If you have been by Westbury Pond between 10:00 am and noon on a Wednesday or Saturday between April and November, you no doubt have been intrigued by the miniature vessels you’ve seen setting sail. Those curious enough to stop and find out what it’s all about have learned that this is a twice-weekly gathering of the Ford’s Colony RC Sailing Club. The robust club with a growing membership is part of the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA), a not-for-profit organization established in 1970 to promote racing, designing, building, and preservation of model sailing yachts. Membership is open to all who are interested in these activities.
The Ford’s Colony chapter of the AMYA was founded in 2015. The club welcomes not only Ford’s Colony residents, but also individuals from elsewhere in Greater Williamsburg and Hampton Roads. By design, Ford’s Colony’s sailing club limits barriers to entry. All levels of experience, from beginner to those who have built models for decades, are invited. Model kits are relatively inexpensive and take 40-60 hours to build. Ron Sibley notes that what’s nice about the club is that the more experienced members are always happy to help beginners when they encounter difficulties building their models. And while the group engages in friendly competition, the club’s atmosphere provides fun, friendship, and support, rather than rivalry.
The next time you are near the pond, and you see those enticing sailboats on the water, be sure to stop by and talk to a member. Chances are you’ll soon be launching your own vessel!
For more information, email Ford’s Colony RC Sailing Club’s president Al Starzyk at email@example.com.