The Harper Lake Model Yacht Club (HLMYC) is a Denver area club whose members build and race model yachts. The club is sanctioned by the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) as club #56. We meet to race our boats every Saturday from 10:00am - 1:00pm, lake and weather conditions permitting, at Harper Lake in Louisville, Colorado.
Our "racing season" runs from the first Saturday in April to the third Saturday in November, but we continue sailing for fun and practice during the "off season" as long as the lake is not covered in ice and there is not enough snow on the banks to make for hazardous footing.
We sail two standard One Design Class club boats: the Thunder Tiger Victoria, and a slightly larger higher performance class boat, the ODOM. These boats rely completely on the wind for their propulsion and have only two small servo motors on board - one to control the position of the sails, and another to control the rudder. The models are operated from shore using radio-control (R/C) transmitters, with a different radio frequency being used for each boat. Visit our The Boats page for pictures and more information about these boats.
The principles involved in sailing these models are exactly the same as for full sized
yachts. If you've sailed before, you'll find that the models handle amazingly true to life. If you don't know how
to sail, the skills come quickly and easily, and it's great fun.
Take a few minutes to explore our site and learn more about model sailing and the Harper Lake Model Yacht Club!