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AUS Events Continued Impact of COVID19

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Australian state/regional & national events continue to be impact by state government border restrictions as the country grapples with the COVID pandemic.

Along with the 2020 IOM Australian Championship, the 2020 RC Laser Australian Championship has now been cancelled as the relaxation of government policies that will allow full access for competitors across Australia to compete, is unlikely to occur in the short term.

With the ever changing COVID restrictions across all Australian states, the task of scheduling a national event is overwhelming. Accordingly, the ARYA has decided that the schedule for 2021 Australian Championships will not be released without some level of surety of the event to be held on the scheduled date.

Further information will be released as/when circumstances change.

From ARYA website


Big Fleet of Dragons for the Queensland Championships

DF2020Mass Start IMG 8218 1sss5 August 2020: 

Paradise Radio Yacht Club hosted the 2020 Dragon Flite (DF 95) Queensland championships on behalf of the QRYA on the Gold Coast at Emerald Lakes last weekend the 1st & 2nd of August.

Initial entries fell slightly due to covid restrictions; however, on the first day 22 boats were ready to race. The competition attracted some top sailors from NSW and from two south east Queensland clubs, including well know radio control sailors Alan Walker( ex-Commodore PRYC sailing his 1st DF 95 Championship) Mike Jefferys (current QLD DF65 Champion) plus host club prominent skippers Laurie Hinchcliff & Mick Gentles.

After the 1st seeding race, boats were allocated to two heats, based on order of finishing place. After the B heat, the top four B heat boats then raced in the A heat to decide fleet race scores, before division of the whole fleet again into two heats for the next race. By the end of day 1, seven two heat races were sailed.

The weather for sailing on day one was perfect with blue skies and a cool southerly breeze that came in later in the morning. The wind ranged from 5 to 20 km/h average with gusts to 25 km/h. “A+” Rigs ruled the day with all boats able to be controlled in the gusty conditions that came during the middle of the day for a short period of timDF2020IMG 5813e.

Racing on day one was extremely close for both heats. We saw Laurie Hinchcliff consistently performing with three first placings, Alan Walker with two and Mike Jefferys, Hank Beyer and Graham Cowling each picked up a first place. Only seconds separated the front bunch.

Sunday, day two dawned with another glorious fine and warm Gold Coast day and near flat water with little to no wind at the programmed start time of 10.00 am. After a short delay an easterly breeze came in at 4 to 5 km/h and increased to 15 to 18 km/h necessitating the Race Officer to relocate the course to accommodate a new wind direction.

It was agreed the fleet of 19 remaining yachts would sail as one, this made the starts interesting with most boats choosing a starboard start. This produced ‘tight’ starts and some nervous skippers.

Two general recalls from the RO restored fleet composure and a resumption of close racing. Top contenders soon established the ‘pecking’ order, with Alan Walker, Laurie Hinchcliff, Hank Beyer and Mike Jeffery’s dominating the afternoon races.

With the benefit of race results provided by scorer David Black ,19 races were completed over the two days, with competitors able to drop their three worst performances., Many thanks David!

Prize giving followed shortly after the last race with PRYC Commodore Trent Jarratt thanking all local & interstate competitors, officials and volunteers for making the championship a great success.

Trent then presented the trophies kindly provided by ‘Hobby Warehouse’ (DF95 Supplier) to Alan Walker (PRYC) first overall, followed by Laurie Hinchcliff (PRYC) second and Hank Beyer (FTRYC - NSW) in third place. As winner of the championship, Allan was presented with The Col Cameron ‘Qld DF95 Champion’ Perpetual Trophy.

DF2020Prize Winners L to R: Laurie Hinchcliffe, Allan Walker and Hank BeyerPRYC received very positive comments for the way the event was organized and conducted over the two days. Everyone involved had a very enjoyable time, with great DF 95 racing. To quote Hank Beyer’s Facebook page comment : “A big thank you to PRYC for hosting a superb QLD DF 95 Championship. The Regatta was a huge success and well-orchestrated by PRO Trevor Fisher and the team of Volunteers”.

The QRYA & PRYC wish to especially thank: Race officer Trevor Fisher for a job well done, Laurie Hinchcliff for organizing the Regatta and all the club volunteers who gave their time over the weekend.

Special thanks also to Trevor Nelson who took some 1100 plus excellent photos during both days. Trevor can be contacted by calling 0414 103 471 if you wish to view the gallery of photos.

Ron Brown (PRYC)


Go Offshore Radio Sailing at Wynnum!

WMJettyThe Wynnum jetty and race coursesThe Wynnum Manly club has been trialing an open water venue this year as a change from the club's usual water in the harbour at Manly.  Two events have been held and both received favorable reviews from sailors who competed.  Next Sunday another is schedules and invitations are open to all QRYA Affiliated sailors.

So why should you race there?

  • Courses can be set for any wind direction – always good racing.
  • Long fetch (miles and miles) north, south and east means low frequency wind shifts and seas up to 1metre – test your rig settings, your boat speed and course strategy.
  • High elevation with clear view of the start, weather and leeward marks - clean racing with few incidents
  • Wet Launch in the lee -safe
  • International standard courses – good preparation for our sailors to win the World Championships
  • National and International Wind and Wave conditions – improve your skills using B and C rigs in waves.
  • Fast Rescue boat on standby – peace of mind
  • Fun Race Management
  • Local Cafes and Amenities

The club has decided to limit the number of competitors to 15 or less so that each has adequate space near the control area.

Entries are open HERE!


Marbleheads are hot in Queensland

MclassfleetMarbleheads at Lake Sampsonvale30 July 2020

Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron (MRYS) Management Committee has approved the introduction of Marblehead sailing as a permanent Saturday fixture at its Newport venue.

This announcement effectively doubles the number of clubs in South East Queensland sailing Marbleheads.  Lake Sampsonvale Water Sports Association (LSWSA) has been  the centre of M Class owning and racing with the only other club with any significant ownership in Townsville.

This Marblehead 'Boat Rush' started last year when the State Class Coordinator Trevor Fisher coaxed three of the QRYA Committee to borrow boats and enter an event at Lake Sampsonvale.  Two of them enjoyed the experience enough to promptly order new F6s.   They took delivery and raced them in the recent South Queensland Championship at the same venue.  With very little time to prepare or work out how to tune a swing rig, one of the interlopers won the event and the other took the bronze medal!

Not long after Doug Allen from the Wynnum Manly club threw his hat in the ring and went the same F6 route.  Doug dropped in to the Lake Samponvale event to see how the new boats went but he had already trialled the class with a borrowed boat in the 2019 Nationals at Regatta Waters Lake.

As both Garry Russell and Geoff Morris (the two new F6 owners) are members of MRYS, of course it seemed logical that they should sail them occasionally in their home water.  Word got out quickly about this two-boating plan and two quickly turned into nine onMclasstory1 the first Saturday trial held recently.  The additional seven boats came from a combination of LSWSA members and one or two inactive boats coming out of the garage of existing MRYS members.

Entries are open for the Marblehead State Championship in Hervey Bay and this should be a very intesting event.  With three competive new entrants in the class regular class champion Greg Torpy will have to sail well to take out the State crown this time.  Competition was unusually close at Lake Sampsonvale with Garry Russell taking the crown by just 0.4 points (no not a typo).  There are more than six people capable of taking one of three podium places including Trevor Fisher whose fourth at the last event with his new Katana had him nipping at Geoff Morris's heels by the last race.

Meanwhile, MRYS will run the Marbleheads every Saturday in addition to the regular Sunday a.m. DF95 competition sailing and Sunday p.m. IOM competition sailing.  Moreton is booming this year.

Garry Russell has accepted the role as MRYS Marblehead Club Coordinator so that the new class can receive his direct focus and attention in the formative stages.  Not sure it will need a lot of attention, looks to be off and running well already!

The Editor


Ten Raters Battle it out in Twin Towns

TenRwideTT2020Saturday 25th July 2020 saw Twin Towns Radio Yacht Club host the Lake Kimberley Ten Rater Challenge and what an excellent day it was.

Commodore of TTRYC Richard Harradine and his team of volunteers did a great job in trying and varying weather conditions.

The winds were generally light , with many intermittent rain squalls, causing a soggy sailing area and some wet competitors and officials.

None the less the TTRYC, which only sails One Metre Yachts, did their best to make it a fun day for all.

The eleven competitors also did their bit to make it a good day with penalties promptly done and a great feeling ofcamaraderie and professionalism with their sailing.TenRWinnersTT2020

A splendid lunch was prepared for all present by Norma Harradine, Dianne Bone & Brian Bone.

Thanks to one and All.

With competitive sailing the final results were:- 

1st place 14 points  Andrew Holly (grey shirt)

2nd place 37 points Rex Scott (blue coat)

3rd place 50 points Trevor Fisher (green shirt)

A special Encouragement Award was presented to Fred Bestall.

Ross Capper also made a presentation to each of the volunteers  on the day and is on the left in the photo.

Richard Harradine Commodore TTRYC doing the honours

Cheers from the TTRYC

Full Results HERE

P.S. Hosting of an event for a class that is not sailed at that club is a truly impressive effort that should be applauded by the entire Radio Sailing community in Austalia. 

Well done Richard and members of Twin Towns Radio Yacht Club and Trevor Fisher for his efforts as National Class Coordintator in promoting the ten Raters.

QRYA Committee.

More images from the day.

Photos by Benji.








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