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QRYA Youtube Channel 100th video!


On the 3rd of August 2017 the first video was posted on the QRYA Youtube Channel by Ian Lobley.  On 23rd July 2018 the 100th video was posted.

In that time an incredible number of people from all over Australia and the world have visited the channel and our website.  Just within Australia there has been over 40,073 minutes of watch time and 11,011 views of the sailing videos.  See the table below for other countries.

There are not enough active radio sailors in Australia to account for the statistics, so it means that non-radio sailors, prospective club members have connected and watched the action.  Posting content such as this can only raise the profile of our sport.

Click here for link to the Youtube Channel

For those reading this  who may not have visited the channel, please do and click 'Subscribe' as the more subscribers the easier the channel is to find by a search engine.  Radio Sailors and those we need to target to increase membership of our clubs are in the 50+ age group as the report below shows.

The processing time for 100 videos is a considerable part of Ian's life over he past year and that does not include the time and travel to record them.  A big thank you to him for his contribution to our sport.



2018 Queensland RC Laser Championship


The 2018 Queensland RC Laser Championship was sailed and decided on Sunday 22nd July. Paradise Radio Yacht Club hosted the event on Emerald Lakes where we had a light southerly which switched to southeast. There was a mixture of A and B sails, but most races were won by those using the larger rigs even though there were a few nosedives on the downwind legs.

Ian Ashe, the RO got the racing under way shortly after 10.00 and, although there were some course adjustments needed during the day, the result was that the best skippers came out on top.

Thanks to the ever-reliable David Black we had progress results at lunchtime and then the final figures after 18 races courtesy of Bill Clancy and Ralph Nahrung.

It was very close for first and second with home skipper Peter Burford and Kawana visitor Geoffrey Morris each having 5 race wins. Local skipper Geoff Smith through consistent sailing took out third placing. In addition to Peter and Geoffrey, other race winners were Brenton Rowney [3 wins], Laurie Hinchcliff, Daniel Bergan, Nick Pye, Trent Jarratt and Gary Russell so the honours were spread widely.

We had 16 starters - Roman Wenger from Maitland (NSW), Geoffrey Morris, Gary Russell and John Halloran all from Kawana and 12 from PRYC including Linton Ward who made his way down from Cairns. Although there was a bit of work for the observers all problems were solved on the water.

The skippers all expressed their appreciation and thanks to the officials and observers without whom it would be impossible to have a successful regatta.   Pete O’Grady


Marblehead Queensland Championships 2018

Eight Marbleheads took to the water at Newport for the Qld Championship.

There were 3 entrants from Springfield Lakes, Trevor Fisher, John Heard and Bruce McLaren. Trevor is the “expert” Marblehead sailor in this trio and was expected to do well.

The day started with very little wind and the promised wind stayed away all day. The lack of wind made the sailing very competitive and hard work.

Jason Nesbith was convincing and won the day with consistent results and Greg Torpy not that far behind in second place. Trevor Fisher managed to lead in a few races and put a lot of pressure on the top 2 place-getters. Trevor eventually took out a well deserved third place.

Many thanks to the Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron who provided excellent facilities and good management of the day in trying conditions.  Thanks also to Peter Morris for his Race Management on the day and to Ian Ashe the QRYA Event Coordinator.

Survey Results


Queensland DF65 Championship 7-8 July

Queensland DF65 Championship 7-8 July, 2018, Springfield Lakes.

From a fleet of 25 registered, there was only 1 no-show and 3 skippers unable to attend the second day due to commitments. The weather was mostly fine on Saturday and fantastic on Sunday with variation in wind strength from the west and north-west, and stronger on Sunday. A total of 19 races completed.

It was the first time Springfield held a State Title and by all account it was a success. Special thanks to all volunteers who helped, as they make it happen. Trevor Fisher as RO, Ian Geary for terrific catering and management of the event, David Black for his tireless efforts with the scoring, Marjory Gough and Peter Sloan for calling and scoring, Patrick Collins for observing, Neil Spink for hot drinks, and Rod Maunder for rescues.

Finally a special thanks to Frank Schmidt for managing to join the club and participate while on a visit from Germany, and to Paul Martin who flew up from Sydney to participate, once again.

There were lucky draws for wine, a set of 360 sails generously donated by Greg Torpy for the 12th place (mid-fleet) skipper Les Maus, and a cup to the skipper considered by the president as the most appropriate for best and fairest for quietly going about the business of sailing, Norm Gough.

1st place, for the second year in a row, was Mike Jeffreys on 31 points. Mike sailed consistently well during the 2 days. The Perpetual trophy was presented by Ian Geary, President of the host Club

2nd place trophy to Grant Lithou on 44 points, for a consistent effort with only a couple of troubled runs.

3rd place trophy to Ian Smith on 71 points, and again it’s consistency that places these skippers where they finished.

Well done everyone.

Check the calendars in a few days and the NOR for the South Queensland DF65 Championships, on August 10-11, now moving from Carbrook to Springfield Lakes. Looking forward to another fun event.  

Videos of the event can be found on the QRYA YouTube channel here

Report by Ian Robertson, Treasurer SLMM.      

Full Results Click Here                                                                                                                                                 




Live Results for DF65s

DF65 Qld Championship event at Springfield this weekend. 22 Entrants including one overseas sailor from Germany. Should be some keen competition between the top DF65 sailors in the State, including Greg Torpy (360 Sails), who recently won the National DF 65 Invitational Challenge at Emerald Lakes in May, Mike Jefferys from PRYC, Paul Martin from Sydney and Ray and Andrew Wilson from Wynnum Manly. Unfortunately missing from the event is Charmaine and John White, who have recently moved to Tassie. As everyone knows Charmaine was a major force in getting the DF65 started in Queensland and the "Dragon Lady", with her black sails, will be missed at the weekend

Live results of the event will be available from start of racing on Saturday on the QRYA Website

Ian Lobley
Treasurer / Publicity Officer



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