Club History – About the E & D. M. B. C….

In 1984 Southampton Model Power Boat Club which was set up mainly for Fast I/C Power Boats had a small but active group of members devoted to scale building & sailing. Frustrated with the lack of time allocated on the clubs waters for scale sailing as opposed to Fast I/C Power Boats they decided to look for alternative waters. New lakes at Eastleigh formed from the extraction of gravel for the new M27 had become available but on enquiry Eastleigh Borough council would only allow the use of these new waters by a local club.

The only way that the Scale group could use these attractive new facilities was by forming a new club in the area and so the Eastleigh & District Model Boat Club was born.

The Club was officially formed in August 1984 by nine members and it was decided to join both the MYA and MPBC and from such small beginnings, the club gradually built up to a membership of over 80 in the late nineties. In 1994 we joined the S.W.A.M.B.C.

Nowadays in E & D. M. B. C. there is a Scale Division & a Model Yacht Racing Division. In 2002 through connections with the Twyford Waterworks Trust permission was given to build a pool within the Twyford Waterworks and this was officially opened in 2004. However, due to size and depth restrictions, this was used almost exclusively by the Scale Division and now that TWT have plans to redevelope the waterworks site the scale division moved to a new larger site at Highbridge Farm where the Sunday and Wednesday meetings continue.

The Model Yacht Division meanwhile continued to sail at Beach Lake, Lakeside Country Park and hold sessions pre-booked with Eastleigh Countryside Mgt for club members with various classes supported e.g. I.O.M., DF65 & Marbleheads. An “official” race programme is maintained for Fridays and Sundays and unofficial sessions for training on Wednesdays open to all club members and visitors alike.

The club now holds an annual regatta, a barbecue in late summer or early autumn and holds & attends various modelling or charitable events during the year. There is usually a Chairman’s Challenge and various other competitions during the year. Organised and ad hoc visits are made to exhibitions and areas of interest such as a visit to Chatham Historic Dockyard and the steam pinnace at Gosport.