Monday, May 27, 2019
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Dragon Flite 95’s are Booming

The 3rd of March at Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron, Newport QLD was not even a competition day, but still there were 10 DF95’s on the start line.  The 95’s have been growing at Newport for 2 years with the persistence of Garry Russell who was convinced from way back that there was a place for a low cost one-design yacht in the radio controlled racing community.  The QRYA through President Col Cameron led a successful promotional event in Townsville in late 2018 and there is strong interest from sailors in Cairns to start a club based on the DF95’s.

A recent QRYA Class Survey confirmed that DF95’s are now sailing at 6 clubs across Queensland with 3 of those regularly sailing with fleet sizes of 6 or more. 

Looking at this coming year the class is expected to grow quickly following the elevation to State Sanctioned level in Queensland and the QRYA support that brings.  The first major event this year is the Newport Invitation 5th May followed by the State Championships in North Queensland 5th October which will determine the inaugural QLD State Champion.  A third event is being organised to create a three event Grand Prix series from which a GP Series winner will be decided.

Clubs currently sailing 95's are;

  • PINE RIVERS RADIO YACHT CLUB INC.
  • TOWNSVILLE RC YACHTING INC.
  • PARADISE RADIO YACHT CLUB INC.
  • MACKAY MODEL MARINERS
  • MORETON RADIO YACHT SQUADRON INC.
  • WHITSUNDAY MODEL BOAT CLUB INC.

Contact details can be found here

Videos of the Newport races can be found here.  Please subscribe to the channel, it helps promote radio sailing.

So for those of you who have been watching this class for a while now, it’s time.  Get one and start practicing.

 


 

ARYA Welcomes DF65 as Nationally Recognised Class

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At the recent Australian Radio Yachting Association AGM held on the Gold Coast the DF65 Class was formally recognised as a Nationally Recognised Class (NRC).

The DragonForce 65 (DF65) is one of the fastest growing radio controlled yacht classes world wide and it's no surprise why these boats have established a presence in Australia. 

First released in February 2013, an affordable competition class RC yacht that is so affordable it can enjoyed by serious competitors and non serious hobbyists alike. The boat has an ABS hull, profiled aluminium fin and molded plastic rudder. The rig is a full sized, low aspect rig with carbon spars and a ball raced gooseneck.

Already clubs around Australia have adopted the class with regular racing both mid-week and weekends.

The ARYA with the support of the Australian DF65 Association are working closely with the coordination of events including the DF65 Australian Championship scheduled for early 2020 and will seize the opportunity see further growth in the class and the sport of radio sailing.

For further information visit the Australian DF65 Association website 

 


 

Another Nationals is Over

More reports to come but for now some random phone pics of the extremes encountered over the 12 days.

It gusted so hard that the flags started parting from the poles.

 

The first day of the IOMs it was so hot that I thought we were going to lose our foreign entrants and some of our locals.

 

Bill Clancy was there every single day.  Often the first to arrive and the last to leave.

 

It rained.  Ian Ashe presiding.

 

Volunteers arrived on schedule and took their roles seriously.

 

A Post Regatta survey has been sent to all competitors.  The results will be distributed after it closes.

 


 

Day 4 IOM Australian Championships

Going into the final day Sean Wallis held a slim lead of just 6.3 points ahead of Paul Jones, this was narrowed to 3.3 points by lunch as the championship was to be fought out between the pair.

Wind conditions were slightly lighter than previous days with a mix of A & B rigs for the earlier races however the course still remained challenging with the onshore breeze and gusts which swept across the course at regular intervals. As the day progressed more and more skippers chose the B rig as the preferred option although there continued to be some who felt the A rig was the better choice until a gust hit and the bow went down.

Wallis started the day well with a third in the first race of the day (race 14) while Jones scored a seventh and the lead stretched out. The second race of the day (race 15) saw a costly mistake by Jones who, after leading the race, sailed to the wrong mark for the leg to the finish allowing Wallis to take the win while he finished fifth further stretching the Wallis lead. At this stage it was still far from over, with Jones fighting back with a vengence in race 16 and taking the win while Wallis had a poor performance picking up a 9th and with the additional drop kicking in the lead was shattered to 3.3 points.

At the same time a tussle had developed for third overall with WA's Roger Paul closing to just two points behind SA's Scott Mitchell and as the wind dropped for race 17 and became significantly shifty the pair struggled resulting in both ending up in B fleet for race 18. Jones and Wallis also found this race difficult and found themselves well behind the leaders however it was Wallis who had the edge over Jones to finish with a 7th while Jones finished 16th and fell to B fleet also.

With the final race to be sailed Wallis had a lead of 10.3 points which was enough to secure the championship. Jones came through B fleet and won the final race with Wallis finishing 7th but claiming the championship.

Third place was decided with Roger Paul failing to return from B fleet leaving Mitchell to take third overall while Brad Johnston slipped through to fourth and Paul finished fifth.

Presentations were held in the Southport Yacht Club Watersports Centre


Left to Right: Paul Jones 2nd (NSW); Brad Johnson 4th (QLD); Brad Johnson Masters Champion (WA); Peter Burford Grand Masters Champion (QLD); Sean Wallis 1st (WA), Scott Mitchell 3rd (SA)

 

Sean Wallis, 2019 Australian Champion in International One Metre yachts.  Wallis has put the hard yards into preparing for the event when he traveled from WA to to compete in and win the QLD State Chamionship in September 2018.  Clearly the dedication has been rewarded.

 

Ron Fawcett (2nd from L) and Ian Lobley (3rd from L) accepting the George Middleton Trophy for the most valuable contribution to Radio Sailing in the National Championship host State.  Presented by Col Cameron, President QRYA (L) and Andrew Reid President ARYA (R).

 


 

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