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2021 RC Laser Championship another victim

Lasers2021Postpond14 August 2021

The QRYA and Paradise Radio Yacht Club have agreed to postpone the RC Laser nationals for a second successive year.  These events have become risky to plan and sometimes the risks eventuate in the form of half the country under varying levels of COVID-19 restrictions.

Last time around the ARYA agreed to leave the event with the State to have another go the year after, this could very well happen again if the club agrees to host it.  We will have to see how this shake out, but there is no hurry now clearly.


The Editor


What's happening with National Championships?

AusMapCOVID7 August 2021

Radio Sailing is in the middle of adapting to this new COVID-19 world.  When the global pandemic started, the ARYA understandably decided that if there was a border closed anywhere in Australia that Ranking events should be suspended because it was not available to all.  Fair enough everyone said.  But then as the viral outbreak morphed from an incident to an ongoing emergency with borders opening and closing repeatedly, the stance had to change, if Championship Radio Sailing was to continue.  So Ranking competition was opened again with a business as usual stance ignoring the odd border closure.  That meant that if one State could not make it, too bad, the show must go on.

Fast forward to 2021, a year later, where after National Championships are scheduled, calendars set, borders are closing regularly and it's not just one State, but up to three at the same time.  Recently the Western Australian Association that was scheduled to host the 10R, M and A Class Nationals asked for direction from the ARYA given that at the time, only WA and TAS sailors could travel to Perth.  The decision was to not hold those events in Perth in 2021.  Some classes were struggling to get more than the minimum number of six starters.  Then there is the consideration of just what the Championship is worth if only one and a half States can get there. 

Following that decision the ARYA is in contact with the other States slated to host National Championships this year for their views and or plans. 

  • Queensland postponed the RC Laser Nationals in 2020 and rumour has it that they could do the same this year, for the same reasons.  Who would have thought that could happen twice in a row. 
  • Tasmania is programmed to run the DF Championships and is yet to say anything about changing that but you can bet they are watching what is going on in the 'north island' very closely. 
  • South Australia has a full entry list for the IOMs due to run in November.  This seems far enough away to not require a decision right now, anything could happen, borders could all open up ... or close.

Risk itself is now the issue with travelling to events rather than just the virus itself.  What the border restrictions are right now is not really the issue, it's the risk that things will change overnight as we have seen them do.  No one wants to either get stuck in another State, or have to spend two weeks at home after they get back.  Then there is the risk of getting sick or bring something back, but of course that could never happen to you right?

But let's put this in perspective.  A minority of affiliated Radio Sailors enter Ranking Events.  Of those, only a minority will ever want to use their ranking to qualify for International events, which is the primary reason it is there.  Where are the World Championships going to be hosted anyway? 

For those of you reading this, ninety percent of you really only care about being able to go sailing at your club.  Fortunately, in all but the strictest lock-downs you can still do that if you follow the guidelines in your locality.  Except for this week of course, there is that.  For Queensland, even if all the other States cannot get here, State and Regional Championships can still be run and won without the need to be an approved ARYA Ranking Event.  So let's all do what we can to make sure that at least our State can go sailing.

Looks like the QRYA decision not to put its hand up for other 2021 National Championships or host the Eddie Cowell, was a good one.

Happy sailing

The Editor

Mitchell crowned DF95 State Champion 2021

DF95Newport2021Clear start at Newport, the eventual winner #42 well placed already.1 August 2021

First time DF95 competitor Kim Mitchell has taken the Queensland State Championship, in an upset win. After only sailing his boat for the first time the afternoon before, Mitchell took the first race convincingly setting the tone for the remainder of the short event.

The win required 14 points, with second placed Peter Newman for Victoria second on 18 points followed by what many would have considered the odds-on favourite, Greg Torpy third placed on 19 points.

The drifting conditions had one race with just a windward-return and another shortened to one loop.  Despite that, the very light breeze did stay roughly from the forecast northerly direction allowing the set course to be adjusted quickly when needed. 

The day began with a rumour circulating about a possible COVID lock-down later in the day and just after racing started that was confirmed. With the extremely light and variable breezes the aim for the Race Committee was to get six races completed to constitute an event.    DF95Newport2021WinnersL to R: Kim Mitchell 1st, Greg Torpy 3rd, Peter Newan 2nd.

After a slightly delayed start for the first race waiting for breeze, the committee had six races in the bag by just after midday and lunch was called. More than a third of the fleet announced that they were withdrawing from competition to ensure they arrived home before the scheduled lock-down time of 4:00 p.m. After discussion with the Race Committee it was decided to close the event so not to disadvantage those competitors who chose to comply to State Government directions.  At the time of packing up, there was a beautiful NE breeze on the course that would have been wonderful conditions for the remainder of the day.

Notable at this event was the use of the DF Association sail templates and general scrutineering of the boats.  As it happened, there was a couple of deviations from the standard identified by both officials and competitors and this is a healthy thing for the class. Those differences were rectified as required.

Kim Mitchell is returning to his home club at Hervey Bay that does not sail DF’s, but maybe he has a right to think that for him, practice is not required!

Thanks go to the Moreton Club for hosting the event and to the volunteers for making it possible.

The Editor

Result HERE


Tough conditions at Lake Samsonvale

The Sth Queensland Marblehead Championships were held in very trying conditions at LSWA, we had a 50% casualty rate with 8 starters and only 4 for the last few races.

Congratulations to Greg Torpy on 19 points for 1st place, Doug Allen on 22 for 2nd place and Jason Nasmith on 50 for 3rd place. The wind increased as the day progressed to, I expect was approx. 25kts with heaver gust, all were reduced to C2 rigs, ( I’ll stand correct on the wind velocity ) and battled a reasonably sized wind wave to add to the challenge. 

The even was handled by all in a very friendly and sportsmanship manner without protests and we wish to thank all competitors, volunteers and Gary for being our PRO which made it a successful Regatta.



GP Series Rankings Released

ClassesMixed9 July 2021

A few years ago the State Committee trialled a Grand Prix Series (GP) to reward Queensland sailors who compete in all events of their class and perform across different venues and conditions.  This is very different to the traditional State Champion title that is won in just one regatta each year.  The GP Series worked for the IOMs and was rolled out to the other State Recognised classes.  Besides recognising these people, it is an unashamed attempt to get more people on the water.

Previously the results were announced after the last event of the year, well they could not be finalised till then anyway.  This year with the dedication of David Black, the results are being published progressively on this website under the menu Results>GP Series.  Check em out, see how you are going.  Notably there is a Masters category for each.

The rationale behind the scoring is linked in the same location.  If you are sure that you should have been in first place and there must have been some tragic error ... contact David Black (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to sort it out!

The Editor

Stop Press: The RC Lasers are yet to compete, so no results yet.


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