Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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Big Fleet of Marbleheads at Lake Sampsonvale

LSSQMClass1The stunning Lake Salmsonvale Water Sports Association was the location for the South Queensland Championships. The A-rig forecast looked to be spot on when the fleet registered.  Nominations of sixteen Marbleheads with fourteen on the start line was a 30% build on the fleet at the State Championships at the same venue in July this year.  

By the time the first race started the 5 knot breeze had settled in to allow the PRO Ian Ashe to set a course that stayed pretty much the same for the first half of the day.  Good use of the multiple windward marks allowed for a quick alteration from one race to the next.

Greg Torpy dominated the first races with his Noitram taking three wins from the first four races with the other being a drop.  That pattern continued for the rest of the day with his worst 'keeper' being a three.  But that didn't stop the very competive fleet from having a good go at making sure that he had to work for his win.LSSQMClass2

Jason Nasmith (F3.5) took the finish gun three times with two of them in the last two races where he had clearly got the tune and tactics on song, perhaps a little too late, but next time!  Jason finished a well deserved third place.

Les Flood (F3.4) took just two first places and his very impressive consistancy saw him take the runner-up position.  His worst 'keeper' was a six meaning that he always finished at the pointy end of each race.

There were a few first time M Class Sailors at this event after LSWSA members generously provided boats for three visitors.  The most successful of those was Geoff Morris who won Race 5 and and pushed Torpy on a few others.  Geoff was placed third until the last few races where an incident while in the lead saw him drop enough points to claim the Leather Medal of fourth place at the final gong of the day.  His efforts along with Garry Russell's provided a really interesting new skills mix in the Marblehead community.  Garry was looking pretty famous at the start of the day when his worst place in the first three races was a third!  Equipment issues put paid to that cheeky run.

LSSQMClass3After lunch Trevor Fisher finished a very close second to Torpy in consecutive races.  One of those was after leading for all but the final beat to the finish line.  Looks like Trevor has what it takes to be on the podium next time.

After lunch a few sailors were seen studying the weather radar as faint rumbles of thunder were heard to the north west.  With that, what was a steady weather pattern ceased and the race management crew worked hard to provide a useable course.  Big wind shifts came with light showers and delays were inevitable as the course was altered and altered again.  There were no complaints however as no one wanted to start a race in the conditions they were seeing from the large tent at the back of the control area until things were sorted.


It was also great  to see a few familiar faces again such as Clive Ball from the Brisbane club.LSSQMClasstent

The facilities at Lake Sampsonvale are first class and the club provided a five star BBQ lunch organised by Diane thank you so much.  The M Class Coordinator Trevor Fisher has to be commended for his efforts in building this fleet, it proves that effort is rewarded.  Special thanks go the to LSWSA volunteers and officials, PRO Ian Ashe, scorer David Black and competitors for making this event the success that it was.

Full results linked here


10 Rater State Championship 2019

10R2019States1Held on the 3 of November the Queensland 10 R championships hosted by the Emerald lakes Radio Yacht Club showed just how fast these formula 1's of the RC yachting world are.   A good breeze came in not long after the start with everyone changing to B rigs and as the day went on some had to resort to C rigs to prevent nose diving.  With the loss of the favourites early in the day due to a broken keel and broken rigging the event was up for grabs for the most consistent sailor on the day.

10R2019States2Lots of fast spectacular racing with good competition and great comradeship amongst the competitors demonstrated how competitive and alive this class of boats is here in Queensland.

Mark Harris eventually showed his class with a Roger Margot FK  boat with 39 Points not far behind was Roger Margot with his Delta on 43 Points and myself third with 53.5 points after 20 races   just goes to show how close the racing was.  Congrats to all competitors and The club for a fantastic day of sailing

Regards Trev Fisher









New Queensland Championship Titles Announced

Following the successful trial of a Grand Prix Series (GP Series) this year using the IOM Class, the QRYA Committee has decided to offer the concept to the other State Recognised classes in Queensland.  The trial series was formed from four existing IOM events on the QRYA calendar.  The final event in the series was the Queensland IOM Championship held at Hervey Bay in October.  Full report can be found here. Results linked here.

At the last National Championships in February the Masters divisions were introduced and the GP series trial also recognised those 65 years and over.  Tim Brown won that title for 2019 from a field of thirteen IOM Masters competitors. 

How does it work?  The results of each class’s competitions on the QRYA calendar are combined to calculate the GP Champions for the year.  It is possible for the same person to take out both Open and Masters GP championships. Places and Trophies are awarded for each event as usual.

Why have a GP Series?  The GP Series was designed to recognise the top Queensland skippers from events spread across the year, at a range of venues and in different sailing conditions.  The GP crown is a different challenge to the traditional state championships decided at one regatta. Further, more sailors are recognised for their skills and efforts.

At Hervey Bay, presentations were made to both the new State Champion (Doug Allen) and the GP Series Champion (Greg Torpy).  Trophies for 2020 will be supplied by the QRYA and the winners added to the Honour Board on the website.

We hope that you will join us in 2020 for these new series for your class. More information will be provided as the details become available.



IOM GP Series Winners announced for 2019

The 2019 IOM State Championship in Hervey Bay was the final round of the Inaugural Queensland IOM GP Series and the winners were announced following the end of competition.

The series was established following requests to recognise Queensland sailors for their efforts over the years events.  The great weather and water we have in this state attracts top competitors from all over Australia and too often they take the title and the silverwear home with them.  So the GO Series was designed to recognise the top Queensland skipper from the best three of four ranking events.  This is in contrast to the State Championship that is still decided by a two day regatta rather than consistancy across different venues and the conditions they provide.  To win the GP Championship, sailors have to compete throughout the year and race consitantly at the top of the fleet,


In this inaugural year the IOM GO Championship went to Greg Torpy, followed closely by Arron Farrar and Doug Allen.  The result is made more interesting by the fact that Doug Allen won the IOM State Championship at the Hervey Bay venue, but did not quite amass the points needed to take the GP crown as well.


The Masters Division saw thirteen eligable skippers with three of them competing in all four qualifying events.  Tim Brown took out this category in a very convincing manner with Geoff Morris and Russell Gray taking the next two places. 

With this first year taken as a trial of the concept completed successfully, the QRYA will repeat the series in 2020 to encourage more Queensland sailors to compete in more of the ranking events and to recognise them for their acheivements.

Special thanks to David Black who created the scoring system for the GP Series and scored for each event.

Full Results here


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