Welcome to the Christchurch Model Yacht Club’s Website

Our club was established in 1898, and is New Zealand’s oldest Model Yacht club, and the second oldest in the world. See our History page We boast a strong membership of over 95 members.

Our principal sailing venue is Lake Victoria situated in North Hagley Park, Central Christchurch New Zealand. Lake Rua is used on the first Saturday in the month over winter. The latter is more suitable for fin keeled radio yachts such as the IOM.

Ducks Boats Skippers

We sail regularly, twice a week, Wednesday sailing is a social gathering, with a few laps of the lake, starting in the morning, with a break for lunch, then after lunch a few more laps.
Saturday sees a more competitive side, with racing for Pennants, and both are sailed within the rules of Radio Sailing. Fun is had by all.


Our Class Champs are held once a year and are tightly contested. Our prominent class’s being, Canterbury J Class, EC12, and IOM (International One Metre).
We also have Witchcraft, A Class, and our clubhouse has a few historic 4’ 6” class.

Hugh Hobden’s Rainbow amongst the Canterbury Js

Our members welcome newcomers, and all, if asked, will offer help, advice and assistance on building and sailing R C yachts.
Feel free to browse around our website, then come down to Lake Victoria, meet our members, and before long you may end up just a addicted to the sport/hobby of RC Sailing.

Jubilee Quay

Thanks to Rodney Ford for all the pictures on this page