Irvine model club was founded back in1976 when four or five modellers joined a crafts class held in an old church in Dreghorn, North Ayrshire. Word got round and many enthusiastic model builders joined the group and eventually formed Irvine Model Club which, through the years had grown to membership of over fifty avid modellers.
Some of our first sailing ventures were held at Kay Park in Kilmarnock and as the club became larger moved to the large pond in the Beach Park in nearby Irvine. Over the years, we have held many power boat and yachting races, inviting clubs from all over Scotland to use our fantastic facility.
In 1977 the club were honoured to be invited to hold a model display on the pond for the Queen at the official opening of the Magnum Leisure Centre .We had lots of excited onlookers patiently waiting for our display, The first boat to take to the water was fittingly a model of the majestic Royal Yacht Britannia, as luck would have it she sank! Much to the dismay of the royal party but the display went down well.
As the years went by the membership of the club started to dwindle till there was only a few members left, At the same time the Model Steam Railway club at ICIs Ardeer Recreation Club in Stevenston were in the same position so they decided to join Irvine Model Club in 1986 in the hope of re-kindling the local communities interest in model making.
We were given the lease of the pilot house in Irvine Harbour where a rail track was laid
And many a summer was spent entertaining the public with trips round the track on the steam engines, or displaying our model boats on the pond.
In 2010 Ayr Bay model yacht club joined us, they sail laser class yachts and Marblehead’s. We now hope that the future is secured for the club and we can attract many new members both young and old and go forward with our hobby for many years to come!