Tuesday, September 17, 2019
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DF95 South Queensland Championships



The forecast was grim for the inaugural South Queensland DF95 Championships.  After years of effort in building the fleet the weather gods were not going to be kind, sending 95% chance of rain just on that day and not much wind.  Worse was the north-west to west forecast which is almost unheard of at the Newport venue.  The organisers were expecting a significant drop-off in attendance from those who had to travel the furthest.  After all who wants to travel hours to an event just to stand in the rain to race?  Well, everyone who nominated rocked up and it was a perfect day to sail DF95's.  Sixteen keen starters lined up for the first race.

Entrants came from all parts of south-east Queensland for the event and that highlighted the adoption of this class across the QRYA affiliated clubs.  The combination of the one-design concept and affordable equipment seems to have hit a sweet spot in the sailing community.  Some entrants were new to the sport while others had years of experience and regularly sail in multiple other classes.

95riggingThe day started with steady north-west zephyrs of just a few knots that demonstrated how the 95's are able to drift along quite nicely in those conditions and the first few races completed pretty much on the target time the race management team planned for.  Geoff Morris from the Kawana club took two bullets for the first two races, setting the challenge for the rest of the fleet.  But Mick Gentles and Erin Conza were not too phased by this and set out to keep Morris honest.  Mick recorded 3, then 2, then 1 for the first three races, just getting his bearings it seemed.



The breeze stayed cooperative for the remainder of the day, building then dropping as some very weak scuds passed over.  The boat crew were not troubled too much with course adjustments and only one of the two sets of windward marks were used.

I95localsn the end Morris took 8 wins from 15 races to claim the South Queensland Championship, closely followed by Gentles and Conza.  Just missing the podium by 1 point was Malcolm Gresham from the host club.  Adding to the multitude of 'if-only's' for the day, if not for a sudden massive wind change calling a halt to the day's racing Gresham would have claimed third as Conza had retired a race earlier.


It was without doubt a very successful regatta made possible by the generosity of Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron sharing their water, equipment and volunteers. This event also trialed a low entry fee ($10) BYO everything approach to mininise cost to competitors and workload on the host club.  It worked well.

Thanks go to the Moreton members, the race officers and in particular the efforts of Garry Russell who sat out the day to be an Observer otherwise he would have been up the pointy end of the fleet.  Garry has patiently promoted this class in south Queensland over the past few years and the effort is paying off now.








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DF95 Newsletter


 Before getting into what’s happening around the QLD DF 95 Class, allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Col Cameron and I am based in Townsville where I am slowly building a fleet of DF95’s. Currently I am the QLD DF95 Coordinator linked to the Qld Radio Yacht Association (Inc) and the Australian Radio Yacht Association. My role is to bring together the various DF 95 clubs and pass on any information that will benefit our great sport.

Some of you may know me from my days with the QRYA executive (15 Years) and others have competed against me at various IOM and M class regatta’s. My history with Radio Yacht Sailing, started way back in 1978, when I built a Radio-Controlled Marblehead, one of the very first yachts of this type in Nth Qld. During that time, I have built many boats and sailed in many State and National Events and have had some good results. I started campaigning the DF95 Class early in 2018 when I moved from Mackay to Townsville after retiring and have found this yacht to be one of the best off the shelf production class boats around. Since that time, I have seen the class grow very quickly within QLD, with fleets now based around the state and growing.


The Paradise Radio Yacht Club (Inc) have now accepted the DF 95 into it’s ranks and the group sails every Friday afternoon.

The MORETON RADIO YACHT SQUADRON (Inc.) are hosting the Sth Qld DF 95 Championship on Saturday 4th May with racing commencing at 10:00 am.

The WHITSUNDAY MODEL YACHT CLUB are hosting a week long event from the 9th July through to the 15th July for the DF 95.

Sailing will be done in the afternoon with only 12 races per session. This leaves plenty of time to have a holiday visiting the wonders of the Whitsundays, such as the Islands, Whitehaven Beach, the great Barrier Reef and enjoy the fresh produce at one of the many award-winning restaurants. The club trialled a similar event last year and proved to be successful with lots of fun and enjoyment.

The TOWNSVILLE RC SAILING CLUB (Inc) are hosting the 1st round of the NQ Interclub series on the 15th June commencing at 12:30 pm. This Interclub competition between the Mackay, Townsville and the Whitsunday clubs has been running since 1996 and the trophy is a treasured memento for the best NQ Club and the Best NQ Skipper.

The MACKAY MODEL MARINERS are hosting the 2nd round of the NQ Interclub series on the 24th August starting at 12:30. Great sailing venue and has great tourist facilities spread throughout the district.

The WHITSUNDAY MODEL YACHT CLUB are hosting the inaugural DF95 Queensland State Championship on the 5th and 6th October 2019, to be sailed opposite the Whitsunday Yacht Club, you can fly to Proserpine or Hamilton Island, seek accommodation at Airlie Beach (Heaps of options) and enjoy the wonders of this spectacular piece of Queensland Paradise. The 3rd and final round of the NQ Interclub series will be held in conjunction with the state titles with the scores being allocated for the 5th October only. The event will be conducted using very experienced Race officers and scorers as we anticipate a good response for entries.

As more events become available, I will notify everyone via the QRYA latest news website page.

RULED BY THE THUMBS: Just some tips and tricks to get the best out of your sailing and your boat.

1: Learn to use your transmitter – this instrument is the gadget that connects you to your boat out on the water. It is an extension of your thinking and your DF95Txthumbs, so dry practice at home so that you can use the functions without having to look at the transmitter. This is very useful to understand the winch and rudder relationship, so that if you wish to ease a fraction or turn, you do so without thinking. It becomes second nature to you; it frees up your time to concentrate on your boat and the peripheral vision around your boat. Also, remember, always turn the transmitter on first then the boat, and turn off the boat then the transmitter.

2: Maintain your boat and your sails – Over the past 40 years I have seen some horrific maintenance and disregard for the sails. The DF 95 is not a battleship, it is a plastic, manufactured in large volumes craft that you need to look after on and off the water. Try to use a functional stand to do the rigging before sailing, the supplied stand is best used at home holding up your trophies, there are a number of purpose stand designs available on google search, the last thing you need is to have your boat blow over and be damaged while you are off having a chat.

When carrying your boat to the water hold it under the fin box and pointing into the wind with the sails let off, if the wind is gusty hold it horizontally so the sails do not flap so much as they will get stretched very quickly. Launch your boat gently into the water, DO NOT THROW IT into the lake, as it will cause cracking to occur around the fin case. I have witnessed IOM’s (One Metre’s) being thrown into the water and the skipper left standing there wondering why his boat has lost its fin or sinking. DF 95’s are not as strong as fiberglass IOM’s, so respect your boat.

When retrieving your boat, try to bring the boat in to the pick up area into the wind, bend down and pick it up via the fin box beneath the hull, let your sails off, and place boat back into the stand.

When finished sailing for the day, ALWAYS derig the mast and sails from the hull. Some people don’t derig their boat and wonder why their sails are stretched and cracks appear in the hull, it only takes a couple of minutes to rig or derig your boat. ALWAYS wash with fresh water and then take out the bung and the hatch, remove your battery completely and let the boat air out till the next time you sail. Make sure to lubricate, spray the bearings in the gooseneck and any vang components as the so-called stainless steel tends to rust.

Sails are the most important part of your Radio Sailing yacht, so they need to be handled with lots of love and care. They are your motor and provide 80% of your ability to do well in sailing. To look after them properly, make sure to have a good Sail Bag or box where they can be stored without creases or under tension, handle them with respect when rigging or derigging your boat. I have seen so many people grab the sails with their hands, crunch them while they try to rig the boat, and wonder why they have creases and lost boat speed. Be extra vigilant when the winds a gusty and strong, try to rig behind some shelter so as not to cause undue flapping and flogging to occur.

Always wash them with fresh water at least once a month and allow them to dry inside the garage then store them away into their rig box or bag. This is a good time to look over the sails for any wear and tear so things can be fixed. You don’t need to be in front and have your forestay break due to it rusting away, it does happen.

In the next newsletter, I will add some tips on sailing, understanding and tuning the sails and a few other pointers.

Good Sailing, and Respect your equipment, the Rules, your mates and yourself.

Col Cameron

DF95 Queensland Coordinator



Report on South Queensland Laser Championships 2019

We had a perfect day to decide the 2019 S Qld Championship with a light breeze from the [mostly] SSE. With only a couple of exceptions everyone chose to sail with their A rigs. Those who were spooked by some dark clouds and tried the smaller B sail paid a heavy price in the light airs which prevailed.
There were 5 different heat winners but Peter Burford showed everyone how to do it with 11 Firsts. Laurie Hinchcliff was the perennial bridesmaid with 10 second placings and it was good to see Dan Bergan have a podium finish.
Whilst there were the occasional right of way situations they were all sorted out very amicably - a fact that was commented on by the RO, Ian Ashe, and his assistant, Alan Young. Regattas such as this cannot take place without competent personnel and all competitors would like to thank both of these plus, of course, David Black who always rolls up with his scoring outfit. As a state we are indeed lucky to have such dedicated volunteers.
We had a fleet of 10 boats, all from PRYC, one of whom, Linton Ward, came down from Cairns. We also saw a welcome return from Mal Kampe who has not sailed for more than a year but was still competitive in a loan boat. It was disappointing that none of our Sunshine Coast friends took part - perhaps we will see them at Lake Samsonvale in August for the Qld Championship.

Peter O’Grady (Qld RC Laser Class Representative)



DF 65 Challenge at Springfield Lakes.


On Saturday  I was given the honour to PRO the Bi Series of the DF 65 challenge at Springfield Lakes.

Some 18 boats entered for what proved to be a challenging day of racing. I tried to lay a course that would be fair but no sooner that we started racing the wind changed direction sometimes 190 degrees and then back again during the race.  What a challenge but this did give many opportunities for the back runners to catch and in some cases overtake the lead boats .

All penalties were done quickly with no arguments which led to a very friendly and gentlemen like day of sailing  congrats to all .

During the day there were many very close finishes , Congrats goes to Mike Jeffries for his win on the day and the other placegetters.

Thanks to all the volunteers, who once again made the day a success. Without them we would not have events.
David Black, Shelley Heard and Lis Larsen for scoring and doing the difficult (sometimes impossible) job of sorting out place getters. Doug Wells and Patrick Collins for being observers, and Peter Sloan for manning the rescue boat. Ian Geary for doing the administration and registration and Neil Spink who provided the coffer and tea which was appreciated by all the competitors and especially the visitors.

DF65 racing is growing and the quality of the racing demonstrated just how competitive this class is

Looking forward to seeing more racing like this in Queensland with the next of these series to be held down the gold coast at Emerald Lakes
Regards Trev Fisher
One race can be seen on the QRYA You Tube channel here
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Central Queensland Marblehead Championships 2019


On the 30th and 31st of March the Central Queensland Marblehead championships were held at Hervey Bay. Firstly congratulations to the host Club The Fraser Coast Radio yacht club for running a 2 day event and running the event in a professional way that promoted Radio Sailing here in Queensland . Gentlemen hold your head high you put on a great event.


With Competitors form Brisbane a few locals and some from up North Marblehead racing here in Queensland is still strong.  

A short briefing on the Saturday at 10 and the wind then set in most starting on B rig soon to change to C rig.  It was pretty obvious from the start that there was going to be some close racing .

But it didn’t take long for Greg Torpy to show his true colours and pull away from the rest of us .

We all tried hard to catch him but at the end of day 1 he had a good lead that would be to much in the end to catch.  Several boats pulled out due to breakages and or electrical  faults but most boats kept going demonstrating how resilient even in high winds how competitive this class is.

It decided to rain to make matters worse as we packed up from day 1

Day 2   A 9.30 start and straight into the B rigs with the promise of maybe an opportunity to have a go on a rig as the winds lightened around lunch time. Great sailing again with several different boats having an opportunity to lead some time during the races.

Onto A rig around lunch time with Jason Nesbith winning a few races and consolidating his Second position but by this time we were never going to catch the eventual winner.

It must be said that all sailing was done in a gentlemanly manor with very little arguments or chat and in fact at one stage during the day I heard a comment that it was so nice to sail in such peace and quiet     well done all.

Trev Fisher

QLD Marblehead Class Coordinator

Results Here








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