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DF65 Interclub Tri-Series - 9th June

We had a couple of no-shows but that was compensated for by extra entries on the day, so the starting fleet was a healthy 21 boats, 4 from BRYC, 8 from PRYC, and 9 from SLMM, which meant a slight widening of the starting line to keep to a 1-fleet racing event.

Can I say pathetic winds some of the time, however, we were all under the same trying conditions, so made the most of an otherwise pleasant day.

Once again I am pleased to say that apart from a couple of ‘discussions’ about penalties and rules, all was settled on the water fairly amicably. What more could you ask.

A late start due to poor wind meant we managed only 3 races before an early lunch, hoping things might improve, then some shortened races after lunch to complete 9 in total.

A couple of equipment failures reduced the fleet late in the day, but most soldiered on to the end.

Congratulations to the placegetters:
1st Ian Smith BRYC
2nd David Roberts BRYC
3rd Ian Robertson SLMM

The on-line results show the relative placings for the clubs as well as individuals.

Thanks to David Black for his usual effort with the scoring, Trevor Fisher for performing the RO duties and to Patrick Collins who "Observed" all day and also called us across the line.. Also thanks to Trevor and Ian Geary for the brand new markers, which certainly were much easier to see, and a dead-giveaway if you touched them.

Final thanks to John Heard and Rod Maunder for course adjustments and rescues.

Looking forward to the Queensland DF65 Championships on the 7th of July at SLMM. Don’t forget to register. We promise there will be more wind.!

Congratulations to all skippers for making this a successful event.

Report by Ian Robertson Treasurer SLMM


 

National DF 65 Invitational Challenge - 2018

 What a fantastic weekend to have the first Queensland National invitational challenge for the Dragon Force 65 class. The event was hosted by the Paradise Radio Yacht Club at Emerald Lakes on the 5/6 of May 2018. We had 31 registered competitors for the event which necessitated running AB fleets.

The weather was predicted to be freshening south easterlies of up to 35 km/h and the prediction didn't disappoint with the breeze gusting up to 40 km per hour making for some difficult tacking and downwind nose dives.
We had four interstate visitors including the current Victorian and New South Wales champions, namely Chris Dance and Phil Burgess respectively. Thanks also to David Heath and Paul Martin who made the effort to box up their boats and travel interstate for the competition.

Link to race report on PRYC site:

Link to race report on PRYC site:

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Dragon Force 65 (DF65) Inter-Club Tri Series - RD1

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Dragon Force 65 (DF65) Inter-Club Tri Series 2018 - Round #1 held on 3rd March, 2018

Hosted by Brisbane Radio Yacht Club (Carbrook)

The Dragon Force 65 (DF65) became a QRYA State Recognized Class on 18 January this year. As such, this was the first officially recognized event for the Class. The Tri Series is a series of three regattas to be hosted by Brisbane Radio Yacht Club (Carbrook), Springfield Lakes Maritime Modellers (Springfield Lakes) and Paradise Radio Yacht Club (Emerald Lake, Carrara) over the course of the year. The Series will ultimately recognize both the top three individual skippers and a champion club.

Brisbane Radio Yacht Club hosted Round One of the Tri Series at its Carbrook lake facility. The weather forecast for the day was anything but great – 3 to 6 knots South-westerly in the morning with the possibility of a 6 to 9 knot North-easterly later in the day. The weatherman wasn’t wrong. A+ rigs prevailed throughout the whole day, which was unfortunate for a couple of skippers who did not have them and were presented with a significant handicap when it came to performing well in the placings. A big fleet of 22 boats participated, but even with a longer startline, there were bumps and jostles aplenty at times during the countdowns. This continued at the windward and leeward marks, with blocks of boats becoming becalmed at just the wrong time and place whilst others managed to do a Steven Bradbury and skirt around them to get ahead of the pack. Just prior to the lunch break one race was saved from being abandoned by the arrival of a gentle zephyr which got most boats across the line in time.

After the early lunch break, which was very well timed by PRO Trevor Fisher, the breeze picked up a little more, but also swung around through 180 degrees. It did make for much better sailing conditions overall, but the bunch ups at the buoys continued to produce hails and 360’s! The better breeze in the afternoon ensured that 12 races were completed inside the allotted 5 hours. Well done to PRO Trevor for keeping the event running smoothly to allow this to happen. (He probably breathed a sigh of relief at the end of the day too, as no formal protest hearings were required.) Many thanks also to Regatta Scorer David Black for once again providing his services to radio yachting in general and the regatta in particular. The day’s results are posted below. Congratulations to Mr Consistency Mike Jefferys (PRYC) on his first place. Congratulations also to Ian Robertson (SLMM) (2nd) and Grant Lihou (SLMM) (3rd) for not letting Mike have everything his own way and making him work for his victory. Top Club on the day was PRYC (137 points) followed by SLMM (168 Points) and then BRYC (262 Points) Overall, a most enjoyable day was had by everyone, with lessons learnt about tuning for very light airs, sailing to the conditions and complying with the RRS.

The next regatta in the Tri Series will be hosted by Springfield Lakes Maritime Modellers on Saturday 9th June. Look forward to another big turnout of skippers to keep the Tri Series going, whilst fostering the growth of the DF65 Class in South East Queensland.

Thanks to John White from PRYC for the pictures and David Roberts from BRYC for this report.

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Thanks to John White from PRYC for the Pics and Dave Roberts from BRYC for the report.

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EC12 Day BRYC - 19th November 2017

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Sunday the 19th of November 2017 saw a round of the majestic EC12’s being held. These very graceful vessels look every bit the authentic thing when they are launched and it is without doubt a class that with the advent of the Dragon 65 and IOM’s has seen a decline in numbers. This is indeed a sad thing to see as I dare say there are no doubt a large number of the boats sitting in garages and under homes most possibly that haven’t seen the light of day in quite a while. A few weeks ago the EC12 owners association held a meeting and the thoughts are to try and get some interest going again in these boats and with BRYC hoping to run some of these events along with the boys at Newport we are sure that they will make a comeback. One of our members has already ordered a new boat and probably by about June July he will most likely be competing as well.

Our EC12 day saw a field of 6 skippers hitting the water and BRYC provided some great breezes which at times seemed to be coming from all over the shop, but the fellas that were competing felt that this only tested their skills even further so there were no complaints. Everyone on the pond behaved as gentleman would do with courtesy being given on rounding marks and there was no forcing boats out of the way or cutting off in any shape or form. All penalties were done without question. We started off with 6 boats but eventually this dwindled to about 4 then 3 so it was obvious that the craft hadn’t been used for a while and they had developed a few cobwebs. A great job was done by the volunteers from BRYC and we had plenty of people on hand to help and some of us ended up spectating.

Clive did a great job as always by providing some fantastic salad sandwiches. David Black as was there doing the scoring for us, so thanks to everyone who helped and a big thanks to those who competed. So please if you have an EC12 sitting in your garage and perhaps you’d like to sell it then please get in contact with us and I’m sure we will find a buyer for it.

Till next time please stay above the water

Paul.

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BRYC DF65 Open Series Round 6 - 24th September

The BRYC DF65 Open Series Round 6 24.09.2017 was held yesterday and once again the winds were very favorable for us as you can see by the picture of the flags. The BRYC DF65 Open Series Round 6 24.09.2017 was held yesterday and once again the winds were very favorable for us as you can see by the picture of the flags. 

We had a turnout of 13 skippers and the club would like to thank those that travelled a distance to come and compete with us, thanks fellas.The gentleman with the dog whose name is “Kimba” came all the way from Russell Island and travelled via ferry so this just goes to show that the event next Sunday at Karragarra Island can easily be accessed with your Dragon in tow as well. 

The winds remained fairly constant all day and there was some terrific sailing to be seen. We had 3 new skippers on the water and I guess they may have been fairly nervous but everyone was made aware of their presence on the course and all possible courtesies were extended to them.

I hope you enjoyed yourselves guys. Congratulations to Mike Jeffreys, Mick Wall, and Ian Ashe for placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd. It doesn’t matter where you placed the main thing at BRYC is that everyone had a great time and it was pleasant to see the newbies getting no end of help at the beginning of the day with their boats. 

Till next time stay above the water.

Paul.

 

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Newport Classic IOM Regatta - 2nd Sep

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 Report on the Newport Classic

The Newport Classic IOM Regatta attracted 26 entrants from 8 clubs from Central QLD to Northern NSW.  The Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron revived the event after a few years’ hiatus and the response exceeded the expectations. Recent improvements in the local facilities, including landscaping of the foreshore, cafe’ coffee shop, serviced toilets and a floating pontoon, deemed the location too good not to share with the Radio Sailing community.

The weather conditions were exactly as forecast with the 8 knot southerly at registration time, dropping and clocking to the east, then to northeast as the morning progressed.  The first seeding race (up on the QRYA Youtube channel with others) was run in zero to five knots from a variety of directions.  The boat crew and Race Officer (Ian Ashe) were very busy in the run-up to lunch. 

Lunch was at the adjacent Izba Café where we had seating in the shade with a view of the racecourse.  The lunch break started at 11:45 to allow the breeze to settle and it had the desired effect when racing recommenced at 12:30 p.m.

The breeze stabilised to 8 to 10 knots from the northeast and the buoys shifted little over the remainder of the day.  The weather was perfect for a competitive and enjoyable IOM A-rig event.

The full results are on the QRYA website. Greg Torpy (Wynnum Manly MRYC) convincingly took first place 10 points clear of Arron Farrar (Gladstone RCYC) with Doug Allen (Club Kawana RY) just two further points away.

Cr. James Houghton (MBRC) is the council representative for area and he presented the trophies to the winners.  James said he was impressed with the fleet and the sport itself, committing to further council support for the club and next year’s event.

The Newport Classic was supported by

The Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron and competitors are very grateful for their support.

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