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QRYA Annual Report Released

The QRYA Annual Report has been released for presentation to the ARYA AGM in Hobart this month.

Please read it here and if you have any comments or feedback please do that through your club Secretary.

Annual Report to the ARYA AGM
Period from June 2017 to February 2018
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Summary of Activities
1. Registered 324 members this year compared to 327 reported same time last year, with 46 of those being new members.  Five were international visitors.

2. Supported National Class ranking and non-ranking regattas including
   * A Class State Championships & Regional events
   * Marblehead State Championships & Regional events
   * 10R State Championships & Regional events
   * IOM State Championships & Regional events
   * Eddie Cowell Perpetual Regatta
   * Brisbane Challenge
   * The Kawana Open
   * The Newport Classic

3. Supported State class regattas including
   * Laser State and South QLD Championships
   * DF65 State and South QLD Championships
   * Support for the DF65 Interclub Tri-series
   * EC12 event scheduling and venue support

4 Approved the Dragon Force 65 (DF65) class first to Sanction Class level in mid-2017, then to State Recognised Class level in January 2018.

5. Encouraged and supported the revitalisation of the Sanctioned EC12 class

6. Provided a perpetual trophy for the Laser Class

7. Encouraged and developed new Race Officers using a mentoring model, trialled with Linsay Patterson at the Hervey Bay Central QLD IOM titles and the Brisbane Challenge
8. Rebuilt the QRYA website into the qrya.com.au domain

9. Loaded all existing electronic administrative records into the Google Suite environment to allow 
   * the Committee to collaborate on working documents
   * share files and reports with Club Secretaries
   * simplified handover of documents/email to new Committee members in future
   * permanent backup of QRYA documents
   * off-line backups have been arranged

10. The Events Calendar has been placed online on the website

11. Created a Youtube Channel and added to the website to provide timely videos of regattas soon afterwards.  Viewing statistics are:
   * Over the 28 day period to 27th January 2018, 3400 minutes of watch time has been recorded in over 1000 views.
   * 35% from Australia, 17% NZ, 10% UK and 8% USA. Top video viewed was an IOM race from Kawanna, closely followed by a DF65 race.

12. ‘Latest News’ functionality is used to broadcast notable information to all members and the public.

13 Held 6 Management Committee meetings and two All Clubs meetings.

14 Accepted the invitations to host the 2019 National Championships and formed a Regatta Management committee and Regatta Management Plan to support the event.  
 
Supporting Comments
The AGM in June 2017 saw the election of an all new Management Committee including two experienced committee members.  The combination of experienced and first time members on the committee provided a new outlook for the Queensland RC yachting community.  A primary focus of the new team has been to improve the relationship between the member clubs and the Committee using increased and higher quality communication with them.  Previously vacant positions have been filled and this has greatly helped to achieve set goals.
 As  in the opening summary, there has been a lot happening in radio sailing in Queensland.  Prominent is the emergence of the DF65 fleet and it’s elevation to State Recognised status in less than a year.  These one design boats offer clubs a low cost entry level to attract new club members, as well as competitive sailing that one-design fleets supply.
 
The IOM regattas have continued to attract good numbers and there has been a healthy churn of new boats at the top end of the fleet providing plenty of options for new members to enter the class.  Some of the other classes have had fleet numbers down on past years as some have moved on to other classes.
 
 Previous efforts to train Race Officers has had to be converted into action this year by using a mentoring model.  Experienced PROs supervise first-timer ROs and it has been very successful so far.  Other trained members have volunteered to serve the sport in future events.
 
 The new website has been central to the new Committee’s efforts and it has attracted more visits than were expected both from members and all parts of the world. In particular the Youtube Channel that has proved that radio sailing enthusiasts enjoy watching the sport and appreciate being able to do so.  The ‘Live Results’ feature has proven very popular.  More will be made of these learnings to promote the sport.
 
Preparations for the Nationals 2019
Work was underway before the acceptance of the invitation to host the Nationals in 2019, to identify a venue and support this event.  Member clubs were asked on two occasions for ‘Expressions of Interest’ over the past 12 months with three responding.  One from Central Queensland was ruled out as a decision was made to select a venue closer to Brisbane on this occasion.  This left Brisbane Radio Yacht Club (BRYC) based at Eagleby, and Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron (MRYS) based at Newport, in the running.
 
 
At an All Clubs meeting held in December 2017, BRYC announced that they only had the volunteer resources to host one of the smaller classes but offered the venue to be managed by other clubs.  After discussing the issues associated with that arrangement, a motion was tabled to select the Newport venue and that was passed unanimously, lacking a viable alternative, other than to decline to host the event.
 
 
At a second All Clubs Event 4th February, the venue was reconfirmed and the suitability verified after feedback from the Newport Classic held last September.  The South QLD Championship will be held there 24th and 25th March 2018.
 
 
The venue has 
* dry launch facilities
* ample clean sailing water in both depth and breadth
* an elevated control area 
* a southern and western bank for use depending on the wind direction
* serviced male, female and handicapped toilets
* an onsite cafe with professional catering
* seating and shade sails with a view of the racing
* parking areas on the street, behind the cafe and an overflow 100 car space near western bank
* plenty of local accommodation options from caravan parks to motels
* an area for the public to watch the sport in action that attracts Local Government and Business support to reduce costs to the competitors
 
 
Importantly, from a risk and safety perspective, this venue is less exposed to tropical low weather events and storms that often occur in Queensland at that time of the year.
 
 
Ron Fawcett 
QRYA Secretary

QRYA All Clubs Meeting Sunday 4th February

All Clubs Meeting Notice and Agenda
 
QRYA All Clubs Meeting 10:00 a.m. 4 February 2018
 
Background:
The Australian National Titles for Radio Yachting will be held at Newport QLD in January - February 2019.  
 
Purpose:
This meeting has been scheduled because events on this scale cannot be fully resourced by any one club.  The meeting is intended to identify resources required to conduct the 2019 National Radio Yachting Titles.  
 
Location: 
Meeting Room of Yachting Queensland 578 Royal Esplanade. Manly, Queensland, Australia.
 
Who should attend:
Any members of clubs affiliated with the QRYA.  
Those interested in assisting organise and or conduct the event.  
Prospective competitors in the event.
Any Member looking for more information on the event.
 
 
Agenda:
Media to be presented to the ARYA AGM in Hobart about the event
Draft Event Management Plan and progress so far
Event Committee structure so far
Areas where help is still required
Communications to clubs on the Nationals Titles planning
Other input from Members
 
 
Nomination is not required however it would be appreciated if you would email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are attending so that tea and coffee can be organised.
For more information email the above address or call Ron on 0411507156
 

Title: DF65s now a State Recognised Class

At a meeting of the QRYA Management Committee on the 18th January, a motion to reclassify the Dragon Force 65 (DF65) from 'State Sanctioned' to 'State Recognised' Class (SRC) was passed unanimously.   This was triggered by a request to do so from the DF65 Owners Group 27th December 2017 accompanied by evidence of compliance to the criteria defined by the ARYA. 

The benefit of this change is that when three of more States grant SRC status to a class, they have the right to apply to the ARYA for National Recognition.

Congratulations to the DF65 community and those who devoted their time and effort to make this happen.  Collectively the entire Radio Sailing community benefits from the increased activity and enthusiasm that has been generated by this class."

Introducing the DF65 Radio Sailing Association Inc.

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On the 1st of January 2018, the Australian DF65 Radio Sailing Association Inc. was launched. The Association is a representation of the members of DF65 racing yacht skippers, Australia-wide. Since its launch, we have had 120 members sign up. A committee has been formed with state co-ordinators in NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, & WA. 

The sail number database which was instigated by a yahoo group some years ago has now been split into the RG65 database and the DF65 database. To ensure the sail numbers are current and correct, we are asking for DF65 owners to join the Association and apply for their sail numbers to be recorded on the new database. This is being acted upon now, to ensure that we have accurate records going forward.

Joining the Association is free until further notice.  Included in the link below to the ADF65RSA website which has an online application form to be filled and submitted. No other paperwork is required.

Australian DF65 Radio Sailing Association

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