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QRYA Youtube hits 284,938 Minutes Viewing

Website View Time

Since launching the QRYA Youtube channel two years ago, the exposure it has had for Radio Sailing has exceeded all expectations.  As you can see from the table above, over 284,000 minutes of viewing and +76,000 individual views is in anyones language a lot of publicity for the sport.

Website Top Videos

The statistics are facinating and provide further ways to understand exactly who is interested in Radio Sailing and what videos have attracted their interest.

Looking at the table to the right it is clear that internet searches for DF65s have brought many people to the site from all over the world as have DF95s more recently.  This is a clear message to the sailing community on where the growth of the sport is most likely to come from.Website Age





Further, the ages of the viewers is probably no surprise with the first group of any size being the 55 - 64 age bracket where people are first finding both time and some disposable captial to invest in themselves and have some fun.


The value of holding National events from a publicity perspective is also evident in the graph below.

Website Increase Nationals

Left is an extract of the Views per Day with the peak at ~1,000 a day during the 2019 National Championships.  Interestingly the views retained a higher average rate even after the Nationals completed as people subscribed to the channel and returned regularly to see new content.  Of course it is impossible to understand what effect all this traffic has had on the sport here in Australia, however it must have increased participation when people see the activity and want to join in the action. 

For those sailors or prospective sailors reading this, please visit the QRYA Youtube channel and subscribe to it as it all helps to increase the prominance of the channel on google searches to promote the sport.

So next time you see Ian Lobley quitely recording the event, say hello and thank him for his dedication to promoting the sport we all enjoy.


Queensland Class Coordinators

   Class       Coordinator                      Phone#                       Email           
A Class Garry Taylor 0411 432 242 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
M Class Trevor Fisher 0431 272 880 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ten Rater Ross Capper (02) 6672 3456 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
IOM Bill Clancy (07) 5598 1531 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
RC Laser Peter O'Grady 0404 881 932 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
DF65 Mike Jefferys 0423 801 794 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
DF95 Col Cameron 0409 590 954 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 The QRYA has appointed experienced sailors to represent each class recognised in Queensland.

What will they do?

Role Description:

  • Represent the interests of the class to the QRYA
  • Assist the Event Coordinator to secure venues & set the calendar.
  • Resolve class specific Issues.

For Clubs

Clubs who host ranking events produce the Notice of Race (NOR) for the event.  Under this structure the Class Coordinator has the ability to discuss details with the Event Coordinator and host club if necessary.  At the 2019 National Championships the Class Coordinators represented each fleet to the PRO and organising authority. This approach worked well and we encourage the same at ranking events.

For Classes

These positions offer each class greater involvement in planning and execution of ranking events.  Sailors in each class now have a QLD coordinator to refer issues or questions to. The class has the ability to choose its coordinator for approval by the QRYA.

For the QRYA

The QRYA will have a person to contact in Queensland for class specific issues.  They will have assurance that the regatta details described on the NOR will suite the class concerned.  They will also assist the QRYA Events Coordinator to ensure that the Events Calendar is completed and suits the needs of the class.

In Closing

Thank you to those sailors who have stepped up to fill these positions for the good of their class and the sport of Radio Sailing.  The QRYA encourages all members and clubs to contact the Class Coordinators and make use of their representation where needed.


DF95 South Queensland Championships



The forecast was grim for the inaugural South Queensland DF95 Championships.  After years of effort in building the fleet the weather gods were not going to be kind, sending 95% chance of rain just on that day and not much wind.  Worse was the north-west to west forecast which is almost unheard of at the Newport venue.  The organisers were expecting a significant drop-off in attendance from those who had to travel the furthest.  After all who wants to travel hours to an event just to stand in the rain to race?  Well, everyone who nominated rocked up and it was a perfect day to sail DF95's.  Sixteen keen starters lined up for the first race.

Entrants came from all parts of south-east Queensland for the event and that highlighted the adoption of this class across the QRYA affiliated clubs.  The combination of the one-design concept and affordable equipment seems to have hit a sweet spot in the sailing community.  Some entrants were new to the sport while others had years of experience and regularly sail in multiple other classes.

95riggingThe day started with steady north-west zephyrs of just a few knots that demonstrated how the 95's are able to drift along quite nicely in those conditions and the first few races completed pretty much on the target time the race management team planned for.  Geoff Morris from the Kawana club took two bullets for the first two races, setting the challenge for the rest of the fleet.  But Mick Gentles and Erin Conza were not too phased by this and set out to keep Morris honest.  Mick recorded 3, then 2, then 1 for the first three races, just getting his bearings it seemed.



The breeze stayed cooperative for the remainder of the day, building then dropping as some very weak scuds passed over.  The boat crew were not troubled too much with course adjustments and only one of the two sets of windward marks were used.

I95localsn the end Morris took 8 wins from 15 races to claim the South Queensland Championship, closely followed by Gentles and Conza.  Just missing the podium by 1 point was Malcolm Gresham from the host club.  Adding to the multitude of 'if-only's' for the day, if not for a sudden massive wind change calling a halt to the day's racing Gresham would have claimed third as Conza had retired a race earlier.


It was without doubt a very successful regatta made possible by the generosity of Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron sharing their water, equipment and volunteers. This event also trialed a low entry fee ($10) BYO everything approach to mininise cost to competitors and workload on the host club.  It worked well.

Thanks go to the Moreton members, the race officers and in particular the efforts of Garry Russell who sat out the day to be an Observer otherwise he would have been up the pointy end of the fleet.  Garry has patiently promoted this class in south Queensland over the past few years and the effort is paying off now.








Link here to Youtube Channel for race videos


DF95 Newsletter


 Before getting into what’s happening around the QLD DF 95 Class, allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Col Cameron and I am based in Townsville where I am slowly building a fleet of DF95’s. Currently I am the QLD DF95 Coordinator linked to the Qld Radio Yacht Association (Inc) and the Australian Radio Yacht Association. My role is to bring together the various DF 95 clubs and pass on any information that will benefit our great sport.

Some of you may know me from my days with the QRYA executive (15 Years) and others have competed against me at various IOM and M class regatta’s. My history with Radio Yacht Sailing, started way back in 1978, when I built a Radio-Controlled Marblehead, one of the very first yachts of this type in Nth Qld. During that time, I have built many boats and sailed in many State and National Events and have had some good results. I started campaigning the DF95 Class early in 2018 when I moved from Mackay to Townsville after retiring and have found this yacht to be one of the best off the shelf production class boats around. Since that time, I have seen the class grow very quickly within QLD, with fleets now based around the state and growing.


The Paradise Radio Yacht Club (Inc) have now accepted the DF 95 into it’s ranks and the group sails every Friday afternoon.

The MORETON RADIO YACHT SQUADRON (Inc.) are hosting the Sth Qld DF 95 Championship on Saturday 4th May with racing commencing at 10:00 am.

The WHITSUNDAY MODEL YACHT CLUB are hosting a week long event from the 9th July through to the 15th July for the DF 95.

Sailing will be done in the afternoon with only 12 races per session. This leaves plenty of time to have a holiday visiting the wonders of the Whitsundays, such as the Islands, Whitehaven Beach, the great Barrier Reef and enjoy the fresh produce at one of the many award-winning restaurants. The club trialled a similar event last year and proved to be successful with lots of fun and enjoyment.

The TOWNSVILLE RC SAILING CLUB (Inc) are hosting the 1st round of the NQ Interclub series on the 15th June commencing at 12:30 pm. This Interclub competition between the Mackay, Townsville and the Whitsunday clubs has been running since 1996 and the trophy is a treasured memento for the best NQ Club and the Best NQ Skipper.

The MACKAY MODEL MARINERS are hosting the 2nd round of the NQ Interclub series on the 24th August starting at 12:30. Great sailing venue and has great tourist facilities spread throughout the district.

The WHITSUNDAY MODEL YACHT CLUB are hosting the inaugural DF95 Queensland State Championship on the 5th and 6th October 2019, to be sailed opposite the Whitsunday Yacht Club, you can fly to Proserpine or Hamilton Island, seek accommodation at Airlie Beach (Heaps of options) and enjoy the wonders of this spectacular piece of Queensland Paradise. The 3rd and final round of the NQ Interclub series will be held in conjunction with the state titles with the scores being allocated for the 5th October only. The event will be conducted using very experienced Race officers and scorers as we anticipate a good response for entries.

As more events become available, I will notify everyone via the QRYA latest news website page.

RULED BY THE THUMBS: Just some tips and tricks to get the best out of your sailing and your boat.

1: Learn to use your transmitter – this instrument is the gadget that connects you to your boat out on the water. It is an extension of your thinking and your DF95Txthumbs, so dry practice at home so that you can use the functions without having to look at the transmitter. This is very useful to understand the winch and rudder relationship, so that if you wish to ease a fraction or turn, you do so without thinking. It becomes second nature to you; it frees up your time to concentrate on your boat and the peripheral vision around your boat. Also, remember, always turn the transmitter on first then the boat, and turn off the boat then the transmitter.

2: Maintain your boat and your sails – Over the past 40 years I have seen some horrific maintenance and disregard for the sails. The DF 95 is not a battleship, it is a plastic, manufactured in large volumes craft that you need to look after on and off the water. Try to use a functional stand to do the rigging before sailing, the supplied stand is best used at home holding up your trophies, there are a number of purpose stand designs available on google search, the last thing you need is to have your boat blow over and be damaged while you are off having a chat.

When carrying your boat to the water hold it under the fin box and pointing into the wind with the sails let off, if the wind is gusty hold it horizontally so the sails do not flap so much as they will get stretched very quickly. Launch your boat gently into the water, DO NOT THROW IT into the lake, as it will cause cracking to occur around the fin case. I have witnessed IOM’s (One Metre’s) being thrown into the water and the skipper left standing there wondering why his boat has lost its fin or sinking. DF 95’s are not as strong as fiberglass IOM’s, so respect your boat.

When retrieving your boat, try to bring the boat in to the pick up area into the wind, bend down and pick it up via the fin box beneath the hull, let your sails off, and place boat back into the stand.

When finished sailing for the day, ALWAYS derig the mast and sails from the hull. Some people don’t derig their boat and wonder why their sails are stretched and cracks appear in the hull, it only takes a couple of minutes to rig or derig your boat. ALWAYS wash with fresh water and then take out the bung and the hatch, remove your battery completely and let the boat air out till the next time you sail. Make sure to lubricate, spray the bearings in the gooseneck and any vang components as the so-called stainless steel tends to rust.

Sails are the most important part of your Radio Sailing yacht, so they need to be handled with lots of love and care. They are your motor and provide 80% of your ability to do well in sailing. To look after them properly, make sure to have a good Sail Bag or box where they can be stored without creases or under tension, handle them with respect when rigging or derigging your boat. I have seen so many people grab the sails with their hands, crunch them while they try to rig the boat, and wonder why they have creases and lost boat speed. Be extra vigilant when the winds a gusty and strong, try to rig behind some shelter so as not to cause undue flapping and flogging to occur.

Always wash them with fresh water at least once a month and allow them to dry inside the garage then store them away into their rig box or bag. This is a good time to look over the sails for any wear and tear so things can be fixed. You don’t need to be in front and have your forestay break due to it rusting away, it does happen.

In the next newsletter, I will add some tips on sailing, understanding and tuning the sails and a few other pointers.

Good Sailing, and Respect your equipment, the Rules, your mates and yourself.

Col Cameron

DF95 Queensland Coordinator



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)



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