Sunday, July 22, 2018
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RC Boom in US Yacht Clubs

Thank you to our friends at Sailing Anarchy the worlds biggest sailing site.

When the big boat is all put up on the trailer or in it’s slip early cause your crew had to go home early and you just want to continue hanging out at the Yacht Club, imagine yourself walking to your vehicle and pulling out a Radio Controlled (RC) One-Design racing boat and heading down to the dock with your buddies for some round the buoys fun. Start the countdown timer or someone’s watch and let the racing begin. The best part, your ice chest is right next to you and you can still race by the same rules, get a half more dozen races off, still yell rules at your buddies, and then go home that night with bragging rights that you won….and all under an hour from your Yacht Club’s docks or deck!

This is the newest craze hitting Yacht Clubs all over the country these days! Clubs are buying up sometimes groups of 12 boats to start a new One-Design Class in their club to have off-time racing or even teaching rules and tactics. Some clubs have even started Friday nights “under the lights” racing in their lighted harbors. Some Clubs have even started series and even Championship races amongst some of their top skippers. One Club has even started RC racing as part of the NOOD Regatta events, and the first year out they ended up being the largest One-Design Fleet in the entire NOOD weekend. Sailed from the deck of the Chicago Yacht Club with spectators viewing and cheering from only a few feet away from standing skippers and the starting line!

Like I said above, RC sailboat racing has become the latest craze to hit Yacht Clubs all over the country. And the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) has been there for all of it to lend assistance in any way they can to help the club or organization get started. Sometimes just the burden of feeding a crew, maintaining a boat, launching and retrieving a boat to and from a trailer, or even just getting old and the body just can’t do it anymore can get to some people out of sailing. But the passion of racing a sailboat is still there and all you need is two good thumbs and the desire to still want to compete or sail. Maybe RC Sailing is for you.

The AMYA is the one place to go for all questioned asked to get started. There are RC racing regattas every weekend of the year somewhere in the country. There are Regional and National Championships and in some cases even World Championships for specific Classes. Just click on the ad/banner here on the side and keep the fire going in your belly whether it’s just for a couple hours a week after your real boat sailing has ended or just a couple hours with your buddies on the dock. Give it a try, put a transmitter in your hands and you will get hooked. Remember they say….one boat is sailing, two boats is a race, and three boats make a regatta with your buddies!!!!

Same excitement, same rules, same close call action, at a fraction of the cost. And most importantly your never far from that adult beverage just sitting in the ice chest at your feet!!!!!



South East Queensland 10R regatta - June 17th 2018

See Link here for Youtube Channel Videos of the Event

The South East Queensland 10R regatta - June 17th 2018 attracted a diverse range of yachts, from the latest Sanga design, to a wide selection of other designs, both new and old.  The wind ranged from very light in the morning, to blustery by the end of the day. By the late afternoon, several boats had suffered gear failure and were forced to retire, due to the strong winds

The strong breezes were making for some wild rides on the downwind leg, and a few high speed tangles at the the bottom gate.  Special thanks goes to Laurie Hinchcliffe, who organized the event. Thanks also to Barry Hall and Roger Margot, who manned the rescue boat. Trent who put on a great barbecue lunch and Ian Ashe who was the PRO once again for the event. Thanks also to the other club members who gave up their Sunday and pitched in on the day.

Greg Torpy's new Sanga was the on-form boat on the day, winning all but one race, in which he placed second. Greg finished up with a score of 13 points.
Trevor Fisher sailed hard and consistently all day, and captured second spot, with 33 points.  Laurie came in third, just behind Trevor, on 35 points.

All in all, a very successful and enjoyable event, characterized by good racing and even tempers from the competing skippers.

Mark Perkin
PRYC 10R fleet captain



Radio Sailing Race Officer Course

The ARYA Race Management Committee have been working on developing an Online Race Officer Course. We are really pleased to announce that we have launched the course today.

The Race Officer course is designed in 11 modules. The modules are arranged in the same order as the tasks the Race Officer would do at a regatta. Each module contains suggested reading material, the course material and a 10 question multiple choice quiz.

  • The modules cover every aspect of the Race Officer’s tasks, including regatta preparation, briefing, course setting, conducting the start of a race, tasks at the conclusion of the race, managing protests and working with the Heat Management System. The modules take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete
  • There are two opportunities to complete each of the quizzes, and explanations are provided once the quiz is submitted, including references to rules or documents.
  • There is a discussion section which allows participants to ask questions and share ideas.
  • At the conclusion of the course, a certificate is awarded to those who have completed the modules.

The Radio Sailing Race Officer Course can be found on the Eliademy website with the following link:

Whilst the course is branded for the Australian Radio Yachting Association, the principles are taken from the Racing Rules of Sailing, the IRSA Race Management Policy and the Heat Management System which are commonly used around the world. There are a few small variations which we use in Australia, but where these are mentioned, the differences are explained.

We hope that people interested in Radio Sailing race management worldwide will find the course helpful, and encourage people to enrol and participate. To get started, follow the link above to find your way to the course. If you think the material would be helpful for your own radio sailing contacts, please feel free to forward this information to them.

I would like to thank all the people who have contributed to building the course. In particular, I’d like to thank Bill Clancy for his council, Bruce Robins for providing the editing, Alan Wymer from NZ, Warren Rock and Mario Gulic for their contributions.


Glenn Dawson

Link has been placed on the QRYA Information Page



Paradise Radio Yacht Club.....IOM TRAVELLERʼS MUG

PRYC is introducing a Trophy for competition by Visiting IOM sailors. The competition will be raced monthly in conjunction with PRYC Saturday non-championship scratch sailing days. Participants will be awarded their respective points in the PRYC scratch event which will be cumulative over each calendar year. The Trophy will be a traditional sailorʼs pewter mug, suitably engraved and apart from generating a bit of fun, it is hoped that over time “braggerʼs rights” might attach.

This first abbreviated year will commence on 7th July 2018, followed by: 18/8, 15/9, 6/10, 3/11 and 22/12. We look forward to hosting entrants on those days when PRYC normal sailing fees $3 will apply and no prior entry necessary, just turn up and sail.

Peter O'Grady
PRYC Secretary


A Class South QLD Championships

A fleet of eight A Class yachts competed in the South Queensland Titles at Newport on Saturday 26th May.  With the breeze remaining relatively steady from the south to south-east, the Control Area was established on the western bank of Jabiru Canal.  A windward-leeward course was set with a gate on the bottom and the start line in easy view of the control area.   A line of four buoys at the top of the course allowed PRO Ian Ashe to adjust the windward legs during the day.

Peter Morris appeared pretty dominant early in the day and after 22 races, two of his 'drops' were a 2nd and a 3rd.  John Heard did challenge the leader on several occasions by taking out 4 wins but could not match Peter for consistency in being first to the top mark.

Jason Nasmith was on the rise early on when he took a win in Race 5 but the was simply out paced by the first two place getters to take a well deserved third place on the podium.

The A Class yachts appeared to enjoy the conditions on the day although some light squalls came through ahead of bands of light drizzle in the afternoon to add to the challenge.  In all it was a very successful day.

Thanks go to David Black for the scoring, Ian Ashe for his PRO work.  Thanks also go to Commodore Peter Griffin,  Treasurer John Eite and the other volunteers from MRYS.  It was a great effort from the Moreton club to support a class that does not normally sail at Newport.

Thanks also to the A Class sailors in supporting the event and congratulations to the winners.



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