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Hot IOM fleet in Hervey Bay State Championships


IOM Championships 19th and 20th October 2019

Held by Fraser Coast Radio Yacht Club

Saturday racing started with 23 skippers, fine weather, a light shifty breeze and a muddy brown lake. Ian Ash laid a challenging course for the skippers to navigate and those with local knowledge didn’t fare much better than visiting skippers. The lead yachts changed constantly, making for interesting finishes and no clear winner. A-rig conditions shifted NNE to NNW with gusts and lulls making for some challenging conditions. By lunch time B-rigs were the order of the day as nose dives ruled out A-rigs.

Fraser Coast Radio Yacht Club laid on a healthy lunch with 6” subway, fresh fruit, fruit cake and bottled water. Water was available throughout the weekend free for all skippers, to help combat with the heat and humidity, which brought on a storm and a drop of rain while dining at the local RSL.

IOMstateslongSunday saw light NNE winds to start, followed by heavier SE winds after lunch which in-turn continued the challenge for top position. Even brown water could not hold back the serious competitive clean sailing, with no protests over the two day event.

Provisional results saw the top 3 finishers having only 2.8 points dividing them after 15 races, allowing skippers to drop their 2 worst races.

Lindsay Walker took 3rd on 45.3 points, Greg Torpy 2nd on 45 points, and the hangover from Saturday night didn’t stop Doug Allen taking the win on 42.5 points.IOMStatesstart2019

Extra prizes for the top several placing finishers were donated by valued sponsors, Blades and Shades, Hervey Bay RSL, Battery World, Hervey Bay Canvas, Dave Laurie Electrical. Our club had the pleasure of local Mayor, Cr George Seymour come to the lake to see the competition in action and present the trophies.

A great thanks goes to those that organised the event including the FCRYC committee. Thanks also to those volunteers that helped run the regatta, including PRO Ian Ashe, Scorers David Black and Anne Walker. Helpers from our club, Dave, Trevor and Steve.

Fraser Coast Radio Yacht Club would like to thank all skippers for attending and look forward to hosting their next event.

David Laurie

Secretary FCRYC


2019 Dragon Force 65 Queensland State Championship

Dragon Force 65 Queensland State Championship


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13th   2019

Regatta organiser Paradise Radio Yacht Club and Sponsor Hobby Warehouse


Absolutely fantastic conditions for the 2019 Dragon Force 65 Queensland State Championships hosted by Paradise Radio Yacht Club at Emerald Lakes, Gold Coast on Sunday 13 October 2019. 

The cool blustery 5 to 30 km/h southerly breeze meant rig selection was critical .... with “mental games” being played as competitors strategized, watched, looked and changed rigs depending on the coming cloud formations ...with “main leech tension absolutely key to performance in the choppy conditions” ... competitors said as they shared settings to help each other

View117 boats turned up with interstate competitors travelling up to try to take the Bindawalla Perpetual State DF65 champion trophy 🏆 back across the border.
None of these events happens without the efforts of the organizing club and committee.The event was superbly organised by PRYC’s Laurie Hinchcliff with Bill Clancy (rules master and QLD 16-foot skiff champion) acting as race officer 👮‍♀️. Bill was assisted by Peter O’Grady, Tony Dallimore & Ted Mulligan on the scoring and Ian Ashe, Trent Jarratt and Russell Nicholas observing.  Importantly, the course was set brilliantly by Brad Johnson (well-known Etchell and IOM sailor) who commented how enjoyable it was to watch the close racing with only points separating the top competitors. 

Ray Richardson was our water rescue boatman and Richard Bray and Ralph Eade procured drinks and lunch.

Noteworthy performances on the day included Andrew Wilson picking up two first and if wasn't for electrical issues would have been further up the totem pole. Tony Fannin and Phil Burgess each scored a first placing and finally Bruce Macarthur and Mike Jefferys with six firsts each in match racing that matched the America’s cup challenge series.
Big named interstate competitors namely Bruce Macarthur ( Australian Olympic contender in the tornado class )and Phil Burgess (Etchell and Dragon class sailor) both who sail DF65’s out of Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron agreed “the racing, sportsman and organization was first class “ with both these interstate competitors taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively. 

Racing was close with only 3 points separating the top 2 boats, congrats to the Queensland competitor Mike Jefferys (also big boat Diamond and Olympic Soling class champion) kept the cup in Queensland for another year.

A big thanks goes to our Sponsors, Hobby Warehouse and ADFRSA who provided a new V6 boat, mast rigs, servos and sail sets on the day.
Overall results 
Mike Jefferys  (QLD)          1s
tBruce McArthur (NSW)     2nd
Phil Burgess (NSW)            3rd


Scores on the "Results" page and Videos of the racing may be viewed on the YouTube QRYA page thanks to Ian Lobley. 

Mike Jefferys.


2019 QLD DF95 State Championship Report


WinnersSaturday, the 5th October and Sunday the 6th October 2019, the days set aside for the inaugural Queensland DF 95 State Championships hosted by the Townsville RC Yachting club in sunny North Queensland. As the entrants arrived from across Queensland and NSW, they were welcomed to a beautiful balmy sunny day with a nice breeze for the East, which would allow for some of the best racing of radio sailing yachts to be seen.

We ended up with 15 nominations after 3 late withdrawals from the Whitsunday club due to sickness and family issues, but we had 2 entries from the Moreton Club (SE Qld), 1 from NSW, 2 from Whitsunday, 4 from Mackay, 6 from Townsville. Thank you to all for travelling so far to make this a successful event.

it wasn’t long before our visiting PRO, Peter (Straw) Morris had the racing underway after an excellent briefing session. From the outset, it became apparent that the DragonFlite 95 Class was going to live up to it’s reputation of being a lively easy sailed radio sailing yacht as the competition was so close.

The breeze started to move from the East to the North, which bought in some interference from some large trees near the sailing area and this caused a few problems with picking the wind shifts and at times of where the breeze was. Jamie (850) , Geoff (195), Col (78), Cheyne (81) and Leon (86) made the most of the early races to stamp their authority on the racing with some good consistent sailing, always making sure to try and finish in the top 5. As it was a single fleet, the PRO made sure that we sailed 5 races and then had a 10-minute break, so that all skippers could rehydrate, tune up and reset for the next round of races.

By 3:30 pm, we had completed 14 races, so a halt was called to the Championship racing and we started a new concept of handicap racing. Basically, we split the fleet into 2 based on the positions after 14 races and 2 drops, with the lower placed 7 skippers racing off for a Trophy and prize. The higher placed skippers were allocated as mentors to these 7 skippers to assist them in tuning and providing on water training during the race so that they would improve. Each skipper was allocated a start handicap based on their position with the winner getting 30 seconds, 2nd 20 seconds, 3rd 10 seconds, added to their time after each race, and 4 races were planned for the Saturday Afternoon and 4 races for Sunday Morning.

Sailors 1Was it a success? It sure was and was a real hit with everyone with lots of laughs, serious talking, boat tuning, muted race tactics, it had it all and every one of these skippers improved their sailing skills. The racing was so close that only a handful of points separated the 7 skippers.

On the social scene, we attended a sit-down dinner at the onsite Restaurant, one of the best in Townsville and we had a great time, sharing stories and tall tales over a few beers and a grand dinner.

Sunday, the weather was the same, with the wind dying down a fraction, and so we kicked off with the final 4 races for the fun filled handicap series, and in the end Ross (840) took the honors from his son Dean (13) by 1 point, with Rob (806) a close third. Now it was time to start the serious racing again, with Jamie (850) leading Geoff (195) by a couple of points, followed by Col (78), Leon (86), Garry (127) and Cheyne (81), all within striking distance. Everyone witnessed some great tactical sailing between the top 2, as they jostled for supremacy, covering each other, taking risks on wind shifts and they always seemed to get out of poor positions and claw their way back, but in the end, it was Jamie’s (850) consistent sailing that gave him the trophy.

After 27 races, it was time to call it quits and pack up and head home.

The final results show Jamie Jochheim (850) as a clear winner on 46 Points, followed by Geoff Morris (195) on 54.2 points, with Col Cameron (78) a credible 3rd with 87 points.
Leon Thomas (86) held onto 4th place, not bad considering he had hurt his back on Saturday morning assisting the pickup boat, and sailing his DF 95 for the 2nd time, Garry Russell (127) 127 points held off Cheyne Timmermans (81) 129 points. Rob Black (806) started to improve with each race and finished with 154 points, while Ray Part (859) sailing a borrowed boat off Rob, finished with 164 points.
Jason Sten (21) sailing in his first regatta tied with Dean Anderson (13) on 167 points with Jason winning on countback. Ross Anderson (840) finished with 201 points and Roy Tungate (815) finished with 228points, then we had the New South Welshman and executive of the Australian DF Radio Sailing Association, Paul Martin (67) finishing with 244 points, but to be fair, he did miss at least 7 races due to a late flight in on Saturday. Finally Warren Maxwell (19) 301 points and Charlie Krebs (68) 327, rounded out the final places but both showed huge improvement in their sailing as it was there first major regatta and they are new to the sport of DF95 Radio sailing, so they did well just to turn up and have ago, Congratulations fella’s!

Boats 1Some of the highlights of the weekend, were watching Col Cameron on a number of times having a clear undefeatable position heading for a sure win, only to watch in frustration as his yacht became becalmed on the final leg, and all the other yachts passing him on either side, obviously enjoying Col’s suffering. Many calls of, “don’t follow Col, or watch out for wait awhile Camo!”. It was pleasing to see a lot of skippers helping with tuning, with the ever-popular measuring stick coming out to check mast rake etc.

The level of sportsmanship was outstanding with all penalties being done without argument, no official protests, one redress request, and lots of respect shown to everyone, just what a successful regatta requires. Of note, our guard dog, Rusty from Brisbane, made the site very safe, as he kept all crocodiles, snakes etc. away for the weekend, thank you Rusty.

A big thank you to Peter Morris for doing an excellent job as PRO, ably supported by the Townsville RC Yachting Volunteers (Bob, Ian, John, Steve and Ray), without you, we would not have had such a great regatta. Thanks also to Carolyn, who made the weekend by scoring on the laptop, and is now interested in joining the DF95 Clan, plus a thank you to Jason and his supply of shade tents and cold drinking facilities courtesy of his ADF Brigade.

Next year the Qld DF95 Titles will be in the South East Corner of Queensland at a time and place to be announced shortly.

Classic IOM Battle at Newport

NewcStartThe venue at Newport uses either a southern or western bank for the control area, so it is at its best in a northerly, particularly a north-easter and that is exactly what the weather gods sent on Saturday 14th September.

The Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron opted for the low cost zero catering model, $10 entry fee and left the entries open till the morning of the race.  Some competitors did arrive unanounced and were quickly registered.  For a while it looked like going to two fleets but entries topped out at 23 making for a busy start line and more fun at the first top mark rounding!

Till the lunch break a light NNE breeze at 2 to 6 knots occilated slighty about the course but generallty it was fair NewcBankconditons.  The control area was setup on the western bank giving good elevation and the choice of a dry launch from the nearby pontoon.

Josh Torpy streaked away in the first race leaving his old-man and the rest of the fleet in the weeds. It looked interesting and a bit omminous for top end contenders.  But by Race 3, Arron Farrar got the tuning and tactics right and strung three bullets together to create a nice little buffer by the time the first drop arrived.  He repeated the same trifecta from Race 11 after lunch.  But while this was happening, Greg Torpy was quietly banking a couple of wins and other podium places using consistancy to whittle away at Arron's lead.

Conditions improved with the breeze building a few knots as the day progressed and it stayed in the same part of the compass.  Visibility was excellent with the sun at the competitors backs so any shifts were most often very visible on the water and they did generally stay in for long enough to confidently tack on a knock.  For the last hour of racing the pressure clocked a few degrees west of north and the PRO Ian Ashe selected the left pair of bouys to round. 

Doug Allen was also chipping away at those in front and after three drops had a worst score of 7.  This put him in easy reach of either of the two leaders if they stumbled, even for one race or two.  But that didn't happen.

After 17 races, Arron Farrar and Greg Torpy were both on 39 points with Doug on 47.  A countback was required to sort this out and it went to Arron, 6 wins Vs 2 wins to Greg.  A pretty convincing result in the end.

Full results are here

Noteable in the results is 5 Kantun 2's in the top 10, this is unusual as there has only been one or two of them in any given fleet for the past year or so.

A big thanks to the Moreton Club for hosting the event and sharing their excellent facilities.  Thanks also to PRO Ian Ashe, scorer David Black, Gwen Warne, Mike SS, David Brunsden and Mark Deller.

Looking forward to seeing you there again next year!






DF95 Invitational Round 2 goes to Hinchcliff

DF95CroppedWell, Sunday the 15th arrived with fresh gusty winds from the North or North West. A good course was laid under the direction of Allan Young PRO  and laid by Julian. After the briefing and a slight start line alteration 10 boats faced the starter. Disappointing to not see a couple of entries who didn’t turn up however the day was enjoyed in good spirit with volunteers from the DF65 PRYC Fleet assisting most admirably.Captioned winners fffCapture

The wind had most undecided as to whether to use A rig or B however as the day progressed the decision became even harder A battle soon developed between Laurie Hinchcliffe and Graham Cowling for the podium finishes with Laurie consistently out sailing the others. Ian Ashe came in a well deserved 3rd and I am happy to say Will Charlton was fourth. Various little problems affected the rest of the Fleet which is shown in the results.

It was disappointing to see a poor representation from the other Clubs who race this Class. Maybe next time. My thanks go to all that assisted to make it a good day with 24 races in 3.5 hours excluding lunch.

All the best

Frank Arrowsmith

DF95 Fleet Captain

Paradise Radio Yacht Club


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