Friday, November 24, 2017
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Queensland IOM Championship

Sixteen Skippers from 8 clubs competed in the Queensland IOM Championships for 2017 hosted by Gladstone Radio Controlled Yacht Club in Gladstone Harbour.
Sailing conditions for the first day were in the top half of A-rig from the north. 
Day 2 saw similar wind direction but a few knots down placing it smack in the middle of A-rig for the entire day.  The breeze was stable with enough variation for the alert sailor to take advantage of the lifts on offer.  The single fleet made for some busy start lines and mark roundings with small errors or mark spinning costing dearly in what was a very competitive fleet.
 
winners sm2By Sunday morning it was clear that either Greg Torpy (WMRMYC) or Aaron Farrar (GRCYC) would be taking the QRYA perpetual trophy with Doug Allan (CKRY) to keep both on their toes.  At the completion of the 40 (yes 40) races, Greg had accumulated a 25 points advantage over local sailor Aaron with Doug taking a well sailed third place. 
 

    1st Greg Torpy 57 points

    2nd Aaron Farrar 83 points

    3rd Doug Allen 120 points

 
Congratulations go to Greg Torpy as the Queensland IOM State Champion and recipient of the QRYA Perpetual Trophy for 2017.
 
The table for 20 at the Gladstone Yacht Club was full on Saturday night giving visitors a great opportunity to get to know the locals and swap stories from the day's sailing. 
 
The Gladstone Radio Controlled Yacht Club did a flawless job as hosts with the organisation, catering and facilities top class, exceeding all expectations of the competitors.  The venue itself is arguably the best in Queensland with fair winds and an elevated Control Area.  The incredible effort of the club committee and volunteers was certainly appreciated by those who had travelled to compete. 
 

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