October 4, 2023
By Marc Robic
There’s a scene in one of my favorite sailing movies, Wind, where one of the America’s Cup commentators says: ‘The big boats may get the glory, but it’s the small boats that make the sailor’. That statement could not be more accurate when we follow the various crews of regatta fleets around the world. But perhaps this statement can also apply to even smaller boats and their talented owners.
Invited to the Ile-Perrot Yacht Club on Sunday, Sept 24, to hold their regular weekend race series, these model RC sailboats come in different sizes and configuration, and like their larger counterparts, club members do measure and set handicaps making the races fair and square.
Like any other hobby and sport, these beautiful machines can be as simple or as sophisticated as the owner desires. Making it this such a wonderful opportunity for anyone, from novice to expect, to join in.
Each member I spoke with was not only passionate about their boat but were very willing to share their knowledge with fellow members and observers. I was genuinely pleased to meet these model club members and enjoyed watching them sail their boats and clearly enjoying each other’s company.
They usually meet every weekend at various locations in the Montreal area and everyone of welcome to come watch and share with the members.
To know more about the Marine Modelers Montreal Club, and know their meeting schedule, check-out their website at WWW.MMMONTREAL.CA
Marc Robic and his wife, Claude, sail their Catalina 270, Aquaholic 3, out of the Ile-Perrot Yacht Club in Montreal, where Marc spent 16 years as Harbour Master. They are regular Caribbean bareboat yacht charterers. With over 40-years experience, Marc is also an avid onboard do-it-yourselfer.