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DF95 North Queensland Championship to Jochein


11 October 2020

Townsville Radio Control Yachting Inc. hosted the 2020 championships which drew visitors from Whitsunday, Mackay and Moreton Clubs, totalling 11 enthusiasts.

We were greeted by a glorious spring day with fairly consistent light wind. Race Officer and Townsville President Ray Part addressed the fleet on the processes and spirit of the regatta. Sailing got underway at 10.15 am and unfolded some exciting racing. It promised to be an interesting day with the first three places in the first three races being shared by 5 different sailors. As the morning progressed the usual unplanned gear failure caused a few minor delays but great comradery saw problems shared and addressed so that the fleet stayed in together.

After eight heats Jamie Jochhein was stamping his superior skill on the regatta with five wins and three minor placings. Moreton sailor David Brunsdon had a satisfying win and Whitsunday’s Shane Beyer and Mackay’s Rob Black were building momentum behind Jamie. Townsville junior sailor Nick Dunne showed his potential with a second placing along with is dad Col.

As lunchtime approached Mackay’s Dean Anderson presented 813 into two third placings and Whitsunday’s Clay Bauman and Peter Millar challenged with a second and fourth and a second and third respectively. Townsville’s Leon Thomas put on notice his ability with a win in heat 9 and Whitsunday’s Chris Head gained a third placing in an early heat.

After lunch, rescue boat operator Bob Neunhoffer had a busy afternoon as wind strength and competition increased. Observers lead by John Collins and ably assisted by new Townsville Club juniors Madison and Paxton Campbell did an excellent job in the recording of some tight finishes.

Jamie continued to humbly assert his superior sailing skills while Shane, Rob and Col kept up some pressure with prominent placings during the afternoon.

Eighteen heats were sailed with three boats retiring over the last three heats. Winner of the regatta was sportsmanship and co-operation. Thank you to all participants.

The perpetual Tri Series between Mackay, Whitsundays and Townsville based on the efforts of the best two sailors from each centre was awarded to Whitsunday.

Regatta placings: First: Jamie Jochhein (Whitsunday)

Second: Shane Beyer (Whitsunday)

Third: Rob Black (Mackay)

Best Junior Sailor: Nick Dunne (Townsville)

Notes: Ian Matheson

Sec/Treasurer TRCY INC


Dragons in Paradise

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The Dragon Force 65 Queensland State  Championships 2020
Emerald Lakes, Carrara, Queensland

Regatta organised by Paradise Radio Yacht Club under the authority of the Queensland Radio Yachting Association.

Conditions were absolutely fantastic for the 2020 Queensland Dragon Force 65 state championships held at Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast and hosted by Paradise Radio Yacht Club on 4 October 2020.

There was a cool 5 to 15 km/h easterly with blue skies and 25°. Perfect conditions for the A+ rig. 

We had lots of visitors watching the close racing with the common comment being: “this is fantastic racing to watch” and thoroughly enjoyed in the beautiful Queensland weather.

There were 22 boats from three clubs across the state competing for the right to take and hold the Queensland Bindawalla perpetual trophy for another year, with a wide variety of sailors from Australian and international champions to beginners.

Time was spent with experienced sailors sharing their measurements and knowledge. A real symbol of the camaraderie and friendship in this strict one design class. Examples of competitor sailing background experience include the following:

  • We had Dean and his father Don Horton from the Raby BayDF65Pic2 Radio Club competing for the first time. Both are extremely experienced Etchell sailor out of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. Dean says “these DF65 are identical to the Etchell’s with identical tuning adjustments made to improve performance “.

  • Chris Young from PRYC was a successful 18-foot skiff champion on Sydney Harbour in the 70s. Chris is always in the mix and an experienced racer and great competitor.

  • Peter Cook from PRYC was the trimmer on the famous 12 metre “Gretel” which took a race off the Americans. Peter loves the fact that these are strict one design yachts where tuning and tactics makes the difference.

  • Mike Jefferys an experienced sailor in Diamond’s and International Soling fleets said “the real benefit of the DF65 is it is a strict one design class where everyone’s on equal footing with not cheque-book sailing”

  • Daniel Bergan an experience laser and trailer sailor originally from the Hunter Valley who established a DF family radio sailing club said “the DF65 teaches people how to sail and offers the opportunity to compete in association racing at the highest level”.

  • After sailing as a Flying Ant skiff Australian Titles competitor as a teenager, newcomer to radio sailing Scott Rudd enjoyed his first RC championship along with family supporters down from Brisbane to enjoy the regatta

DF65Pic3Covid spaced From Left: Edwin Luck(3'rd), Mike Jefferys (1'st) and Daniel Bergan (2'nd)Congratulations to Mike, Daniel and Edwin who took the first 3 podium positions. Well done and terrific achievement!

None of this these events happens without the efforts of the organising club and committee. The event was superbly organised by PRYC race committee managed by Trent Jarratt (Commodore) and Barry Hill (Sailing Secretary) with Trevor Fisher acting as race officer.  Trevor was assisted by a horde of volunteers with important contributions from Bill Clancy (CSO & Finisher), David Black & Peter O’Grady ( Scoring & Recording), Alan Walker ( (Boatman Course Setter), Ray Sweeney ( still image photographer), Mick Gentles, Ted Mulligan, Fred Bestall, Graham Bullen and Laurie Hinchcliff (Observers) and Warren Star (Start Audio).

Mike Jefferys (Qld DF Classes Coordinator).

View QRYA YouTube channel with Ian Lobley’s excellent video of Race 1:


Marbleheads State Championships at Newport

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2020 Queensland Marblehead Championships

Last minute arrangements and hard work by the organising committee meant that the Competition could continue although it would now be a one-day event. Many thanks go to the Newport team for their professional and organised event.

The Marblehead class continues to grow and although the event was originally going to be at Harvey Bay 12 boats still entered

Everyone watched the weather for cast for the week before as high winds were forecast and that was surely the case on the day. Everyone started on b and c rigs and pretty much stayed there all day.mclasspres

Competition was tough but Greg Torpy won the day with his brand new Grunge only put together in the preceding few weeks with but didn’t have it all his own way with Jason Nasmith, Geoff Morris , Garry Russell and Doug Allen all having wins over the day. Showing just how good the competition is in this class.

After Greg sorted his boat though he was never going to be beaten 18 Points after 18 races after discards , With Jason in second on 40 points and Garry Russell a close third on 45 points.

A special encouragement award to Stuart Boughton for his first major event well sone Stuart.

These events don’t just happen and the organising committee should be commended for their running of the event lead by PRO Ron Fawcett. The event was fun exciting and competitive with all penalties being swiftly actioned and fun to be had by all

2021 is going to be an exciting year for this class please let us know how we can beat Torpy in the future.

Trevor Fisher.


IOM Sailors Reset Calendars for State Championship

Gladstone5 September 2020

COVID-19 continues to affect our sailing calendar with the State IOM Championships rescheduled to the 21st and 22nd November in Gladstone. 

The Queensland Government is due to review the COVID-19 Directives in early October when the original date for the event was only a few weeks later.  The QRYA offered the November dates as an alternative to place more time between the current uncertainty and the IOM event and the club unanimously agreed.

In this unprecedented situation the considerations are complex, they include the number of entrants willing to travel to Central Queensland when regulations can change and the issue of people travelling out of Restricted COVID-19 areas into other parts of the state.

November will now be a busy month for IOM skippers with the rescheduled South Queensland event just two weeks after the States.  The Gladstone venue is a very popular one and we expect a big fleet to gather there again this year. A Notice of Race will be posted on the QRYA website in October.

Mark your calendars!

The Editor


Queensland RC Yachting COVID-19 Policy Released

COVID 19 Update3 September 2020

The QRYA has developed and released a Policy to guide Radio Controlled Yachting events on its calendar.  The Queensland Government 'Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports' describes the role of State/National Peak Sporting Bodies to provide guidance.

The QRYA COVID-19 Policy describes the QRYA requirements for hosting Queensland regional and State level events.  As important is the opportunity for each club to apply the same documentation to their club activities.

Following the release of this document, several clubs have started to build their own 'Site Specific' documents underneath these overarching documents.  Paradise Radio Yacht Club (PRYC) had developed their guidelines last month and have now harmonised them with both the QRYA Poilcy and the Queensland Goverment Plan for Outdoor Sports.  They have decided to attach the Site Specific plan as Attachment 4, an elegant solution.

Other clubs are well underway to compliance including Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron (MRYS) who are hosting the Marblehead State Championship and Springfield Lakes Maritime Modellers (SLMM), but other clubs are also engaged already following the release of the Policy on the 31st August.

The one-page QRYA Policy only describes the expectations of the Association, the central document is the Approved COVID-19 Management Plan produced by the State Government.  If health directions change, the plan will be changed for us.

Currently any sporting organisation working to an Approved Plan can hold an event with more than the 10 person limit applied in restricted areas, as long as they comply with the Plan.  Of course clubs are free define their own limits for regular activities.




The Editor


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