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GP Series Rankings Released

ClassesMixed9 July 2021

A few years ago the State Committee trialled a Grand Prix Series (GP) to reward Queensland sailors who compete in all events of their class and perform across different venues and conditions.  This is very different to the traditional State Champion title that is won in just one regatta each year.  The GP Series worked for the IOMs and was rolled out to the other State Recognised classes.  Besides recognising these people, it is an unashamed attempt to get more people on the water.

Previously the results were announced after the last event of the year, well they could not be finalised till then anyway.  This year with the dedication of David Black, the results are being published progressively on this website under the menu Results>GP Series.  Check em out, see how you are going.  Notably there is a Masters category for each.

The rationale behind the scoring is linked in the same location.  If you are sure that you should have been in first place and there must have been some tragic error ... contact David Black (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to sort it out!

The Editor

Stop Press: The RC Lasers are yet to compete, so no results yet.


Morris wins North Queensland Marblehead Championship 2021

MKY2021LaunchingQuick check and tune before the next one.The start of a good regatta as the wind played the shifting about game.  Eight competitors toughed it out through the day using B and C rigs with all skippers making it a great day of sailing.  Weed was a small problem most races with the pick-up boat checking the keels before each race which the skippers took in there stride .   Geoff Morris and Doug Allen battled it out all day and both finished in first place so the winner was decided on how many second places they had!  That's winning the hard way Geoff, a very well deserved Championship win. 

MKY2021VISITORSpectator all the way from Cairns and the excellent setup by the club in the background
Local Dean Andersen took it to the top skippers with some tough competition, winning Race 6 an 9 before a DNF in Race 10 saw him fixingMKY2021DouggyDougy looking for that bit extra stuff till race 15 with the day almost over.  Still he finished a very credible 4th.  Looking at the results before his holiday on the bank, he would have had a serious go at the podium and a threat to Arron Farrar.   Arron managed his third place with a borrowed boat in a class he does not sail in, a great result.

I would like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time to make the day possible.  They were Trevor Howland, Ross Black, from Mackay club and Chris Head and Shayne from the Whitsunday club.


Ross Andersen

Full Results are HERE







Raby Bay Club hosting first event

RBYCWinners SmallL to R: Don Horton RBYC President, Daniel Bergan (2nd), Mike Jefferys (1st), Ray Wilson (3rd)27 June 2021

The very first RBYC regatta, the second round of the Inter Club Tri series for DF65 class, has been run and won. On a day when the weather gods were frowning upon us the conditions turned out to be very favourable for RC sailing. The threat of rain and a cold day deterred a few, but for those who braved the weather forecast they were rewarded with a great day’s sailing and conditions you could only experience at Sovereign Lake, the home of RBYC sailing.

Congratulations to our winners, Mike Jefferys 52 first overall, second place Daniel Bergan 329 from Raby Bay’s own and Ray Wilson 88 in third place. John Heard in 56 from Springfield Lakes also had a fine race win during the day. Overall club points for the day went to Springfield Lakes, from Paradise Lakes and the ever improving Raby Bay Club.

We wish to thank Ron Fawcett and Ian Ashe for acting in the roles of PRO on the day and the QRYA members David Black and Ian Lobley for assisting and providing their expertise. Their help was crucial in making the day run smoothly. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Raby Bay members whose assistance was invaluable and very much appreciated.

RBYCFleetCroppedThe fleet gets a start at the Wellington Point venue

On behalf of the Raby Bay Club I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude for how well the event evolved and was received by all the competitors.

Don Horton


Results HERE


Wanna buy a Bridge?

BridgeForSaleIt's February 2019, Southport Yacht Club Water Sports Centre, Building #2.  Two volunteers are just completing the gruelling job of checking more than seventy IOMs entered for the National Championships, as specified by the ARYA Race Management Manual.  It took over two days going through the boats and all three rigs.  Outside was mid-thirties both days, the shed was hotter, the skippers had not enjoyed it either.

When sailors know that the boats will be checked most present them accordingly.  But quite a few had to be adjusted, sails signed and stamped, ballast added.  One of last boats to front up was a Queenslander who has been sailing regularly and doing well, his boat proved to be frighteningly under weight and worse on the B and C rigs.  He didn't seem to care though, no big deal it seemed. He used the resources and time of the already jaded volunteers to correct his equipment, sometimes by adding weights in the mast, sometimes in the battery pot if needed.  Sheet ticked, another conforming IOM, boat legal.  Or was it?  Why had he been able to sail that boat for the last few years and no one noticed, or even cared? 

The entire exercise at those Nationals was most likely a total waste of everyone's time and effort.  That sailor may not have fixed the correcting weights to his boat as agreed, we will never know.  No checks were done on any boats after that draining two-day process before the event, because everyone was totally and utterly 'over it'.  Besides, checking during the event is not currently part of the culture or practice these days, what happened was accepted normality.  Anyway, we're all mates right?  We just wanna have fun!IOMLinedrawing

If you believe that your fellow sailors do not break rules sometimes, I have a bridge to sell you, one owner, well maintained, great location and going cheap!  Or, how about we don't kid each other about this, concede that some really competitive sports people have been known to cheat, let's just agree so we can move on to a productive discussion.  Oh, but you want evidence?  Ok.  In the last few years Queensland competitors have been seen to swap keels or even entire rigs during an event, that's against the rules.  They have swapped batteries to smaller ones, common ... not one person has ever been pinged for changing anything.  Not one, because no one looked.

So who cares anyway?  What is the worst that can happen if people do this?  Is it that someone with a boat 90 grams underweight wins a championship?  No, that's not the worst.  The worst thing that can happen is that competitors lose confidence in the class and it's administration, confidence that the boats they are sailing against are legal IOMs and are playing fair, according to the rules.  That damages the sport of Radio Sailing, the one we all have invested time and money to complete in.

What is the solution when clearly 'Inspecting-in' compliance before the event is just a charade?  Well, since that 2019 experience and in talking to some experienced people, it's clear that the only way to fix this is to check a few boats during a regatta.  In-race inspection hasn't happened for donkey's years, but a respected elder Statesman told me that this used to be done and that people had been penalised.  Some reading this may recall it.  The very real risk that boats could be checked at any time would be a game changer.

From the International Radio Sailing Association (IRSA) website.  Questions and Answers

IRSAlogo"The freedom granted to the owners to alter equipment is balanced by their responsibility to ensure that their boat complies with the class rules when competing at an event. It follows that equipment inspection at an event ... is the only way to monitor correct compliance with the class rules. ...

Should a boat be found not to comply with the weight and dimensional limits the responsibility lies clearly and solely with the owner for failing to ensure compliance. Altering the boat and failing to take steps to ensure continued compliance with the class rules might be taken as a breach of RRS 69 by a jury."

So, back in Australia, it's the second and last day of the regatta and yesterday two boats were scrutinised after Race 3.  Everyone was talking about it last night.  Out of the blue, as they retrieved their boats, they were directed to take their boats to the Measurer, 'over there'. (Let's pretend anyway)

"Bloody hell!  Let's have a think about this shall we?  I could get a place if I sail well so do I risk using that cool new-tech 21 gram battery instead of the old 84 gram one today?  Ah, no.  Should I put back that velcro'd-in corrector weight?  I think I will, let's play safe shall we." 

Corrector weightsCorrector weights are to be fixed to the hullGood choice.  Just not worth it is it?  This better outcome also does not need massive time wasting before the event.  It's not the routine measuring that matters, it's the risk of checking happening at any time that is way more powerful.

But there are two very good reasons check inspections have not been done for years.  The first is that most regatta locations simply do not have the ability to weigh a fully-rigged IOM accurately.  Some that could check, don't anyway.  The second is that most Race Committees deliberately avoid their responsibilities, sadly.  They simply do not want to be responsible for DSQ'ing someone, they want to be seen to be 'friendly', anyway it's easier that way. 

"Who wants to disqualify someone, particularly a visitor who has travelled for hundreds of kilometres to get here, the poor bloke, that would be so sad don't you think ... and everyone's honest anyway right?"

If you believe that, I still have that bridge if you are interested?  No?  How about a gold Rolex then, $20.  Yeah of course it's genuine!

If you are one of those who would not buy the bridge or the watch, maybe it's time to look at the bigger picture again, for the good of the sport.


The Editor



New Events Coordinator!


My first official task is to advise you that David Brunsdon has accepted the role as Sailing Events Coordinator for QRYA, picking up from Ian Ashe following his worthy service and retirement from QRYA management.

David will be well known to many of you from his regular attendance and participation in club, state and national sailing regattas.

Advertising for a Committee position to be filled was something new for the QRYA, but it worked!    The appeal to the broader RC sailing community for someone to step-up and give some time to the sport worked better than expected.  Within 24 hours the committee received a number of contacts interested in the Events Coordinator position.

The first one to apply was David who has travelled more than most of us 'clubies', having competed in the inaugural DF National Championships in Perth last year, the DF95 State Championship in Townsville and most of those held in the rest of the Queensland clubs.  Like many others here, he comes to this version of the sport after significant sailing experience right from his school days in dinghy's and keel boats.

The QRYA Committee is very pleased to make this announcement and we encourage all clubs to welcome David aboard and to work with him in planning sailing events around the state.

He can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gordon Wills

Secretary QRYA

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