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2019 NQ DF95 Tri-Series – Round 1

DF95 First place 2019 NQSaturday 15th June in Townsville presented a typical beautiful day, with some cloud cover, with plenty of sunshine, a mild 26 c and a nice gentle breeze of about 5 knots building from the ENE. It looked like it would be a great day of sailing with visitors turning up from Mackay, Whitsundays and Wynnum Manly, however the number of entries were down due to Army exercises and others taking some holidays away.

A course was set using the usual upwind – downwind with gate and after registration and lunch, the 8 skippers lined up for the first race of 16 at 1:00 pm. Race Officer Bob Neunhoffer had set a fair course and with the breeze steadily building to around 15 knots during the racing , he found that he did not need to alter the course at all and each race was taking 7 to 10 minutes to complete. All boats started with their A rigs and no one changed to the smaller B rig as the DF 95 can handle the stronger breeze, but a few of the visitors were caught out with tacking in a choppy wave, but they soon learnt and coped with it.


Left to Right: Col Cameron (2nd), Jamie Jochheim (1st) and Shane Beyer (3rd).

From the start, Whitsunday Sailor Jamie Jochheim, showed that he was here to compete as he took off and dominated the fleet for the 16 races, and finished on 17 points after 3 drops. Excellent consistent sailing and close covering skills coming to the fore. Townsville champion, Col Cameron had a poor start to the racing with him getting caught up with stalling and breaking the start line, and it wasn’t until the 7th race that he found his Mojo and took the racing to a new level and was able to place pressure on the leader with a number of wins and 2nd place, which then subsequently secured him 2nd place for the day. Shane Beyer from the Whitsundays started well and was often in a covering duel with Jamie for the first half of the racing, but then dropped off due to the consistent sailing strain taking a toll on his concentration, well done for a well-deserved third place.

In fourth place, was Chris Head (Whitsunday) who sailed exceptionally well and even won a race, he was so excited as he hasn’t been able to beat Jamie and Shane before, fifth place went to Dean Anderson (Mackay) , who found his boat lacked a little bit of speed due to his sails being well used and he has ordered a new set and he will be back up with the leaders, sailed well with some good consistency. 6th and 7th Place getters, Ray Wilson (WM- Townsville) and Ray Part (Townsville) had a ding dong battle between themselves as they were both new comers to DF95 Boats, and in the end only one point separated them, well done boys. In 8th place, was Clay Bauman who let’s just say had a day to remember as he hit every mark on the lake, and as we all know, hit a mark you lose big time especially when sailing DF95’s, but hey Clay keep going as well know you can sail really well.

Overall the day turned out to be one of the best and it showed that the DF95 can provide excellent racing, but the highlight was the camaraderie and sportsmanship shown by all the skippers, it made the day. No protests, plenty of contacts with penalties taken immediately without question and helpful tuning tips showed that to win at any costs is not required.

Congratulations to all the skippers who gave it their all and very big thank you to Bob and his band of volunteers, Ian, James, John and Steve who unselfishly gave their time so that everyone had a fair go. The next round will be held in Mackay on the 24th August, should be fun.

Col Cameron

DF95 State Coordinator


Ian Ashe awarded Life Membership of the QRYA

LifeMandRonSmAt the QRYA Annual General Meeting 16th June, Ian Ashe, a stalwart of Queensland Radio Sailing was presented with Life Membership.

Ian is best known for the selfless donation of his time to perform the Principal Race Officer role, from one end of this large State to the other, while still finding the time to be an active club competitor. This year Ian was a vital member of the Organising Committee for the 2019 Australian Championships, then supplied PRO services to several of the fleets over a 10 day period. 

Left: Ian Ashe recieving his award from Ron Fawcett, Secretary QRYA.

Ian took the time to pen the words below after receiving his award.

My first encounter with RC sailing, saw an A Class yacht in a Hobby shop window in Hobart in 1984 and bought it without any previous experience with RC yachting and joined the Risdonbrook Radio Yacht Club.

We decided to move to Townsville early 1985. I rang the Townsville Secretary who said “don’t bring that thing up here we only sail Marbleheads”. So I sold the A (at the same Hobby shop) and arrived in Townsville August 1985.

I joined TMMC and at their at next AGM their Secretary resigned and I was appointed Secretary and stayed in that job for 10 years. Became club President in 1995 till our move to Brisbane in 2006.  Before leaving Townsville I was made a Life Member of TMMC.

I joined BRYC for a year then MRYS and became their VP for couple of years before joining PRYC in 2017 till present time.

In the meantime, whilst still in Townsville, I was appointed QRYA State Measurement Coordinator from 2003 to 2005, then Vice President 2005 to late 2006.

The then QRYA President, Dave Turton, resigned mid-term in late 2006 so I became President till next AGM in 2007.

Re-elected President for next 7 years  but did not nominate again at 2015 AGM.

2017 saw complete change of Committee and elected State Events Coordinator till present day.

After resignation of QRYA President during 2019 I took over that position as well till the AGM.

I was re-elected Events Coordinator at 2019 AGM.

Always humble, what Ian did not mention are the countless events he has officiated at, mostly at his own expense for the benefit of the sport we all share.  His contribution continues.  Ian was asked to renominate for the Events Coordinator for the coming year and fortuneately for us all, he agreed.

So next time you see Ian, please congratulate him and thank him for helping Radio Sailing in Queensland be the successful sport that it is.


2019 SE Queensland DF65 Championships


17 skippers entered for the SE Queensland DF65 Championships held at Spring Lake, Springfield Lakes.
The weather gods promised 5 to 6kn breeze, perfect for the baby RC Yachts, with also a strong possibility of some precipitation.

Welcome and briefing was help at 9.45am ready to start racing at 10am, only one slight problem, no wind.
We managed to get three races completed in the trying conditions by 11.30am before an early lunch was called by the race officer, with the hope that the promised wind would eventuate.
Racing got underway again after the luncheon adjournment and we managed to complete 8 races before calling it quits for the day.
No rain eventuated but also none of the promised wind.

It was quite a sight to see 16 boats in an almost straight line across the course halfway through a couple of races which made for some pretty tense moments approaching the mark rounding’s. This just shows how close the racing of these little boats can be.DFSQwinners

The ever-consistent Mike Jeffery’s came out on top finishing the day in 1st place.
Grant Lihou finished in 2nd with Andrew Wilson finishing in 3rd on a countback from John Gower.

Thanks to the committee and members of Springfield Lakes Maritime Modelers for all there help to make the day a success and giving up their normal sailing day.

Thanks to Trevor Fisher for performing the Race Officers duties and  David Black, Shelley Heard and Lis Larsen for scoring the day.

Thanks also to Patrick Collins and Ian Ashe for helping out as observers.

Remember without these volunteers we would be able to enjoy these events.

John Heard
Springfield Lakes Maritime Modelers



The inaugural ‘Sunshine Coast International One Metre Regatta’ is on in August!!


This three-day event will follow the tradition of previous events conducted at Lake Kawana. Being held on the 2nd to 4th of August a high-quality program of sailing is planned and will continue to grow radio sailing as an international sport. With the support of the QRYA and ARYA behind us the Sunshine Coast will offer this inaugural event to evolve in to one of the premier events on the radio sailing calendar in Australia. You can find out more about the event through the dedicated website created by Sean Wallis at

Looking forward to seeing you in August!


Open Session after the QRYA AGM

Location AGM

Immediately following the AGM on the 16th June, we will be hosting an Open Session on the following topics;

  1. SHRS Vs HMS scoring systems -  the ARYA is currently discussing allowing SHRS (Gold/Sliver fleet concept) for ranking events  We would like to discuss these two systems and gauge opinion on what Queensland Clubs think about this move.  If you don't know much about it please come along and find out more.  If you have sailed under SHRS please share your experience.
  2. Zero Entry Fee Regattas -  Western Australia has introduced zero entry fees to ranking events.  We have details on how that has been operating for the past 3 years and can discuss if that could work on some events in Queensland.  Fascinating stuff.
  3. QRYA support for State level events and options for extending that further.
  4. The ARYA are about to release a new website.  Preview it and hear how it may work for the QRYA and clubs next year.
  5. Other items from the floor.


If you are not doing much that afternoon please come along with your club delegate.  All QRYA affiliated sailors are welcome to attend. 

 AGM to be held at 1.30 pm on Sunday 16th June 2019, at the premises of Yachting
Queensland, 578 Royal Parade, Manly Q. (adjacent to the RQYS Complex).



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