Landlubbers join cognoscenti at St Boswells model boat regatta

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CRAFT of all shapes, sizes and buoyancies descended on a pond near St Boswells on Sunday for the annual regatta of the Borders Model Boat Club, writes Andrew Keddie.

Enthusiasts from across the region gathered on the banks of the pond in the community woodland adjoining the village tennis club for the event, designed to test the navigational skills of members.

Many novices, including children, had also answered the call of the club to find out more about the passion for the creation of scale boats and ships – from modern tugboats to traditional fishing vessels.

The club, the only one of its kind in the Borders, was formed in 1995 and sails regularly throughout the season. Models – electric, steam or sail-powered – can be built from scratch or from kits, with membership open to anyone who has an interest in modelling disciplines, including road vehicles and railway trams.

The club has a “dry land” meeting on the second Wednesday of the month in the British Legion Club, St Boswells, at 7pm. Sailing times at the pond, adjacent to the A68 at the southern end of St Boswells, are the third Wednesday of the month in the evening from April until November. During the summer two regattas are held on Sundays. For further information about the club, contact Brian Cook (01896 848244) or Roddy Beatson (01896 850603).