B fleet start with the Dragons outnumbering the rest! Pic – Buzz Coleman
The first Dragon Force Nationals went off well with the event being sailed as part of the RG65 Nationals at Huntingdon RYC. Many of you will already know that the event was well subscribed by DF owners and a total of 13 turned out for the seeding race on a bright and sunny Sunday morning.
The wind varied throughout the day with a light Westerly greeting the skippers which built through the morning to give some great racing conditions before petering out towards the end of the regatta.
John Tushingham and Buzz Coleman were the DF skippers to beat and they spent most, if not all of the day sailing in the A fleet against much more exotic machinery. Liz Tushingham, Nigel Brown and myself spent most of the day getting excellent value for money by bouncing between the A and B fleets and that was how the first 5 DF’s finished.
John Tushingham placed 5th in the overall results and claimed a string of great results during the day including a 4th place. Throughout the DF fleet there were some great battles over the course of the day which goes to show that the boat can offer some close racing even in the hands of new skippers. This point was very well made by Tim Prince who on the Saturday bought a boat and raced it on the Sunday complete with standard sails and transmitter.
Tim was also the very worthy, and somewhat surprised, winner of the best novice prize which consisted of a Futaba T6J radio set and a set of sails donated by Barrie of Model Graphics.
For many DF skippers it was their first taste of radio yacht racing and it proved to be a great introduction to the sport with many smiling faces leaving at the end of the day.
The DF top ten were as follows –
1st – John Tushingham
2nd – Buzz Coleman
3rd – Liz Tushingham
4th – Nigel Brown
5th – Tim Long
6th – Barrie Norman
7th – Gordon Rae
8th – Tim Prince
9th – Martin Seib Jnr
10th – Bill Edmonson
There are some photos on the media page and they will be updated as we get more sent to us. If you were there and have some photos then please send them to us.
Full results below.
There is also a full event report on the Huntingdon RYC website which can be viewed by following the link below.
The only thing that remains is to thank the Huntingdon RYC crew who staged a great event. It was well run, the courses were well thought out and set, the scoring was well done and the overall running of the event was superb. For those of us who travelled great distances to be there I think we all went away smiling. Thanks again guys, without you there would be no racing.
As a final thought it should be noted that for £150 (boat) plus £35 (sails) and £30 (rx to suit existing radio gear) John Tushingham has shown that this mass produced boat can mix it with boats costing much more. The concept works so please embrace it and tell your friends!
Next years DF Nationals are at Keighley so dig out your waterproofs!