GEARING UP: Grant Cooper and Laurie Donohoe are gearing up for this weekend’s remote-controlled yachting state titles in Gladstone.
GEARING UP: Grant Cooper and Laurie Donohoe are gearing up for this weekend’s remote-controlled yachting state titles in Gladstone. Brenda Strong

One Metre Yachting Titles make splash in Gladstone

WHILE Origin fever will be hitting Gladstone imminently, there is a slightly more obscure, major sporting event set to grip the town.

The Queensland International One Metre Yachting Titles will get under way this weekend.

The radio-controlled vessels will take to Gladstone marina, as about 20 of the state's best operators do battle for the crown of Queensland's best.

Gladstone Radio Controlled Yacht Club secretary Grant Cooper said the club was ecstatic after Riverstone Rise had come on board as major sponsor of what should be an event packed with fun.

"This is the first time the GRCYC has ever hosted the State Titles and we're pretty proud that a little club with only a few members has been able to get that from the Queensland body," Cooper said.

"There'll be three Gladstone boats chasing the title this year, Laurie Donohoe sailing The Whittler, Aaron Farrar sailing Breakfast of Champions and I'll be sailing The Spudge and that's the local contingent."

With racing to begin at about 10am and set to be wrapped up by 3pm on Sunday, Cooper said it was a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting involved in what he described as a great hobby sport, to come down and have a look at the yachts in action.

GRCYC treasurer Laurie Donohoe, a former model aeroplane enthusiast was looking forward to the friendly competition, followed by weekend camaraderie. "I'd like to make the top five this weekend if I can," Donohoe said. "Local knowledge is the key."



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