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Hot Competition in QLD IOM GP Series

GPSeriesstart2019 saw the introduction of an IOM Grand Prix Series in Queensland.  The IOM class events in Queensland attract competitors from all over Australia and New Zealand and the valued trophies are often whisked away to far off places!

So this year the QRYA responded to requests by stringing four ranking events together to form a series where the best three count for QRYA affiliated skippers only.  The winners will take the Queensland IOM GP Series Championship in Open and Masters Divisions.

The events were/are;

  1. South QLD Championship 24th & 25th March 2019
  2. Central QLD Championship 24th & 25th May 2019
  3. Sunshine Coast IOM 2nd to 4th August
  4. QLD State Championship 19th & 20th October 2019

After the first three rounds we can now release results so far for both Open and Masters.  Scorer David Black has crafted a High Point scoring system similar to that used by the ARYA for the Australian Class Rankings, with the added complexity of different divisions.

In the Open Division Arron has a big lead over 2nd placed Andrew Wilson, but after that things look pretty interesting with only 12 point seperating the next three skippers.






















With only one entrant in one event for the Grand Masters we will not be awarding a trophy for that division (sorry Bill).  However the competition looks intense for the Masters!  Looks like Geoff Morris is in striking distance of Tim Brown currently in first place and Garry Russell could easily take a podium position from Ray Willson who has a slim lead in 3rd place.  This will certainly create some added interest on the water at Hervey Bay in October.


Presentations for this Grand Prix Series will be made at the Hervey Bay IOM State Championship.  See you there!

See this link for the Notice of Race and Entry Form.


Round 3 DF65 Interclub Series gets big wind

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Today was round 3 of the 2019 South East Queensland Dragon Force 65 inter-club series between Springfield Lakes and Paradise radio yacht club with this round at Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast. PRO on the day was Alan Young who did a fantastic job of running 24 races with the help of David Black (Scorer)., Tony Fannin (boat crew), Eran Conza (Observer, Place caller), Ted Mulligan (Observer) and Brian Laden (Starter Box operator).

The weather was fantastic with a cool breeze, 22° and perfect blue Sunny skies. The Luck brothers were out to win, given their heavy weather successes. The wind was extremely strong and variable from 10 k to 25 k and this called for numerous rig changes. It was heard mentioned that racing today was very much like the Sydney to Hobart yacht race with changing conditions requiring numerous sail changes and re-tuning from the big A+ rigs to even C rigs being setup. Graham won the highest number of sail changes with Mike a close second. The cool blustery conditions made it important to focus and keep your boat moving through the chop. Close racing saw many podium changes with penalties done quietly as required.DF65Rnd3 2

Springfield Lakes competitors did extremely well with Andrew Wilson taking out 2nd place and John Heard coming in 6th. Paradise club however, managed to be consistent with Mike coming in 1st, Ralph Luck 3rd, and Bob McKinnon 4th. Leading to an overall victory on the day to Paradise radio yacht club.

The real winners were all the competitors who had a joyful day on the water with fond memories of what it was like to sail those tough races in blustery conditions in Bass Strait. Thanks to Alan and his team [Tony Fannin (boat crew), Eran Conza (Observer, Place caller), Ted Mulligan (Observer) and Brian Laden (Starter Box operator] for putting together a great day.

Keep your diaries booked for the Dragon Force 65 Queensland State Championships to be held on 13 October 2019 at Emerald Lakes. We already have numerous New South Wales skippers seeking to cross the border and take our State trophy 🏆 back to NSW.    

Report by: Mike Jefferys.

Link to PRYC website

Results linked here

2019 Queensland IOM Championship

Hervey Bay

The Fraser Coast Radio Yacht Club will host this years Queensland IOM Championship at Hervey Bay, Queensland over the weekend of 19 & 20 October.

The Fraser Coast RYC welcomes you to Hervey Bay for the 2019 Queensland IOM Championship - why not join us!

The event to be held at Hervey Bay, just a 3 1/2 hour scenic drive north from Brisbane (or 45 minutes by air), offers a fantastic sub-tropical climate with temperatures expected in the mid 20's. While the sailing will be fantastic, at night you have many options including dining at the water's edge on succulent fresh seafood or across the road at the Bay's many quality restaurants.

There are so many things to do and explore on the Fraser Coast, so why not extend your stay and see what the Fraser Coast has to offer.

Notice of Race & Entry details will be available shortly. 



Sunshine Coast International One Metre Regatta



The inaugural running of the Sunshine Coast International One Metre Regatta was held at Lake Kawana in the Sunshine Coast, Qld on 2nd, 3rd and 4th August. This event is the first Regatta held by the newly formed Sunshine Coast Radio Sailing Club. The Regatta is a ranking event sanctioned by the ARYA and was Round 3 of the QRYA Grand Prix Series. The Regatta will be held annually in August to take advantage of the Sunshine Coast’s warm winter weather and reliable breezes.

Friday 2nd August

Weather:- Sou ‘Easterly 8 12 knots with gusts to 16 knots

The racing commenced with 29 starters on the line with 6 of those being from New Zealand.

PRO Garry MacMahon set 2 fleets with 17 competitors on each line. The transition from ‘A’ to ‘B’ was set at 6 up and 6 down for each race.

The weather was sometimes fresh and reliable and allowed for 8 ‘A’ and ‘B’ races to be sailed on the first day. ‘A’ rigs were the order of the day with a small smattering of ‘B’s popping up at times.

The racing was surprisingly close throughout the day. The wind played a big part in the results causing numerous nose-dives downwind and proving to be extremely unpredictable at the top end of the course.

After the first day the usual suspects were at the pointy end of the fleet with Paul Jones ahead of Sean Wallis by 2 points with Aaron Farrar, who was on fire at the end of the day, a close 8 points further back.

Also in the mix for the podium were Graham Clough from NZ and two locals Doug Allen and Frank Russell.

With two days to go there was plenty of time for the following pack to make a move on the leader board.


The day started out with Jones and Wallis showing the way with wins in the seeding races however after 4 races two Kiwis Rob Nelson and Graham Clough were pressing hard. As the day progressed, the competitors settled into the racing and several other sailors recorded consistent results moving them into contention. At the end of Day 1, only 15 points separated the top 5 with a further 10 boats in close striking distance.

Link to Day 1 photos here

Saturday 3rd August

Weather -Southerly 6 – 8 knots going Sou ‘East 4 – 6 knots

It was moving day on Saturday for the top 3 yachts. Jones, Wallis and Farrar separated themselves from the chasing pack by a margin of 30 points.

There were 9 races completed on Saturday with 5 different race winners.

Farrar continued his red hot form from Friday by winning three of the first four races of the day to take a two point lead from Jones for the first time in the Regatta with Wallis a further 8 points in arrears. Jones failed to win a race on Saturday but still compiled a fine Regatta points tally for the day. In the remaining 5 races of the day he recorded 2 second places and two third places which set up a 12 point lead over both Wallis and Farrar who were equal on 56 points after 17 races.

SC3Sunday 4th August

Weather – Variable light breeze from everywhere settling to 4–6 knot E.S.Easter

The final day started out with the top 5 competitors finishing first to fifth in the first race of the day. This laid the groundwork for the rest of the day. Paul Jones, who didn’t win a race on Saturday, was obviously saving them up for Sunday. Of the seven races completed on the final day, Jones won 5 of them. Of the other two races he had to settle for second places. With 4 races to go both Sean Wallis and Aaron Farrar had to fight it out for the minor podium places. Wallis pocketed the Silver by winning the final race of the Regatta leaving Farrar to take the Bronze. Another close battle was fought out for 4th and 5th between the local Doug Allen and Rob Nelson from over the ditch. Nelson won that particular battle.

Results can be found here on the QRYA website.

Trophies presented were for the new Perpetual Trophy and placegetters, the inaugural Bledisail Cup between teams from NZ and Oz and numerous other minor specialty trophies.SC4

The Bledisail Cup was won for once by the Oz team narrowly on 191.3 points and New Zealand on 226.8 points. (Detemined by the lowest average points score of the best four sailors results from each country with teams selected to be as equally matched as possible.)

The Sunshine Coast International One Metre Regatta Results:

1st        Paul Jones      47 points

2nd       Sean Wallis    70 points

3rd       Aaron Farrar  77 points

In appreciation for the event Westhaven Radio Sailing Club presented four chairs to four Aussies whose names were drawn out of a hat. Well done to our Kiwi friends. Great tribute and we really look forward to a large contingent from NZ next year!!

Acknowledgement must be given to the club members of the Sunshine Coast Club for their support and hard work to make the event one of the premier sailing events on the Queensland and Australian calendar!

Special thanks to Ian Lobely and Garry Russell from the QRYA Committee for giving a day each to record video to assist publisise this event and the sport of radio sailing.

Videos can be found here on the QRYA Youtube Channel.

Report by Geoffrey Morris

Mackay Model Mariners practicing for the next DF95 Interclub


The Mackay Model Mariners had a reasonably steady south easterly last Saturday to tune up the DF95s for the next round of the North Queensland DF95 Interclub Series.  From what I saw they will be very competitive.

The club sails in a lake adjacent to the Andergrove Caravan Park that has the ability to cater for all wind directions.  The club is in the process of building membership with the one-design DF95s.  Fortuneately for the visiting QRYA Secretary there happened to be a spare working boat available and the opportunity was gratefully accepted.

The locals kindly let me win a couple of races before reminding me that the water was theirs and relegated me to the back of the fleet for the next few!  Very considerate I thought.

The club sails from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and clearly visitors are welcome.  Thank you to Ross Anderson and Mackay MM members for looking after a wandering sailor in need of a Radio Sailing fix.

Ron Fawcett







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