Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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DF65 Progress and Plans

The DF65 class is growing daily throughout the state, with new members being identified through the launch of the Australian DF65 Radio Sailing 
Association Inc.  This has allowed us to locate small groups and individuals and direct them to QRYA clubs in their vicinity. Fraser Coast are now
supporting the DF65 class and I am sure they will see their numbers grow as a consequence. 
The initial aim of the Association is to formalise the identification of the boats. A pre-requisite to becoming a NRC. The class is now ready to move 
forward to the next phase of the evolution of the DF65 fleet.
The 3rd March saw the first round of the DF65 Inter-club Tri Series hosted by Brisbane RYC. 23 skippers lined up for a fun day trying to find that elusive 
breeze. The next 2 rounds are 9th June at Springfield Lakes MMs and the final round at Paradise RYC Gold Coast on the 16th September. In addition to 
the individual place winners, we also have a club competition with the 3 lowest skippers scores from each of the 3 rounds counting. 
It is the first time the A+ rigs have been used in competition since their inclusion to the sail wardrobe of the DF65 class. The results speak for 
themselves with the top 10 boats sporting A+ sails. After much debate and discussion about the pros and cons of the new rig, I think the results on the 
water spoke loudest. 
In the coming months, we have the National DF65 Invitational Challenge (NICs) on the 5 & 6th May at Paradise Radio Yacht Club, Emerald Lakes Gold 
Coast. This is our National event until such time as we become a Nationally Recognised Class with the ARYA.
The Qld DF65 Championships will be hosted by Springfield Lakes on the 7 & 8th July,  Sth Qld DF65 Championship 11 & 12th August at Carbrook.
So, if it is red, hot one-design racing you are looking for, we have it in spades. 
Charmaine White
Qld DF65 Class Co-ordinator

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