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5th National Warship Weekend

What a fantastic weekend!

Glasgow Richmond MBC`s first attempt at hosting the "National Warship Weekend" was a resounding success. The show attracted visitors from not only Scotland, but England, Ireland and Sweden, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


The weather, being it`s usual mean self, tried it`s hardest to drown out our enthusiasm on Saturday, but it didn't succeed. The hardy GRMBC and SMWA Rain what rainground crew, took the torrential rain in their stride and had everything up and ready in a matter of hours, we did pass our planned start time, but  bailing out your shoes every now and again does take time.

Come 1 o`clock the clouds started to thin, the rain stopped and we all started to enjoy ourselves. The display started to draw the crowds and the modellers wasted no time in getting their boats out on the water. We deviated from the previous show format by having  the static displays under cover this year and very successful it was too (and dry).

The harbour display stole the show as usual and the moored ships also attracted some admiring glances from the passing public.

Saturday went by quietly with some gentle sailing and everyone getting to know each other, which is usually the norm for this weekend event, then after the clear up, the warship guys met up with their friends for a meal in the evening.

Sunday started with a nice calm overcast morning, the guy`s arrived early and the gazebo`s were erected in under an hour, the boats started filling the tables at an unprecedented rate.

On the water, harbours, obstacle courses, mine fields, wind farms etc. started to appear as if by magic, there was even time for a cuppa before the start time! What a fantastic bunch to get everything done so quickly and efficiently.

Sunday was totally different from the previous day with warships sailing straight from the start. There was a formation sailing event with three teams sailing against each other and also a single steering event which was extremely popular.
Formation sailing
The judging for the best in show was done by our guest of honour from HMS Defender, Lt Adam Robertson, aided by our very own David Morrison.

Lt Robertson doing the presentationLt Robertson won first place in the team event alongside Gary Mills and Chris Daisley and also third place in the singles, with first place going to Ronnie Morlan (a confirmed "Tugger") second place going  to Bill McCowan.

Best in show went to HMS Velox by Steve Pickering, runner up went to HMS York by Steve Houston of GSSMS.

The SMWA presented the Bill Loney Memorial Trophy for best in show by an SMWA member, this was awarded to HMS Viperous by Brian Cowell.

What a superb event this was, the club members as well as the members of the SMWA pulled out all the stops to make it extremely successful, this is a worthy addition to our events calendar for years to come.

The list is too long to mention everyone, as those helping in setting up and running our events are growing all the time, but a big THANK YOU, to all who put in the time and effort to make this weekend a great success.

Brian Cowell.

For pictures of the event, click here
Click here for a video, from Alasdair Smith, a member of the public.
GRMBC 2010