6 Metre Nationals Information


6 Metre National Championships NOR is now available – Click Here to download the NOR


Dartmoor Model Boat Club is proud to have been asked to run the National Championships
for the class on SATURDAY 7th and SUNDAY 8th of September this year. Within this section
you will find information which is specific to the Championship including also items about
the club and updates on preparations for the event.

The Club is also staging the South West District Championship on SATURDAY 4th of MAY which is an ideal opportunity for 6M skippers to warm up for their main event of the year.

March 2019. UPDATE
During the latter part of 2018 and in the early part of this year work has been ongoing to
further update and improve the launching and recovery platforms to the lake. In doing this
consideration has been given to improving access not only for normal usage, but also for the
running of heated and large participation events. Additional work has been undertaken to
improve Health & Safety items including the erection of safety fencing over the spillway
which runs from the adjacent settlement pond.
The RO for both the SW and National Championship has been selected as Jerry Lock. Jerry is
the Sailing Sec for the Club and an experienced RYA Race Officer. He also competes in
regular Series racing in several classes which the Club runs, so knows exactly what is
expected. Several members of the race team have also been appointed including those who
will oversee pre – race scrutineering.


Pre-National Championship Scrutineering Para is updated to read as follows:-

This will entail the checking of deck markings in relation to the competing boat’s certificate. Sails will be checked for measurers markings to ensure that only sails which have been measured are used during the Championships. To speed up the scrutineering competitor’s boats can be presented on the Friday afternoon preceding the event.

The Friday preceding the event – the lake will also be open for practice

Saturday evening dinner.
This has been booked – venue The Moorland Hotel at Wotter – Ticket price £10 per head.
Please advise in advance ASAP after the NOR is issued. Open to all DMBC members and
family members as well.
Our landlords Sibelco UK have given permission for Motor Homes belonging to competitors
to be able to stay on site at the Old wheel carpark for the duration of the National
Championships. The Club will provide an overnight watchman on the nights of the event to
ensure security is maintained to the site.

As well as the National Championship trophy an additional trophy will be awarded to the
highest placed helm of a boat which has been categorised as a vintage design, such as the

GUIDE – The following guide has been prepared for entrants or those seeking information
regarding the Championships. Further information regarding Dartmoor, specific
accommodation or pubs etc can be found on the Tourist Board web sites.




With the Club running the combined Dragon Force 65 and Dragon Flite 95 TT event in August this year a lot of preparation work and infrastructure upgrading associated with larger entrant events has taken place. The club membership will undoubtedly benefit from these efforts and the 6 Metre class and its National Championship especially so.

Whilst the launching and recovery of most classes from the lake access platforms is relatively easy the 6 metre boats due to size and weight need a more thoughtful approach. In early spring this year launching and recovery trials including disabled boats were carried out using active 6 metres and the Clubs safety boats. These trials were quite enlightening, and the club has put into place methods and equipment to overcome most of the situations that it thinks could occur, particularly in strong winds. Yes, it does blow at Dartmoor!

The Notice of race was published some time ago on the MYA web site and entries have been coming in to Jerry Lock the Race Officer for the event. At this time entries have been received from as far away as Chelmsford and Fleetwood with several local entries as well. Entered designs so far include Dolphin, Ravenna, Rococo, Renaissance, Romanza and Drisky. Dartmoor M.B.C. expects to put all of it’s 6 Metres out for the event including the newly launched Rococo 118(Graeme Harris) which has so far proved unbeatable in Club series racing. The eagerly awaited new Romanza owned by John Kiff is due to take to the water soon. John of course is well known by many for his race boat building skills and attention to detail, so the boat is certainly going to be well prepared. It is likely that it will be sailed by another club racing member during the event. Current SW Championship winner Steve Watts with his Ravenna has entered and also John Taylor (Drisky) who was a Dartmoor member and is somewhat used to dealing with the vagaries of the wind and tide at the lake. Yes, I did say tide! When the rains come heavily, a flow through from the inlet to the outlet spillway results in a noticeable tidal flow effect. This was confirmed by a ROV which was on trial at the lake which was unable to stay over an observed bottom object (sunken DF65) and could not get back to it. The 65 remains on the bottom to this day along with several power boat hulls!! Perhaps a check of those deck patches would be a good move!

A lot more entries are expected prior to the closing date (see NOR) and it would be great to see a record entry including those that will qualify for the newly awarded winner’s trophy for Classic boats.


Tim Nicholas – Dolphin – 86 Shaun Holbeche – Ravenna –16

Mike Ewart – Ravenna – 10 John Taylor — Drisky –28

Steve Watts – Ravenna – 30 Stan Cockeram — Romanza — 1

Peter Knightly – Rococo – 36

Graham Bantock – Renaissance – 53

Pre Event Information