DF65 Going From Strength to Strength

Jun 20, 2019

The DF65 Class is run by the Australian DF65 Radio Sailing Association Inc and continues to build a very strong following with over 435 boats registered in Australia and almost 180 in NSW.

\images\298CDD8E-B177-4BDE-AD57-ACFCBD5C6371It has a strong and active Committee well suited to the tasks of building the classes and developing the administration technology for ease of member communication, access to information and sail/hull registration etc.

Social sailing remains the primary use across the class with many small unofficial groups but relative low entries to sanctioned regattas. It serves as an excellent entry point into Radio Sailing and several owners have already moved into other classes.

National Recognition

The ARYA approved the Class at its AGM in February. Since then, the Association voted to amend its name to Australian DF Radio Sailing Association Inc and invite DF95 owners to join, so both classes are administered by the one Association.  This model follows that of the International body adopted at a meeting in Dallas in November 2018.

The membership model is designed to encourage registration to capture ownership information and is free, with nominal fees only charged to compete in sanctioned events. DF95 Sail registration is currently being transferred to our Registrar and State Reps appointed. Around 20% of owners have both Classes.

The next priority is to seek National Recognition of the DF95 Class at The ARYA AGM next February. There are 295 registered boats in Australia and 65 in NSW.

New Clubs

The Association is supporting new Clubs to establish fleets and join the NSWRYA. Currently RANSA (Royal Aust Navy) and Middle Harbour Amateur SC have small but growing fleets and workshops and races have been held for new owners. There are multiple social groups sailing regularly and these will be approached to join the NSWRYA Association.

Australian Championship

A National Invitational Regatta was held at Kogarah from 19th to 21st April.

This was intended to be the inaugural Australia Champs following National Recognition but time slipped by to be fully ARYA compliant. It was run over 2 days with 37races completed and was won by Chris Dance (Vic), with Mike Jeffreys (QLD) second and Phil Burgess (NSW) third from 13 entries.

The inaugural championship will now be held in WA on 6-9th March with DF65 run on the first 2 days and the DF95 over the second 2 days. NoR will be issued shortly.

NSW events

2 scheduled Travellers Trophy events have had to cancelled due to weed at Hubertus and availability at Lake Macquarie. These will endeavour to be rescheduled later in the year.

The 2019 State Championships will he held on 20th and 21st July at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Entries close on 19th July.

Report provided by Phil Burgess (NSW)



Category: Australia
Posted by: ARYA Publicity