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National DF 65 Invitational Challenge - 2018

 What a fantastic weekend to have the first Queensland National invitational challenge for the Dragon Force 65 class. The event was hosted by the Paradise Radio Yacht Club at Emerald Lakes on the 5/6 of May 2018. We had 31 registered competitors for the event which necessitated running AB fleets.

The weather was predicted to be freshening south easterlies of up to 35 km/h and the prediction didn't disappoint with the breeze gusting up to 40 km per hour making for some difficult tacking and downwind nose dives.
We had four interstate visitors including the current Victorian and New South Wales champions, namely Chris Dance and Phil Burgess respectively. Thanks also to David Heath and Paul Martin who made the effort to box up their boats and travel interstate for the competition.

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Link to Videos on You Tube

 

S/QLD IOM Championship - 24/25th March

The South Queensland IOM Championships attracted 28 nominations to the Newport venue. The fleet was so strong that it looked like a continuation of the last Nationals with sailors from New South Wales and Western Australia continuing to battle it out with the locals.

At the end of the first day Paul Jones had established a clear lead with Sean Wallis the closest competitor. This pattern remained for day two with Jones ending with less than half of the points of the Wallis who remained in second place. It was sheer consistency that has seen Jones take out this event and the Australian Championships earlier this year in Hobart.  One of Jones's dropped races was a 3rd place.

The last race of the event was sailed in absolute drifting conditions and although luck can play a bigger part at those times, Jones won it decisively to cap off the event for him.

Interestingly there were three different boat constructions in the top three positions and only half of the top ten were Queenslanders, showing how well this event was supported by the wider IOM community.

The local Councilor James Houghton who has continued his support and promotion of the sport did presentations to the winners.

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More photos by Nick Lindsley here
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The winner Paul Jones receiving his trophy from Councilor James Haughton.

More video clips here


 

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