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Club Supported Event Reports
The first show of the year we atteded went well, it was the South West - Model Engineering, Model Making & Hobbies Exhibition we had lots of support from Society members. Those club members that bought club jumpers and hats made it more of a team outing, with positive comments being made by others attending the venue. The days were warm and with our display located close to the outside pool, most of the club modellers present, sailed one or more of their models over the two day event.
The second show at Cardiff was a bit cold and windy, some members managed to sail in sheltered areas of the lake. The main part of the lake seemed at times to have waves running on top of waves. If we didn't sail as often as we would have liked we all enjoyed the day out. At least we caught up with fellow modellers from other clubs.
The next show we attended was at Tredegar House, we were asked if we would attended as a club to support their Pirate Day activities. Those that attended the show reported that the day was well organised with loads of members of the public visiting the lakeside to see the models on display, static and sailing.
Wednesday 14th July was the official opening of the new Boat house at lakeside.
The society at short notice managed to attend this opening, with 14 members present and 16 models on display and sailed. It started a bit damp but by 1.00 pm the weather cleared and the Society members sailed on until 3.30 pm. Since the official opening the council has now allowed us to use the lake on Wednesday afternoons from 12.00 pm on until 1 hr before close of car park gates.
Sunday 18th July was Woodspring Open Day at Portishead. We once again had a warm welcome by the Woodspring club members present. The day started a little overcast with light rain, but this didn't dampen the spirit of the modellers present. The clubs lake area being reduced from other years due to the introduction of full size rowing boats. Those wishing to sail still had plenty of water to sail on.
We held our OPEN DAY in September, as I remebered it it was a bit wet. Video taken by our chairman Brian shows some dry spells. Resulting in most of the visiting and club members enjoying some sail time on the lake. Due to the adverse weather the ladies in the tea room were kept quite busy.
The last visit of the year was to Bryn Bach's OPEN DAY, a bit cold, damp under foot, but at least we didn't have any high winds like last year and the day remaind dry through out.
The club for it's members organised an evening sail in November for members to try out their models lighting systems. This resulted in a good turn out of club models on a Wednesday sail, 9 in total. Several of the models had full navigation and running lights. On the novel side Derek added an illuminated deck cargo to go with his running lights. Eric put a high wattage bulb in the control room on his boat that acted like a search light. Brian on his cabin cruiser attached fairy lights and lastly John used a candle in a bottle. The best time of the evening to sail the models was between quarter to and quarter past five, where model out lines could still be seen. After that period the only recognisable boats on the water were, Owens life boats being sailed by Owen and Grayham and Brians cabin cruiser, that missed out by not having any piped music.
On Sunday the 12th of this month we held our first Christmas sail, members and their wives present bringing along hot coffee, mince pies, sausage rolls and biscuits, all being shared between club members with enough left over to give to the members of the public present.