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Kawana IOM Open - 2nd December

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Saturday the second of December saw the skies finally part with the rain abating providing a near perfect Queensland day for the regatta. Winds were very tricky from essentially the north providing a significant challenge for the RO in setting the courses as well as the eighteen sailors. Winds from this direction tend to be very fluky with fluctuating lifts and knocks making sailing a combination of skill and luck. This was an umpired regatta which provided excellent racing and great sportsmanship despite having so many on the start line for the one day one fleet event. Attrition was quite high with only eleven boats starting in the final race.

Greg Torpy was the man to beat with a wide variety of sailors challenging him throughout the day. Notably Doug Allen being the main sailor taking it to him regularly before gear failure saw him retire. Greg took the regatta out by a significant margin followed by Glen Fitzgerald and Frank Russell. Well done lads!

All in all a very enjoyable day was had by all with full marks to Club Kawana for putting on another slick regatta. Special mention must be made of club volunteers who without their generously giving of their time the event would not have happened. Namely these are Garry McMahon (RO), Garry Russell, Greg Adams, David Dobing-Browne, Jim O’Shannessy and David Black (Scorer). Many thanks too to 360 Sails for providing some consolation prizes to a couple of lucky sailors.

Until next year!
Ross MacKay - Vice Commodore

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EC12 Day BRYC - 19th November 2017

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Sunday the 19th of November 2017 saw a round of the majestic EC12’s being held. These very graceful vessels look every bit the authentic thing when they are launched and it is without doubt a class that with the advent of the Dragon 65 and IOM’s has seen a decline in numbers. This is indeed a sad thing to see as I dare say there are no doubt a large number of the boats sitting in garages and under homes most possibly that haven’t seen the light of day in quite a while. A few weeks ago the EC12 owners association held a meeting and the thoughts are to try and get some interest going again in these boats and with BRYC hoping to run some of these events along with the boys at Newport we are sure that they will make a comeback. One of our members has already ordered a new boat and probably by about June July he will most likely be competing as well.

Our EC12 day saw a field of 6 skippers hitting the water and BRYC provided some great breezes which at times seemed to be coming from all over the shop, but the fellas that were competing felt that this only tested their skills even further so there were no complaints. Everyone on the pond behaved as gentleman would do with courtesy being given on rounding marks and there was no forcing boats out of the way or cutting off in any shape or form. All penalties were done without question. We started off with 6 boats but eventually this dwindled to about 4 then 3 so it was obvious that the craft hadn’t been used for a while and they had developed a few cobwebs. A great job was done by the volunteers from BRYC and we had plenty of people on hand to help and some of us ended up spectating.

Clive did a great job as always by providing some fantastic salad sandwiches. David Black as was there doing the scoring for us, so thanks to everyone who helped and a big thanks to those who competed. So please if you have an EC12 sitting in your garage and perhaps you’d like to sell it then please get in contact with us and I’m sure we will find a buyer for it.

Till next time please stay above the water


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RC Laser Class Championship of Nations

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The RC Laser Class Championship of Nations was very successfully conducted by host club, Paradise Radio Yacht Club, with a week of extremely competitive yacht racing involving 56 competitors from 8 countries : Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa, Czechoslovakia, Netherlands, Sweden.The RC Laser Class Championship of Nations was very successfully conducted by host club, Paradise Radio Yacht Club, with a week of extremely competitive yacht racing involving 56 competitors from 8 countries : Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa, Czechoslovakia, Netherlands, Sweden.

The Championship of Nations had only previously been contested on two occasions, 2013 in UK and 2015 in Holland.

With a week of unusual and unseasonal weather which produced incessant rainy days and strong to very strong southerly winds, 68 races were started and completed without any complications or damage to competing Yachts, support vessels or event infrastructure.The sport of Radio Control Yacht Racing, Paradise Radio Yacht Club and the Gold Coast being declared clear winners by all in the accolade stakes.

The yachting regatta resulted in an Australian domination of The Championship Of Nations event with 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings going to entrants from Victoria, South Australia and Queensland respectively.

In conjunction “seniorʼ age group awards were made for Masters [50-59 yrs], Grand Masters [60-70yrs] and Great Grand Masters [70+ yrs].Winners from NZ, NSW and Gold Coast respectively. 

A best Australian cumulative team award went to South Australia.

The weekʼs activities commenced on Monday 6/11 with boat registrations and scrutineering , followed by an organised afternoon of practice.An official welcome event held at Lakeside Bistro followed in the evening with PRYC Commodore, Allan Walker welcoming all competitors, partners, friends and family.

Sponsors: RACV Royal Pines, Royal Woods Resort, Mercure Resort, Thrifty car Rentals, Gloria Jeans and The Burleigh Fish Monger were acknowledged.

Special applause was forthcoming for Gold Coast City Council, recognising the terrific involvement, guidance and support from Sport and Recreation and Special Events management and staff which made the event feasible.

The Commodore also introduced VIP Councillor Bob LaCastra and effusively thanked him for his support for our sport and our Club over the past 10-12 years.

Councillor Bob displayed all his stage and political skills and entertained the large crowd who showed him their warm appreciation.

An organised pause in the event programme took place at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month when all present took part in a special Remembrance Day ceremony. The week finished with a presentation evening and dinner at The Lakeside Bistro where video of racing was continuously screened, flags of all competing Nations presented to relevant countrymen as keepsakes and trophies presented to all winners who responded to the accolades of all present.

We have included and/ or attached hereto a small but representative collection of photographs, including the “Event Village”, sailors on water and ashore, the myriad of volunteers without whom the event could not have succeeded, our catering team who served over 400 lunches and kept all present topped up with water and fruit, and our Remembrance Day ceremony.

Allan Walker




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