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DF95 Gold Coast Invitation 2019


1 July 2019

Paradise Radio Yacht Club had the pleasure of hosting the inaugural DF95 Gold Coast Invitation at Emerald Lakes. Sixteen keen sailors arrived to find there was not a drop of wind to be had in any direction. This prompted Alan Young the PRO to suggest we get into the sausage sizzle in the hope the wind came which it did for 5 minutes then disappeared again. DF95Glassout

A short meeting was called and Ian Ashe with his QRYA Event Coordinator hat on pointed out that after this event there were no DF95 events scheduled in Queensland till 2020.  Several likely times were identified in the current calendar and the fleet unanimously agreed that at least one of them should be filled, possibly two.

A sneaky easterly arrived two hours late at 1230 and the first race was underway shortly after in very light conditions.  The boats were impressive in those conditions making good speed on what was effectively glassy water as can be seen on the video of Race 1.

Laurie Hinchcliff set the tone for the day with a bullet in Race 1 then repeating the trick for five of the first six races.  His worst result for the first eight races was second.  Below is what a winning setup looks like for #49.


Also off to a good start was Ian Ashe, turning his hand to sailing instead of being a Race Officer.  Fourth place in the first race was impressive enough for a new boat and new 95 skipper, but first place in the second race was even more so.  He navigated the bottom gate about equal to two other boats who went the other way.  He finished almost 20m in front.  As the day progressed Ian warmed up and finished the day with four first places.

This was the second QRYA supported DF95 event, the winner of the first regatta was unable to make it leaving Mick Gentles, second place winner, as 'the man to beat' for this event.  Although consistently placing, the quality of the competitors prevented Mick from taking a single first place.DF95Winners2019invitation

After thirteen races the places were;

  1. Laurie Hinchcliff 23 points
  2. Ian Ashe 33 points
  3. Mick Gentles 40 points

L to R Ian Ashe, Frank Arrowsmith, Laurie Hinchcliff, Mick Gentles.

As the afternoon progressed the breeze steadied and remained roughly to the east, clocking slowly north just to put the boat crew to work and make the Alan Young make the calls.   Alan is a member of the Twin Towns Club and graciously volunteered to assist with the Paradise Radio Yacht Club event.  His feedback to the fleet between races contributed to the outstanding success of the event.  There were no protests as all incidents were sorted on the water in good spirit.

Our thanks go to David Black for the scoring, Brian Leydon our highly qualified button pusher, Ray Richardson for course setting and Neil Senior the purveyor of fine sausages and all the other helpers who gave up their Sunday to assist.

Special thanks to the guys who came from Moreton Bay and we hope to do another event again soon.

Full results here

Report on ARYA site Linked Here

Frank Arrowsmith

DF95 Fleet Captain

Paradise Radio Yacht Club



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