Confederation Marine Modellers

Our display this year comprised a small booth on all 3 days of the show, and a much larger space, which we filled mostly with sailboats, on the Sunday.


Predicted Log
1st  -  Don Spielberger  3 sec
2nd  -  Jeff Kipfer   23 sec
3rd  -  Steve Mackenzie  24 sec

Pictures provided by Paul and Roy.

Port Colborne Canal Days, 4th - 7th August 2017.

Thanks to Bob and Cher for a job well done.

          Six sailors and a couple of observers showed up for the CMM September Sail Day at The Sod Farm on Highway 6 in Mount Hope.  The weather was perfect, the racing was very good and Harry, as usual, won most of the races.  Thanks to Doug for keeping score and to Mark for help in getting boats off the ropes.


The final picture shows Hank with the stand he has designed and had built for his Victoria that allows him to work on the boat with no table and without having to get down on the ground.  The work height is adjustable and a handle is provided to make it easy to remove the stand from the ground.

Pictures and text by Paul.

Space was limited this year so, not only did we not have a pool, but we were squeezed into a space outside the cafeteria which allowed us only two tables and the tops of a couple of display cabinets.

The winners were as follows:
Precision Steering
1st -  John Brokenshire  380  points
2nd - Paul Spielberger  380 points
3rd - Don Spielberger  380 points

They tossed a coin  to decide position.

Pictures provided by Paul

Visit to the CCGS Private Robertson VC, 11th March 2018

​​​​​"Show and tell" at Chartwell Brant Centre, Friday July 28th 2017.


Louis, Harry and Fred did a static show at a Burlington long term care facility called “”Chartwell Brant Centre”. It’s on the Lake Shore beside the Joseph Brant Hospital. This was organized by Louis. 

There was no presentation per se . The residents came by and moved around our tables, front and behind. The staff also brought them in by wheel chair and walker. Harry, Louis and Fred explained  their models , how they were built, what they represented, etc.
All in all the residents seemed to enjoy our models and asked a lot of questions.


As Fred commented, "I think what Harry, Louis and I did is called “Giving Back”. I would hope that when I get into a seniors home someone does the same for me."

Great location, great weather, great company, great food. What more could a model boater want?

A typical week at the Burlington pond.

Recent events - Boat, Fishing and Outdoor Show, 2nd - 4th March, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

"Light up the night" show at Spencer Smith Park, 22nd September 2017.

We had a good number of spectators walking by as we were right at the sidewalk that went down to the new floating dock. We had a couple of chaps that lived in Pt. Dover and built model boats, so we hooked them up with Gary. We hope we can get a couple of new members from down there. John put his alligator tug in and I think it was Gary that put a sail boat in, but the real boats going up and down the river were a problem as they created a fair bit of wake and they wouldn’t see our boats.

Pictures and commentary by Dale

Pictures provided by Paul.

31 boats participated:

​-  11 from Buffalo

​-  8 from Kitchener

​-  12 from Hamilton

A visit to the Burlington pond by the Burlington Post.

News from elsewhere - Subs in Guelph

Pictures by Roy and Paul; video by Paul.

Recent events

Recent events - Visit to the CCGS Private Robertson VC, 11th March

Pictures by Paul and Roy.

At the club sail on the evening of July 20th, we were joined by a photographer from the Burlington Post.  The photos shown below subsequently appeared in the newspaper on July 27th.  Thanks to Metroland Media for allowing us to show them here.

Wood Show, 23rd -25th February 2018, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

Pictures provided by Paul and Roy.

On most Sunday mornings in the summer you can find the members of the Southern Ontario division of the Sub-Committee of Ontario sailing in Riverside Park in Guelph. The models include scale models of Japanese, German, US and Russian subs, as well as Jules Verne's Nautilus.  They are a mixture of kit-built and scratch-built. Bruce's I-58 is built from a kit, but several features were wrong and Bruce has corrected these on his model. 

The following report was provided by Bob Farrant, Secretary of the GLMBA.

Well here we are in August already, where has the year gone.
It was a fun weekend as usual in Port Colborne. There were a few funny things that happened.

George Specht  decided to overload a chair and it broke. The look on his face as he was heading to the ground was spectacular.
Steve G. decided to eat a wasp and it fought back. He seemed to be allergic to it (wasp 1 Steve 0). His lip swelled up but he was ok and came back for more on Sunday.
Bob F christened his footy - it ran well but had a bad driver. It liked to stick to the wall so better get some instructions.
Steve tried to glue his fingers inside  a balloon buster with the help of Garth. The boat ended up ok but Steve spent all day worrying about the glue on his fingers ( just keep picking).
It rained really hard for about 5 minutes and Steve M. had more water on the deck than in the pool and he kept saying "I hope it does not sink". He must have thought it was a water transport. It survived but I am not sure about Steve.
The GLMBA Chairman showed up with his fleet and the one that was supposed to run would not - ( bad terminal, should have checked it at home ). A good thing he had a spare or his crew (his sons ) would have been upset.
Doug Specht had a 6 inch model that ran well.  Spectrum equipment.
We spent  a lot of time repairing balloon busters. It is getting to be a wreck 'em race but fun.
Steve and Dale M spent their anniversary there - what a great wife to allow him to attend Canal Days. We hope they have many  more wonderfull years together.
Too bad nobody from the local club  showed up,  it would have helped.

Event coming up is the High Point Regatta in Buffalo on August 27th, let's get out and support them. 

These final pictures (though clearly not of the sail race) show Hank with the Dutch Yacht model that had been donated to the club recently, and which he won in the 50/50 draw.  This model was built in either Holland or Sweden approximately 50 years ago and was crafted with excellent fittings and complete detailed standing and running rigging.  The boat needs a little cleaning and TLC but will be a fabulous showpiece with very little work.

Hank was very keen to get the boat so it was good that he won.

"Boats in the Park", May 26th & 27th.

"Spring Splash" at Safari Lake, Saturday 12th May.

Home, Garden and Outdoor Show, 5th - 7th April 2018.

Hi-point regatta, Rotary Centennial Pond at Spencer Smith Park, Sunday 11th July 2017.

Port Dover Fish Fest, Saturday 15th July 2017

Boat, Fishing and Outdoor Show, 2nd - 4th March 2018, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

About 20 modellers participated with their boats in our 2nd annual "LIght up the night" sail. Participants gathered from 6pm and continued to sail through the dusk until around 9pm. The activity attracted quite a number of spectators. Even the weather cooperated being dry and balmy into the evening.


Thanks to Frank for organising the event, and doing the run to Tim Horton's for the coffee and timbits, and Paul for the video.

Sail race September 10th 2017.