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Queensland IOM State Championships 2018

A fleet of 30 competitors started the event on Saturday 27th October 2018 in what were perfect mid A-rig conditions.

The forecast of light to moderate easterly conditions was spot on. The small variation in direction of the breeze was easily catered for by the Principle Race Officer (PRO) Ian Ashe selecting from the range of buoys set at the top of the course.  Lunch was taken at 12:30 p.m. and catered for by the Southport Yacht Club Cafe.

Ten races (20 heats) were completed by the end of sailing at 4:30 p.m.  Placings at the end of day 1 had Sean Wallis clear ahead on points from current Australian Champion Paul Jones in second.

Day 2 started with a total change in the conditions, but true to the forecast of a light north-westerly ahead of a strong south-easter due just before lunch.  The start of racing was delayed until 10:30 a.m. when what looked like a usable westerly kicked in and an attempt to set a course and get a start was unsuccessful as the breeze continued to clock to the south and then further to the south-east as forecast.  Finally just after 11:00 a.m. a course was set and a start announced.

Conditions were between A and B rigs for most of the day but B-rigs dominated with the occasional adventurer reverting to A.     A BBQ lunch was organised and delivered by the Paradise Radio Yacht Club (PRYC) 10 Rater division which was greatly appreciated by all.

The breeze was forecast to build and go more south and that is exactly what it did during the last four races.  The oscillating change from south-east to south made for challenging course setting in what was left of the day.  At times some of the B-rigs dipped the nose of the boat in the lake as some of the stronger gusts came through.

At the end of two days sailing, Sean Wallis was the clear winner with Paul Jones in second place and Tim Brown third. Results can be found here.

Sean Wallis being presented with the IOM State Championship Perpetual Trophy by QRYA President David Black

Sean Wallis being presented with the IOM State Championship Perpetual Trophy by QRYA President David Black

The event was a precursor to the National Championships to be held in February 2019 at the same location.  The lake is not currently sailed by an RC club so was neutral water for all and real practice for both the sailors and organisers. 

A special thanks goes to Paradise Radio Yacht Club who provided all equipment and most of the volunteers for this event and to the Southport Yacht Club for the use of the excellent facilities.  The experience was invaluable and the lessons learned will be quickly incorporated into the Event Management Plan for the National level event.

The entire available QRYA executive provided the management of the event with Publicity Officer/Treasurer Ian Lobley providing video and photographic coverage.  The Youtube Channel can be found linked here, please enjoy and subscribe.  See videos of some of the races and the interviews with both current Australian Champion Paul Jones and ARYA President Sean Wallis.

The next event at Regatta Waters will be the 10 Rater State Championships at the end of November 2018 hosted by PRYC.



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