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Nail Biting Finish to IOM Championship

Going into the final day Sean Wallis held a slim lead of just 6.3 points ahead of Paul Jones, this was narrowed to 3.3 points by lunch as the championship was to be fought out between the pair.

Wind conditions were slightly lighter than previous days with a mix of A & B rigs for the earlier races however the course still remained challenging with the onshore breeze and gusts which swept across the course at regular intervals. As the day progressed more and more skippers chose the B rig as the preferred option although there continued to be some who felt the A rig was the better choice until a gust hit and the bow went down.

Wallis started the day well with a third in the first race of the day (race 14) while Jones scored a seventh and the lead stretched out. The second race of the day (race 15) saw a costly mistake by Jones who, after leading the race, sailed to the wrong mark for the leg to the finish allowing Wallis to take the win while he finished fifth further stretching the Wallis lead. At this stage it was still far from over, with Jones fighting back with a vengence in race 16 and taking the win while Wallis had a poor performance picking up a 9th and with the additional drop kicking in the lead was shattered to 3.3 points.

At the same time a tussle had developed for third overall with WA's Roger Paul closing to just two points behind SA's Scott Mitchell and as the wind dropped for race 17 and became significantly shifty the pair struggled resulting in both ending up in B fleet for race 18. Jones and Wallis also found this race difficult and found themselves well behind the leaders however it was Wallis who had the edge over Jones to finish with a 7th while Jones finished 16th and fell to B fleet also.

With the final race to be sailed Wallis had a lead of 10.3 points which was enough to secure the championship. Jones came through B fleet and won the final race with Wallis finishing 7th but claiming the championship.

Third place was decided with Roger Paul failing to return from B fleet leaving Mitchell to take third overall while Brad Johnston slipped through to fourth and Paul finished fifth.

Race winners for the day were Mike Freebairn (R14), Sean Wallis (R15), Paul Jones (R16/R18) and Doug Allen (R17).

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L-R: Paul Jones (2nd), Brad Johnston (4th & Master), Roger Paul (5th), Peter Burford (Grand Master), Sean Wallis (1st), Scott Mitchell (3rd)


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Sean Wallis, 2019 Australian Champion in International One Metre yachts.  Wallis has put the hard yards into preparing for the event when he traveled from WA to to compete in and win the QLD State Chamionship in September 2018.  Clearly the dedication has been rewarded


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Ron Fawcett (2nd from L) and Ian Lobley (3rd from L) accepting the George Middleton Trophy for the most valuable contribution to Radio Sailing in the National Championship host State.  Presented by Col Cameron, President QRYA (L) and Andrew Reid President ARYA (R).


Submitted: 16/02/2019 4:49:45 AM by System

AUS IOM Championship Setup for a Huge Final Day

As we head to the final day of the 2019 IOM Australian Championship we have an exciting battle brewing to determine who will lift the trophy at the end of the final day.

It was probably to be expected, the battle between Paul Jones and Sean Wallis and the final day is going to be a cracker!

Sean Wallis has retained his overnight lead from day two and will start the final day with a 6.3 point lead. In this fleet it's nothing, a strong performance by Jones on day three has seen him making his move toward a back to back championship while Wallis is doing all he can to defend his lead. In addition, South Australian Scott Mitchell is lingering in the background just 10 points behind Jones.

While the differences between the top skippers can seem significant, these can be closed down in a single race and leaves any of the top three in with a chance to claim victory.

Today's conditions saw the fleet sailing with B rigs to a top mark directly of shore and made it challenging for all skippers with the mark roundings extremely difficult resulting in numerous collisions and a record number of protests.

American, George Pedrick struggled through the day with trips to B & C fleet which has put pay to his aspirations of an AUS title win but he remains well in the top ten and will endeavour to make a move on the final day to improve his position.

Race winners for the day included WA's Robert Mews, Queenslander Grant Cooper from Gladstone, Tasmanian Mike Hickman and Paul Jones.

It is expected that conditions for tomorrow will be slightly lighter which will be ideal for the final showdown.

Submitted: 15/02/2019 4:32:16 AM by System

Aussie's Back on Top of AUS IOM Championship Day 2

It took until late on day two before an Aussie finally overtook our American guests to top the leader board of the IOM Australian Championship with a new leader, WA's Roger Paul picking up after race eight before Sean Wallis took over after a win in race 9.



After the hot humid northerlies of day one, an overnight change saw the breeze shift to the south for day two with the 71 competitors greated with a cool southerly and overcast conditions for day two of the championship.

The wind strength varied considerably with moments of around 9-14 knots but then minutes later bullets across the course of up to 20 knots and above. Rig selection once again became critical with B rigs the chosen rig for the day as the breeze increased slightly. Race 6 saw some of the A fleet select C rigs but after the first leg the breeze died slightly and those with the C rig generally struggled resulting in relegation to B fleet and a return to B rigs for the latter races.

Queensland's Brad Johnston started the day well with 1, 2, 1 for the first three races of the day and had a quick rush into the top five overall and strengthens his position as a contender for the title in an endeavour to win the championship for the home state although this could not be maintained with a 16th & 29th in the fourth and fifth races of the day and see's him start in C fleet on day three. Johnston remains an outside chance currently sitting in sixth overall but he'll need to regain the dominance reflected in the am races.

West Australian Roger Paul although slow to start in the first race of the day showed good boat speed sailing his V10 to claim two race wins to take the overall championship lead after race 8 but with a 9th in race 9 he slipped back to third overall at the end of the day.

Fellow WA sailor, Sean Wallis, maintained his consistency with single digit scores (except for a slight blemish in race 6 with a trip to B fleet) and with a 2nd in race 7 and a win in race 9 has positioned himself at the top of the leader board 3.3 points ahead of American, George Pedrick. Pedrick struggled to find a race win today but still remains in second place overall scoring 8, 4, 5, 19, 6 for the day.

At the mid-way point there is certainly no individual sailor who has stepped up and dominated the championship and with just over 15 points separating first to seventh any one of these guys could find their way to the podium over the next two days.

Similar weather conditions are forecast for day three of the championship and if ever there was a day to make a move for the title tomorrow will be it.

Submitted: 14/02/2019 4:52:28 AM by System

Day One to USA at AUS IOM Australian Championship

Was that the Star-Spangled Banner we could hear ringing out as we left the venue after day one of the 2019 Australian IOM Championship?




Pictured: George Pedrick & Gene Harris (USA)

A stella performance by our overseas guest sees George Pedrick, from the USA, overnight leader of the championship after day one after scoring 2, 3, 6, 1 in the four races completed. Pedrick made the most of the tricky conditions which started with a NNW of around 10 knots shift into the NNE and increase slightly in the early afternoon but it was the gusts which regularly saw bow's down on the downwind leg with places frequently changing.

While the fleet kicked off with A rigs by race two the B rigs started to appear but the questions continued as to what was the right rig to choose with one gust possibly seeing someone go from hero to zero and in the end most opted for B rigs for most of the day although during the lulls these were quite challenging.

Our defending champion, Paul Jones, started well with a win in his seeding race followed by a win in race two before falling victim to the gusty conditions in race 3 after opting to return to the A rig but is in striking distance to Pedrick and will no doubt step it up a gear over the coming days, although he'll now need to sail consistently well at the front of the fleet with already scoring two races which he will be hoping to discard as we reach the pointy end of the championship and certainly wont want to add another high score to the card. Jones finished the day with 1, 1, 13, 7 and is just three points behind Pedrick.

Victorian, Scott Fleming, with his new launched Plan B is currently third placed on nine points with Jones, scoring 1, 9, 3, 5 for the day and if he can maintain this consistency will be looking for a podium finish.

Sean Wallis (WA) and Mike Hickman (TAS) round out the top five with Wallis two points behind Jones and Fleming with Hickman a further point back.

The forecast for tomorrow will no doubt see B rigs out again with the breeze from the SSE around 12-17 knots before increasing to around 15-20 knots or more later in the day.

Results

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PosNameSail No.DesignClubR1R2R3R4NettTotal
1PEDRICK, GeorgeUSA 150V10NBRCSC2.03.0(6.0)1.06.012.0
2JONES, PaulAUS 48K2LMRYC1.01.0(13.0)7.09.022.0
3FLEMING, ScottAUS 53Plan BPLRMYC1.0(9.0)3.05.09.018.0
4WALLIS, SeanAUS 71V10 LECLRSC2.05.0(18.0)4.011.029.0
5HICKMAN, MichaelAUS 45V10RBRYC2.07.0(16.0)3.012.028.0
6PAUL, RogerAUS 76V10PRSC4.02.08.0(9.0)14.023.0
7MEWS, RobertAUS 41V10CLRSC2.04.0(9.0)8.014.023.0
8VITTE, EdgarAUS 50V10PRSC1.0(17.0)1.016.018.035.0
9MITCHELL, ScottAUS 52BritpopARCYRC4.0(24.0)2.012.018.042.0
10COOPER, GrantAUS 20V10GRCYC2.0(10.0)10.06.018.028.0

Submitted: 13/02/2019 4:21:45 AM by System

2019 AUS Marblehead Championship Final Day


The third and final day of the 2019 Marblehead Championship started with drifting north-east winds. A course was set with the windward mark close to the bank on the Club end with a look along the start line from the port end.


Although it looked a great course the breeze clocked to the east before we had a chance to use it. Major course reset was required to lay it along the bank and that was pretty much how it stayed for the rest of the day. The wind strength varied from 3 knots building to overpower the bigger rigs later in the day. The Race Officers kept the boat crews busy with minor tweaks of the start line bias and adjusting the bottom gate to ensure the fleet was split as much as possible.

On this last day of the Championship the pattern was set with Kirwan Robb (VIC) and Scott Condie (NSW) the two most likely contenders for the title barring the completely unexpected. The final placings had Scott Condie just 11 points behind Kirwan and Scott Mitchell (SA) a further 24 points back in third.  Andrew Reid who had finished on the podium in the 10 Raters claimed fourth spot.

Submitted: 12/02/2019 4:03:36 AM by System

2019 AUS Marblehead Championship Day 2

The second day of the Marblehead Championships began on the the main Control Area and the promise of a good south-easter and it did not disappoint. Right from race 1 the breeze kept the sailors reaching for a shorter rig until by early afternoon C-rigs were the weapon of choice. By days end 19 races were completed with an unchanged list in the major placings. With few halts for course changes the pace was relentless and the skippers were well and truely ready for a break at the end of the day.

Scott Condie has thrown down the gauntlet to be just 5 points behind Kirwan Robb, so the Championship is still up for grabs.

Submitted: 12/02/2019 4:03:02 AM by System

2019 AUS Marblehead Championship Day 1

Day 1 of the Marblehead Australian Championships started with breifing in the Southport Yacht Club Watersports Centre.

A solid north-easter was forecast so the Race Committee selected the alternative Control Area on the south-east side of the lake. The breeze never did as it was told by the forecaster and stubbornly stayed in from the east, not the perfect direction for that part of the lake however the Race Officers managed to coax a very good windward-leeward course out of the situation.

Following on from his 10 Rater win, Kirwin Robb finished the day with 4 bullets from 7 races. Scott Condie was keeping Kirwan on his toes taking the other two wins for the day. Still two full days to find another Australian Champion.

Racing was halted late in the afternoon even though the breeze was still cooperating due to the bottom gate disappearing into the reflected glare of the setting sun. Given that it was heading to 1700 hours there was not too many disappointed sailors from that decision.

Forecast for tomorrow is for a stronger south-east

Submitted: 10/02/2019 1:22:53 PM by System

Kirwan Robb Crowned 2019 Ten Rater Australian Champion


Victoria's Kirwan Robb has sailed an astounding regatta to be crowned Australian Ten Rater Champion for 2019.



From the completion of race two Kirwan with his Trance design Ten Rater took the lead and was never headed. His consistency throughout the event saw him have no worse than a fifth after three days of sailing with nine firsts and eight seconds in the twenty five races completed.

Scott Condie and Andrew Reid also with their Trance Ten Raters fought it out til the end for the minor placings and while late in the afternoon of the final day Condie closed the gap to as close as four points behind Reid he was unable to close the gap any further before racing was completed, leaving Reid in second place overall with Condie third.

ACT's Stephen Sedgmen finished fourth with his own Sanga design followed by WA's Rosco Bennett with his Diamond finishing fifth.

Winners of the inaugural Grand Master trophy was David 'Yoda' Thomas with the Master Trophy being won by Owen Jarvis.

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Pictured top: Kirwan looking relaxed with just a couple of races to go.
Pictured above (L-R): Andrew Reid, Kirwan Robb, Scott Condie
For full results see ;ARYA Nationals website

Submitted: 8/02/2019 5:07:43 AM by System

2019 AUS Ten Rater Championship Day 2

\images\Day1_1The breeze that took till lunch time to come in on day 1 was there before briefing today. Courses were set and it was on. Ten knots from the ESE gusting to a little more sometimes that was only interrupted by a squall late in the morning. It came through as a B fleet race was starting causing havoc on the line. After that passed there was the usual lull for a race or two before settling back in for the day.

Kirwan Robb continued the domination for the second day. His worst result was 4th, three of them, but they have now all been dropped. Andrew Reid is his closest competition but is 18 points in arrears and it is difficult to see how he can bridge that gap with the single day left to race. But Scott Condie is just 9 points from Reid so the silver medal is still up for grabs.

Novelty of the day was the B fleet competitor who was very late for the start due to equipment issues. With seconds remaining he launched the boat off the bank and streeted the fleet with his port start. Not recommend but it worked just this once.

The cloud cover reduced visibility after 4:00 p.m. and the top marks became harder to range find. As the last race was called Andrew Reid discovered his boat electronics unresponsive. As he worked to remedy the problem the start he missed ended in a general recall. That's what are mates for apparently! He made the re-start with less than a minute to spare.

The forecast for tomorrow looks similar, another champagne day at Regatta Lake.

Submitted: 7/02/2019 5:46:05 AM by System

2019 AUS Ten Rater Championship Day 1

The day started with frequent squalls and a SSE breeze. The forecast was for 15 - 20 knot Easterly breezes on the coast which was expected to translate to 10 -15 knots at Regatta Lake. Eventually that was exactly what happened but not before some serious attempts at setting a course proved futile. One start had the fleet making the top mark on port from the start line, while soon after the same mark was fetched on in one leg on starboard. Weather chaos continued to reign until a halt was called for lunch.

During the break the wind settled in from the East with reasonable shifts available for the observant. The kind of conditions the less experienced call a lottery that the better sailors always seen to get lucky in.

After the day concluded at about 1640, it was Kirwan Robb (VIC) who read the conditions the best with his worst result, a 3rd, going in the first drop giving him a Nett of 9 points. Scott Condie (NSW) in 2nd place dropped a 7, while Andrew Reid (VIC) following in 3rd place dropped a 10. Consistency is the key and clearly Kirwan had it today.

Ross Bennett (WA) is loitering with intent just three points behind Reid, with Stephen Sedgmen (ACT) a further 3 points back in 5th.

The final bracket of racing saw gusts above 15 knots causing just a few nose dives and the odd round-up. However these conditions only extended the distance between those at the pointy end and those in the back half.

The forecast tomorrow is for similar wind conditions with less precipitation. Hopefully this will mean that the sea breeze will be able to push though earlier than it did today and more racing can be racked up.

For the detailed progressive results see our RESULTS page.

Submitted: 6/02/2019 3:43:22 AM by System

Ten Rater AUS Championship - Let's Get Crackin



It's finally come, the speedsters of radio sailing hit the water on the Gold Coast. It's gunna be exciting as these sleek racing machines contest the 2019 International Ten Rater Australian Championship.

Racing for the International Ten Rater Class commences today (06 February) and will continue over three days in what will be an absolutely awesome spectacle of radio sailing at its fastest.

Winds are forecast to be around 7-12kts SSE in the morning and shifting ESE 10-15kts by early afternoon which will no doubt see gusts slightly higher and some of the fleet adopting the smaller rigs.

We can't tell you who is gunna win, but it's gunna be a cracker!

Racing commences at Regatta Waters Lake, Gold Coast at 10.15am.

Submitted: 5/02/2019 9:11:57 AM by System

Dill Claims A Class Title

Brian Dill (NSW) has been crowned 2019 International A Class Australian Champion finishing ahead of Roger Paul (WA) and Warren Norrie (NSW). The Masters Division was won by Denton Roberts (WA).

Brian just continued to extend the lead he established on the first day, to finish on 55 points, with Roger Paul on 81 in second place. Warren Norrie was always at the pointy end finishing just a few points behind Roger on 90 points.


Pictured from L-R: Warren Norrie, Brian Dill, Roger Paul, Denton Roberts


The inaugural Australian Champion in the Masters Division is Denton Roberts who won three heats and looked a real contender to bag a multi-division win.

Conditions were almost identical for both days with well defined shifts there for the taking for the keen skippers. Late on day two the larger rigs had a few craft dipping the front half in the lake.

The excitement continues tomorrow with Day 1 of the Ten Raters.

See our Results page for overall results table.

Submitted: 4/02/2019 11:32:05 PM by System

Dill Holds Lead in AUS A Class Championship


Twenty races were completed on day one of the International A Class Australian Championship at Regatta Waters Lake on the Gold Coast. Wind conditions were as expected, SE around 8-12 knots although significant shifts occurred during the races which saw positions change frequently with some going from looking famous to out the back door if they missed one.




Team WA looked famous after the first three races with Simon Ellis, Denton Roberts and Roger Paul collecting a race win each while our favourites, Brian Dill and Warren Norrie languished at the aft end of the fleet.


It didn't take long before both Dill and Norrie stepped it up a gear with Dill winning four races in succession and moving into top spot on the championship table after race 7 while Norrie started placing pressure on Paul for second place.


From second back, the leaderboard has changed regularly and at times a number of sailors have been on equal points showing how close the racing is, albeit a small fleet.


Racing for the A's will conclude today and while Dill holds a 9 point lead ahead of Paul, with Norrie a further 4 points behind, the podium is far from finalised. Winds are expected to be much the same as yesterday with an 8-12kt SE and temps around 32C.


Watch the video of race one by clicking the link below


Click here to goto Youtube

Submitted: 4/02/2019 3:46:44 PM by System

Day One on the Gold Coast

A Class
We're excited!
In just over an hours time the A Class will hit the water for the first day of the 2019 ARYA Australian Championship.

We have a few showers this morning, these are expected to clear by mid-day and will leave us a glorious afternoon. The wind is already in the E/SE around 5-8 kts with expectations it will increase to around 8-12 kts with some gusts around 15 knots - perfect!

Submitted: 3/02/2019 4:26:04 PM by System

It Looks Like Groundhog Day for the A's

There's just a little over two days until the commencement of the 2019 ARYA Australian Championships and kicking off will be the A class.

Last years champion, Graeme Howie from Western Australia, has been unable to make it leaving the door wide open for NSW's Brian Dill who will go into the event as favourite with his Sword design.

It's not expected to be a 'walk in the park' for Brian. Looking at the fleet this will be a closely fought championship with a number of sailors capable of claiming the trophy.

The weather for the two day event sees a forecast to be identical for both days of sailing with the temperature floating around 30C and winds ESE around 10-15 knots. Ahhh Queensland - beautiful one day, perfect the next!



Racing commences at 10.15am on Monday 4th February and concludes on the afternoon of Tuesday 5th at Regatta Waters Lake, Oxenford, Gold Coast.

Here's our fleet

1. DILL, Brian (NSW)
2. ELLIS, Simon (WA)
3. HINCHCLIFF, Laurie (QLD)
4. MCLAREN, Bruce (QLD)
5. MORRIS, Peter (QLD)
6. NORRIE, Warren (NSW)
7. PAUL, Roger (WA)
8. ROBERTS, Denton (WA)
9. RUSSELL, Frank (QLD)
10. TAYLOR, Garry (QLD)

Submitted: 1/02/2019 1:35:08 AM by System

Yachtsmen Gather for Gold Coast Australian Championships

The 2019 Australian Championships for Radio Controlled yachts are being held 4th -16th February at Regatta Lake, Oxenford. One hundred and eighteen sailors are currently entered in 4 classes of yacht.

A team of volunteers from local clubs and the Queensland Radio Yachting Association (QRYA) has been planning this event for more than 12 months, with the support of the Southport Yacht Club and the City of Gold Coast. This week Event Manager Ron Fawcett said 'Competitors will start arriving in the first few days of February from locations as distant as Japan, the United States of America and New Zealand. A strong contingent from Perth will be traveling further than the New Zealanders!'

\images\nats_1The event will be based from the Southport Yacht Club Watersports Centre that was opened just last year. State level radio sailing events have been held on two occasions leading up to this national event so the local organisers and sailors could gain experience at this exciting venue. The expansive lake offers fair courses to be set in any wind direction.

Radio sailing is a growing sport in Queensland and indeed across the world. Competition uses the same rules of sailing that larger classes do up to Olympic level. Some of the competitors are experienced sailors who have competed at the highest level, while others have entered the sport for the first time. One of the attractions for both new and experienced sailors is the number of races that can be held in one day. The excitement of the starting sequence and the chess-like tactics in reading the conditions are all the same in radio sailing, but more events can be had in a shorter timeframe.

\images\nats_2Recently a number of newer one-design low cost classes have entered the market and numbers have been growing quickly. One-design is about every sailor having the same affordable equipment, available off the shelf. If the trend in North America repeats itself here we can expect numbers to continue to grow in Queensland and across Australia.

As Col Cameron, President of the Queensland Radio Yachting Association (QRYA) said recently 'If you have always wanted to go sailing but did not have the time or resources, or if you are an experienced sailor and want to continue to use your experience, then this sport is for you. But be careful, it's very addictive. As important is the social network that is a major part of this sport.'

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If you want a great day out in the first half of February, Regatta Waters Lake is in the middle of Damian Leeding Memorial Park at Oxenford. The regatta site will be open to the spectating public on all racing days and a cafe is open every day for a relaxing coffee and a snack while you watch the racing. So make an entry in your calendar to watch some exciting radio controlled racing. Details can be found at http://aryanationals.com/. You can find a club near you on the QRYA website http://www.qrya.com.au/.



Submitted: 13/01/2019 3:01:35 PM by System

Masters Divisions Announced for the 2019 ARYA Australian National Championships

Age based categories have been used in major sporting events for many years. The Masters Games may be the best known while many large sailing classes have used them for decades.

For 2019, the Australian Radio Yachting Association (ARYA) has accepted a proposal from the Queensland Radio Yachting Association (QRYA) to trial age based categories in the Australian Championships being held in Queensland in February next.

The categories defined are as follows:
Division / Age Range
Open / All entrants
Junior / < 25 years of age
Masters / 65 - 74 years of age
Grand Masters / 75+ years of age

Please Note:

  • All Racing will be in Open Division. The normal fleet system will be used and the division placings are back-calculated from the Heat Management System (HMS) results.
  • Age will be taken from 4 February 2019.
  • It will be possible for a sailor to win in Open and one of the other categories they are qualified for.

    All entrants are in Open Division but on Registration each competitor will be given the option to nominate for one of the age based divisions. Trophies will be awarded at the discretion of the Organising Committee.

    Winners will be recognised as Australian National Champion of a division.

    Submitted: 26/11/2018 10:56:56 PM by System

  • Regatta Waters Lake - it's first major event

    As a lead up to the 2019 ARYA Nationals Regatta Waters Lake hosted it's first major event being the 2018 Queensland IOM State Championship.

    A fleet of 30 competitors started the event on Saturday 27th October 2018 in what were perfect mid A-rig conditions.

    The forecast of light to moderate easterly conditions was spot on. The small variation in direction of the breeze was easily catered for by the Principle Race Officer (PRO) Ian Ashe selecting from the range of buoys set at the top of the course. Lunch was taken at 12:30 p.m. and catered for by the Southport Yacht Club Cafe.

    Ten races (20 heats) were completed by the end of sailing at 4:30 p.m. Placings at the end of day 1 had Sean Wallis clear ahead on points from current Australian Champion Paul Jones in second.

    Day 2 started with a total change in the conditions, but true to the forecast of a light north-westerly ahead of a strong south-easter due just before lunch. The start of racing was delayed until 10:30 a.m. when what looked like a usable westerly kicked in and an attempt to set a course and get a start was unsuccessful as the breeze continued to clock to the south and then further to the south-east as forecast. Finally just after 11:00 a.m. a course was set and a start announced.

    Conditions were between A and B rigs for most of the day but B-rigs dominated with the occasional adventurer reverting to A. A BBQ lunch was organised and delivered by the Paradise Radio Yacht Club (PRYC) 10 Rater division which was greatly appreciated by all.


    The breeze was forecast to build and go more south and that is exactly what it did during the last four races. The oscillating change from south-east to south made for challenging course setting in what was left of the day. At times some of the B-rigs dipped the nose of the boat in the lake as some of the stronger gusts came through.

    At the end of two days sailing, Sean Wallis was the clear winner with Paul Jones in second place and Tim Brown third. Results can be found here.

    Sean Wallis being presented with the IOM State Championship Perpetual Trophy by QRYA President David Black

    Sean Wallis being presented with the IOM State Championship Perpetual Trophy by QRYA President David Black
    The event was a precursor to the National Championships to be held in February 2019 at the same location. The lake is not currently sailed by an RC club so was neutral water for all and real practice for both the sailors and organisers.

    A special thanks goes to Paradise Radio Yacht Club who provided all equipment and most of the volunteers for this event and to the Southport Yacht Club for the use of the excellent facilities. The experience was invaluable and the lessons learned will be quickly incorporated into the Event Management Plan for the National level event.

    The entire available QRYA executive provided the management of the event with Publicity Officer/Treasurer Ian Lobley providing video and photographic coverage. The Youtube Channel can be found linked here, please enjoy and subscribe. See videos of some of the races and the interviews with both current Australian Champion Paul Jones and ARYA President Sean Wallis.

    The next event at Regatta Waters will be the 10 Rater State Championships at the end of November 2018 hosted by PRYC.

    Submitted: 29/10/2018 4:49:06 PM by System

    Notice of Race and Regatta Entry Now Available

    Entries are now open for the 2019 ARYA Australian Championships. Entries may be submitted either online on our website or download the entry form and submit by email/post.

    The Notice of Races has also been released in conjunction with the opening of entries.

    Don't forget to take the opportunity to order your Regatta Shirt, these are available in Long or Short Sleeve with numerous sizes available and are reasonably priced at just $33.00. Order information is available on the entry form.

    For further information select 'ENTRY' from the main menu on the website.

    Submitted: 28/08/2018 5:40:40 PM by System

    Preparations at Regatta Waters are on track!



    The Queensland IOM State Championships in October will be the only lead-up event at Regatta Waters for the National Championships in February. Work is continuing to make sure that the new venue will be at it's best. Sailors will be able to park next to the control area. No shortage of space there!



    The depth of Regatta Lake had to be checked to make sure that the buoy system has the right rope length. The lake has not been used for Radio Sailing for many years and changes have been made to it since the floods in 2011. Russell Gray's boat was deployed and a system well proven by Captain Cook used to gauge depth. A lead weight and a rope with two knots every fathom.


    Southport Yacht Club representative Matthew Dickenson is seen above inducting members of the QRYA and local clubs into the building and to run through details on access and use. Topics on the agenda included catering and licensing conditions. All sorted now!

    Entries to both the IOM States and ARYA National will be open soon.

    Below ...The Gold Coast City Council have provided extra space in case we get unexpected visitors!



    Photos by Ian Lobley

    Submitted: 8/07/2018 2:24:31 PM by System

    ARYA Australian Championships - Change of Venue Approved

    The ARYA has advised the QRYA that their request to change the venue for the 2019 Nationals, has been approved by a majority vote of members.

    The new location is Regatta Waters Lake at Oxenford, also known as Coomera Lake. The QRYA has formed an Event Management Committee to run the Nationals as there is no member club sailing at the selected location. Equipment. including buoys, launching platforms and a boat have been generously offered by PRYC and individual sailors. This means that the event is already fully equipped to operate at the new location. The twin Towns club have offered to staff the 10 Rater event and we are receiving offers from other clubs for similar assistance, all to be formalised in the near future. The QRYA will be seeking volunteers to fill remaining positions from member clubs.

    The site is managed by the Southport Yacht Club (SYC) and leased from the Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) for the next 10 years. As soon as we have formal event approval from the GCCC for the dates we require we will confirm the schedule in our original plan.

    Submitted: 14/06/2018 4:17:15 PM by System

    2019 ARYA Australian Championship Website Now Online

    After months of hard work, we are pleased to officially announce the launch of our brand new website for the 2019 ARYA Australian Championships.

    Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors information relating to the event to be hosted by the Moreton Radio Yacht Squadron in conjunction with the Queensland Radio Yachting Association at Newport, Brisbane in February 2019.

    We will be constantly updating our website with helpful information, news and other announcements.

    The official Notice of Race and Online Entry will be available in the coming months and we encourage you to watch our website for details.

    For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments please use the contact form on the website. Thank you

    Submitted: 7/03/2018 8:29:02 PM by Sean Wallis

    ARYA Awards 2019 Australian Championships to Queensland

    The ARYA has formally advised that the QRYA has been successful with our submission to host the 2019 ARYA Australian Championships for the A Class, Marblehead, Ten Rater & International One Metre at Moreton in February 2019.

    While the Minutes of the ARYA Annual General Meeting are yet to be published, we have received a letter from the ARYA President confirming the appointment. See this link to the letter.

    The QRYA members look forward to welcoming all sailors to Queensland in February 2019!

    Submitted: 28/02/2018 by System

    2019 ARYA Nationals Preparation

    In preparation for the 2018 ARYA AGM, the QRYA has released promotional information about the planned event.

    1. A 2-minute video now available on the QRYA Youtube Channel

    2. A 3-page Flyer intended to be printed and used as a handout or poster.

    Please pass this information on to fellow sailors who may not visit this site regularly.
    If you have any comments or questions about the material or the event, please forward them through your club Secretaries.

    Submitted: 2/01/2018 by System