Camborne Model Boat Club, known as the Camborne Pond Hoppers, will go ahead with its Summer Open Day at Helston’s Coronation Park Boating Lake this Sunday.

After the disappointment of having to cancel its Spring Open Day in May due to the coronavirus pandemic, the gala Open Day will run this year with strict restrictions in place.

Social distancing and other measures will be in place to protect the public and exhibiting club members, including one-way pedestrian traffic lanes along the lake edge where clubs will be displaying and launching their craft.

The Camborne Pond Hoppers look forward to welcoming several other south west model boat clubs who have been invited to display and sail their craft.

Clubs from as far afield as Plymouth, North Devon, Millbrook and Looe are expected to attend, as well as local clubs and marine modellers from West Cornwall.

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The event provides a rare opportunity for families, children and modelling enthusiasts to see dozens of varied and painstakingly constructed radio-controlled wind, electric and steam-powered model boats and yachts on display and on the water.

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Camborne Pond Hoppers Open Day Sept 2019

Craft will include lifeboats, warships, tugs, fishing boats, paddle steamers, speedboats, ferries and possibly a seaplane. Themed flotillas of similar types of craft will take place during the day at 45 minute intervals. Expert model makers will also be on hand to show visitors how their models are made and give advice to those interested in taking up marine modelling.

Camborne Pond Hoppers Model Boat Club was founded in 2000 by the late Godfrey Copeland, but as no suitable sailing waters were available in Godfrey’s home town of Camborne, the club sought permission from the local authority to base itself at Coronation Park Boating Lake in Helston. Managed by the charity South Kerrier Alliance, the lake and its surroundings have been much improved in recent years, making it probably the best-appointed model boating lake in the south west.

The Club currently has over 45 members and meets at the lake every Sunday morning and on Wednesday afternoons. New members of any age or modelling ability are always welcome. However, because of the lake’s wildlife population and proximity to residential areas, the use of models with internal combustion engines and high-speed electric craft are not permitted.

The event will run from 10.00am until 4.00pm on Sunday, September 6.

For further information, please contact Peter Binns, Chairman, on 01326 340908, 07889 712098 or by e-mailing