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Sailing Small: Join Our Club

PUBLISHED: 01:16 21 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:35 20 February 2013

Sailing Small: Join Our Club

Sailing Small: Join Our Club

Neil Harvey tells Anna Turns about tacking and jibing on a small scale with the Dartmoor Radio Sailing Club

How did the club begin and what are its aims?
According to records there was a Model Yachting club in Plymouth, sailing from the Hoe, as far back as 1850. The Dartmoor Radio Sailing Club was officially formed in 2007, due to the need to formally lease Cadover Lake from the local fishing club, and the increasing number of skippers being attracted.

Our aim is to promote the club within the local community and yachting circles, and to manage the clubs lake. We also aim to promote competitions, regattas and events for all types of radio-controlled yachts.
The main class of yacht we sail is the International One metre (IOM), but the club has a wide variety of other classes including Laser, Marblehead and 10 Rater. A number of our members build the yachts we sail from plans or kits that are available. Our most prolific builder, John Kiff, has completed over 20 boats.

The Cadover Bridge Lake is a popular spot for visitors, and we actively encourage any spectators to have a try, no matter what their age.

Who runs the club?
The club is run by the committee: the Commodore Dain ODriscoll, the treasurer David Morris, and Vice-Commodore Neil Harvey.

In what sort of places do you meet?
Our current sailing lake is at Cadover Bridge in Dartmoor National Park, where a group of skippers has sailed for over 30 years. The Cadover Bridge Lake is a popular spot for visitors when the weather is fine, and we actively encourage any spectators to have a try, no matter what their age.

How many members do you have?
The current membership of 36 has risen from the initial 15 in 2007. Some of the members come into this sport from full-size yachts and dinghies, whereas some have never sailed previously.

What do you have planned for this year?
We currently sail on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with a monthly organised race series. We regularly have 12 or more skippers every Saturday, and between 6-8 skippers on Wednesday mornings. Radio sailing is governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) the same rules as those used for the Olympics and Americas Cup Racing with certain rules being modified for radio sailing. The club hosts a number of South West regional events which attracts entries from as far away as Bristol and Falmouth.

How much does it cost to join?
Membership fees are 55 (40 for those who are retired, and 5 for junior members). This covers the lease of Cadover Lake, plus affiliation to the Model Yachting Association (MYA), which has 115 registered UK clubs and celebrates its centenary this year.

Contact info
Dain ODriscoll, Commodore: 01752 842244
David Morris, Treasurer: 01752 845686
Neil Harvey, Vice-Commodore: 01752 311508

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