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S/QLD RC Laser Championship - 18th Oct 2015

2015 South Queensland RC Laser Championship

Although the fleet was a disappointing 9 the racing was keen. In the morning everyone used their B sail in the E –SE breeze and at lunch time Peter Burford held a slight lead over Malcolm Kampe from Ray Nasmith. During lunch the breeze freshened and 5 boats went out with C rigs. After one race everyone went down to the smaller sail!  While Peter and Malcolm shared 17 firsts for the day, Ray won twice and David and John each scored a first.

With one race to go, there was nothing between the two top boats and the result depended on the last race of the day. Peter had some sort of brain snap and messed up his last start leaving Malcolm to sail away to a very deserved win to become the South Queensland RC Laser Champion for 2015.

The officials, led by PRO Allan Walker, did an excellent job over the whole day. There were numerous course changes, multiple collisions and frequent contact with the buoys and the marshals seemed to see, and call, them all. The only cross words from the sailors seem to be those directed at themselves. An excellent regatta with very deserved winners.    

N/QLD IOM Championship - 3/4th Oct

3rd./4th. October 2015
Hosted by Mackay Model Mariners

QLD 10R Championship - 19th Sep 2015

The Queensland 10R Championship for 2015 has been run and won in a very comprehensive fashion.

It’s a tough day when you have to discard 3 firsts and 1 third placing for your final score, but someone had to do it, so it’s congratulations to Gary Bromley.

QLD A Class Championship - 12th Sept 2015

QLD RC Laser Championship - 27th Jul 2015

The 2015 Queensland RC Laser Championship was won by Peter Burford after some keen racing.

The PRYC welcomed 11 starters to a really calm day at Emerald Lakes on Sunday, 26th July. PRO Bill Clancy could not get a race started until more than an hour after the advertised time and then there were only 3 completed  before the lunch break. A fourth heat was abandoned when the leading 4 boats were on the last leg and started drifting backwards. At this point, Linton Ward who had come from Cairns, was in  front having showed us all how to sail in really light weather.

After an extended break, sailing resumed in variable winds from the NW. The strength varied from near zero with occasional gusts up to about 8 knots which was enough to make many of the boats nosedive under their A rigs. Just when 2 competitors changed down to B rigs the breeze lightened again. The ‘fresher’ breezes in the afternoon suited Peter Burford, Barry Hill who finished second and Ross McKay, our lone visitor from the Sunshine Coast, who took home the Bronze medal.

Ray Nasmith won the first race then largely disappeared before winning the penultimate heat. David Page had gear trouble all day and eventually retired.

The Laser fleet wishes to thank the tireless club members and officials of the PRYC for staging another very successful regatta.

QLD MM Championship - 13th Jul 2015

QLD EC12 Championship - 4th Jul 2015

The weather bureau predicted 10-15kts SW swinging to SE and dropping out later in the day.

What really happened was a light Westerly which swing to the North after lunch and then dropped out around 3.00 pm. So much for science!!

For a class which has come and gone as far as the ARYA is concerned, there still seem to be a fair degree of enthusiasm for them, and 9 entries were received. Unfortunately, Yeoman had to withdraw due to ill health. So 8 skippers competed on the day.

It has to be said that most of these boats are around 30 years old (mostly Sorensens) and yet they can still provide enjoyable and competitive sailing. A shallow draft and a keel design which is weed proof are additional features making these boats a joy to sail, especially in light conditions. A register I have suggests that there were 48 boats built and sold just in Queensland alone, so there must be quite a number tucked away. So if you have one, or know where one is, please let me know because there is some interest being shown by a number of people.

Competition commenced at 10:00 am, and by 3:30 21 races had been sailed. The results were very much settled by this time so racing was concluded.

The light conditions made everyone work for their placings, although it was clear quite early on that Gary Taylor and Peter Morris were the ones to catch, and so it remained all day.

A very pleasant winter’s day with plenty of sun and good manners on the water made for an event enjoyed by all.

Congratulations to Gary on his win, and thanks to David Black for keeping score, and to Dale and Dennis for the photos.

Ian Smith

Secretary BRYC

QLD IOM Championship - 6/7th Jun 2015

The Queensland State IOM Titles were decided over a series of 32 races on Lake Curralea over the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June 2015.

The racing was conducted in near perfect weather conditions with temperatures of 26 - 28 degrees.

Winds on Saturday were moderate to fresh once the breeze settled in after the first 2 heats and on Sunday light to moderate conditions were enjoyed by the  fleet.

At the end of the series, Scott Backhouse from the NSW club of Kogarah Bay, sailing a beautify prepared BritPoP was the clear winner with Geoffrey Miller from Club Kawana, who was second and Aaron Farrar from Gladstone who was third.

Our congratulations are extended to these skippers and all others who contributed to a friendly and incident free series.
The event attracted considerable attention from Townsville residents and our club appreciated the opportunity to host the series and promote radio sailing in North Queensland.

We thank the QRYA for selecting our club to host the event.
Finally the club greatly appreciated the huge assistance provided by both Ian Ashe and David Black, Ian's guidance as PRO ensured the event proceeded without incident and David's knowledge and skills as scorer and his advice on rules and recovery took much of the pressure off our club members.

Bob Neunhoffer
Townsville Model Marine Club

C/QLD IOM Championship - 21/22nd Mar 2015

S/QLD IOM Championship - 8/9th Nov 2015

N/QLD IOM Championship - 27th Nov 2014

2014 N. Queensland 1 m titles hosted by Mackay model mariners.  26 to September 2014

A small but competitive fleet arrived at the Gooseponds ready for action, the weather was absolutely perfect with plenty of sunshine and a light but steadily increasing south easterly to easterly wind which allowed for a great course to be set and A Rigs to be used.  After the 11 competitors had been measured and briefing completed, racing commenced at 10:30 AM and continued right through till 3:30 PM with 18 races being completed in a single fleet format.  The race committee made sure that there were ample breaks in between races to ensure that everyone was well refreshed and the fact that the club was able to supply home-made pikelets and cupcakes made the day even more enjoyable.

Once a racing got underway it became apparent that any number of the skippers could win the event however it was Tim Arland from Whitsunday that started to stamp his authority until he lost his new fin and bulb when the glue let go.  This did not deter him, as it happened conveniently at lunchtime and after a short diving expedition in which he failed to find it, the replacement old fin and bulb was used and he was able to continue racing for the rest of the day.  Aaron Farrar from Gladstone started to get used to the pond sailing and was putting together of number of good scores as well as Chayne Timmerman’s from the Whitsunday club who was finding his straps.  Mackay skippers started to utilise their local knowledge and were also vying for the title with some consistent sailing.

Overall the racing was extremely close and competitive with all incidents being resolved on the spot, and getting a good start being the secret to getting a good position at the finish. The main area of discussion was the chestnut of when is an  overlap established and buoy room at the marks.
It was great to see some of the skippers returning to the sport after a long absence (welcome back Greg Hammon & Jim Finch)and it took a while for them to adjust to the distance factor, but in the end they found that there has been a large improvement in the One Metre class and the skippers who sail regularly having consistently fast boats.  This regatta was one of the best as there was plenty of banter and fun as well  as being serious competition.

Well after 18 races, it was time to halt the proceedings and after the scores were calculated, the top 2 places had to be separated by a double count back, yes, we had to go the number of 2nd places to decide the winner, who was Col Cameron from Mackay, followed very closely by Tim Arland, with Aaron from Gladstone getting third, Chayne from Whitsunday was a close Fourth, with James Finch in 5th Place.  The rest of the skippers had a great time and showed that they are just as competitive, just need a bit more coaching on their starts. The Interclub competition between Mackay & Whitsunday was won by Mackay upon calculation of the winning results of the top 3 skippers from each club.

A special thank you to  Michael & Peter Barfield, who made the day, by doing the scoring, race organising and observing, even though they only do RC aircraft now, they still found the time to support their old club and a special thank you to Ross’s Mother for the yummy pikelets and cupcakes.

We now look forward to next time we meet again, fair sailing to all.

QLD 10R Championship - 21st September

The day started with great support and enthusiasm, fine weather and a lovely filling S'Easter. Those volunteers from PRYC deserve special thanks for their efforts.

Unfortunately by the time the first gun went there were only 9 starters including 2 dual rated Marbleheads and a single fleet was the order of the day.

The Pro advised that a benevolent attitude to tuning adjustments and repairs would prevail, but with rig changes requested after the 1st race and  taking up to half an hour, it was decided to push the racing along and try to achieve a 16 race event to provide 3 discards.

From the first race it was apparent that Time Brown and  his "Starkers 3" Marblehead was going to be hard to beat , with Mark Harris and his Vibe Marblead also a contender whilst John Musgrave [Walicki 10R]  and Adrian Banwell [JAB]  likely to make a showing with their 10 raters.

Lunch was called after 8 races with the above mentioned four sailors leading the fleet. With the resumption of sailing came the freshening wind and the rest of the event being sailed in a real "hooter" of a s/easter providing good spectacle, causing much mayhem, some carnage and retirements with plenty of calls for time please for lots of "just need to fix ...."

Despite plenty of incidents there were no protests lodged, some requests for redress and average points  granted, and the event was generally sailed and concluded in good spirits .

David Black and his scoring machine kept the PRO well briefed on the position and after 14 races,  2nd, 3rd and 4th were within 4 points of each other and after 15 races 2nd and 3rd were equal.

By days end just short of 3 pm, and after 16 races,  Tim Brown had emerged as the easy winner on 16 points, from Mark Harris on 33 and John Musgrave 35.

............Allan Walker, PRO.

QLD A class Championships - 13th September

Held at. Lakeside Raceway on Saturday  the 13th September.  Seven entries were listed.  With the weather  forecast  for light winds from the S/E turning to N/E in the afternoon .

The PRO, Bruce Chapman set a windward/leeward course and six boats fronted the. start line. Garry Taylor had work and missed the first two races, Yeoman Sands won the first race with his UFO.  Ray Nasmith, second with his Extra, Peter Morris third in his Sweet, followed by John Fulton Sidewinder II, close behind him were Bob Worton  Scorpion, and Paul. Singleton,

The next race saw  Peter  win, Yeoman second and Ray third.  Race 3 saw Garry Taylor on the water in first place, back in mid fleet Bob,  John and Paul were having their own battle  for minor placings.

After lunch the wind had moved into the N/E resulting in a course change, Peter and Garry continued their battle closely followed by Yeoman and Ray, John, Bob and Paul  by late afternoon they had completed 23 races.  Thanks must go to the Pine  Rivers radio Sailing Club for  running a great meeting.

S/QLD RM Championship - 31st August


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