Friday, August 14, 2020
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Eight Queenslanders heading to WA for 2020 DF Nationals

Austin LakesThe first DF95 & DF65 Nationals will be held in Western Australia's Austin Lakes venue.  Eight sailors from Queensland have entered are preparing to make the journey.  At the time of posting this there are 30 DF95 entrants and 22 for the DF65, a remarkable outcome for an event on the other side of the country. 

Two skippers entered the Nationals in both classes (Will Charlton and Graham Cowling) and this is reflected in the decision to have the National Championships at the same time and venue, now and possibly in the future.

Of the eight, four are from the Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron (MRYS) based at Newport on the Recliffe Peninsular.  This is a great result for the club and in particular Garry Russell who for several years continued to sail his DF95 each week, often with only one other boat to race against.  His conviction that the class had a future in Queensland and the country has clearly paid off with regular fleets in the double figures at Newport providing great competition for all.  Moreton Sunday morning launching time seen to the right.

 The 95 continued to spread far and wide for several good reasons. While still the President of the QRYA Col Cameron saw the opportunity to stimulate Radio Sailing in North Queensland with this more affordable class, and that has come to pass. Col is based in Townsville and is the current DF95 Class Coordinator and was instrumental to the DF95 State Championships being held in Townsville in 2019.  From Townsville, interest in the class spread to the Whitsunday club based at Airley Beach a couple of hours to the south and similarly a few appeared at Mackay.  Now, Col will be representing his Townsville club and the State on the other side of the country.

Adding to the momentum was interest from existing DF65 skippers from clubs south of the Brisbane River.  Frank Arrowsmith championed the 95's at PRYC, a fleet appeared at Springfield Lakes (SLMM) and a few at Lake Samsonvale Water Sports Center (LSWSC).  The low cost of a new boat, combined with transferable skills from a 65 to a 95 has driven this.  It's easy to sail both classes.


The Queenslanders who have entered the Nationals are; 

  • David Brunsdon (MRYS)
  • Col Cameron (TMMC)
  • Will Charlton (PRYC)
  • Noel Christison (MRYS)
  • Graham Cowling (PRYC)
  • Paul Singleton (MRYS)
  • Gordon Wills (MRYS)
  • Grant Lihou (SLMM)

All the best guys, we will be studying the Live Results, no pressure!

Link Here to the Event Entry site.

DF65 entries

DF95 entries



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