Yoda, a Legendary Sailing Master Awarded Life Fellowship of the VRYA

Jul 14, 2019

Always talking funny and in riddles, an ancient Jedi revered for his advanced age and wisdom. While small in size, he is wise and powerful.

\images\yodaDavid Thomas, known to many across Australia and around the world as ‘Yoda’, has been awarded Life Fellowship of the Victorian Radio Yachting Association, being the first recipient of this award.

Recognised for his service to the VRYA, Yoda (also known as Fossil) has devoted many years to the Victorian Radio Sailing community serving on the committee for fifteen consecutive years (2004-2019) in the roles of Treasurer & Secretary.

During this time he has been involved in the successful running of the 2008 and 2014 ARYA Nationals in Victoria, also being awarded the ARYA George Middleton Trophy in 2014.

\images\Marble Worlds ItalyHis initiation into Radio Sailing came in 1999 at Albert Park Lake where he met Andrew Reid and Lincoln McDowall and subsequently purchased Lincoln’s Red Scourge Marblehead and joined Albert Park Model Yacht Club. From this time on he has been involved in number of classes and created some memorable moments including being invited by the MYA President to participate at the UK Marblehead Nationals at Fleetwood in 2017, world championships in Holland in 2014, Italy in 2016 and Germany in 2018, but none more memorable than Grand Master Winner in both the Marblehead and Ten Rater Class at the 2019 Australian Championships.

\images\2019 Grand MasterYoda’s love for radio sailing saw his interest evolve from sailing to building with the formation of Red Ant Radio Yachts, a partnership with Lincoln McDowall that started in the early 2000s.  Yoda, recently retired from his profession as a Mechanical Engineer, complete with ‘Man Shed’ along with Lincoln started producing components, sails and complete boats being the Blitz IOM, the Fuzzy Logic Marblehead (better known as the ‘F’ series) and the Blade Ten Rater, establishing a very successful business.

When asked about receiving the award David responded, ‘I feel very humble and honored to be the first to be awarded Life Fellowship of the VRYA’.

Congratulations to David, an extremely worthy recipient.





Category: Victoria
Posted by: ARYA Publicity