Monthly Archives: September 2013

RG 65 Nationals – Results


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.

HMS2013 Scoring RG65 National s1-4

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!

Nationals Entry List

With a couple of days until the entry closes the host club have posted the entry list on their website. It makes an interesting read with more than half the skippers choosing to sail a Dragon Force in the event. There is still time to get your entry in and take part in what promises to be a great event.

Check out the entry list by following the link below


2013 Nationals Update

Well guys we have been in touch with the organisers of the upcoming RG65 Nationals at Huntingdon which will be in full swing 2 weeks today.

The organisers have informed us that entries are currently in the high teens and they should hit the mid twenties or above by the time that the entries close on the 18th September.

The current entry list is looking good with some top names coming to play and from the Dragon Force perspective there are nearly half the entered skippers sailing a Dragon Force 65 which should lead to some excellent and close racing.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you have never entered a race event before this one will be the perfect introduction.  The two day event is being split with the Nationals being held on the Sunday.

The Saturday will consist of some free sailing and tuning during the morning followed by some informal races during the afternoon session.  There will be a wealth of experience on hand to help you tune your rig for best performance in the conditions with everyone being very approachable and helpful.

With the above in mind Mike from RC Yachts has decided to withdraw from sailing in the Nationals on the Sunday and instead he will be in attendance with a full support package for the DF skippers.  He will have a full complement of spares and will be on hand to help any new skippers to tune their boats and offer his own unique brand of encouragement to the DF skippers throughout the race weekend.

If you are worried about not having rigs and sails for the event then fret no more, Mike has found a limited number of rig kits and of course sails are available from a number of places, or you can make your own if you fancy it!

The notice of race and entry form are in a post  further down this page so go on get your entry in.