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Marbleheads State Championships at Newport

mclassstart14 September 2020

2020 Queensland Marblehead Championships

Last minute arrangements and hard work by the organising committee meant that the Competition could continue although it would now be a one-day event. Many thanks go to the Newport team for their professional and organised event.

The Marblehead class continues to grow and although the event was originally going to be at Harvey Bay 12 boats still entered

Everyone watched the weather for cast for the week before as high winds were forecast and that was surely the case on the day. Everyone started on b and c rigs and pretty much stayed there all day.mclasspres

Competition was tough but Greg Torpy won the day with his brand new Grunge only put together in the preceding few weeks with but didn’t have it all his own way with Jason Nasmith, Geoff Morris , Garry Russell and Doug Allen all having wins over the day. Showing just how good the competition is in this class.

After Greg sorted his boat though he was never going to be beaten 18 Points after 18 races after discards , With Jason in second on 40 points and Garry Russell a close third on 45 points.

A special encouragement award to Stuart Boughton for his first major event well sone Stuart.

These events don’t just happen and the organising committee should be commended for their running of the event lead by PRO Ron Fawcett. The event was fun exciting and competitive with all penalties being swiftly actioned and fun to be had by all

2021 is going to be an exciting year for this class please let us know how we can beat Torpy in the future.

Trevor Fisher.


IOM Sailors Reset Calendars for State Championship

Gladstone5 September 2020

COVID-19 continues to affect our sailing calendar with the State IOM Championships rescheduled to the 21st and 22nd November in Gladstone. 

The Queensland Government is due to review the COVID-19 Directives in early October when the original date for the event was only a few weeks later.  The QRYA offered the November dates as an alternative to place more time between the current uncertainty and the IOM event and the club unanimously agreed.

In this unprecedented situation the considerations are complex, they include the number of entrants willing to travel to Central Queensland when regulations can change and the issue of people travelling out of Restricted COVID-19 areas into other parts of the state.

November will now be a busy month for IOM skippers with the rescheduled South Queensland event just two weeks after the States.  The Gladstone venue is a very popular one and we expect a big fleet to gather there again this year. A Notice of Race will be posted on the QRYA website in October.

Mark your calendars!

The Editor


Queensland RC Yachting COVID-19 Policy Released

COVID 19 Update3 September 2020

The QRYA has developed and released a Policy to guide Radio Controlled Yachting events on its calendar.  The Queensland Government 'Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports' describes the role of State/National Peak Sporting Bodies to provide guidance.

The QRYA COVID-19 Policy describes the QRYA requirements for hosting Queensland regional and State level events.  As important is the opportunity for each club to apply the same documentation to their club activities.

Following the release of this document, several clubs have started to build their own 'Site Specific' documents underneath these overarching documents.  Paradise Radio Yacht Club (PRYC) had developed their guidelines last month and have now harmonised them with both the QRYA Poilcy and the Queensland Goverment Plan for Outdoor Sports.  They have decided to attach the Site Specific plan as Attachment 4, an elegant solution.

Other clubs are well underway to compliance including Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron (MRYS) who are hosting the Marblehead State Championship and Springfield Lakes Maritime Modellers (SLMM), but other clubs are also engaged already following the release of the Policy on the 31st August.

The one-page QRYA Policy only describes the expectations of the Association, the central document is the Approved COVID-19 Management Plan produced by the State Government.  If health directions change, the plan will be changed for us.

Currently any sporting organisation working to an Approved Plan can hold an event with more than the 10 person limit applied in restricted areas, as long as they comply with the Plan.  Of course clubs are free define their own limits for regular activities.




The Editor


DF65 State Championships New Date

DF65 longRound 3 of the 2019 DF65 Interclub Series 2019 at Emerald LakesThe DF65 Queensland Championship will be hosted by Paradise Radio Yacht Club (PRYC) on Sunday 4th October 2020.  This weekend was originally scheduled for the RC Laser National Championship that cannot be run due to closed borders across Australia.

The 65s have seen Mike Jefferys dominate the title for the last few years but the pressure wiil be on this year with a number of his close competetitors keen to take the crown this time.

Watch this space for the Notice of Race and Entry form to be posted soon.


South Queensland IOM Championship now December

first substitute26th August 2020

The South Queensland IOM Championship will now be held 5th-6th December 2020 at Emerald Lakes.  Paradise Radio Yacht Club (PRYC) and the QRYA Events Coordinator targeted this weekend as it will put the biggest distance between the current COVID-19 restrictions and sneak in just before the December school holidays.

The QRYA collaborated closely with and fully supported PRYC on the difficult decision to postpone the event scheduled for the 29 - 30 August.  The club and event mangers need to be aplauded for putting the saftey of the entrants, volunteers and the general communitty ahead of the other complex considerations.  As club and association committees have not had to deal with a situation anything like this before, we ask sailors to be patient with and respectful to volunteers who are rapidly adjusting what needs to do be done to continue competitions in our sport.

The Notice of Race will be posted on this website shortly.

The Editor


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