About the Club

The Club is a direct descendent of Lincoln's oldest model club, which originally sailed on the Brayford and Boultham Park Lake. Since 1982 we have sailed on the lake within Hartsholme Country Park which is some two miles South West of Lincoln City Centre.

We are licensed by Lincoln City Council to use a designated area of the lake, the remainder being given over to wildlife and the local fishing club. Models using internal combustion engines are prohibited, but all other types of powered models are operated, including scale, semi-scale and fast electric. We have an active tug fraternity and there are also some yachts, although sailing the latter is at times difficult due to the surrounding trees affecting the wind over the surface of the lake.

Whilst our main activity is simply sailing for fun, we do hold some "friendly" competitions to test our sailing skills, and participation in these is entirely voluntary.

The Club provides Insurance and Policy Guidance on major matters affecting model boating at Hartsholme.

Sailing is allowed on all days of the week within the times of 9.00am till dusk.

Hartsholme Country Park

Hartsholme Lake was excavated in 1848 by Lincoln Waterworks Company as a water supply for the City. It remained the principal source until the early 1900's, when a typhoid outbreak resulted in the Lake being replaced by Elkesley bore holes.

In 1862, Joseph Shuttleworth, a local industrialist, bought adjoining land and built Hartsholme Hall overlooking the lake. A noted landscape artist of the time, Edward Milner, who also designed the Arboretum in Lincoln, was commissioned to design the gardens.

The estate changed hands many times, prospering particularly during the ownership of Lord and Lady Liverpool from 1909 to 1939 when it was expanded from 300 to over 2000 acres. During the Second World War the estate was used by the War Department for military training and it subsequently fell into disrepair. In 1951 it was purchased by the then Lincoln Borough Council who demolished the Hall and opened the grounds to the public.

It was designated a Country Park in 1974, and was officially opened, with a ranger service, five years later. At the time there was one ranger covering 88 acres, since when the Park has grown to 96 acres. In 1991 the adjoining Swanholme Lakes Local Reserve (a site of Special Scientific Interest comprising 140 acres of flooded sand and gravel pits) was opened, and now supports many uncommon species of aquatic plants, dragonflies, amphibians and reptiles.

How to Find Us

The main entrance to the Park is situated on Skellingthorpe Road.

Coming south from the A46 Lincoln by-pass then after about one mile you sill see the lake to your right. The entrance is on your right and immediately before a pedestrian crossing. If you are coming north from Tritton Road then the entrance is after about half a mile on your left, immediately after a pedestrian crossing. If you can see the lake on your left you have missed the entrance.

Come into the car park and take a stroll along the paths that follow the southern side of the lake. You will find us 100 yards before the old boathouse.


Individual Family*
Adult £15 £10 (each)
Junior (17 & under) (Free for first year) £10 £8 (each)
Associate (Non-Sailing) £5 Free
Family Volunteer (Non-Sailing) Free Free

*2 or more sailing members from the same family.
An extended period applies after 1st September, which covers the remainder of the year and membership for the following year.

For any infomation about membership and joining our club please contact the club treasurer.

We prefer that all members use 2.4GHz radio equipment, wherever possible, to avoid any interference with frequencies between club members.