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QLD Dragon Force Championship - 22nd July 2017

Story of the Dragon Force 65 Queensland State Champion Bindawalla Perpetual Trophy.

 A silver-plated platter named the "Bindawalla Perpetual Trophy" was donated by the Jefferys Family.

The Trophy is to be held each year by the current Queensland Dragon Force 65 State Champion and then passed onto the next year’s winner.

 The name "Bindawalla" is aboriginal for happy home and “represents those values important to us all” (family quote). It was the name of the Jefferys Family boat which they raced successfully and then cruised to the Barrier Reef for a number of years.

Given that most Dragon Force RC skippers have had a lifelong involvement with yacht racing, this trophy reflects that history and is a fitting annual award. It will record event winners from the very first year of official Queensland Dragon Force Championship competition.

2017 Queensland Dragon Force Championship Winner’s Perspective(from this year’s first placed skipper)

The Dragon Force 65 Queensland State titles were hosted by Paradise Radio Yacht Club at Emerald Lakes on Saturday 22nd July, with a record 27 competitors from four Queensland and two NSW clubs competing in this open event.

A keen NSW entrant Paul Martin from the Blue Mountains was up at 4am in the morning to travel to Sydney airport and jump on a flight to compete in the first official Q’ld State Title.  Paul and two other NSW competitors, namely Kel and Phil Burgess are members of Royal Sydney Yacht squadron which is to host the first NSW title on 30th September this year.

Conditions on the day were variable with very light air to start the day providing some extremely challenging racing. Phil Burgess, who finished race one in first place ended up 8th in the next race. This set the pattern for sailing the first half of the day, however the trusty Q’ld south-easterly kicked in around lunchtime with the last three or four races sailed competitively.  The close starts featuring several general recalls and one black flag start were evidence of a very competitive fleet.

As usual, consistency was the key to the day with only three points separating the top two boats with Mike Jefferys (PRYC) 1st on 12 points, Andrew Wilson (WMRYC) 2nd on 15 points and Laurie Hinchcliff (PRYC) 3rd on 24 points.

For Mike "the key to large fleet racing is to sail your own race and stay clear, where possible of potential problems by looking forward, anticipating problems and reducing interactions with other competitors”. “It still came to the wire in nearly every race because the competition was so fierce”.

Mike’s thoughts on the Class:

“Being a one design class means boats are perfectly matched with the difference being a single shift in your favour or a good start. It comes down to your skills and not the cheque book that so often rules the winners circle in sailing. My son who loves electronic games also, has gravitated to the sport because it offers such a unique skill set; concentration, focus, competition and fun in an outdoor environment with likeminded friendly members" Today’s Q’ld event has been a great learning experience for this upcoming growing class with now over 500 sailors Australia wide”.

By the Way:     Competitors may not have made it to the ‘social pages’ but apparently the event made it into the Gold Coast Bulletin ‘Lifestyle Coast Weekend Top 3 Family Fun on a Budget’activities. We were granted this status by the discerning newspaper reporter who wrote that we were ‘fighting it out with the coolest model boats in town’.

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South Queensland IOM Championship - 29/30th April

Updated: Paradise Radio Yacht Club successfully hosted the event at Emerald Lakes, Gold Coast.

The weather was perfect, with partly cloudy ,25 degree temperatures. The wind was from south west to south east, A rig, 5 to 12 knots, on both days. The water was clean and generally smooth.

Skippers from two NSW and seven Queensland clubs travelled to Emerald Lakes from as far afield as Gladstone in the north and Lake Macquarie in NSW.

28 competitors, were divided into two fleets and a total of 16 races were completed over the 2 days, allowing 3 drops.

Lindsay and Anne Walker, capably carried out the PRO and heat management/scoring roles.David Black volunteered his fine skills to compile the results

tn P1020865 2000x1414a4 patThe courses, were windward and returns, two and a half times, taking about 12 minutes to complete.

Paul Jones, from Lake Macquarie won by a comfortable margin, from Allan Walker, then Greg Torpy.

16 different brands of IOM yachts competed. The skill and experience, and some good luck, proving to be the most important factor in winning results.

Read more: South Queensland IOM Championship - 29/30th April

2017 Central Qld IOM Championships Story

2017 Central Qld IOM Championships Story

CQLD IOM Champs 8th 9th July 2017 Nick LINDSLEY 56We had nowhere to sail.

We were tossing up between the University Lake – full of weeds which had just been harvested and then the Council guys broke the hydraulics while trying to haul the weeds out of the lake and no clear date for the repair to be completed,

Burrum Heads – too far to travel both days and then setup everything both days and Madsens Rd Lake – still trying to make their insurance company accept that they would be covered by the QRYA Insurance coverage without that being specified in writing anywhere.

6 weeks before the event we finally got the approval (while setting up for John McIntosh’s Birthday Party) that we could sail on The Springs Lake – a new R.V. Park being constructed at Madsens Rd, Nikenbah just South of Pialba Hervey Bay Qld.

With nothing yet in place at this building site it would be a sprint to the start line of the Championships.

After a couple of let downs with a pontoon we acquired 2 pontoons & had them dragged onto a tilt tray tow truck & dropped into the lake, towed them with our 9ft tinny & 4HP outboard into position. A few working bees to get barnacles off, timbers bolted into place, 20mm anchor chain (Anthony I was joking when I said we had the QEII!), truck brake drums as anchors, brackets, cleats, sleepers for the terraced steps and sourcing the bike ramps as our draw-bridge to gain access.

1 week before the Championships we finished the steps & we could then focus on all the other components of the event.

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Read more: 2017 Central Qld IOM Championships Story

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