Kirklees Model Boat Club - About Us
Welcome to Kirklees Model Boat Club. The club was first registered in the magazine, Model Boats in February 1978 as having twenty members.
The first chairman and founder member was Joe Strand. The club at this time was called, Kirklees Model Club, as club members also ran model cars, boats, tanks, and round the pole flying. In the years that followed the activities were refined down to model boat building and sailing, the club name then changed along with adopting the Swan logo.
Kirklees Model Boat Club promotes the hobby of model building and sailing, we meet as a club every Sunday Morning on the Park Lake, Wilton Park, Bradford Road, Birstall, Batley. West Yorkshire. The area is a public park, whereby members of the public can also sail any-time they wish.
We meet about 8am in the morning on Sundays and about 12 noon on Wednesdays. You will see us there all year round come rain or shine. Members have been known to 'break the ice' during winter in order to sail. Always a warm drink available every Sunday Morning. We also have a Lock up container which houses all the club equipment and rescue boats.
Membership is open to anyone who wishes to join, there are no restrictions and no limits on membership, we are a friendly club with our members having a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience on offer, on just about the whole range of marine subjects, from recreational, merchant, naval, and sailing craft, to submarines and hovercraft and will assist anyone with their model building.
The club also has a thriving sail section that hosts its own website to service their activities under the name of ‘ROFWAC’ at www.rofwac2.moonfruit.com. Here you will find information regarding the classes of yachts sailed, details of their sailing and racing programs, handicaps, scores, contact details and a range of information regarding sailing activities. The group is affiliated to the MYA (Model Yachting Association) giving access to their membership and facilities.
Regarding enquiries about club activities, events and visits to other club and displays please contact our Public Relations Officer Stan Reffin firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0113 267 5790
Please visit the other areas in the About Us section, this includes club rules, constitution, details of membership, how to contact us and Club History.
The Gallery has photographs and Videos of our models and events.
We have a large membership of over 180 paid up members, and are mainly scale modellers and a small group of sailors.
The Club Rules forbid the use of 'Internal Combustion Engines' and ‘Very High Speed Electric’ model boats on the Lake. This is also enforced by Kirklees Metropolitan Council.
For use of Steam boilers - refer to our Safety Valve testing requirements in the Downloads section, Any questions relating to this please contact us via our Public Relations Officer.
To find us, from the M62 Junction 27, follow the signs for A62 Huddersfield, to the junction with Bradford Road, about 1 mile, turn left at the traffic lights following the sign for Dewsbury, approximately 1 mile from the traffic lights, on the left is Wilton Park