27 May 2019

Cracking Field for CQ IOM Championship

A cracking field registered for the 2019 CQ International One Meter Title’s, being held in Gladstone at what’s becoming widely regarded as one of the best radio controlled yachting venues in Queensland. Current Australian Champion Sean Wallis made the trip from WA, former Australian Champion Paul Jones was a last miniute inclusion driving up from Lake Macquarie and a whole host of state and regional title placegetters over recent years filled positions in the 30 strong/two fleets that launched off the bank at 10am Saturday.

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21 May 2019

WA 2019 Ten Rater Challenge.

112019 Ten Rater Challenge.
Champion Lakes Radio Yacht Club.

The Champion Lakes Radio Yacht Club hosted the 2019 Ten Rater Challenge at Austin Lakes on a fine sunny autumn day in the middle of May. Unfortunately, Champion Lakes developed a problem with weed in the last few weeks, leading the club to seek to shift to a venue which was more likely to provide good conditions. With the forecast showing that there would be sun shining, the question was whether the wind would show up.

When we arrived at the lake early in the morning, the wind looked terrific. Northerly at about 8 knots with the prospect of veering to the left and dropping out as the day wore on.

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20 May 2019

Garry Taylor Wins Queensland A Class Championship

Garry Taylor has won the Queensland A Class Championship held at Pine Rivers on Saturday 18th May.


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15 May 2019

DF95 South Queensland Championship

The forecast was grim for the inaugural South Queensland DF95 Championships.  After years of effort in building the fleet the weather gods were not going to be kind, sending 95% chance of rain just on that day and not much wind.

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08 May 2019

Yarrawonga Hosts VIC Marblehead State Championship

The staging of the 2019 Victorian Marblehead State Championship differed from previous events, in that they were held inland, some 3 hours’ drive north of Melbourne, in the popular holiday destination that is Yarrawonga, on the VIC /NSW border, in anticipation of the VRYA staging our edition of the ARYA Nationals in 2020, at this location.

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06 May 2019

Sanga One Two at NSW 10R GP Rd2

It was the Sanga's of Steve Sedgmen & Ben Taylor that came out on top at the NSW 10R Grand Prix Round 2 held at Koonawarra Bay on 27th April 2019.

“Vocal” starts were a feature of most of the day

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06 May 2019

V10's Dominate IOM Great Southern Championship

V10’s filled the top six places at the WA IOM Great Southern Championship held at Albany over the weekend of 4-5 May.

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01 May 2019

Scott Fleming Wins AUS RC Laser Championship

Victoria's Scott Fleming has won the 2019 RC Laser Australian Championship held at Dabroyd Aquatic Centre (DAC) showing absolute dominance from race one of the event held over three days 26-28 April 2019.


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29 April 2019

The Sheriff Wins Another Austin Lakes Shootout

Austin Lakes was the venue for the DF95 Western Australian State Championships. The venue is likely to be the site for the 2020 Australian National Championships for the DF classes, so today was an opportunity to have a run through, putting the boats and the lake to the test.

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24 April 2019

2019 DF65 National Invitation Regatta

Friday 19th April saw the start of this year’s Invitation Regatta at Kogarah Bay, NSW. Competitors from QLD, NSW, SA, Vic and the ACT had entered but with apologies and race committee duties, 13 skippers started the first race.


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17 April 2019

South Australian IOM State Championship April 13-14 2019


South Australian IOM State Championship April 13-14 2019
Harts Mill Port Adelaide

Well done and a thank you for the eight Interstate competitors who made the journey and brought strong competition to make the event competitive and present a good size fleet. The event at Harts Mill presented a good sceptical for the steady stream of people walking along the wharf area. A good venue, with an exceptional vantage point, for skippers to control their IOMs.

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13 April 2019

VIC RC Laser State Titles - 6/7th April

The Portland Yacht Club has entered into the world of RC sailing in very fine form. The commodore Mick Doherty welcomed the 16 RC Laser competitor's from Victoria, SA and Qld, before proceeding to have a race win on day one. Portland YC has a good fleet of RC Lasers regularly sailing and is centrally located between Adelaide and Melbourne, so ideal to attract good sized fleets.

The YC being a great base, offering bar, amenities and catered for dinner both nights making the regatta very social and interactive between competitors, family and friends.

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03 April 2019

Albany Set to Turn On the Tap

As part of the multi million dollar Centennial Park Sporting Precinct redevelopment in Albany, Western Australia, water is about to flow into the purpose built lake which will be ready to accommodate radio sailing.

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02 April 2019

C/QLD RM Championships - 30/31st March


On the 30th and 31st of March the Central Queensland Marblehead championships were held at Hervey Bay. Firstly congratulations to the host Club The Fraser Coast Radio yacht club for running a 2 day event and running the event in a professional way that promoted Radio Sailing here in Queensland . Gentlemen hold your head high you put on a great event.

With Competitors form Brisbane a few locals and some from up North Marblehead racing here in Queensland is still strong.

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26 March 2019

Aussie Victory Across the Tasman


The 2019 NZL South Island Championship expected to see a vigorous tussle between the New Zealand champion, Ian Vickers and our current Australian Champion, Sean Wallis, and it lived up to expectations.

imagespegasus1Light winds were forecast and this held true with racing on day one delayed until 12.30 before a light breeze filled across Pegasus Lake.  With multiple course areas available to suit all wind directions the RO was still challenged with the shifty breeze of around 5 knots blowing between ENE & SE but was able to get the fleet away.

The local champ drew first blood in race one with a win ahead of Wallis in a race where barely a couple of boat lengths split the pair, while Pegasus sailor Keith May claimed in win in heat 1B.

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18 March 2019

South Queensland A Class Championship

Lake Samsonvale, Qld: What a change in wind conditions, where PRRYC Members had become accustomed to sailing with “C” Rigs during Club Events, there was hardly a puff on wind on the lake.

A course was eventually set for a breeze from ESE.

Starting late, the OOD (John Fulton) then decided to call an early lunch after 3 races hoping that the breeze will come in. Again because of the lack of wind, we did not finish the third race for some time and therefore lunch was not that much earlier than previously stated.

After lunch we had a little more puff. It all made for interesting sailing and the score depicts just how close.

It was good to see seven yachts entered in the event.

Congratulations to Garry Taylor who took out the first place followed by Jason Nasmith and Laurie Hinchcliffe.

Bob Worton


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11 March 2019

Perth Radio Sailing Club’s 2019 “Bink Frayne Memorial A Class” regatta.

11mars3This year, Perth Radio Sailing Club relocated the annual Bink Frayne Memorial A Class regatta to Austin Lakes in South Yunderup. Unfortunately, we could not be reasonably confident that our home lake at Jackadder would be covered in weed. This was the fourth running of the event following Bink’s passing.

Saturday March 9 was the date, and the forecast was for grey skies, drizzle and light winds. For once, the Bureau got it right, and we drove south into light rain. The wind just refused to blow the clouds away. That is how the whole of the rest of the day unfolded.

Rob Mews kindly agreed to do the Race Officer’s job, and his challenge early on was to see if he could work out which direction the wind was blowing – well it wasn’t. Roger kindly trailed the Mullet and equipment down to Austin Lakes and we thank him for doing that. Also making the trip to assist Rob, was old mate Rodney Moss. Rod is such a great clubman, and is always willing to go out of his way to help. Thanks to you too Rod for giving up your time to assist.

Just before the scheduled start time, a zephyr appeared out of the north – almost the opposite direction to the forecast. Roger set a course with 6 marks in a line towards the north and 5 at the bottom of the course. Surely, we would be able to get a course out of that!

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05 March 2019

2019 NSW IOM GP Round 1 - 2/3rd March


The Susan McAnna Memorial Trophy
Series sponsored by BG Sails and Design

On the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of March the first round of the 2019 NSW IOM GP series was run at Kogarah Bay SC. The GP round held at Kogarah Bay annually is dedicated to the memory of Susan McAnna, the much loved and valued Kogarah Bay RYC member and member of the NSWRYA Management Committee, first as Secretary/Treasurer, then as Publicity Officer. Susan is remembered for her considerable contribution to radio yachting in NSW.

This year Matthew McAnna put his hand up to be the PRO and was ably assisted by Ron Moon on Saturday and Mal Cody on both days.

Fifteen enthusiastic skippers turned up to contest the event with a mix of boat designs. There were four V10s, one V8, five Britpops and one each of the following, K2, Cheinz, Picanto, Mad Max and Sabre 3d.

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25 February 2019

Tasmanian DF95 Hobby Warehouse George Fish Memorial Championship

What a fantastic weekend of sailing. Using all three rigs over the 32 races truly tested the twelve competitors. Unfortunately, I could not see too much of the racing, but was able to manage to watch around six races.

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16 February 2019

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.


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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15 February 2019

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.



14 February 2019

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.


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13 February 2019

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)

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