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IOM's battle in Capricornia

GladstoneStart24 November 2020.

The forecast for the Gladstone IOM State Championship weekend was a moderate easterly for the entire week before the event and that's exactly what happened.  The first morning the breeze gradually built from not much, to what looked like the top half of A-rig and that was the wardrobe for all for the first race.

Frank Russell had an issue with his rig in the first race and retired to fix it.  While he was at it he decided to change to B-rig and returned to post a win in B fleet, a second place in A fleet closely followed by another win!  This of course attracted the attention of all competitors and triggered a flurry of rig changes.  A few races latter most were on B-rig and succeeding with the choice.  The interesting part of this was that the conditions were below those normally requiring a change down but it is hard to argue with results!

As the racing progressed Greg Torpy started posting consistent wins with Paul Jones off the pace with his new K2 downwind.  By the end of Day 1 Torpy had a three point lead on Jones and everyone was expecting some close and intense racing at the top of the board for day two.

For those not working on their boats that night, the Gladstone Yacht Club was the place to be for the evening.  A good percentage of the fleet assembled there for the post-mortem of the first day with the usual 'if only' stories were shared.  Some of those stories were not as I remembered them, but that's what you get over a few beers at a regatta!  The food and company was first class before some of us had to go home to prep for the next day. 



Day two started as a carbon copy of day one.  The same "so is it B-rig do you think?".  After yesterday's lesson about the benefits of changing down early, nearly the entire fleet opted for B-rig for the first race while mumbling that it was really A-rig.  The course had a small wave fetching across the harbour that caused the bigger rigs to 'nod' a bit while the B's just motored through and over it, so it seemed anyway.  The top marks were challenging at least for the visitors where they consistantly underlayed the approach on Starboard, after thinking they had plenty of height. This encouraged a port approach that produced more than a few 'rafts' of IOMs attempting to round the first mark.  Many suspected a current was at play with the incoming tide.

Doug Allen posted a string of wins early the second day then faded leaving the battle to the top two.  Interestingly, in mid afternoon Jones noticed a something 'a bit odd' about his craft and made an emergency adjustment which saw him post two bullets immediately after.  These things happen with new equipment that was little used this year, and certainly not used at championship level.  However the new found pace Jones found came too late to close the gap to Torpy who in the end beat Jones convincingly after fifteen years of trying.  Next weeks NSW Championship followed by the South Queensland Championship will make for some interesting competition. 

The Gladstone club did a fantastic job of hosting the event that was expertly managed by PRO Trevor Fisher.  David Black supervised the scoring assisted by Glad and Marilyn and Gladstone volunteers.  Lunch was provided both days and the menu and efforts of the volunteers were greatly appreciated by the fleet.

Check out the results for the sad stories of everyone else, except Frank Russell who took the inaugural IOM Masters State Championship and a creditable seventh place overall.

The coming South Queensland event is shaping up to be a big one, with all those who expected to do better in Gladstone, ready to redeem themselves.  The only complication is that it will be a stronger and bigger fleet!  As this story is posted, the South Queensland event has just hit 30 entrants so it looks like it could end up a three-fleet event.  It's gunna be huge!

The Editor



Ten Raters Booming in Queensland

Rons3The new Era for 10 R racing has arrived on the 1st of November 2020 with 16 Boats lined up for the Start of the 2020 Queensland 10 Rater Championship.

This is the largest fleet seen for many many years except the nationals at Coomera Waters , many congratulations to all the 10R guys for giving it a go.

Starting with light breezes for the first 3 races provided its challenges with very fluky winds  then came the SE Breeze at 8 to 10 Knots giving Race Officer Bill Clancy near perfect wind speed for these formula 1s of the water.   Everyone stayed on A rigs and it was very spectacular to see these in full flight.

Bill Clancy and his team ran the event with professionalism and every one of his team and all competitor should hold their 10R Winners 2020L to R: Trevor Fisher 3rd, Greg Torpy 1st, & Rex Scott 2nd.heads high for the manor in which the day was conducted. A special thank you to Julian for the awesome scoring job his first solo, well Done Julian.  If it wasn’t for the awesome group of volunteers then events of this calibre would not happen.

The Results .... Greg Torpy won with an awesome display of sailing and race management with Rex and Trev fighting it out for the places... Rex coming in second with a great display with a boat built himself and Trev coming in third with his new boat. But the winners were Radio Sailing and the Ten Rater class with this display on how to put on a quality event at the Paradise Radio Yacht Club .

Ross Capper  

QLD 10R Class Coordinator

Class Captain and Vice President PRYC   

Videos of the action HERE

Results HERE



DF95 North Queensland Championship to Jochein


11 October 2020

Townsville Radio Control Yachting Inc. hosted the 2020 championships which drew visitors from Whitsunday, Mackay and Moreton Clubs, totalling 11 enthusiasts.

We were greeted by a glorious spring day with fairly consistent light wind. Race Officer and Townsville President Ray Part addressed the fleet on the processes and spirit of the regatta. Sailing got underway at 10.15 am and unfolded some exciting racing. It promised to be an interesting day with the first three places in the first three races being shared by 5 different sailors. As the morning progressed the usual unplanned gear failure caused a few minor delays but great comradery saw problems shared and addressed so that the fleet stayed in together.

After eight heats Jamie Jochhein was stamping his superior skill on the regatta with five wins and three minor placings. Moreton sailor David Brunsdon had a satisfying win and Whitsunday’s Shane Beyer and Mackay’s Rob Black were building momentum behind Jamie. Townsville junior sailor Nick Dunne showed his potential with a second placing along with is dad Col.

As lunchtime approached Mackay’s Dean Anderson presented 813 into two third placings and Whitsunday’s Clay Bauman and Peter Millar challenged with a second and fourth and a second and third respectively. Townsville’s Leon Thomas put on notice his ability with a win in heat 9 and Whitsunday’s Chris Head gained a third placing in an early heat.

After lunch, rescue boat operator Bob Neunhoffer had a busy afternoon as wind strength and competition increased. Observers lead by John Collins and ably assisted by new Townsville Club juniors Madison and Paxton Campbell did an excellent job in the recording of some tight finishes.

Jamie continued to humbly assert his superior sailing skills while Shane, Rob and Col kept up some pressure with prominent placings during the afternoon.

Eighteen heats were sailed with three boats retiring over the last three heats. Winner of the regatta was sportsmanship and co-operation. Thank you to all participants.

The perpetual Tri Series between Mackay, Whitsundays and Townsville based on the efforts of the best two sailors from each centre was awarded to Whitsunday.

Regatta placings: First: Jamie Jochhein (Whitsunday)

Second: Shane Beyer (Whitsunday)

Third: Rob Black (Mackay)

Best Junior Sailor: Nick Dunne (Townsville)

Notes: Ian Matheson

Sec/Treasurer TRCY INC


Dragons in Paradise

DF65Pic16 October 2020

The Dragon Force 65 Queensland State  Championships 2020
Emerald Lakes, Carrara, Queensland

Regatta organised by Paradise Radio Yacht Club under the authority of the Queensland Radio Yachting Association.

Conditions were absolutely fantastic for the 2020 Queensland Dragon Force 65 state championships held at Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast and hosted by Paradise Radio Yacht Club on 4 October 2020.

There was a cool 5 to 15 km/h easterly with blue skies and 25°. Perfect conditions for the A+ rig. 

We had lots of visitors watching the close racing with the common comment being: “this is fantastic racing to watch” and thoroughly enjoyed in the beautiful Queensland weather.

There were 22 boats from three clubs across the state competing for the right to take and hold the Queensland Bindawalla perpetual trophy for another year, with a wide variety of sailors from Australian and international champions to beginners.

Time was spent with experienced sailors sharing their measurements and knowledge. A real symbol of the camaraderie and friendship in this strict one design class. Examples of competitor sailing background experience include the following:

  • We had Dean and his father Don Horton from the Raby BayDF65Pic2 Radio Club competing for the first time. Both are extremely experienced Etchell sailor out of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. Dean says “these DF65 are identical to the Etchell’s with identical tuning adjustments made to improve performance “.

  • Chris Young from PRYC was a successful 18-foot skiff champion on Sydney Harbour in the 70s. Chris is always in the mix and an experienced racer and great competitor.

  • Peter Cook from PRYC was the trimmer on the famous 12 metre “Gretel” which took a race off the Americans. Peter loves the fact that these are strict one design yachts where tuning and tactics makes the difference.

  • Mike Jefferys an experienced sailor in Diamond’s and International Soling fleets said “the real benefit of the DF65 is it is a strict one design class where everyone’s on equal footing with not cheque-book sailing”

  • Daniel Bergan an experience laser and trailer sailor originally from the Hunter Valley who established a DF family radio sailing club said “the DF65 teaches people how to sail and offers the opportunity to compete in association racing at the highest level”.

  • After sailing as a Flying Ant skiff Australian Titles competitor as a teenager, newcomer to radio sailing Scott Rudd enjoyed his first RC championship along with family supporters down from Brisbane to enjoy the regatta

DF65Pic3Covid spaced From Left: Edwin Luck(3'rd), Mike Jefferys (1'st) and Daniel Bergan (2'nd)Congratulations to Mike, Daniel and Edwin who took the first 3 podium positions. Well done and terrific achievement!

None of this these events happens without the efforts of the organising club and committee. The event was superbly organised by PRYC race committee managed by Trent Jarratt (Commodore) and Barry Hill (Sailing Secretary) with Trevor Fisher acting as race officer.  Trevor was assisted by a horde of volunteers with important contributions from Bill Clancy (CSO & Finisher), David Black & Peter O’Grady ( Scoring & Recording), Alan Walker ( (Boatman Course Setter), Ray Sweeney ( still image photographer), Mick Gentles, Ted Mulligan, Fred Bestall, Graham Bullen and Laurie Hinchcliff (Observers) and Warren Star (Start Audio).

Mike Jefferys (Qld DF Classes Coordinator).

View QRYA YouTube channel with Ian Lobley’s excellent video of Race 1:


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.


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