Paradise Radio Yacht Club IncEmerald Lakes
We sail International One Meters, International Ten Rater class yachts, International RC Laser and RG65 Dragon Force class yachts.
The club was formed in 2007 by a group of IOM sailors looking for a venue that offered fair sailing breezes and allowed all sailors the opportunity to compete fairly. After spending some months looking at a large number of different Gold Coast venues, Emerald Lakes was chosen.
Emerald Lakes is centrally located in the Gold Coast region. The estuarine lake is fed brackish water from the Nerang River and is therefore, free from freshwater ‘weed’. The sailing area has a north/south aspect and the adjacent large open parklands provide mostly uninterrupted air flow.
EMERALD LAKES LOCATION
Adjacent to beach and boat ramp @ Lakeside Drive Emerald Lakes Parklands Carrara Q 4211 GOLD COAST, Queensland , AUSTRALIA [UBD Street Directory Map 38 H13]
We sail International One Meters, International Ten Rater class yachts, International RC Laser & RG65 Dragon Force yachts.
PRYC incorporated as a ‘not for profit’ Association in 2009.
Paradise Radio Yacht Club is one of three registered RC yacht clubs in the Gold Coast region.
PRYC currently has 83 active members in four different yacht classes, racing over four days per week throughout the year. Most classes race two days per week.
There are currently 38 IOM skippers, 14 10R yachtsmen, 11 International RC Lasers sailors and 38 RG65 Dragon Force owners in the club.
Recent PRYC related Events:
2013 Australian ARYA National Championship involving four separate classes was held over thirteen days. Hosted by the QRYA and PRYC, it attracted a very strong field of 115 competitors from all States and New Zealand.
2014 Queensland State IOM Championship. A two-day event involving some 52 competitors including interstate and international skippers.
2014 Australian National RC International Laser Championship hosted by PRYC.
Honoured to be nominated to host “2017 Championship of Nations ” International RC Laser Yacht Racing Regatta.
2016 (April) RG65 Dragon Force Challenge. A one-day event involving some 26 competitors from five different Queensland clubs. - report
2016 (June) Gold Coast Hobby Show PRYC Display Promotion
2016 (September) Queensland State IOM Championship. A two-day event with 22 skippers competing.
2017 (March) Queensland State 10R Championship - report
Annual Club Invitation Events:
Bell Perpetual Trophy Regatta
Our Club was originally established in 2007 specifically for the RACING of radio controlled IOM yachts which is the largest Class in the World, being raced in over 30 countries.
We have since altered our Constitution to provide for racing other classes, but the IOM remains our Principal Class with racing on Saturday afternoons [ 12-4pm or 12 races] and Thursday "TOP’s" [Thursday On the Pond] providing a more relaxed and social environment [12 – 3.30 PM]. The IOM Saturday fleet regularly enjoys 10-20 starters including ex big boat sailors with World, Sydney-Hobart and National representative honours in their personal histories.
Our IOM fleet has also produced representatives to numerous World, European and NZ Championship events.
If you are looking for competitive RC yacht racing, this is the class for you.
PRYC International One Meter Fleet Captain: Bill Clancy Phone (07) 5598 1531
Skippers considering the purchase of a second-hand IOM yacht should ensure it has a valid measurement certificate.
Every Thursday, IOM skippers take to the water with a friendly competitive attitude for handicap racing. Generally, we have between 4 and 10 boats go through the start line. Racing rules are still enforced; however, the general attitude is a little more relaxed than on Saturdays. Sailing starts at 12 noon each Thursday and finishes around 3.30 PM. We generally have a break for lunch after 3 or 4 races and complete 12 races by the end of the afternoon.
All comers are welcome. Because generally someone will lend you their boat to try out, Thursday on the pond is a great opportunity before you take the next step of purchasing a yacht. Competitors from all Clubs are always made to feel welcome, so come and try the most competitive radio sport available.
PRYC International TOP’s Fleet Captain: Frank Arrowsmith Phone (07) 5522 9590
The 10R division fleet sails every Saturday at Emerald Lakes on a course separate to the IOMs. Racing commences at 11.00 am and we sail a minimum of 16 recorded races (weather permitting), completing at around 3pm. Thereafter social sailing takes place on demand, followed by informal refreshments, on demand.
The up to 14 strong fleet of PRYC members are often joined by visitors from other clubs and by prospective sailors, with the accent always being on a fair, fun - filled but competitive day...more here
PRYC Ten Rater Fleet Captain: Mark Perkin Phone 0431572409
Skippers considering the purchase of a second-hand yacht should ensure it has a valid measurement certificate.
The RC Lasers were introduced to the club in mid 2012 and there is now an active fleet of about a dozen boats. Lasers sail on Wednesdays with the first race starting at 11.00 am and the last at 3.00 pm. The rapid increase in the fleet is undoubtedly because of its strict one-design which makes all boats uniform. A Laser comes in a distinct blue carry bag ready-assembled so no boat building skills are needed. With a new boat out of the bag, just add a radio and receiver and start sailing. The design is simple and exceedingly robust allowing Lasers to easily survive encounters with other boats and rocky shorelines. The relatively heavy keel and standard A, B, C and D rigs allow sailing in all winds up to 40 knots. With no mast stays and a single main sheet, rigs can be changed in under half a minute... more here
PRYC International Laser Class Fleet Captain:Peter O'Grady Phone 0404881932
PRYC RG65 Dragon ForceClass Information
The benefit of the class is the low purchase cost, currently around $200 AUS for a complete boat including all electrics. England's, Mark Dicks used his race winning RG65 Light Ice design for the Dragon Force class. Those who become involved can be assured the class is well thought out, not just a cheap toy.
The beauty of the Dragon Force, being a strict one design class, is that sailing does not become an arms race where money rules. Any replacement parts required must be purchased from the supplier and essentially a boat will remain competitive for as long as it floats.
The manufacturer Joysway began selling Dragon Force RG 65 sail boats in 2013. According to the Australian importer about 1,000 were sold in Australia up to the end of May 2015.
Thirty eight PRYC skippers have purchased RG 65 Dragon Force yachts...more here
PRYC RG65 Dragon Force Fleet Captain: Charmaine White Phone 0405180560
Commodore: Allan Walker Ph 0415925505 Vice Commodore: Trent Jarratt Ph 0437 000 641 Secretary: Peter O’Grady Ph 0755701685 Treasurer: Adrian Banwell Ph 0755984349 Sailing Secretary: Charmaine White Ph 0405 180 560 Member: Laurie Hinchcliff Ph 048615112 Member: Barry Hill Ph 0408784830
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