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2019 CQ International One Metre Championship


A cracking field registered for the 2019 CQ International One Meter Title’s, being held in Gladstone at what’s becoming widely regarded as one of the best radio controlled yachting venues in Queensland. Current Australian Champion Sean Wallis made the trip from WA, former Australian Champion Paul Jones was a last miniute inclusion driving up from Lake Macquarie and a whole host of state and regional title placegetters over recent years filled positions in the 30 strong/two fleets that launched off the bank at 10am Saturday.

Day 1

A beautiful 8-10knot E/NE breeze graced the course area and from the outset it was fast and tight. From the vantage positions, high above the water from a commercial pier, yachtsmen had a ‘god like’ view of proceedings and this made for close but fair racing, with many finishes sending David Black and his host of helpers scrambling.

As expected Sean Wallis launched out of the blocks with a bullet in the first ranking race, following that up with another in the first heat, while former CQ IOM Champion Doug Allen from Kawana booked his place in A-Fleet with a first in the seeding race.

As racing began to settle down the usual suspects began to find their way to the top of the score sheets, with former State Champion Greg Torpy from Wynnum Manly, Paul Jones, Sean Wallis and Peter Sherwood from Wynnum Manly all crossing the line first in the first 8 heats. However, the local contingent wasn't far behind with Aaron Farrar placing in the top 5, Grant Cooper bagging a first but finding it hard to keep consistency across the day and the big improver, Steve Bray regularly placing top 3 and consistently scoring well in the A-Fleet.

By the end of the first days sailing, Paul Jones had recovered well from a slow start to lead Sean Wallis by a solitary point while the Gladstone trio of Bray, Cooper & Farrar were 3rd to 5th, with only 3 points separating them. Strong showings from Greg Torpy, Tim Brown from Twin Towns RYC in NSW, Doug Allen, Peter Sherwood and John Gower from Paradise RYC down the coast, rounded out the top 10.

Day 2

Even though the Sunday was picture perfect, unfortunately, the breeze was a bit light on from the south with 0-5 knots greeting the yachtsmen early. Ian Ashe (PRO) had some moments finding the right course, but sailing got underway on time at 9:30. Those that adapted to the fickle conditions the quickest saw immediate results with good results posted by Ben Taylor from Lake Maquarie, Geoff Morris from Kawana and Gladstone’s Laurie Donohoe even pinching a 4th early. It was mentioned by visiting yachtsmen that they were impressed by the high level of competetiveness of all Gladstone local sailors, with Laurie Donohoe, Graeme Aldridge, Ian McKay, Marty Watson, Greg Flintham and Phil Brown all finding their ways into A-Fleets from time to time.

2019 Central Queensland IOM Championships - Gladstone

The championship became a two horse race early on Sunday as Sean Wallis and Paul Jones traded places at the top of the score sheet, with Wallis taking the advantage early and putting a small break on Jones. However, there were very interesting sub-plots going on for the rest of the top placings. Locals Grant Cooper and Steve Bray couldn’t keep up their form from the first day and slipped out of contention for the bronze while Gladstone’s Aaron Farrar and Greg Torpy kept their rivalry very much alive, taking advantage of the leaders shift in focus to post wins in strengthening conditions. Tim Brown showed consistency after rescuing a brief drop into B-Fleet to move up the rankings and Peter Sherwood shook off the cobwebs that plagued him on Day 1 to post a couple of wins. Race 13 (ironically) was the unlucky turning point for Sean Wallis’s campaign for his first CQ Championship, barely remaining in A-Fleet with an 11th while Paul Jones posted a solid second behind Peter Sherwood leaving the two National Champions tied for points with two races to go. If that wasn’t enough, another five-point division came in the next race with an uncharacteristic 10th from Wallis handing Jones a 5 point lead heading into the last race.

Gladstone’s Aaron Farrar had a superb afternoon with his Britpop design finding an extra gear in the perfect afternoon conditions and finished the regatta with another win in the final race, securing the third position overall from the fast-finishing Greg Torpy, while a second position for Wallis was not enough to bridge the gap to Jones, who came home a close third over the line.

  1. 1  Paul Jones Lake Macquarie RYC NSW 28.0

  2. 2  Sean Wallis Champion Lakes RS WA 32.0

  3. 3  Aaron Farrar Gladstone RCYC QLD 53.0

  4. 4  Greg Torpy Wynnum Manly RMYC QLD 58.0

  5. 5  Tim Brown Twin Towns RYC NSW 72.0

  6. 6  Peter Sherwood Wynnum Manly QLD 97.0

  7. 7  Grant Cooper Gladstone RCYC QLD 100.6

  8. 8  Doug Allen Club Kawana RY QLD 104.0

  9. 9  Steve Bray Gladstone RCYC QLD 116.0

  10. 10  John Gower Paradise RYC V 10 QLD 120.0

Masters Division

         1 Frank Russell

Frank is well positioned to take this division in the 2019 GP Series.  Two more heats to go.

Report by Grant Cooper

Link here the GRCYC for further photos.


Announcing Lake Sampsonvale Radio Sailing Division



Below is an extract of a letter the QRYA received from the Philip Jackson, President of the Lake Sampsonvale Water Sports Association on 20th May 2019, announcing a change in his association and our membership;

"At the Pine Rivers Radio Yacht Club (Inc.) (PRRYC) AGM on Sunday 5th May, 2019 it was recorded that the PRRYC would no longer exist from that date. This step by PRRYC was taken as a way of moving forward, having found an acceptable venue after the Lakeside Park closure.LSWSAlogo

All members wishing to continue remote control yacht sailing beyond the 5th May 2019 have become members of the L
ake Samsonvale Water Sports Association (LSWSA) in accordance with the agreement from LSWSA dated 5th February, 2019. This agreement was accepted by all PRRYC Members at a Special GM on 10th February 2019."

From discussions with Bob Worton recently this outcome has been very positive for the previous members of the Pine Rivers club and radio sailing in south east Queensland in general.  As you would have seen on the QRYA website, they have recently held a very successful A Class State Championships and the M Class fleet is very strong.
From the LSWSA website;LSLocation
"Lake Samsonvale is the nearest lake sailing and water sports venue for the Brisbane area. It is located in the pretty Samford Valley on the northern outskirts of Brisbane.

The lake is on the upper reaches of the North Pine River, about 45 minutes by car from the City and within minutes of northern Brisbane suburbs. It offers a great venue for sailing, rowing, canoeing and relaxed watching from a well-maintained clubhouse. A grassed shoreline gives heaps of room to rig, with direct access to the water."



There are well maintained permanent facilites with a club house and toilets and BBQs.  As part of the conditions of the relocation of the Pine Rivers club, the Local Council has agreed to construct a storage shed and floating pontoon for use by what is now the Radio Sailing Division of the LSWSA.  These structures will add to the already generous facilites at this venue.
Congratulations go to Bob Warton and the previous Pine Rivers club for securing such a magnificent solution to the situation they found themselves in last year when their Lakeside venue became unavailable.
We all look forward to sharing the water with you soon.


Entries for Gladstone CQ IOM Championships 2019

Gladstone WharfEntries are still open for the the Central Queensland IOM Championships.

At the time of posting this story 29 entrants were registered for this event from across the country.  The current National Champion Sean Wallis from Perth WA has grabbed the opportunity to sail at this great venue and continue to hone his skills in preparation for the World championships in Brazil later this year.  That and the suspicion that he just enjoys beating Queenslanders at home! 

But the field is a strong one comprised of a rapidly growing group of competitive Queensland sailors determined to take this event for themselves.  In strong contention for their local knowledge and recent form would be Arron Farrar and Grant Cooper who both finished strongly at the National Championships last February.  In the visiting Queenslanders, Greg Torpy has won at this location and has to be considered a chance.

This is also Round 2 of the QRYA Grand Prix Series.  Round 1 was raced at Kawana earlier this year with the series culminating in October at the 2019 IOM State Championships.  Competitors are scored on a best of three results in the four race series so if you missed the first one you can still compete in the last three.

Gladstone is always a popular location to sail from and the harbour location provides ideal radio water.  So if you have been thinking about attending but have not yet registered, click here and enter now


Announcing the Sunshine Coast Radio Sailing Club

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The QRYA is pleased to announce a new affiliated club following the approval of an application from the Sunshine Coast Radio Sailing Club (SCRSC) on the 15th May. The new club has replaced the iconic Club Kawana Radio Yachting (CKRY) organisation at the Lake Kawana location.  Sailing times are unchanged.

The QRYA worked closely with SCRSC to smooth the way for local sailors to transition to the new club.  Fees for member renewal that had already been paid by CKRY were retained for SCRSC and existing members transferred across. A QRYA Management Committee vote to formally approve the affiliation was completed by online vote within days of the receipt of the application, removing the delay of waiting for the next meeting.

Given the prominence that the Club Kawana had in Queensland radio sailing, sailors are asking what happened, but at this stage there is little information to pass on other than that the SCRSC has stated that it is a new club, not a re-branding of CKRY.  A quick reminisce at the CKRY website (that was still up at the time of posting this), lists a rich history now closed off. 


Commodore                   -     Ross Mackay     

Vice-Commodore           -     Greg Adams

Rear-Commodore          -     John Halloran

Secretary                        -     Derek Cragg

Treasurer                        -     David Clifton-Dobbing

The Contact Information has been updated on the QRYA website so that you can welcome them aboard and contact them directly for membership applications or just more information.


A Class Queensland Championship 2019


Well what a great day and how close was the racing.

The day started off with a fleet of 8 Yachts, a good South Easterly with some really good wind gusts.

Midday the breeze changed direction considerably, but after some deliberation, it was decided to keep on sailing the original course as it was thought that the breeze would eventually swing back, and guess what?

AclassStartthinIn the afternoon, everyone had to contend with another problem, WEED. Doesn’t matter how well you set-up your boat, a little weed brings you to a stop, even an A Class.

John Heard was our first and only casualty for the day having to pull out with winch failure after the first race, it was certainly a loss of one of our top skippers.Aclassgroup

As said previously, it was close racing and this is depicted by the Score Sheet.

Congratulations to Garry Taylor, first on 23 points, followed by Les Flood on 25 points, then Jason Nasmith on 26 points.

Congratulations to all the other skippers, some surprised themselves, hey Brian.

A big thank you to John Fulton, our OOD for the day, David Black for the Scoring, and all the other Club Members for without their help we could not have run the event.AclassFirst











Bob Worton

Results linked here


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