Results in from the Malta IOM Open invitation 2017. 5 Brits in the top 10. Congratulations go to John Tushingham who was overall winner.
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1st and 2nd April 2017 Hosted by Adelaide Radio Control Yacht Racing Club on behalf of the SARYA.
Twenty Four skippers entered for the event which was sailed in two fleets at Hart’s Mill in Port Adelaide. Fourteen of the skippers travelled from interstate and their effort in making the journey is appreciated. The top end of the fleet included many who were placed high in the finishing order of the recent Australian Championships which were held in NSW last February.
Eleven skippers fronting for the first event of the 2017-18 season, the 2017 Southern Tasmanian IOM Championship. A fine and sunny autumn's day with light and variable winds, mainly from the west to south to around 3 knots, slowly building during the day to maybe 5-6 knots in the afternoon. With the variable wind directions, course setting was a challenge but all races had a windward/leeward component and generally short one lap races in the lighter airs and two laps when the breeze was settled. Despite the efforts of the awesome foursome on Saturday, there were still a few victims to strands of weed, and a few boats getting caught in the weed banks as well.
The Great Southern Championship and Albany Cup 2017
Western Australia’s Albany weekend proved to be another successful regatta – all sorts of wind, great sailing, good company, good dining out, plenty of mishaps and plenty of fun had by all.
The regatta really started on Friday night with dinner at Rustlers. Local skippers and Perth ring-ins mixed amusement and in depth sailing discussions with normal ribbing and pseudo slander. It was great to see Moby again as he has been away from sailing with other work and family commitments. Unfortunately he was unable to sail – things were subsequently a lot quieter in the control area.
We had a good turnout for the day with 17 competitors and were able to complete 17 races by about 15:05.
The quality of the racing was excellent even though we had one of those variable wind days that are familiar at Springfield, but with many quite brisk events. We set the start towards a predominately western breeze and were able to maintain that course for the whole day. We have had some feedback from a few of the competitors who spoke very highly of the event and the way it was run, so I guess we can now feel confident for future events at Springfield Lakes.
A small fleet of 7 boats for the rescheduled Herb Tyson Trophy for A Class for 2016. Conditions were ideal at Montrose Bay with a sunny cloudless sky, an incoming tide, and a steady 3 to 6 knot northerly on arrival which slowly eased with patches of lighter conditions throughout the morning. Of the seven boats racing, one was not included in the results due to a measurement issue, however for his first go at the controls of an A Class, Ray Joyce sailed remarkably well. Veteran skipper Michael Hickman dominated the morning with 3 wins, 2 seconds and a third. Tank Walter also sailed well with 4 podium placings including a win in Race 4. Cliff Eaves was on the podium a couple of times and the Silver Fox Peter Darcy not having one of his better days but notching up a win in Race 6. Ray Joyce, although not in contention for the points, took a victory in Race 2 with a couple of podium finishes as well, and Kyle Stewart was up there with a couple of minor podiums.
Queensland 10 Rater Championships – March 12
By Mark Perkin – PRYC 10R Fleet Captain
The latest 10 Rater championship event was held under fine conditions at Emerald Lakes, with 11 boats turning out on the day. The event also attracted quite a number of onlookers during the course of the day. It was great to see the Sunshine Coast boys come down and compete in the event.
You could say it was a case of diamonds are forever, with the Graham Bantock designed boats taking a clean sweep of the top 3 places.
The sailing breeze was generally light, with winds at the top mark becoming fickle in the shadow of the trees by the equipment shed. This issue eventually lead to the course being moved around half way thru the day, to a better location more in the middle of the lake, where there was nothing onshore to interrupt the breeze.
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32 skippers registered for the event and, pleasingly, all 32 showed up on the day.
Fortunately, the predicted maximum temperature of 35 for Saturday did not eventuate. The predicted south easterly change kicked in early, and after only a few seeding races in a north westerly, the remainder of the 2 days was spent sailing in a sometimes quite brisk south-easterly. Ideal for the Eagleby venue, as the course could be set across the face of the control area.
Racing, under the control of PRO Iain Kirley, got underway on time on Saturday, and at first it didn’t look all that promising, with a light and shifty north westerly and cloudy skies. It then swung around to a light South easterly and for a while the wind didn’t get much better. But by around 11:00 am it had picked up to the predicted 15-25 kph. The wind made it difficult for our resident chef, David Cox, to keep sufficient heat in his BBQ, and lunch was delayed an hour. Oh, and it rained/drizzled on an off for most of the afternoon with the roll of distant thunder thrown in for good measure.
This year's Kawana Open was sailed in a 6-10 Kt south easterly, with a fleet of 10 boats.
This was an umpired event controlled by Garry McMahon, and proved once again just how successful this format can be. Over the entire day there were no harsh words – only pleasant and extremely close racing, with only 2 points separating the first 3 boats at the lunch break.
The afternoon session saw Dave Turton lose his jib on two separate occasions, but he still managed to take the day from Greg Torpy by one point. Special thanks to David Black for scoring and Greg Adams for the photos.
Racing started at approximately 10:05 and finished at 14:25 at West Lakes; managing to get only 13 heats completed. The day was hot, wind was reasonably consistent mainly from the West with Southerly component. Medium / light to light at different times during the day.
As can be seen from the results, Scott Mitchell consistently managed to keep up the sharp end of the fleet.
Thanks to Ian Dowsett for undertaking PRO duties; he was assisted by other members of the South Australian Radio Yacht Club.
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 .
2016 Tasmanian IOM Championships
The 2016 Tasmanian IOM Championships were held over the past weekend in very tricky and testing conditions. PRO for the event was Les Hanson, assisted by yours truly on both days and Commodore David Murfet on Day 2. With a low pressure system parked off the east of Bass Straight, winds were light and patchy from the south to southeast and conditions cool and overcast, but dry for Day 1. With the forecast similar for the whole weekend, the regatta was going to test skipper's pond sailing skills. We can't have champagne sailing all the time!
2016 RSAWA Metropolitan Championships
The Metros were held at Champion Lakes in Perth on Sunday November 6. The day started out sunny and bright. Fortunately, we turned up to see that a south wester had already filled in, so rather than waiting all morning for a decent breeze, we were right into the racing.
The organizing team consisted of Race Officer Chris Woods, and his able assistants Andree Bennett, Uncle Rod Moss and Fred Webber. Luckily, the wind direction was straight up and down the lake, so Chris could set a long beat and downwind course.
The fleet consisted of 16 keen skippers, sailing a range of designs. Predominantly there were Vickers boats, with some V8s and V9s as well as Rosco’s new V10. Three Britpops, a couple of Cheinz and a Mojo, as well as a couple of others made up the fleet.
The 2016 Tasmanian State IOM Regatta was sailed in what can only be described as testing conditions. The BOM forecast was for 15 to 25 knot northerlies strengthening to 20 to 30 knots and swinging to the northwest by noon, however with the Brook in the lee of Mt Direction, this was a recipe for some challenging racing with plenty of shifts and a few holes. It was quite warm for Hobart at this time of the year with mid 20’s temperatures and with colder water temperatures, the wind wasn’t “sticking to the water” as Bucko from 18 Footers TV would suggest, adding to the fluky and variable conditions. Prior to racing, wind strength was around the 10 knot mark or there abouts, stronger in the puffs, giving skippers the dilemma of rig choice. Wisely, all skippers opted for the No. 2 Rig.
UPDATE: Eight skippers arrived bright and early on Saturday Morning to race for the top honours in NSW Marblehead racing. Greg Torpy came all the way from Brisbane though he is a member of Lake Macquarie Radio Yacht Club. The rest of the fleet was made up this way, two from Drummoyne Sailing Club, two from Wollongong Model Yacht Club, two from the Northern Mariners and one from Kogarah Bay Radio Yacht Club.
There was a steady southerly breeze about 12 knots when racing started just after 10am that steadily increased in strength during the day. A two lap windward return course was set. It wasn’t long before skippers were asking for time to change rigs, and many ended up using their smallest rigs after lunch.
Saturday C Rigs with a number of skippers experiencing gear failure.
Sunday Racing commenced around lunch time due to lack of wind.
Good to have Lincoln McDowell make the trip from Melbourne; the other interstaters who usually compete are still in Europe after the Worlds.
The “dual” event provides a second chance and makes the interstate journey better value.
|SA RM Toad Cup |
Sun Apr 30, 2017 - Sun Apr 30, 2017
|TAS John Emms Memorial for Marbleheads |
Sun Apr 30, 2017 - Sun Apr 30, 2017
|VIC State RM Championship ® |
Sat May 06, 2017 - Sat May 06, 2017
|NSW A Class GP Rd 1 |
Sun May 07, 2017 - Sun May 07, 2017
|Sth QLD RM |
Sun May 07, 2017 - Sun May 07, 2017
|QLD RG65/Dragon Force Open |
Sat May 13, 2017 - Sun May 14, 2017
|WA SW IOM Championships |
Sat May 13, 2017 - Sat May 13, 2017
|NSW Marblehead GP Rd 1 |
Sat May 20, 2017 - Sat May 20, 2017
|TAS RM Southern Tasmanian Championship |
Sun May 21, 2017 - Sun May 21, 2017
|WA 10R Challenge |
Sun May 21, 2017 - Sun May 21, 2017
|NSW IOM GP Rd3 |
Sat May 27, 2017 - Sun May 28, 2017
|ACT 10R GP Event |
Sat Jun 03, 2017 - Sat Jun 03, 2017
|WA Eric Fisher A Class Trophy |
Sat Jun 10, 2017 - Sat Jun 10, 2017