Cumberland Valley Model Yacht Club
Our next race is Saturday, August 11, Mark your calendars!
We will be participating in the Hagerstown Fall Festival this year! The date is Saturday, September 15th, 10 am to 4 pm. We will be sailing our sailboats and showing off our gear. Come on out and meet our club members. The location is Hagerstown City Park Lake, just downhill from the Art Museum.
Our EC-12 Fleet is Expanding!
Our last race attracted five EC-12 skippers. One was from out of town, but we have one other from our club that is thinking definitely about buying his own EC-12, making six club members racing on our super-nice lake! If you are an EC-12 owner, give some thought to joining our club and getting in on the action!
Afternoon races with the EC-12s are competitive on our large lake and well-made race course. Our EC-12 fleet is growing, and perhaps other skippers would consider joining our club just for this event.
At the request of some of our less experienced members, The Dragon Force racing in the mornings has taken on an informal tone, with teaching, and practicing on the smaller course on our lake.
The Cumberland Valley Model Yacht Club (CVMYC) is a 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.
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. We are also attracting r/c model yacht skippers who enjoy the friendly tone of our club, as well as newcomers to the sport. The two classes we cater to are the Dragon Force 65's and the EC-12's.
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. There are two controls on the hand-held transmitter: on for the rudder (steering), and one for the sheets (sail adjustment.) Competition arises from how well you can "tune" your boat (that is, adjust the shape of the sails), and how accurately you can navigate the breeezes to make your way around the course.
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 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. Joining of the AMYA is mandatory because we get our pond insurance through them.
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.