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Dragon Force 65 Queensland State Championship 2021

Conditions were extremWinnersely testing with the cool north-westerly breeze challenging competitors as it shifted in direction and
varied from 5 to 15 knots (gusting 20 knots). Competitors were on edge with adrenaline kicking in and knees shaking as
they all lined up on the blustery start line. All desperately trying to keep a clear position to get out of the gate cleanly and
get to the top mark without any collisions. Changing conditions meant rig selection was critical with “mental games” being
played as competitors strategized, watched, looked and changed rigs. A tight main foot and powered up jib were
absolutely key to performance in the choppy windy conditions competitors said as some shared settings to help each

If you put yourself in the right place and you had the right settings you did well . Predicting the setup for each race was
the key factor for success on this racecourse. Combined with of course having a clean start, clean air and minimal contacts
with other boats during the race put you in a great position to do well on the day
This was great fun and a great experience to mix it with some of the best sailors in Australia. It's not often you have 30 competitive boats racing in such challenging conditions. A real learning curve for all competitors. remarked Dean HortonWhilst first places were shared between 4 skippers, more important was the fact that the first five places of each race were shared between the top 15 boats. A testament to how close this racing was. Also having the 2 fleets racing allowed for new members in the sport to enjoy some very close racing. None of these events happens without the efforts of the organizing club race committee. The event was superbly organized by PRYC’s Sailing Secretary Bill Clancy (rules master and QLD 16 foot skiff champion) acting as principle race officer. Bill was assisted by Mike Cosgriff as trainee Race Officer, and volunteers and observers including Barry Hill, Ross Capper, David Black (Scorer), Peter Burford, Chris Palmer, Ted Fletcher, Richard Bray and Frank Arrowsmith Importantly, the course was set brilliantly by Ray Sweeney and Geoff Smith who commented on how enjoyable it was to watch the close racing.

Noteworthy performances on the day included Andrew Wilson and John Gower both picking up two firsts and Graham Cowling who also got a win. Big named competitor namely Greg Torpy (ex. world Etchell champion and Olympian and 2021 IOM Queensland state title holder) was also up there from time to time. Finally, Mike Jefferys with 9 firsts to enable him to again take home the Bindawalla trophy for another year.
We were also blessed with two father and son teams. Well done Scott and Gary Rudd from PRYC and Dean and Don Horton who sail DF65’s out of the newly formed Redland Bay Yacht club. Don mentioned “the racing, sportsmanship and organization were first class “. Dean ended up with a very respectable 4th place. Dean has a very impressive resume as a junior winning Sabo and 420 Queensland State Titles, placing in the world youth sailing champion, and a big boat match racing champion and Brisbane to Gladstone winner. Also, the Luck brothers had some fun in the sun under their umbrella which looked like taking off a few times.

 OPEN WINNERS from Left: John Gower (3rd), Mike Jefferys (1st) & Andrew Wilson (2nd)
MASTERS CATEGORY WINNERS: 1st Graham Cowling, 2’nd Bob McKinnon & 3rd Don Horton.


 Heat 7A Mike Jefferys video

Russell's Variety Bash Fund Raiser

Children do not have a choice of their physical health by birth or by unfortunate medical episodes early in their life. In reality, children are born in the ”lottery of life”. Some are big winners some are big losers -they have no choice.

One of our illustrious radio sailors, Russell Gray (aka 99/86), has entered the 2022 Varity Bash.

What is the Variety Bash you may well ask?

The Variety Bash is a fund-raising event for the children’s charity, Variety.     The Variety charity helps disabled kids have a better life. Russell has been supporting Variety for over 10 years. He has checked that the funds raised are used responsibly.

The Bash, is about 30 year old (plus) cars driving through the outback, followed by a team of mechanics and tow trucks. The route that the cars travel is mainly on dirt roads, visiting outback schools. There are about 100 cars and the cars are “themed” to give the kids a bit of a laugh. There is Shrek, Con the Fruiterer, Aussie Rock, Scooby Doo, etc. The cars are decorated and equipped with relevant sound devices, and some of the drivers wear costumes. The cars assemble on the local oval and kids are awestruck at the jaw dropping sight of all these cars.

Russell’s car is an iconic 1975 HJ One Tonner (308 V8 with Turb 400 for those that know about old cars) and he (and co-driver Rob) has built Bluey’s House on the tray (check the pics) – the theme is Bluey.(car 1955)

The 2022 Bash (note that the 2021 Bash has been postponed for 12 months) starts at Winton and travels via Birdsville (for the races) and finishes in Yeppoon. The cars visit about 10 outback schools, some of which have less than 100 students.

Each car is responsible for raising funds (minimum $8.5k) and we are calling on the Radio Sailing Community to donate to Russell’s Bluey car 1955. Russell’s target is $50k and so far, he (and co-driver Rob) has raised over $30k. You can help reach that target by donating at the following link:

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Transition to new Secretary


Firstly, thanks to Trent our President and to the other committee members for the warm welcome and support. The transition process for the role of Secretary is well and truly in train thanks largely due to the support, advice and patience of Ron Fawcett and Ian Lobley. What has become evident to me now that I am in the role, and also needs to be acknowledged, is the huge amount of work by Ron and Ian in particular for placing the QRYA in an extremely solid position regarding the underlying infrastructure and processes.

I will do my best to come up to speed as soon as possible to enable a smooth continuation of service to association members as possible.


New Secretary

Attention all QLD Clubs and members, 18-09-21

The QRYA Committee wish to advise all Clubs and members that Ross Mackay Commodore of the Sunshine Coast Radio Sailing Club has formally accepted the role as Secretary for QRYA.
Ross is well known and a much respected member of our sailing community and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in regards to this sport that will enable the QRYA to continue the quality service to all Queensland radio sailing clubs and their members.
The QRYA Committee is extremely delighted to make this announcement as the Secretary position is a key role to the success of any Committee. The QRYA encourage all clubs to welcome Ross aboard and he has been granted full authority and support by the QRYA to enable him in managing this important role.
Ross can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kind Regards
Trent Jarratt
QRYA President


CQ Marblehead Championships 2021 August 28/29

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Luck was on our side with Covid restrictions lifting in Queensland the week before the regatta, more might have attended if state borders were open, but that’s another story.

Saturday racing started with a quality field of 10 skippers, 7 of them willing to travel from SE Queensland for the chance to race the Fraser Coast entries on the Springs lake which was popular with the entrants with the control area being elevated. The day started with fine weather and an almost glassy lake and light SSW Zephyrs for the first 2 races made for some challenging conditions. By 11am the wind shifted Northerly up to about 8 knots and gave some great racing for the fleet.

After 17 races, Greg Torpy finished day 1 with a slender 3 point lead from Doug Allen, then a 17 points gap to Geoffrey Morris in 3rd place.

Sunday saw light NNW winds to start, which soon increased to 8-12 knots with storms passing to the south in the afternoon with racing finishing with some light rain.CQMclassWInners

With a total of 32 races and 5 discards, the top prize of 1st place went to Greg Torpy on 43 points, extending his lead from day one with Doug Allen in second place on 59 points. Geoff Morris managed a string of top placings on Sunday, but it was not enough to move up the rankings and finished the regatta in 3rd on 63 points. Also of note was the improvement in performance by Trevor Fisher, who improved from 8th, up to 5th over the second day of racing.

Extra prizes for highest finishing Masters went to Mark Beneke, also to Peter Watson for travelling so far but unable to finish the last few races due to damage.

A great thanks goes to those that organised the event including the FCRYC committee. Thanks also to those volunteers that helped run the regatta, including PRO David Laurie, Scorer David Black and helpers from our club, Kim, Darryn and Steve.

Fraser Coast Radio Yacht Club would like to thank all skippers attending for their good behaviour and look forward to hosting the next Marblehead event.


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