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Radio Control Model Boat Racing - St Petersburg Florida



The Tampa Model Boat Club is an established competition model boat club in the TampaBay Area of West Central Florida. The Club is beginning it's (2020) season of races. The TMBC will call home a new pond in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The club is finalizing their lease agreement with the City of St Petersburg and will hold some 1 day races 2020. More information concerning the races will be posted here and also on the online registration site located at Our new site is one of the premier sites in the country and has great room for spectators as well as competitors. The physical address that you will want to program into your GPS is 27 52 12.85 | 82 39 18.18

The Boat club's racing pond is located 1/4 mile south off of Roosevelt Blvd N on the East Side of 16th Street North, 1/2 mile Southeast of I-275 (Exit 30).

Our Mission

  • Promote Our Model Boating Hobby
  • Serve the Public in Various Ways
  • Provide Family Recreation
  • Enhance Commerce in St Petersburg
  • Host Competitive Racing Events

Tampa Model Boat Association, Inc. Club Information

To contact our club president about club information or joining, go to the Sidebar and click on Contact Club President. He will be pleased to offer any assistance or answer questions about the club activities and membership. We are a Tampabay area (St Petersburg) club that is dual sanctioned by North American Model Boaters Association (NAMBA) and the International Model Power Boat Association (IMPBA). We are pleased to sponsor NAMBA and IMPBA sanctioned races during the racing season - Our racing season is ALL year. The club provides access to the pond on Thursday through Sunday on most weekends to club members and their guests. We hope you will come aboard and visit us for an exciting day of radio control model boat racing or just watching. The Tampa Model Boat Association, Inc. is dedicated to providing wholesome family recreational activity. Our new facility provides all the amenities to enjoy the sport of model boating. See the map on one of the side tabs. Becoming a club member is easy. Just give us an e-mail and we will contact you. A yearly Tampa Model Boat Association, Inc. membership is $25.00. This includes year-round use of the club site, use of our chase boat, helpful contact with other club members, and club race eligibility. For the new model boater, other members can be invaluable in getting you started. In conjunction with your membership with the Tampa Model Boat Association, Inc., Model Boaters need to become members of the North American Model Boaters Association (NAMBA) and/or (IMPBA). These organizations can provide many services to the model boating enthusiast, including the required model boaters insurance to cover mishaps or accidents. See the links on the sidebar to both organizations.

How Our Races Are Run

Radio Control Model Boat Racing has as its base, rules similar to those used by the "Big Unlimited Hydroplanes" you see on television. We race in heats with from 5-8 boats. Two and a half minutes are allowed to start, launch and be ready for the start of the heat. At the expiration of this two and a half minutes (2:30) the race starts. Six laps are run after the start with the winner being the first to finish. Points are awarded to the finishers as follows: 1st - 400, 2nd - 300, 3rd - 225, 4th - 169, 5th - 127, etc. Point deductions or lap penalties are made for cutting buoys. Boats are classed by engine size and hull type. Examples: Nitro Engine sizes are from .21 ci up to 1.8 ci. We also compete with various classes of Weed Eater Gas Engines. Hulls are classified as Hydro's, Monoplane Hulls or Tunnel Hulls (Outboard). There are several specialty classes run and include: 1/8 Scale (Replicas of the real unlimited boats), Tunnel Hull Outboards, Gas Boats (using "Weedeater" type engines), Sport 40 Boats (similar to scale boats). There are classes and boat speeds for everyone's interests. There are boats which run 35-45 MPH (beginning class) up to over 100 MPH for the really hot classes. We welcome families and beginning boaters.