Luton & District​ ​Mod​​​el​ Boat Club

Chairmans Challenge

Traditionally each year the Club Chairman sets a Challenge to all members to build a boat to an unlikely specification and for their efforts to be judged on a specified day by taking part in a sailing demonstration of their efforts on Wardown Park Lake.

 This year is no exception and the Challenge is there for any member brave enough to risk their reputation as a model boat builder. The Challenge this year will  by judged by our Chairman, Tony Martin.

The Challenge for this year is as follows:-


  For the Chairmans Challenge 2023, all the following items MUST be incorporated into a new build boat. 

  1. Two Plastic Bottles 1.5ltr. or above.
  2. One Dowel, minimum 18" in length.
  3. One Carrier Bag.
  4. One Pen.
  5. You must incorporate a Box or Cradle to hold one item. This Item to measure 60 x 60mm.
  6. Five elastic bands of your choice.

    Radio Control will be up to the individual.
    No Commercial Hulls can be used.

    The plan is to get the Model to sail on the water for a minimum of 5 minutes.

Prizes (Jelly Babies) will be awarded as follows:

  1. Best Design
  2. Longest time on the water.
  3. Best Sinking.

  Judging will take place during the Sunday Morning sail on Sunday 7th May.


Only three members were brave enough to accept the challenge this year.
Taken from the left, the entrants were: 
1. John Allen's Paddle powered pirate ship. Considered by many to be top heavy which proved to be correct when the ship capsized within seconds of launching.
2. Tony Martin's outboard powered surfboard complete with outriggers and plastic spoon sail.
3. Bob Vaughan's Airboat with wooden spoon rudders and table tennis ball stabilisers.

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