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Sportsmanship in Radio Sailing

Radio Sailing involves sailing in very close company compared to larger manned yachts.  This proximity leads to many more incidents and the potential for protest calls.

Protests are a necessary part of sailing but too often they are taken personally rather than just enforcing the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).   If taken the wrong way a protest can spoil someones otherwise pleasant day.  Competitors in any given fleet have various levels of understanding of the rules from very experienced, to not much at all if they have no previous sailing experience.  As some new classes join our Association this situation needs to be taken into account and every assistance given to new members on the basics.  Further, it is not uncommon for more experienced sailors to disagree on the interpretation of a rule.

But away from the details, there is a requirement for Sportsmanship as defined in the RRS, that is more difficult to manage at times because the requirements are often poorly understood.

To increase awareness, the QRYA has published a document discussing sportsmanship, linking it to the RRS.

A previous version was sent to all clubs and this one has been updated with feedback from senior sailors.  Linked below and available on the QRYA Information page

Sportsmanship in Radio Sailing



Newport Classic 2018

Conditions were light and variable from the south in the morning and from the east in the afternoon for The Newport Classic for 2018. Before lunch the control area was set on the western bank close to the pontoon. During lunch the course was reset to cater for the easterly wind change.

Racing started with a general recall and this was repeated producing an above average number of restarts throughout the day.

The Moreton Club trialed a new formula this year, limiting the number of entrants to 20. Feedback last year was that sailors wanted as many races as possible in the one-day format with a single fleet and it seemed to have succeeded with 15 races sailed. Of the 21 entrants on the QRYA site, after withdrawals and no-shows fourteen boats were on the line for the first race.

Going into the last race of the day, Aarron Farrar need to finish two places in front of Mike Freebairn to claim the win and he managed to do that after Mike had a messy start. Doug Allen took the third position just three points in front of Glen Fitzgerald.

Final Placings;

  1. Aarron Farrar
  2. Mike Freebairn
  3. Doug Allen

Aaron receiving First place trophy from Chair of the MRYS Railing Committee Garry Russell

Ian Ashe was PRO for the event and at the briefing he stressed the importance of Sportsmanship in Radio Sailing and a focus on that for this event. With that in mind the racing was conducted in what would have to be the least conflict for an IOM event in recent history. Congratulations to all involved.

Full results linked here



Dragon Force 65 Tri Series 2018

The Tri Series was created as a collaboration between the three South east Queensland RC Sailing clubs with DF65 Fleets, to compete on a club against club basis.

 Springfield Lakes Maritime Modellers, Paradise Radio Yacht Club and Brisbane Radio Yacht Club participated in the event and raced for one day at each club. The scores of the top 3 skippers from each club, each day contributed to the overall club result. While the lead changed constantly throughout the series, the result was an extremely close event with only a few points separating the first two clubs. Congratulations to the overall winners Paradise Radio Yacht Club and to Springfield Lakes, a very close second.

The last race day was sailed at Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast in south-east Queensland. The weather was spectacular with the wind ranging from 15 km an hour to over 40+ in the afternoon. The temperature was a cool 22° with a perfect blue sky. The strong breeze tested every skill required to maintain boat speed and movement through some extremely challenging and choppy conditions.

“The sound of the wind blasting across the water, the percussion of the sails, the bouncing and jumping of the 65's against the waves and colourful boats ...juxtaposed with the solitude of skipper’s concentration and focus as they helmed their yacht through the surging swell”!!


18 races were sailed with boats using the full spectrum of rigs from A+ to A, B and C. Choice of rigs was critical to everyone’s performance. With most skippers never having used C rigs previously, some had to pull C rigs out of a new box.

Sterling performances worthy of note included Springfield Lakes skippers John Heard who won four races in a row plus Andrew Wilson and Grant Lihou who won one race each. Paradise recorded 10 firsts by Mike Jefferys with Graham Cowling winning 2 races as well. That resulted in Mike coming 1st on the day with 24 points, Andrew 2nd with 50 points and Graham 3rd on 56 points.

The overall Tri Series top skippers were:

1st Mike Jefferys (PRYC)

2nd Ian Robertson (SLMM)

3rd Grant Lihou (SLMM)


Congratulations to all competitors who made this such a fantastic event and most importantly enjoyable and good fun.

The racing standard, good spirited participation and sportsmanship were a noteworthy feature of the event.

Thank you to the organising committee, officials and all the volunteers who helped make this such a successful series.

Happy ? sailing ⛵️    Mike Jefferys.





2018 DragonFlite 95 North Queensland Challenge

Saturday, the 8th September 2018, saw the inaugural DragonFlite 95 challenge regatta held in sunny Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. With competitors coming from Mackay, the Whitsunday’s and Townsville, this first-time event saw 8 skippers vying for the title of North Queensland champion. We had hoped for some visitors from the South East corner to come and show us how to sail these fantastic little craft, however due to various circumstances no one turned up.

The racing got underway in a fading light North Easterly breeze which oscillated to a north Westerly during the races, this made picking the wind shifts extremely challenging and taxing on the skipper’s patience. However great sportsmanship and camaraderie amongst the skippers made the event very enjoyable with very few penalties needed to be done, and plenty of helpful advice after each race to improve everyone’s boats.

After 12 races with small breaks after every 4 races, a clear winner emerged with the well-known local, Col Cameron, sailing consistently in the trying conditions. Maybe a bit of local knowledge may have helped him as he was kept on his toes with fierce competition from Shane Beyer (Whitsunday’s) 2nd and Dean Anderson (Mackay) 3rd. It is interesting to note that Col has taught and coached these skippers for several years, but it wasn’t the apprentices turn to beat the master, maybe next time boys.

The rest of the fleet had their turns at podium finishes, which clearly showed the interested public how close and competitive these fantastic yachts are. It was also timely to reintroduce the Nth Qld Interclub Trophy which has a long history starting way back in 1996, as we now have the 3 clubs sailing the same class of yacht, and it was the Whitsunday club who won it this year. In 2019, we have agreed to hold 3 Nth Qld events, each one held in the individual club sailing sites and the overall winner will be a combination of the 3 results.

The event was successfully hosted by the Townsville RC Yachting group and a special thanks goes to Bob, Ian, John, James and Braxy (the snake catching fox terrier) who gave up their time to help with the scoring, observing and manning the pick-up boat. The venue had excellent facilities, but the wind was not ideal this time. Also, a special thanks to our sponsors, Northern Eyes Optometrists, for providing every skipper and volunteers with a glass cleaning kit as well as 3 new sunglasses for prizes, which were distributed amongst the competitors.; donated a new A rig set of sails for the skipper who came in the middle of the fleet, Clay Bauman (Whitsunday) and to Hobby World who supplied some trophies.

We all are looking forward to our next event when we can catch up and renew our friendships and make new ones.

Link to Results



Entries are OPEN for the 2019 ARYA National Championships

Entries are now being taken for the 2019 National Championships for the:

  • A Class
  • Marblehead
  • 10 Rater
  • International One Metre

The Notice of Race and the entry forms are available on the official Australian Championships site.

Don't miss it, this is going to be a big one at the new International Class venue.

If you intend to compete please enter early!



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