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Change of Date and Venue for 10R QLD State Championship 2021

Ten Rater sailors and previous entrants to the 2021 Qld 10R Champi10R Pic1 Smonships please note:

Owing to the uncertainty of state border restrictions and NSW Government policy, it has been necessary to reschedule the  2021 QLD 10R CHAMPIONSHIP as a one day event to be held now on SUNDAY 21st November hosted by PRYC at Emerald Lakes . Those sailors who had entered on the previous Notice of Race have still maintained their status as an entrant for the new location and date. Please note the new Notice of Race and associated details. Those entrants who are now unable to participate with the new date and venue are asked to email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have your entry removed. 


Expression of Interest for QRYA Classes Co-ordinator


The QRYA is seeking Expressions of Interest for the position of “QRYA Classes Co-ordinator”.

This position is an advisory position to the QRYA and has as a key function the support for the various Class Co-ordinators across radio sailing in Queensland. It will focus on support, consistency and advocacy for the various classes within radio sailing Queensland liaising closely with the QRYA Committee. This position will fulfil a non-voting position on the QRYA Committee, and enable the individual State Class coordinators to more effectively report to and communicate with the Committee through the QRYA Classes Coordinator.

Expressions of interest should be emailed to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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:

Blueys Variety 2

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.


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