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Marblehead

The M or Marblehead Class, sometimes called the "50/800", is a remote-controlled high performance development class. It's original concept in the 1930's was to produce the largest model that would conveniently fit in the standard American car of the time. The class has been highly developed over the years to produce a high performance model that can be sailed in a wide range of conditions, assuming the owner has the appropriate rigs. Boats are available from several suppliers who can provide them from basic kit form to fully assembled.

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Show news Marblehead GAMES 5 event at Guildford
Halfpenny Trophy and Summer Series
Posted on 22 May
2024 Mermaid Trophy GAMES 4 at Guildford
A superb day's racing with 18 races held
Posted on 15 Apr
10 Rater Tankard & Marblehead GAMES 3 at Frensham
The day started inauspiciously with no sign of wind
Posted on 22 Mar
M&S Marblehead ranking event at Chipstead
Analyse the results for the top two sailors, and you realise just how well both sailed
Posted on 16 Mar
M&S District Marblehead Championship
It was encouraging that there were 8 different designs from 5 different designers
Posted on 27 Feb
M&S Marblehead GAMES 1 event at Chipstead
At least it was dry
Posted on 16 Jan
Marblehead Brass Monkey at Guildford
Traditional lunch break with hot mulled wine, sausage rolls and mince pies
Posted on 12 Dec 2023
Marblehead UK Ranking events 5&6 at Datchet
From the start, it was going to be about rig changes and rig choice
Posted on 21 Nov 2023
'Bill the Milk' Trophy at Fleetwood
Contested in free-sailing Marblehead model yachts operated by vane
Posted on 9 Oct 2023
Marblehead Nationals at Keighley
Racing on the edge of Ilkley Moor, 256 feet above sea level
Posted on 21 Sep 2023
MYA Marblehead Ranking 3 & 4 at Datchet Water
A true test of a boat's reliability, and a skipper's stamina
Posted on 20 Jul 2023
Marblehead GAMES 5 event at Guildford
Halfpenny Trophy won by just one point after 16 races
Posted on 20 Jun 2023
DF95 Global Championship overall
78 competitors from 15 countries who completed 22 races each after 88 heats
Posted on 24 May 2023
Marblehead GAMES 4 event at Guildford
Mermaid Trophy contested by a small but high quality fleet
Posted on 5 Apr 2023
GAMES 3 Marblehead event at Frensham
All but two of the fleet won races, and three helms had multiple wins
Posted on 24 Mar 2023
GAMES 2 Marblehead event at Three Rivers
19 boat fleet at Rickmansworth
Posted on 2 Mar 2023
M&S Marblehead Open GAMES 1 at Chipstead
A horrible wet, cold and windy Saturday morning
Posted on 28 Jan 2023
Marblehead Brass Monkey at Guildford
DF95 and BOTTLE boats join the Marblehead radio controlled fleet
Posted on 16 Dec 2022
Marblehead Vane UK Nationals at Fleetwood
Remote sailing... no remote controls
Posted on 17 Nov 2022
GAMES 12 Marblehead Open at Three Rivers
Stan Cleal Trophy contested at Rickmansworth in light winds
Posted on 15 Nov 2022
Marblehead Ranking Event at Keighley
A cracking weekend of wind, sun, rain, shifts and good company
Posted on 13 Sep 2022
Marblehead Vane Vintage and Classics at Fleetwood
Bill the Milk Trophy contested without radio control
Posted on 26 Aug 2022
Marblehead Vane Championships at Fleetwood
Anyone can sail a boat using radio gear, but try without
Posted on 4 Jun 2022
Marblehead Mermaid Trophy at Guildford
43rd running of the event, and 90th anniversary for the club
Posted on 2 Jun 2022
M&S District Marblehead Championship at Abbey Mead
Absolutely everything that you might dream of in a radio racing
Posted on 9 May 2022
2022 Marblehead RM Ranking 2 a Norwich
A strong breeze to start fades throughout the day
Posted on 21 Mar 2022
Marblehead RM Ranking 1 at Norwich
Wall-to-wall sunshine, but a cold breeze
Posted on 21 Mar 2022
GAMES 2 Marblehead Open at Three Rivers
Luck played its part and allowed all but one of the competitors to win a race
Posted on 2 Mar 2022
GAMES 1 Marblehead Open at Chipstead
Conditions didn't look good on arrival
Posted on 24 Jan 2022
Marblehead Brass Monkey at Guildford
Marbleheads, DF95s and BOTTLE boats take part
Posted on 13 Dec 2021
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Marblehead UK Nationals Attendance
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Marblehead GAMES 5 event and Halfpenny Trophy at Guildford
© Mark Mortimore
Peter Stollery wins the Marblehead GAMES 5 event and Halfpenny Trophy at Guildford
© Mark Mortimore
Marblehead GAMES 5 event and Halfpenny Trophy at Guildford
© Mark Mortimore
Marblehead GAMES 5 event and Halfpenny Trophy at Guildford
© Mark Mortimore
2024 Mermaid Trophy GAMES 4 at Guildford: A good start in Race 16
© Celia Greetham
2024 Mermaid Trophy GAMES 4 at Guildford: Barrie's STARKERS (103) manoeuvring before the start
© Celia Greetham
2024 Mermaid Trophy GAMES 4 at Guildford: Rob Vice being presented with the Mermaid Trophy by Celia Greetham
© Martin Crysell
2024 Mermaid Trophy GAMES 4 at Guildford: Roger & his rescued UP sailing the inflatable downwind
© Celia Greetham
2024 Mermaid Trophy GAMES 4 at Guildford: Peter Stollery collects Roger's UP (117) for a battery change, whilst Oliver checks out the trim on his F6 (31)
© Celia Greetham
2024 Mermaid Trophy GAMES 4 at Guildford: Celia presents the Junior prize to Oliver Stollery
© Martin Crysell
2024 Mermaid Trophy GAMES 4 at Guildford: 4th placed Barrie Martin collecting his Vic Cooney 'Grand Master' Trophy and prize from Celia
© Martin Crysell
2024 Mermaid Trophy GAMES 4 at Guildford: Young Lewis Wyeth & Rob in deep concentration along with the other skippers whilst RO Alan checks out the maintenance on 117
© Celia Greetham
2024 Mermaid Trophy GAMES 4 at Guildford: Oliver's red F6 leads Rob's UP (41), Barrie's STARKERS (103) & Lewis' STARKERS (77) downwind to the gate
© Celia Greetham
2024 Mermaid Trophy GAMES 4 at Guildford: Lewis Wyeth (77) leads the fleet to the windward mark, followed by Roger (117) & Rob (41)
© Celia Greetham
Darin Ballington wins the M&S Marblehead ranking event at Chipstead
© CSC
Chris Harris with slightly slacker sails pulls away from the fleet after the start of Race 3 - M&S District Marblehead Championship & GAMES 2 at Three Rivers
© Gillian Pearson
RO John Male (L) presents the trophy to Chris Harris - M&S District Marblehead Championship & GAMES 2 at Three Rivers
© Roger Stollery
RO John Male (R) presents the runner-up prize to Barrie Martin - M&S District Marblehead Championship & GAMES 2 at Three Rivers
© Roger Stollery
Barrie Martin shows a clean pair of heels onto the start of the run - M&S District Marblehead Championship & GAMES 2 at Three Rivers
© Gillian Pearson
Marblehead GAMES 1 event at Chipstead - Oliver Stollery, first junior
© Stuart Ord-Hume
Marblehead GAMES 1 event at Chipstead - Phil Holliday, second place
© Stuart Ord-Hume
Marblehead GAMES 1 event at Chipstead - Peter Stollery, winner
© Stuart Ord-Hume
RO Martin Crysell handing over the trophy to the winner, Rob Vice - Brass Monkey and GAMES 10 event at Guildford
© Roger Stollery
Despite the light winds the Marbleheads were making patterns, soon after the start in this race - Brass Monkey and GAMES 10 event at Guildford
© Roger Stollery
Winner of the 2023 GAMES series, Nigel Barrow, receiving his prize
© Roger Stollery
Marblehead UK Ranking events 5&6 at Datchet
© Dorian Crease
Marblehead UK Ranking events 5&6 at Datchet
© Richard Jones
'Bill the Milk' Trophy for Marblehead Vane model boats at Fleetwood
© Tony Wilson
Vane self-steering mechanism for free-sailing model boat
© Tony Wilson
'Bill the Milk' Trophy for Marblehead Vane model boats at Fleetwood
© Tony Wilson