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Paradise Radio Yacht Club IncEmerald Lakes

We sail International One Meters, International Ten Rater class yachts, International RC Laser and Dragon Force 65 class yachts.

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Paradise Radio Yacht Club LOGOThe club’s aim is to promote the sport of radio controlled yacht racing and foster a positive environment for all members.

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.

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Adjacent to beach and boat ramp @
Lakeside Drive
Emerald Lakes Parklands
Carrara Q 4211
[UBD Street Directory Map 38 H13]


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 91 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 32 IOM skippers, 10 10R yachtsmen, 16 International RC Lasers sailors and 52  Dragon Force 65 owners in the club.

Recent PRYC related Events:
  • 2017 (November) RC Laser Championship of Nations report

  • 2017 Queensland Dragon Force 65 Championship (July)
  • 2017 (April) South Queensland IOM Championship - report

  • 2017 (March) Queensland State 10R Championship - report

  • 2016 (September) Queensland State IOM Championship. A two-day event with 22 skippers competing.

  • 2016 (June) Gold Coast Hobby Show PRYC Display Promotion

  • 2016 (April) RG65 Dragon Force Challenge. A one-day event involving some 26 competitors from five different Queensland clubs. - report

  • 2014 Australian National RC International Laser Championship hosted by PRYC.

  • 2014 Queensland State IOM Championship. A two-day event involving some 52 competitors including interstate and international skippers.

  • show2013 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.




Annual Club Invitation Events:

Bell Perpetual PRYC Back Page Bar Perpetual Trophy RG 65 Dragon Force Interclub Challenge

Bell Perpetual Trophy Regatta

PRYC Back Page Bar Perpetual Trophy  Dragon Force 65 Interclub Challenge

iom logoPRYC International One Metre
Class Information

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.


iom logoPRYC International One Metre
Thursday on the Pond (TOP’s) Information

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 TOP’s Fleet Captain: Frank Arrowsmith Phone 0403 267 917

Skippers considering the purchase of a second-hand IOM yacht should ensure it has a valid measurement certificate.


sail insignia 10rPRYC Ten Rater (10R)

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.


iom logoPRYC RC Laser
Class Information

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

65ne1wwPRYC Dragon Force 65
Class Information

The benefit of the class is the low purchase cost, currently around $260 AUS for a complete boat including all electrics.  England's, Mark Dicks used his race winning RG 65 Light Ice design for the Dragon Force 65 class (DF65). Those who become involved can be assured the class is well thought out, not just a cheap toy.

The beauty of the Dragon Force 65, 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...more here

PRYC Dragon Force 65 Fleet Captain: Charmaine  White  Phone 0405180560


Club Member of the Year

2011     Graham Fletcher
2012     Ann Walker
2013     Bill Clancy
2014     Richard Bray
2015     Ray Richardson
2016     Julian O’Brien
2017     Geoffery Smith

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Club Contacts

Secretary:  Peter O’Grady
Ph: 07 55701685
Mob: 0404 881 932
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P.O.Box 5313 GCMC.9726
Membership Officer / Sailing Program Co-ordinator: Ray RIchardson

Committee Members

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 0408615112
Member:  Barry Hill Ph 0408784830

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