DF65 Nationals Thoughts

So we are back from the DF65 Nationals and all caught up on our orders bar three which will go out early next week. As usual we had a blast at the event, catching up with some old friends and also making new ones as well.

Whilst the final entry wasn’t at the 50 odd we had expected with the actual number being 41 it seems that the event made the DF65 the third best attended UK National Championship in Radio Sailing, not too shabby really for a plastic tub made in China. With the usual mix of skippers throughout the field, including some absolute beginners at their first event, not bad going by them at all.

Having sailed a reasonable seeding race I stayed in A fleet for the heat stages of the competition and counted a worst score of 10th over the whole weekend. by close of play on Saturday I found myself in a very creditable fifth spot with just 5 points or so separating second to sixth.

Sunday saw some trickier courses due to the breeze which I din’t enjoy so much but going in to lunch on Sunday there were four or five of us all tied on 34 points leaving all to play for in the last three races. I took my tenth spot in race 11, won the next one and would probably have been demoted to B fleet after a poor finish in the final race with a discarded 13th as my lowest place finish of the weekend.

After Sundays racing I had climbed a place to finish the event fourth overall which I was pleased with having shown a level of consistency that I haven’t before. Congrats to Tushy who sailed an almost faultless regatta, Derek who showed once again you don’t need to win a race to score well, you just need to score well time after time and Nigel, who was ninth going into Sunday’s racing and just sailed a storming day to climb six places to finish third overall.

tim 99

GBR 99 looking sporty! – Photo Sue Brown…thanks Sue!


Congrats also to all the other skippers that took part, everyone sailed in a mature and sensible manner with most people completing penalties as required and were a credit to the class as a whole.

After the Nationals I’m still sat in second spot for the overall TT placings, however I’m missing the next event at Keighley as I’m on holiday so I don’t expect to be there for much longer!

We have rig kits for both DF65 and DF95 back in stock now and they can be ordered through the shop, we also have a limited quantity of our great DF65 4 pocket rig bags in stock too.

Sail orders are currently being fulfilled within a couple of days of placing an order with RC Laser spares, stickers and other items being sent almost by return providing we have the right coloured vinyl in stock (annoyingly not this week!)

Advance warning that we will be on holiday during the mid part of October and will not be sending any orders out after the 11th  and then again before the the 23rd so if you have anything you’d like around that time please either order it early or wait until the 23rd!

Thanks for continuing to support our little brand, we are still always amazed at where our customers pop up from.

Find below a couple of shots of some of our recent sails.

DF65 Sails

DF95 Sails


Stealth A suit for DF65


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