|In 2007, Frankie Novak, and Mike Wyatt were both Members of and participants in the Cleveland Model Boat Club, which raced at two venues in the Cleveland, OH area. These venues were each about 60 minutes’ or more drive away from their homes in Lake County, east of Cleveland. So they decided to form an additional club headquartered closer to home. Both continued to participate with the CMBC, and made the early determination that the new club’s sailing events would be held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from April through November each year (The CMBC racing was the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month).
As Fall, 2017 began, Frankie and Mike searched for lakes to use for the new club’s sailing program. Because of the general terrain of Lake County (hilly), there were few to choose from. The initial hope was for a pond in a business park in Mentor OH, located in sight of a 4-lane highway where thousands of vehicles passed daily. While the $1 million AMYA Pond Insurance was available at reasonable cost, but the pond owner(s) wanted $5 million in liability insurance, far beyond the AMYA program’s limit. After approaching several other venues, the club selected Painesville Kiwanis Recreation Park, which had a 1 acre (400 X 100 ft.) available.
The first WRMYC activity was announced as a Soling 1 Meter Build Clinic, to be held Saturday, January 12, 2008 in a meeting area of the Mentor HobbyTown. Frankie Novak was already in Florida (where he wintered), so Mike Wyatt scheduled the event. He posted flyers at HobbyTown, around town, passed them out to friends, etc. He even developed a website, that to all appearances represented a club that was established (instead of a fledgling dream). Mike was about halfway through his first build of a Soling kit, but by default became the “expert” in building, to train any others.