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DF95 Interclub shootout in Mackay

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Full report on the 2nd Round of the 
NQ Interclub Mackay
Saturday 24th August.

After registration and setting up at Lake Grande, Mackay Nth Qld, it was time for the 10 entries to do battle on this marvellous piece of water.

The wind was quite strong from the SE, which had all skippers in 2 minds regarding what sails to set, but in the end as it appeared to be easing, we all elected to start with our A rig. This caught a few skippers out as we struggled with tacking in a chop and gusty conditions, very frustrating to be in front and then tack and be at the back of the fleet.

The wind started to ease as predicted and some excellent close racing was to be had with a number of different skippers sharing the top spot, and the results showed how close we all were. Ross, sailing #840, had some brilliant port end starts, but soon ran foul of the ever present starboard skippers who clipped his wings on a few occasions. His son, Dean sailing #813, showed off his brand new sails from Soch sails in England along with a very bright pink sticker setup on his hull, however he struggled to find his form but at times was in the mix with the top boats. The other Mackay boys, Rob #806, Roy #815 and George #859, had mixed results as they came to grips with sailing in a larger fleet and the gusty conditions, but well done boys, you had the boat speed just some minor execution modifications will see you up there mixing with the top Guys.

FB IMG 1567141293434The Whitsunday boys turned up in force, with their top 4 skippers arriving witFB IMG 1567141273517h a mission to secure the Trophies, well did they turn on a display of consistent and fast sailing or what. Chris #775 had some good close races, but he wilted as the racing went on, something was heard about having too many Soy Lattes and vegan burgers while he was away in NSW. Jamie #850, fresh from a win at the Airlie Beach Race week, showed his consistency once again and took out the overall champion skipper and is looking forward to mixing it with the top guys at the upcoming Qld DF 95 Championships. But he didn't have it all his way, as Shane #780 jump out of the blocks with some early wins and showed fantastic boat speed in the top end of A rig winds, however as the wind eased and the other sailors came to grips with the course, he slipped back into the top pack and had some ding dong battles with Col #778. Cheyne #781 proved he is a master at sailing and put in some great efforts with good sailing techniques but had to work hard for his well deserved 3rd place. As for the only Townsville Skipper, Col #778, well what can we say, had great boat speed and height, but just didn't bring his A Game, and struggled in the gusty conditions, but once the breeze eased up, he FB IMG 1567141266350started to make inroads with some well deserved first places, however at time when he had the race sown up, he fell foul to itinerant pesky weed that took him out entirely of the race.

Overall, as always with the DF95 scene, we had a fantastic day, with 16 races completed under the eye of our honorary PRO and Scorer, Rod Pattemore and Ian Rhodes and George Camilleri.

Thank you guys for a job well done, and everyone is looking forward to our next interclub to be held in the Whitsundays, a date to be set, plus everyone indicated that they will be at the inaugural 2019 QLD DF95 Championships in Townsville on the 5th & 6th October.

Regards and good Sailing

Col Cameron

QLD DF95 Coordinator


 

ARYA Launches Dedicated Nationals Website

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For the 2019 National Championships held in Queensland, the ARYA created the first website dedicated to that event.  The intention was to build on that experience and offer similar services for all National Championships in each recognised class.

With a total of seven Australian Championship events being held throughout 2020 across a multitude of locations the ARYA has re-launched the nationals website providing details for all events.

The website has been designed to be an extension of the new ARYA website (radiosailing.org.au) with the objective to be a single source of information relating to our national events.

Organisation for a number of events is still in progress and information will be regularly updated with new information as it becomes available.

The Notice of Race has now been released for the DF65 & DF95 Australian Championships to be held at Austin Lakes in Perth in March 2020 with entries now open!

Notice of races for other classes are expected to be released soon!

Visit the website http://aryanationals.com


 

Laser States Action on Lake Sampsonvale

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Well what a day at the QLD RC Laser Championships held at Lake Samsonvale and hosted by Lake Samsonvale Water Sports Association (LSWSA) and it’s duly appointed Race Committee.LasersDownwindClipped

With very little wind and extremely patchy and multidirectional breeze all day it was a very frustrating and almost a game of chance on the water today.

I’m not sure there was a single race where we would start with the breeze to the East for 2 minutes with a lull of 5 minutes and boats floating around the course with the wind then coming from the West to the finish. A couple of races we started the course sailing downwind only then to turn at the top mark and sail back downwind.

We would continually swap the course direction between races to match the easterly and then westerly winds which caught out a few people wondering if the left side of the course was a gate or a top and clearing mark. Very confusing. With the lack of breeze it was a day with plenty of penalties with boats coming together as well as several mark touches which sorted out the fleet positions on several occasions.

Laser Winners Clipped After an early lunch break we were all hoping the breeze would come in post lunch but it only led to more disappointment. After 8 races the call was made to vote on if it was worth continuing or not, with the decision to call it a day voted in by all.

Congratulations to Peter Burford (1, centre) Garry Russell (2, RHS) and Geoffrey Morris (3) on their podium positions and a very special thanks to the LSWSA and the volunteers who help organise and run the event. Without them, there would be no RC Sailing, so thank you again. Special mention and thanks to Ian Ashe (PRO) and David Black for looking after the scoring of the event.

Cheers and good winds to all…

BK (on behalf on the PRYC members)

Full results here

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Hot Competition in QLD IOM GP Series

GPSeriesstart2019 saw the introduction of an IOM Grand Prix Series in Queensland.  The IOM class events in Queensland attract competitors from all over Australia and New Zealand and the valued trophies are often whisked away to far off places!

So this year the QRYA responded to requests by stringing four ranking events together to form a series where the best three count for QRYA affiliated skippers only.  The winners will take the Queensland IOM GP Series Championship in Open and Masters Divisions.

The events were/are;

  1. South QLD Championship 24th & 25th March 2019
  2. Central QLD Championship 24th & 25th May 2019
  3. Sunshine Coast IOM 2nd to 4th August
  4. QLD State Championship 19th & 20th October 2019

After the first three rounds we can now release results so far for both Open and Masters.  Scorer David Black has crafted a High Point scoring system similar to that used by the ARYA for the Australian Class Rankings, with the added complexity of different divisions.

In the Open Division Arron has a big lead over 2nd placed Andrew Wilson, but after that things look pretty interesting with only 12 point seperating the next three skippers.

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With only one entrant in one event for the Grand Masters we will not be awarding a trophy for that division (sorry Bill).  However the competition looks intense for the Masters!  Looks like Geoff Morris is in striking distance of Tim Brown currently in first place and Garry Russell could easily take a podium position from Ray Willson who has a slim lead in 3rd place.  This will certainly create some added interest on the water at Hervey Bay in October.

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Presentations for this Grand Prix Series will be made at the Hervey Bay IOM State Championship.  See you there!

See this link for the Notice of Race and Entry Form.


 

Round 3 DF65 Interclub Series gets big wind

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Today was round 3 of the 2019 South East Queensland Dragon Force 65 inter-club series between Springfield Lakes and Paradise radio yacht club with this round at Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast. PRO on the day was Alan Young who did a fantastic job of running 24 races with the help of David Black (Scorer)., Tony Fannin (boat crew), Eran Conza (Observer, Place caller), Ted Mulligan (Observer) and Brian Laden (Starter Box operator).

The weather was fantastic with a cool breeze, 22° and perfect blue Sunny skies. The Luck brothers were out to win, given their heavy weather successes. The wind was extremely strong and variable from 10 k to 25 k and this called for numerous rig changes. It was heard mentioned that racing today was very much like the Sydney to Hobart yacht race with changing conditions requiring numerous sail changes and re-tuning from the big A+ rigs to even C rigs being setup. Graham won the highest number of sail changes with Mike a close second. The cool blustery conditions made it important to focus and keep your boat moving through the chop. Close racing saw many podium changes with penalties done quietly as required.DF65Rnd3 2

Springfield Lakes competitors did extremely well with Andrew Wilson taking out 2nd place and John Heard coming in 6th. Paradise club however, managed to be consistent with Mike coming in 1st, Ralph Luck 3rd, and Bob McKinnon 4th. Leading to an overall victory on the day to Paradise radio yacht club.

The real winners were all the competitors who had a joyful day on the water with fond memories of what it was like to sail those tough races in blustery conditions in Bass Strait. Thanks to Alan and his team [Tony Fannin (boat crew), Eran Conza (Observer, Place caller), Ted Mulligan (Observer) and Brian Laden (Starter Box operator] for putting together a great day.

Keep your diaries booked for the Dragon Force 65 Queensland State Championships to be held on 13 October 2019 at Emerald Lakes. We already have numerous New South Wales skippers seeking to cross the border and take our State trophy 🏆 back to NSW.    

Report by: Mike Jefferys.

Link to PRYC website

Results linked here


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