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Queensland DF65 Championship 7-8 July

Queensland DF65 Championship 7-8 July, 2018, Springfield Lakes.

From a fleet of 25 registered, there was only 1 no-show and 3 skippers unable to attend the second day due to commitments. The weather was mostly fine on Saturday and fantastic on Sunday with variation in wind strength from the west and north-west, and stronger on Sunday. A total of 19 races completed.

It was the first time Springfield held a State Title and by all account it was a success. Special thanks to all volunteers who helped, as they make it happen. Trevor Fisher as RO, Ian Geary for terrific catering and management of the event, David Black for his tireless efforts with the scoring, Marjory Gough and Peter Sloan for calling and scoring, Patrick Collins for observing, Neil Spink for hot drinks, and Rod Maunder for rescues.

Finally a special thanks to Frank Schmidt for managing to join the club and participate while on a visit from Germany, and to Paul Martin who flew up from Sydney to participate, once again.

There were lucky draws for wine, a set of 360 sails generously donated by Greg Torpy for the 12th place (mid-fleet) skipper Les Maus, and a cup to the skipper considered by the president as the most appropriate for best and fairest for quietly going about the business of sailing, Norm Gough.

1st place, for the second year in a row, was Mike Jeffreys on 31 points. Mike sailed consistently well during the 2 days. The Perpetual trophy was presented by Ian Geary, President of the host Club

2nd place trophy to Grant Lithou on 44 points, for a consistent effort with only a couple of troubled runs.

3rd place trophy to Ian Smith on 71 points, and again it’s consistency that places these skippers where they finished.

Well done everyone.

Check the calendars in a few days and the NOR for the South Queensland DF65 Championships, on August 10-11, now moving from Carbrook to Springfield Lakes. Looking forward to another fun event.  

Videos of the event can be found on the QRYA YouTube channel here

Report by Ian Robertson, Treasurer SLMM.      

Full Results Click Here                                                                                                                                                 




Live Results for DF65s

DF65 Qld Championship event at Springfield this weekend. 22 Entrants including one overseas sailor from Germany. Should be some keen competition between the top DF65 sailors in the State, including Greg Torpy (360 Sails), who recently won the National DF 65 Invitational Challenge at Emerald Lakes in May, Mike Jefferys from PRYC, Paul Martin from Sydney and Ray and Andrew Wilson from Wynnum Manly. Unfortunately missing from the event is Charmaine and John White, who have recently moved to Tassie. As everyone knows Charmaine was a major force in getting the DF65 started in Queensland and the "Dragon Lady", with her black sails, will be missed at the weekend

Live results of the event will be available from start of racing on Saturday on the QRYA Website

This system was setup by Sean Wallis, ( ARYA President), and implemented by  David Black (QRYA President and Queensland's Chief scorer). Springfield Lakes can be a very fickle and fluky proposition and all entrants will be hoping for a decent breeze. The forecast is for North West winds. The event is being hosted by Springfield Lakes Maritime Modellers who have promised a top class lunch on both days.

Mike Jeffereys was spotted at the Lake today practicing his starts, and he says he will be there tomorrow as well, bring it on Mike.

For those new to sailing at the Lake here is a link to some DF65 sailing at Springfield in 2017.

Ian Lobley
Treasurer / Publicity Officer



New Event Survey System

A new electronic survey system has been implemented.  After each Ranking Event an online form will be emailed to the registered competitors of the event.  Feedback will be used to identify areas that require attention so that efforts can be made to improve the enjoyment of our sport.

The form can be completed in a minute on computer, phone or ipad and the results are stored and processed automatically on the QRYA cloud data-store.

Linked here is the summary of the feedback received from the Central Queensland IOM Championships 23rd and 24th June at Hervey Bay.

The results of this one survey will be more meaningful as we gather more information.  At this point in time we have nothing to compare them to, but over time we may see trends emerging that put them in context.

Thanks go to the Fraser Coast Radio Yacht CLub for hosting a great regatta.  One thing indisputable is that they scored 100% an the last question!

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CQ IOM championships – June 23 & 24 2018.


A host of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Gladstone sailors came to Hervey Bay for the C.Q. I.O.M.Championships. 7 BritPoP’s 5 V10’s, 4 Blitz, 2 Kantun 2s, 1 Kantun S and a Sedici amongst other hull designs made up a fleet of 26.

For the 2 days of the ranking event, racing was sailed in a breeze that ranged from South-West to South-East and from very light to short periods at the top of A rig in strength. Wind variations at this time of year made for a challenge in setting a suitable course, but the high banks along the length of the lake, made for good viewing angles from the control area along the length of the course.

From the outset, the fickle winter wind played havoc with the fleet, causing many different finish orders. Most of the top 10 final placed skippers had at least 1 first place during the regatta. Conversely, most of them also spent time in the B fleet after finding themselves on the wrong side of an unexpected wind shift. Achieving consistent and top results seemed to be a combination of good concentration and more than a touch of good luck.

Aaron Farrar sailing a Britpop, the highest placed finisher from Gladstone, sailed a consistent regatta, not recording too many results outside the top 8, resulting in a 4th for the Regatta. Alan Walker with a Britpop, the sole entrant from the Gold Coast recorded 2 firsts to help his final result of 3rd. After winning the RM regatta in March this year, it was almost expected Greg Torpy would do well sailing a V10. Greg recorded a 2nd in the stellar fleet. Mike Freebairn was freed from work duties for the weekend, so brought his Sedici to the bay to demonstrate to everyone what it could do. Mike did not have a complete sweep of the series, but usually rounded the first top mark in the top half of the fleet and made ground to usually finish in the top 5.

Notable events include a rare ‘false starter’ under black flag conditions. This disqualification which was not excludable was given to David Brunston in a race after there were 2 general recalls on the second day. In the next A fleet race, at the top mark too many collisions to be accounted occurred and the race was abandoned. The following race, 4 boats tangled and appeared to be all joined together at the mast head, making a IOM pyramid. No race is the same, every race interesting in its own way.

Practical trophies of an engraved glass mug were given each to 1st, 2nd & 3rd. 360 sails sponsored 3 prizes of a 360 gift voucher, 360 shirt and a 360 mug. The host club gave a fuel voucher to a random draw sailor travelling to the venue. Scorer, David Black and Assistant Race Officer, Ian Ashe received gifts for travelling to assist in running the regatta. David Black presented a booby prise to the skipper with the most promotions & demotions.

Overall an enjoyable regatta was run, with visitors enjoying the warm hospitality of the host club.

Dave Laurie



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!!!!!



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