TYNEMOUTH MODEL BOAT CLUB
The lake in Tynemouth park and the park itself was built by one of the Dukes of Northumberland in the late 1880s, as a place where the merchants and businessmen of the Tynemouth Borough could sail and race their model yachts. They founded the Tynemouth Model Yacht Club in 1893 which in the 1920’s became the Tynemouth Model Boat Club.
It was around this time that the present premises became the clubhouse, although the building dates from earlier than that. Unfortunately, the Club’s ownership of the lake and then the clubhouse were taken over by the council by compulsory purchase in the early 1900s. Thankfully the council then, and the local authority now, have always honoured concessions given to the club by the Duke.
OFFICIAL CLUB MEETING TIMES. Those concessions allow the club the exclusive use of the lake between 08:00 and 13:00 on Sundays throughout the year.
The club also meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, though these are not official meetings.
MEMBERSHIP. There are currently about 100 members in the club. There are several expert model builders and sailing skippers in the club. TMBC is open to membership for anyone over 12 years of age, but juniors, (12 to 16) must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Anyone who wishes to join should ask at the clubhouse for a membership application form: there is always someone there on a Sunday morning. The main condition of membership is that the applicant must come to the lake frequently enough during a three month probationary period to get to know the members. Alternatively, applicants can be sponsored by an existing member if they genuinely know a member.
ACTIVITIES. The lake is about 400 feet long and enjoys excellent sailing conditions due to its open aspect, and competitive sailing is an very popular activity. The club sails commercial ‘Seawind’ yachts which regularly race, mixed broadly with 1000mm size yachts. Another popular class of competition is Ketch racing. The club also runs scale steering competitions and Club 500 racing. There is a captain for straight running competition, but currently, there is not enough interest in this class for competitions.
CONTACT DETAILS. If you want to apply for membership or want more information, contact the club secretary via email: Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org or just come along on any Sunday morning.