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The Dragon Force 65 Queensland State  Championships 2020
Emerald Lakes, Carrara, Queensland

Regatta organised by Paradise Radio Yacht Club under the authority of the Queensland Radio Yachting Association.

Conditions were absolutely fantastic for the 2020 Queensland Dragon Force 65 state championships held at Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast and hosted by Paradise Radio Yacht Club on 4 October 2020.

There was a cool 5 to 15 km/h easterly with blue skies and 25°. Perfect conditions for the A+ rig. 

We had lots of visitors watching the close racing with the common comment being: “this is fantastic racing to watch” and thoroughly enjoyed in the beautiful Queensland weather.

There were 22 boats from three clubs across the state competing for the right to take and hold the Queensland Bindawalla perpetual trophy for another year, with a wide variety of sailors from Australian and international champions to beginners.

Time was spent with experienced sailors sharing their measurements and knowledge. A real symbol of the camaraderie and friendship in this strict one design class. Examples of competitor sailing background experience include the following:

  • We had Dean and his father Don Horton from the Raby BayDF65Pic2 Radio Club competing for the first time. Both are extremely experienced Etchell sailor out of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. Dean says “these DF65 are identical to the Etchell’s with identical tuning adjustments made to improve performance “.

  • Chris Young from PRYC was a successful 18-foot skiff champion on Sydney Harbour in the 70s. Chris is always in the mix and an experienced racer and great competitor.

  • Peter Cook from PRYC was the trimmer on the famous 12 metre “Gretel” which took a race off the Americans. Peter loves the fact that these are strict one design yachts where tuning and tactics makes the difference.

  • Mike Jefferys an experienced sailor in Diamond’s and International Soling fleets said “the real benefit of the DF65 is it is a strict one design class where everyone’s on equal footing with not cheque-book sailing”

  • Daniel Bergan an experience laser and trailer sailor originally from the Hunter Valley who established a DF family radio sailing club said “the DF65 teaches people how to sail and offers the opportunity to compete in association racing at the highest level”.

  • After sailing as a Flying Ant skiff Australian Titles competitor as a teenager, newcomer to radio sailing Scott Rudd enjoyed his first RC championship along with family supporters down from Brisbane to enjoy the regatta

DF65Pic3Covid spaced From Left: Edwin Luck(3'rd), Mike Jefferys (1'st) and Daniel Bergan (2'nd)Congratulations to Mike, Daniel and Edwin who took the first 3 podium positions. Well done and terrific achievement!

None of this these events happens without the efforts of the organising club and committee. The event was superbly organised by PRYC race committee managed by Trent Jarratt (Commodore) and Barry Hill (Sailing Secretary) with Trevor Fisher acting as race officer.  Trevor was assisted by a horde of volunteers with important contributions from Bill Clancy (CSO & Finisher), David Black & Peter O’Grady ( Scoring & Recording), Alan Walker ( (Boatman Course Setter), Ray Sweeney ( still image photographer), Mick Gentles, Ted Mulligan, Fred Bestall, Graham Bullen and Laurie Hinchcliff (Observers) and Warren Star (Start Audio).

Mike Jefferys (Qld DF Classes Coordinator).

View QRYA YouTube channel with Ian Lobley’s excellent video of Race 1:



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