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THE EVOLUTION OF THE BROADS RADIO YACHT CLUB.

Founder member, Rick Buxton tells the story;

 “There had been a Model Yacht Club at the yacht pond in Eaton Park, Norwich, racing free sailing model yachts, since the early part of the twentieth century. In the early 1970’s club member Ray Batch took a holiday in the south of England where, for the first time, he saw radio controlled model yachts. Ray was suffering from arthritis which made chasing free sailing yachts increasingly difficult, so the concept of a radio controlled yacht which could be sailed from one station on the bank had great appeal. So, on his return home, he put the idea of radio controlled yachts to his club mates and one of them - David Skipper – ordered one straight away and by 1975 there was a small fleet of these boats sailing regularly at Eaton Park.
 It was soon decided that Eaton Park pond was less than ideal for radio controlled yachts, mainly because it was too narrow, having been designed and built for free sailing yachts, so Ray and David set about looking for a new water. They eventually settled on the water frontage to the Eel’s Foot pub at the north end of Ormesby Little Broad. By now I also had my first radio controlled yacht – Marblehead class - and Ray, David and myself were joined at the new club venue by Audrey Batch, Jock Porter, Stan Pepper, Mike Hammond and Norman Wortley. We then had to decide upon a name for our new club and ‘Broads Model Yacht Club’ was considered. This was rejected in favour of ‘Broads Radio Yacht Club’ because it more accurately reflected and represented what the club was about, it being one of the first of a small number of clubs in the country exclusively for radio controlled boats. The club grew quickly, establishing links with other similar clubs in the east of England and hosting open events which drew entries from far and wide. Members also supported open events at other clubs and entered National Championships.
I was later absent from the club for a few years and during this time the BRYC relocated to our current headquarters; the water frontage of the Filby Bridge Restaurant at the southern end of Ormesby Little Broad. The members continued to develop the Club and its facilities and in the early 1980’s the water frontage was dredged out and a paved control area constructed. More recently this development has continued with the construction of some walk-in steps for the safe launching and retrieval of boats.
The BRYC is now prominent in the Eastern District of the Model Yacht Association (MYA) and has hosted and continues to host District, Ranking and National events. It also has a large number of trophies contested each year, many of which commemorate the names of founder and other members”.

Mark Holt takes up the story:
“The BRYC originally sailed the Radio Marblehead (RM) class to which was later added the 10 Rater class (R10R). In 1989 the then fledgling International One Metre (IOM) class was introduced, and has now come to be numerically the most popular. In 1993 the Radio Six Metre (R6M) class was added for a more ‘yacht like’ displacement boat. The R10R class of boat is no longer sailed at the BRYC but good sized fleets of the RM, IOM and R6M classes continue to be enjoyed. This year some members have decided to branch out into the Radio ‘A’ class and the small, low cost Micro Magic ‘one design’ boat and it is hoped that this will encourage more people to take up the sport.
Since it was established in 1976 the BRYC has introduced many people to the challenge and delights of radio sailing and racing. Some have become expert skippers and gone on to sail at the highest level, others have been happy just to enjoy the challenge and camaraderie of racing at our club.
 The BRYC thanks its founders for their enthusiasm, hard work and foresight in starting a club in this area to provide organised class racing for radio controlled yachts and we hope that the next 30 years will be as happy and successful as the last 30 years have been.”

 
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