Queensland Honours Two Greats

Jun 21, 2019

At the QRYA Annual General Meeting 16th June, Col Cameron, one of the best known radio yachtsman in Queensland and Ian Ashe, a stalwart of Queensland Radio Sailing were presented with Life Membership of the QRYA.

Col Cameron


Col lives in North Queensland but still sails at events in the south east corner, such is his enthusiasm for the sport. This year Col occupied the QRYA President's chair for a time and led the Organising Committee for the 2019 Australian Championships.  He then competed in the IOM event and was Master of Ceremony at the presenatation and diner at the end of two weeks of racing.  But that was just this last year and Col has been contributing his time to the sport for decades.

On being notified of his award, Col sent the following letter that was read out at the 2019 AGM.

'I thank you with much humility and grace that the Qld Radio Sailing community feel that I am a worthy recipient of a Life Membership of the Association.


What an honour and privilege to be recognised for my years of service to the radio sailing sport. From the early beginnings of the introduction of RC Sailing to Qld in the early 70’s to the present day, I have found the sport very rewarding and challenging, and have witnessed the growth of the sport to what it is today. During my 44 year journey,  I have made many friends and learnt a lot about RC sailing competitively in a responsible sportsmanship manner and always strived to help others to enjoy this wonderful sport. Thank you once again, it is something I will always treasure.'


Ian Ashe


Ian is best known for the selfless donation of his time to perform the Principal Race Officer role, from one end of this large State to the other, while still finding the time to be an active club competitor. This year Ian was a vital member of the Organising Committee for the 2019 Australian Championships, then supplied PRO services to several of the fleets over a 10 day period. 

Ian took the time to pen the words below after receiving his award.

'My first encounter with RC sailing, saw an A Class yacht in a Hobby shop window in Hobart in 1984 and bought it without any previous experience with RC yachting and joined the Risdonbrook Radio Yacht Club.

We decided to move to Townsville early 1985. I rang the Townsville Secretary who said “don’t bring that thing up here we only sail Marbleheads”. So I sold the A (at the same Hobby shop) and arrived in Townsville August 1985.

I joined TMMC and at their at next AGM their Secretary resigned and I was appointed Secretary and stayed in that job for 10 years. Became club President in 1995 till our move to Brisbane in 2006.  Before leaving Townsville I was made a Life Member of TMMC.

I joined BRYC for a year then MRYS and became their VP for couple of years before joining PRYC in 2017 till present time.

In the meantime, whilst still in Townsville, I was appointed QRYA State Measurement Coordinator from 2003 to 2005, then Vice President 2005 to late 2006.

The then QRYA President, Dave Turton, resigned mid-term in late 2006 so I became President till next AGM in 2007.

Re-elected President for next 7 years  but did not nominate again at 2015 AGM.

2017 saw complete change of Committee and elected State Events Coordinator till present day.

After resignation of QRYA President during 2019 I took over that position as well till the AGM.

I was re-elected Events Coordinator at 2019 AGM.'

Always humble, what Ian fails to mention are the countless events he has officiated at, mostly at his own expense for the benefit of the sport we all share.  His contribution continues.  Ian was asked to renominate for the Events Coordinator for the coming year and fortunately for us all, he agreed.


Congratulations to both Col and Ian on their awards. 

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Category: Queensland
Posted by: ARYA Publicity