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New Event Survey System

A new electronic survey system has been implemented.  After each Ranking Event an online form will be emailed to the registered competitors of the event.  Feedback will be used to identify areas that require attention so that efforts can be made to improve the enjoyment of our sport.

The form can be completed in a minute on computer, phone or ipad and the results are stored and processed automatically on the QRYA cloud data-store.

Linked here is the summary of the feedback received from the Central Queensland IOM Championships 23rd and 24th June at Hervey Bay.

The results of this one survey will be more meaningful as we gather more information.  At this point in time we have nothing to compare them to, but over time we may see trends emerging that put them in context.

Thanks go to the Fraser Coast Radio Yacht CLub for hosting a great regatta.  One thing indisputable is that they scored 100% an the last question!

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CQ IOM championships – June 23 & 24 2018.


A host of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Gladstone sailors came to Hervey Bay for the C.Q. I.O.M.Championships. 7 BritPoP’s 5 V10’s, 4 Blitz, 2 Kantun 2s, 1 Kantun S and a Sedici amongst other hull designs made up a fleet of 26.

For the 2 days of the ranking event, racing was sailed in a breeze that ranged from South-West to South-East and from very light to short periods at the top of A rig in strength. Wind variations at this time of year made for a challenge in setting a suitable course, but the high banks along the length of the lake, made for good viewing angles from the control area along the length of the course.

From the outset, the fickle winter wind played havoc with the fleet, causing many different finish orders. Most of the top 10 final placed skippers had at least 1 first place during the regatta. Conversely, most of them also spent time in the B fleet after finding themselves on the wrong side of an unexpected wind shift. Achieving consistent and top results seemed to be a combination of good concentration and more than a touch of good luck.

Aaron Farrar sailing a Britpop, the highest placed finisher from Gladstone, sailed a consistent regatta, not recording too many results outside the top 8, resulting in a 4th for the Regatta. Alan Walker with a Britpop, the sole entrant from the Gold Coast recorded 2 firsts to help his final result of 3rd. After winning the RM regatta in March this year, it was almost expected Greg Torpy would do well sailing a V10. Greg recorded a 2nd in the stellar fleet. Mike Freebairn was freed from work duties for the weekend, so brought his Sedici to the bay to demonstrate to everyone what it could do. Mike did not have a complete sweep of the series, but usually rounded the first top mark in the top half of the fleet and made ground to usually finish in the top 5.

Notable events include a rare ‘false starter’ under black flag conditions. This disqualification which was not excludable was given to David Brunston in a race after there were 2 general recalls on the second day. In the next A fleet race, at the top mark too many collisions to be accounted occurred and the race was abandoned. The following race, 4 boats tangled and appeared to be all joined together at the mast head, making a IOM pyramid. No race is the same, every race interesting in its own way.

Practical trophies of an engraved glass mug were given each to 1st, 2nd & 3rd. 360 sails sponsored 3 prizes of a 360 gift voucher, 360 shirt and a 360 mug. The host club gave a fuel voucher to a random draw sailor travelling to the venue. Scorer, David Black and Assistant Race Officer, Ian Ashe received gifts for travelling to assist in running the regatta. David Black presented a booby prise to the skipper with the most promotions & demotions.

Overall an enjoyable regatta was run, with visitors enjoying the warm hospitality of the host club.

Dave Laurie



RC Boom in US Yacht Clubs

Thank you to our friends at Sailing Anarchy the worlds biggest sailing site.

When the big boat is all put up on the trailer or in it’s slip early cause your crew had to go home early and you just want to continue hanging out at the Yacht Club, imagine yourself walking to your vehicle and pulling out a Radio Controlled (RC) One-Design racing boat and heading down to the dock with your buddies for some round the buoys fun. Start the countdown timer or someone’s watch and let the racing begin. The best part, your ice chest is right next to you and you can still race by the same rules, get a half more dozen races off, still yell rules at your buddies, and then go home that night with bragging rights that you won….and all under an hour from your Yacht Club’s docks or deck!

This is the newest craze hitting Yacht Clubs all over the country these days! Clubs are buying up sometimes groups of 12 boats to start a new One-Design Class in their club to have off-time racing or even teaching rules and tactics. Some clubs have even started Friday nights “under the lights” racing in their lighted harbors. Some Clubs have even started series and even Championship races amongst some of their top skippers. One Club has even started RC racing as part of the NOOD Regatta events, and the first year out they ended up being the largest One-Design Fleet in the entire NOOD weekend. Sailed from the deck of the Chicago Yacht Club with spectators viewing and cheering from only a few feet away from standing skippers and the starting line!

Like I said above, RC sailboat racing has become the latest craze to hit Yacht Clubs all over the country. And the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) has been there for all of it to lend assistance in any way they can to help the club or organization get started. Sometimes just the burden of feeding a crew, maintaining a boat, launching and retrieving a boat to and from a trailer, or even just getting old and the body just can’t do it anymore can get to some people out of sailing. But the passion of racing a sailboat is still there and all you need is two good thumbs and the desire to still want to compete or sail. Maybe RC Sailing is for you.

The AMYA is the one place to go for all questioned asked to get started. There are RC racing regattas every weekend of the year somewhere in the country. There are Regional and National Championships and in some cases even World Championships for specific Classes. Just click on the ad/banner here on the side and keep the fire going in your belly whether it’s just for a couple hours a week after your real boat sailing has ended or just a couple hours with your buddies on the dock. Give it a try, put a transmitter in your hands and you will get hooked. Remember they say….one boat is sailing, two boats is a race, and three boats make a regatta with your buddies!!!!

Same excitement, same rules, same close call action, at a fraction of the cost. And most importantly your never far from that adult beverage just sitting in the ice chest at your feet!!!!!



South East Queensland 10R regatta - June 17th 2018

See Link here for Youtube Channel Videos of the Event

The South East Queensland 10R regatta - June 17th 2018 attracted a diverse range of yachts, from the latest Sanga design, to a wide selection of other designs, both new and old.  The wind ranged from very light in the morning, to blustery by the end of the day. By the late afternoon, several boats had suffered gear failure and were forced to retire, due to the strong winds

The strong breezes were making for some wild rides on the downwind leg, and a few high speed tangles at the the bottom gate.  Special thanks goes to Laurie Hinchcliffe, who organized the event. Thanks also to Barry Hall and Roger Margot, who manned the rescue boat. Trent who put on a great barbecue lunch and Ian Ashe who was the PRO once again for the event. Thanks also to the other club members who gave up their Sunday and pitched in on the day.

Greg Torpy's new Sanga was the on-form boat on the day, winning all but one race, in which he placed second. Greg finished up with a score of 13 points.
Trevor Fisher sailed hard and consistently all day, and captured second spot, with 33 points.  Laurie came in third, just behind Trevor, on 35 points.

All in all, a very successful and enjoyable event, characterized by good racing and even tempers from the competing skippers.

Mark Perkin
PRYC 10R fleet captain



Radio Sailing Race Officer Course

The ARYA Race Management Committee have been working on developing an Online Race Officer Course. We are really pleased to announce that we have launched the course today.

The Race Officer course is designed in 11 modules. The modules are arranged in the same order as the tasks the Race Officer would do at a regatta. Each module contains suggested reading material, the course material and a 10 question multiple choice quiz.

  • The modules cover every aspect of the Race Officer’s tasks, including regatta preparation, briefing, course setting, conducting the start of a race, tasks at the conclusion of the race, managing protests and working with the Heat Management System. The modules take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete
  • There are two opportunities to complete each of the quizzes, and explanations are provided once the quiz is submitted, including references to rules or documents.
  • There is a discussion section which allows participants to ask questions and share ideas.
  • At the conclusion of the course, a certificate is awarded to those who have completed the modules.

The Radio Sailing Race Officer Course can be found on the Eliademy website with the following link:

Whilst the course is branded for the Australian Radio Yachting Association, the principles are taken from the Racing Rules of Sailing, the IRSA Race Management Policy and the Heat Management System which are commonly used around the world. There are a few small variations which we use in Australia, but where these are mentioned, the differences are explained.

We hope that people interested in Radio Sailing race management worldwide will find the course helpful, and encourage people to enrol and participate. To get started, follow the link above to find your way to the course. If you think the material would be helpful for your own radio sailing contacts, please feel free to forward this information to them.

I would like to thank all the people who have contributed to building the course. In particular, I’d like to thank Bill Clancy for his council, Bruce Robins for providing the editing, Alan Wymer from NZ, Warren Rock and Mario Gulic for their contributions.


Glenn Dawson

Link has been placed on the QRYA Information Page



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