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24 October 2016

ARYA Ranking System

See the current Open Ranking Events

Oct 25, 2016

ARYA Ranking System


The original ARYA’s ® Ranking System was first implemented by the Executive of the ARYA on August 2, 2002.

The ranking system will be used to select Australian skippers to compete in events as per the IRSA Championship Regulations and where required for seeding skippers in domestic events.

Part of the ranking systems relies on utilizing regional championships to ensure remote areas are not disadvantaged by the tyranny of distance suffered within Australia.

There is a maximum of five regional events per class per state per year allowed, however only 2 regional events will count in any ranking period. (See Ranking System 3.c.i).(3) 


Events will be ratified by the ARYA based on ALL of the following criteria being met.

  1. The Notice of Race (NoR) and Sailing Instructions (SI) are in a format approved by the ARYA.
  2. The NoR is emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least six weeks prior to the start of the event by the state secretary or his representative.
  3. The NoR will be posted on the ARYA web asap after it has been received.
  4. Entrant eligibility is in accordance with the ARYA Standard Notice of Race (viz open to all affiliate members of the ARYA).
  5. The event is approved and ratified by the State Association.
  6. The event is approved by the ARYA committee. The event will be held using the “Rules” as defined by the ARYA Standard NoR.
  7. The event must be a scratch racing event.
  8. There must be 6 or more competitors.
  9. Scoring shall be performed using the current ARYA approved HMS program.
  10. The results shall be confirmed by the State Secretary or his representative and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within 14 days of the event.


    1. The ARYA has developed a selection criteria to enable it to “enter members to represent Australia at International Regattas, Regional Championships and other events where entry is restricted” as provided for in 2.2(vii) of its constitution. The system will also provide National recognition for skippers in each class of yacht specified in Section 1(b)
    2. The selection criteria will be applied to all classes of yacht recognized by both the IRSA and ARYA.
    3. The selection criteria will run continuously so that it may be used at any time to determine the order of precedence for competitors in a particular class of yacht.
    4. The ARYA will notify State and Territory Associations of impending world championships and other international events where the Australian representatives will be selected by their ranking. ARYA will distribute a copy of the Notice of Race to all State and Territory Councils within 21 days of it being received. (In accordance with Section 5.3 of the IRSA Championship Regulations, a preliminary notice of race should be received from the Host Division Member nine months before the first day of the championship).
    5. All skippers who wish to be considered for selection must submit an “Expression of Interest” in writing and send to the ARYA by the due date. Skippers whose written expressions of interest are received after the due date will be placed on a reserve list.
    6. The ARYA will apply the “selection criteria” to select representative skippers based on the qualifying regattas as specified in 3.c of this selection criteria and held up to 6 calendar months prior to the start of the international regatta concerned and covering the previous 12 months. Ranking points obtained at any qualifying event in progress on the closing date shall count.
    7. The ARYA will notify State and Territory Associations and all skippers expressing interest, of the selected skippers within 14 days of the selection closing date.
    8. Selected skippers will confirm their acceptance of selection within 7 days of this notification.

(This commits the skipper to paying the entry fee if a place is allocated whether the skipper races or not). Selected skippers with Stage One (see Section 7.1.4 of the IRSA Class Championship Rules) allocation will be required to include the entry fee with their acceptance if so directed by the ARYA.

  1. In accordance with IRSA “2013 Championship Regulations” the ARYA will send entry forms for selected competitors in all stages to reach the Host Division by the closing date indicated in the Notice of Race or as specified by the host Nation for other than Stage 1 allocations.
    1. Only financial members of a State or Territory Associations which is a financial member of the ARYA may be considered for selection.
    2. Skippers will only be considered if they qualify as National or Permanent Residents under the guidelines set out in Section 6 of the IRSA 2013 Championship Regulations.
    3. Competitors who are not eligible for ranking points (eg. foreign nationals) may sail in ranking events but shall be removed from the final results before the points are calculated.

The selection criteria are based on a ranking system specific to the class event.

    1. The ranking system will allocate points to skippers participating in qualifying events.
    2. Rankings are based on the sum of the four (4) best performances obtained by the skipper at any qualifying event as specified in Section 3.c.
    3. The best place in the National Championships will be used to resolve any ties in the ranking.
    1. Qualifying events  include:
  2. The most recent National Championship held in the ranking period.
  3. The most recent State Championship for each state or territory held in the ranking period, up to a maximum of one (1) such event in the ranking period.
  4. Any regional regatta or series ratified by a state or territory association, and approved by the ARYA, sailed under IRSA Championship regulations up to a maximum of two (2) such events in the ranking period.
  5. Where the same regional event is run twice within a ranking period, only the most recent event may be included.
  6. After taking into account rule 3.c.i)(4), where a state conducts more than 5 regional events in a class within an international event ranking period, only the first 5 events may count.
    1. Qualifying events must have been sailed between the period of 18 months prior to and 6 months before the International event for which the ranking is intended, or as altered by rule 4.a. Ranking points obtained at any qualifying event in progress on the closing date shall count.
    2. State and Territory Association secretaries or their representative must send the complete results of qualifying events by email to the ARYA email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within 14 days of the completion of the event.
      1. To obtain ranking points at an event a competitor shall start in at least one heat. Points shall be calculated using the formula below, where S is the number of yachts that start in at least one heat, where F is the competitor’s finishing position and W is the weighting for the event.
      2. The National Championship will be weighted by 200
      3. State Championships will be weighted by 150
      4. Regional events will be weighted by 100
      5. The Formula is:

POINTS = (((S+1)-F) x W)/S

The points shall be rounded to the nearest whole number.

    1. Where the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions for an International event clash with our prescribed ranking period, ARYA will inform all State and Territory Associations and all skippers who have lodged an expression of interest, of necessary changes to the ranking period. If the ranking period is changed, it will always be 12 months long.


Changes made in the Oct 25, 2016 update of the ranking rules

  1. 1.1.f – the wording “4 months” was changed to “6 months”.
  2. 2.3.c.ii – The wording “16 months prior to and 4 months” was changed to “18 months prior to and 6 months”.

*These changes come into effect immediately for all classes other than the IOM class.

*For the IOM class, they come into effect immediately the ranking for the 2018 world championships have been finalised, and the AUS positions finalised. These changes are not in use for the 2018 IOM world championships. 

14 July 2016

Open Ranking Period

July 16, 2017

Open Ranking Periods for Major International Events

2018 IOM European Championships

Rogoznia, Croatia, April 6-13, 2018

Ranking period opens: October 6, 2016

Ranking period closes: October 5, 1017

The final ranking period may need to be adjusted depending on the event Notice of Race, when it is released. (ARYA Ranking System, rule 4.a)

Expressions of Interest close 2359 hours on September 5, 2017.

(All above dates may change depending on the content of the Notice of Race when released.)


2018 Marblehead & Ten Rater World Championships

Biblis, Germany, May 22 – June 1, 2018

Ranking period opens: November 22, 2016

Ranking period closes: November 21, 1017

The final ranking period may need to be adjusted depending on the event Notice of Race, when it is released. (ARYA Ranking System, rule 4.a)

Expressions of Interest close 2359 hours on October 21, 2017.

(All above dates may change depending on the content of the Notice of Race when released.)


13 April 2016

Personal Number Policy

ISSUE: 12 September 2016
updated 26 July 2017 (after the two year review)


This document serves to outline the process for the allocation of personal numbers issued under the authority of the Australian Radio Yachting Association (ARYA).

1. General

Personal numbers are sail numbers which are assigned to skippers being affiliate members of the ARYA and able to be used on all of their ARYA registered radio controlled boats of any class, instead of using the last two digits of their hull registration number. Personal numbers remain the property of ARYA and are not transferable.

There is a maximum of 100 personal numbers available which are the numbers 00 to 99 inclusive.

The purpose of personal number is to assist skippers who:

a. Travel regularly and frequently to interstate and national regattas as per clause 6.
b. Regularly sail in ranking events as per clause 6.
c. Own a boat which is dual rated as both a Marblehead and Ten Rater and compete regularly in both classes. See clause 6.
d. Build boats with interchangeable rigs on a regular basis.

2. Event Registration

At any ARYA sanctioned event where there is a conflict of sail numbers, an allocated personal number has priority as long as the following conditions are satisfied:

a. The personal number is being used by the person it is allocated to.
b. The personal number holder’s correct and complete entry has been received by the event organisers, including full payment if required, by the initial closing date of entries as stipulated in the event Notice of Race and any of its amendments.
c. Personal number certificate must be presented on request.

3. Application Process

Personal numbers are issued for two years, with extensions in two year increments available.

To apply for a personal number, a skipper must:

a. Have been a financial member of an ARYA affiliated radio controlled sailing club for all of the immediate last three years.
b. In addition, a skipper must fulfil at least one of the following:

i. Have demonstrated that they travel to attend interstate or national regattas on a regular basis, and sail frequently in ranking events in their own state. See clause 6.
ii. Own, and have registered in their name, a dual rated Marblehead and Ten Rater. It must be demonstrated that both classes must be sailed regularly as per clause 6.
iii. Build boats with interchangeable rigs on a regular basis.
iv. Where an application doesn't meet the PN criteria, the PN committee shall at its discretion assess the application and provide approval where it is felt that the application, on its own merit, is deemed acceptable for approval.

c. Complete the “Personal Sail Number Application Form” and submit it to ARYA by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
d. Submit payment of the initial fee of $50 to the ARYA within 28 days of approval (failure to make payment of the fee by the due date will result in the personal number being forfeited).

i. Payment can only be made by:

1. Cheque or money order
2. PayPal

e. ARYA life fellows are exempt from any fees, but they must still satisfy the criteria to apply for and maintain their personal number.

4. Application Assessment & Approval Process

a. A committee, formed by the registrar, will then decide whether the application meets the necessary criteria.
b. Where there are more applications than personal numbers available, the committee process applications in order of receipt and shall allocate the personal number on merit demonstrated on the application forms only.
c. The committee decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

5. Issuance & Validity of Personal Numbers

a. A Personal Number Certificate will be issued by ARYA.
b. A personal number will be valid from 01 August of the year issued (regardless of date of issue/approval) and will be valid for a period of two years expiring on 31 July of that year.

6. Renewal of Personal Numbers

a. The skipper must maintain affiliate membership of ARYA. In the event that membership lapses the personal number will be withdrawn. There shall be a three month grace period in the event that annual membership fees are paid late.

b. The skipper must return to the ARYA Registrar a biennial audit form, within the required time frame, which demonstrates that the skipper continues to fulfil the requirements for holding a personal number.

c. To meet the requirement, during the two year period skippers must use their personal number in one of the following regattas or combinations of regattas

i. One World Championship
ii. Two National Championship events (includes other countries).
iii. One National championship & one ranking events in another state.
1. Note: Ranking events include state championships.
iv. Two ranking events in another state or over 200km from your home.
v. Five ranking events including events in your home state.

d. Dual rated boats must satisfy one of the following conditions:

i. Any of the conditions stipulated in the other areas of clause 4, or
ii. Sail in at least ten club events with a dual rated boat using the personal number, providing both dual rated classes are sailed on at least three days each.

e. ARYA shall rescind a personal number if the completed biennual audit form fails to justify that continued use of a personal number is warranted, or the form is not received in the advised time frame.

f. A non-refundable fee of $20 is payable for every two year extension.

g. Failure to pay the fee by the due date shall result in the personal number being forfeited.

h. ARYA reserves the right withdraw PN at any time

i. A personal number can be returned to ARYA at any time. ARYA encourages the return of personal number when they are no longer being used as intended.

7. Personal Number Register

A list of all personal numbers and the members to whom they have been assigned will be placed on the ARYA website. Skippers attending interstate and national regattas may view the register, to establish whether the holder of a personal number which clashes with their own sail number has entered a regatta on time. This will allow prior warning for all skippers attending ranking regattas who may be required to alter their sail number in the event of a conflict.

8. Pre 2015 Issued Personal Numbers

ARYA recognises that there were personal numbers allocated prior to September, 2015. These were issued under various conditions.

a. The rules for pre 2015 issued personal number are updated as below:

i. Personal numbers remain the property of ARYA and are not transferable.
ii. There are no ongoing fees associated with retaining the personal number.
iii. There is no obligation to renew or reapply for the personal number.

b. To retain a pre 2015 Personal Number:

i. The skipper must maintain affiliate membership of ARYA. In the event that membership lapses the personal number will be withdrawn. There will be a three month grace period in the event that annual membership fees are paid late.

c. Return of Personal Number

i. Pre 2015 personal number can be handed back at any time.
ii. ARYA encourages the return of personal number by any member who is not using them as they are intended.
iii. Once a pre 2015 personal number has been returned to ARYA, they cannot be reissued under the pre 2015 conditions.

The ARYA committee will review the personal number policy on an as needed basis.

09 February 2016


ARYA Nationals Reports, Vale George Fish, Hailing—Not the cold stuff from the Sky, Twin Towers RYC Life Membership, Class Reports.

02 December 2015

Previous Results

22nd Nov - WA Ten Rater Metro Championships
15th Nov - SA K McPherson Memorial IOM
16th Nov - VIC IOM Admirals Cap heat 3
25th Oct - NSW RM State Championships
27th Oct - NSW 10 Rater State Championship
8th Nov - NSW 10R State Championships
30th Nov - NSW IOM State Championships
27th Oct -QLD IOM Tri Series
20th Oct - WA 10R State Championships
11th Oct - SA Bournville Trophy
29/30th Aug - 2015 RC Laser Nationals
18th Aug - QLD IOM EC Cup
19th Sep - QLD 10R Championship
27th Jul - QLD RC Laser Championship
6th Jul - QLD EC12 Championship
13th Jul - QLD MM Championship
16th Jun - Jackadder A Class Trophy
25th Apr - VIC IOM Admirals Cap
25th Apr - VIC IOM Eddy Kennedy Round 1
31st May - VIC IOM State Championship
13th Jul - VIC Bill Palmer - RD 2
23rd Mar - C/QLD IOM Championships
11th Jun - Queensland State IOM Titles
23rd Mar - WA Champion Lakes Ten Rater Challenge
23rd Apr - WA 2015 IOM South Metro Championship
5th May - WA Ten Rater Challenge
2nd Jun - WA Eric Fisher A Class Regatta
16th Mar - SA IOM State Championships
16th Feb - VIC RM Championship
15th Dec - TAS IOM State Regatta
10th Dec - WA RC Laser State Championship
17th Feb - WA IOM Great Southern Championship
2nd Dec - WA IOM Metro Championships
1st Nov - WA IOM Metro Championships
28th Nov - NSW IOM Championship
8th Mar - 10R GP 1 Ian Hayden Trophy and Interclub
18th Nov - SA KM McPherson Memorial
5th May - RM John Emms Memorial (2)
5th May - RM John Emms Memorial
3rd Jul - Southern Tasmanian Marblehead Championship
19th Sep - TAS A Class Championship
11th Oct - TAS M Class Championship
18th Oct - TAS IOM State Regatta
12th Nov - S/QLD IOM Championship
20th Oct - QLD Laser Championship
20th Oct - TAS Southern IOM Championship
20th Oct - WA 10R Championship
20th Oct - VIC IOM Regional Championship
12th Nov - 2014 Australian Micro Magic Cup
12th Nov - VIC Micro Magic Cup
14th Oct - SA RM States and Bournville
23rd Oct - SA 10R Championship
9th Oct - WA 2014 IOM State Championship.
8th Oct - VIC RM Regional Championship
8th Oct - TAS RM Tasmanian Championship
2nd Oct - N/QLD IOM Championship
22nd Sep - QLD 10R Championship
17th Sep - QLD A class Championships
14th Sep - SA A Class Championship
2nd Sep - WA IOM Peel Districts Championship
1st Sep - S/QLD RM Championship
27th Aug - WA A Class State Championships
23rd Aug - WA A Class State Championships
30th Jul - WA 2014 Perth IOM Classic
27th Jul - WA 2014 Perth IOM Classic
28th Jul - Australian RC Laser Championship
15th Jul - TAS IOM Mid Winter Challange
12th Aug - TAS A Class Championship
12th Aug - TAS A Class Herb Tyson Memorial Trophy
8th Jul - WA 2014 Perth Metropolitan Ten Rater Championships
26th Jun - QLD IOM Championship
18th Jun - RM Southern Tasmanian Championship
5th Jun - QLD Laser Championship
WA SW Regional Championships
VIC Marblehead State Championship
3rd Jul - VIC IOM State Championship
QLD RC Laser Championship
2014 Victorian RC Laser Championship
3rd Mar - VIC IOM Admiral’s Cap RD1
SA IOM Whitrod Classic
6th Jul - SA IOM Whitrod Classic
19th Sep - SA 'A' Class State Championships
11th Oct - SA M Class State Championships
23rd Oct - SA IOM Whitrod Classic
SA IOM State Championship
2014 ARYA Nationals - Results
TAS IOM State Regatta
TAS IOM State Championship
WA IOM Great Southern Championship
NSW IOM Class State Championships
3rd Nov - NSW M Class State Championships
WA IOM State Championship
29th Aug - WA Peel District IOM Regional Championship
29th Aug - WA Michael Bell Perpetual Trophy
11th Aug - ACT 10R Titles
22nd Apr - ACT 10R Championship
22nd Apr - NSW IOM GP Rd 1
3rd Sep - NSW IOM,RM,A Class GP Rd 4
QLD Brisbane IOM Challenge
QLD RM Championship
02 December 2015

Constitution & By-Laws

AUSTRALIAN RADIO YACHTING ASSOCIATION Incorporated in South Australia under the provisions of the Associations Incorporations Act 1985. Registered Number 6080  

July 2015


1.    NAME

1.1    The name of the Incorporated Association is Australian Radio Yachting Association Incorporated, referred to herein as ‘the ARYA’.

1.2    The name may be abbreviated to ARYA.


2.1    To administer, promote and support the sport of radio-controlled yacht racing in Australia and when represented in internationally recognised events.

2.2    To achieve these objectives, the ARYA shall:

(i) promote Nationally Recognised Classes (NRC) of yachts for racing; (ii)    maintain and publish registers and ranking tables for all NRCs racing in

(iii)    obtain and maintain membership of the International Sailing Federation – International Radio Sailing Association (ISAF-IRSA) or such other international bodies as the ARYA shall from time to time determine appropriate and act as the National Authority on behalf of that body;

(iv)    develop and publish rules, procedures and regulations governing the fair and efficient management and conduct of competitive radio sailing in Australia, except that where such rules are issued by the International Sailing Federation and/or International Radio Sailing Association, an internationally recognised class association, or other international body of which the ARYA is a member, in which case the ARYA shall adopt and abide by such rules and regulations. ARYA shall develop and publish procedures and guidelines for the efficient
management and conduct of competitive radio sailing conducted by ARYA, State

Associations, appointed delegates, affiliated clubs and owners associations. Such procedures and guidelines may be approved by a vote of the ARYA Committee or may be brought forward for determination at an ARYA General Meeting;

(v)    organise, settle conditions, fix dates and venues for sailing national regattas for

NRCs annually;

(vi)    organise and promote international and world championship regattas as may from time to time be approved to be held in Australia;

(vii)    assist and enter members to represent Australia at international regattas overseas;

(viii)  consider, as a final point of appeal, all appeals lodged under the rules of sailing or class rules against the decisions of race and protest committees. Such appeals shall be heard by the ARYA Rules Committee, which shall be convened from affiliated members of the ARYA;

(ix)    publicise and act as a source of information on the sport of radio yachting.


ARYA shall undertake programs, encourage and support State Associations and

National Owners Associations of NRCs to:
(i)    promote and publicise the sport of radio sailing and participation therein;

(ii)    advise and inform radio sailors on aspects of and developments in the sport; (iii)    encourage sportsmanship, fair play and camaraderie in the sport;
(iv)    develop and deliver, where possible and practical, educational/training programs for race officials and radio sailors;

(v)    produce a regular electronic or hard copy magazine and/or newsletter covering race and class reports, upcoming events and matters of general interest.

4.    POWERS

ARYA shall have all the powers conferred by Section 25 of the Associations

Incorporation Act 1985 of South Australia and by this Constitution.

The ARYA has the powers necessary to pass By Laws for the better administration of the sport of radio yacht racing in Australia; the first of such By Laws shall be those
set out in Appendix 1 to this Constitution.


In this Constitution:

The word ‘shall’ is taken to mean mandatory and the word ‘may’ is taken to mean discretionary;

Act means the Associations Incorporation Act 1985 of South Australia;

Club means a radio sailing club that is affiliated with or is a member of a State


A financial member of a Club is a member who has paid all required fees and subscriptions to be a member of that Club for that financial year;

The Committee is the management committee of the ARYA and comprises the eight

Executive Officers defined in Clause 7 of this Constitution;

The Commission is the Corporate Affairs Commission of South Australia;
A National Owners Association (NOA) is an association of members who own a particular Nationally Recognised Class of radio yacht and which has been recognised by ARYA in accord with its By Laws.


6.1      The members of the ARYA shall be state radio sailing associations (State Associations) incorporated with similar objects to ARYA and representing each of the states and territories and such regions as the ARYA may from time to time approve.

6.2    State Associations shall be established as set out in Clause 22 of this Constitution.

6.3    Where only one Club exists in any state or region, that Club may be authorised by the ARYA to act as a State Association for that state or region subject to such conditions, if any, imposed by the ARYA.

6.4    Affiliated Members of the ARYA are financial members of Clubs that are registered with a State Association that is recognised by the ARYA.


7.1    The Executive Officers of the ARYA, collectively called ‘the Committee’, who shall all hold honorary appointment are:

(i)     President;
(ii)    Vice President;
(iii)   Secretary;
(iv)   Treasurer;
(v)    Technical Officer;
(vi)   Registrar;
(vii)  Publicity Officer;
(viii) Public Officer

7.2      Executive Officers, who must be financial Affiliated Members of the ARYA, shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office for the ensuing year. Executive Officers are eligible for re-election.
7.3    The duties of Executive Officers are:

(i)    The President is a member of the Committee and shall preside at all meetings of the Committee and the ARYA at which he or she is present.
(ii)    The Vice President is a member of the Committee and shall deputise for the President in the President’s absence.
(iii)    The Secretary is a member of the Committee and shall call all meetings, issue the required notices, keep a register of attendance and record the minutes of meetings of the Committee and the ARYA. He/she shall deal with all correspondence and keep all books and records applicable to his/her office. He/she shall assist the Treasurer in the preparation of the balance sheet for the audit and the budget. He/she shall keep the President, Officers and State Association secretaries informed on all matters of the ARYA.
(iv)    The Treasurer is a member of the Committee and shall receive all monies
that are the property of the ARYA and shall deposit the same in accordance with Clause 21.2. He/she shall be responsible for all payments. Payments in excess of $50.00, whether by cheque, electronic transfer or any other practice approved by the Committee shall be countersigned or authorised by either the Secretary or the President. Payments in excess of $1000.00 shall be
approved by the Committee, prior to payment. He/she shall keep the accounts and prepare them for audit and production at the Annual General Meeting. He/she shall keep an inventory of and safeguard all securities of the ARYA.
(v)    The Technical Officer is a member of the Committee and shall be responsible for advice to the ARYA, State Associations and NOAs on technical matters relating to radio yachting including measurement and rating of NRCs. He/she shall liaise with the appropriate ISAF-IRSA committees and state officers and act as a coordinator between them and the ARYA.
(vi)    The Registrar is a member of the Committee and shall maintain registers for all international and national classes of yachts recognised by the ARYA, record details of, and issue rating certificates for, all international and nationally recognised classes of yachts and produce statistics as required. Such registers as are required to be kept by the Registrar may be delegated to a nationally recognised owners association. The Registrar shall maintain a register of approved measurers. The Registrar shall maintain a Register of all current Personal Numbers issued to Affiliated Members.
(vii)    The Publicity Officer is a member of the Committee and shall advise the ARYA on matters relating to publicity and public relations. He/she shall produce the ARYA newsletter at such intervals as the ARYA approves. He/she shall use his/her best endeavours to promote and publicise the objectives of the sport and the ARYA in all areas.
(viii)    The Public Officer is a member of the Committee and shall be a permanent adult resident of South Australia. His/her contact details shall be maintained with the Commission at all times and the Public Officer shall act as the primary contact with the Commission on all matters relating to this Constitution.

7.4    The Non-executive Officers of the ARYA shall be the Webmaster, the

Archivist and the National Class Coordinators.


8.1    Subscription rates to the ARYA from State Associations and NOAs shall be determined at the Annual General Meeting each year. The fee shall be a sum to be paid by all Affiliated Members of Clubs as part of the Club subscription to the State Association or NOA.

8.2    Subscriptions shall be due on 1 July each year and payable not later than 31

July of the same year.

8.3    The subscriptions of State Associations or NOAs affiliated after 1 April in any year will cover the period up to 30 June in the following year and must be paid to the Treasurer no later than 31 July in the year of affiliation.

8.4    The Committee shall have the power to withhold all rights and privileges of membership from State Associations and NOAs whose subscriptions are not paid by the latter date.


9.1    The ARYA shall maintain Registers for each NRC of yacht unless otherwise delegated to a recognised NOA.

9.2    The ARYA may charge a registration fee for each entry in a register whether the entry is a first registration of a yacht, an alteration to a current registration or a re-registration.

9.3    Fees for the registration of all classes of yachts shall be determined at the

Annual General Meeting.


10.1    The affairs of the ARYA shall be managed and controlled by a management committee (the Committee) which, in addition to any powers conferred by this Constitution, may exercise all such powers and do all such things as are within the Objects and Purposes of the ARYA, and are not by the Act or by this Constitution required to be done by the ARYA at a general meeting.

10.2    The Committee shall have the power to appoint such officers and employees as are required to carry out the objectives of the ARYA and may delegate any of its powers to such officers and employees.

10.3    The Committee shall comprise the eight elected officers of the ARYA as defined in Clause 7 of this Constitution.

10.4    The Committee may appoint a natural person to fill a casual vacancy and such a committee member shall hold office until the next Annual General Meeting of the ARYA and shall be eligible for re-appointment. The Committee may also create any new office considered necessary for the ARYA to carry out its duties and function.

10.5    A candidate for election as an Officer of the ARYA must be nominated by a

State Association.
10.6    Notice of all persons seeking election to the Committee shall be given to all members of the Committee, State Associations and NOAs with the notice calling the meeting at which the election is to take place.

The office of a committee member shall become vacant if a committee member: (i)    dies;

(ii)    is disqualified by the Act;

(iii)    is expelled under this Constitution;

(iv)    is permanently incapacitated by ill health;

(v)    is absent without an apology from more than three consecutive committee meetings, or more than three committee meetings in a financial year.


12.1    The Committee shall meet regularly for the dispatch of business and in any case not less than once every three months. Where it is not practical for the Committee to meet as a group for reasons of distance, such meetings may be conducted by email, post or by conference telephone or any other electronic means, or by a combination of such facilities.

12.2    Each member of the Committee shall be entitled to one vote.

12.3       Questions arising at any meeting shall be decided by a majority of votes and, in the event of an equality of votes, the Chairperson shall have a casting vote in addition to a deliberative vote.

12.4    A quorum for a meeting of the Committee shall be three members, of whom one must be the President, the Vice President or the Secretary.

12.5       A member of the Committee having a pecuniary interest in a contract with the ARYA must disclose that interest to the Committee as required by the Act and shall not vote with respect to that contract.


The financial year of the ARYA shall be a 12-month period ending on 30 November each year.


14.1    Subject to approval by a special resolution at a Special General Meeting or Annual General Meeting of the members of the ARYA as set out in Clause 6, this Constitution may be altered (including an alteration to name), or be rescinded and replaced by a substitute Constitution. Such an alteration shall be registered with the Commission as required by the Act.

14.2    The registered Constitution shall bind the ARYA, State Associations, NOAs and Affiliated Members to the same extent as if they had respectively signed and sealed it and agreed to be bound by all the provisions thereof.

14.3       The Constitution may have separate By Laws for the purpose of supporting and describing the manner in which the ARYA achieves its objects. The By Laws may be amended by resolution at any general meeting.

15.    THE SEAL

15.1    The ARYA shall have a common seal upon which its corporate name shall appear in legible characters.

15.2    The Seal shall not be used without the express authorisation of the Committee and every use of the Seal shall be recorded in the minute book of the ARYA. The affixing of the seal shall be witnessed by an officer of the ARYA.

15.3    The Seal shall be kept in the custody of the Secretary or such other person as the Committee may from time to time determine.

16.1    A majority of the Committee or the President may call a Special General Meeting of the ARYA at any time and shall call an Annual General Meeting in accordance with the Act. Where it is not practical for a Special General Meeting to be convened as a group for reasons of distance, such meetings may be conducted by email, post or by conference telephone or any other electronic means, or by a combination of such facilities.

16.2    The Annual General Meeting shall be held at the time and venue of a National Championship each year and within five months of the end of the financial year.

16.3    A Special General Meeting shall be convened within 28 days by the Committee upon receipt of a request signed by the secretaries of three affiliated State Associations. Such a request is to be accompanied by a fully detailed resolution passed by each State Association in general meeting and countersigned by the officiating chairperson.

16.4    Notice of all general meetings shall be given at least 28 days prior to the date of the meeting. The notice shall contain details of the agenda together with any special notices, notices of motion and/or changes in the Constitution that are to be proposed at the said meeting.

16.5    The agenda for the Annual General Meeting shall include:

(i)     confirmation of the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting; (ii)    confirmation of action taken by the Committee;
(iii)    Officers’ reports;

(iv)    State Association reports;

(v)    National Regatta Committee reports;

(vi)    Treasurer’s financial statement and balance sheet; (vii)    election of Officers and appointment of Auditor; (viii)    motions submitted by the Committee;
(ix)    motions submitted by State Associations and Clubs appointed to act as such; (x)    annual budget and subscriptions for the forthcoming year;
(xi)    yacht registration fees for the forthcoming year;

(xii)    next National Championship Regatta, place(s) and dates; and

(xiii)    discussion items.


17.1    The quorum required for a general meeting of the ARYA shall be three of the Executive Officers and a delegate from each of four states, either in person or represented by proxy.

17.2    General meetings shall be chaired by the President or the Vice President or, in their absence, by a Committee member appointed by the delegates present. Where it is not practical for a general meeting to be convened as a group for reasons of distance, such meetings may be conducted by email, post or by conference telephone or any other electronic means, or by a combination of such facilities.

17.3    At any general meeting a resolution put to a vote shall be decided by a simple majority on a show of hands and a declaration by the Chairperson of the meeting that a resolution has been carried or lost shall, unless a poll is demanded, be conclusive evidence of the fact.

17.4    If a poll is demanded by the Chairperson of the meeting or by three or more delegates, present in person or by proxy, it shall be taken in such manner as the Chairperson directs.

17.5    Notices of Motion that are received by the ARYA will be voted on at the next general meeting of the ARYA that occurs more than 28 days after the Notice of Motion was received by the ARYA, where ever possible. Notices of motion may be modified by way of an amendment and then voted on at the meeting.

17.6    The votes of State Association delegates and/or proxies held shall be exercised in the determination of motions or amendments to motions. State Associations shall ensure that their delegates are appropriately briefed and authorised prior to any meeting for which they have a delegation.

17.7    A special resolution at a Special General Meeting or Annual General Meeting put to a vote shall be passed by a majority of not less than three-quarters of
the members of the ARYA as, being entitled to do so, vote in person or by proxy at that meeting.


18.1    At any general meeting of the ARYA each of the Executive Officers shall be entitled to one vote for each resolution and each State Association or Club appointed to act as such in accordance with Clause 17.6 shall be entitled to cast two votes.

18.2    Each State Association and Club appointed to act as such may appoint two delegates to any general meeting of the ARYA, each of whom may cast one vote on any matter.

18.3    Only delegates appointed by State Associations and Clubs appointed to act as such shall be entitled to vote.

18.4    In the event of a tied vote the Chairperson of the meeting may exercise a casting vote.

18.5    General meetings are open to all Affiliated Members and NOAs.

19.    PROXIES

19.1    Voting by proxy shall be recognised.

19.2    The appointment of a proxy shall be for a specific meeting only.

19.3       The bearer of a proxy shall be a delegate from a State Association or an ARYA Officer and shall also be entitled to exercise his or her own vote if otherwise entitled to do so, in addition to the proxy.

19.4       Written notification of an appointment of a proxy must be in the hands of the Secretary or Chairman before the commencement of a meeting at which it is to be exercised.
19.5       The notification shall state clearly the specific purpose or items of the agenda covered by the proxy and the limitations, if any, placed on the exercise of the proxy.

20.    MINUTES

20.1    Proper minutes of all proceedings at meetings shall be kept and within one month of the meeting entered into a register maintained for that purpose.

20.2    The minutes shall be signed as a true and correct record of the meeting by the Chairperson of the meeting at which the proceedings took place or by the Chairperson of the next succeeding meeting.

20.3    Where minutes are entered and signed they shall, until the contrary is proved, be evidence that the meeting was convened and duly held, that all proceedings held at the meeting shall be deemed to have been duly held and that all appointments made at a meeting shall be deemed to be valid.

20.4    Copies of the minutes shall be forwarded to State Associations and published within two months of the date of the meeting.


21.1    The ARYA shall keep such accounting records as are necessary to correctly record and explain the financial position of the ARYA.

21.2    All monies raised under the authority of the ARYA, either for its general activities or for such specific purposes as the ARYA may authorise, shall be deemed to be the property of the ARYA and shall be transferred to and kept in a bank, savings bank, building society or friendly society approved at an Annual General Meeting.

21.3    All withdrawals shall be signed by the Treasurer and authorised by the Secretary in accordance with Clause 7.3 (iv), or failing one of these, by the President in his/her stead.
21.4    The accounts of the ARYA shall be audited annually, or at any time the

Committee or a general meeting of the ARYA may direct.


22.1    State Associations shall be established in each state or territory and such other regions as the ARYA may determine within which an affiliated Club is active. Where only one registered Club is active in a state, territory or approved region that Club shall assume the duties and responsibilities of a State Association. All registered Clubs within a state, territory or region shall be entitled to representation on the State Association.

22.2    A Club situated near a state, territory or regional border may elect to affiliate with the State Association of the adjacent state, territory or region.

22.3    Where an organisation exists or is formed within a state, territory or approved region and two-thirds of the Clubs in that state, territory or region agree that it provides an appropriate structure for the purpose, the ARYA may authorise that organisation to assume the duties and responsibilities of a State Association.


23.1       Any club, society, association or other body whose activities are intended to provide facilities for radio yachting may affiliate to the ARYA through a State Association. Such a body shall be a registered Club of the ARYA.

23.2    A registered Club shall be responsible for the payment of affiliation fees to the ARYA through its State Association on behalf of its members providing that where the registered Club is not solely dedicated to radio yachting, affiliation fees shall only be due to the ARYA for those club members who are involved in radio yachting.

23.3    Only one affiliation fee shall be paid on account of a person who is a member of more than one Club.
23.4    Unless otherwise stated in this Constitution or the By Laws, State Associations shall be responsible for the carrying out, for radio yachting classes that have not achieved national status, all the roles and tasks described in this ARYA Constitution and the By Laws regarding Nationally Recognised Classes and Owners Associations.


24.1    Where the Committee of the ARYA exercises any power of adjudication that it may have under this Constitution in relation to a dispute between its
members, Clubs and/or Affiliate Members, or a dispute between itself and members, Clubs or Affiliate Members of the ARYA, the rules of natural justice must be observed.

24.2    Both parties to any dispute referred to in Subclause 24.1 shall have the right to be represented by a member of their State Association or Club at any meeting at which the dispute is considered.

24.3    If the Committee considers that a member, Club or Affiliate Member should be expelled or suspended for a period of time from membership of or affiliation with the ARYA because of its or his/her conduct detrimental to the interests of the ARYA, the Committee shall communicate in writing, to the member, Club or Affiliate Member:

(a) notice of the proposed expulsion or suspension for a period of time and of the time, date and place of the Committee meeting at which the question of that expulsion will be decided; and

(b) particulars of that conduct; not less than 30 days before the date of the

Committee meeting referred to in paragraph (a).

24.4    At the Committee meeting referred to in a notice communicated under Subclause 24.3, the Committee, having afforded the member, Club or Affiliate Member concerned a reasonable opportunity to be heard by or to make representations in writing to the Committee, may expel, suspend or decline to expel or suspend that member, Club or Affiliate Member from membership of or affiliation with the ARYA and shall, forthwith after deciding whether or not
to expel or suspend that member, Club or Affiliate Member, communicate that decision in writing to that member, Club or Affiliate Member.
24.5    Subject to Subclause 24.7, a member, Club or Affiliate Member who is expelled under Subclause 24.4 from membership of or affiliation with the ARYA ceases to be a member or Affiliate Member 14 days after the day on which the decision to expel him/her or them is communicated to it or him/her under Subclause 24.4.
24.6    A member, Club or Affiliate Member who is expelled or suspended under Subclause 24.4 from membership of or affiliation with the ARYA shall if it or he/she wishes to appeal against that expulsion or suspension, give notice to the Secretary of its or his/her intention to do so within the period of 14 days referred to in Subclause 24.5.
24.7    When notice is given under Subclause 25.6:

(a) the ARYA in a general meeting, after having afforded the member, Club or Affiliate Member who gave that notice a reasonable opportunity to be heard by or to make representations in writing to the ARYA in the general meeting, may confirm or set aside the decision of the Committee to expel or suspend that member, Club or Affiliate Member; and

(b) the member, Club or Affiliate Member who gave that notice does not cease to be a member or Affiliate Member unless and until the decision of the Committee to expel him or her is confirmed under this subclause.

24.8    Should a State Association or NOA suspend or expel an Affiliate Member then, following expiry of their specified appeal period the State Association or NOA may submit the case documentation to the ARYA Committee who, having satisfied themselves that the State Association or NOA has acted in accordance with its constitution, regulations and/or by laws shall confirm that the suspension or expulsion shall apply to all memberships within ARYA.

24.9    In the event of a dispute between an affiliated Club and its State Association, the Club may refer the matter to the Secretary of the ARYA for determination by the Committee using a dispute resolution process that complies with Subclause 24.1.

25.1    The organisation of the Australian National Championships (herein after referred to as the Nationals) shall be delegated to a State Association at the preceding Annual General Meeting of the ARYA.

25.2    Any State Association that organises a National Championship shall submit a Statement of Income and Expenditure to the ARYA within two months of the completion of that championship.

25.3    Organisation of the Nationals shall be delegated to each state in the order, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria.

25.4    If a State Association is unable or unwilling to accept the organisation of the Nationals in its due turn, then the next state in turn will be nominated for the task and the rota will continue as in Subclause 25.3.

25.5    By agreement of four states, a State Association may defer or advance its position in the rota listed in Subclause 25.3.

25.6    National Championships may be held for all Nationally Recognised Classes.

25.7    The State Association responsible for the organisation of the Nationals may delegate all or part of it to any Club or group of Clubs affiliated with it.

25.8    Should the delegated state be unable/unwilling to conduct a particular Class National Championship, then the ARYA may select/offer the management of this/these respective Class Championships to another State Association under a secondary rotation.

25.9    Any secondary rotation offered under Subclause 25.8 will be done so on a rotational basis of interested State Associations. The starting point of any secondary rotation will be determined by the Committee.

25.10  A State Association can only be the starting point for one secondary rotation.

25.11  Once a starting point for any secondary rotation has been determined for any class, it will be offered to State Associations in the same rotational order as in Subclause 25.3.
25.12  The responsible State Association or delegated Club/s may charge such entry fees as may be deemed appropriate and necessary, from the proceeds of which they shall provide appropriate prizes. The ARYA is responsible for reasonable transportation costs associated with the transportation, replacement, upkeep and engraving of the perpetual trophies for classes competing at a National Championship.

25.13  If there are less than six entries for a class at the National Championships after the closing date for entries has passed, then the National Championship for that class lapses for that year.

25.14  A National Championship for any class may be programmed for two days only with the permission of the ARYA. Permission will be granted if 20 entries or more are not expected or have not been received for a class by the close of nomination date set out in the Notice of Race, and the championship will be sailed as one fleet only.

25.15  When a class no longer complies with By Law 1.1 it will be removed from the

ARYA National Championships.


The ARYA may be voluntarily wound up by the following procedure:

26.1    A proposal for winding up of the ARYA shall be properly submitted to a general meeting of the ARYA and shall require the unanimous approval of the meeting.

26.2    If the proposal is approved in accordance with Subclause 27.1, the proposal will be subject to an email or postal vote of all affiliated Clubs and shall require a majority of two-thirds of those clubs in favour of the proposal for winding up.

27.1    If, when the ARYA is wound up, some other national body exists which, in the opinion of the ARYA, has aims and objectives that would enable it to provide appropriate service to the ARYA’s members, the ARYA may donate to it, trophies and other property and net funds after the payment of all outstanding debts subject to such conditions as the ARYA may determine.

27.2    Where no alternative successor is found, the ARYA shall proceed in the following manner: where possible, all donated trophies will be returned to the donor or, if this is not possible, to the Club of which the donor was a member:

i)    all other trophies will be presented to the person or body that has won the trophy the greatest number of times or, where a tie exists, to a body or person decided by lot;

ii)    net funds after the payment of all outstanding debts shall be donated to a charitable institution or institutions determined by the ARYA at the time.




July 2015


The ARYA may choose to recognise the following classes of radio yacht:

1.1    Nationally Recognised Class – to be eligible and remain eligible as a Nationally

Recognised Class the class of yacht must:

i)    hold state championships in three states in one year;

ii)   have class rules and constitution approved by the ARYA;

iii)  be put forward for national recognition by a State Association or an internationally recognised class association;
iv)  be approved for recognition at a national level by a general meeting of the ARYA;

v)  have previously been recognised as a State Recognised Class.

1.2    State Recognised Class – to be eligible and remain eligible for recognition as a State

Recognised Class the class of yacht must:

i)    be sailed in at least three Clubs within that state;

ii)   have a State Association-approved set of rules, or standards for the class;

iii)  have a State Association-approved constitution by which the class is administered;

iv)  sail a class championship, in which at least six boats compete;

v)  have previously been recognised as a Sanctioned Class.

1.3    Sanctioned Class – to be recognised as a Sanctioned Class:

i)    six or more yachts must be raced regularly, in an organised manner by an affiliated


ii)   the class must have a declared agent or association. This agent shall have the roles or responsibilities of the State Class Coordinators;
iii)  the parameters of the class, whether set by rules, plans, specifications, rating formulae, manufacturer’s policy and/or a combination of these shall be adopted and not amended from the parameters set by the originators and/or the owner of the parameters. Revisions introduced by class parameter owners/originators are to be adopted as soon as is practicable after their promulgation;
iv)  in developing or introducing a new class seeking to be recognised as a Sanctioned Class, the design and class rules shall not in any way copy, imitate or plagiarise an existing class in any jurisdiction, nor adopt a similar or misleading class name from an existing class;
v)  these provisions apply to all classes currently sailed in Australia and to any future classes adopted for sailing in Australia.


2.1    National Championships may be conducted for Nationally Recognised Classes (see

Clause 25.6 of the ARYA Constitution) and the winners can be recognised as

‘Australian National Champions’. The events can be referred to as ‘ARYA Australian

National Championships’.

2.2    Other classes that do not meet the requirements of Nationally Recognised Classes

(see By Law 1.1) shall have the following conditions/restrictions:

i)  a class that does not meet the requirements of By Law 1.1 must not hold its Class or Association Championship at the same time as any ARYA Australian National Championships;
ii) there will be only one such regatta each year for these classes and there will be no statement or implication that the winner is the ‘Australian National Champion’, nor shall there be any reference to the regatta being an ‘Australian National Championship’ regatta or event;
iii) the regatta shall be open to all registered yachts of that class no matter what their owner’s home state, registration regime or class recognition status;
iv) where the class is sailed in more than one state a regatta may be rotated between those states from year to year.

2.3  Upon the requirements set out in By Law 1.1 being met by a class that was not previously a Nationally Recognised Class, a State Association may apply to the ARYA for approval to conduct an ARYA-sanctioned ‘Australian National Championship’.

3.1    Life Fellow of the ARYA may be awarded to individuals who have provided long- standing service to the ARYA.

3.2    To qualify for Life Fellow, an individual should have provided service to ARYA at a national level, not just in the state where he/she resides.

3.3    The candidate shall be nominated by a State Association to the Committee.

3.4    The Committee shall assess the submission to ensure that the candidate has met the criteria of:

i)    lengthy service;

ii)   outstanding service;

iii)  services benefiting ARYA members nationally.

3.5    The Committee shall vote on the submission. A majority vote in favour of the candidate is required for the Committee to recommend the candidate for Life Fellow to the ARYA.

3.6    If the Committee makes this recommendation, the State Associations shall then vote at the next Annual General Meeting of ARYA or if possible via a postal or electronic vote prior to the AGM. A majority vote is required to award Life Fellow to the candidate.

3.7    Candidates who have been awarded Life Fellow status will not be required to pay any ARYA membership subscription, fee or levy from the time of that award onwards. ARYA will pay any insurance component of the subscription on behalf of all Life Fellows. Life Fellows will be considered as Affiliated Members of the ARYA.

3.8    ARYA will establish a Roll of Honour on which the names of all deceased Life Fellows shall be recorded. Upon the death of a Life Fellow their name will be removed from the Life Fellow register and placed on the Roll of Honour.


4.1    Each Nationally Recognised Class may have a National Class Coordinator (NCC) in the absence of a recognised NOA.

4.2    An NCC shall have access to the ARYA class register but will not be a member of the

Committee or have voting rights.
4.3    The NCC shall be responsible to and under the direction of the Committee for:

i)    furthering the aims of the ARYA by promoting the design, construction and racing of the class;
ii)   acting as a liaison between ARYA and class owners and representing the owners in all relevant matters;
iii)  producing material of interest to class owners (regatta reports, articles etc.) for the ARYA publication.

4.4    The NCC shall be elected annually at the ARYA AGM or at any time by mail or electronic vote that the ARYA allows.


5.1    A National Owners Association (NOA) may be recognised by the ARYA where such body represents one class of radio sailing yacht and the rules and constitution of the class and its association respectively are approved by the ARYA. In addition the National Owners Association must hold state championships in three states in each year. Such championships shall be organised through the relevant State Association.

5.2    Prior to the ARYA delegating administrative powers for any existing Nationally Recognised Class, for which the ARYA holds the register, to a National Owners Association:

i)    the ARYA shall approve of both the constitution and class rules that said National

Owners Association intend to use to govern the class;

ii)   the ARYA shall confirm, by secret postal ballot, that more than 60 per cent of the ARYA-registered owners of that class of radio sailing yacht are in favour of the recognition and government of the said National Owners Association.

As passed at the ARYA Special General Meeting on 7 July 2015.


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