Sailing at Fleetwood

In 1933, the British Open A Class Championship was held for the first time at Fleetwood. Since that time Fleetwood as held many major National and International Championships for many classes of boats.

In those early years all the yachts were Vane controlled, but in the early 1970’s radio controlled yachting became popular, by 1974 the Model Yacht Association had organised National Championships for Radio Marblehead’s and soon realised how popular the sport was going to become.

Radio controlled yachting has grown in popularity, it is now one of the major activities in the sporting and racing calendar of the club.

In addition, on the R/C yachting racing scene the club plays host to a number of Open, National and International events.

The interest in model powerboats sadly began to wane by the mid 1970’s but, out of the ashes of the Powerboat Section grew the Scale Section.

The group grew in both members and aspirations and being dedicated modellers, they have, as a group, successfully completed two large-scale projects.

These being the renovation of the model SS Duke of Lancaster and the conversion of an old A Class yacht, into a model of the STA Schooner Winston Churchill.

The club now has about 120 members, a fine Club House and excellent sailing water, but be warned, it can blow up a bit rough at Fleetwood, Skippers who are used to calmer conditions, have sometimes been surprised at the size of the waves and the strength of the wind !.

But, with a boat that can handle the conditions, it can be a very enjoyable experience.