OFF AND RACING: The model boats racing across the bumpy waters of the Port of Airlie on Sunday.
OFF AND RACING: The model boats racing across the bumpy waters of the Port of Airlie on Sunday.

Model boats race in championship

A FLEET of 20 model boats competed in the Queensland International One Metre (IOM) Yachting Championships hosted by the Whitsunday Model Boats Club last weekend.

Sailing took place in the newly-established Port of Airlie Marina, directly in front of the Boathouse Apartments.

The event attracted sailors from Mooloolaba, Surfers Paradise, Mackay and the Whitsundays.

Whitsunday Model Boats Club president Shane Beyer said the event went off without a hitch despite poor weather conditions.

“Although our club hasn't done too well, I think the guys from down south have enjoyed it,” he said.

Former president and model boat enthusiast Tim Parker said competitors were happy with the event's location.

“The rain held back for most of the competition which was great,” he said.

There were two divisions, A and B in the championship, with the first four in each race progressing to division A while the last four went to division B.

Overall results were close, with Mark Paterson from Paradise Yacht Club on the Gold Coast winning the regatta by one point on the first day and two on the second.

“It was a very, very close competition,” Parker said.

Michael Greive from the Kawana Radio Yacht Club in Brisbane came in at second place on 23 points, followed by David Turton on 44.

“Mark and Michael were in their own international one metre class,” Parker said.

“They are very experienced and very good sailors.”

Paterson and Greive are ranked two and three in Australia.

Involved in sailing since the age of 10, Parker said model boat sailing had been the most fun for him.

“Many people get involved in model boat racing as a hobby, before taking it seriously as a competitive sport,” he said.

“But people do get serious when it comes to sailing.”

The Whitsunday Model Boat Club has been running for 10 years.

“Rules for competitions are the same as big boat racing,” Parker said.

“But it's easier to do, and you get to race in 12 races in an afternoon, which means you will have more of a chance of winning.”

For more information on model boat racing in the Whitsundays visit the website www.resailwhitsundays.com.


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