2018 TT Dates Confirmed

Time to grab your Ipad and a bottle of red and sit down and get onto Premier Inn’s website and book everything for next season!

We have published the dates for our 2018 DF TT Series which you’ll find on the menu above.  The season will consist of sixteen events over nine weekends and includes two National Championships.

So head over and take a look at the dates, get your hotels booked u and enjoy more great fleet racing as captured by Sue Brown in her photo below.

95 Fleet

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Roll up, Roll up!

Keighley this weekend, don’t forget to put an entry in so the race officials know who’s turning up, details here.

The Grand Finale is also looming on the first weekend of November at Lincoln MYC, we have posted the NoR and entry details here.

Good luck to all those taking part this weekend, I’ll not be there myself so if anyone wants to fire a report and some pictures over to me I’ll get them posted early next week while I’m on holiday!

Also warm wishes from all the DF Family to Sue Brown who you’ll have seen photographing many of our events over the season. She has had quite a serious accident recently which will take some time to recover from. I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing her all the best for her recovery.

TT Results Update

We have had an updated points table from our score keepers  which brings the TT series results up to date to round 14 which was the DF65 Nationals. See how you’re doing here.

DF65 Fleet East

Just to prove that Tushy wasn’t always out in front….

Nationals Done!

So the DF65 Nationals went of this weekend with 41 skippers taking part in the end. Lots of great racing, lots of great social, all in all a great weekend, summed up by the picture below. Read all about the racing and the results on the Results page.

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Housekeeping!

So we are a couple of days out from the start gun for the 2017 DF65 Nationals and we have 46 entries ready to compete for the coveted John Wesley Trophy which has spent a couple of years on a shelf in Yorkshire. There is a good mix of abilities taking part with some first timers along with some more seasoned competitors, all of whom will no doubt have an awesome time both on and off the racecourse.  Good luck to all those competing.

DF65’s at Eastbourne earlier in the season

Moving on from the Nationals our next TT event is taking place at Keighley over the weekend of the 14th & 15th of October. For those of you who haven’t ever visited the club up on the moors, it’s certainly well worth the effort. Details of the event, including the all important Notice of Race, are posted here.  Whilst John is away for ten days he will try and confirm your entry to the event as soon as he is able to.

Keighley’s sailing water, Weecher, on a nice sunny day.

Looking further ahead we have the season finale at Lincoln over bonfire weekend which promises to be another great weekends sailing and social.

As the DF Racing Class Association we took a stand at the 2017 RYA Dinghy show which was a really good way to promote our classes to the wider sailing public. It turned out that lots of people already know about the boats and we were overwhelmed by the response to our attendance at the show.  We have now secured the same stand for the 2018 RYA Dinghy Show which takes place over the weekend of 3rd & 4th March. Come and see us and get your 2018 season off to a great start.

2017 DF Racing UK Dinghy Show Stand…busy busy!

Talking of 2018 we ave some dates for the Class Championships.  The DF65 Nationals will be taking place at Gosport over the weekend of the 19th & 20th May and the DF95 Championships will take place up on the moors at Keighley over the weekend of 7th & 8th July.  Get those dates into your diaries so you don’t book anything else for those weekends…unlike me who has a wedding anniversary and a childs birthday planned for those weekends…..

Great Championship Racing – Photo Sue Brown.

There is also rumor of a DF95 Global Championship for 2018 as well….stay tuned!

The Fleetwood weekend was a mix of local competitors with an odd visitor who all had fun, Saturday wasn’t the best Fleetwood direction, but good sailing was definitely had on Sunday with the DF95’s. Results posted on the Fleetwood site – Here

See you pondside sometime soon.

Lots of Sailing still to do.

So we are pretty much out of August now and into the beginning of those halcyon Autumn days where the wind blows old boots and the C and D rigs are dug out.

There are a couple of upcoming events that are worthy of note. The first and most obvious of the events is the upcoming DF65 Nationals to be held at Eastbourne towards the end of September. We have already posted plenty of details about the event but here are a few more bits of housekeeping from the Eastbourne Race Team.

“Would you be kind enough to put out a reminder to competitors to ensure they have complied with the entry fee requirement by 8th September 2017 – closing date for entry.

Entry is only confirmed by receipt of the appropriate fee. There are a large number who have not yet paid.

An allowance is place in the NOR for foreign competitors, who can supply an email copy of their travel bookings and pay in cash on arrival. This is to help them if making international transfers is difficult or expensive in their country of origin.

All UK based skippers are required to have paid their entry fee in advance by cheque or bank transfer. Relevant payment instructions are contained in the NOR.

Updating the list of entrants on the EDMYC website is a manual operation, however, when an entry is received via the online entry form an acknowledgement email is generated. There may be a delay before a new entrants name is shown on the entry list”

So there we are folks, to make it simple, please make sure you’ve paid your entry fee before the 8th September.

So in preparation for the event there are a couple of warmup events to get involved with. Both events are up North I’m afraid, but I’m sure those of you down South could sort something out and let us know and we’ll post it up here.

The first event is a one day DF65 pop up at Keighley, scheduled for Sunday 10th September. Pit your skills against Mr Tushingham for a jolly good training session.  Briefing at 10ish and racing til 1530ish. You’ll need your own sarnies for lunch but tea and coffee will be available.

The second event is a DF65 and DF95 double header at Fleetwood on the 16th and 17th September. Saturday sees the DF65 fleet on the water and Sunday sees the DF95’s having a play. As usual there will be good size fleets of both boats in attendance. We are currently awaiting final details of the event and when we have them we’ll post them.

So there we have it, some racing to do before there’s more racing to do.

Don’t forget to complete your entry to the Nationals by making payment and if you haven’t yet entered then you’ve got just over a week to get an entry in to the guys at Eastbourne.