Hampton Court Model Yacht Club
Date posted: Sunday 2nd December 2012
Model yachting has taken place on the Rick Pond since 1897. Hampton Court Model Yacht Club is one of the largest and most active clubs in the UK and the only club affiliated to the Model Yachting Association in the SW London area. We host events at local, district and national levels and generate high levels of interest within the sport. While most yachts are now radio controlled, our club is one of six left in the entire country to use traditional vane or free sailing yachts as would have been seen early in the 20th century
The Club has an enthusiastic membership and sailing (which can take place up to 3 times per week throughout the year) promotes friendly and competitive racing. We are normally present from about 10am on Wednesdays, Sundays and most Saturdays. It is very rare for a model yacht club to have use of its own premises but the Club has its own clubhouse and car park situated on land provided by Historic Royal Palaces near to the Rick Pond.
There are three different types of membershipâ€”Full, Associate & Junior.
Currently, Club membership totals 69 and is growing. The Clubâ€™s activities encourage creative talent and the development of real skills and we provide training in an expanding national and world-wide sport. A substantial proportion of members are senior citizens for whom the sport provides an interesting and stimulating activity involving outdoor exercise as well as the opportunity for developing modelling and sailing skills. Membership fees are very modest and beginners are mentored and made to feel very welcome.
In 2005, with the full support and agreement of Historic Royal Palaces, the Club installed ultrasonic equipment in the Rick Pond which was done to contain the incidence of â€œblanket weedâ€ and other algae in the lake during the summer months (prior to that time the lake was treated annually by Historic Royal Palaces with chemicals now banned under EU regulations). To improve the situation still further, additional ultrasonic equipment was installed by the Club in 2010.
Again, with the full support and agreement of Historic Royal Palaces, the Club also arranged in 2010 for the restoration of the part of the lake and the banks nearest the golf club in order to improve traditional vane sailing events and prevent further erosion of the banks at that end of the lake.
In order to remain viable the Club must have use of a suitable water to sail on which is as free of weed likely to foul the keel of a yacht and for various reasons the work necessary to deal with weed in the Rick Pond has now largely fallen to the Club membership to carry out. Members regularly â€œharvestâ€ weed from the lake during the spring and summer months in order to enable sailing to take place as often as possible during those periods â€“ any assistance in this respect would be most welcome.
For more information about us, visit our website www.hamptoncourt-myc.org.uk or contact the Club Secretary, Laurie Bower, on 020 8399 3701 â€“ better still, come and chat to us at the Club on a sailing day.