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Qld DF 65 Championship (GP1)

DF65 1Dragon Force 65 Queensland State Championship 2022

EMERALD LAKES, CARARRA, QUEENSLAND

SUNDAY, APRIL 24 2022

The regatta was hosted by the Paradise Radio Yacht Club under the authority of the Australian Radio Yachting Association and Queensland Radio Yachting Association

This was the sixth Queensland Dragon Force 65 State Championship held at Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast on Sunday the 24 April 2022 with the winner to take home the Bindawalla Perpetual State DF65 champion trophy.

Weather Conditions at Emerald Lakes located on Australia’s gold Coast were predicted to be a perfect sunny day with a steady maximum wind speed of 22 km hour (10 knots) from the South to the South East…. the prediction was far from the correct as the breeze ranged from 5 km/h to 44 km/h and with drenching cyclonic rain squalls making for extremely testing conditions for all of the 20 skippers who came to race. Entrants were registered from local and interstate clubs which was great to see.

Due to the continual variation of wind speeds during races coupled with the wind osolation of up to 60 degrees at times made for very frustrating sailing conditions, Rig changes were numerous and sometimes being prompted by light condition’s skippers found to their horror during the next race the wind speed rose dramatically totally negating a change of rig. Therefore, rig selection was critical ....as competitors strategized, watched, looked and changed rigs depending on the coming cloud formations ...with “main leech tension absolutely key to performance in the choppy conditions” competitors said as they shared settings to help each other. However, the majority of skippers just accepted these unusual weather conditions and just got on with the racing.

Of the 12 races run over the day one competitor had six rig changes, with all rigs being used from C through B, A and A+ Rigs. At one stage the race officer considering abandoning the series due to a huge front that passed over the course just prior to lunch with exceptionally heavy rain and wind gusts in excess of 60 Kph particularly as all of the infrastructure tents, tables, chairs etc. were about to be blown into the lake. However, once the front passed the weather calmed down allowing the fleet to continue racing. Some competitors at this time decided to withdraw which then allowed the remaining fleet of 16 to race as one fleet.

The results reflected the varying weather conditions with 8 different winners in each of the 12 races…. Mike Jeffery (3) Graeme Cowling (2) with his brother Wayne Cowling getting a win, Ray Wilson (2) with one win each from Daniel Bergan (1), Andrew Wilson (1), Andrew Gibbs (1) and Julian O’Brien (1) …. Andrew Gibbs in particular deserves special mention as he led most of the day and was ably assisted by his 2 his young sons who regularly cheered his winning position, great to see the family participate. Well done to all competitors for what was a very spirited and fun day.

Our congratulations to the overall winners for this Regatta in 1st Place Mike Jeffrey from the Springfield Lakes RYC sail No 52 with 21.3 points, followed in 2 nd place Andrew Wilson Sail No 75 from the Eagleby RYC with 29.0 points and in 3 rd place Andrew Gibbs sail No 14 from the Paradise RYC with 39 points. An excellent effort in very difficult conditions.

Our congratulation also to the Mike Jeffery who put in a stellar performance in the last 3 races to keep the cup the Bindawalla Cup in Queensland for another year.

The Masters results for skipper 70 years and over, in 1 st place Ray Wilson sail No 88 from the Eagleby RYC, 2 nd place Graham Cowling sail No 462 from Paradise RYC and in 3 rd place Don Horton sail No 53 from the Redlands RSC congratulations also to you guys just shows older skippers can equally participate in this great sport of Radio sailing.

None of these events happen without the efforts of the organizing club and the team of volunteers who give freely of their time to assist the hosting of major events of this type.

This regatta was superbly organized by PRYC’s Bill Clancy (rules master and QLD 16-foot skiff champion) and joint race officers Mike Cosgriff and Tony Fannin who managed to successfully run this event despite the trying conditions well done guys.

Also, a big thank you to all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the day a success, of special mention is Peter Burford ably directed by Anne Walker who undertook the scoring together a major role we all greatly appreciate your efforts. A large number of the support crew commented how enjoyable it was to watch the close the racing with the lead changing regularly. Plus, the racing, sportsmanship and organization was first class “. Thanks again to you all

Ron Brown

DF 95 QLD Representative

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