Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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2019 Nationals Confirmed by GCCC

It's all systems go.  The required Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) Event Approval has been given to the QRYA to host the 2019 Nationals at Regatta Lake Oxenford. 

The dates remain the same as those proposed for the previous venue.



Practice Day

3 February

A Class

4 - 5 February

10 Rater

6 - 8February


9 - 11 February

Lay Day

12 February


13 -16 February

Further details will be provided for all those considering competing at this event in the near future.  Interest in this venue indicates that this is a Nationals not to be missed. The lake will be available for test sailing on the 3rd and 12th.

Included below are images taken recently during a test sail at the venue.  Conditions on 16th May were 7 - 10 knot SE breeze.

The image below is taken from immediately in front of the Club House looking East towards the public car-park and the highway.  As can be seen by the IOMs on starboard, that is the windward end of the lake in that breeze.  The PRO's will have the ability to site the Control area on any part of the lake foreshore.


The image below is looking SSW from about the same spot.  The bank continues to the right for 1.3 km.  That's Mt Tamborine in the distance.


Below image is the looking back the to Club House from where the above images were taken.  The main building with ancillary office and storage building to the left.  Toilets at the bottom front and cafe bottom right as we are looking at it.  Three of the crash-test sailors can be seen on the retaining wall, working hard on the evaluation of the water!

So mark your calendars, this is going to be a great event.



DF65 National Invitational Challenge

What a fantastic weekend to have the first Queensland National invitational challenge for the Dragon Force 65 class. The event was hosted by the Paradise Radio Yacht Club at Emerald Lakes on the 5/6 of May 2018. We had 31 registered competitors for the event which necessitated running AB fleets.

The weather was predicted to be freshening south easterlies of up to 35 km/h and the prediction didn't disappoint with the breeze gusting up to 40 km per hour making for some difficult tacking and downwind nose dives.
We had four interstate visitors including the current Victorian and New South Wales champions, namely Chris Dance and Phil Burgess respectively. Thanks also to David Heath and Paul Martin who made the effort to box up their boats and travel interstate for the competition...Link to Full PRYC story

Link to PRYC story



ARYA Approves 2019 Nationals Venue

The ARYA has advised the QRYA that their request to change the venue for the 2019 Nationals, has been approved by a majority vote of members.

The new location is Regatta Waters Lake at Oxenford, also known as Coomera Lake.  The QRYA has formed an Event Management Committee to run the Nationals as there is no member club sailing at the selected location.  Equipment. including buoys, launching platforms and a boat have been generously offered by PRYC and individual sailors.  This means that the event is already fully equipped to operate at the new location.  The twin Towns club have offered to staff the 10 Rater event and we are receiving offers from other clubs for similar assistance, all to be formalised in the near future.  The QRYA will be seeking volunteers to fill remaining positions from member clubs.

The site is managed by the Southport Yacht Club (SYC) and leased from the Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) for the next 10 years.  As soon as we have formal event approval from the GCCC for the dates we require we will confirm the schedule in our original plan.



10R & Marblehead World Championships 2018

Both 10 Rater and Marblehead classes have the World Championships in Germany starting this month.  The following Aussies are entered.  We wish them fair sailing and success.

#   Full Name Sail Number Design Entry Status Allocation
1 Reid, Andrew AUS 74 Trance Confirmed Stage 1
2 Robb, Kirwan AUS 60 Trance Confirmed Stage 2(i)
3 Thomas, David AUS 81 Blade Confirmed Stage 1
4 Turton, David AUS 09 Nioutram Confirmed Stage 2(i)



Code of Conduct for Radio Sailing

Competitive sports can bring out hyper-competitive behavior in people and this has the potential to spoil everyone's day and damage our sport.  While racing is underway, the Race Officer is empowered under Rule 69 of the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) to warn and then act on breaches of sportsmanship.  But this only applies between the start and the finish of the race.

Fact is that there are no briefings or inductions into any RC clubs about expected behavior so if members behave badly outside of a race itself, formally they are not breaking any rules but they may be discouraging others from participating in the sport.  In addition, most clubs sail in areas accessible to the public and bad language can bring the sport into disrepute.

In an effort to foster a welcoming culture some clubs have instituted a Code of Conduct.  A simple one-page form filled out on membership renewal or joining to advise members on the behavior expected of them at club venues.  This also provides club officials with a tool to address the situation if it occurs and it applies from the race course to the carpark.  But probably the most valuable part of a Code of Conduct is that for a minute each year, the time it takes to fill the form out, each member is reminded of what is expected of them.

Two QRYA clubs have now implemented a Code of Conduct.  Moreton (MRYS) started last year and Kawana (CKRY) this year.  The QRYA fully supports this approach and encourages other member clubs to consider implementing one. 

A generic form is linked here as an example, but if you would like an MS Word version please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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