Radio yachting looks for members

 SAIL POWER: Sailor Dennis Crawley with a stylish machine.
SAIL POWER: Sailor Dennis Crawley with a stylish machine.

BRISBANE Radio Yacht Club is looking for members to take part in the fast growing hobby.

The club regularly conducts weekend sails at Carbrook Golf Club.

Club spokesman Paul Newman said about 20 skippers usually took part sailing Dragon Force 65s, a class of boat.

“We would like to encourage more ladies and some younger people to have a look at this as an interest,’’ he said.

“It is by far one of the fastest growing hobbies or sports in the world with some skippers travelling to all parts of the world to compete in this wonderful interest.’’

The club had a sailing open day on the weekend.

Mr Newman said the hobby catered for people from all walks of life, from aged retirees who found they had too much spare time on their hands to people who had been forced into retirement due to disability.

RACING: Sailors man their boats at Tygum, north of Brisbane.

RACING: Sailors man their boats at Tygum, north of Brisbane.

“I have no legs and I receive no end of help from my club mates,’’ he said. “There are several clubs nearby to you.

“...There is no end of videos showing the DF65 in action on YouTube.

“All you have to do is open up the site and put DF65 in the search area.’’

CLASSY: The Dragonforce class of sailing boat.

CLASSY: The Dragonforce class of sailing boat.

Mr Newman said DF65 boats could be bought for about $230 complete, except for batteries.

Clubs fees were moderate.

The sailing venue was at the Carbrook Golf Club where there was plenty of parking.

UNDER SAIL: Radio controlled boats racing.

UNDER SAIL: Radio controlled boats racing.