DF95 Global Regatta 2023 – Fleetwood UK

This event has been approved by the DF Racing ICA and plans are underway to stage the event in mid May 2023. There will be lots of information posted here, on the DF Racing World website and probably on the Fleetwood website as well. Firstly though the most important bit.

September 22nd  2022 – DF95 Global Regatta 2023 Notice of Race.

The DF International Class Association and the Fleetwood Model Yacht and
Power Boat Club are pleased to announce the release of the Notice of Race
and allocation of places for member nations to participate in the 2nd Global
DF95 Championships from 12th to 19 May.

DFICA Chairman, Phil Burgess, said

“The growth of both DF classes has been phenomenal bringing many new sailors
into the sport to enjoy low cost, level racing in over 25 countries. While
most enjoy social sailing with friends, these championships are an
opportunity for the competitive sailors to test their skills, gather new
ideas to take back home and enjoy some good old English hospitality. The
Fleetwood Club has a long and strong history of hosting high quality events.
The last event in Dallas, Texas in 2018, was huge success, so we are excited
and looking forward to another wonderful event where we can catch up with
old and new friends again.”

A meeting of the DFICA World Council will be held at the event. Since
forming the DFICA in June 2021, 17 member nations have joined, with several
other new countries preparing their internal administration ready to sign
up….there is even a fleet on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean!

Fleetwood MYPBC President, Derek Priestley, said

“We have staged many World, European & National Championship events across
many classes so we’re used to welcoming sailors from around the world, and
now it’s time to extend a warm welcome to the DF95 fleet.  Peter Baldwin
(PRO) & I have worked together many times to ensure the smooth running of
large fleet events and I know that you will be in capable hands with Peter,
who has gathered a high quality team of support volunteers to ensure we all
enjoy the racing…and the social fun activities.

Please contact me via details on the NoR if you prefer to charter a boat
from one of our members or from Mike Weston at RC Yachts.

All that remains for me to say is that I look forward to meeting you at the
DF GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP FLEETWOOD 2023.”

Please find the NoR  here – DF95 Globals 2023 NoR version 2a final

The allocation of places has been finalised. Using the HMS scoring system, a
maximum of 4 fleets means entries are limited to 76 boats. Each member
nation receives 2 places, the host nation 4. Then further places are
allocated based on the fleet sizes of each nation at their last 2 National
Championships. Your National Class Representative will be sending
invitations soon, and we encourage owners to register as soon as possible to
secure a place.

Covid delayed the scheduled DF65 Globals in 2020, but this has been set for
Nynashamn, Sweden in 6-12 May, 2024, so mark your travel calendar now!

Allocation of places in Round 1

Member Nation

No. @ National Champs

Auto Offer – 2 per Nation

Current Global Champ

National Champs Participation

Total Offers Round 1

10 Wildcard

Allowance

AUS

37

2

 

3.0

5.0

 

CAN

0

2

 

0.0

2.0

 

CRO

0

2

 

0.0

2.0

 

FIN

0

2

 

0.0

2.0

 

FRA

40

2

 

3.0

5.0

 

GBR

89

4

1

8.0

13.0

 

ITA

19

2

 

2.0

4.0

 

JAP

0

2

 

0.0

2.0

 

NED

0

2

 

0.0

2.0

 

NOR

0

2

 

0.0

2.0

 

NZL

15

2

 

1.0

3.0

 

POR

0

2

 

0.0

2.0

 

RSA

50

2

 

4.0

6.0

 

SUI

9

2

 

1.0

3.0

 

SWE

35

2

 

3.0

5.0

 

USA

71

2

 

6.0

8.0

 

 

365

34

1

31

66.0

0.0

Entries will only be accepted through your National Class Association or Representative. Skippers cannot register directly with Fleetwood.

Useful Links

Here are a couple of links to various useful resources for this event.

DF95 Globals Facebook Page – Click here

Fleetwood MYPBC Website – Click here

Accommodation Page – Click here

Fleetwood General Info (including more accommodation info) – Click here

How can I qualify for a place at the event as a UK skipper?

The question we’ve been asked most is “How can I qualify for a place at the event?”

It’s a great question and hopefully the answer is below for all those of you who want to take part.

First off it’s prudent to point out that we don’t know how many places the UK will be allocated at this time, it could be 10, it could be 30, it could be 50, at this stage we’re not quite sure.

So, if you, as a UK skipper want to be in with a chance of a spot at this great event you’ll need to compete at as many of the DF95 TT’s as you can make it to and from that we’ll take the best four results to count.

We’ve worked out that we should be able to include all the 2022 DF95 TT events as qualifying events and it should all fit within the timescale that the ICA are hoping to achieve.

If you want a place then get yourself on the TT circuit and win some races.

“Qualification for the 2023 DF95 Global Championship” – 23 March 2022

The overall results from this years’ DF95 TT events and the 2022 DF95 National Championship will be used when it comes to the selection of UK places at the Globals, which will be held at Fleetwood in mid May next year. There are seven events in all and it will be your best four results to count. At this stage we can not be certain how many UK places there will be, but our best guess would be around forty. 

It seems like you’re all keen to get a place judging by the level of entries at Gosport and the upcoming Lincoln event. Those high numbers gave us an unforeseen problem prior to Gosport, the entry rapidly got up to sixty boats and the Class Committee made the decision the cap the entry at sixty boats to avoid having to sail each race in four heats. We strongly feel that three heats is the maximum for any one day event to ensure enough racing can be done, quality not quantity! This action, although welcomed by almost everybody, had to be taken quickly and was technically incorrect as the Notice of Race was altered without warning. A waiting list was started and it seems everyone on that list did eventually get a place at the event. However, as compensation for those that might have been put off entering but still wish to try for a Global’s place the UK Class Committee have decided to award average points for the Gosport DF95 TT to any skipper who competes in three or more DF95 TT events in the rest of the series. This average score will be calculated after the last DF95 TT round of the year.

A sixty boat limit will now apply to all single day DF TT events for the rest of the series and will be included in the Notice of Race, so make sure you get your entries in nice and early. If this level of entries persists throughout the year we will look at the format of our 2023 TT series to accommodate those higher numbers.