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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.


2021 IOM Australian Championship

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The ARYA have announced that the 2021 International One Meter National Championships will be hosted by the South Australian Radio Yachting Association from Friday November 26 through Sunday November 28, 2021.

The venue will be at Hart’s Mill in Port Adelaide.

We thank both the SA Association as well as the NSW Association, both of which presented solid proposals for the hosting of the Championships.

We wish the organisers and participants all the best for a successful event.

Details of the event will be posted on the ARYA National Championship website ( as they become available.

From the ARYA website.


RC Laser Nationals are GO! for QLD

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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.


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