Edina Model Yacht Club
(EMYC) was formed in 1991 as
a nonprofit, radio controlled model boat club. Membership
consists of approximately 100 enthusiasts annually from all
parts of the metro area, of all ages, backgrounds,
hobby building skills and interests. The primary objective in
the formation of the club was to create a relaxing and
friendly environment for hobbyists in which to operate
model boats. Although casual in nature, the EMYC is
structured and well organized in its activities and group
The Centennial Lakes area in Edina, Minnesota serves as the home port for the
EMYC and its on-water activities. This 1/3 mile long manmade lake winds its
way through a 20 million dollar shopping and residential complex. The lake
area is fully landscaped and is meticulously maintained by the City of Edina.
It has become a favorite place for many to stroll, relax, play croquet, miniature
golf, and lawn bowl or just enjoy the outdoors.
The club operates wind, electric and steam powered boats. No internal combustion
powered boats are allowed on the ponds to maintain a quiet atmosphere. The
club fleet consists of hundreds of sailboats, scale electric boats and fast
electric boats of all types and cost ranges. Although some are designed and
crafted from scratch, the majority of boats are built from kits. Anything that floats
is acceptable but the most unusual and interesting boats tend to be those
created from original designs. The uniqueness of the hobby is a consequence
of the radio control equipment, consisting of a hand-held transmitter that
communicates with a
receiver in the model. As controls are moved on the transmitter, commands are
sent to the receiver, which then operates features such as propulsion motors,
rudder, sail position, lights, horns, water pumps, etc. By using all of the
radio frequencies available, over 30 models may be operated simultaneously.
Regular Boat Running Schedule
Open boating is scheduled on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
evenings on the Pond near the Hughes Pavilion. Generally,
members run scale electric boats and sail boats then
although they can run their boats anytime. Starting time is
5:30 PM until after dark and on Sundays from 4:30 PM until
after dark. Regular running times for fast electric boat racing
are on the South pond (south east end). Racing is
on Thursday evenings starting at 6:00 PM until dark. Sailboat
racing is scheduled on Sunday afternoons starting at
4:00 PM on the North pond near the New Centennial Shops.
The two major components are the boat itself, and the radio
equipment. Prices of sail and electric powered boat kits start
below $100 and progress upward, depending on the size,
quality of materials, number of parts, etc. Minimum radio gear
prices start at around fifty dollars. As with the kits, the cost
increases as additional radio features and options are added.
Also, as a model is constructed either from scratch or kit,
extras such as glue, sandpaper, paint, etc. are needed.
Membership in the EMYC enables one to participate in
regular running activities as well as to become involved in
monthly meetings, special events, and social gatherings. It
also serves as a common base for the exchange of ideas,
information, and shared interests. Membership dues in three catagories, 40 dollars for Family, 30
dollars for adults, and 25 dollars for individuals under 18
years of age cover a one calendar year membership. A
monthly (except December) newsletter keeps the
membership informed of activities and events. Discounts on
selected items are available to club members at several local
hobby shops. Download a Membership application.
Right click and select "save target as" to save it to your computer.
AdobeAcrobat® is required to complete the form. Once completed, print
and mail along with payment to the address listed below.
Additional information may be obtained by writing to:
Edina Model Yacht Club
Centennial Lakes Hughes Pavilion
7499 France Avenue South
Edina MN 55435
Or attend a club meeting, held on the third Tuesday
of each month (except Dec.), at 7:00p.m. in the band room at the Centennial Lakes maintenance garage.
Enter via the loading dock in the northeast corner of the lower parking
ramp, north of Audio King's installation shop.