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New Appointments to the ARYA Committee

Stop Press22 August 2021

QRYA is pleased to announce that Ian Lobley (QRYA Treasurer) and David Brunsdon (QRYA Events Coordinator) have been elected to the ARYA Executive Committee.

Nominations were sought from all Queensland clubs resulting in only three nominations being received for the two available ARYA committee positions.

Ian and David will also continue to serve in their QRYA positions and we congratulate them on their election and their continued willingness to support our sport.

Gordon Wills

Secretary QRYA


Radio Sailors Help Line flooded after Nationals Cancellation.

CallCentreThe RC Help Line Call Centre is adding an extra shift to go 24 hours   21 August 2021

The QRYA 1800 help line received record calls yesterday following the announcement that the RC Laser and DF national championships have been postponed till next year.  This added to the emotional angst created by the cancellation of the 10 Rater, Marblehead and A Class events scheduled for Western Australia in September.  In response to these desperate calls for help, rumour has it that the association is hastily modifying half of the 11th floor to extend the call centre.  If that doesn't keep the wait time to less than 90 minutes they will have to reluctanly outsource to India.

Adding to the associations problems, irate radio sailors gathered in front of the QRYA building in the CBD yesterday protesting at the decisions made by the State Committee.

Spokesman for the estimated 4,500 protesters addressed them with a bullhorn hastily fabricated from what looked like the front end of a cracked DF95 hull.  Turning to the crowd ...

"It's an absolute disgrace that our representatives have denied us our fundamental human rights to race at National level just because of some virus that no one here in Queensland has ever seen!  An absolute disgrace!" 

What do we want?ProtestNationalsThe protesters yesterday

Our Nationals!

When do we want them?


The spokesman agreed to say a few words to the press. 

"I'm only wearing this mask so I can't be identified and persecuted by these bastards, not because of some stupid bug, no, of course not.   Look, Radio Sailing Events are the backbone of the economy of the Gold Coast and other capital cities around Australia, without them everything will stop, thousands will be unemployed as a result of this disgraceful mismanagement." he said waving his arms about for emphasis.  "The offer from their Marketing Department to supply jumping castles for a day to help sell unused over-priced event merchandise to kiddies and passers-by, just does not cut it!"

"Aside from the loss of spectator ticket sales, the virus is hanging around like an annoying drunk uncle who can't find a taxi.  So if something happens to the IOM Nationals as well, there are sailors we will need to put a 24x7 watch on.  It's a tragedy!"

We contacted the CEO of the Queensland Radio Yachting Association for comment but he has not returned our calls.  Later, we received a message from his Secretary to say that someone called Brenton would get back to us soon.

The Editor


2021 RC Laser Championship another victim

Lasers2021Postpond14 August 2021

The QRYA and Paradise Radio Yacht Club have agreed to postpone the RC Laser nationals for a second successive year.  These events have become risky to plan and sometimes the risks eventuate in the form of half the country under varying levels of COVID-19 restrictions.

Last time around the ARYA agreed to leave the event with the State to have another go the year after, this could very well happen again if the club agrees to host it.  We will have to see how this shake out, but there is no hurry now clearly.


The Editor


What's happening with National Championships?

AusMapCOVID7 August 2021

Radio Sailing is in the middle of adapting to this new COVID-19 world.  When the global pandemic started, the ARYA understandably decided that if there was a border closed anywhere in Australia that Ranking events should be suspended because it was not available to all.  Fair enough everyone said.  But then as the viral outbreak morphed from an incident to an ongoing emergency with borders opening and closing repeatedly, the stance had to change, if Championship Radio Sailing was to continue.  So Ranking competition was opened again with a business as usual stance ignoring the odd border closure.  That meant that if one State could not make it, too bad, the show must go on.

Fast forward to 2021, a year later, where after National Championships are scheduled, calendars set, borders are closing regularly and it's not just one State, but up to three at the same time.  Recently the Western Australian Association that was scheduled to host the 10R, M and A Class Nationals asked for direction from the ARYA given that at the time, only WA and TAS sailors could travel to Perth.  The decision was to not hold those events in Perth in 2021.  Some classes were struggling to get more than the minimum number of six starters.  Then there is the consideration of just what the Championship is worth if only one and a half States can get there. 

Following that decision the ARYA is in contact with the other States slated to host National Championships this year for their views and or plans. 

  • Queensland postponed the RC Laser Nationals in 2020 and rumour has it that they could do the same this year, for the same reasons.  Who would have thought that could happen twice in a row. 
  • Tasmania is programmed to run the DF Championships and is yet to say anything about changing that but you can bet they are watching what is going on in the 'north island' very closely. 
  • South Australia has a full entry list for the IOMs due to run in November.  This seems far enough away to not require a decision right now, anything could happen, borders could all open up ... or close.

Risk itself is now the issue with travelling to events rather than just the virus itself.  What the border restrictions are right now is not really the issue, it's the risk that things will change overnight as we have seen them do.  No one wants to either get stuck in another State, or have to spend two weeks at home after they get back.  Then there is the risk of getting sick or bring something back, but of course that could never happen to you right?

But let's put this in perspective.  A minority of affiliated Radio Sailors enter Ranking Events.  Of those, only a minority will ever want to use their ranking to qualify for International events, which is the primary reason it is there.  Where are the World Championships going to be hosted anyway? 

For those of you reading this, ninety percent of you really only care about being able to go sailing at your club.  Fortunately, in all but the strictest lock-downs you can still do that if you follow the guidelines in your locality.  Except for this week of course, there is that.  For Queensland, even if all the other States cannot get here, State and Regional Championships can still be run and won without the need to be an approved ARYA Ranking Event.  So let's all do what we can to make sure that at least our State can go sailing.

Looks like the QRYA decision not to put its hand up for other 2021 National Championships or host the Eddie Cowell, was a good one.

Happy sailing

The Editor

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