The recent announcement that the Model Boat Club Magazine has shutdown was a disappointment for many readers of the magazine, who actually enjoyed it. Here are some comments:
“Taking on what you did was very challenging and commendable, your initiative and the results are reflected in most clubs around SA where the willing horse gets flogged, till death. Going back 20 years to when I started, recall many fond memories of members of the Western Cape Model Boat Club, Ron Fuller, Johan Bulterman[unsubscribed], and others who made our annual trip to Simonstown for the Naval Week Festival so rewarding.” Bill Williams
“I am saddened by the news of your pending shut down. Thank you for your time and effort spent in promoting model sailing and boating. I really enjoyed reading your publications. I wish to add that Durban Radio Boat Club also experienced opposition from Metro Authorities who actually bulldozed the Pond waters in Durban North. A matter that was subsequently reversed in Court, our case won and the Pond rebuilt for use by the public.” Graham Lock
“I am so sorry to see that you have had to make the hard decision to shut down the publication. I think it had potential but if people don’t take advantage of forum then it is a waste of your time. Thanks for trying.” Neil Hacking
The positive responses and wishes were forwarded to subscribers in search of a new financial partner and the great news is that CapeWest Model Boat Club will continue where MBC has left off for as long as possible.
When MBC Magazine started it was aimed at promoting RC clubs around the country, with the expressed intention not to be opposition to any club, but when the WCMBC failed to come to the party in supporting and organising promotional events, there was no longer a need for this anti-competitive approach. The result was the formation of CapeWest as a Club for the younger at heart, more innovative and more committed model builders and radio sailors in the Western Province.
CapeWest will thus be aiming at growing the sport as the leaders in the Western Cape, and will work closely with clubs in other provinces who shares the same vision and will continue its collaboration with the Cape Model Boat Club and the various Hobby and Model Shops around the country.