FLEETING MOMENT: Remote control yachts set sail at the Gladstone Marina on Sunday.
FLEETING MOMENT: Remote control yachts set sail at the Gladstone Marina on Sunday. Matt Taylor GLA291017BOAT

WATCH: Wet sail at remote event at the Queensland International One-Metre Championships

YACHTING: There was an event literally at one's fingertips at the Gladstone Marina on Sunday.

Aided by a brisk north-easterly breeze, 16 remote-controlled yachts jostled for prime position at the Queensland International One-Metre Championships.

While Wynnum-Manly's Greg Torpy won the championships, there was a good contingent of Gladstone 'sailors' in the event with Aaron Farrar finishing in second place.

Gladstone's Steve Bray and Laurie Donohoe were fourth and fifth respectively.

Farrar said it's a sport that is not labelled as 'toy sport'.

He spoke with The Observer on Sunday prior to the final stages of the two-day event.

"It's been a really good regatta so far and there was some really good racing on Saturday and the top few spots were very close,” Farrar said.

Farrar said that Torpy set up his win when he established a handy lead on Sunday.

He has been involved in the sport for seven years.

"I used to do a bit of sailing with my dad in the bigger boats and decided to give this ago and really enjoy it,” Farrar added.

Event organiser and co-founder Grant Cooper said the sport is unique with the boats as much as $5000.

"It's actually a specific world-wide class that is based on a measurement rule and they sail these boats from all over the world,” Cooper said.

Sailors from as far south as Brisbane and north as Mackay competed on the weekend.

Cooper said there are small margins for error in remote controlled yachting and judgment of the conditions is essential.

"You don't have much time to make mistakes so it's fairly cut-throat,” he said.

Cooper explained that there are two scorers who double as officials who call if there is any contact or buoy contacts, contacts between boats and contacts between the buoys.

"We also have one officer of the day who has ultimate control of the race,” Cooper said.

He explained the championships as a ranking event which means that it is a part of the Australian ranking system.

"Whatever you score in this event is calculated over five ranking events of the year and this determines where you finish in Australia,” Cooper said.



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