Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Report on South Queensland Laser Championships 2019

We had a perfect day to decide the 2019 S Qld Championship with a light breeze from the [mostly] SSE. With only a couple of exceptions everyone chose to sail with their A rigs. Those who were spooked by some dark clouds and tried the smaller B sail paid a heavy price in the light airs which prevailed.
There were 5 different heat winners but Peter Burford showed everyone how to do it with 11 Firsts. Laurie Hinchcliff was the perennial bridesmaid with 10 second placings and it was good to see Dan Bergan have a podium finish.
Whilst there were the occasional right of way situations they were all sorted out very amicably - a fact that was commented on by the RO, Ian Ashe, and his assistant, Alan Young. Regattas such as this cannot take place without competent personnel and all competitors would like to thank both of these plus, of course, David Black who always rolls up with his scoring outfit. As a state we are indeed lucky to have such dedicated volunteers.
We had a fleet of 10 boats, all from PRYC, one of whom, Linton Ward, came down from Cairns. We also saw a welcome return from Mal Kampe who has not sailed for more than a year but was still competitive in a loan boat. It was disappointing that none of our Sunshine Coast friends took part - perhaps we will see them at Lake Samsonvale in August for the Qld Championship.

Peter O’Grady (Qld RC Laser Class Representative)



DF 65 Challenge at Springfield Lakes.


On Saturday  I was given the honour to PRO the Bi Series of the DF 65 challenge at Springfield Lakes.

Some 18 boats entered for what proved to be a challenging day of racing. I tried to lay a course that would be fair but no sooner that we started racing the wind changed direction sometimes 190 degrees and then back again during the race.  What a challenge but this did give many opportunities for the back runners to catch and in some cases overtake the lead boats .

All penalties were done quickly with no arguments which led to a very friendly and gentlemen like day of sailing  congrats to all .

During the day there were many very close finishes , Congrats goes to Mike Jeffries for his win on the day and the other placegetters.

Thanks to all the volunteers, who once again made the day a success. Without them we would not have events.
David Black, Shelley Heard and Lis Larsen for scoring and doing the difficult (sometimes impossible) job of sorting out place getters. Doug Wells and Patrick Collins for being observers, and Peter Sloan for manning the rescue boat. Ian Geary for doing the administration and registration and Neil Spink who provided the coffer and tea which was appreciated by all the competitors and especially the visitors.

DF65 racing is growing and the quality of the racing demonstrated just how competitive this class is

Looking forward to seeing more racing like this in Queensland with the next of these series to be held down the gold coast at Emerald Lakes
Regards Trev Fisher
One race can be seen on the QRYA You Tube channel here
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Central Queensland Marblehead Championships 2019


On the 30th and 31st of March the Central Queensland Marblehead championships were held at Hervey Bay. Firstly congratulations to the host Club The Fraser Coast Radio yacht club for running a 2 day event and running the event in a professional way that promoted Radio Sailing here in Queensland . Gentlemen hold your head high you put on a great event.


With Competitors form Brisbane a few locals and some from up North Marblehead racing here in Queensland is still strong.  

A short briefing on the Saturday at 10 and the wind then set in most starting on B rig soon to change to C rig.  It was pretty obvious from the start that there was going to be some close racing .

But it didn’t take long for Greg Torpy to show his true colours and pull away from the rest of us .

We all tried hard to catch him but at the end of day 1 he had a good lead that would be to much in the end to catch.  Several boats pulled out due to breakages and or electrical  faults but most boats kept going demonstrating how resilient even in high winds how competitive this class is.

It decided to rain to make matters worse as we packed up from day 1

Day 2   A 9.30 start and straight into the B rigs with the promise of maybe an opportunity to have a go on a rig as the winds lightened around lunch time. Great sailing again with several different boats having an opportunity to lead some time during the races.

Onto A rig around lunch time with Jason Nesbith winning a few races and consolidating his Second position but by this time we were never going to catch the eventual winner.

It must be said that all sailing was done in a gentlemanly manor with very little arguments or chat and in fact at one stage during the day I heard a comment that it was so nice to sail in such peace and quiet     well done all.

Trev Fisher

QLD Marblehead Class Coordinator

Results Here








S/QLD IOM Class Championship Pics

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Photos by Nick Lindsley

A Class South Queensland Championship


Lake Samsonvale

What a change in wind conditions, where PRRYC Members had become accustomed to sailing with “C” Rigs during Club Events, there was hardly a puff on wind on the lake.

A course was eventually set for a breeze from ESE.

Starting late, the OOD (John Fulton) then decided to call an early lunch after 3 races hoping that the breeze will come in. Again because of the lack of wind, we did not finish the third race for some time and therefore lunch was not that much earlier than previously stated.

After lunch we had a little more puff. It all made for interesting sailing and the score depicts just how close.

It was good to see seven yachts entered in the event.

Congratulations to Garry Taylor who took out the first place followed by Jason Nasmith and Laurie Hinchcliffe.

Bob Worton




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