Radio controlled yacht racing day at Askern

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Model boat club Balne Moor held its inaugural radio controlled yacht racing day at Askern Lake.

Skippers from across the north of England and two from Oxfordshire attended to race the RG65 class of model yacht, the fastest growing International R/C yacht class in the world.

Very light winds prevailed throughout the event necessitating tactical sailing around a triangular course to make the best possible use of what wind there was.

Numerous spectators came and went throughout the day, all commenting on what a fascinating sight it was to see so many yachts making good use of the lake without causing any hazard to wildlife or the environment.

A total of 12 races were successfully completed over the course of the day with Kirklees Model Boat Club member John Goodyear finishing up collecting the “silverware” duly presented by the Balne Moor club chairman.

Chris Moore from the Wykham club finished second with Richard Leech also from the KMBC a close third.

A spokesperson for the club said: “This is the first mainstream event we have been able to run at Askern lake but it certainly won’t be the last. We were delighted to attract such a strong entry and very grateful to all the Skippers who made the journey to support us on the day.”