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DF 95 South Queensland Championship GP1 2021


18 May 2021

On Sunday the 16th of May Paradise Radio Yacht club hosted the 2021 DF 95 South East Queensland championships GP 1 on behalf of the QRYA at Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast. The day dawned with a chilly 7oC and a bright blue cloudless sky, however as the day progressed temperatures rose to 24 to 25 degrees making sailing conditions most pleasant for both skippers, official’s and visitors.

The breeze of 3 to 6 knots with the odd gust of up to 10 knots that osculated from the South to South east provided interesting sailing conditions for most competitors as picking the wind shifts soon identified the most experienced and skilled skippers.

Toward the latter part of the Regatta the breeze started to drop away providing areas of the windward leeward course where there was little or no wind at all. Despite these sailing conditions the 21 competitors managed to achieve some excellent and very close racing. The competition included the top sailors from Interstate plus several south east Queensland clubs, including the current President of the ADFA Phil Burgess, Greg Torpy well known IOM Champion sailing his first DF 95 Regatta. The fleet also was well represented by several PRYC DF 95 Club members, who regularly feature in the top 10 sailors in this class.DF95PRYCMay21

Following the early morning registration and boat compliance checks the Principal Race Officer, Bill Clancy, who was ably supported by his assistance Tony Fannin the large fleet was divided into A & B fleets, with the first 4 boats from the B races moving up into the A fleet, and the last 4 boats in the A races moving into the B fleet after each race.

As the racing progressed it soon identified the top sailors in the A Fleet, with some very close finishes among these very competitive sailors, the secret to the top sailor’s success was to ensure consistency to ensure finishing within the top four places.

With Greg Torpy achieving 4 x 1st place, Phil Burgess, John Gower, Geoffrey Morris and Hank Beyer all having 1 x 1st placing, with only seconds separating this front bunch.

Only a few general recalls were required as most skippers observed the correct starting procedures resulting with small numbers of boats over the start line, however a few well directed comments from the RO, soon sorted the issue with all boats staying behind the start line.

Top contenders soon established the picking order, and at the finish of the day our overall winners were found. Greg Torpy was in 1st place with 8 points representing the Wynnum Manly RMYC, 2nd place with 25 points went to Graham Cowling representing our club PRYC and in 3rd place with 27 points was Phil Burgess from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

At the completion of Racing, PRYC Commodore Trent Jarratt thanked all of the competitors both local and interstate, race official’s and the large number of volunteers for contributing to make the day such a success. He then presented trophies on behalf of the QRYA.

PRYC wish to extend their thanks to Race Officers Bill Clancy and Tony Fannin and the race committee for the most professional way in which the event was conducted. A very big thank you to Scorer David Black and his able assistant for keeping competitors up to date with race results throughout the day.

A special thanks to all the other volunteers who gave up their day to help and assist in the setting up, running of this event, and the clean up at the end of the day because without their very valued contribution these events could not be held. So, a special thanks to Ross Capper, Adrian Banwell, John Musgrave, Martin Rocliffe, Chris Young, Grant Mayo, Graham Bullen, Chris Palmer, Fred Bestall, Bob Scott, and Bob McKinnon.

The PRYC received very positive comments for the way the event was organized and conducted. Everyone involved had a very enjoyable time, with great DF 95 racing.

Also, thanks to Trevor Nelson who took over 400 excellent photos during the day. Trevor can be contacted by calling 0414103471 if you wish to view the gallery of photos.

Ron Brown

PRYC DF95 Fleet Captain

From PRYC website

Ian Lobley's Youtube Channel and videos.  Thanks again Ian.


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