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Ok, we had a boat race, of sorts on 30 April 2016 at Coate Water in Swindon, with friends in a race to build and sail their own boats. This year we are doing a rerun of that event. We are totally amateurs at this, and there are few if any rules for the event, other than turn up with an RC boat of some description.
If you happen to be around and would like to join in, be my guest.
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Sometimes, I think I’m essentially still a kid, just grown up on the outside....
Can you confirm the date is the 30th April which is a Friday, also the time, as if in the morning and on the 30th I have a previous appointment and cannot make the morning, a bitter blow as Coate Water is my sailing venue.
Sorry looked at March 30th not April the 30th anyway it is immaterial as I have just seen the date as 31st March on the original post on this thread which is a Saturday which is great as I should be free, and I believe I am correct at saying this is at Tadpole lake just North of Swindon, even closer to me.
it is not at Coate water but at a place called Tadpole pond (or lake) which is North Swindon, click on the map on the first post and it will show the location, I am hoping Penfold 63 will repost and confirm everything soon as the date is fast approaching, I have managed to get the Lloydsman tug ready for the event, but it won@t be winning any races 😆
what a great idea! wish it wasn't so far, so anyone can turn up with an rc boat, but its a race, like a drag race? what's the format, I know its informal, but I'm wondering how it works, just draw lots to race, could be elec against ic, scale against, well anything! sounds like a load of fun👍 I'm interested....😉
Time is approaching for this event.If you look on google maps you will see a huge housing development,a farm,etc,etc. cannot locate actual pond. If this event is to work,we need to know exactly how to get there.
My sentiments as well, I did send an email to Chris some two weeks ago, I will send him a private message, but he has not replied to my email so I may not get any response, it is not too bad for me as I only live 5 miles or so from the venue, but without a time and anyone else it will not be much fun
Well, no reply from Penfold63, no response to my email or the private message sent, even though I live only 5 miles away from the location, I have no idea where it actually is, I drive through that area quite often but have never seen a large body of water, so what to do? I don't fancy being Billy no mates.
I dive past this area every day and there are 2 bodies of water either side of the road with a footbridge over them. The water is not very big (certainly a tiny fraction of the size of Coate water). If you use the map and go to satellite view you can see the water. My only concern is there is little or no parking in that area so might be a bit of a walk?
Got it, I must admit I have not driven past the first roundabout for a while, normally take Oakhurst way, I can see the water now, it is on the new road into the housing estate, parking may well be an issue as well as a problem if a boat breaks down unless someone can bring a rubber dingy of sorts, I have just managed to get the Sea Commander up and running, having painted the hull by hand, not 100% finished but enough to sail, if I bother to go, as there are several questions that need to be answered, like is the original organiser going to turn up?, who owns the body of water? does he have permission to sail on the water, unless these are answered then I will continue to use Coate water boating area, as it is weed free and only 3ft deep.