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04 December 2017

WA IOM Championship - 25/26th November 2017

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The 2018 WA  IOM Championship was held over two days with greatly  varying conditions which  tested  both the sailors and race officer Warren Rock assisted by Bob Paton.

The first day started in A rig moderate conditions in lumpy seas on the Swan river. 

Starting well proved difficult for both of the fleets in the 17 boat field due to the waves and close proximity of the shoreline. Experience sailors found themselves sometime in an OCS or stalled on the line at the last moment sting themselves up for a long chase to the front runners.

It became apparent after some top sailors found themselves in trouble at first windward mark with  boats washed sideways putting themselves into contact or falling short.  Mark rounding judgement was being tested and many fell short.

After several races the south west wind increased into B rig conditions with all boats changing rigs. Exciting sailing at the top of B rig kept everyone on their tippy tows with Sean Wallis with his V10 showing his speed and good tactics and Glenn Dawson taking some wins and consistently in the first three places.   After a slow start Ross Bennet was able to get into the small numbers but cheated himself out of a certain first place when leading at the final race of the day being passed on a wave at the penultimate moment by the good captain sailing the V8 when in Ross’s own words he ‘ wrongly ‘waggled instead of wiggled’ trying to stay on the plane.  

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04 December 2017

Kawana IOM Open - 2nd December

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Saturday the second of December saw the skies finally part with the rain abating providing a near perfect Queensland day for the regatta. Winds were very tricky from essentially the north providing a significant challenge for the RO in setting the courses as well as the eighteen sailors. Winds from this direction tend to be very fluky with fluctuating lifts and knocks making sailing a combination of skill and luck. This was an umpired regatta which provided excellent racing and great sportsmanship despite having so many on the start line for the one day one fleet event. Attrition was quite high with only eleven boats starting in the final race.

Greg Torpy was the man to beat with a wide variety of sailors challenging him throughout the day. Notably Doug Allen being the main sailor taking it to him regularly before gear failure saw him retire. Greg took the regatta out by a significant margin followed by Glen Fitzgerald and Frank Russell. Well done lads!...More here

 

20 November 2017

NSW IOM Championship - 18/19th November

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Edwards Park on beautiful Lake Macquarie was the location for the 2017 International One Metre State Championship hosted by the Lake Macquarie Radio Yacht Club. The event was held on Saturday and Sunday contested by some of the best model yacht sailors on the Australian east coast.

Weather for the Saturday event ranged from gusty North Easter with a healthy one foot swell with the occasional white cap. The occasional shower kept the event interesting though the forecast rainfall of up to 10mm fortunately didn’t eventuate. Mostly B rigs were sails of choice though occasional C rig was used.

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03 November 2017

WA RC Laser Championship - 29th October 2017

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The 2017 WA RC Laser State Titles have been run and won.
A steady south to south westerly breeze greeted WAnderers Radio Sailing Club at the South Perth lake and it stayed in nearly all day.

All boats started with A rigs for the first few races then, as the breeze strengthened, B rigs were favoured by all skippers. With pretty tight racing throughout the day, the last few races determined the places. Various problems hampered defending champion Dave Pruden’s start to the day and he had to call it a day after 5 races.

A big congratulations to Rod Popham who came out on top, 3 points in front of Andy Cummins in 2nd with Dave Bedford 3rd, beating Adam Viney onto the podium by 1 point.

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01 November 2017

QLD IOM Championship - 28/29th October

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The State of Queensland International One Meter Championships have been sailed and won in perfect conditions in the Gladstone Marina last weekend.

The predicted 7-12 knot north to northeasterlies arrived at the exact start time allowing PRO Ian Ashe to set a perfect course close to the skippers and with uninterrupted and unrestricted winds. Skippers were impressed with the elevated vantage of their yachts and the constant breeze, prompting many to suggest the Gladstone location as one of the best places to sail in Queensland. Skippers from the Wynnum/Manly, Springfield Lakes, Kawana, Brisbane, Moreton, Fraser Coast and north to Mackay joined the Gladstone contingent to make a disappointing but strong 16 boat competition.

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31 October 2017

2017 US IOM Nationals, Garland TX

2017 US IOM Nationals, Garland TX

Forty-one boats contested the US IOM Nationals on Lake Ray Hubbard, Garland, Texas held 20-22 October, this included four classy gents from Australia of which two even bought their wives (who kindly assisted with race management support).

The team of Rosco & Andree Bennett, Tim & Elaine Brown, Sean Wallis and Glenn Dawson arrived a couple of days prior in order to be well prepared for the event and to kick things off the first port of call was local “gas” station (directly across the road from our salubrious accommodation) to stock up with much needed refreshment supplies. To ensure that these were kept cold an esky was procured for the Australian Radio Sailing Team and after 15m of duct tape was used to reinforce the body the unit was trialed – “good to go” was the call!

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31 October 2017

NSW Laser Championship - 29th October 2017

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Scott Fleming is the 2017 NSW State RC Laser Champion.
But beneath that headline there was a day of high drama on the water; with everyone having at least one drama of some sort. We had radios crashing; we had servos cooking; we had weed; new sail problems. Everyone was touched – from the top to the bottom. But it was a great day.

I believe many of us had results that exceeded expectations; and conversely… some of us did not come up to our expectations. And isn’t that what it is all about?

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23 October 2017

WA 10R Championship - 15th October 2017

The 2017 Ten Rater States for WA were held today by the Champion Lakes Radio Yacht Club out at Champion Lakes. It was a great day of Ten Rater sailing. The breeze took a while to settle in, but our Race Officer, Bruce Robins, had us on the water by 11.00am.

The fleet consisted of 4 Diamonds, a Prizm and a Graphito from Graeme Bantock, an Aero and Sanga from Steve Segemen and one of Lincoln McDowell’s Blades.

Unfortunately, Ray Bassett managed to leave a fairly vital part of his boat at home, so was a non-starter for the day. Simon Ellis and Phil Brown had their Blade and Graphito in the fleet, which was great to see. Steve Grey almost got his new Blade ready in time, but was also missing the same vital bit of kit as Ray – the mast stub and boom.

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12 October 2017

New Zealand IOM Nationals – Christchurch, 6-8 October 2017

Thirty six boats contested the NZ IOM Nationals held on Lake Rua, Christchurch, which was hosted by the Christchurch Model Yacht Club. This included two Aussie entries of Russell Gray from Qld and myself from WA. After an overnight flight via Auckland I arrived to a relatively clear day and after a quick nap headed down to the lake to undertake the measurement & registration for the event and have a quick sail. While the sun may have been shining it ended up being an extremely quick sail with the wind chill factor cold enough to freeze the nuts off a brass monkey leading to a prompt return to the warmth of the hotel room.

Travelling to NZ with boat box and rig box saw the need to rent one of the radio yachties most desired vehicles, the mighty Nissan Wingroad! It’s choice bro’. Fully loaded it was off to the regatta for a full day of racing.

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11 October 2017

NSW Ben Lexcen GP RD5 - 7th October 2017

Saturday 7th April saw the Northern Mariners conduct 10 Rater’s GP 5, the Ben Lexcen

Trophy at Kariong Gardens .

We had representatives from four clubs and would like to thank those sailors for their support particularly Steve Sedgmen from Canberra for making the long trip to join us over the weekend. The three other clubs represented were Kogarah Bay, Lake Macquarie and of course The Northern Mariners.

As it was a ten o’clock start we had problems settling on a course as the breeze was moving around one hundred and eighty degrees. After a couple of course changes we were able to get racing underway.

For the first period of racing we had breezes from the Western side of the compass. Our PRO Scott Condie did a fantastic job giving our participants the best possible racing.

The afternoon racing saw a breeze change with the wind shifting more to the South. It was made for great 10 Rater sailing.

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10 October 2017

WA 2017 Ray Tilbrook Memorial Regatta - 7th October 2017

 

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Perth Radio Sailing Club hold the Ray Tilbrook Memorial regatta annually, remembering Ray who was one of our long time members. Always a gentleman, always a terrific competitor and someone the club misses greatly.

This year, the event was moved from Jackadder lake as the water level and weed made sailing Ten Raters problematic. We moved over to Maylands Yacht Club, and were rewarded with some terrific sailing conditions.

Saturday 7 October was an overcast cool day, with a few rain showers passing by. The breeze started out fairly light from the south or south-east. It dropped away in the last morning, but built gradually as the afternoon progressed. Everyone had A rigs on until the last 4 races, when a rig change to B rigs was needed.

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06 October 2017

SA Bourneville Trophy - 24th September 2017

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Sunday the 24th September was the scheduled day for the second day of the weekend of Marblehead racing in South Australia for 2017.

Racing started later than the scheduled time due to a weak fluctuating breeze.
The PRO Johno Johnson was able to set a course as the wind settled to allow A rigs to be set. The fleet size was reduced to 11 skippers out of the 15 who started for the State Title event on the day before. Some boats were not repaired to satisfaction whilst other skippers were not available to sail on the second day.

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06 October 2017

SA 2017 10R State Title - 1st October 2017

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As the skippers rigged their boats there was some doubt about completing our program of races because moderate cloud cover and virtually no wind suggested that it would be a frustrating day on the water.
The first heat was a “drifter”, but then the sun came out, the clouds started to disappear and a few wind gusts of varying strength and direction could be seen on the course.

Light S to SW winds remained with us for the all of the morning’s heats, and after lunch the wind steadied to become a moderate SW sea breeze. Competitors were able to keep using their ‘A’ rigs for all of the races.
During the day there were several close finishes, especially when the breeze was variable.

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06 October 2017

SA RM State Championship. - 23th September 2017

Saturday 23rd September 2017 started on schedule with 15 skippers eager to compete for the title.

PRO Rob Sellick started the event with B rigs being set to suit the strengthening wind speed.  Lunch was taken and due to the increasing wind strength C and C2 rigs were the order for the remainder of the event.  A number of boats suffered equipment failure and or water ingress that reduced the fleet size.  The afternoon PRO was Johno Johnson who maintained a steady schedule to see 16 races completed.

Harts Mill in Port Adelaide is a great venue with the Control Area situated high above the water level such that good vision of the course is provided.

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20 September 2017

TAS RM State Championship - 17th September

The weather gods agreed to give us at least one day of fantastic conditions to run one of our most prestigious state events. Due to prevailing conditions the venue was swapped back to Risdon Brook dam.  It was the right decision.  The mid to top end A rig conditions made for a great day of racing the formula ones of the radio yachting world. (apologies for bias here).

John Cole-Cook stole the show with his impeccable Scalpel and top end racing skills. Congratulations go to Cookie for his dominance on the day.  Eight bullets and his worst placing was a third.
It is great to have him active again in the club, and it sends a big message out for next February's Nationals.

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15 September 2017

Michael Bell 10R Memorial Trophy 2017

Michael Bell  10R Memorial Trophy 2017

It was an almost  breezeless  Saturday morning at Jackadder Lake when 7 enthusiastic sailors arrived for the much coveted Michael Bell 10R Trophy. Race PRO Warren Rock and his assistants were in no hurry to set a course in what swirling puffs drifted to and fro across and around the water.  It seemed there would be little chance of getting in the required number of races.  The main point of interest at that stage seemed to be in Phil Brown’s  stunning looking self built Graphito.

Racing finally got underway after a long delay following some light breeze from the north and Hub Bell with the borrowed Diamond showed his ability to pick the fickle breeze by putting 3 convincing wins out of the first four races on the board.   

After some course re adjustment to accommodate for a wind change Glenn Dawson with his Sanga and  the NRW of Rob Mews started to dust off the cobwebs (aka weed)  and put some very low scores and wins on the board.  Hub had incurred the wrath of the weed gods which dragged him back to the field.  Despite  the diamonds of Jeff Green, Roger Paul and Denton Roberts having some share of the podium places it became a shoot out by the Sanga and the NRW with Glen’s Sanga taking a well deserved 1st place after some severe weeding in early races. 

Thanks to PRO Warren Rock and assistants Chris Woods and Bob Paton for their efforts.   

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12 September 2017

QLD A Class Championship - 9th September

A Class State Championship Results. The winds were light coming from the SW in the morning then swinging to the SE in the afternoon. There  were 9 boats entered, 1 Peter Morris from the Sunshine Coast, 2 Laurie Hinchcliff & John Heard from the Gold Coast, 1 Yeo Sands from Bundaberg, 1 Glenn Kinsela from Wollongong NSW, 1 Iain Kirley from Cooloola Qld, Then we had the local boys Jason Nasmith, Ray Nasmith and Bob Worton. Attached is the A Class State Championship Results. The winds were light coming from the SW in the morning then swinging to the SE in the afternoon.

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