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2018 DragonFlite 95 North Queensland Challenge

Saturday, the 8th September 2018, saw the inaugural DragonFlite 95 challenge regatta held in sunny Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. With competitors coming from Mackay, the Whitsunday’s and Townsville, this first-time event saw 8 skippers vying for the title of North Queensland champion. We had hoped for some visitors from the South East corner to come and show us how to sail these fantastic little craft, however due to various circumstances no one turned up.

The racing got underway in a fading light North Easterly breeze which oscillated to a north Westerly during the races, this made picking the wind shifts extremely challenging and taxing on the skipper’s patience. However great sportsmanship and camaraderie amongst the skippers made the event very enjoyable with very few penalties needed to be done, and plenty of helpful advice after each race to improve everyone’s boats.

After 12 races with small breaks after every 4 races, a clear winner emerged with the well-known local, Col Cameron, sailing consistently in the trying conditions. Maybe a bit of local knowledge may have helped him as he was kept on his toes with fierce competition from Shane Beyer (Whitsunday’s) 2nd and Dean Anderson (Mackay) 3rd. It is interesting to note that Col has taught and coached these skippers for several years, but it wasn’t the apprentices turn to beat the master, maybe next time boys.

The rest of the fleet had their turns at podium finishes, which clearly showed the interested public how close and competitive these fantastic yachts are. It was also timely to reintroduce the Nth Qld Interclub Trophy which has a long history starting way back in 1996, as we now have the 3 clubs sailing the same class of yacht, and it was the Whitsunday club who won it this year. In 2019, we have agreed to hold 3 Nth Qld events, each one held in the individual club sailing sites and the overall winner will be a combination of the 3 results.

The event was successfully hosted by the Townsville RC Yachting group and a special thanks goes to Bob, Ian, John, James and Braxy (the snake catching fox terrier) who gave up their time to help with the scoring, observing and manning the pick-up boat. The venue had excellent facilities, but the wind was not ideal this time. Also, a special thanks to our sponsors, Northern Eyes Optometrists, for providing every skipper and volunteers with a glass cleaning kit as well as 3 new sunglasses for prizes, which were distributed amongst the competitors.; donated a new A rig set of sails for the skipper who came in the middle of the fleet, Clay Bauman (Whitsunday) and to Hobby World who supplied some trophies.

We all are looking forward to our next event when we can catch up and renew our friendships and make new ones.

Link to Results



Entries are OPEN for the 2019 ARYA National Championships

Entries are now being taken for the 2019 National Championships for the:

  • A Class
  • Marblehead
  • 10 Rater
  • International One Metre

The Notice of Race and the entry forms are available on the official Australian Championships site.

Don't miss it, this is going to be a big one at the new International Class venue.

If you intend to compete please enter early!




PRYC ‘s new Trophy series for vsiting IOM sailors continues with Round 2 on Saturday 18th August. This is a once per month event sailed in conjunction with our normal IOM calendar. 

Separate points awarded to all "TRAVELLERS" who participate with us.

For this purpose, "TRAVELLER" is defined as any participant whose PRINCIPAL MEMBERSHIP is with another Club and can therefore include "Associate Members" of PRYC.

The winner with most accumulated points determined at season end. 

Points awarded as follows: 2 points for participating, plus 1 point for each fellow "TRAVELLER" that you beat on the day.

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.



Night Racing DF95s

How awesome are these guys?  From the latest DF95 Newsletter.

Day and Night DragonFlites

With some Southerners coming to enjoy our winter weather the Whitsunday Model Boat Club held its inaugural DF95 regatta, 8 competitors raced the waters of Lake Julian near Airlie Beach. Blue skies, fair winds and T-shirt attire was the theme for the week with seven days of close one design sailing.

Daytime conditions varied thought the week from a few B rigs coming out to glassy times where fine control made the difference in boat speed. With 12 races held each afternoon the lake provide mostly the perfect playground from shifty 15 knot South Easterlies to other days with a steady 8 knot Northerly rolling over the surrounding hills. Friday started with a late afternoon season followed by a sunset barbeque and then a test of LED lighting on the boats to enable night racing, besides the need for locals to put on long sleeves and some time taken to pick the correct roundings of the glow stick marks, it was a lack of breeze that brought the night to an end.

DF95 2018 Newsletter



South Qld DF65 Championship 11 Aug, 2018, Springfield Lakes

Link to Results

This was the second major event held by the Springfield Lakes club in just over a month, and was another positive outcome, and endorsed by Greg Torpy and Mike Jefferys in their remarks at the end of proceedings. In achieving this, we have to acknowledge the effort, as always, of the volunteers who front up and make it happen. In particular, David Black for the scoring, and Trevor Fisher as RO, but not forgetting all the other volunteers that gave up valuable time to help run this event. Observers were Patrick Collins, Shelley Heard and Andy Houselander, with Marjorie Gough calling finishes and Peter Sloan writing them down. Ian Geary had a few rescues to do in the rescue boat and Neil Spink kept us all supplied with coffee and tea. Also thanks to John Heard for the gazebo and other portable enclosures.

21 skippers from Springfield Lakes, Paradise Club and Wynnum Manly Club fronted up to the difficult conditions, 15 races were completed. There was wind all day. Not always what we might have wished for, as it varied from frequent direction changes (sometimes every couple of seconds) causing stalls and calamities while trying to negotiate markers, to down-wind nose dives during some of the strongest blusters. All boats sailed with what is now the almost-standard Springfield A+ rigs.

Also worthy of special mention is the set of 360 sails generously donated by Greg Torpy for the 11th place (mid-fleet) skipper, Julian O’Brien. Thank you Greg.


1               Greg Torpy           33

2               Mike Jefferys      46

3               Grant Lihou         74

While recognising that Greg Torpy and Mike Jefferys had quite low scores, there were 4 other skippers who also won a race. Well done to all participants for a splendid day of racing.

Thanks to Ian Geary for the terrific drone video footage of a couple of races. Race 8 can be seen on the QRYA YouTube channel here. Don’t forget to subscribe!!

Report by Ian Robertson SLMM



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