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QLD Events

C/QLD IOM Championships - 8/9th July

S/QLD A Class Championships - 7th July

S/QLD RM Championship - 6th May 2017

Pine Rivers Radio Yacht Club

11 boats were registered for the event with 9 boats making it onto the water. All skippers stayed with their A rigs for the full day as the winds were fairly steady, blowing S/SW in the morning turning to S/SE in the afternoon. This necessitated only one course change.

Greg Torpy won the day on 14 points clear ahead of Jason Nasmith on 39 points followed by Ray Nasmith on 43 points.

It was a most enjoyable day for competitors and organisers with little or no disputes and any issues sorted out on the water, a definite tribute to all skippers in the event.

The PRO for the day was Bruce Frazer, Bruce and his helpers did an excellent job. David Black again offered his assistance with the scoring which was readily accepted.

Bob Worton


Pine Rivers Radio Yacht Club

South Queensland IOM Championship - 29/30th April

Updated: Paradise Radio Yacht Club successfully hosted the event at Emerald Lakes, Gold Coast.

The weather was perfect, with partly cloudy ,25 degree temperatures. The wind was from south west to south east, A rig, 5 to 12 knots, on both days. The water was clean and generally smooth.

Skippers from two NSW and seven Queensland clubs travelled to Emerald Lakes from as far afield as Gladstone in the north and Lake Macquarie in NSW.

28 competitors, were divided into two fleets and a total of 16 races were completed over the 2 days, allowing 3 drops.

Lindsay and Anne Walker, capably carried out the PRO and heat management/scoring roles.David Black volunteered his fine skills to compile the results

tn P1020865 2000x1414a4 patThe courses, were windward and returns, two and a half times, taking about 12 minutes to complete.

Paul Jones, from Lake Macquarie won by a comfortable margin, from Allan Walker, then Greg Torpy.

16 different brands of IOM yachts competed. The skill and experience, and some good luck, proving to be the most important factor in winning results.

All penalties were completed, on the water, and the mood of the skippers was sportsman like.

The PRYC team of volunteers worked hard, to conduct a well-run championship.

Greg Torpy from 360 Degree Sails, provided an additional prize voucher, for the skipper who was placed mid fleet overall (Allan Bryant).

Laurie Hinchcliff. (PRYC)

Videos recorded by Ian Lobley from Springfield Lakes Maritime Modellers

QLD RM Championship - 22/23rd Apr

QLD 10R Championship - 12th March

S/QLD Laser Championships - 19th November

QLD 10R Championship - 26th November

Paradise Radio Yacht Club hosted the event  at Emerald Lakes, Gold Coast Queensland.
10 competitors entered, 8 were from PRYC.

A perfect day for sailing unfolded and racing got underway at 10am. Saturday.
Ian Ashe was the PRO, and he capably controlled racing throughout the 24 races.
Rex Scott adjusted the buoys, as the wind moved, resulting in well set windward/return courses.
The wind was from the east initially, and gradually turned to the north east in the afternoon.
Wind strength varied from 6 to 12 knots, and was moving around from left to right all day.The water was clean and relatively smoothe .

Tim Brown did well to complete a winch change just in time for race start time on his new Diamond.
Tim went on to win the championship ,in his new boat, proving his broad experience.

David Turton, from  Kawana, won heat 1, but unfortunately lost his keel in heat 2. He substituted his keel , continued for 4 heats , then was forced to retire.
Greg Torpy from Lake Macquarie, finished in second place .He sailed very well and had a close tussle with Tim Brown all day.
John Musgrave lead the local PRYC skippers home, with a credible 3rd place overall.

5 different skippers shared the heat wins and the locals from PRYC, were up near the front during most races.
David Black and Charmaine White worked hard all day , by collecting the finishing places and working out  the results.
Volunteers from all  fleets of  the PRYC, made a big contribution to the successful  running of the 10R championship. Thank you.

Laurie Hinchcliff
Sailing Secretary PRYC.


S/QLD IOM Championship - 5/6th November

N/QLD IOM Championship - 22/23rd October

QLD A Class Championship - 10th September

Six A Class yachts lined up for the first race, the winds were blowing steady from the North West for most of the day.

Peter Morris again set the pace from the beginning a d it was up to the remainder of the fleet to sort out the minor places.

Peter Morris won the trophy on 14 points while John Heard came in second on 29 points and Jason Nasmith came in third on 37 points.

The course was set as a traditional triangle with a windward return.

There were seventeen races conducted during the day with 3 drops allowed.

It was great to see such great comradery between competitors.

Bob Worton

PRRYC (Inc.)

S/QLD 10R Championships - 13th August

A good fleet of ten boats arrived at Emerald Lakes on Saturday the 13th. PRO Ian Ashe decided based on the wind prediction to race off the corner which was great decision as we had an area large enough for a full triangle where the 10r’s could really unwind.

QLD RM Championship - 30th Apr/1st May

2016 QLD RM TITLES – HERVEY BAY QLD 30th April / 1st May

Saturday 30th April started with a couple of light showers but soon cleared and after the registration and setting up was complete, 11 starters were ready to do battle at the Uni Lake located in Hervey Bay City. The lake had recently been cleaned by the local council after years of lobbying from the Fraser Coast Club, and they were pleased with the result. We had 11 skippers register with a number of them travelling some extra-long distances to be at the event.

The wind was SSE swinging to the SE and did not get above 7 knots, so it was out with the A Rigs, and PRO Ian Ashe soon had everybody setup in a single fleet and racing commenced at 12:15 pm. It soon became apparent that the top 2 , Dave Turton  and Greg Torpy had not lost some of the speed they had at the nationals and were in a continual battle, however at times they were made to work with Col Cameron, Mark Beneke mixing it up with them and each other as they vied for third place. The other skippers all tried hard and it was worth noting that some of the boats were over 20 years old and with new sails were just as competitive as the latest skinny boats. By the end of Saturday racing, we had completed 13 races , Greg had a small lead from David, while Col & Mark were virtually tied in 3rd place.

Sunday started with FOG, not a good sign and it took to after lunch before the wind settled to a very light NE to SE depending on how the PRO set the course, with the extra light conditions, the RM’s sailing with their A Swing rigs, started to place pressure on the field, and it was pleasing to see John McIntosh and Dennis Crawley have some superb speed at times, but the top two, Thorpy & Turton, still were able to maintain their dominance of the fleet.  Jason Nasmith felt it was a good time to practice his Port tack starts and after letting him get away with 2, the fleet caught up to his tricks and promptly held him out, but hey he enjoyed it when it worked. His Dad, Ray battled through the weekend recovering from a recent sickness, and in one race his head cleared and the boat took off and he led all the way, only to be passed in the final leg, he was so chuffed, and great to catch up with him.

By the end of racing, somehow we had completed 30 races, and could not get the extra 2 in to get the next drop, but everyone had thoroughly enjoyed themselves with some excellent sailing and sportsmanship and camaraderie going on between everyone. Congratulations to Greg Torpy as the 2016 QLD RM Champion, with David Turton finishing 2nd, Mark Beneke securing 3rd place in the last race from Col Cameron 4th, and John McIntosh 5th.

A big thank you to the members of the Fraser Coast Club, you did a stunning job, especially as there had been a bit of stuffing around prior to the event, thank you to Ian Ashe as the PRO, and to David Black for the scoring. We all had a great competition and look forward to the next QLD RM Titles next year.

Col Cameron

BRYC Brisbane IOM Challenge - 23/24th January

As always, the BRYC thanks Riversands for our venue, the BRYC club members who assisted in site preparation and the running the event, Ian Ashe for performing the PRO duties, and the skippers for their patronage.

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.

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