About MYG

The Model Yacht Group (MYG) at Frensham Pond SC was set up in 2007 and is affiliated to the Model Yachting Association (MYA). The objective of the MYG is to provide enjoyable, fun sailing and racing for as many interested sailors of all ages and experience levels as possible. 


Those who are starting out will find it easy to get advice from MYG members on which boat to buy/build, how best to rig, tune and sail their boat - and many other tips to enhance their enjoyment of the sport.


We sail on TUESDAYS throughout the year - starting at 10.00am, with organized racing at about 10.30am and continues until around 3pm. 


There is plenty of room on the Pond for all model yachts to be able to sail or race without interfering with other sailors. All sailors need to register their transmitter frequencies and obtain a 'peg' (except those on 2.4 GHz) to avoid conflicts.


Facilities available:

  • Clubhouse Toilets
  • Launching can be done either from one of a number of long jetties or from the bank.
  • Sailing can be watched and boats are controlled from a large grassed area close to the launching jetties.
  • Yachts that have gone astray can be recovered by a recovery boat manned by trained MYG members.
  • Power boats are not allowed.


MYG Membership is free to all full members of FPSC and is available to all others at a (2016) subscription of £49pa.  There is no joining fee.



Classes Sailed

The Model Yacht Group sails and races many classes of Model Yachts but concentrates primarily on three: 

Boats under one metre

Principally we race the International One Metre (IOM) in this group. These boats are light, responsive and fun to sail. This is the most popular of the four international classes and is sailed at most Model Yachting Association (MYA) clubs.

The class rule is 'closed', meaning that many aspects of design, materials and construction are restricted to promote close competition, but there are many different designs from which to choose. However the rule is designed to allow the DIY enthusiast some freedom to construct an inexpensive and competitive boat. 

The important speed related criteria of length, draught, displacement and sail plan are limited to a maximum of 1000mm, 420mm, 4kg and 3 prescribed rigs. A typical second hand boat can cost around £200 depending on age, condition and design.

Several members have made their own boats, some using glassfibre for the hulls, others used Western Red Cedar planks to create competitive boats.

IOM with "B" rig

Boats over one metre

Commonly these are the 10Rater (10R) class. These are light, sleek, seaworthy and fast. It is an 'open' rule Class with great freedom to develop design and construction, particularly in rigs and sail plans. Any boat can be a 10 rater and several.  A typical 10 rater is approximately 1600mm long, weighs 6kg and carries one square metre of sail. The cost of a second hand boat will vary substantially depending on its age and design - but a reliable and exciting boat can often be had for around £300.

Marbleheads have been successful in this class, and we race them with the 10R yachts.  The modern ‘M’ class yacht is a ‘high-tech’ racer, sporting up to 6 measured rigs with trends of profiled rotating masts, unstayed carbon rigs, pocket luff mainsails, pre-preg carbon hulls and fins offering a wide scope for design freedom. At only 1290mm in overall length, the restricted development class rules allow both the professional or amateur designer/builder/sailmaker an attractive avenue to test their knowledge and skills in one of the most exhilarating radio yacht classes in the world.

In addition, there are the 8 Metre, the RG65 and Footy classes. The 8 Metre is a recent (late 2011) arrival at Frensham and has the attribute of a weed-cheating long keel that enables it to sail happily when more deep standard keel boats are not. The design is a replica of the full sized 8 Metre, which is a classic keelboat generally some 11 Metres long overall but 8 metres on the waterline. The replica boat started life at a club local to Frensham (the Southwater Dabblers) where they are constructed. The fleet at Frensham is currently 8 boats. The hull is 40 inches long and weighs approximately 8-9lb all up. All the costs above exclude the cost of the electronics (transmitter and receiver), which can be obtained new for under £100 depending on sophistication and type.

The RG65 is a development class for 65 cm long radio controlled yachts which means that anything not mentioned in the rules is allowed.  The simple rules are designed to encourage people to try new ideas at a modest cost.
Plus points for the class are:

  • Light weight around 1kg.
  • Compact enough to fit in a small car fully rigged.
  • No need for special heavy duty sail servos.
  • Hulls built in balsa wood are little heavier than expensive carbon fibre moldings.


The Footy is a small radio-control sailboat whose length is a mere 12 inches (30.5 cm). The hull can be made from a fiberglass mould or simply with thin sheets of balsa wood fitted together. Two servos are used, one to control the sail and one for the rudder. Some free plans are available.


All boats of any type or class are welcome, especially replica and vintage yachts. We have sailing days set aside for the bigger A Class yachts and the 8 metres once a month. The lake at Frensham Pond is very suitable for all types of Radio Controlled yachts and has excellent launching facilities - as well as a large grassed area for viewing and controlling boats on the water.

 Please come down any Tuesday to meet with like minded and enthusiastic Model Boat sailors or contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.