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QLD RM Championship - 18th May 2014

The 2014 Queensland RM Championship was hosted by Paradise Radio Yacht Club on the 18th May.

An initial entry list of 15 was reduced to 12 by the start of racing due to personal reasons and one boat catching on fire due to an electrical problem during tune up.

PRO Bill Clancy got the racing underway once a light southerly breeze filled in and the Dragon Boats cleared the course area. Tim Brown sailing a Starkers 3 hit his straps early with Jeff Byerley sailing a borrowed NRW3 hot on his heels. By the lunch break Sean Wallis sailing in his first Regatta with his Vibe had moved into second. Tim holding a 4 point advantage.

Fluctuating winds caused a number of course changes , misfortunes (Tim ran aground and was stuck on the point while the fleet sailed away) and Rig changes.
A number of skippers posted PB’s with Steve Tyler winning a race and Dennis Crawley claiming a second.

Tim maintained his lead for the remainder of the day with Sean in hot pursuit as he came more to grips with his RM. Jeff Byerley took third place.
A very enjoyable Regatta sailed in good spirit, no protests and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Thanks to the PRYC committee for running the event David Black and Elaine Brown for scoring and to Phil Lawson travelling up from Taree and Yeoman Sands from Bunderberg.

Tim Brown

Photos by Elaine Brown



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