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RC Laser Class Championship of Nations

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The RC Laser Class Championship of Nations was very successfully conducted by host club, Paradise Radio Yacht Club, with a week of extremely competitive yacht racing involving 56 competitors from 8 countries : Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa, Czechoslovakia, Netherlands, Sweden.The RC Laser Class Championship of Nations was very successfully conducted by host club, Paradise Radio Yacht Club, with a week of extremely competitive yacht racing involving 56 competitors from 8 countries : Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa, Czechoslovakia, Netherlands, Sweden.

The Championship of Nations had only previously been contested on two occasions, 2013 in UK and 2015 in Holland.

With a week of unusual and unseasonal weather which produced incessant rainy days and strong to very strong southerly winds, 68 races were started and completed without any complications or damage to competing Yachts, support vessels or event infrastructure.The sport of Radio Control Yacht Racing, Paradise Radio Yacht Club and the Gold Coast being declared clear winners by all in the accolade stakes.

The yachting regatta resulted in an Australian domination of The Championship Of Nations event with 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings going to entrants from Victoria, South Australia and Queensland respectively.

In conjunction “seniorʼ age group awards were made for Masters [50-59 yrs], Grand Masters [60-70yrs] and Great Grand Masters [70+ yrs].Winners from NZ, NSW and Gold Coast respectively. 

A best Australian cumulative team award went to South Australia.

The weekʼs activities commenced on Monday 6/11 with boat registrations and scrutineering , followed by an organised afternoon of practice.An official welcome event held at Lakeside Bistro followed in the evening with PRYC Commodore, Allan Walker welcoming all competitors, partners, friends and family.

Sponsors: RACV Royal Pines, Royal Woods Resort, Mercure Resort, Thrifty car Rentals, Gloria Jeans and The Burleigh Fish Monger were acknowledged.

Special applause was forthcoming for Gold Coast City Council, recognising the terrific involvement, guidance and support from Sport and Recreation and Special Events management and staff which made the event feasible.

The Commodore also introduced VIP Councillor Bob LaCastra and effusively thanked him for his support for our sport and our Club over the past 10-12 years.

Councillor Bob displayed all his stage and political skills and entertained the large crowd who showed him their warm appreciation.

An organised pause in the event programme took place at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month when all present took part in a special Remembrance Day ceremony. The week finished with a presentation evening and dinner at The Lakeside Bistro where video of racing was continuously screened, flags of all competing Nations presented to relevant countrymen as keepsakes and trophies presented to all winners who responded to the accolades of all present.

We have included and/ or attached hereto a small but representative collection of photographs, including the “Event Village”, sailors on water and ashore, the myriad of volunteers without whom the event could not have succeeded, our catering team who served over 400 lunches and kept all present topped up with water and fruit, and our Remembrance Day ceremony.

Allan Walker

14NOVV

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