Straight Running

Straight Running

Contact: Dean Reynolds
The Rules for Straight Running can be downloaded in PDF Format HERE

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This is the oldest form of competitive model boating. During the early part of the last century there were two classes of competition, namely Speed and Steering. As speeds rose it became necessary to tether the speed class boats and run them on a circular course. This Section is called ‘Tethered Hydroplanes’. The Steering Class being known as ‘Straight Running’ represented here. The boats are free running with no Radio Control. The discipline requires two people, one to launch and one to catch. The boats may be powered by Steam, I.C., or Electric.

There are five classes of boat: Functional, Scale Ships, Scale Boats, Metre and Wedge. There are a number courses and penalties that can be introduced but the basic steering course is described below.

  • At one end of the lake eight markers are placed at a set distance apart.
  • A Starting Gate is placed at a distance of sixty to eighty yards from the markers.
  • The object being to direct the boat through the starting gate to the markers in the distance.
  • A boat passing through the centre markers (or Bull) scores ten points next markers each side of the centre score nine points then eight and finally seven.
  • A Boat passing outside the outside markers does not score any points.

This is the most inexpensive form of model boating and can without doubt be the most challenging. No boat ever runs the same twice with differing weather and water conditions.

Upcoming Events

22nd May 2022
  • St Albans Straight Running

    22nd May 2022
    75309, -0.35518
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    VerulamiumLake St Albans

                                                                            SouthernArea Qualifier

                                                                            1030hrs Prompt start

                                                                            AllClasses

                                                                            £1.50plus 75p each additional craft.

     

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4th June 2022
  • Tyneside Straight Running

    4th June 2022 - 5th June 2022 @ 
    54.9978, -1.59456
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    Saturday : Paddy Freemans Lake, Jesmond Dene, Newcastle

    upon Tyne.  9.30 for 10.00amStart..

    Sunday : Marine Park Lake, SouthShields.  9.30 for a 10.00am Start contact Andy Humpish (Hon Sec) H&DMPBC.

                                                                            

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5th June 2022
  • Tyneside Straight Running

    4th June 2022 - 5th June 2022 @ 
    54.9978, -1.59456
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    Saturday : Paddy Freemans Lake, Jesmond Dene, Newcastle

    upon Tyne.  9.30 for 10.00amStart..

    Sunday : Marine Park Lake, SouthShields.  9.30 for a 10.00am Start contact Andy Humpish (Hon Sec) H&DMPBC.

                                                                            

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19th June 2022
  • Victoria Straight Running

    19th June 2022
    51.53939, -0.03343
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    VictoriaPark Hackney

                                                                            SouthernArea Qualifier

                                                                            1030 hrs Prompt Start All Classes

                                                                            £2all day.

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3rd July 2022
  • Victoria Straight Running

    3rd July 2022
    51.53939, -0.03343
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    VictoriaPark Hackney

                                        Blackheath MPBC          Steam Day/ Blackheath regatta

                                                                                 Southern Area Qualifier

                                                                            1030 hrs Prompt Start £2.00 all day

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