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28 September 2015

Well, here we go again. Back to racing IOM Class boats this coming weekend with the first race starting at 1400 hours at St. Thomas Bay. Look forward to seeing the whole fleet of IOM boats down on the water this coming Saturday. Anyone who can come early to help lay the buoys, please do so.

20 September 2015

The 2016 Autumn Series races will start on Saturday 3 October 2016. Watch this space for more information such as venue and times.

6 September 2015

The 2016 IOM Malta Open Invitation has now been officially launched, click on the link above to get further details and information. Please note that this event is an invitation only event so if you would like to be included on the waiting list, please send an e-mail to, thank you. If you have received an invitation and sent in your entry form, kindly check your details on the entry list to ensure your details have been received correctly. Thank you.

2 September 2015

Preparations are well under way for the 2016 Malta IOM Open Invitation. This is now our third year of organising an invitation even which will also incorporate the 2016 IOM Malta National Championships. Watch this space for more information.

7 June 2015

The 2015 Summer Cup brought the sailing season to a close until next October with steady NE winds bringing in a nice chop and some good clean winds. The evening was capped off with a meal at Xatba restaurant where the club presented the prizes for the 2014 Winter Series winner (Pete), 2014 Spring Series winner (Darren), 2014 Autumn Series winner (Darren), 2015 Winter Series winner (Darren) and the 2015 Spring Series winner (Pete). We now break for 3 months so see you all next Autumn series after the hot summer is over.

29 May 2015

The end of the 2015 Spring Series was completed on a good sailing day with shifting winds and a good force 4 or more winds, rig 2 was the order of the day and some really good sailing was had. Next race will be the last race before our long summer break on 6 June at Mellieha Bay, the Ghadira Sailing Club Slipway, first race will be at 1500 hours so we finish nicely for our annual meal at Xatba restarurant and the prize giving.

20 May 2015

The next IOM class race will be the 6th race of the 2015 Spring Series and is the last race of the series. We will be down at Xemxija, first race will be 1400 hours so let't hope you can all make it.

5 May 2015

2 excellent days racing in almost ideal conditions over the long bank holiday weekend, Xemxija provided the backdrop for some good fun. Darren won both days racing and is moving up the leaderboard for the overall series lead. Next race is Saturday 9 May at Xemxija. Be there. 1400 first race.

27 April 2015

Busy weekend coming up, Friday 1 May and Sunday 3 May we have IOM class racing at Xemxija. Friday start time is 1400 or 1 hour after the buoys have been laid and Sunday start time is 1000 hours or 1 hour after the buoys have been laid.

25 April 2015

Next IOM class race will be on Friday 1 May 2015 at about 1400 hours. Probably in Xemxija again due to logistics.

21 April 2015

Venue for the 2nd race of the IOM class Spring Series Races will be held at Xemxija, First race will be 1400 hours. See you all there

14 April 2015

Saturday 25 April we will have the 2nd race of the 2015 Spring Series. Venue TBA but hopefully, (sea)weed permitting, we will go down to St. Thomas Bay

6 April 2015

The 2015 Spring Series will start on Saturday 11 April 2015 with a regatta at Xemxija. First race will be at 1400 so please come early to help set up course and prepare dinghy.

9 March 2015

The Matthew Debono Cup will be held at the Mellieha Bay Hotel on Saturday 14 March 2015, let's have a full fleet in Memory of our friend Matthew. This race will also count towards the 2015 Winter Series Races.

23 February 2015

The 5th race of the Winter Series will be held this coming Saturday at the Mellieha Bay Hotel. First race will start at 1300 so if you are interested in sailing remote controlled sailing boats, come down to the Hotel and meet us all there.

9 February 2015

Race 4 of the 2015 Winter Series will be held at the Mellieha Bay Hotel next Saturday, 14 March with the first race about 1300, it will take some time to lay the buoys so maybe a 1330 start. Hope to see you all there.

4 February 2015

Race 3 of the 2015 Winter Series will be held at Xemxija this coming Saturday 7 February, first race at 1300. See you all there,

Check out the superb photos from Bill Oliver from his visit in January, See our facebook page, link above.

20 January 2015

Racing this coming Saturday 24 January 2015 once more at Xemxija. First race to start at 1300 hours so please be there in time. Allow extra time as there are all sorts of road works on the coast road and the diversions are worse than normal (and for Malta that's something !!!).

4 January 2015

Happy New Year to all.

Next race will be Saturday 10 January 2015, at Xemxija, 1300 first race. Hope to see you all there.

20 December 2015

The annual Christmas Cup was held today at Xemxija and won by Darren, second place Robert and third was Albert, well done to all skippers and Merry Christmas.

15 December 2015

The 6th and final race of the 2014 Autumn Series was held last Saturday (13th December) at Xemxija. Wind was almost perfect from a Westerly direction making sailing on flat seas and little swell. Darren once again took first place and with Robert coming in fourth position on the day, Darren took the overall winner of the Autumn Series for 2014. Congratulations Darren, a deserved winner. Some pics of the final days sailing will be put on our facebook page shortly.

28 November 2014

The 5th race of the Autumn Series will take place once agian at Xemxija. First race starts at 1300 sharp. See you all there.

11 November 2014

The 4th race of the Autumn Series will be held this Saturday at St. Thomas Bay. First race will be at 1300 sharp. See you all there.

28 October 2014

The third race of the Autumn Series will take place at Xemxija next Saturday 1 November 2014 starting at 1300 hours. Skippers are requested to be on site by 12:30 to prepare and set up your boats.

19 October 2014

Racing took place last Saturday 18 October 2014 in Xemxija after a last minute change of venue due to vehicular problems!!! The wind was a steady west north westerly and made for some good sailing with flat seas and a reasonable wind. Darren won the days event after returning from a successful Europeans with some excellent sailing. Next race wiil be on Saturday 1 November 2014.

October 2014

Urgent notice, races on Saturday 18 October 2014 will be at Xemxija, be there at 13:30 for the first race at 14:00

14 October 2014

Next IOM race meeting will be held at St. Thomas Bay on Saturday 18 October. First race will start at 1400 sharp so please be there in time to rig and be ready to race on time.

5 October 2014

The first race of the 2014 Autumn series was held in light but steady wind conditions with a course running parallel to the control area. Chris won out on the days racing with a strong second place going to Alan even though he missed the first race of the day.

Next race in 2 weeks time.

21 September 2014

Information about the 2015 Malta IOM Open Invitation has now been added to this web site, click on the shortcut in the menu on the left.

19 September 2014

Hi All, get ready for the 2014 Autumn Series, first race will be on Saturday 4 October at Xemxija. 1400 is the start time for the first race. Hope to see you all there.

8 June 2014

The season ending Summer Shield was held on Saturday 7 June 2014 at Ghadira. One of the best days sailing for some time with near perfect conditions with a light to moderate westerly wind for all races bar one. Robert took first prize with some good sailing and Joe came a close second with Albert, taking the third place slot. Well done to the 3 prize winners. Thank you to all who participated, not only in this race but thoughout the season. We now break for summer and will resume sailing at the end of September, beginning October.

Enjoy your summer.

2 June 2014

The final race of the season will be the International Paints Summer Shield which is traditionally held on 7 June each year. This year we will be at Ghadira with the first race starting at 1330, this coming saturday (the Ghadira sailing club slipway is on the south east side of the bay close to the boat houses). Anyone interested in our sport is welcome to come along and see the IOM fleet in action.

This will be the last event as we now take a break for the summer for about 3 months.

28 May 2014

The next race is the final race of the 2014 spring series which will be held at St. Thomas Bay on Saturday 31 May 2014 starting at 13:45.

All skippers to be on site and registered before 13:30

24 May 2014

The penultimate race of the 2014 Spring Series event was won by Joe, well done and some good sailing too. Wind was strong from the North East and made for heavy seas so the skipper who timed his tacks best on the beat was always in with a chance. Some good positions from Ivan as well which pushed him up to 2nd place overall on the day.

20 May 2014

The 2014 Malta IOM National Championships were held at St. Thomas Bay over the weekend of 17 and 18 May 2014. Wind conditions on Saturday were very light and variable, with the accent on variable. Our boat man of the day had to change course about 6 times on Saturday but Sunday brought cloud and a very constant wind from the east averaging Force 5 and piping 6 at times.

Sailing was good, MLT25 sailed by Darren was in a class of his own and he won the 2 day event with east. Congratulations to Darren, an awsome 2 days sailing.

Special thanks go to the girls for orgnaising and looking after the races, line and scoring. Thanks, without you we could not have done this.

Also, a special mention must go to Tony, MLT10 and Ivan MLT 73 who sailed extremely well and scored good points with some really good saling.

Photos will be on the club Facebook page shorly, Check them out

10 May 2014

Once again, Darren sailed superbly well and won the days racing in fantastic conditions at Xemija.

Next races will be the 2014 IOM Malta National Championship on 17 and 18 May 214, this is a closed race for Maltese Nationals Only, registration to be completed on the day as per NOR which has been circulated to all Maltese registered skippers. Venue is St. Thomas Bay and first race will be soon after 1000 hours. Don't be late.

Darren won the Spring Series Race Day 3 which was sailed in superb westerly force 4 - 5 conditions, well done Darren.

Next IOM races will be on Saturday 10 May 2014 at Xemxija before we head off to St. Thomas Bay for the 2014 Malta National Championships. Hope to see you all at both lots of races.

Photos of the 2014 Open have been uploaded onto the 2014 pages of this site, see menu on left and click on sub menu button.

Dragon Force Notice Board

6 October 2015

Saturday 10 October sees the start of the Dragon Force races for the Autumn Series. For anyone who has not sailed a radio controlled boat, this is the best possible introduction to sailing. Come on down and have a go. We shall be sailing at Xemxija on Saturday 10 October starting from 1400 hours. We meet close to the slipway in the corner of Xemxija not far from the roundabout at the end of the St. Paul's Bay Bypass. Hope to see all DRAGON FORCE club members there.

20 September 2015

The DF Autumn Series races will start on Saturday 10 October 2016. Watch this space for more information such as venue and times.

7 June 2015

We now take a break for the whole of the summer so we can relax and recouperate. See you all again next October.

30 May 2015

The end of the DF Spring Series races were held today at Xemxija with some slightly choppy seas compared to the strength of the wind. Today's winner was Darren, well done to you, another good race performance. However, the overall Spring Series winner was Joe, well done to you Joe a well deserved winner of the 2015 DF Spring Series. Next race for the DF class boats will be the end of season Summer Shield which will be held at Ghadira Sailing Club Slipway, next Saturday 6 June 2015.

29 May 2015

Tomorrow we will be sailing in Xemxija due to the low water level in the pond at Pembroke. Dinghy will be launched about 13:15 so first race will be about 14:15 to 14:30. Hope to see all DF sailors there.

20 May 2015

We are hoping that the rain last Monday was enough to fill up the reservoir at Pembroke so we can sail the last race of the DF series at the fresh water pond. NOR and more info will be send to members early next week.

5 May 2015

Saturday 2 May races were held at Pembroke with just enough wind to ensure a reasonable size course. Darren took first place. Next race will be on Saturday 16 May, hopefully at Pembroke but it will depend upon how much water the sun dries up the pond.

27 April 2015

After a super day of sailing on Sunday 26 April 2015 we have our next DF class races next Saturday at 1400 at the reservoir in Pembroke. Hope you can get there.

21 April 2015

After a superb day of sailing last Saturday with absolutely perfect conditions for the DF class boats, we shall organise the second race of the 2015 Spring Series on Sunday Morning, 26 April 2015. First race at 10:00 hours. Be there. Where? Pembroke Reservoir.

6 April 2015

The first race of the Dragon Force Spring Series will take place at Pembroke on Saturday 18 April 2015, first race at 1400.

3 March 2015

Saturday 7 March and we will be racing at the Mellieha Bay Hotel, first race will be 1300 and we will have to lay a full course so please come early to help. Hope to see all the DF club members for this final race before the 2015 Open.

16 February 2015

The third race of the 2015 winter series will be held on Saturday 21 February at the reservoir at Pembroke. First race will be at 1300.

28 January 2015

We will be racing this weekend at Pembroke reservoir, Winds look like they will be strong so we are in for some good fun. Races start at 1300 so be there!!!!

13 January 2015

Next race will be the first race of the 2015 Winter Series. We shall meet at Pembroke on Saturday 17 January 2015 for the first race at 1300. Hope to see you there.

20 December 2014

The Christmas Cup was held at Xemxija today with the DF boats racing in and amongst the IOM class. Chris P won this event with Thomas coming second place. Well done to all skippers and see you next season. Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year to all.

15 December 2015

The MMBA Christmas Cup will be held on Saturday 20 December 2014 at Xemxija. This year we will be organising races for both the Dragon Force RG65 boats and the IOM class boats. First race will start at 1300 so hope to see you there.

6 December 2014

The third and final race of the DF RG65 Autumn Series races was held this afternoon at the Pembroke reservoir. Congratulations to Darren who has become the first Series Champion for the Dragon Force RG65 class boat in our inaugural season. Well done Darren. Full race results are on the Dragon Force Autumn Series Race Results which you will find on the menu bar to the left. The next race for the DF class will be the Christmas Cup to be held on 20 December 2014 at Xemxija.

3 December 2014

Next DF races will be at Pembroke Reservoir, fresh water sailing for a change and no sloppy seas and waves, first race starts at 1300 this coming Saturday 6 December 2014. Come down and have a go.

28 November 2014

We shall try and sail at the Pembroke reservoir on Saturday 6 December 2014 as hopfully there will be enough water to float the boats. Stand by for the official NOR which will be sent to DF skippers.

17 November 2014

Next Dragon Force Races will be on Saturday 22 November at Xemxija. Hope to see you all there

3 November 2014

Next Saturday, 8 November 2014 we shall hold our first official Dragon Force RG65 races. Entry will be limited to only the Dragon Force model of the RG65 class boat. Racing will take place at Xemxija starting at 1300 hours with a new format of sailing as detailed in the NOR.

21 October 2014

Next meeting for the DF boats will be this coming Saturday 25 October 2014 at Xemxija starting at 1400. Casual sailing but we will do some team racing this week so come on down!!!

14 October 2014

Last Saturday we had a reasonable showing of DF boats out on Xemxija Bay. Racing was very informal and enjoyed by all. It was good to see some new faces there and we hope to see more in the future. The next race meeting for the DF RG65 class boat will be on 25 October 2014 at 1400 also at Xemxija. Look forward to seeing you there.

5 October 2014

Next Saturday, 11 October, we shall have a fun day race so that all of the newer members of the club can get some help with boat setting and race strategy etc. A circular will be sent to all members later in the week to advise time and location of this fun race.

Look forward to seeing all the DFRG65's that are now in Malta, we should get a fleet of over 10 boats this weekend.

2 June 2014

The last meeting of the DF RG65 took place on 1 June 2014 in light airs mainly from the north east and some match racing style starts. Very close racing throughout the day as these little boats perform very evenly and someimes only 3 or 4 boats lenghts cover 1st to 3rd place finishes.

We now take our summer break but will be back in late September early October when we shall start full race days for this new class of boat.

Keep watching this space for more information

28 May 2014

DF RG 65 fun sailing will be held at Xemxija on Sunday 1 June 2014 fom 10:00 to late lunch time. Hope to see you there.

20 May 2014

Next DF RG65 sailing will be held on Sunday 25 May at about 1030 hours. Come down and have a go. Venue will be Xemxija.

10 May 2014

Dragon Force Sailing will be held next at Xemxija on Sunday 25 May at 10:30 am, a course will be set and we shall organise fun sailing for the morning and into early afternoon. Hope to see all DF RG65 sailors there.

Below boat is now sold. Anyone interested in sailing one of these superb (and very cheap) little radio controlled yachts, please contact someone at the club before you buy so that you are sure to purchase a boat that you will be allowed to race.

For Sale - Dragon Force RG65 complete with full set of 3 rigs, brand new. Send e-mail to

The 2014 RG65 Malta Open took place today 1 April 2014 with a fleet of 10 boats on the water. 18 races were completed in perfect conditions with a moderate NW wind, flat sea and of course, loads of sunshine.

John Tushingham won the event with Derek Priestly coming second and third place was Liz Tushingham.

Results here.

A Brief Introduction to our Association

The Malta Model Boat Association was formed in 1994 to promote the sport of remote controlled yacht racing in Malta. In its formative years the club was successful to the extent of organising both National and International events culminating in the World Championships in 1999. The club has recently gone through some major restructuring and is now actively organising racing and events for Internation One Meter class boats and also Dragon Force RG65 class boats.

The club now actively organises International One Meter Class (IOM) yacht racing. These are really fast boats and are the most popular radio controlled racing boat in the world. The club organisies one major event every year, the past couple of years we have seen a huge increase of interest in foreign competitors for this event. Usually held in March every year, we have recently been holding this event in Mellieha Bay and it has proved to be so successful that it has now become what we believe to be the only invitation event for the IOM class of boats with a fleet in excess of 40 boats.

As the cost of IOM is on the high side, so the past 12 months has seen the introduction of the Dragon Force RG65 class of boat, these boats cost about EUR180.00 as a brand new boat complete with radio equipment and the boats perform exceptionally well. Are you interested? If so, please send an e-mail to and we will invite you to come down to our next meeting and have a go at one of these incredible little boats.

We would welcome any new or prospective members to contact the club on the enquiry form as we would be able to allow the use of one of the club members boats if you wish to try out this wonderful and relaxing sport.

One of the principle aims of the club is to encourage the younger generation to join in the sport thereby ensuring the future of remote controlled sailing in Malta. The club is now actively organising "fun race days", details in the notice area above, where anyone interested in trying their hand at sailing one of these hi-tech and fast sailing yachts is welcome to come along.

We also welcome visitors from abroad to come and join us on our saiiing days which are now being organised all over the Island, to meet our members and share in the enjoyment of the sport. So if you are planning a trip over to our lovely island, please contact us as we look forward to meeting you.