The DF65 has now been around for a year and in that time it has proved to be a useful entry into the sport of radio sailing for many and a good club boat for many others.
Here in the UK we now have a dedicated NCA for the DF65 which runs alongside the RG65 NCA. It also has it’s own dedicated NCA website www.df65racing.co.uk on which there are details of how to register your boat, upcoming events, results and the ever popular Hints & Tips pages along with details of UK clubs that sail the DF65.
With that in mind this website will, over the coming months, be re engineered to become an International hub for DF65 owners worldwide. It will direct owners to country specific websites and NCA’s as required and will keep the DF65 community up to date with worldwide events.
Please find the Notice of Race for the upcoming DF / RG event at the Keighley Club up in Yorkshire. If it’s windy it will be a good test of skipper and equipment as the club is very exposed.
If you haven’t sailed at the club before it is well worth the trip so get your entry in!
It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the DF65 class now has over 100 sail numbers registered here in the UK. Although as a percentage of boats sold in the UK it is around 10 – 15% it still shows that there are over 100 people who have registered for a sail number and are showing an interest in racing this exciting new class.
If you haven’t yet registered your boat and fancy doing so then please contact the DF / RG registrar firstname.lastname@example.org who will process your request quickly and efficiently.
It doesn’t cost a penny to do so either.
The next event on the DF racing calendar is listed below and if you haven’t already been racing yet this would be a great place to start.
The prestigious Birkenhead Club have stepped forward and are holding an open event on the 15th March for both the DF65 and the RG65. Details are as follows.
Date – 15th March 2014
Start Time – 10am with no race start after 4pm
Entry fee is £7.50 which includes a free lunch for each competitor.
There will be prizes for the top three boats in each class.
Entries should go to Bill Culshaw 07974760677 or email@example.com
Check out the club website for directions etc http://www.birkenheadmypc.co.uk/
The day after this event there is the last in the winter series at Southport, with the distances and mileage involved I may well stay somewhere overnight, so if anyone else is thinking of travelling to both events from any sort of distance please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work out a suitable overnight halt with beers and food!
We have been contacted by the Buchanness MYC based in Peterhead in Aberdeenshire who have sent us their DF65 racing schedule for 2014, I have posted the link below along with contact details.
One of their first meetings took place on the 22nd Feb in gusty 25+ knot conditions. I think that to do well here I competently built rig and a watertight boat might be a good start!
Clicky the link for Buchanness MYC DF65 sailing schedule and contact details.
The rules have been out there now for around 8 months and during that period they have been updated only once to clarify a couple of items.
There have been various questions on forums asking for clarification on a few further items and the rules committee met and have discussed these and have issued a new updated version of the Df65 rules, 1.3.
The Rules committee issued the following statement.
“To clarify a couple of questions raised regarding Version 1.2 of the Class Rules, the Rules Committee have published an amended, Version 1.3, of the Dragonforce Restricted Class Rules. It has an addition to Rule B.1 stating that the Sail Winch must be supplied by the Builder (Joysway) and to Rule H.5 to define the Jib Luff as a straight line between Points A & C.”
Take a look at the updated rules by following the link.
Dragon Force Restricted Class Rules v1 3
Since posting the above update there have been questions asked about the legality of sails already in use which have a curved luff. The rules committee have issued the following statement.
“Following the publication of the Dragonforce Restricted Class Rule V1.3 which now describes the Jib Luff as being a straight line between points A & C (Rule H.5), the Rules Committee have decided to ‘grandfather’ existing sails that have been made with curved luffs. However, they ask that all sailmakers, amateur or professional, please respect the Spirit of the Rules, Rule A.4 and only produce straight luff Jibs. Checks will be made at events if felt necessary and the apparent age of the sail will be taken into consideration.”
Happy New Year to you all!
It is a little belated because of some flooding issues and I’ll tell you about it over a pint at one of the upcoming DF65 Open Events in 2014.
You’ll no doubt be aware that on the RG65 forum there is a calendar of open events, as a Df65 owner you’ll be more than welcome at any of these events and it is hoped that there will be a separate prize for the first DF65 at each meeting. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/rg-65-uk/zya_WhrHC7o
However there are also to be several DF65 only events to allow racing on a completely equal footing. The dates are posted below and for more information on any of them please contact email@example.com
19th January – West Lancs YC
2nd & 16th February – West Lancs YC
2nd & 16th March – West Lancs YC
13th April – Coalhouse Fort
6th July – Canoe Lake – Southsea
27th July – Eastbourne
7th September – Poolsbrook Country Park
I’m sure that by the time the weather warms up there will be a few more DF only events on the cards, if you are a club that fancies holding an event then please get in touch with us and we’ll help you organise something on a date that suits.
In the meantime, “Happy Sailing!”