We are sad to report that the SWARM club was formally dissolved at the 2016 AGM.
The numbers attending this year had dropped to an all-time low and with even fewer expecting to take part in 2017 it would not have been viable to continue.
This brings to an end a south west series of fast electric racing which began over 20 years ago! The very first meeting was hosted by the Yeovil MBC as a fun event in July 1993, from this one-off gathering grew the SWAMBC Fast Electric Championship with 3 rounds in 1994. The number of race classes, rounds and entries grew year on year to a peek in 2011 when at one round we had a record entry of 31 drivers and 67 boats taking part! During this time we also had by far the largest contingent entering the MPBA UK National Finals at Bridlington and took away more than our share of the trophies.
SWARM was formed when SWAMBC dissolved in 2013 and the club carried on running the series with some success for a while but the numbers slowly declined due to the loss of some really good racing venues. By the start of this year we were left with just 2 suitable lakes at Dartmoor and Weymouth, and only a handful of people willing and able to make the long journey to go racing.
It was a very sad day for our last ever round at Dartmoor on 18th Sept, but we’ve had one heck of a good run, enjoyed some great races but more importantly made some very good friends over the years.
Our sincere thanks to all the clubs who were kind enough to play hosts for our meetings and the many who came along to race a boat or two over the years.
The SWARM Committee 2016
below a few photos from previous years....