Club History


Southport Model Boat Club History.

SMBC was started in 1983, at that time I (Kevin Saker) was a member of the Crosby model boat club. Back then, every year there was a scale model boat competition held on the Marine lake, organized by the Crosby model boat club.

The funds raised from this event were donated to the RNLI. I was fortunate enough to win best warship and this was featured in the Southport Visiter, this was a good opportunity to ask if anybody was interested in forming a model boat club in Southport. Just four people contacted me at that time, and we agreed to meet for a sail on Sunday morning on the Marine lake.

Southport Visitor Southport Model Boat Club

The first five members were -

Bert Smith (pictured below with his large model of the Oriana). Jim Griffin Richard Motyka went on to win a gold medal at the Model Engineering Exhibition with his amazing Russian warship

Bert Smith Southport Model Boat Club

As the club grew in membership we eventually moved to the old model boating lake in front of the open air swimming pool, and over the comming years we held many regatta's at that pond. Sadly the council decided to demolish the open air pool and the boating lake, but thankfully they built the new lake at the current location on Rotten row.

Regatta at Southport Model Boat Club

Here we are 39 years later and going from strength to strength.

We meet on a Sunday and Wednesday morning , we also enjoy the occassional evening sail when the weather permits.

We have a great sailing pond with a member's car park and toilet facility. We share the area with Southport Model Engineers Club; they have an existing clubhouse and raised track loop for steam engines. As part of the new development a new track bed has been added alongside the pond and looping around at the head of the area and returning to their clubhouse.

The pond is open for public use as the club felt that it should be available to everyone, not just SMBC members. We do ask any visitors to use our frequency peg system for everyone's safety, if you intend to use steam power you need a current boiler test certificate (we can help with this). Electric and steam models are operated; however IC engines are not permitted. The club has had plenty of youngsters with toy yachts sailing amongst our boats, to the great delight of one and all, if the truth were told then many dedicated scale modellers would be free sailing little yachts just like when they were lads!

Southport Model Boat Club is a grouping of many ages with one aim - to ENJOY sailing model boats.

If you are a dyed in the wool yacht racer, you are very welcome to join us, but please don't expect everyone to want to race you, it's much more likely you will be offered a cup of tea and a sail of someone else's boat than a race!

RELAX, UNWIND, FEEL THE BREEZE!! and most of all enjoy your hobby with others of the same mind set.