Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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Ian Ashe awarded Life Membership of the QRYA

LifeMandRonSmAt the QRYA Annual General Meeting 16th June, Ian Ashe, a stalwart of Queensland Radio Sailing was presented with Life Membership.

Ian is best known for the selfless donation of his time to perform the Principal Race Officer role, from one end of this large State to the other, while still finding the time to be an active club competitor. This year Ian was a vital member of the Organising Committee for the 2019 Australian Championships, then supplied PRO services to several of the fleets over a 10 day period. 

Left: Ian Ashe recieving his award from Ron Fawcett, Secretary QRYA.

Ian took the time to pen the words below after receiving his award.

My first encounter with RC sailing, saw an A Class yacht in a Hobby shop window in Hobart in 1984 and bought it without any previous experience with RC yachting and joined the Risdonbrook Radio Yacht Club.

We decided to move to Townsville early 1985. I rang the Townsville Secretary who said “don’t bring that thing up here we only sail Marbleheads”. So I sold the A (at the same Hobby shop) and arrived in Townsville August 1985.

I joined TMMC and at their at next AGM their Secretary resigned and I was appointed Secretary and stayed in that job for 10 years. Became club President in 1995 till our move to Brisbane in 2006.  Before leaving Townsville I was made a Life Member of TMMC.

I joined BRYC for a year then MRYS and became their VP for couple of years before joining PRYC in 2017 till present time.

In the meantime, whilst still in Townsville, I was appointed QRYA State Measurement Coordinator from 2003 to 2005, then Vice President 2005 to late 2006.

The then QRYA President, Dave Turton, resigned mid-term in late 2006 so I became President till next AGM in 2007.

Re-elected President for next 7 years  but did not nominate again at 2015 AGM.

2017 saw complete change of Committee and elected State Events Coordinator till present day.

After resignation of QRYA President during 2019 I took over that position as well till the AGM.

I was re-elected Events Coordinator at 2019 AGM.

Always humble, what Ian did not mention are the countless events he has officiated at, mostly at his own expense for the benefit of the sport we all share.  His contribution continues.  Ian was asked to renominate for the Events Coordinator for the coming year and fortuneately for us all, he agreed.

So next time you see Ian, please congratulate him and thank him for helping Radio Sailing in Queensland be the successful sport that it is.


2019 SE Queensland DF65 Championships


17 skippers entered for the SE Queensland DF65 Championships held at Spring Lake, Springfield Lakes.
The weather gods promised 5 to 6kn breeze, perfect for the baby RC Yachts, with also a strong possibility of some precipitation.

Welcome and briefing was help at 9.45am ready to start racing at 10am, only one slight problem, no wind.
We managed to get three races completed in the trying conditions by 11.30am before an early lunch was called by the race officer, with the hope that the promised wind would eventuate.
Racing got underway again after the luncheon adjournment and we managed to complete 8 races before calling it quits for the day.
No rain eventuated but also none of the promised wind.

It was quite a sight to see 16 boats in an almost straight line across the course halfway through a couple of races which made for some pretty tense moments approaching the mark rounding’s. This just shows how close the racing of these little boats can be.DFSQwinners

The ever-consistent Mike Jeffery’s came out on top finishing the day in 1st place.
Grant Lihou finished in 2nd with Andrew Wilson finishing in 3rd on a countback from John Gower.

Thanks to the committee and members of Springfield Lakes Maritime Modelers for all there help to make the day a success and giving up their normal sailing day.

Thanks to Trevor Fisher for performing the Race Officers duties and  David Black, Shelley Heard and Lis Larsen for scoring the day.

Thanks also to Patrick Collins and Ian Ashe for helping out as observers.

Remember without these volunteers we would be able to enjoy these events.

John Heard
Springfield Lakes Maritime Modelers



The inaugural ‘Sunshine Coast International One Metre Regatta’ is on in August!!


This three-day event will follow the tradition of previous events conducted at Lake Kawana. Being held on the 2nd to 4th of August a high-quality program of sailing is planned and will continue to grow radio sailing as an international sport. With the support of the QRYA and ARYA behind us the Sunshine Coast will offer this inaugural event to evolve in to one of the premier events on the radio sailing calendar in Australia. You can find out more about the event through the dedicated website created by Sean Wallis at http://www.sciregatta.com.

Looking forward to seeing you in August!


Open Session after the QRYA AGM

Location AGM

Immediately following the AGM on the 16th June, we will be hosting an Open Session on the following topics;

  1. SHRS Vs HMS scoring systems -  the ARYA is currently discussing allowing SHRS (Gold/Sliver fleet concept) for ranking events  We would like to discuss these two systems and gauge opinion on what Queensland Clubs think about this move.  If you don't know much about it please come along and find out more.  If you have sailed under SHRS please share your experience.
  2. Zero Entry Fee Regattas -  Western Australia has introduced zero entry fees to ranking events.  We have details on how that has been operating for the past 3 years and can discuss if that could work on some events in Queensland.  Fascinating stuff.
  3. QRYA support for State level events and options for extending that further.
  4. The ARYA are about to release a new website.  Preview it and hear how it may work for the QRYA and clubs next year.
  5. Other items from the floor.


If you are not doing much that afternoon please come along with your club delegate.  All QRYA affiliated sailors are welcome to attend. 

 AGM to be held at 1.30 pm on Sunday 16th June 2019, at the premises of Yachting
Queensland, 578 Royal Parade, Manly Q. (adjacent to the RQYS Complex).



DF95 Invitation 30 June

95 681Due to the level of interest in the DF95 the QRYA asked the Paradise Radio Yacht Club (PRYC) host a followup event to the recent South Queensland Championship at Newport.  All thanks go to PRYC for agreeing to host the event at Emerald Lakes.

As we do not have the required 6 week notice to the ARYA, this will not be a ranking event however this will proably not matter to the keen bunch of 95 skippers!

For the remainder of this year, most of the action in this class will be in north Queensland where Col Cameron and Chris Head from the Townsville and Whitsunday clubs have put in the effort to stimulate radio sailing in that region. 

Keep checking because a Notice of Race will be posted on this site in the next few days.


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