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DF65 Open Day at Wynnum Manly


The Wynnum Manly RMYC is trialing the DF65 class at Manly Harbour on Sunday 14th July at 0900.  The main aim of this day is to allow members of the public including local sailing clubs and marina residents to try Radio Sailing.  Local club members will be on hand with spare boats.

If you have a DF65 and have that day free, go and have a sail, all visitors are welcome.  If you know anyone who might be interested in trying the sport and a day out are Manly, please let them know or better still bring them along yourself.

The markets are on so the family has something to do and plenty of places for lunch.

It will be scratch racing.  See you there!


Andrew Wilson




DF95 Gold Coast Invitation 2019


1 July 2019

Paradise Radio Yacht Club had the pleasure of hosting the inaugural DF95 Gold Coast Invitation at Emerald Lakes. Sixteen keen sailors arrived to find there was not a drop of wind to be had in any direction. This prompted Alan Young the PRO to suggest we get into the sausage sizzle in the hope the wind came which it did for 5 minutes then disappeared again. DF95Glassout

A short meeting was called and Ian Ashe with his QRYA Event Coordinator hat on pointed out that after this event there were no DF95 events scheduled in Queensland till 2020.  Several likely times were identified in the current calendar and the fleet unanimously agreed that at least one of them should be filled, possibly two.

A sneaky easterly arrived two hours late at 1230 and the first race was underway shortly after in very light conditions.  The boats were impressive in those conditions making good speed on what was effectively glassy water as can be seen on the video of Race 1.

Laurie Hinchcliff set the tone for the day with a bullet in Race 1 then repeating the trick for five of the first six races.  His worst result for the first eight races was second.  Below is what a winning setup looks like for #49.


Also off to a good start was Ian Ashe, turning his hand to sailing instead of being a Race Officer.  Fourth place in the first race was impressive enough for a new boat and new 95 skipper, but first place in the second race was even more so.  He navigated the bottom gate about equal to two other boats who went the other way.  He finished almost 20m in front.  As the day progressed Ian warmed up and finished the day with four first places.

This was the second QRYA supported DF95 event, the winner of the first regatta was unable to make it leaving Mick Gentles, second place winner, as 'the man to beat' for this event.  Although consistently placing, the quality of the competitors prevented Mick from taking a single first place.DF95Winners2019invitation

After thirteen races the places were;

  1. Laurie Hinchcliff 23 points
  2. Ian Ashe 33 points
  3. Mick Gentles 40 points

L to R Ian Ashe, Frank Arrowsmith, Laurie Hinchcliff, Mick Gentles.

As the afternoon progressed the breeze steadied and remained roughly to the east, clocking slowly north just to put the boat crew to work and make the Alan Young make the calls.   Alan is a member of the Twin Towns Club and graciously volunteered to assist with the Paradise Radio Yacht Club event.  His feedback to the fleet between races contributed to the outstanding success of the event.  There were no protests as all incidents were sorted on the water in good spirit.

Our thanks go to David Black for the scoring, Brian Leydon our highly qualified button pusher, Ray Richardson for course setting and Neil Senior the purveyor of fine sausages and all the other helpers who gave up their Sunday to assist.

Special thanks to the guys who came from Moreton Bay and we hope to do another event again soon.

Full results here

Report on ARYA site Linked Here

Frank Arrowsmith

DF95 Fleet Captain

Paradise Radio Yacht Club



South Queensland 10R Championships 2019


We all arrived at a stunning Morning at the Kimberley Lake at Banora Point where the Twin towns Radio Modellers hosted the South East Queensland 10 R Championships.

12 ( I think) maybe 13 boats enjoyed a fresh but cold breeze in the morning which from time to time challenged A rigs,  although  the occasional thought to maybe change to a B rig kept us guessing for most of the day but most stayed with the A rig and toughed it out as the occasional gusts made for some interesting racing.

The positions were close up to a very tasty lunch supplied by the host Club with a special thankyou to Richard Harrydenes wife for her cooking.

After lunch the wind settled in and supplied us with a fast and challenging afternoon of racing.10Rwinners2019

Bill Clancy (PRO) and the team from Twin Towns should be congratulated for running an event that allowed for competitive fair and fast racing for these formula 1’s of the Radio Yachting world.

10R32019Yet to be confirmed but I was told that Ben Taylor with his Sanger the eventual runaway winner won 7 races with Andy Holly with a Brand new Sanger came second with 6 wins and Frank Russell coming in for the third place with some very consistent racing.

A special congratulation to these three place getters but also to all the competitors as everyone enjoyed the spirit of how the day was run and won and a huge thankyou to all those that travelled to come up and compete  you are welcome back anytime..

We are proud to say that 10 R racing in Queensland is healthy and this competition  proved exactly that  Bring on upcoming events.

Trevor Fisher



NZ DF65's busted for outside assistance!


Ok, so we know our Kiwi Bro's are an inventive lot but is this just going too far?

Thanks to Northern Maritime Model Society (Wattle Farm) 1day DF65 Fun Regatta yesterday.

Isn't that same boat in the lead? 




Col Cameron Awarded Life Membership of the QRYA

Col8At the QRYA Annual General Meeting 16th June, Col Cameron, one of the best known radio yachtsman in Queensland was presented with Life Membership.

Col lives in North Queensland but still sails at events in the south east corner, such is his enthusiasm for the sport. This year Col occupied the President's chair for a time and led the Organising Committee for the 2019 Australian Championships.  He then competed in the IOM event and was Master of Ceremony at the presenatation and diner at the end of two weeks of racing.  But that was just this last year.  As you will read below, Col has been contributing his time to the sport for decades.

On being notified of his award, Col sent the following letter that was read out at the 2019 AGM.

“I thank you with much humility and grace that the Qld Radio Sailing community feel that I am a worthy recipient of a Life Membership of the Association.

What an honour and privilege to be recognised for my years of service to the radio sailing sport. From the early beginnings of the introduction of RC Sailing to Qld in the early 70’s to the present day, I have found the sport very rewarding and challenging, and have witnessed the growth of the sport to what it is today. During my 44 year journey,  I have made many friends and learnt a lot about RC sailing competitively in a responsible sportsmanship manner and always strived to help others to enjoy this wonderful sport. Thank you once again, it is something I will always treasure.”

 Col Cameron’s RC Sailing Journey so far

My love for remote controlled sailing yachts started in 1975, when I built my first radio controlled Marblehead, a Roger Stollery “March Hare Design", a 1968 design with a beam of 260 mm and a displacement of 9 kg’s (20 lbs.), It was built using planked balsa and a fiberglass skin, I changed a few things by building a longer fin and used a pocket luff mainsail, something that was new and innovative at the time


I was a part of a Scale & Sail club and with a few mates formed the Burdekin Radio Model club and with Ken Williams (Decd) formed the Townsville Model Marine Club in 1976 and the Gooseponds Sail & Scale club with Graham Shanks in Mackay. We held the inaugural NQ RM championships in Ayr in 1979 at Castenellis Lagoon, with George Manders from Brisbane winning the event , with myself a close second. From that moment, I was well and truly hooked and immersed myself into designing my own hull shape (Pure Magic) , but due to the tyranny of distance, we did not have a lot of access to parts etc. and so we had to make our own fittings and winches.

Col2It wasn’t long before I became known as the voice of Col3the North, due to my loud voice calling out a protest, or asking questions on how to expand the Marblehead class in NQ as everything RC Sailing was being handled by the QMBA and subsequently the QRYA, under the control of David Black. The Townsville club continued to grow and held the first Qld title outside of Brisbane in 1983 where I came a credible third with my own designed and built Pure Magic. The art of RC sailing was spreading throughout North Queensland. During the 1980’s the Marblehead class continued to grow with many of the Townsville skippers winning the QLD RM titles, while I was always the brides maid by getting 2nds to them.

The 1990’s became the best time for myself as I still was involved with the Townsville club, the Burdekin Club had folded and my moulds, hulls and paperwork, plans etc, were totally destroyed by a cyclone that took my shed away. It wasn’t until I moved to Mackay in 1998, that I joined the Mackay Radio Yacht club which had formed in 1995 due to a split from the Scale boat side. I sailed against Ian Ashe for the first time at a Col4NQ Interclub series, something he had started between the Townsville and Mackay Clubs in 1996. My love for the sport reignited and after a flurry of designs using a new CAD program, I settled on a design called the Cambar RM, which is still sailing today in Townsville. With this hull shape, a few modifications and BG sails, I went onto achieving my first state title in 2009 and again in 2013, along with numerous NQ RM Titles (2003,2006,2008,2010,2011,2013,2015)


In 2002, I organized the QLD RM titles to be held in Mackay, and we had 29 Entries which was an Australian record, and I met and sailed against the legendary Brad Gibson, what an experience and


to think he went onto to be a multiple world champion. The 2000’s also saw the introduction of the IOM class to Nth Qld, and the class eventually took over as the main class sailing in Nth Qld, apart from Townsville which stuck to the Marblehead class. As the IOM became more popular, it wasn’t long before I was helping to design our own IOM, and the Eclipse was born. This hull shape was easy on the eye and sailed well, with my best result as an 8th place at the 2007 Nationals held at the Pine Rivers Dam near Brisbane with a fleet of 74 entries. My best memories was the travelling to other clubs in Qld such as Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, and Carbrook, with my sailing buddies and causing havoc at the local bars, clubs and motels as we really liked the after sailing socialising. It also allowed me to become a more potent voice in the Qld administration and in 2010, I joined the QRYA as its event coordinator, and have held positions of President, Vice President and Treasurer until my early retirement this year due to ongoing health concerns.


2014 – Gladstone (L/R – Bob Neunhoffer TMMC, Grant Cooper – Gladstone, David Black – Secretary, Ian Ashe – President, Col Cameron- Vice President)

In 2018, I relocated to Townsville having to retire due to a major health issue and I wanted to spend my final years with my family and my friends. This hasn’t stopped my love for the sport and I have helped the three Northern clubs to experience and build upon the growing class, the Dragonflite 95 and it is so pleasing to see these clubs once again growing with new younger people coming down to learn and love the art of Radio yacht racing.

Over the past four decades, I have witnessed so many advances in technology, classes rise and fall, clubs expand and contract, I’ve sailed against some really talented sailors and given them a run for their money all the while finding time to relax and enjoy the company of anyone who was sailing a radio yacht. This was the most rewarding aspect of Radio Yacht sailing and I hope that this camaraderie continues as this is the heart beat of our sport, and allows the continued growth through the sharing of knowledge.

As I said earlier it has been a real privilege to meet and sail with the many radio yacht sailors I have met along my journey, so thank you once again for the honour of being selected as a life member of the QRYA.

Good winds and fair sailing

Col Cameron



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