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Dragon Force 65 (DF65) Inter-Club Tri Series - RD1

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Dragon Force 65 (DF65) Inter-Club Tri Series 2018 - Round #1 held on 3rd March, 2018

Hosted by Brisbane Radio Yacht Club (Carbrook)

The Dragon Force 65 (DF65) became a QRYA State Recognized Class on 18 January this year. As such, this was the first officially recognized event for the Class. The Tri Series is a series of three regattas to be hosted by Brisbane Radio Yacht Club (Carbrook), Springfield Lakes Maritime Modellers (Springfield Lakes) and Paradise Radio Yacht Club (Emerald Lake, Carrara) over the course of the year. The Series will ultimately recognize both the top three individual skippers and a champion club.

Brisbane Radio Yacht Club hosted Round One of the Tri Series at its Carbrook lake facility. The weather forecast for the day was anything but great – 3 to 6 knots South-westerly in the morning with the possibility of a 6 to 9 knot North-easterly later in the day. The weatherman wasn’t wrong. A+ rigs prevailed throughout the whole day, which was unfortunate for a couple of skippers who did not have them and were presented with a significant handicap when it came to performing well in the placings. A big fleet of 22 boats participated, but even with a longer startline, there were bumps and jostles aplenty at times during the countdowns. This continued at the windward and leeward marks, with blocks of boats becoming becalmed at just the wrong time and place whilst others managed to do a Steven Bradbury and skirt around them to get ahead of the pack. Just prior to the lunch break one race was saved from being abandoned by the arrival of a gentle zephyr which got most boats across the line in time.

After the early lunch break, which was very well timed by PRO Trevor Fisher, the breeze picked up a little more, but also swung around through 180 degrees. It did make for much better sailing conditions overall, but the bunch ups at the buoys continued to produce hails and 360’s! The better breeze in the afternoon ensured that 12 races were completed inside the allotted 5 hours. Well done to PRO Trevor for keeping the event running smoothly to allow this to happen. (He probably breathed a sigh of relief at the end of the day too, as no formal protest hearings were required.) Many thanks also to Regatta Scorer David Black for once again providing his services to radio yachting in general and the regatta in particular. The day’s results are posted below. Congratulations to Mr Consistency Mike Jefferys (PRYC) on his first place. Congratulations also to Ian Robertson (SLMM) (2nd) and Grant Lihou (SLMM) (3rd) for not letting Mike have everything his own way and making him work for his victory. Top Club on the day was PRYC (137 points) followed by SLMM (168 Points) and then BRYC (262 Points) Overall, a most enjoyable day was had by everyone, with lessons learnt about tuning for very light airs, sailing to the conditions and complying with the RRS.

The next regatta in the Tri Series will be hosted by Springfield Lakes Maritime Modellers on Saturday 9th June. Look forward to another big turnout of skippers to keep the Tri Series going, whilst fostering the growth of the DF65 Class in South East Queensland.

Thanks to John White from PRYC for the pictures and David Roberts from BRYC for this report.

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Thanks to John White from PRYC for the Pics and Dave Roberts from BRYC for the report.

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