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QLD IOM Championship - 28/29th October 2017

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The State of Queensland International One Meter Championships have been sailed and won in perfect conditions in the Gladstone Marina last weekend.

The predicted 7-12 knot north to northeasterlies arrived at the exact start time allowing PRO Ian Ashe to set a perfect course close to the skippers and with uninterrupted and unrestricted winds. Skippers were impressed with the elevated vantage of their yachts and the constant breeze, prompting many to suggest the Gladstone location as one of the best places to sail in Queensland. Skippers from the Wynnum/Manly, Springfield Lakes, Kawana, Brisbane, Moreton, Fraser Coast and north to Mackay joined the Gladstone contingent to make a disappointing but strong 16 boat competition.

 

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QLD A Class Championship - 9th September

A Class State Championship Results. The winds were light coming from the SW in the morning then swinging to the SE in the afternoon. There  were 9 boats entered, 1 Peter Morris from the Sunshine Coast, 2 Laurie Hinchcliff & John Heard from the Gold Coast, 1 Yeo Sands from Bundaberg, 1 Glenn Kinsela from Wollongong NSW, 1 Iain Kirley from Cooloola Qld, Then we had the local boys Jason Nasmith, Ray Nasmith and Bob Worton. Attached is the A Class State Championship Results. The winds were light coming from the SW in the morning then swinging to the SE in the afternoon.

There  were 9 boats entered, 1 Peter Morris from the Sunshine Coast, 2 Laurie Hinchcliff & John Heard from the Gold Coast, 1 Yeo Sands from Bundaberg, 1 Glenn Kinsela from Wollongong NSW, 1 Iain Kirley from Cooloola Qld, Then we had the local boys Jason Nasmith, Ray Nasmith and Bob Worton. 
Peter won by 1 point over John and Jason further 3 points behind them, and Laurie not too far behind. There was a certainly a tussle for the 1st 3 places.

There were 2 new boats Glenn with a Stilletto & Iain with a Gothica (Frank Russell design) both had their teething problems hence the show this. Bob had his scorpion going quite well at times. Ray had rudder servo problem early on, a new fixed that problem.It was good to see a  good turn up of A Class boats on the water and we hope to see more interest in the future.

Regards Ray

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S/QLD 10R Championships - 13th August

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Yesterday saw the BRYC , Eagleby venue hold the 10 Rater South East Queensland Championships 2017. We had a very good turn out of 9 skippers taking these majestic vessels to the water. They never cease to amaze people with their graceful appearance in the water,and,and I’m not talking about the skippers it’s the 10 Raters I’m talking about.The weather was wonderful with mild temperatures ,plenty of sunshine and best of all some great winds, which while being intermittent still provided enough for plenty of action.

We provided some beautiful hand made trophies crafted from timber from Blackbutt by one of our newest members, Mr. Ray Aisbett, pictures shown. Thanks very much Ray. As usual an event such as this takes a lot of preparation and organizing by volunteers not only from our club but anyone that had the inclination to help. You know who you are and we thank you.

Congratulations to Greg, Frank, and John on obtaining 1st, 2nd and 3rd.We had quite a few comments on how pleasant this venue is being in a country like setting and free of traffic noise we are looking at the costs etc of improving this venue further with our main focus being on obtaining a shipping container to lock away the gear and some sought of permanent shade. If you can help in any way please feel free to contact Clive Ball or Richard Jaffray. Any thoughts on the matter would be appreciated.Thank you and as always“Stay above the water”.

Peter Newman

Report #2

9 boats sailed in the 10R championship today. The event was hosted by the Brisbane Radio Yacht Club and held at their Eagleby venue.

Winds were very light and variable and only 2 races were sailed before lunch time was called. The first 2 races were won by Greg Torpy with Frank Russell not far behind. A total of 12 races were sailed for the day. After lunch, the conditions were not much better and Ian Ashe was finding it difficult to set a course. The wind direction was changing and at least 2 races had down wind finishes, which confused a few of the spectators, (and competitors)

The 2 top placegetters managed to share 1st place 9 times so you were doing very well if you could keep up with Greg and Frank. No major mishaps except one sailor managed to hit the last buoy head on and managed to dismast himself in the process.

Trevor Fisher had intermittent radio problems and finally had to retire and miss the last 4 races.

Congratulations to the Winner Greg Torpy on 13 pts, 2nd Frank Russell on 21 pts and 3rd John Musgrave on 37 pts.

A big thank you to David Black for scoring, Ian Ashe for doing the PRO duties, and to the Brisbane Radio Yacht Club and the volunteers and observers that helped run the event.

Ian Lobley

Video clips are on the homepage QRYA Youtube Channel.

Eddie Cowell Perpetual Trophy - 4/6th Aug

Another successful year for the Eddie Cowell Perpetual Trophy, the event seems to be getting bigger every year and this event was no different with close to 50 Skippers attending the event.

We had competitors from all major states, our friends from across the ditch New Zealand and some from as far away as Singapore and Malaysia. It's always nice to have an international flavour and talking to some of the Kiwis, there will be more coming over next year, there's also a rumour that the world champ Zvonko Jelacic from Croatia might be attending next year's event too. There is also talk of a name change to the Eddie Cowell International which has a nice ring to it.

The weather was perfect, although at times the wind had dropped out and 1 race had to be abandoned. Apart from the odd race or two, the wind was consistent enough to keep the races coming. There were 3 fleets and over the three days they managed to keep the races flowing with 15 races (x3 fleets).

The top four placegetters all managed to get a couple of wins each. Paul Jones was consistent as always and was hardly out of the top 3 throughout the event. He would go on to successfully defend his title with a comfortable win, Sean Wallis from WA pushed him hard though, as did Greg Torpy. Lisa Blackwood from Tasmania was always up there too sailing Jeff Byerley’s new design Nitro, she finished a creditable 4th.

I had to feel for Allan Walker, he was unlucky at times as he would be in good positions only to suffer intermittent radio problems during the race, this happened more than once. While in a very nice position, Bill Clancy was unfortunate too as his boat decided to stop and have a friendly chat with an unused bouy halfway up the last leg in A fleet, as the rest of the fleet sailed past him :(

Congratulations goes to winner Paul Jones on 33 points, 2nd Sean Wallis 47 points and closely followed by Greg Torpy on 51 points.

Big thank you goes to our scorer David Black and his lovely team of helpers, Anne Walker, Betty Churcher and Elaine Brown. Thanks to our race organisers, course setters and valuable observers.

Thanks also to Nick Lindsey for his fine photography, Ian lobey for his YouTube clips and Bruce Mathers for his videos and photos.

Hope to see all next year Eddie Cowell

Youtube by Ian Lobley 

Yotube by Bruce Mather

 

QLD Dragon Force Championship - 22nd July 2017

Story of the Dragon Force 65 Queensland State Champion Bindawalla Perpetual Trophy.

 A silver-plated platter named the "Bindawalla Perpetual Trophy" was donated by the Jefferys Family.

The Trophy is to be held each year by the current Queensland Dragon Force 65 State Champion and then passed onto the next year’s winner.

 The name "Bindawalla" is aboriginal for happy home and “represents those values important to us all” (family quote). It was the name of the Jefferys Family boat which they raced successfully and then cruised to the Barrier Reef for a number of years.

Given that most Dragon Force RC skippers have had a lifelong involvement with yacht racing, this trophy reflects that history and is a fitting annual award. It will record event winners from the very first year of official Queensland Dragon Force Championship competition.

2017 Queensland Dragon Force Championship Winner’s Perspective(from this year’s first placed skipper)

The Dragon Force 65 Queensland State titles were hosted by Paradise Radio Yacht Club at Emerald Lakes on Saturday 22nd July, with a record 27 competitors from four Queensland and two NSW clubs competing in this open event.

A keen NSW entrant Paul Martin from the Blue Mountains was up at 4am in the morning to travel to Sydney airport and jump on a flight to compete in the first official Q’ld State Title.  Paul and two other NSW competitors, namely Kel and Phil Burgess are members of Royal Sydney Yacht squadron which is to host the first NSW title on 30th September this year.

Conditions on the day were variable with very light air to start the day providing some extremely challenging racing. Phil Burgess, who finished race one in first place ended up 8th in the next race. This set the pattern for sailing the first half of the day, however the trusty Q’ld south-easterly kicked in around lunchtime with the last three or four races sailed competitively.  The close starts featuring several general recalls and one black flag start were evidence of a very competitive fleet.

As usual, consistency was the key to the day with only three points separating the top two boats with Mike Jefferys (PRYC) 1st on 12 points, Andrew Wilson (WMRYC) 2nd on 15 points and Laurie Hinchcliff (PRYC) 3rd on 24 points.

For Mike "the key to large fleet racing is to sail your own race and stay clear, where possible of potential problems by looking forward, anticipating problems and reducing interactions with other competitors”. “It still came to the wire in nearly every race because the competition was so fierce”.

Mike’s thoughts on the Class:

“Being a one design class means boats are perfectly matched with the difference being a single shift in your favour or a good start. It comes down to your skills and not the cheque book that so often rules the winners circle in sailing. My son who loves electronic games also, has gravitated to the sport because it offers such a unique skill set; concentration, focus, competition and fun in an outdoor environment with likeminded friendly members" Today’s Q’ld event has been a great learning experience for this upcoming growing class with now over 500 sailors Australia wide”.

By the Way:     Competitors may not have made it to the ‘social pages’ but apparently the event made it into the Gold Coast Bulletin ‘Lifestyle Coast Weekend Top 3 Family Fun on a Budget’activities. We were granted this status by the discerning newspaper reporter who wrote that we were ‘fighting it out with the coolest model boats in town’.

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2017 Central Qld IOM Championships Story

2017 Central Qld IOM Championships Story

CQLD IOM Champs 8th 9th July 2017 Nick LINDSLEY 56We had nowhere to sail.

We were tossing up between the University Lake – full of weeds which had just been harvested and then the Council guys broke the hydraulics while trying to haul the weeds out of the lake and no clear date for the repair to be completed,

Burrum Heads – too far to travel both days and then setup everything both days and Madsens Rd Lake – still trying to make their insurance company accept that they would be covered by the QRYA Insurance coverage without that being specified in writing anywhere.

6 weeks before the event we finally got the approval (while setting up for John McIntosh’s Birthday Party) that we could sail on The Springs Lake – a new R.V. Park being constructed at Madsens Rd, Nikenbah just South of Pialba Hervey Bay Qld.

With nothing yet in place at this building site it would be a sprint to the start line of the Championships.

After a couple of let downs with a pontoon we acquired 2 pontoons & had them dragged onto a tilt tray tow truck & dropped into the lake, towed them with our 9ft tinny & 4HP outboard into position. A few working bees to get barnacles off, timbers bolted into place, 20mm anchor chain (Anthony I was joking when I said we had the QEII!), truck brake drums as anchors, brackets, cleats, sleepers for the terraced steps and sourcing the bike ramps as our draw-bridge to gain access.

1 week before the Championships we finished the steps & we could then focus on all the other components of the event.

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South Queensland IOM Championship - 29/30th April

Updated: Paradise Radio Yacht Club successfully hosted the event at Emerald Lakes, Gold Coast.

The weather was perfect, with partly cloudy ,25 degree temperatures. The wind was from south west to south east, A rig, 5 to 12 knots, on both days. The water was clean and generally smooth.

Skippers from two NSW and seven Queensland clubs travelled to Emerald Lakes from as far afield as Gladstone in the north and Lake Macquarie in NSW.

28 competitors, were divided into two fleets and a total of 16 races were completed over the 2 days, allowing 3 drops.

Lindsay and Anne Walker, capably carried out the PRO and heat management/scoring roles.David Black volunteered his fine skills to compile the results

tn P1020865 2000x1414a4 patThe courses, were windward and returns, two and a half times, taking about 12 minutes to complete.

Paul Jones, from Lake Macquarie won by a comfortable margin, from Allan Walker, then Greg Torpy.

16 different brands of IOM yachts competed. The skill and experience, and some good luck, proving to be the most important factor in winning results.

Read more: South Queensland IOM Championship - 29/30th April

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