15 November 2015

South Australian IOM K McPherson Memorial 2015

P1020553The K McPherson Memorial IOM event was contested on Sunday 15th November 2015 with fourteen eager starters at the first gun after a delay waiting for the wind to settle.  Greg Peake ably supported by Phillip Levi, Rob Cameron and Jack Amber were kept busy laying true courses and retrieving boats with gear failure.  The breeze strengthened after lunch and No2 rigs replaced the full size rigs that were used before lunch.
The venue at Harts Mill again proved popular and it provided local knowledge which may come in handy for the Nationals in February 2016.

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15 November 2015

TAS IOM State Championships

tasConditions on Day 1 of the State Championships were rather bleak with grey skies, light southerly winds and forecast showers. Les Hanson volunteered his services as PRO for the weekend and ran the event efficiently and with authority, thankyou Les. Thirteen skippers were entered and a day of close racing was ahead.

Past multiple State Champion Michael Hickman showed early dominance with two wins, and returning skipper Matt Gray, with a borrowed boat, on the podium for the first 4 races, including a win. Rod Jackman was sailing well in the variable conditions with a win and a couple of podiums. Ray Joyce found the groove in the afternoon with 3 wins, yours truly with a couple and Lisa Blackwood, also with a borrowed boat had a win as well.

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08 November 2015

NSW 10 Rater State Championship 2015

30nov10r1This year the state championship was hosted by Lake Macquarie Radio Yacht Club at Edwards Park, Booragul. 23 skippers turned up on Saturday morning to do battle. Andrew Reid made the trip from Melbourne and Mark Newman and Steve Sedgmen were there to represent the Canberra MYC. All the NSW 10R clubs were represented by at least one skipper.

With pending rain and 15 to 20 knot winds predicted it was looking like Saturday was going to be interesting. Instead we stayed in A rigs all day on a moderate S/SE and went looking for the sunscreen. Twas a fun day even with lumps of random weed clinging like jellyfish to the keels. At the end of the day, the “big guns” were fighting for some advantage but most of us had enough stories of bad luck and poor starts to fill a book.

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09 September 2015

WA Metropolitan Championships & Champion Lakes Cup 2015

The WA Metropolitan Championships and the Champion Lakes Cup were sailed today at Champion Lakes. The PRO for the day was Richard Fielder, and he was faced with light, variable winds which didn't settle until the middle of the afternoon. Nevertheless, Richard managed to lose only about 2 hours of sailing time, despite the lack of co-operation of the wind.

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09 September 2015

Queensland 10R Championship 2015

2The Queensland 10R Championship for 2015 has been run and won in a very comprehensive fashion.

It’s a tough day when you have to discard 3 firsts and 1 third placing for your final score, but someone had to do it, so it’s congratulations to Gary Bromley.

The wind started in from the SSE at around 15 km/hr and, although it swung around to the SE and E at times, it never let up all day with some gusts up around the 20-25 mark.

PRO Ian Ashe wasn’t that troubled setting a course, and racing got underway just after 10:00 am.

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15 August 2015

Eddie Cowell IOM Cup 2015

It was great to see a large number of skippers turn up for the EC Cup. We had 3 from Western Australia, 2 from Victoria, 6 from New South Wales and 2 from across the ditch New Zealand.

This is a hot fleet, we have a former World Champ and National Champs from both Australia and New Zealand.

The conditions were ideal throughout the 2 days, light to moderate breezes kept everyone in A-rig for the duration of the event. A course was set and the seeding racings got away almost on time.

The racing was close throughout both days. The continual slight wind direction changes made picking the right side of the start line to start from difficult; it varied from race to race. Get it right and you’re in good shape in getting to the top mark first-ish!

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26 July 2015

QLD RC Laser Championship 2015

The 2015 Queensland RC Laser Championship was won by Peter Burford after some keen racing.

The PRYC welcomed 11 starters to a really calm day at Emerald Lakes on Sunday, 26th July. PRO Bill Clancy could not get a race started until more than an hour after the advertised time and then there were only 3 completed  before the lunch break. A fourth heat was abandoned when the leading 4 boats were on the last leg and started drifting backwards. At this point, Linton Ward who had come from Cairns, was in  front having showed us all how to sail in really light weather.

After an extended break, sailing resumed in variable winds from the NW. The strength varied from near zero with occasional gusts up to about 8 knots which was enough to make many of the boats nosedive under their A rigs. Just when 2 competitors changed down to B rigs the breeze lightened again. The ‘fresher’ breezes in the afternoon suited Peter Burford, Barry Hill who finished second and Ross McKay, our lone visitor from the Sunshine Coast, who took home the Bronze medal.

Ray Nasmith won the first race then largely disappeared before winning the penultimate heat. David Page had gear trouble all day and eventually retired.

The Laser fleet wishes to thank the tireless club members and officials of the PRYC for staging another very successful regatta.


04 July 2015

QLD EC12 Championship 2015

The weather bureau predicted 10-15kts SW swinging to SE and dropping out later in the day.

What really happened was a light Westerly which swing to the North after lunch and then dropped out around 3.00 pm. So much for science!!

For a class which has come and gone as far as the ARYA is concerned, there still seem to be a fair degree of enthusiasm for them, and 9 entries were received. Unfortunately, Yeoman had to withdraw due to ill health. So 8 skippers competed on the day.

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15 March 2015

SA IOM State Championships 2015

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A new venue brings new challenges. A swinging breeze delayed the start by about 15 minutes. The wind conditions varied from very light to about 7 knots with plenty of shifts to keep the skippers thinking.

Craig Smith (Vic) was dominant all day and has a comfortable lead. Some good results has seen Paul Littledyke (SA) finish the day in 2nd with Glenn Dawson (WA) in 3rd.

With things running smoothly we have completed 10 races with some fickle conditions forecast for Sunday to keep everyone on their toes.


Day 1 results

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09 February 2011

UK 2015 RM Nationals at Manor Park

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From around 2pm Friday skippers descended on Manor Park Sailing Club in the Midlands for this years Nationals to be met by a small but dedicated group of club members taking care of the weekends event to come. Continue reading

09 February 2011

2015 New Zealand IOM Nationals

img 1481The 2015 IOM Nationals was a 3 day event, hosted by the Waikato Radio Yacht Club at Hamilton Lake (Lake Rotoroa)Hamilton, Friday 25 – Sunday 27 September. More details here

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