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RC Laser Nationals are GO! for QLD

Lasers202114 May 2021

After being delayed for a year the RC Laser Nationals are happening and the Notice of Race is up on both the ARYA and QRYA websites with entries taken on the National version.

The host club has just had their AGM and the new committtee is prepared to make this National Championship a great one.  After successfully hosting the RC Laser Championship of Nations several years ago, then a number of State championship events since, the club is probably the most experienced with this class in Australia.

Trent Jarratt has been press-ganged into staying on as Club President and Julian O'Brien has stepped into the Secretary role. 

Adding to that experience is Bill Clancy who has accepted the position as the contact person for this event and is Sailing Secretary & IOM Fleet Captain for PRYC for the coming year.  This is about as strong a team as you get in this country.

Given the lack of sailing across the country for most States this past year, we expect any active RC laser sailor to seriously consider entering this event.   Might even be time for you to beg, borrow or buy an RC Laser just to be there!

Notice of Race is HERE


The Editor



Marblehead and Ten Rater classes announce new International Class Associations

Ten Rater
May 11, 2021

The below message from EC Chairman Selwyn Holland

After many years as Class Associations within the IRSA, the Marblehead (IMCA) and Ten Rater Classes (ITCA) now have fully operational International Class Associations.

International Marblehead Class Association
International Tenrater Class Association

Each of the new Class Associations have a website, a foundation membership and also foundation executives who have steered the classes through to the point of independence. The last part was the separation and agreement with the IRSA on an Associate Membership. This gives the two new Associations the ability to now determine their own future including managing the Class Rules, Boat Measurement as well as the development and promotion of international events like Regional and World Championships.

But, please be patient as they bring themselves up to speed. Everything will happen with time.

How Can You Help?

If you wish to help at this stage, it would be appreciated if you could announce on your websites and by other means that the two associations are now formed and welcoming new members.

A "member" is defined as a national body/association that represents Marbleheads or Ten Raters in your country.
If this is not in place and you have these classes sailing, then a member can also be a Class Secretary, National Officer or National Coordinator connected to the IRSA Designated National Member in some way.  In Australia, the ARYA has joined these International Class Associations as a Foundation Member.

A big focus will be organising Regional and World Championships for the new associations. If you could caste the net, so to speak, to see if there are clubs or groups in your nation who would like to be part of this, then please let us know.

The key contacts at this stage are:

Phil Holiday (IMCA Chairman)   
Selwyn Holland (ITCA Chairman)

Should you wish to contact these gentlemen to offer assistance to the new International Class Associations, please contact through the ARYA Secretary using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We wish the International Class Associations all the best for the development and progression of these two great classes.

Linked from the ARYA website.


2021 AGM Report


2 May 2021

With the 2021 QRYA Annual General Meeting a bit over a month away, time to distribute an Annual Report, see below.  If I had my way the AGM would have been today but I got 'rolled', again.  So I'm posting this instead.

It's much too long, but if the idea was to report on the associations products, that's how it ended up, the year boundaries get blurry. 

If you are interested in the behind the scenes administration stuff about Radio Sailing in Queensland, get some popcorn and have read.  Or maybe some quick 'PgDn' key action is all it needs for you to get the idea.

If like most of us, you 'just want to go sailing thanks' then don't waste your time here, sharpen the mower blades or replace that mainsheet that's chaffed at the boom hanger, it will be a much better use of your time.

Some of the record here has only been visible to the management of your club, so you might be interested in what they got up to with your membership renewal and how hard it is for them.  Some of it has just not been reported to you at all.  Like some behind the scenes info on decisions made recently.


Competition Vs Fun?

BoatBrenton1 April 2021

For years Radio Sailing been torn between two schools of thought, Competition Vs Fun.  This has been discussed as if they were somehow opposites, as if you are too competitive, apply the rules too seriously, that the fun in the sport disappears somehow.  I have never subscribed to this but plenty do, clubs have fractured over it, class and club cultures differ on this.  From time to time the subject comes up again but ends up back in the too hard basket.

Then just last week I spotted Brenton, the head of the QRYA Marketing Department in our ground floor cafeteria.  His Italian suit and expensive haircut consumed but a small chunk of his six-figure salary.  I tried to get away but he came over to my table and said he said he was coming to see me anyway.  Someone should tell him that no one wears After Shave any more.

Yet again he wanted to talk about the two different groups we have in our membership, being those who want to compete at the highest level possible, to win, and those who say they just want to have fun.  Yet again he pointed out that most sailors do not compete above Club Level and we should think about that, how best to engage them. 

"So?" I knew I had to ask the rhetorical question, he won't let this go after all.  "Remind me, what's the difference betweenBrenton competing and just 'Having Fun'?"

"Well" he said, "just don't take it so seriously, don't argue, just, you know ... have fun!  We have covered this before, Jeeeezus why is this so hard?"

"Because you have never told me which Racing Rules of Sailing we need to ignore to have fun."

"Who said anything about ignoring rules?  That's just ridiculous!  Who said that?"  he said shrugging and looking around for the culprit  "You don't have to ignore the damn RRS, just don't take them so seriously!"

I nodded.  So you see, there is the problem right there, in the cold light of day, yet again.  No one can define the 'Rules of Fun'.   They must be different from following the Sailing Rules though, or we would not be having the discussion.

There is nothing more 'fun killing' than someone not doing a turn when they fouled you, then not long after, expect you to do one for a similar offence.  If no one does penalties it rapidly becomes a 'dodgem cars' event, a contact sport with some expensive and fragile kit. 

BoatcrashsmallBut if you have to do a turn, that could cost you a few places and most  likely change your behaviour next race.  Maybe you will duck them next time, or tack early.  Just losing one place is better than four right?  'No penalties', means that it is worth trying to cross that starboard tacker again because you 'may' just make it and nothing happens if you fail right?

The best RC sailing experiences I have had have been when everyone respected the rules and did any penalties they accrued without argument.  It can happen.  So whether we all have fun or not depends on the willingness of each sailor to do their penalties that inevitably are required.  The RRS expects you to take a penalty when you break a rule, there is no requirement for the other guy to 'call' you.  But if you do not do a penalty voluntarily, then he can protest you for that. 

Till someone can provide a definition of fun sailing, I will continue to assume that anyone who uses the term 'just have fun', just does not want someone asking them to do a penalty.  If you do ask them to, they can claim that you are the problem, the Fun Police. "We are not playing for sheep stations mate, calm down!"   Mmmm ... but ... but ... aren't those who refuse to do a penalty the prob ... ah never mind.

"I put it to you Brenton, that none of the Rules should be dropped or ignored.  I put it to you that what is required to have fun is for sailors who know that they have broken a rule, crossed the line early, made contact with a mark, made a starboard tacker take avoiding action, failed to keep clear ... to just do their penalty without even being asked!   The rules exist so that everyone knows how to behave, to make sailing FUN!"

He just slowly shook his head and annoyingly realigned his club cuff-links while glancing at my polo shirt.

I got the lift back to the 9th floor and asked my PA to add Brenton's name to the list for the next months RRS training course and to make sure he goes.  Don't think he gets the rules.


Ron Fawcett



Are You Affiliated?

JamesCook25 March 2021

Sometimes here on the dizzy heights of the 9th floor of QRYA Headquarters we get requests from clubs hosting events to check the list of entrants to see if they are all affiliated.  Well, this association has invested heavily to ensure that event organisers can do that themselves.

Some years ago, a simple, foolproof solution was devised that needs no internet connection and can be used anywhere, any time to verify that an entrant is covered by the Public Liability Insurance provided by his/her membership of an affiliated club.  It is called a QRYA Membership card.

Now this piece of plastic is issued every year to every person affiliated in Queensland.  It can be stored in your wallet or with your boat registration document.  You can take a picture and store it on your phone too, but the bottom line is that there is no excuse for a sailor entering an event not to be able to prove that they have insurance cover.

For those who may be in the "too kool for skool" class on this and you think that everyone knows who you are, I can tell you that well known sailors have entered Championship events while not being a member of any club for several years.  People like this compete in multiple QRYA events and at their club and not one person bothered to check (except us snoops).  One of them finished near the pointy end of a Championship.  Not sure about you, but I expect most sailors would think this is not good enough and regatta organisers are exposed to risk they thought they were covered for.  It is the responsibility of each Race Committee to check, not the QRYA.JamesCook life

This coming year the cards will be produced and distributed as soon as each club completes the annual renewals, beginning early April.  This year they have a scale on the bottom edge for those who want to measure their boat tune and have lost their really hard to read stainless rulers, or left it on the bench.  The rest who don't measure can just continue to say "I set it up the same way but it's just not the same today".

This year also, we have produced 'Life Fellow' (Life Membership) cards for each of those holding that honour.  These cards have no end date as the award does not and each will have received one by the time this is published.  The Honour Board on the website lists the recipients.

Thank you to Ian Lobley for the card design, Life Fellow card concept and production to come, and to Ian Smith of the Brisbane Club for the ruler idea.  We thought the ruler was rubbish a few years ago (probably just because it was not our idea) but finally thought it had merit and here it is.

So when you get your card from your club secretary, store it safely, take a phone photo in case you lose it and be prepared to produce it to prove your affiliation.  It will work anywhere in Australia.  If you don't renew your club membership on time you will not get one on time.  For regatta organisers, ask entrants for proof of affiliation at the registration desk and you too are covered.

Ron Fawcett



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