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Are You Affiliated?

JamesCook25 March 2021

Sometimes here on the dizzy heights of the 9th floor of QRYA Headquarters we get requests from clubs hosting events to check the list of entrants to see if they are all affiliated.  Well, this association has invested heavily to ensure that event organisers can do that themselves.

Some years ago, a simple, foolproof solution was devised that needs no internet connection and can be used anywhere, any time to verify that an entrant is covered by the Public Liability Insurance provided by his/her membership of an affiliated club.  It is called a QRYA Membership card.

Now this piece of plastic is issued every year to every person affiliated in Queensland.  It can be stored in your wallet or with your boat registration document.  You can take a picture and store it on your phone too, but the bottom line is that there is no excuse for a sailor entering an event not to be able to prove that they have insurance cover.

For those who may be in the "too kool for skool" class on this and you think that everyone knows who you are, I can tell you that well known sailors have entered Championship events while not being a member of any club for several years.  People like this compete in multiple QRYA events and at their club and not one person bothered to check (except us snoops).  One of them finished near the pointy end of a Championship.  Not sure about you, but I expect most sailors would think this is not good enough and regatta organisers are exposed to risk they thought they were covered for.  It is the responsibility of each Race Committee to check, not the QRYA.JamesCook life

This coming year the cards will be produced and distributed as soon as each club completes the annual renewals, beginning early April.  This year they have a scale on the bottom edge for those who want to measure their boat tune and have lost their really hard to read stainless rulers, or left it on the bench.  The rest who don't measure can just continue to say "I set it up the same way but it's just not the same today".

This year also, we have produced 'Life Fellow' (Life Membership) cards for each of those holding that honour.  These cards have no end date as the award does not and each will have received one by the time this is published.  The Honour Board on the website lists the recipients.

Thank you to Ian Lobley for the card design, Life Fellow card concept and production to come, and to Ian Smith of the Brisbane Club for the ruler idea.  We thought the ruler was rubbish a few years ago (probably just because it was not our idea) but finally thought it had merit and here it is.

So when you get your card from your club secretary, store it safely, take a phone photo in case you lose it and be prepared to produce it to prove your affiliation.  It will work anywhere in Australia.  If you don't renew your club membership on time you will not get one on time.  For regatta organisers, ask entrants for proof of affiliation at the registration desk and you too are covered.

Ron Fawcett



David Black Milestone


DBFaceandcard16 March 2021

Everyone in Queensland Radio Yachting knows who David Black is.  Those who have come to this sport in the last few years most likely see him as a scorer, others who have been around for longer also know him as a previous QRYA office-bearer, at least in the Secretary/Treasurer or President roles, others who have been around even longer remember him from the Queensland Model Boat Association days in the 1980's or even before.

For his services David belongs to an elite very small group of  'Life Fellows' or Life Members of the State Association.  The list appears on the Honour Board on the QRYA website.

David recently celebrated a milestone birthday and to recognise the event the Association issued the first 'Life Fellow' card.  QRYA cards are issued for one year traditionally ending 31st May, however the recognition of Life Fellow has no end date.

At David's birthday, the QRYA Treasurer Ian Lobley presented David with a card on behalf of the Radio Yachting community of Queensland, and his new card.

The rarest commodity in our sport is the volunteer.  For many years David has given his time and personally invested significant resources to score sailing events all overDBworking Queensland.  For those of us who travel to events, we know that most of the cost has nothing to do with the entry fees, it is in the cost of travel and accommodation.  We are lucky that David sees his scoring duties as a hobby.  So David belongs to a very rare breed of volunteer who not only provided their time, but actually their own resources as well.

Please join us to wish David all the best for his next decade and to thank him for on-going incredible contribution he has made to Radio Sailing in Queensland.

The Editor


DF65 Interclub Series R1, March 6, 2021, Springfield Lakes

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Well, the racing year is off to a flying start with the first of the inter-club series held at Springfield Lakes on Saturday, in what can only be called fairly good condition for our venue. The winds were reasonably good most of the day from the East to South East, with some variation in strength and direction, but that’s Springfield.
It was great to have a fleet of 20 boats on the lake again, a bit like old times, and hopefully a sign of the future. We were particularly pleased to not only have 7 skippers from PRYC but 2 from our new friends from Raby Bay, and with a volunteer from SLMM in Ian Gordon to make up the necessary 3 man club team. The rest of the fleet was from SLMM.
Rnd1Ron Pic 2As we have all come to realise, and John Heard made these remarks, these events only have success due to the willingness of the volunteers that help run the events. So, thanks to Ian Ashe for his RO duties today, he did a fine job. Thanks also to David Black for his tireless efforts in scoring the event with the assistance of Shelley Heard and Norm Gough calling the finish positions. Ian Geary  was manning the rescue Kayak and had a couple of calls for help, apart from altering the course marks prior to the start of the day. Also a big thank you to Ipswich City Council for supplying the portable toilet for the day and Marty Wallace for liaising with the council and playing a major part in this happening.
Mike Jefferys was in his usual good form, but as John Heard said in his closing remarks, the pack is improving and is after Mike. I am sure Mike will make it a tough as possible. There were 5 others that had wins, John Heard (2), Scott Rudd (2), Marty Wallace (3), John Daley (1) and Bob McKinnon (1). Well done guys.
First 3 positions: Mike Jefferys 28 points, Scott Rudd 60, Ian Robertson 72.
By Ian Robertson 
Results HERE



What happened to the A Class?

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In January 2021, the A Class was quietly removed from the list of State Sanctioned Classes here in Queensland.  There was no fanfare about it, why draw attention to something no one wanted to see happen.  Now it is time to talk about what actually happened and why. 

The rules for recognising classes in States and National level are set by the ARYA By-laws;


Since 2019 the relevant section says;

1.3 State Sanctioned Class – to be eligible and remain eligible for recognition as a State Sanctioned Class:

i) six or more yachts must be raced regularly, in an organised manner by a Club affiliated with the ARYA.

'Regularly' could be a few times a year, but regularly, by a club and at least six of them.  The count was zero club events that complied.  For at least the last three to four years the only time six or more A Class boats appeared was for each of the three Championship events the QRYA scheduled each year.  Championships should be a result of qualifying to do so, not the only time they sail.

The QRYA drew this to the attention of the key A Class stakeholders and accepted the appointment of a Class Coordinator two years ago, but no regular sailing happened.  That effectively demonstrated that the future of any yacht class is in the hands of the owners themselves, not the administrators.   It's boats on the water that count, not sending emails.  So the State Association had a choice, to finally apply the rules we are there to administer, or continue to ignore them.  We chose to apply them.  Is that even a choice really?

I recall seeing the A Class for the first time while volunteering at a championship event at Newport QLD and was very impressed.  I saw a little flag on each backstay and asked what that was for.  I had a couple of A Class owners respond at the same time to tell me that it was the 'Owner's Flag', it was a Class Rule!  They glanced at each other sideways.  But I was impressed that every single yacht there complied, they respected the rules.  There are also rules that this State has to follow as a member of the National Association.

Understandably, A Class owners are still well less than impressed after being left with no Championship events to get the boats out of the shed for, and no regular class sailing to fall back on.  But that wake-up call has had an effect that other discussions have not.  The Lake Samsonvale club has now scheduled club events intended to get the class back on the State radar.  Meanwhile the boats can sail anywhere they want to including National Championships, they just do not appear on the State Calendar.

We commend the Lake Samsonvale club's actions and wish them every success in getting to these graceful classic yachts once again appearing on the State list of Sanctioned Classes.

Secretary QRYA


Coomera Cup Scored!

CCstart1 March 2021

We just had an IOM event using the Simple Heat Scoring System here in Queensland hosted by the Wynnum Manly club.  After years and years of using HMS how did the experiment at the Coomera Cup go?

Answer?  Pretty good ... it depends.

For sailors the experience was really interesting.  No more cruising in third place in B-Fleet because the score will not count anyway, that was perhaps the biggest difference, along with the matching absence of the let down of coming forth last in A-fleet.  But there was a sightly confusing sequence where you were either in the next race, the one after that or you miss two races, which forces you to read and then re-check the display to see what was happening.  The effect was that in a spread out parking area some became slightly paranoid after discovering that the list that appeared on their phone was not the same as the one near the control area. 

Once or twice a few sailors were called when the listing updated after they checked.  There was a mysterious lag that meant the only version you could trust was the screen near the control area, maybe.  The electronic glitches such as the lag and screen time-outs meant that the committee at times had to white-board the next fleet to just to make sure.CCFleetwith48

But this was a trial after all.  The club had a new scoring system, new equipment and volunteers inexperienced in using it, based on lots of technology including bluetooth distributed speakers in the control area triggered by a wearable control unit.  Given all that, it was amazing that it ran as smoothly as it did.

The decision to split the fleet to the final gold and silver was done half way through the second day.  Given that all the scores are carried over but all the drops are left behind, that meant that if not enough races were completed after the split that it was very sudden death.  One bad race could torpedo your plans for the gong so fortunately enough racing did happen in the afternoon to produce a 'drop'.  There was a surprisingly noticeable reduction in the stress levels for all concerned after the split.  Those in Gold fleet were happy to be there and those in Silver were resigned to the fact that they were there because they had not sailed well enough, determined to have some fun with the few races remaining.

So were there any surprises?  Yes, one in particular that manifested itself at the pointy end of the fleet.  I have (you may have too) noticed that some people in the first few places find a groove, a pattern that they 'cookie-cut' for next races.  If they won the last race from one end of the line and the conditions are the same almost, then they will of course rinse-repeat that for the next one, and because there are roughly the same people in the heat, the others get used to it too.  I have seen an entire day unfold that way with one person winning most of the races using what some would call at times, overly aggressive gamesmanship to defend their tactics.  Others learn to stay away and let them have it and the cycle continues, reinforced.  Well that didn't happen this time.

ccdrifterstartFor this event the same same people were less often out in front on the first leg because before the Gold/Silver split, there was no time to train each other in where you were going to start as it was a new mix of sailors every time.  The difference was unexpected, remarkable and refreshing.  We already suspected that when the split happens matters somehow, but now we know one reason why.  The longer it is before the split the more races there are that have to be taken race-by-race rather that a 'rinse-repeat' formula.

Having learned that, if you have enough racing, the good sailors will float to the top anyway and the results show that.  The top five places are almost identical to results we have seen for HMS events and the order looked like one you could have predicted based on the recent past.  From that you can conclude that the experiment with the scoring system had no effect on the over all placing, at least for this event, but some people had to work harder for their rewards.

I did hear that some issues had popped up with the online software and the New Zealand authors were responding as needed.  Not ideal to be sorting bugs during a regatta but support was good apparently and it all worked out in the end.


The Editor

Results HERE

Photos thanks to Nick Lindslay.  More HERE

Videos by Ian Lobley 



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