DF65s growing in popularity

A perfect, cool 6-10kt NW breeze, warming sunshine and a sparkling harbour greeted 14 skippers in round 2 of the DF65 Radio Sailing Winter Series on 9 July.

Five heats were raced inside the Pond with very close racing, exciting windward legs in the large fleet and downwind nosedives in the stronger gusts. Thanks to Eddie Moult  for his Race Officer duties and juggling the start line in the shifting breeze. Congratulations to Bruce McArthur with four bullets, but he had six others tightly packed up behind him. Commodore Chapman only just beat Rene overall and a few more races could see Richard’s talents tested!

The Practice Days and Assembly-Tuning workshops are clearly paying off, with all skippers getting used to the nuances of skippering a boat from a distance. Judging port and starboard, mark rounding and winds shifts are still a challenge that all are starting to master.

The one design and low cost make this a fun boat to race and it’s great to see four to five young skippers in the fleet having fun with their Dads.

The next Practice Day is Sunday 23 July, followed by round 3 of the Winter Regatta on 6 August.

Check out the RSYS Radio Sailing website page for details and how easy it is to join in the fun and friendly rivalry with your family, crew or friends. Contact Locky Pryor in the Sailing Office for all the help you need.

by Phil Burgess