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Queensland IOM State Championships 2018

A fleet of 30 competitors started the event on Saturday 27th October 2018 in what were perfect mid A-rig conditions.

The forecast of light to moderate easterly conditions was spot on. The small variation in direction of the breeze was easily catered for by the Principle Race Officer (PRO) Ian Ashe selecting from the range of buoys set at the top of the course.  Lunch was taken at 12:30 p.m. and catered for by the Southport Yacht Club Cafe.

Ten races (20 heats) were completed by the end of sailing at 4:30 p.m.  Placings at the end of day 1 had Sean Wallis clear ahead on points from current Australian Champion Paul Jones in second.

Day 2 started with a total change in the conditions, but true to the forecast of a light north-westerly ahead of a strong south-easter due just before lunch.  The start of racing was delayed until 10:30 a.m. when what looked like a usable westerly kicked in and an attempt to set a course and get a start was unsuccessful as the breeze continued to clock to the south and then further to the south-east as forecast.  Finally just after 11:00 a.m. a course was set and a start announced.

Conditions were between A and B rigs for most of the day but B-rigs dominated with the occasional adventurer reverting to A.     A BBQ lunch was organised and delivered by the Paradise Radio Yacht Club (PRYC) 10 Rater division which was greatly appreciated by all.

The breeze was forecast to build and go more south and that is exactly what it did during the last four races.  The oscillating change from south-east to south made for challenging course setting in what was left of the day.  At times some of the B-rigs dipped the nose of the boat in the lake as some of the stronger gusts came through.

At the end of two days sailing, Sean Wallis was the clear winner with Paul Jones in second place and Tim Brown third. Results can be found here.

Sean Wallis being presented with the IOM State Championship Perpetual Trophy by QRYA President David Black

Sean Wallis being presented with the IOM State Championship Perpetual Trophy by QRYA President David Black

The event was a precursor to the National Championships to be held in February 2019 at the same location.  The lake is not currently sailed by an RC club so was neutral water for all and real practice for both the sailors and organisers. 

A special thanks goes to Paradise Radio Yacht Club who provided all equipment and most of the volunteers for this event and to the Southport Yacht Club for the use of the excellent facilities.  The experience was invaluable and the lessons learned will be quickly incorporated into the Event Management Plan for the National level event.

The entire available QRYA executive provided the management of the event with Publicity Officer/Treasurer Ian Lobley providing video and photographic coverage.  The Youtube Channel can be found linked here, please enjoy and subscribe.  See videos of some of the races and the interviews with both current Australian Champion Paul Jones and ARYA President Sean Wallis.

The next event at Regatta Waters will be the 10 Rater State Championships at the end of November 2018 hosted by PRYC.



Vale Dayle Smith

It is with sadness that the QRYA announces the death of Dr. Dayle Smith, on 11th October 2018, due to ill health, which had been with him for some time.

Dayle served two terms on the QRYA executive, first as Vice President, then as President.
During his tenures Dayle drew on his experience as a Barrister, and veteran of some 10 Sydney to Hobart races in his own yacht, to assist in the re drafting of the ARYA Constitution, and the proposed re-drafting of the QRYA constitution.

During his term as QRYA President he was instrumental in producing publicity material for the QRYA, and the running of two training courses for Race Officer and the Heat Management System.

Dayle has been a member of the Brisbane Radio Yacht Club since 2014.

The QRYA extends condolences to Dayle’s wife Lyn and family.



Sportsmanship in Radio Sailing

Radio Sailing involves sailing in very close company compared to larger manned yachts.  This proximity leads to many more incidents and the potential for protest calls.

Protests are a necessary part of sailing but too often they are taken personally rather than just enforcing the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).   If taken the wrong way a protest can spoil someones otherwise pleasant day.  Competitors in any given fleet have various levels of understanding of the rules from very experienced, to not much at all if they have no previous sailing experience.  As some new classes join our Association this situation needs to be taken into account and every assistance given to new members on the basics.  Further, it is not uncommon for more experienced sailors to disagree on the interpretation of a rule.

But away from the details, there is a requirement for Sportsmanship as defined in the RRS, that is more difficult to manage at times because the requirements are often poorly understood.

To increase awareness, the QRYA has published a document discussing sportsmanship, linking it to the RRS.

A previous version was sent to all clubs and this one has been updated with feedback from senior sailors.  Linked below and available on the QRYA Information page

Sportsmanship in Radio Sailing



Newport Classic 2018

Conditions were light and variable from the south in the morning and from the east in the afternoon for The Newport Classic for 2018. Before lunch the control area was set on the western bank close to the pontoon. During lunch the course was reset to cater for the easterly wind change.

Racing started with a general recall and this was repeated producing an above average number of restarts throughout the day.

The Moreton Club trialed a new formula this year, limiting the number of entrants to 20. Feedback last year was that sailors wanted as many races as possible in the one-day format with a single fleet and it seemed to have succeeded with 15 races sailed. Of the 21 entrants on the QRYA site, after withdrawals and no-shows fourteen boats were on the line for the first race.

Going into the last race of the day, Aarron Farrar need to finish two places in front of Mike Freebairn to claim the win and he managed to do that after Mike had a messy start. Doug Allen took the third position just three points in front of Glen Fitzgerald.

Final Placings;

  1. Aarron Farrar
  2. Mike Freebairn
  3. Doug Allen

Aaron receiving First place trophy from Chair of the MRYS Railing Committee Garry Russell

Ian Ashe was PRO for the event and at the briefing he stressed the importance of Sportsmanship in Radio Sailing and a focus on that for this event. With that in mind the racing was conducted in what would have to be the least conflict for an IOM event in recent history. Congratulations to all involved.

Full results linked here



Dragon Force 65 Tri Series 2018

The Tri Series was created as a collaboration between the three South east Queensland RC Sailing clubs with DF65 Fleets, to compete on a club against club basis.

 Springfield Lakes Maritime Modellers, Paradise Radio Yacht Club and Brisbane Radio Yacht Club participated in the event and raced for one day at each club. The scores of the top 3 skippers from each club, each day contributed to the overall club result. While the lead changed constantly throughout the series, the result was an extremely close event with only a few points separating the first two clubs. Congratulations to the overall winners Paradise Radio Yacht Club and to Springfield Lakes, a very close second.

The last race day was sailed at Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast in south-east Queensland. The weather was spectacular with the wind ranging from 15 km an hour to over 40+ in the afternoon. The temperature was a cool 22° with a perfect blue sky. The strong breeze tested every skill required to maintain boat speed and movement through some extremely challenging and choppy conditions.

“The sound of the wind blasting across the water, the percussion of the sails, the bouncing and jumping of the 65's against the waves and colourful boats ...juxtaposed with the solitude of skipper’s concentration and focus as they helmed their yacht through the surging swell”!!


18 races were sailed with boats using the full spectrum of rigs from A+ to A, B and C. Choice of rigs was critical to everyone’s performance. With most skippers never having used C rigs previously, some had to pull C rigs out of a new box.

Sterling performances worthy of note included Springfield Lakes skippers John Heard who won four races in a row plus Andrew Wilson and Grant Lihou who won one race each. Paradise recorded 10 firsts by Mike Jefferys with Graham Cowling winning 2 races as well. That resulted in Mike coming 1st on the day with 24 points, Andrew 2nd with 50 points and Graham 3rd on 56 points.

The overall Tri Series top skippers were:

1st Mike Jefferys (PRYC)

2nd Ian Robertson (SLMM)

3rd Grant Lihou (SLMM)


Congratulations to all competitors who made this such a fantastic event and most importantly enjoyable and good fun.

The racing standard, good spirited participation and sportsmanship were a noteworthy feature of the event.

Thank you to the organising committee, officials and all the volunteers who helped make this such a successful series.

Happy ? sailing ⛵️    Mike Jefferys.





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