2005 Great Lakes Scale Model Boat Show

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The Seaways Great Lakes Scale Model Boat Show & Regatta, sponsored by Ships in Scale magazine and Loyalhanna Dockyard, was held on this spacious pond in Heritage Park, Canton, Mi. Dave Heintz

By Patrick Matthews © 2005

Photos by Patrick Matthews, Dave Heintz, George Gormly, Scott Dickson

The fourth annual running of the Great Lakes Scale Model Boat Show & Regatta, sponsored this year by Ships in Scale magazine and Loyalhanna Dockyard, was held July 16-17 2005 in Canton Michigan’s beautiful Heritage Park. The central location in the Midwest drew in competitors from several states and Canada- Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, New York, and Ontario. The Regatta was co-hosted by the Michigan Scale Model Boat Club, Three Rivers Scale Model Boat Club, and Maumee Valley Model Boat Club.

An amphitheater and tents provided shelter from the rains, while park paths provided easy access to the pond's edge for skippers and visitors alike.

An amphitheater and tents provided shelter from the rains, while park paths provided easy access to the pond's edge for skippers and visitors alike. Pat Matthews

An array of interesting awards awaited event winners. Pat Matthews

An array of interesting awards awaited event winners. Pat Matthews

Key to any successful regatta is a crew of dedicated volunteers. Here Bob Harder works the the announcer's booth, while Tim Sheets schedules competitors through multiple events with a specially designed board. Pat Matthews

Key to any successful regatta is a crew of dedicated volunteers. Here Bob Harder works the the announcer's booth, while Tim Sheets schedules competitors through multiple events with a specially designed board. Pat Matthews

Bud Church gets assistance at the portable dock while launching his ATF. Dave Heintz

Bud Church gets assistance at the portable dock while launching his ATF. Dave Heintz

Jerry Mendenhall steers on faith while Terry Beeler offers directions in the Conning event; Bob Gesking judging. Pop-up tents provide shelter from rain and sun. Pat Matthews

Jerry Mendenhall steers on faith while Terry Beeler offers directions in the Conning event; Bob Gesking judging. Pop-up tents provide shelter from rain and sun. Pat Matthews

Pat Layman on his way to a perfect score in the Precision Steering event. Pat Matthews

Pat Layman on his way to a perfect score in the Precision Steering event. Pat Matthews

The park has a perfect-sized lake, allowing for three competition steering courses, an open water area for noncompeting boats to run, and a larger open area used by model yachts and the occasional speedboat feeling the need for speed… yet compact enough to walk around on paved paths and foot bridges, for those wanting to view the action from all angles.

The weather was less than gracious on Saturday, with the trailing remnants of hurricane Dennis offering showers and distant boomers throughout the day. The model boaters valiantly took to the seas when possible, or else sheltered in the many tents set up on site. Static judging went on regardless, as the display area was under a large circus tent.

Andy Paris, a contributor familiar  to readers of the old "Scale Ship Modeler", offers naval advice from abaft his "Midway". Pat Matthews

Andy Paris, a contributor familiar to readers of the old "Scale Ship Modeler", offers naval advice from abaft his "Midway". Pat Matthews

Canada's own Scott Dickson makes some fine adjustments on his Mr. Darby. Pat Matthews

Canada's own Scott Dickson makes some fine adjustments on his Mr. Darby. Pat Matthews

Visitors were able to browse wares from vendors such as Scale Shipyard (here) and Loyalhanna Dockyard. Dave Heintz

Visitors were able to browse wares from vendors such as Scale Shipyard (here) and Loyalhanna Dockyard. Dave Heintz

John Fryant (left) catches up with Don Spielberger of Loyalhanna. Pat Matthews

John Fryant (left) catches up with Don Spielberger of Loyalhanna. Pat Matthews

John Fryant with his model tugs. Pat Matthews

John Fryant with his model tugs. Pat Matthews

John Fryant built this Legends Chris Craft. Dave Heintz

John Fryant built this Legends Chris Craft. Dave Heintz

The competition courses included:
Precision Steering: Maneuvering through a marked course- full points for clearing a buoyed gate, partial points for a touch, and zero for a missed gate- happens more easily than one might think, as depth perception with distant gates is tricky, and take-overs aren’t allowed!
Conning: Same as Precision Steering, but with your back to the water! A trusted partner issues steering commands.
Barge Tow: A new event for the Regatta- tow a barge on a hawser through a steering course.

Throughout the day, noncompeting boats were allowed to run “open water”, and the resulting flotillas were always popular with onlookers. But even more popular was the “Night Run”. Bob Gesking prepared a large number of authentic lit buoys, and models with working lights took to the water while fireflies lit the surrounding trees.

Newcomer Steve Brown of New York came with his marvelous New York Central tug and barges, and took away the SSMA Trophy. Pat Matthews

Newcomer Steve Brown of New York came with his marvelous New York Central tug and barges, and took away the SSMA Trophy. Pat Matthews

Detail of Steve Brown's NY Central barge, roof removedPat Matthews

Detail of Steve Brown's NY Central barge, roof removed. Pat Matthews

Bob Harder's "Seguin" and motor yacht. George Gormly

Bob Harder's "Seguin" and motor yacht. George Gormly

Mike Banks packed incredible detail into this little picket boat; high static score plus great handling on Precision Steering won him the Seaways Trophy.  Dave Heintz

Mike Banks packed incredible detail into this little picket boat; high static score plus great handling on Precision Steering won him the Seaways Trophy. Dave Heintz

Pat Matthews' scratch built "PT-41" and DUKW. PT-41 gave Gen. MacArthur a lift out of the Philippines.  George Gormly

Pat Matthews' scratch built "PT-41" and DUKW. PT-41 gave Gen. MacArthur a lift out of the Philippines. George Gormly

Fritz Jackson has some amazing machinery inside this big Garwood.  Pat Matthews

Fritz Jackson has some amazing machinery inside this big Garwood. Pat Matthews


On to Part 2 of the 2005 Great Lakes Model Boat Show & Regatta

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