Through socialising and networking with other RQYS members one thing that kept coming up in discussion was the lack of inclination by members to join in the post sailing afternoons and evenings at the club after racing and the events of the day.

The bar/restaurant areas had the perfect set up to engage members with TVs strategically placed around the area, but they were only looping ads about coming events and dining specials, something members were showing little to no interest in.

As an experiment, experienced in Media, Mike Middleton, decided to play his videos of the day’s events on the screens to see how receptive members were to view themselves and each other sailing. This proved to be a big hit as members loved to be able to relive the day’s events on the big screens. Suddenly people were staying around to watch themselves on TV, camaraderie was high, and the club had a resurgence of post-race enthusiasm with members staying around for longer than usual.

Mike also started using social media to get these videos out to an even wider audience, but it became apparent that not all members had social media or Facebook accounts and were missing out on being able to view these videos outside of the club. Taking this into consideration and thinking outside the box on the best way to reach the widest audience, RQTV was created by him.

Now anyone that has access to a computer, smart TV or phone can not only view these videos at their leisure but download them as well.

A little about Mike, he has worked in the film and television industry his entire adult life as a film/video cameraman and it is his videos, capturing the true essence of the races and events each weekend, that are so brilliantly brought to life on the screen both in the club and at home. His camera skills allow him to get up close and personal with the yachts, bringing to life the thrill of the race and excitement of the day to be relived over again, in fact you can almost feel the spray on you his camerawork is so close to the action.

Mike began sailing very early in life in a Manly Junior at Woollahra in Sydney and moved through the classes at Vaucluse from VJ’s, 12-foot skiffs through to Hobie Cats where, at a very young age, he won the NSW State Titles in a 14 Hobie. From there he progressed to a Swanson Dart, J24’s and finally yachts at Cruising Yacht Clubs and beyond. Mike has co-skippered a 50-foot Crowther Cat in the Bay Regatta, Thailand as well as sailed the Mediterranean and South Pacific.

Mike continues to sail, his love of the water never fading, he has his Yachtmaster and Commercial Coxswain qualifications and volunteers at Mooloolaba Coast Guard where he has been for many years as their Media Officer.

RQTV hopes that we have achieved what we set out to do, and that is give everyone access to online videos through a non-social media platform that is easy to access and enjoyable to watch for the love of sailing 

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