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Yachtsmen Gather for Gold Coast Australian Championships

The 2019 Australian Championships for Radio Controlled yachts are being held 4th -16th February at Regatta Lake, Oxenford. One hundred and eighteen sailors are currently entered in 4 classes of yacht.

A team of volunteers from local clubs and the Queensland Radio Yachting Association (QRYA) has been planning this event for more than 12 months, with the support of the Southport Yacht Club and the City of Gold Coast. In an interview this week Event Manager Ron Fawcett said "Competitors will start arriving in the first few days of February from locations as distant as Japan, the United States of America and New Zealand. A strong contingent from Perth will be traveling further than the New Zealanders!"

\images\nats_1The event will be based from the Southport Yacht Club Watersports Centre that was opened just last year. State level radio sailing events have been held on two occasions leading up to this national event so the local organisers and sailors could gain experience at this exciting venue. The expansive lake offers fair courses to be set in any wind direction.

Radio sailing is a growing sport in Queensland and indeed across the world. Competition uses the same rules of sailing that larger classes do up to Olympic level. Some of the competitors are experienced sailors who have competed at the highest level, while others have entered the sport for the first time. One of the attractions for both new and experienced sailors is the number of races that can be held in one day. The excitement of the starting sequence and the chess-like tactics in reading the conditions are all the same in radio sailing, but more events can be had in a shorter timeframe.

\images\nats_2Recently a number of newer one-design low cost classes have entered the market and numbers have been growing quickly. One-design is about every sailor having the same affordable equipment, available off the shelf. If the trend in North America repeats itself here we can expect numbers to continue to grow in Queensland and across Australia.

As Col Cameron, President of the Queensland Radio Yachting Association (QRYA) said recently "If you have always wanted to go sailing but did not have the time or resources, or if you are an experienced sailor and want to continue to use your experience, then this sport is for you. But be careful, it's very addictive. As important is the social network that is a major part of this sport."

If you want a great day out in the first half of February, Regatta Waters Lake is in the middle of Damian Leeding Memorial Park at Oxenford. The regatta site will be open to the spectating public on all racing days and a cafe is open every day for a relaxing coffee and a snack while you watch the racing. So make an entry in your calendar to watch some exciting radio controlled racing. Details can be found at You can find a club near you on this website.





Boat Crew Wanted for the Nationals










 The 2019 ARYA National Championships are approaching rapidly and we have a few vacancies on our list of personnel for the event.  We are particularly asking for boat crew. 

We plan to rotate boat crew frequently, maximum of half day stints.  To do this we need more people to put their hands up.  If you can spend even a few hours to help out, please complete the Volunteer Registration form below and we will work to your needs.

If you are either competing in one class and are available as a volunteer for another class, or are not sailing but intended to drop by for a look on one or more days, please register your interest.  We are over allocating the staff list with reserves in case we need them.

This is a great opportunity to give something back to the sport we all enjoy!

Click here for the Volunteer Registration Form

Only takes a minute.  Looking forward to seeing you at the event.



Entries for National Championships closing

This one is shaping up to be one of the biggest National Championships for some time with entries strong in most classes.  The IOMs are hovering at 67 and the Ms and 10Rs both 19.

Entries for National Championships are closing on the 11th January 2019.  For those of you hesitating, just do it, you know you will be sorry if you don't.

If you miss the closing date, late entries may be accepted up to the 18th.  But there is a fee and there is no guarantee the entry will be accepted.

For the IOM fleet, we are planning to have all measurements completed on the Lay Day before the start of competition, so please make an appointment with the Measurer to avoid standing in line.  Garry can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For those who have already entered, thank you and we look forward to seeing you there in February.

Online entries still available here.

If you are planning to come along to watch the racing, have you considered being a volunteer?  Here is the link to the Volunteer Registration Form.  We are still looking for Boat Crew for some days.  You can also call Ron on 0411507156 for details.



New President for the QRYA

David Black has resigned from his position as President of the QRYA.  Members of the Management Committee encouraged David to stay on until after the National Championships next February, but he decided that now is the time to step down.  David will continue on with his valuable scorers job for the Nationals and other events as required.

Col Cameron has stepped up from his Vice President's role into Acting President until that move can be formalised at the next Management Committee meeting.

Thank you David for your services over the busy last year and a half and thank you Col for accepting the new position.



Fair winds Paul Newman

It is with regret that BRYC has one less sailor.  Paul Newman passed last Thursday. 
Paul was a member since 2015 and was new to sailing and took to the boats instantly becoming quite competitive.
He held our Treasury for a time and also was our photographer /BRYC web keeper.
Every body who Paul met would offer any help with his launching and setting up his boat .
He also enjoyed cruising the high seas with wife Genny ,in fact had only returned a week ago.
Paul couldn’t wait to get his boat wet ,so last Wednesday had a very eager return to us and was hard to beat . We will miss his humour and requests for a coffee, he enjoyed it so much . Our club days won’t be the same.
A Funeral for Paul is set Thursday 1.00 pm at Mt Cotton Garden of Remembrance 20/12/18 RIP Paul Newman.


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