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Date Change for Marblehead Invitational at Lake Samsonvale

Marblehead sailors please note: The date for the Marblehead Invitation GP1 regattas has been changed from the 26th March to the 5th March. The venue is still Lakes Samsonvale and it is being hosted by the Lake Samsonvale Water Sports Association. The date change was made to enable a significant group of Marblehead sailors the opportunity to participate in an interstate regatta which clashed with the original date. Many thanks to the ARYA for their support of this change. 

It will be a great event as always so get your nominations in!


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Wishing All A Very Happy Christmas and a Wonderful Year Ahead!!!!

The QRYA Committee would like to wish all of our member clubs and their members a very merry, safe and happy Christmas and a fantastic 2022 year ahead!!
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DF 65 Interclub Series Rd 3 Results

Conditions were absolutely fantastic for the final raBoats1ce of the 2021 Interclub Dragonforce 65 championships held at Springfield Lakes and hosted by Springfield Lakes Radio Yacht Club on 27 November 2021

There was a cool 5-10 km south easterly breeze to greet the 25 registered entries from three clubs competing, namely the Springfield Lakes Radio YC, Paradise Radio YC (Gold Coast) and Redlands Radio YC (Redlands)

This is a great community event with over 100 locals watching and representatives of the council watching the close racing …. with the main comment being “this is unbelievably entertaining to watch”…. most people thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful Queensland weather and scene on the lake as 25 boats competed in this prestige event

Whilst 25 boats registered, this is a club teams event with the first three highest points calibrated to calculate each club final score….. the overall point score for the 3 the clubs is totalled and the winning club awarded the perpetual trophy….currently held by PRYC

Today local knowledge and conditions favoured the Springfield Radio YC club members with the final results for the series

1st Springfield Lakes

2nd Paradise

3rd Redlands

We had a huge variety of sailors from Australian and international champions to beginners who participated on the day in particular we had six different winners namely Mike, Marty, David, Daniel, Scott and John ….16 of the top place getters achieved fifth place or better in the individual races showing how close and how competitive the day was.

A real symbol of the comradery and friendship in this strict one design class was the example demonstrated by the friendly competitive behaviour …..sailors were keen to be inclusive …help…share gear ….friendships and fun day led by the volunteers and a great organising committee

Congratulations to Mike, Marty and David who took podium positions today and well done to the terrific achievement of all competitors

None of these events happen without the efforts of the organizing club and committee…the event was superbly organised by SLRYC’s John Heard and Ian Lobley with Ron Fawcett acting as race officer. Ron was assisted by Shelley Heard, Ian Watson and Patrick Collins and David Black on the scoring. Also thanks to Bryan Jones for manning the rescue boat and Norm Gough for looking after the finances and buying the vital sausages and drinks. Thanks also to Tom and Lis Larsen for helping with the BBQ. Importantly, the course was set brilliantly by Ron and Ian Ashe who commented how enjoyable it was to watch the close the racing.

Noteworthy performances on the day included Mike Jefferys picking up 7 firsts, Marty Wallace and David Brundson with 2 firsts each and Danial Bergan, Scott Rudd and John Daily for winning a race each….David who is a standing member of the QRYA commented …"this is one of the first times I have sailed in this class and extremely impressed with the sharing of knowledge ….which seldom happens in the other classes…I feel I have joined a class which I am loving being a part of ….so much fun and enthusiasm”

It was a day which amplified very close racing ….matching the latest America’s cup challenge series….. so well done to all competitors …John Heard commented “the racing, sportsmanship and organisation was first class “... with visiting clubs taking 3rd and 4th positions on the day …. Ron Fawcett the PRO also commented “Racing was close with the lead changing regularly” .

A big thanks goes to our Ipswich Council who provided toilet facilities and Springfield Club Volunteers providing lunch and refreshments

Overall individual results

Mike Jefferys (SLRYC)     1st

Marty Wallace (SLRYC) 2nd

John Daley (PRYC) and Ian Robertson (SLRYC)      3rd

See Race 7 Video Here


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2021 QLD State A Class Championships 27th November

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 Well, contrary to the weather forecast, we had a rain free day at Lake Samsonvale with a reasonably consistent breeze of 5-10knots from the south east for most of the day. We had an excellent turn up with 10 skippers registering for the event, with 9 attending and competing.

There was a typical weed problem with fresh water, as such we managed 12 races, 9 boats sailing except for the last 3 races where 7 boats sailed and I think there were only 2 boat rescues for the day.

The RC Yacht sport should be very proud of the manner in which all competitors conducted themselves on the day, there were very few penalties called, considering 12 races, all penalties were carried out on request or without request in most instances, the tone of the day was nothing but exemplary for all.

Congratulations go to, Frank Russel from Sunshine Coast RSC who took out the day, 1st place, Frank showed a clean set of heals for most of the day with 9 firsts, an impeccable days sailing by Frank.

Congratulations to Les Flood of LSWSA for 2nd place, an excellent, consistent days sailing, only 4 races where he was not on the podium.

Congratulations to Jason Nasmith of LSWSA for 3rd Place, likewise an excellent, consistent days sailing by Jason, only 4 races where he was not on the podium and only 2 points separated 2nd & 3rd places.

Almost all skippers had a place on the podium on the day, unfortunately Ian Kirley had a gooseneck fail at race 8 and had to withdraw.

A big thank you to Nick Linsdley from the Moreton club for acting as both OOD and Scorer for the day, this allowed ALL A Class skippers to sail, thank you Nick and all the other volunteers who made the day a successful one, the A Class is well and truly alive and kicking in QLD.

Thanks and Regards

John Fulton

RC Yacht Coordinator

Lake Samsonvale Water Sports Association


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