Cumberland Valley Model Yacht Club
Sailing Season is Here!
Our first race is Saturday, April 14th, Mark your calendars!
Teaching sessions - We will be trying to de-emphasize racing and add a teaching/recreational component to our Saturday meetings for the Dragon Force 65 since it is our more accessible class. It is not yet worked out the timing of this activity with the racing part of the day. Comments and input welcome. Hopefully, after the Mall Show, we will have a group of new members to fold into the club, and we do not want to intimidate them right off with a heavy racing schedule. The EC12 class will be holding races in the afternoon.
The Cumberland Valley Model Yacht Club (CVMYC) is an informal group of model sailboat enthusiasts who enjoy radio control model sailboat racing. The club welcomes members young and old.
We are an exciting remote-controlled model sailboat racing club. We will sail our remote-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.
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.
A major goal of the club is to compete in a friendly atmosphere, and provide support for newcomers. 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. We will race during the sailing season of April – October. We may race from 8-18 races a day. We will start racing at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m., with a lunch break midway through. Our club members are eager to help new members get started with this serene and also adrenaline-rushing hobby.
Remote-control sailing includes purchasing and assembly of a new almost-ready-to-sail boat kit with transmitter and receiver. Dragon Force 65 kits may be bought from Dragon Sailing and cost around $200-$225, when you add in the purchase of a shortened keel. Information about purchasing the Dragon Force 65 is here. Information about the EC-12's for sale is here.
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.
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.