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REGATTA DATES 2014
This seasons bridle colour is Red and Yellow.
|17-19||M E Exhibition Alexandra Palace. Hydroplane Club stand||6||Althorne Lake Essex|
|March||13||Kingsbury Water Park|
|16||Hydroplane Club AGM- Holiday Inn Express, Elstow, Bedford||19-20||Althorne Lake Essex|
|30||Althorne work party Cancelled||August|
|April||3||Kingsbury Water Park, Tamworth|
|13||*Althorne Lake Essex||9-16||European Championships Pazardzhik|
|27||VMSC Victoria Park||23||St. Albans|
|May||25||International St. Albans|
|4||Althorne Lake, Essex||Sept|
|25||VMSC Victoria Park||6-7||Rowden Lake, Midland Area Championships|
|June||14||VMSC Victoria Park|
|8||Althorne Lake, Essex.||21||Kingsbury Water Park|
|22||Kingsbury Water Park||October|
|5||Althorne Lake, Essex|
|19||Section Conference, Holiday Inn, Elstow.|
*With regards to the Althorne venue, the
strength and direction of the wind plays a big part in whether we are able to
hold the regatta. Please check before setting out.
Norman Lara, Tel mobile 07956 423410
What, Who and Where
What is tethered hydroplane racing
Modern tethered hydroplane racing offers competitors a variety of classes and options with which to pit their skills against the clock. The tethered hydroplane is a purpose built model, designed expressly for high speed on water using either an immersed propeller or airscrew. Boats are connected via a pair of wire bridles and a line of set length to a rotating pylon. This will give a circular lap of known length, usually 100 yards or 100 metres. There is no steering or any other means of control. The boat, be it a flash steamer, novice or vintage, powered by a large capacity home-built engine, a high performance commercial two-stroke, or even an electric motor is connected to the line and the engine started. When satisfied that the engine is producing maximum power, the competitor launches the boat off on its run, aided by a rubber bungee. The timed laps are signalled by the competitor when happy that the boat is at its fastest. The elapsed time for the required number of laps is translated into speed and the head scratching starts over adjustments needed to achieve an even faster run next time. This is the quest that has continued to challenge participants in this fascinating sport of tethered hydroplane racing for over 100 years.
Call the run
Recording the speed
Tethered Hydroplane Contacts
NAVIGA & National Classes
Waterscrew & Airscrew
Hydroplane Related Links
Companies, organisations and individuals providing items and services
Racing Related Articles
A3 Tethered Hydroplane
Performance and Building information
30cc Hydroplane Motors
Building and developing 'A' Class engines
||Private lake situated to the south
side of the B1010 in Althorne village, 1/2 mile past Station Rd
|Kingsbury Water Park
||Country Park off Bodymoor Heath
Road Tamworth. Car Park charges apply
gps 52.561078,-1.700027 SatNav B76 0DY
||Public Park. Limited parking at St
Marks Gate off Cadogan Terrace, walk to lakeside.
gps 51.539596,-0.027981 SatNav E9 5EG
||Private lake to the south of the
B0000 Fen Lane 1 mile north of Fenny Drayton
gps 52.565186,-1.462662 SatNav CV13 6BP
||Verulamium Park. Park in Roman
Museum car park off A401, charges apply. Walk to lakeside
gps 51.752181,-0.35491 SatNav AL3 4SW
MPBA affiliated clubs with active hydroplane members
|Model Hydroplane Club
|Formed in the 1970s to promote the
building and racing of tethered hydroplanes countrywide.
Contact: Sonia Collins. 020 8590 4318
|Retro Racing Club
||The Retro Club was set up
in 1996, primarily to cater for the vintage interest and
incorporated the Rushden Club. Members running all classes of
Contact: Peter Hill. Ivy House. Main road. Great Carlton. Louth LN11 8JU
||Small group formed in the 1980s,
solely to run tethered hydroplanes nationally and internationally,
primarily NAVIGA classes.
Contact: Stuart Robinson 13 Church Road. Stevington. Bedford. MK43 7QB
|The club celebrates its centenary
in 2010 and while not being able to run hydroplanes at their lake
currently, still has a number of enthusiasts of long standing who
||Home club of Bob Kirtley, one of
the world's leading exponents of high speed flash steam tethered
hydroplanes and the current outright record holder.
Contact: Robert Kirtley 2, Datchet Road, Whitley Bay NE25 9UR
||Formed in 1975 to
take advantage of the newly opened water park. Members from other local clubs
starting running hydroplanes in 1990. High profile
members, include Arthur Wall and John DeMott.
Contact: John DeMott, Rowden Cottage, Fenny Drayton CV13 6BP
||Welwyn hosted the last world
championships to be held in this country, but have since lost
their lake for hydroplanes. Home Club of John Hyder, current 'A'
Class record holder
Contact: Philip Radford, 21 Home Close, Stotfold, Hitchin, Herts SG5 4DJ
||St Albans MES has a long
history of involvement with tethered hydroplanes and their lake
hosts the two day International Regatta each August.
Contact: Roger Lane 27, Marten Gate, St Albans, Herts AL4 9NB
|Founded in 1904, The Victoria
model Steamboat Club is one of the oldest in the country. A wealth
of tethered hydroplane experience exists amongst the members,
including current outright hydroplane record holder, Norman Lara.
Contact: Keith Reynolds email: VMSCvictoriapark@talktalk.net
|This year sees the club entering
its 82nd year with straight running and tethered hydroplanes
remaining its primary interests. Current Chairman is Jim Free who
holds no less than 4 tethered hydroplane records in two airscrew
classes and two waterscrew classes.
Contact: Phil Abbott email: Blackheathemail@example.com
||One of the primary venues for many
years, run by a core group of highly enthusiastic engine builders
and competitors, now sadly without a local water.
Contact: Mike Rose. New address to be confirmed
|Sue Free Novice boat||Three A Class flash steamers||Four 30cc A Class IC boats||Jim Free B1 airscrew|
Club contacts and web addresses correct as at 1/02/2013
Photos OTW and Sonia and Tony Collins