Day three: Radio Controlled Yacht Regatta

Another beautiful day in Goolwa on Monday greeted entrants in the 2017 The Marina Hindmarsh Island Goolwa Regatta Week Radio Controlled Yacht Regatta sponsored by Helga Campbell.

With the start scheduled for 1400 hrs, the car park and lawned area adjacent the ramp was filled with a variety of radio controlled yachts and their skippers as they rigged, tuned and prepared for the afternoon’s races.


Fourteen yachts in two divisions entered the regatta. Four classes of yacht were represented across the two divisions, with Division 2 comprising the 1m class and Division 1 comprising Phantoms, a Hurricane and Marble Heads.

Principal Race Officer Philip Booth said the turnout was excellent with ideal conditions and enough wind to keep all the yachts moving.

The racing got underway with light south westerlies and with a beautiful sunny 33 degrees the conditions were perfect for racers and spectators alike and many people came down to watch the regatta. As the regatta progressed the wind remained variable allowing each division to complete 8 races.

Handicap starts were controlled by a computer program, using a count-up system for the start that was broadcast via a small speaker, clear and easy for all to hear, including spectators.

The start and finish line were between two marina posts and the course set started with tight reach to a buoy set near Galpin Reserve followed by a beat to a buoy on the eastern side of the ‘pond’ where boats tacked and headed downwind to the leeward buoys near the main marina walkway before the final short leg to the finish line.


The Racing Rules of Sailing apply to radio controlled yachts and the competitive spirit and friendly rivalry of all sailors was evident on the day with quite a few calls of ‘obstruction’ as boats worked hard to gain an advantage.


The presentation in the GRYC club rooms completed a great day and prizes were presented by the Commodore Lyn Roberts. The club provided tasty light refreshments while skippers talked over the races. All competitors agreed they had a very enjoyable afternoon.

Regatta Results

Division 1: Phantoms etc
1st Tony White
2nd Mark Bunnell
3rd Kay Illman

Division 2: IOMs etc
1st Jeff Hill
2nd Richard Gregg
3rd Norm Wallis