Penzance Model Boat Club

Golowan 2008

   This year’s Golowan festival has involved the usual week of music, dancing, displays and parades all over the town but for the model boat club everything centred on the last day of the festival, Sunday 29th June at the Wherrytown boating lake.



   The day started early with people from all over Penwith and further afield turning up to erect banners and lay out stalls for their displays.


   In the morning modelling enthusiasts from our club were joined by members of visiting clubs who displayed their models for the public. Some excellent examples of model construction were on show.

As the morning progressed and more visitors turned up boats were launched and serious sailing started. Boats of all shapes and sizes were put through their paces to the delight of young and old alike.

The event had the additional attraction of a visit from the Royal Navy. The Commanding Officer of HMS Penzance (Lieutenant Commander R.M.C. Bruford R.N.) brought a small contingent of his crew to overlook the proceedings. HMS Penzance is a Sandown class Minesweeper currently undergoing a refit at Faslane in Scotland and is linked with the town. The crew always enjoy visiting Penzance and this time was no exception.

They later handed out certificates to entrants of the Golowan Mazey Boat Regatta.

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Music was supplied by the Hayle Town Band who played some really stirring music. They were also responsible for the Annual Duck Race which involved tipping a large quantity of numbered plastic ducks into the stream above the boating lake. Sorry we failed to get the final results of the race but at least the young stewards enjoyed their paddle in the stream.

Always save the best until last!

The highlight of every Golowan boat day is the Golowan Mazey Boat Regatta. Children of all ages (up to 60 I’m told) spent a great deal of time and effort in the run up to the festival building their own boats out of paper, canes etc.

The Mazey Boats Workshop run by Mr. Gerson Velasquez gave advice and practical help to those who needed it and the result was a fantastic display of weird and wonderful boats which provided a very colourful and exciting regatta. The race was started at 1pm and ran the full length of the lake (80 metres).

At the gun there was a frenzy of billowing sails and then the wind changed direction and half the boats careered towards the side of the lake. What followed was mayhem as boat owners ran round the side of the lake in order to get their boats back on course. I believe most of the boats eventually made it across the finishing line which in itself is a credit to the builders. The race finished just in time as a heavy shower sent everyone running for the cover of the trees where the crew of HMS Penzance were waiting to present every boat builder with a certificate for their efforts. First past the winning line was ‘The Shark’ built by Mr. Velasquez but everyone who took part should take credit for a magnificent regatta.

Camborne Pond Hoppers Club

Pierre LeBretton & Son

Roy Trinder

Mick French

of the Camborne Pond Hoppers, 

Lifeboat Display