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ARYA 2019 Nationals Venue Change

The 2019 Australian Radio Controlled Yachting Championships can no longer be held at Newport as planned.  At a meeting between the QRYA and Stockland Newport (property developers) last Thursday we learned that due to an unexpected change in their planning process, Stockland have sold the west bank of Jabiru Canal to Axis Capital who will be building extensive commercial facilities there.  Works include a pontoon system.  

Although a detailed timetable is not available at this time, Stockland expect construction will be started before February 2019.  Access to the west bank will not be permitted during construction.  Without the full use of the western bank, and the overflow car park (part of the construction site),  the venue will not suitable to hold a National level event.

In the next 2 weeks the QRYA will be attempting to find another site for the Nationals to be held. If we cannot find a suitable venue we will have to pass the opportunity to hold the event to another state. This of course is not want we want to do. Sailors in Queensland will miss out on the opportunity to sail in a National event and it might be another 4 years before we have the chance again.

Work is underway this week to inspect likely venues and we will advise you as soon as we have a result.




New Information Page

Recently the structure of this website was changed slightly.  An Information page has been added under the Home menu and the Important Documents section moved to that page.

This change means that valuable information is more visible to you by not having to scroll down the bottom of the Home page.  This change opens up the opportunity to add other information central to our sport.  The first of these new resources are links to the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) and an educational and entertaining 'Test' on your knowledge of them.  Many of you have seen this before but we have new members who have not had the opportunity to learn them.  Easier to do it on line than on the water!

Radio Sailing uses the same rule set as the 'big boats' but there are some differences.  For Radio Sailing there is APPENDIX E and this has been linked as well.

The RRS are fundamental to our sport.  They are designed to enable close racing and the elimination (reduction anyway) of conflict.  The fact that we frequently have different interpretations of rights on the water means in part that there are different levels of understanding of them.  Not everyone wants to be an expert but an increased understanding of them will improve both your sailing and your enjoyment of it.

Please visit the Information page and have a look at the RRS and the test!  Hope you do better than I did!



Dragon Flight 95 Sail Day


For over a year now, a small and dedicated group has been sailing Dragon Flight 95s (DF 95) at the MRYS Newport venue. From just two boats not long ago there are five sailing weekly with more on the way. 

The DF95s are a rapidly growing class and are recognised by a number of ARYA affliated organisations in other Australian States.  Recently we reported here of the sudden growth of the class in the Whitsunday club.

Initially many sailors saw this class as too close to the IOM in size but that missed the point of these boats.  The key differentiators are that they;

  • offer true one-design racing, everyone can afford the same equipment as the winner.
  • are a fraction of the price of a new IOM

But lets's not get too carried away as there has always been a place for both one-design and development classes in both Radio Sailing and the traditional kind.  This is exemplified by the fact that a number of DF95 sailors also own and race other classes including IOMs.

After feeling selfish about the fun they have been having, they have organised a day to share it with others!


                           DF95 Sail Day                                  

Who: Anyone interested or think they may be interested in sailing the DF 95

When: Saturday 28th April 2018, from 10:20 a.m.

Entry fee: None

Lunch: Available from the on-site cafe or bring a sandwich

Where: Griffith Road Newport QLD

Equipment: If you have a DF 95 bring it along, if not there will be two boats availble to test sail.

Contact: Garry Russell on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Format: The day will consist of a series of social races and tuning sessions.

For more information on the class here is the last Newsletter

Looking forward to seeing you there, I'm going along to have a race on one of the spare boats.


Jones wins Sth QLD IOM Championships


The South Queensland IOM Championships attracted 28 nominations to the Newport venue, 24th & 25th March. The fleet was so strong that it looked like a continuation of the last Nationals with sailors from New South Wales and Western Australia continuing to battle it out with the locals.

At the end of the first day Paul Jones had established a clear lead with Sean Wallis the closest competitor. This pattern remained for day two with Jones ending with less than half of the points of the Wallis who remained in second place. It was sheer consistency that has seen Jones take out this event and the Australian Championships earlier this year in Hobart.  One of Jones's dropped races was a 3rd place.

The last race of the event was sailed in absolute drifting conditions and although luck can play a bigger part at those times, Jones won it decisively to cap off the event for him.

Interestingly there were three different boat constructions in the top three positions and only half of the top ten were Queenslanders, showing how well this event was supported by the wider IOM community.

The local Councilor James Houghton who has continued his support and promotion of the sport did presentations to the winners.

See Results for details.


PRYC to extend support for newcomer class by hosting a two-day regatta


For the third year running Paradise Radio Yacht Club is to host a Dragon Force 65 event. This is in recognition of the club’s newly approved DF 65 Class which has drawn many new skippers to RC racing.

With now more than 40 PRYC DF65 skippers and a load of interest from around Australia, this year’s “Challengeregatta has graduated to be a two-day event.

We look forward to welcoming DF65 skippers from everywhere on the 5-6th May for this National DF65 Invitational Challengeregatta at Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast.

Notice of Race and online entry:

Club website:


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