About us

Crowborough Model Boat club

The model boat club members sail at Centenary Lake at the front of Crowborough Leisure Centre on the A26 at Crowborough, East Sussex. It is a pupose built lake with all-round access. There is a cafe and loos in the leisure centre and there is plenty of car parking space. There is even a campsite run by the Camping and Caravanning Club for those who can't tear themselves away! The size of the lake (approximately 40metres x 20 Metres) is ideal for scale models and for our steering competitions. It also makes possible the use of cheaper, limited range radio control, sometimes known as 'Park flyer' sets. However, this overall size is not suited to really high speed craft and the depth of 12 - 18 inches (30 - 45 cm), depending on rainfall, might limit the use of larger yachts. 

Organised meetings and regattas are shown on the calendar section of this website. However, club members also meet informally at the lake on the 4th Sunday mornings in the month and some summer evenings.

Indoor club meetings are now held at the Crowborough Community Centre.

The club travels to take part in other events, competitions and shows. We also have special challenge events at Crowborough to build something different each year. 2011 was our solar powered boat challenge. In 2012 the challenge was to build a boat to travel across the lake without using any metal! Other challenges have been 3 volt boats, a barge rescue and in 2017, rowing boats  

Added interest at the site is provided by the two tracks of the model steam railway that runs around the outside of the lake (and is being extended) and there is a childrens play area within the Leisure Centre's grounds.

We would ask lake users to cover the tip of any long transmitter aerials for the protection of others and generally to show consideration for all lake users and the environment.

If you are in the area, try the lake, it is there to be used. Everyone is welcome, and above all, enjoy your hobby!