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2019 Queensland IOM Championship

Hervey Bay

The Fraser Coast Radio Yacht Club will host this years Queensland IOM Championship at Hervey Bay, Queensland over the weekend of 19 & 20 October.

The Fraser Coast RYC welcomes you to Hervey Bay for the 2019 Queensland IOM Championship - why not join us!

The event to be held at Hervey Bay, just a 3 1/2 hour scenic drive north from Brisbane (or 45 minutes by air), offers a fantastic sub-tropical climate with temperatures expected in the mid 20's. While the sailing will be fantastic, at night you have many options including dining at the water's edge on succulent fresh seafood or across the road at the Bay's many quality restaurants.

There are so many things to do and explore on the Fraser Coast, so why not extend your stay and see what the Fraser Coast has to offer.

Notice of Race & Entry details will be available shortly. 



Sunshine Coast International One Metre Regatta



The inaugural running of the Sunshine Coast International One Metre Regatta was held at Lake Kawana in the Sunshine Coast, Qld on 2nd, 3rd and 4th August. This event is the first Regatta held by the newly formed Sunshine Coast Radio Sailing Club. The Regatta is a ranking event sanctioned by the ARYA and was Round 3 of the QRYA Grand Prix Series. The Regatta will be held annually in August to take advantage of the Sunshine Coast’s warm winter weather and reliable breezes.

Friday 2nd August

Weather:- Sou ‘Easterly 8 12 knots with gusts to 16 knots

The racing commenced with 29 starters on the line with 6 of those being from New Zealand.

PRO Garry MacMahon set 2 fleets with 17 competitors on each line. The transition from ‘A’ to ‘B’ was set at 6 up and 6 down for each race.

The weather was sometimes fresh and reliable and allowed for 8 ‘A’ and ‘B’ races to be sailed on the first day. ‘A’ rigs were the order of the day with a small smattering of ‘B’s popping up at times.

The racing was surprisingly close throughout the day. The wind played a big part in the results causing numerous nose-dives downwind and proving to be extremely unpredictable at the top end of the course.

After the first day the usual suspects were at the pointy end of the fleet with Paul Jones ahead of Sean Wallis by 2 points with Aaron Farrar, who was on fire at the end of the day, a close 8 points further back.

Also in the mix for the podium were Graham Clough from NZ and two locals Doug Allen and Frank Russell.

With two days to go there was plenty of time for the following pack to make a move on the leader board.


The day started out with Jones and Wallis showing the way with wins in the seeding races however after 4 races two Kiwis Rob Nelson and Graham Clough were pressing hard. As the day progressed, the competitors settled into the racing and several other sailors recorded consistent results moving them into contention. At the end of Day 1, only 15 points separated the top 5 with a further 10 boats in close striking distance.

Link to Day 1 photos here

Saturday 3rd August

Weather -Southerly 6 – 8 knots going Sou ‘East 4 – 6 knots

It was moving day on Saturday for the top 3 yachts. Jones, Wallis and Farrar separated themselves from the chasing pack by a margin of 30 points.

There were 9 races completed on Saturday with 5 different race winners.

Farrar continued his red hot form from Friday by winning three of the first four races of the day to take a two point lead from Jones for the first time in the Regatta with Wallis a further 8 points in arrears. Jones failed to win a race on Saturday but still compiled a fine Regatta points tally for the day. In the remaining 5 races of the day he recorded 2 second places and two third places which set up a 12 point lead over both Wallis and Farrar who were equal on 56 points after 17 races.

SC3Sunday 4th August

Weather – Variable light breeze from everywhere settling to 4–6 knot E.S.Easter

The final day started out with the top 5 competitors finishing first to fifth in the first race of the day. This laid the groundwork for the rest of the day. Paul Jones, who didn’t win a race on Saturday, was obviously saving them up for Sunday. Of the seven races completed on the final day, Jones won 5 of them. Of the other two races he had to settle for second places. With 4 races to go both Sean Wallis and Aaron Farrar had to fight it out for the minor podium places. Wallis pocketed the Silver by winning the final race of the Regatta leaving Farrar to take the Bronze. Another close battle was fought out for 4th and 5th between the local Doug Allen and Rob Nelson from over the ditch. Nelson won that particular battle.

Results can be found here on the QRYA website.

Trophies presented were for the new Perpetual Trophy and placegetters, the inaugural Bledisail Cup between teams from NZ and Oz and numerous other minor specialty trophies.SC4

The Bledisail Cup was won for once by the Oz team narrowly on 191.3 points and New Zealand on 226.8 points. (Detemined by the lowest average points score of the best four sailors results from each country with teams selected to be as equally matched as possible.)

The Sunshine Coast International One Metre Regatta Results:

1st        Paul Jones      47 points

2nd       Sean Wallis    70 points

3rd       Aaron Farrar  77 points

In appreciation for the event Westhaven Radio Sailing Club presented four chairs to four Aussies whose names were drawn out of a hat. Well done to our Kiwi friends. Great tribute and we really look forward to a large contingent from NZ next year!!

Acknowledgement must be given to the club members of the Sunshine Coast Club for their support and hard work to make the event one of the premier sailing events on the Queensland and Australian calendar!

Special thanks to Ian Lobely and Garry Russell from the QRYA Committee for giving a day each to record video to assist publisise this event and the sport of radio sailing.

Videos can be found here on the QRYA Youtube Channel.

Report by Geoffrey Morris

Mackay Model Mariners practicing for the next DF95 Interclub


The Mackay Model Mariners had a reasonably steady south easterly last Saturday to tune up the DF95s for the next round of the North Queensland DF95 Interclub Series.  From what I saw they will be very competitive.

The club sails in a lake adjacent to the Andergrove Caravan Park that has the ability to cater for all wind directions.  The club is in the process of building membership with the one-design DF95s.  Fortuneately for the visiting QRYA Secretary there happened to be a spare working boat available and the opportunity was gratefully accepted.

The locals kindly let me win a couple of races before reminding me that the water was theirs and relegated me to the back of the fleet for the next few!  Very considerate I thought.

The club sails from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and clearly visitors are welcome.  Thank you to Ross Anderson and Mackay MM members for looking after a wandering sailor in need of a Radio Sailing fix.

Ron Fawcett







Being first at the top mark, how important is it?

DF95Leadgroup Getting more from race videos

The DF95 Invitation on the Gold Coast 30 June 2019 had a large single fleet event sailing this class new in Queensland.   Only one event had been sailed previously so there was no established skills hierarchy.  Ten races were video recorded of the 13 completed.

We decided to explore the relationship between the position at the first mark rounding and success overall on the Regatta.  There is no mystery about the importance of a good start in any form of sailing but we have videos so why not get some numbers on it?  We all see the results, but the video provides an opportunity to get postions mid race.

This is for all the sailing 'nerds', the geeks and addicts who enjoy some numbers served with their sailing.

 How it was done

From the videos, the first six boats to round the first mark were listed for each race, then their finishing positions in each race from the results.  Secondly at Regatta level, the first six placegetters in the Regatta were analysed to see how they performed at the first mark.

First Mark Rounding Vs Average Finish Place

This lists the average finish place for each position at the first mark e.g. if you arrive 3rd, where are you likely to finish in the race?  This was done for each of the first six in each race .

The first to round the first mark finished on average at place 2.2, meaning that less than half the time that boat won.  This is an indicator that the fleet was very competitive, no one dominated from start to finish usually.  Interestingly, round the first mark 6th and average finish place was 5th.  Keep in mind that the Finish places here are an average of ten races, meaning that for the boat rounding the first mark 2nd, half of the time they finished 5th or worse!

Overall Regatta Placing Vs First Mark Rounding

For the first six placegetters in the regatta, their positions at the first mark were analysed.

The winner of the regatta was first at the top mark on only two occasions and in the first group of 6, seven times, this was less than the second and third place getters who each took the gong three times and were in the first group eight times.

So what happened?

If the winner only got to the top mark first on two occasions, what is going on?  Well there is another factor to be considered.  Staying in front.


The winner only rounded to top mark 1st twice, but won both of those races, 100%.  Second won two of the three times he got to the top mark first, 66%.  Third place getter got to the top mark first, three times, but won none of them.  Seems to be a strong relationship. 

Consistancy won the event

Laurie won the event by consistently finishing in the first three places and keeping any lead he developed.  Ten out of thirteen races he finished in 3rd or better, while the other place getters with better results at the top mark, had more varied finishes.

 Note: Thanks to Sylvain Gregoire    for the idea to plot the positions in the graph above, and Ian Lobley for spotting it.

From watching the videos it is clear that Laurie did not stop sailing well, its just that the other sailors appeared to improve over the day.  You can see in the graph that the competition certainly went up a level for the last four races.


  1. To place in the first three overall, two or more wins to the first mark rounding were needed.
  2. To place in the first three overall, they had to be in the first six at the first mark 70% (7 of 10) of the time.
  3. Once in the lead, they had to convert that oportunity into a win.
  4. To win, he had to finish in the top three 70% of the time.

This analysis confirms what sailors already knew of course, that it is where you finish that counts, but you need to be positioned in range to do that.  Also, looking at the top mark averages may be useful in providing a target for sailors between starting and crossing the line.  A race goal, another reason to improve your starting skills, if indeed you need one!

A compilation video of eight of the ten races used for this report has been posted on the QRYA Youtube Channel.  Start, first leg and finish only.

Compilation Video Linked here.  Please subscribe to the QRYA Youtube channel to help others find the resource.


Queensland Marblehead Championships 2019

MclassfleetWell the Qld Marblehead Champs have been run and won. After the first couple of races it was clear to see what the outcome of the two days will be.

The skippers from south of the border were certainly prepared for what mother nature was going to throw at us. The first day began with skippers electing to go straight to “B” rigs but with a lull in the breeze everyone elected to go to “A” rigs, this was to be a big mistake with the breeze coming back in and boats being flattened resulting in that heat being called off, the day continued on with “C” rigs.

Those skippers who were prepared for the stronger breezes chose to use “C2” rigs.

Day 2 saw skippers choosing “A” rigs for most of the day with the occasional change to “B” rigs. We managed to get 27 heats run over the two days.Mclasswinners2019group

Congratulations goes to Scott Condie sailing a Grunge coming in First place on 30 points followed by Lincoln McDowell sailing an F-6 on 47 points with Andrew Reid taking out third place on 62 points in another Grunge.

A big thanks goes out to Ian Ashe, our PRO for the weekend and David Black our chief scorer, and of course, thanks to all the volunteers who helped out on the two days.

Bob Worton

R/C Coordinator


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