also present - Scoonie Hobbies;  Clyde Model Boats;  Paisley Model Centre.

The RNLI also had a well stocked stand and appeared to be doing good business.

Coatbridge Fire Brigade brought along a beautiful Fire Tender which excited the younger visitors especially!!.

There was also a well stocked Bring & Buy stand which I believe was cleared out before the end of the show!!

There was an excellent public turn out which meant that parking was a bit of a problem close to the event although, given the very good weather, the 5 or 10 minute stroll was no great hardship.

The Museum has an excellent cafe and I sampled some of their offerings!!  Delicious!!  For those wedded to burgers and the like, there was also an outside catering wagon that smelled pretty good!!  (Missed out on this - pressure of business :-) )

Sadly I was unable to stay very long and missed the opportunity to chat with the folk from the various clubs but never the less I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoons outing!!  Fortunately Eddie Haig and Neil McCarron took a lot of great pictures which can be seen at

I did however manage to get some pikkies which can be seen on Gallery 21.

All in all it was a wonderful day and congratulations must go to both Hugh Gavin for organising it all and especially  to those clubs who put on a great show.

Well done all ...............  lets hope it will be the first of many !!

The Museum has loads of space both at ground level and on the gallery level so there are great opportunities for an even better attendance of Clubs at the next show.

Iain Moffatt