Tug towing, scale sailing and yachting
Balne Moor Model Boat Club
Tug towing and scale steering

Set out below are details of the club's calendar of scale sailing and tug towing events for 2017.
All these events will take place at the club pond at Balne Moor.  Please note the format of some of the events may vary as the year progresses.

Scale sailing events are operated on the basis of self scoring.  Tug towing competitions will have judging in the usual way.



 
 SUNDAY MARCH 12th      SEASON'S FIRST SAIL
Informal scale sailing.  Everyone welcome,  all boats equal.  No sailing fee.
 
SUNDAY APRIL  9th     TUG  TOWING & SCALE SAILING
Teams of two tugs tow vessels through a set course, £1per tug; or
sail your own boat through a steering course, £1.50 per boat.
 
SUNDAY MAY 14th     SCALE SAILING
Separate classes for large and small boats so size does not matter;  £1.50 per boat.
 
SUNDAY MAY 28th  TUGS AND NAVY DAY
Never a grey day when there are warships navigating the scale course. 
Non-naval boats also welcome.  £1 per boat, all types.
 
SATURDAY JUNE 17th  and SUNDAY 18th  TUG TOWING "PRO-AM" WEEKEND
Here is your opportunity to come along on either or both days and have a go at tug towing. 
Work with an experienced "tugger" to learn from them how to tow vessels through the harbours at Balne Moor. Don't worry if you have not got a tug, someone will lend you one.  
£4 for one day or £6 for the weekend.
Clyde Model Boats will have a trade stand on the Sunday, so if you have any purchase requirements, here is your chance.

 SUNDAY JULY 2nd      TUG TOWING AND SCALE SAILING
An informal day towing or scale steering to your heart's content.  £1 per boat.
 
SUNDAY JULY 23rd     SCALE DAY
Separate classes for large or small boats so bring yours along whatever it is.  £1 per boat.
 
SATURDAY AUG 12th     SUMMER SOCIAL AND SUNSET SAIL 
If the sun shines the boats can sail into the sunset; if not, we'll still have a great social afternoon and those who dare can sail through the twilight zone into the evening.  No sailing fee.  
Hot food available in the evening.
 
SUNDAY AUG 13th     ROSES REGATTA
Can the red roses  of Lancashire beat the white ones of Yorkshire on home water? 
Scale sailing and towing.  Lighthearted scale sailing and towing.  No sailing fee.
 
SUNDAY SEP 17th       SVITZER TUG TOWING  SHIELD
Annual towing competition sponsored by Svitzer Tugs.
Single, 2 and 3 tug formats.  £1 per boat. There will also be scale sailing.
 
SUNDAY OCT 1st       NORTH SEA WINCHES SHIELD
Two man (or woman) tug teams compete for the sponsor’s trophies; £1 per tug. 
Scale sailing also available on the day;  £1.50 per boat.
 
   Bacon/sausage butties available until 12.30 pm at all events; hot and cold drinks all day and home made cakes until they’re gone so get there early!
 
Directions to Balne Moor are on the home page; if you want a map, go to the contact page.
 
For more information contact: johnpollitt456@sky.com
 

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TUG TOWING RULES
Boats used should be models of ships designed and built for the purpose of towing; deep sea, estuary and river tugs are all acceptable. (Pusher tugs may be used but must tow via a rope.)
One tug to be attached to the bow of the tow, one to the stern. Tugs may be tethered either way round, i.e. bow-bow, stern- bow or stern-stern.
The towline length and composition are for the competitor to decide. Working winches are acceptable.
The towline must not be used to pull the tug "tight" on to the tow.
Two-tug teams may manoeuvre the tow by hull-hull contact; however . . . .
in three-tug teams, only the free running tug may use hull-hull contact to manoeuvre the tow. A tethered tug using hull-hull contact to manoeuvre the tow will be penalised. Accidental touches will not be penalised.
The jetty/wharf where the tow is to be docked inside the dock area is dead; all other jetties/wharfs are live to all tugs and tows unless specifically indicated by written course instructions.
All buoys are live to all tugs and tows at all times.
Two-tug teams: both tugs and tow must sail the course as given.
Three-tug teams: the free running tug may sail any course but the tethered tugs and tow must sail the course as given.
In the event of a breakdown, including the towrope fouling a propeller, the judge should be informed immediately; the tugs and tow will be recovered manually if necessary. When the breakdown has been corrected the round can be restarted from the position the breakdown occurred. No penalty will be given for a breakdown.
PENALTIES
Touch on any artefact: 1 point
Touch on pond side outside dock area: 1 point
Tethered tugs using hull-hull contact to move the tow: 3 points (For three-tug teams) Sail wrong course, per tug/tow: 5 points Miss a gate completely: 15 points