A Bit of Our History
In 2003, John Rowley, together with his longtime friend, Ken Morrison,
with whom he raced big boats in Hawaii, set up The Sumter Landing EC12
Model Yacht Club and registered with the AMYA. They began regular
sailing at Ashland Pond after negotiating with The Villages Recreation
Manager John Rohan for improvements along the north side of the pond.
Then one Saturday in 2008, after a weekend EC12 regatta, a couple of
guys from South Florida showed them a great new boat, the Micro Magic!
This new boat was very appealing, as it is much smaller and lighter
than the EC12, making it easy to transport fully rigged. John contacted
the owner of the hobby shop that used to be in Wildwood, and found he
would have to order a minimum of six boats. After finding five others
to buy in, they started a fleet of Micro Magics, and the new “The
Villages Micro Magic Racing Fleet” was formed and registered with the
The EC12 group continued under the leadership of Alan Perkins, and
eventually became “The Villages Model Yacht Squadron”. As new models of
boats have come on the market, different fleets were added to the
Squadron including Soloing one-meters, DF-65s, and DF-95s.
The Villages Micro Magic Racing Fleet continues as a separately
organized and registered group, but is associated with the The Villages
Model Yacht Squadron.
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