Tuesday, September 17, 2019
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Classic IOM Battle at Newport

NewcStartThe venue at Newport uses either a southern or western bank for the control area, so it is at its best in a northerly, particularly a north-easter and that is exactly what the weather gods sent on Saturday 14th September.

The Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron opted for the low cost zero catering model, $10 entry fee and left the entries open till the morning of the race.  Some competitors did arrive unanounced and were quickly registered.  For a while it looked like going to two fleets but entries topped out at 23 making for a busy start line and more fun at the first top mark rounding!

Till the lunch break a light NNE breeze at 2 to 6 knots occilated slighty about the course but generallty it was fair NewcBankconditons.  The control area was setup on the western bank giving good elevation and the choice of a dry launch from the nearby pontoon.

Josh Torpy streaked away in the first race leaving his old-man and the rest of the fleet in the weeds. It looked interesting and a bit omminous for top end contenders.  But by Race 3, Arron Farrar got the tuning and tactics right and strung three bullets together to create a nice little buffer by the time the first drop arrived.  He repeated the same trifecta from Race 11 after lunch.  But while this was happening, Greg Torpy was quietly banking a couple of wins and other podium places using consistancy to whittle away at Arron's lead.

Conditions improved with the breeze building a few knots as the day progressed and it stayed in the same part of the compass.  Visibility was excellant with the sun at the competitors backs so any shifts were most often very visible on the water and they did generally stay in for long enough to confidently tack on a knock.  For the last hour of racing the pressure clocked a few degrees west of north and the PRO Ian Ashe selected the left pair of bouys to round. 

Doug Allen was also chipping away at those in front and after three drops had a worst score of 7.  This put him in easy reach of either of the two leaders if they stumbled, even for one race or two.  But that didn't happen.

After 17 races, Arron Farrar and Greg Torpy were both on 39 points with Doug on 47.  A countback was required to sort this out and it went to Arron, 6 wins Vs 2 wins to Greg.  A pretty convincing result in the end.

Full results are here

Noteable in the results is 5 Kantun 2's in the top 10, this is unusual as there has only been one or two of them in any given fleet for the past year or so.

A big thanks to the Moreton Club for hosting the event and sharing their excellent facilities.  Thanks also to PRO Ian Ashe, scorer David Black, Gwen Warne, Mike SS, David Brunsden and Mark Deller.

Looking forward to seeing you there again next year!






DF95 Invitational Round 2 goes to Hinchcliff

DF95CroppedWell, Sunday the 15th arrived with fresh gusty winds from the North or North West. A good course was laid under the direction of Allan Young PRO  and laid by Julian. After the briefing and a slight start line alteration 10 boats faced the starter. Disappointing to not see a couple of entries who didn’t turn up however the day was enjoyed in good spirit with volunteers from the DF65 PRYC Fleet assisting most admirably.Captioned winners fffCapture

The wind had most undecided as to whether to use A rig or B however as the day progressed the decision became even harder A battle soon developed between Laurie Hinchcliffe and Graham Cowling for the podium finishes with Laurie consistently out sailing the others. Ian Ashe came in a well deserved 3rd and I am happy to say Will Charlton was fourth. Various little problems affected the rest of the Fleet which is shown in the results.

It was disappointing to see a poor representation from the other Clubs who race this Class. Maybe next time. My thanks go to all that assisted to make it a good day with 24 races in 3.5 hours excluding lunch.

All the best

Frank Arrowsmith

DF95 Fleet Captain

Paradise Radio Yacht Club


Who will be the first DF95 Queensland Champion?

DF95sforStatesThis is the inaugural state championship for this class now that it has State Sanction and soon to be Nationally recognised. The fleet in Queensland has grown exponentially over the past 2 years with strong fleets on the Gold Coast, Moreton, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Whitsundays, Mackay, Townsville with some 120 boats registered in Qld and rising.

The event will be held over 2 days on the 5th and 6th October 2019 (Long Weekend Qld) and is being hosted by the Townsville RC Yachting club at their current sailing site , Lake Curralea. The club has been operating from this site for over 30 years and has shaded facilities and toilets and is more than strong enough to conduct the state championships. The site also has accommodation either side of it from Resort style hotel rooms (Mercure Townsville) to Caravan style bungalows all within walking distance of the venue. Skippers can drive (only 1345 kms from Brisbane) or fly (1.5 hours) and 10 minutes from airport.

As event organiser, I am endeavouring to have a recognised experienced PRO and scorer to assist, as we may be using the recently ARYA approved Simple Heat Racing System (SHRS) for the first time in Qld RC Sailing history. I have been directed by the Australian DF Radio Sailing Association to try to use this system and as I only expect entries to be 20 to 30, it will be an ideal time to use it.

The Notice of race is now up on the QRYA site, but I have attached it so you can get the website links for the accommodation sites , plus I will be adding it to the DF95 Australian Owners Face book page, of which I am an administrator.

Please feel free to contact me for further information

Regards and good Sailing

Col Cameron

QLD DF95 Cordinator

Ph: 0409 590 954

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DF95 Invitation expecting hot competition

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You still have a few days to get your calendar reorganised if you are not already rocking up to Emerald Lakes with your DF95 on the 8th September.

Following on from the inviation event at Paradise Radio Yachting Club last June, and the regatta at Newport in May, this event will continue to attemp to identify who is whom in this class in Queensland.  So far it appears wide open with a different winner and even place-getters in each event so far.  Entrants range from relatively new club members to experienced radio sailors attracted to this new class from other classes.

Please enter using the link below so that the club knows you are coming, but if it takes till Saturday night to earn enough brownie points with the missus, that's ok, sneak out and roll up Sunday morning!

Oh and $10 to enter and lunch will be provided, best value entertainment you will get this month, or maybe year.

See you there.

Notice of Race and Entry details here.

Report on the previous event here.



The Newport Classic, you know you want to be there!

NewportClassic Entries are still open for the 2019 Newport Classic.  This is an annual event is hosted by the Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron.

  • Haven't got the weekend to spare?  Well this is a one-day event.
  • Can't afford it?  Well it's $10 entry fee, no accommodation expenses for anyone within a few hours drive.
  • Better still, you are absolutely guarenteed to get exactly the lunch you want as you will be getting it yourself.  Brown-bag it or buy from the onsite cafe.

This event attracts the best IOM skippers in SE Queensland and beyond, so if you need some practice leading up to the IOM States next month, this is one you cannot miss!

Looking forward to seeing you there. 

Notice of Race and Entry Form here.


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