Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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DF95 now a State Sanctioned Class

The DragonFlite 95 (DF95) is now recognised by the QRYA as a State Sanctioned Class.   The application submitted to the Management Committee was approved on 7th December, following receipt of the required details from the Class Coordinator.
 
DF95s are currently sailing in the following clubs;
 
The DF95 is an exciting one design class that is very accessible to those entering the sport of Radio Yachting, while providing challenging competition for experienced radio sailors.  
 
 
Also an interesting read is the regular newsletters this class produces, the most recent one is linked here for November 2018.
 
State Sanctioned Classes have a State Championship each year, so now the QRYA events calendar will be revisited and a new version released in January showing new or revised DF95 events.
 
It will be interesting to see who the first DF95 State Champion will be!
 

Masters Divisions Announced for the Australian National Championships 2019

Age based categories have been used in major sporting events for many years. The Masters Games may be the best known while many large sailing classes have used them for decades.

For 2019, the Australian Radio Yachting Association (ARYA) has accepted a proposal from the Queensland Radio Yachting Association (QRYA) to trial age based categories in the Australian Championships being held in Queensland in February next.

The categories are defined as follows;

Division

Age Range

Open  

All entrants

Junior

 < 25

Masters

65 - 74

Grand Masters

75+

 

Please Note:

  • All Racing will be in Open Division. The normal fleet system will be used and the division placings are back-calculated from the Heat Management System (HMS) results.
  • Age will be taken from 4 February 2019.
  • It will be possible for a sailor to win in Open and one of the other categories they are qualified for.

All entrants are in Open Division but on Registration each competitor will be given the option to nominate for one of the age based divisions. Trophies will be awarded at the discretion of the Organising Committee.

Winners will be recognised as “Australian National Champion” of a division.

 


 

10 Rater 2018 State Championships

 

The fleet comprised a total of 8 boats on the day, with a good selection of designs represented.


The latest 10R State Championships was held off the point at Regatta Waters yesterday, in what I can only describe as a real "mixed bag" of weather conditions. Competitors experienced everything from bright sun to thunder and lightning, and winds that went from zero all the way up to 25 knots.

It wasn't only representatives from Queensland who competed - there were 2 NSW skippers, Gary Bromley with his Diamond, and Ben Taylor, sailing his new orange Sanga for only the second time. Trevor Fisher also sailed a Diamond, and these two designs dominated the event.

Graham Cowling was the first winner in a new category, sponsored by Trevor Fisher, for the first home-designed and built boat. This is a good initiative, which was awarded to encourage skippers to design and build their own boats.

The extreme range of wind conditions necessitated several rig changes during the day.

Greg Torpy was the winner, with 10 firsts to finish up with 18 points from 16 races.  Ben Taylor came in second, with 7 firsts, with 22 points. Gary Bromley rounded out the placings, with 7 second placings to finish on 37 points

 

All in all, it was an enjoyable event for all who competed.

 

Thanks to Ian Ashe, PRO and David Black, who took care of the scoring, plus the team of volunteers from PRYC behind the scenes who ran the event. Thanks also to the QRYA for securing the venue, the Council permits and managing the Southport Yacht Club relationships.

 

Mark Perkin  PRYC Sailing Secretary

 

 

More Images from the day.

Results here

 


 

Call for Volunteers!

The 2019 ARYA National Championships are approaching rapidly and we have a few vacancies on our list of personnel for the event.

If you are either competing in one class and are available as a volunteer for another class, or are not sailing but intended to drop by for a look on one or more days, please register your interest.  We are over allocating the staff list with reserves in case we need them.

This is a great opportunity to give something back to the sport we all enjoy!

Click here for the Volunteer Registration Form

Only takes a minute.  Looking forward to seeing you at the event.

 


 

DF95 Global Championship Regatta USA

For those sailing these boats, or for those who have been watching them, this event should be of interested to you. I see there are a couple of Aussies entered.

"This inaugural DF95 Global Invitational Regatta will be the chance for skippers worldwide to determine who will be the best DF95 skipper on the planet!
80 skippers from at least 15 countries  will race for 5 days at one of the premiere radio sailing venues in the USA, Bass Pro Shops in Garland, Texas from November 3rd - November 9th.
The event will be live-streamed, with results and live races available to view by sailors, and  radio sailing enthusiasts via the internet worldwide. This feed will include LIVE updated scoring, exciting race video, along with commentary and expert analysis."

 
 

80 Skippers from 15 Countries

Competitors  from 15 + Countries will battle it out over 5 days of racing to see who the best DF95 skipper on the planet is

Live stream / live scoring

A comprehensive, broadcast quality live stream designed to highlight the racing action with commentary to appeal to new sailors and sailing enthusiasts

Great One Design Radio Sailing

DF95 sailing at the fantastic Bass Pro Venue is both challenging and fun to watch, with big wind, big waves, and big fun!

 


 

 

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