DF Racing Update

DF Racing UK May Update

Dear Eddie

Apologies for the long silence. Time seems to have flown by since our last update which was 2 months ago. I am sure that many of you suffer from the same juggling act as I do, trying to combine radio sailing with day jobs and domestic duties, but I hope that you are being more successful than me.

Can you believe it, the 2017 DF TT series is already half way through with the events in Southport, Chipstead/Coalhouse, Fleetwood and Eastboure already completed. Coming up we have Gosport in under 2 weeks followed by Dartmoor in July, and lets not forget the 95 Nationals at Two islands and the 65's at Easbourne.

There are a few topics below that we would like to draw your attention to below.

DF 95 Nationals - Two Islands - 10/11 June 2017

Entries for the 2017 DF95 Nationals are open and the NOR can be found HERE

Entries are coming is fast so please get your name down soon to reserve your place.

We hear a lot of new skippers saying that they will not attend as they feel they will be out classed by the seasoned campaigners.
Please don't be concerned folks, there is place for all skill levels and the best way to improve is to get out there and sail in big fleets.

We were all newbies at some point as with all DF events, there is plenty of opportunity to pick the brains of the top guys who are always willing to help and coach you. 

Eastbourne TT

The Eastbourne TT was held on the first weekend of April and was well attended with many people traveling from all around the country to join the South Coast locals.

The DF65 event was won by Simon McCarthy of Lymington followed by Peter Baldwin and Jeremy Collier. Full Results can be found HERE. And to back up my point above, this was Simon's first Open meeting.

On the Sunday Peter Baldwin sailed a great regatta to win the DF95 event convincingly with Jeremy Collier and Geoff Ball taking the other two spots in the podium. Results HERE

Rounds 9 & 10 of the 2017 TT - Gosport - 20 and 21 May

Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2017 TT will take place on 20 and 21 May at Gosport where model yacht sailing has been happening for over 100 Years and the club is now one of the most active clubs in the country, hosting many district and national championships on their two lakes.

The event is open for entry and we expect to see many of the regular travelers as well as those from the rapidly growing numbers on the south coast.

See HERE for more details and the NORs. Please get you entries in soon to allow the club to prepare properly.

And remember, this is the first of the TTs to allow use of the new A+ rig, a sure sign that the wind will be blowing dogs off chains on the Saturday

TT Standings After Round 8

With the first 8 rounds of the TT completed the table is starting to take shape.

It will come as no surprise that John Tushingham is leading, but with another 8 events to go it is all still to play for.

Remember that your top 8 scores count and so it is not too late to join in and topple the usual suspects off the podium.

We would like to thank Peter and Judith Baldwin for collating all the TT results and managing the overall standings. This can be a difficult and thankless task and it is very much appreciated. 

2018 MYA Calendar

The MYA have asked us to start preparing our 2018 calendar and we are required to submit the dates for the National Championships and Traveller Series by the end of July.

We are keen as always to distribute the events around the country as best possible and also go to new venues that have active DF classes. If you believe that your club would be willing to host one of the 2018 events the please get in contact with us as soon as possible so that we can explore things in more detail.

Registering Your Boats

Since taking on the register I have come across a number of differing viewpoints on the registration of DF boats. Hopefully I can set it straight without causing more confusion.

The NCA would like all boats to be registered individually. So if you have multiple boats within either of the classes, even if you always use the same number on your sails due to you having an MYA personal number, please register them all.

One exception to the rule is if you replace a hull for whatever reason. In the DF classes a replacement hull can be viewed as a spare part and so a new registration is not called for.
When it comes time for you to sell your boat on, please can either you or the new owner get in contact with us so that we can transfer the registration over to the new owner.

The information that we hold on the register is as supplied by you and so it could go out of date if you do not update us with changes on your end. I will soon be sending out email to everyone listing the details that we hold for you. Please check these and get back to me with any changes.

As always, the link to the registration forms may be found on dfracinguk.com
And that's all for now folks but please do stay tuned for more updates.

We at the DF Racing UK Class Association are committed to supporting the classes and you, the Members, so please do not hesitate to get in contact with us if you feel there is anything that needs our attention.

Our mailing address is:
Dragon Association
77 Columbus Drive
Sarisbury Green
Southampton, Hampshire SO31 7LZ
United Kingdom