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South Qld DF65 Championship 11 Aug, 2018, Springfield Lakes

Link to Results

This was the second major event held by the Springfield Lakes club in just over a month, and was another positive outcome, and endorsed by Greg Torpy and Mike Jefferys in their remarks at the end of proceedings. In achieving this, we have to acknowledge the effort, as always, of the volunteers who front up and make it happen. In particular, David Black for the scoring, and Trevor Fisher as RO, but not forgetting all the other volunteers that gave up valuable time to help run this event. Observers were Patrick Collins, Shelley Heard and Andy Houselander, with Marjorie Gough calling finishes and Peter Sloan writing them down. Ian Geary had a few rescues to do in the rescue boat and Neil Spink kept us all supplied with coffee and tea. Also thanks to John Heard for the gazebo and other portable enclosures.

21 skippers from Springfield Lakes, Paradise Club and Wynnum Manly Club fronted up to the difficult conditions, 15 races were completed. There was wind all day. Not always what we might have wished for, as it varied from frequent direction changes (sometimes every couple of seconds) causing stalls and calamities while trying to negotiate markers, to down-wind nose dives during some of the strongest blusters. All boats sailed with what is now the almost-standard Springfield A+ rigs.

Also worthy of special mention is the set of 360 sails generously donated by Greg Torpy for the 11th place (mid-fleet) skipper, Julian O’Brien. Thank you Greg.


1               Greg Torpy           33

2               Mike Jefferys      46

3               Grant Lihou         74

While recognising that Greg Torpy and Mike Jefferys had quite low scores, there were 4 other skippers who also won a race. Well done to all participants for a splendid day of racing.

Thanks to Ian Geary for the terrific drone video footage of a couple of races. Race 8 can be seen on the QRYA YouTube channel here. Don’t forget to subscribe!!


Report by Ian Robertson SLMM



Eddie Cowell Perpetual Regatta -2018


Another EC Regatta, conducted by Club Kawana at its sailing arena at Lake Kawana, has come and gone. As is usually the case, the Sunshine Coast lived up to its name, providing a glorious three days of RC yacht racing weather. The sailing weather was somewhat unreliable early hours of each day but luckily the sea breeze came in, usually at lunchtime, to provide 3 afternoons of close and entertaining racing.

We had 44 starters this year with entries from West Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland, New Zealand and Singapore. As is usual with IOM regattas the competition was at times willing, intense and quite often brilliant. There were 15 races completed over the weekend and of these, there were 8 different race winners. The competition was also very close throughout with a great many of the competitors attesting to the difficulty of getting out of both ‘B’ and ‘C’ fleets.

The racing was very ably run by Club Kawanas’ PRO Garry MacMahon, who had to cope with a wind that was varying thru 180 deg. or disappearing completely, at times. He also had to officiate a group of sailors, who are exceptionally competitive and have their own views on what is an appropriate racecourse, where to position the starting line, how far apart the windward and distance mark should be, how quickly we should start the races, how long to give late-comers time to get on the course and so on. Despite this diversity of opinion he managed to get through the weekend relatively unscathed if not somewhat exhausted.

Club Kawana are continuing to fine tune their administration of this regatta and this year provided a sailing committee who were on call throughout the Regatta, as well as an assistant to the PRO, a selected Protest Committee, a dedicated boat crew who were on call all three days, assistants to David Black, parking assistants and two club officials Greg Adams and Derek Cragg who were available all weekend to assist competitors and their family and friends. There were numerous others who organised the port-a-loos, erected the marquis, organised the lunches, provided the drinks on ice, organised the numerous trophies etc, etc. Next year hopefully will be bigger and better.

The result didn’t reflect the closeness of the racing. It became very clear, early on Friday, that there were at least 8 – 10 competitors capable of winning this regatta. The winner was not going to be known until after lunch on the last day. The racing became quite intense toward the end of the regatta with numerous recalled starts, many protests called between competitors and an equal number of calls from the observers for boat and mark contacts. It is a testament to the nature of the sailors that this intense competition was left on the water when they brought their boats ashore.

This attitude was best demonstrated in a ‘B’ fleet race, late on Sunday when an inordinate number on collisions, protests and mark contacts could not be recorded by the officials and the PRO took the unusual step of abandoning the race under Rule 32.1 (d) due to an inability to provide a fair competition for the competitors. He then resailed the race. Needless to say the boats out in front weren’t too happy but the other competitors involved in the numerous incidents were happy to accept the decision. After the resail was completed the competitors, some reluctantly, accepted the decision and got on with the racing. It should be noted that the resail had virtually no incidents.

Congratulations must go to the eventual winner, Paul Jones, who was remarkably consistent with his results and proved to be a deserving Champion. This said, it should be pointed out that the other place-getters Sean Wallis and Glenn Dawson were in a position to win the regatta until late on Sunday and should also be congratulated.

Other trophies were presented to the top international competitor Jimmy Teo, the fairest sailor, the sailor who sailed the most races, David Jones, the sailor who did the most penalty turns, Andrew Wilson, the sailor who finished exactly mid-fleet, Frank Russell (thanks to Greg Torpy for donating a 360 new sail) and the top international sailor after Jimmy Teo, Garry Roberts- NZ (thanks to Garry Taylor –G Tec Sails for donating a new set of ‘A’ sails).

As is usual with Qld regattas thanks must go to David Black who provided all the scoring management and information together with providing ‘Live results’ on the QRYA site, Anne Walker who carried the burden of helping with the scoring, updating the fleet board, managed the fleet roster, helped record the finishers and finally kept the start box operator on his toes. Also thanks to Betty Churcher who had the odious job of directing the car parking and helped call the boats over the finish line. Finally a big thanks to the RC Laser members of Club Kawana who gave up their time to help with the biggest IOM Regatta outside of the Nationals in Australia.

Finally, to acknowledge the many lessons learnt over the weekend, next year the Club will attempt to improve on the pace of race starting, the system of organising the yachts to be ready for the next race, have more flexibility in the sailing instructions to accommodate better and faster race turn-overs and starts and develop a method of marshalling the boats to be ready for the following races. We will also review the QRYA results of the after event survey and incorporate any worthwhile suggestions it may provide. We would encourage all competitors to complete the survey as it is a great source of feedback to all Qld clubs.

Club Kawana would like to thank all the competitors for attending our regatta and extend an open invitation to all IOM sailors for next years EC Regatta.

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Preparations at Regatta Waters are on track

The Queensland IOM State Championships in October will be the only lead-up event at Regatta Waters for the National Championships in February.  Work is continuing to make sure that the new venue will be at it's best.  Sailors will be able to park next to the control area.  No shortage of space there!

The depth of Regatta Lake had to be checked to make sure that the buoy system has the right rope length.   The lake has not been used for Radio Sailing for many years and changes have been made to it since the floods in 2011.  Russell Gray's boat was deployed and a system well proven by Captain Cook used to gauge depth.  A lead weight and a rope with two knots every fathom.

Southport Yacht Club representative Matthew Dickenson is seen above inducting members of the QRYA and local clubs into the building and to run through details on access and use.  Topics on the agenda included catering and licensing conditions.  All sorted now!

Entries to both the IOM States and ARYA National will be open soon.

Below ...The Gold Coast City Council have provided extra space in case we get unexpected visitors!

Photos by Ian Lobley



QRYA Youtube Channel 100th video!


On the 3rd of August 2017 the first video was posted on the QRYA Youtube Channel by Ian Lobley.  On 23rd July 2018 the 100th video was posted.

In that time an incredible number of people from all over Australia and the world have visited the channel and our website.  Just within Australia there has been over 40,073 minutes of watch time and 11,011 views of the sailing videos.  See the table below for other countries.

There are not enough active radio sailors in Australia to account for the statistics, so it means that non-radio sailors, prospective club members have connected and watched the action.  Posting content such as this can only raise the profile of our sport.

Click here for link to the Youtube Channel

For those reading this  who may not have visited the channel, please do and click 'Subscribe' as the more subscribers the easier the channel is to find by a search engine.  Radio Sailors and those we need to target to increase membership of our clubs are in the 50+ age group as the report below shows.

The processing time for 100 videos is a considerable part of Ian's life over he past year and that does not include the time and travel to record them.  A big thank you to him for his contribution to our sport.



2018 Queensland RC Laser Championship


The 2018 Queensland RC Laser Championship was sailed and decided on Sunday 22nd July. Paradise Radio Yacht Club hosted the event on Emerald Lakes where we had a light southerly which switched to southeast. There was a mixture of A and B sails, but most races were won by those using the larger rigs even though there were a few nosedives on the downwind legs.

Ian Ashe, the RO got the racing under way shortly after 10.00 and, although there were some course adjustments needed during the day, the result was that the best skippers came out on top.

Thanks to the ever-reliable David Black we had progress results at lunchtime and then the final figures after 18 races courtesy of Bill Clancy and Ralph Nahrung.

It was very close for first and second with home skipper Peter Burford and Kawana visitor Geoffrey Morris each having 5 race wins. Local skipper Geoff Smith through consistent sailing took out third placing. In addition to Peter and Geoffrey, other race winners were Brenton Rowney [3 wins], Laurie Hinchcliff, Daniel Bergan, Nick Pye, Trent Jarratt and Gary Russell so the honours were spread widely.

We had 16 starters - Roman Wenger from Maitland (NSW), Geoffrey Morris, Gary Russell and John Halloran all from Kawana and 12 from PRYC including Linton Ward who made his way down from Cairns. Although there was a bit of work for the observers all problems were solved on the water.

The skippers all expressed their appreciation and thanks to the officials and observers without whom it would be impossible to have a successful regatta.   Pete O’Grady


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