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.
On Sunday October 16 at Champion Lakes Radio Yacht Club, the Ten Rater fleet gathered to establish the 2016 Western Australian State Champion. The forecast was for mid range winds gradually dropping towards the latter part of the afternoon.
Thirteen skippers fronted for the day. Race officer Hub Bell and his able assistant Rod Moss had us all organized and on the water at the advertised starting time of 10.30am. There were a number of shifts early in the regatta which made setting the course a tricky task. Hub kept on top of the windshifts and made sure the courses were fair. There was only one abandoned race in which the fleet sailed to the first mark on a reach.
Out of the blocks and straight into the lead with three firsts and three seconds in the first six races was Sean Wallis, sailing a Diamond. His starting was first class, reaching the top mark in great shape regularly.
Race Officer Hub Bell and his sidekick Rodney Moss (in the background)
Graeme Howie sailing an Aero, and Rosco Bennett (Diamond) did what they could to stay in touch with Sean in the early part of the day, with consistent finishing positions. The wind gradually settled in to blow from the south-west. It strengthened slightly around lunch time and skippers were starting to think about a change in rigs.
The 2016 Tasmanian Marblehead Championships were held over the weekend with conditions on Day 1 a complete contrast from Day 2. Conditions on Saturday started out just about ideal with mid 20's temperatures and a solid top end B to C Rig breeze of around 10 to 15 knots for Race 1, however the prevailing NNW'er increased steadily throughout the day and after the first few races, changing down to the smallest rig was a necessity. Racing for the day was abandoned after Race 7 when a 45 knot plus bullet lifted spray and placed boats and equipment at risk of damage. At the end of Day 1, I held a 3 point lead with 10 points from Michael Hickman in second place on countback from John Hall, both on 13 points.
We had a good turnout for what could have been a washed out, or blown out, event. The wind was predicted to be 20 kph in the morning increasing to 24 kph in the afternoon. While setting up we had some nasty darkies come across the dam but things settled down a bit by race time. And the rain held off to a reasonable amount.
Steve (Toad) Arthur made a special guest appearance as Adjudicator/Referee. Thanks Steve, you made life easier while I was scoring.
Despite all the rough weather that we have been having in South Australia of late today was another excellent sailing day. Took a little time for the wind to settle at the start but it stayed in the SW with enough variation in wind strength to make it interesting; Occasional cloud but no rain.
Unfortunately with only 5 entries we were unable to have the race run as a Rating event however the South Australian 10R Title was up for grabs. The racing soon settled down to a battle between Tim Arland and Alan Gold with Tim becoming the Title holder by 1 point. Congratulations Tim.
Ian Backler with his P3 showed that there is still fight in the old dog with a first, a second and 4 third places but despite a DNF and a DNS in the last two races was a creditable third.
Frank Brookes despite still getting used to his new 10R showed that it had the speed but a couple of non-finishes in the last two races dropped him down a few points. Grant Murray our visitor from the SE club showed what a good RM can do but again non-finishes were a problem.
Thanks to Brian Walsh for his PRO efforts today. He earned his points early with course changes due to wind variation. Thanks also to those who volunteered their services to assist Brian.
The Yarrawonga 2016 RC Laser National Championships hosted by Patterson Lakes Radio Model Yacht Club over the 17 - 18th September has finally come and gone.
With the sails and sailing gear safely stowed away for the next event, one can’t help but to reflect on the great performance from many of our RC Laser Sailors this past weekend.
With a record number of 42 competitors and 3 fleets (A, B & C), completing a good number of races proved to be a challenge during the two day regatta held at the Yarrawonga Yacht Club. It was fantastic to see several new RC laser competitors and it took a few racing events to hit a smooth and fast rhythmic turnaround between fleets.
|SA IOM Sate Championships |
Sat Apr 01, 2017 - Sun Apr 02, 2017
|TAS IOM Southern Tas Championship |
Sun Apr 02, 2017 - Sun Apr 02, 2017
|VIC Bill Palmer Rd. 1 Marblehead Regional ® |
Sun Apr 09, 2017 - Sun Apr 09, 2017
|VIC Eddie Kennedy Rd. 1 IOM Regional ® |
Sun Apr 16, 2017 - Sun Apr 16, 2017
|NSW IOM GP Round 2 |
Sat Apr 22, 2017 - Sun Apr 23, 2017
|QLD RM State Championships |
Sat Apr 22, 2017 - Sun Apr 23, 2017
|NSW 10R GP Rd 3 Mazda Trophy |
Sat Apr 29, 2017 - Sat Apr 29, 2017
|Sth QLD IOM |
Sat Apr 29, 2017 - Sun Apr 30, 2017
|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