Model sailors heading to lake

Fleetwood Model Yacht & Power Boat Club.'Peter Whiteside (left) and John Brooks.
Fleetwood Model Yacht & Power Boat Club.'Peter Whiteside (left) and John Brooks.

Fleetwood’s seafront model yacht lake will soon be at the centre of fevered international excitement.

Competitors will be coming in from as far as Australia and the likes of Belgium and France, bringing with them their sleek craft.

And the town’s hotels will be feeling the benefit too, as the visitors stay over in Fleetwood for the duration of their events.

Club spokesman Alan Hinchcliffe said: “These are national competitions rather than international events, but we do get competitors from overseas.

“Part of the appeal is the Fleetwood lake itself, the best model yacht lake in Britain and possibly even Europe, partly because of the wind conditions.

“It’s great for Fleetwood’s hotel trade and the shops as well.”

The two events, being hosted by the club under the auspices of the Model Yacht Association of Great Britain (MYAGB), are very different affairs.

This Saturday sees the first of them begin – the MYA National Championships for Vane A class boats, involving 18 two-man teams.

Some of these model yachts are up to eight feet long, and competitors must adjust the rudder and sails manually before each race, without the use of radio control.

Fleetwood competitors include Peter Whiteside and John Brooks, and Peter said: “You’re not controlling the yacht with a remote, so you need to set your boat and the sails just right before you go.”

Then, from August 24 to 26, it’s the turn of the 1m radio-controlled event, attracting a whopping 83 entrants, including those from Down Under and the Continent.

It is a little livelier, with up to 20 boats at a time sailing around the lake in a circular route, with the cries of the excited yachtsmen ringing out.

Alan added: “It’s a great spectacle.”