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CQ Marblehead Championships 2021 August 28/29

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Luck was on our side with Covid restrictions lifting in Queensland the week before the regatta, more might have attended if state borders were open, but that’s another story.

Saturday racing started with a quality field of 10 skippers, 7 of them willing to travel from SE Queensland for the chance to race the Fraser Coast entries on the Springs lake which was popular with the entrants with the control area being elevated. The day started with fine weather and an almost glassy lake and light SSW Zephyrs for the first 2 races made for some challenging conditions. By 11am the wind shifted Northerly up to about 8 knots and gave some great racing for the fleet.

After 17 races, Greg Torpy finished day 1 with a slender 3 point lead from Doug Allen, then a 17 points gap to Geoffrey Morris in 3rd place.

Sunday saw light NNW winds to start, which soon increased to 8-12 knots with storms passing to the south in the afternoon with racing finishing with some light rain.CQMclassWInners

With a total of 32 races and 5 discards, the top prize of 1st place went to Greg Torpy on 43 points, extending his lead from day one with Doug Allen in second place on 59 points. Geoff Morris managed a string of top placings on Sunday, but it was not enough to move up the rankings and finished the regatta in 3rd on 63 points. Also of note was the improvement in performance by Trevor Fisher, who improved from 8th, up to 5th over the second day of racing.

Extra prizes for highest finishing Masters went to Mark Beneke, also to Peter Watson for travelling so far but unable to finish the last few races due to damage.

A great thanks goes to those that organised the event including the FCRYC committee. Thanks also to those volunteers that helped run the regatta, including PRO David Laurie, Scorer David Black and helpers from our club, Kim, Darryn and Steve.

Fraser Coast Radio Yacht Club would like to thank all skippers attending for their good behaviour and look forward to hosting the next Marblehead event.


New Appointments to the ARYA Committee

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QRYA is pleased to announce that Ian Lobley (QRYA Treasurer) and David Brunsdon (QRYA Events Coordinator) have been elected to the ARYA Executive Committee.

Nominations were sought from all Queensland clubs resulting in only three nominations being received for the two available ARYA committee positions.

Ian and David will also continue to serve in their QRYA positions and we congratulate them on their election and their continued willingness to support our sport.

Gordon Wills

Secretary QRYA


Radio Sailors Help Line flooded after Nationals Cancellation.

CallCentreThe RC Help Line Call Centre is adding an extra shift to go 24 hours   21 August 2021

The QRYA 1800 help line received record calls yesterday following the announcement that the RC Laser and DF national championships have been postponed till next year.  This added to the emotional angst created by the cancellation of the 10 Rater, Marblehead and A Class events scheduled for Western Australia in September.  In response to these desperate calls for help, rumour has it that the association is hastily modifying half of the 11th floor to extend the call centre.  If that doesn't keep the wait time to less than 90 minutes they will have to reluctanly outsource to India.

Adding to the associations problems, irate radio sailors gathered in front of the QRYA building in the CBD yesterday protesting at the decisions made by the State Committee.

Spokesman for the estimated 4,500 protesters addressed them with a bullhorn hastily fabricated from what looked like the front end of a cracked DF95 hull.  Turning to the crowd ...

"It's an absolute disgrace that our representatives have denied us our fundamental human rights to race at National level just because of some virus that no one here in Queensland has ever seen!  An absolute disgrace!" 

What do we want?ProtestNationalsThe protesters yesterday

Our Nationals!

When do we want them?


The spokesman agreed to say a few words to the press. 

"I'm only wearing this mask so I can't be identified and persecuted by these bastards, not because of some stupid bug, no, of course not.   Look, Radio Sailing Events are the backbone of the economy of the Gold Coast and other capital cities around Australia, without them everything will stop, thousands will be unemployed as a result of this disgraceful mismanagement." he said waving his arms about for emphasis.  "The offer from their Marketing Department to supply jumping castles for a day to help sell unused over-priced event merchandise to kiddies and passers-by, just does not cut it!"

"Aside from the loss of spectator ticket sales, the virus is hanging around like an annoying drunk uncle who can't find a taxi.  So if something happens to the IOM Nationals as well, there are sailors we will need to put a 24x7 watch on.  It's a tragedy!"

We contacted the CEO of the Queensland Radio Yachting Association for comment but he has not returned our calls.  Later, we received a message from his Secretary to say that someone called Brenton would get back to us soon.

The Editor


2021 RC Laser Championship another victim

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The QRYA and Paradise Radio Yacht Club have agreed to postpone the RC Laser nationals for a second successive year.  These events have become risky to plan and sometimes the risks eventuate in the form of half the country under varying levels of COVID-19 restrictions.

Last time around the ARYA agreed to leave the event with the State to have another go the year after, this could very well happen again if the club agrees to host it.  We will have to see how this shake out, but there is no hurry now clearly.


The Editor


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