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DF95 Invitation 30 June

95 681Due to the level of interest in the DF95 the QRYA asked the Paradise Radio Yacht Club (PRYC) host a followup event to the recent South Queensland Championship at Newport.  All thanks go to PRYC for agreeing to host the event at Emerald Lakes.

As we do not have the required 6 week notice to the ARYA, this will not be a ranking event however this will proably not matter to the keen bunch of 95 skippers!

For the remainder of this year, most of the action in this class will be in north Queensland where Col Cameron and Chris Head from the Townsville and Whitsunday clubs have put in the effort to stimulate radio sailing in that region. 

Keep checking because a Notice of Race will be posted on this site in the next few days.


Eddie Cowell Perpetual Trophy Retired

The Eddie Cowell Perpetual Trophy was originally granted to the now defunct Club Kawana Radio Yachting (CKRY).  When that club closed suddenly on May 9, a new 'deed of gift' agreement was required between the custodian of the trophy and the new Sunshine Coast Radio Sailing Club (SCRSC).  The SCRSC decided to cease using the trophy and name rather than agree to the deed-of-gift conditions.

The Eddie Cowell Perpetual had a rich heritage and was recognised Nationally and Internationally, it is a shame to see it go, particularly so soon after the sudden demise of CKRY.  The loss of two well known names in the space of one month is something no one would have thought possible at the start of the year.

The SCRSC will host an event at the same time and place called the Sunshine Coast International One Metre Regatta.



DF95s still growing fast


Following the very successful DF95 South Queensland Championships at the Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron last month the fleet has continued to grow.  Members race at the Newport venue every Sunday morning.

Interesting to see has been the standard of racing rapidly increase as a result the weekly racing and hosting the recent Championship where members got the opportunity to sail with skippers from other clubs.  Being a relatively new class, tuning experience is light on the ground but the Moreton Members are sharing what they have learned with each other and new members.







Malcolm Gresham was the best placed host club sailor at the SQ Championships and this class seems to have drawn out his sailing skills, he is now consistantly near the top of the 95 fleet.  Seems that this boat suits him.  Seen here making those all important fine tuning adjustments











Ian Lobley is the QRYA Treasurer who after videoing the last DF95 event at the Newport venue, decided to try them himself.  Ian is seen here launching his new boat, to shortly after record his first heat win in the class.  This was pretty impressive given the experience at the Moreton club now.  Looks like watching all those videos during processing and editing has sharpened his tactical skills!






Ian Ashe the QRYA Events Coordinatory is in the process of squeezing another DF95 event in South East Queensland into the busy calendar.  We will announce any new events here and to all clubs.

Next on the existing calendar for this class are;

  • DF95 NQ Interclub Series R1 (Enter here)
  • 9 -15 July DF95 Whitsunday Race Week (Enter here)
  • 24 August DF95 NQ Interclub Series R2 24 August
  • 5 -6 October DF95 Queensland Championships (& rnd 3 Nth QLD interclub)

Other clubs regularly sailing this fleet are;

  1. Paradise Radio Yacht Club
  2. Townsville Radio Controlled Yachting
  3. Whitsunday Radio Yacht Club

Click here for Club Contacts






2019 CQ International One Metre Championship


A cracking field registered for the 2019 CQ International One Meter Title’s, being held in Gladstone at what’s becoming widely regarded as one of the best radio controlled yachting venues in Queensland. Current Australian Champion Sean Wallis made the trip from WA, former Australian Champion Paul Jones was a last miniute inclusion driving up from Lake Macquarie and a whole host of state and regional title placegetters over recent years filled positions in the 30 strong/two fleets that launched off the bank at 10am Saturday.

Day 1

A beautiful 8-10knot E/NE breeze graced the course area and from the outset it was fast and tight. From the vantage positions, high above the water from a commercial pier, yachtsmen had a ‘god like’ view of proceedings and this made for close but fair racing, with many finishes sending David Black and his host of helpers scrambling.

As expected Sean Wallis launched out of the blocks with a bullet in the first ranking race, following that up with another in the first heat, while former CQ IOM Champion Doug Allen from Kawana booked his place in A-Fleet with a first in the seeding race.

As racing began to settle down the usual suspects began to find their way to the top of the score sheets, with former State Champion Greg Torpy from Wynnum Manly, Paul Jones, Sean Wallis and Peter Sherwood from Wynnum Manly all crossing the line first in the first 8 heats. However, the local contingent wasn't far behind with Aaron Farrar placing in the top 5, Grant Cooper bagging a first but finding it hard to keep consistency across the day and the big improver, Steve Bray regularly placing top 3 and consistently scoring well in the A-Fleet.

By the end of the first days sailing, Paul Jones had recovered well from a slow start to lead Sean Wallis by a solitary point while the Gladstone trio of Bray, Cooper & Farrar were 3rd to 5th, with only 3 points separating them. Strong showings from Greg Torpy, Tim Brown from Twin Towns RYC in NSW, Doug Allen, Peter Sherwood and John Gower from Paradise RYC down the coast, rounded out the top 10.

Day 2

Even though the Sunday was picture perfect, unfortunately, the breeze was a bit light on from the south with 0-5 knots greeting the yachtsmen early. Ian Ashe (PRO) had some moments finding the right course, but sailing got underway on time at 9:30. Those that adapted to the fickle conditions the quickest saw immediate results with good results posted by Ben Taylor from Lake Maquarie, Geoff Morris from Kawana and Gladstone’s Laurie Donohoe even pinching a 4th early. It was mentioned by visiting yachtsmen that they were impressed by the high level of competetiveness of all Gladstone local sailors, with Laurie Donohoe, Graeme Aldridge, Ian McKay, Marty Watson, Greg Flintham and Phil Brown all finding their ways into A-Fleets from time to time.

2019 Central Queensland IOM Championships - Gladstone

The championship became a two horse race early on Sunday as Sean Wallis and Paul Jones traded places at the top of the score sheet, with Wallis taking the advantage early and putting a small break on Jones. However, there were very interesting sub-plots going on for the rest of the top placings. Locals Grant Cooper and Steve Bray couldn’t keep up their form from the first day and slipped out of contention for the bronze while Gladstone’s Aaron Farrar and Greg Torpy kept their rivalry very much alive, taking advantage of the leaders shift in focus to post wins in strengthening conditions. Tim Brown showed consistency after rescuing a brief drop into B-Fleet to move up the rankings and Peter Sherwood shook off the cobwebs that plagued him on Day 1 to post a couple of wins. Race 13 (ironically) was the unlucky turning point for Sean Wallis’s campaign for his first CQ Championship, barely remaining in A-Fleet with an 11th while Paul Jones posted a solid second behind Peter Sherwood leaving the two National Champions tied for points with two races to go. If that wasn’t enough, another five-point division came in the next race with an uncharacteristic 10th from Wallis handing Jones a 5 point lead heading into the last race.

Gladstone’s Aaron Farrar had a superb afternoon with his Britpop design finding an extra gear in the perfect afternoon conditions and finished the regatta with another win in the final race, securing the third position overall from the fast-finishing Greg Torpy, while a second position for Wallis was not enough to bridge the gap to Jones, who came home a close third over the line.

  1. 1  Paul Jones Lake Macquarie RYC NSW 28.0

  2. 2  Sean Wallis Champion Lakes RS WA 32.0

  3. 3  Aaron Farrar Gladstone RCYC QLD 53.0

  4. 4  Greg Torpy Wynnum Manly RMYC QLD 58.0

  5. 5  Tim Brown Twin Towns RYC NSW 72.0

  6. 6  Peter Sherwood Wynnum Manly QLD 97.0

  7. 7  Grant Cooper Gladstone RCYC QLD 100.6

  8. 8  Doug Allen Club Kawana RY QLD 104.0

  9. 9  Steve Bray Gladstone RCYC QLD 116.0

  10. 10  John Gower Paradise RYC V 10 QLD 120.0

Masters Division

         1 Frank Russell

Frank is well positioned to take this division in the 2019 GP Series.  Two more heats to go.

Report by Grant Cooper

Link here the GRCYC for further photos.


Announcing Lake Sampsonvale Radio Sailing Division



Below is an extract of a letter the QRYA received from the Philip Jackson, President of the Lake Sampsonvale Water Sports Association on 20th May 2019, announcing a change in his association and our membership;

"At the Pine Rivers Radio Yacht Club (Inc.) (PRRYC) AGM on Sunday 5th May, 2019 it was recorded that the PRRYC would no longer exist from that date. This step by PRRYC was taken as a way of moving forward, having found an acceptable venue after the Lakeside Park closure.LSWSAlogo

All members wishing to continue remote control yacht sailing beyond the 5th May 2019 have become members of the L
ake Samsonvale Water Sports Association (LSWSA) in accordance with the agreement from LSWSA dated 5th February, 2019. This agreement was accepted by all PRRYC Members at a Special GM on 10th February 2019."

From discussions with Bob Worton recently this outcome has been very positive for the previous members of the Pine Rivers club and radio sailing in south east Queensland in general.  As you would have seen on the QRYA website, they have recently held a very successful A Class State Championships and the M Class fleet is very strong.
From the LSWSA website;LSLocation
"Lake Samsonvale is the nearest lake sailing and water sports venue for the Brisbane area. It is located in the pretty Samford Valley on the northern outskirts of Brisbane.

The lake is on the upper reaches of the North Pine River, about 45 minutes by car from the City and within minutes of northern Brisbane suburbs. It offers a great venue for sailing, rowing, canoeing and relaxed watching from a well-maintained clubhouse. A grassed shoreline gives heaps of room to rig, with direct access to the water."



There are well maintained permanent facilites with a club house and toilets and BBQs.  As part of the conditions of the relocation of the Pine Rivers club, the Local Council has agreed to construct a storage shed and floating pontoon for use by what is now the Radio Sailing Division of the LSWSA.  These structures will add to the already generous facilites at this venue.
Congratulations go to Bob Warton and the previous Pine Rivers club for securing such a magnificent solution to the situation they found themselves in last year when their Lakeside venue became unavailable.
We all look forward to sharing the water with you soon.


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