The Nottingham Model Boat Club was originally formed as the Nottingham Model Yacht Club in 1931 with a total of 13 members being recorded. The Chairman at the time was a proud model yachtsman and in the days prior to any usable Radio Control Systems so the club was inevitably populated by this type of craft. The early photograph shown here more than amply demonstrates the keenness of the competitors and the immaculate turn out of not just the yachts but their owners too!!
The main water for club sailing was (and still is) situated in the grounds of Nottingham University, which is the building you can see above in the upper background of this superb black and white picture from the period. We are not quite sure who the person is on the bank but he/she seems to be getting everyone properly organised prior to the “off”.
With the development of radio controls and miniature engines, the club changed its name to reflect powered craft also being sailed and raced and later in the mid 90s with the growing variety of models being built and sailed, the club adopted its current name the Nottingham Model Boat Club.
We still use the same two parts of the Lake complex at Highfields Park depending on the time of year, as it is far easier to launch a boat from the icy steps than it is to throw oneself down the icy bank whilst clinging for dear life to your model.
There can be few Model Boat Clubs that can lay claim to Royal Approval but as the picture left, from the Nottingham Evening Post at the time shows, it was the case for our early members, as they were introduced to Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret at the official opening of the Colwick Water Park. The handsome chap holding the boat in the picture is none other than present Club Chairman Steve Upton. Steve is a long time member of the Club and has always been a powerboat enthusiast.
Nowadays we still sail on the Highfelds lake most Sunday mornings from 9:15 till noon. holding regular events, as well as attending various shows etc. We do sometimes move to Colwick when necessary and notify our members accordingly.
There is a restriction at Highfields in that I/C boats are not allowed on the lake. Colwick water has no such restriction, and the lake may be used by all types of craft seven days a week.