A great weekend with some lovely sunny weather. The odd shower and rumble of thunder did not keep the visitors away. Sunday was particularly busy. PMMC volunteers were there to man the stand and sail boats over the two days. Many thanks to those members who helped out, and got involved in setting up. Special thanks to David W. for organising our attendance, and our exhibits. Thanks to Jakub G., Rob P. and Phil P. for the pictures.
Just a quick reminder that we shall be at the above show over the forthcoming weekend with a display of many types and sizes of model boats etc, and with hopefully plenty of time to wander around the show area to see what’s what in the agricultural world. https://eghamroyalshow.org.uk/
David Newall should be there with a motor vehicle of some sort in the vehicle display, and Jakub will be wandering anywhere and everywhere taking pictures of anything that moves.
There will, I understand, be steam powered vehicles on display, as the Dorset Steam Fair has been cancelled for this year, but will be back in 2024!
The Barge Match due to be held on Sunday 30th July has been changed to a “barge get together” as the lake is not in a suitable state for racing (See Above!)
Anyone with a barge is welcome to come but don’t expect much more than a small area to float in.
I will be there with boat or two but don’t expect much to happen except maybe the offer of a cup of coffee or tea from your chairman.
Members will be well aware of the lake weed issues that we have been battling against since the spring. We have spent many hours trying to keep it under control in front of the jetty and along the front of the ‘island’. However, the best we seem to achieve is to clear it on a Monday or Tuesday for limited sailing on a Wednesday only to see it back the following week. Regrettably Silvermere cannot get the weed cutter in because of the low water level.
At the moment, yachts with smooth keels and built-in rudders (e.g. Moonbeams) seem to sail without problems provided there is sufficient wind, but other types of hulls and anything with a propeller are liable to get stuck.
Therefore, it is with great regret that your committee feels it necessary to cancel the Open Day this year, especially as we will not have a rescue dinghy available on the day.
At the moment we are planning to have the 2024 Open Day early in the spring before the weed becomes a problem.
PMMC members attended the Kempton Park Steam Weekend, displaying some of the scale and sail boats from the club, including some fine steam powered models. The main attraction being the large triple expansion steam engines used to pump water around the MWB network. One ‘The Sir William Prescott’ engine is still being run on steam days. See pictures below and in the events gallery. More about the museum here: https://kemptonsteam.org/
On Monday, prior to our AGM, on what was a beautiful spring evening, a prospective new club member made this lovely video of our boats sailing on the lake. Watch the video on YouTube.
March 13th @ Silvermere
On Monday 13th March our meeting is at Silvermere where the main event is a bring-and-buy. Please bring along your unwanted model boat bits so as to sell or swap to another member. The meeting is from 7.30pm at The Inn on the Lake, Silvermere Golf Complex, Redhill Road, Cobham, KT11 1EF.