Dragons Reach 100!

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 registrar@rg65.org.uk 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.

Happy Dragoning!

Dragon Force & RG65 Open Event at Birkenhead MYPC 15th March

Afternoon all,

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 william.a.culshaw@talk21.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 tim@abersochboatyardservices.co.uk and we can work out a suitable overnight halt with beers and food!

Scottish Dragon Activity

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.

 

Class Rules Update

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.”

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Dragon Force Open Events 2014

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 tim@abersochboatyardservices.co.uk

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!”

West Lancs YC Winter Series

We have been contacted by some hardy chaps up North who are based at West Lancs YC in Southport.  they are a group of RC Laser sailors who are keen to embrace the DF65 at the club.

Starting on the first weekend of next year (5th Jan 2014) they are running their RC Laser winter series and alongside the Laser starts they would also like to have DF65 starts.

The club has awesome facilities and even has a bar and food most weekends and it is only a few feet from the waters edge which is also first class with great launch, recovery and walking areas.

For the series to succeed it will require some people to turn up and race.  For dates and times please check out the following website https://sites.google.com/site/fairhavenlasers/