Cumberland Valley Model Yacht Club

Important Sailing News

There is one remaining monthly sail race day, October 1, before the end of our first year racing as our new sailing club.  We would love to have everyone participate - especially now that the City Council has finally permitted us the use of the City Park Lake after enormous work by Jarl Wathne and Mike Cavanaugh.  (See below)                     

Also, we need to have as many sailors as can attend the Hagerstown Fall Fest at the City Park Lake on Saturday, September 17.  We are now part of the official festivities! Sailing is from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Bring extra sailboats – any kind – for show.  

City Council Meeting News

Jarl attended the Hagerstown City Council meeting on August 30.  The Council unanimously approved the User Agreement with CVMYC effective 9/1/16.  Jarl, as the Vice Commodore, signed the Agreement.  To sum up:  there will be no schedule restrictions and no rent.  The City will supply the “rescue” boat.  So, you may sail your boat at your leisure, and if you need the “rescue” boat, you may call TR Lamb for the oars and life jackets at 301-500-8689.

Again, I ask for your support as this year comes to an end to do your best to attend these last two race days.  We need your support even if you don’t race.

End-of-the-Year Christmas Party

We are planning a party in December to celebrate the conclusion of our first year as a new model yacht sailing club.  (Date to be determined.) This will be a party for just us sailors and families.

About Us

We are a newly formed and exciting remote-controlled model sailboat racing club. We will sail our remote-controlled (radio controlled) boats on the lake in City Park, Hagerstown, Maryland, during the sailing season from April-October. It has been said by the radio controlled sailing community that this lake is one of the finest on the East Coast.

Fun Sailing Dragon Force RG 65's around our home lake at Hagerstown City Park

The rudder and sails are radio controlled, but the boats are propelled by the wind, just like a full sized sailboat.


Here are three starts of races in our popular class, the Dragon Force RG65.

The Cumberland Valley Model Yacht Club is open to the young and old. Many remote-control sailors have had some experience with "big boat" sailing or with radio controlled cars or airplanes, but such experience is not necessary to enjoy this hobby.

Remote-controlled sailboats are eco-friendly – quiet and clean. They are powered only by the wind. radio controlled sailboats have no motors or propellers and do not pollute. The transmitters and receivers are battery powered.

Model yachts being sprayed in a fountain

A major goal of the club is to compete in a friendly atmosphere. We use a start clock for the countdown and race around marker buoys in a set course. We may race anywhere from 8-18 races per on our race days. Our club members are eager to help new members get started with this serene and also adrenaline-rushing hobby.

Geese and a model yacht

Remote-control sailing includes purchasing and assembly of a new almost-ready-to-sail boat kit with transmitter and receiver. Boat kits may be bought from Amazon or Dragon Sailing and cost around $150-$200, when you add in the purchase of a shortened keel.

 Model yacht racing on a serene day

Remote-control model yacht sailing is a hobby to have fun with a group of friends and fellow enthusiasts. To join the Cumberland Valley Model Yacht Club, one Is also required to join the American Model Yachting Association. This organization is the national organization for model yachting in the United States. It publishes a quarterly magazine dedicated to model yachting, and oversees national and regional championships in over 20 classes of yachts.

For further information on joining, go here.

Exciting model yacht race