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Dragon Flight 95 Sail Day


For over a year now, a small and dedicated group has been sailing Dragon Flight 95s (DF 95) at the MRYS Newport venue. From just two boats not long ago there are five sailing weekly with more on the way. 

The DF95s are a rapidly growing class and are recognised by a number of ARYA affliated organisations in other Australian States.  Recently we reported here of the sudden growth of the class in the Whitsunday club.

Initially many sailors saw this class as too close to the IOM in size but that missed the point of these boats.  The key differentiators are that they;

  • offer true one-design racing, everyone can afford the same equipment as the winner.
  • are a fraction of the price of a new IOM

But lets's not get too carried away as there has always been a place for both one-design and development classes in both Radio Sailing and the traditional kind.  This is exemplified by the fact that a number of DF95 sailors also own and race other classes including IOMs.

After feeling selfish about the fun they have been having, they have organised a day to share it with others!


                           DF95 Sail Day                                  

Who: Anyone interested or think they may be interested in sailing the DF 95

When: Saturday 28th April 2018, from 10:20 a.m.

Entry fee: None

Lunch: Available from the on-site cafe or bring a sandwich

Where: Griffith Road Newport QLD

Equipment: If you have a DF 95 bring it along, if not there will be two boats availble to test sail.

Contact: Garry Russell on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Format: The day will consist of a series of social races and tuning sessions.

For more information on the class here is the last Newsletter

Looking forward to seeing you there, I'm going along to have a race on one of the spare boats.


Jones wins Sth QLD IOM Championships


The South Queensland IOM Championships attracted 28 nominations to the Newport venue, 24th & 25th March. The fleet was so strong that it looked like a continuation of the last Nationals with sailors from New South Wales and Western Australia continuing to battle it out with the locals.

At the end of the first day Paul Jones had established a clear lead with Sean Wallis the closest competitor. This pattern remained for day two with Jones ending with less than half of the points of the Wallis who remained in second place. It was sheer consistency that has seen Jones take out this event and the Australian Championships earlier this year in Hobart.  One of Jones's dropped races was a 3rd place.

The last race of the event was sailed in absolute drifting conditions and although luck can play a bigger part at those times, Jones won it decisively to cap off the event for him.

Interestingly there were three different boat constructions in the top three positions and only half of the top ten were Queenslanders, showing how well this event was supported by the wider IOM community.

The local Councilor James Houghton who has continued his support and promotion of the sport did presentations to the winners.

See Results for details.


PRYC to extend support for newcomer class by hosting a two-day regatta


For the third year running Paradise Radio Yacht Club is to host a Dragon Force 65 event. This is in recognition of the club’s newly approved DF 65 Class which has drawn many new skippers to RC racing.

With now more than 40 PRYC DF65 skippers and a load of interest from around Australia, this year’s “Challengeregatta has graduated to be a two-day event.

We look forward to welcoming DF65 skippers from everywhere on the 5-6th May for this National DF65 Invitational Challengeregatta at Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast.

Notice of Race and online entry:

Club website:


ARYA 2019 Nationals Website Now Online

ARYA Eventlogo

After months of hard work, the ARYA and QRYA are pleased to officially announce the launch of the brand new website for the 2019 ARYA Australian Championships.

Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors information relating to the event to be managed by the Queensland Radio Yachting Association and hosted by the Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron at Newport, Queensland in February 2019.

We will be constantly updating our website with helpful information, news and other announcements.

The official Notice of Race and Online Entry will be available in the coming months and we encourage you to watch our website for details.

For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments please use the contact form on the website. Thank you



DF95 in the Whitsundays.

The WHITSUNDAY MODEL BOAT CLUB INC. have been in the doldrums for some time now trying to build the club's membership with IOM's only, and were not having any success. They asked Col Cameron for some advice and he recommended they pursue the DF95 class as it is similar in size to the IOM's and the fleets are building rapidly across Australia. 
Within 3 weeks they have a fleet of 6 x DF95's with more to come, have increased membership by 3 already, and they have an excited outlook for their club.
See their latest video of the new DF95s sailing on their You Tube channel .

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