Like Buses

Hot on the heels of the entry opening for the DF95 Nationals, now over 60 by the way, we have had a smoke signal from the guys down at Poole RYC with a NoR and word that the MYA online entry should be open from this morning.

We’ve got an event page sorted so clicky here and have a look.

Entries Flooding in…be quick!

We’re up to 50 entries already within four days of opening the entry for the DF95 Nationals. As predicted the promise of some great racing at a fantastic venue has stirred people into action and given fifty skippers something to look forward to at the back end of September.

You could win this trophy but you’ll have to prise it from Tushy’s cold dead hands first…….(only kidding he’s alive and well)

If you haven’t already got your entry in then crack on otherwise you could miss out. For a full entry list and details of how to enter the event please head over to the event page by clicking here.

This is Not a Drill…..

Morning Folks, and a very good morning it is too. Not only has the sun shone all weekend but we’ve got big news!

DF95’s at Fleetwood back in 2019 – Photo – Sue Brown

Last year, due to the old ‘Rona, we didn’t manage more than one of our TT events and neither of our two National Championships. None of this was anyone’s fault, it was pure circumstance but it did lead to a rather miserable year. I even took to packing the van at one point, just for something to do and it’s entirely possible that some of the gear is still in there!

Anyhow, I digress….the big news I hear you ask, what is it? Well, with Boris telling us that we’ll be able to meet up for hugs and beers after the 21st June (all being well) and with most of us having been stabbed in the arm by then the guys up at Fleetwood MYPBC are so confident that the 2021 DF95 Nationals will be able to go ahead that they have sorted out an NoR and opened the entry for the event. Whilst we are all rather pleased that there is now something to look forward to please take time to read the NoR as there is a possibility of limited entry numbers and even cancellation. Hopefully neither of these things will be required and it will be a fuss free event at the prestigious Lancashire club.

MYA President and Fleetwood member Derek Priestley is looking forward to welcoming you to the event which runs over four days from 23 – 26 September. ” Here at Fleetwood MYPBC we are excited to be able to open the entry for the 2021 DF95 Nationals which we couldn’t hold last year. We are looking forward to a bumper entry of skippers from the UK and beyond and we are as confident as we can be that the event will run as it should do without restrictions. I have organised the wind to be straight down the lake, we’ll have blue skies and champagne sailing conditions” Derek said when I spoke with him last week.

So how do you get involved? Well the online entry is open on the MYA website and we’ve sorted out a page on this website to keep you up to date with the entries as they come in as well as any other information that we think you might need.

Click here to take a look at the event page.

Last Push

We’re nearly there, just one day left to cast your votes in the DF Racing UK 2021 AGM.

We have had nearly 140 votes so far this year which rates as our best turnout. It is still a very low turnout of voters, there are roughly 1700 members of the DF Racing UK Class Association, it literally takes 2 minutes to cast your votes, we don’t need any complicated info like you inside leg measurement and we don’t need your bank details or pin number either. It’s a few clicks of the mouse.

Cast your votes….it’s your Association.

Don’t Forget!

Hello Folks and a Happy New Year to you all. You’ll perhaps remember that we’ve got the DF Racing UK AGM going on at the moment. You had a mail from Wayne last week in which Chairman Jim suggested you should get voting.

So I’m here this week to tell you the same and throw some stats at you. So, the voting email went out to 1700 people, of those 1700 more the 950 have opened the email and from there we’ve had more than 120 people voting.

It would be great to have more people voting in the AGM, it’s your association so please crack on, open the email, click the link and get voting.

The last date for voting is in six days on the 10th February, so time is running out for you to have your say.

In other news….well, there isn’t really any at the moment. Poole RYC and Fleetwood MYPBC are busy preparing for the DF65 and DF95 National Championships in September. We are still unable to begin preparing any other sailing dates yet as the UK is still locked down and there seems to be little or no information about the way out of the lockdown. As soon as we are able to we’ll get on and arrange some events but they are likely to be low key affairs which offer something local rather than anything too grand.

We’ll get there folks, back to the pondside for some sailing, followed by a pub serving cold beers and good food for a debrief…..we’ll get there!

AGM Time Once Again

So we are at that time of year once again where we need to inform you all of our upcoming DF Racing UK AGM. There is nothing ground breaking this year. As you’ll all be well aware the pandemic halted all our events other than local club sailing.

Full details of the AGM are available here – clicky clicky!

Are we all still there?

Afternoon folks, I hope this post finds you safe and well. Lockdown rules around the UK are somewhat different from country to country, no sailing in England currently but here in Wales we had a club outing yesterday, the first in more than a month. It felt good to get back on the water.

Lots of exciting vaccine news over the last few weeks with the potential to begin the huge task of getting us all stabbed in the arm in the not too distant future.

So, what does this mean for our 2021 calendar? In truth it doesn’t mean a lot for probably the first half of the new season. Planning is well underway for the two National Championships, the 95’s will remain at Fleetwood, the 65 venue may change and as soon as we have more to tell you we will let you know the details.

As for the TT series it’s a tough one. It would be tough to arrange a whole raft of events only to have to cancel them as we did this season. So we have taken the stance that we’ll see what the lay of the land is as the vaccine is hopefully rolled out and once we are confident that being stabbed in the arm is the answer to the problem then we’ll get on and put a race calendar together. I think you should expect that it’ll be a May / June onward affair which might make for a busy second half to the season, but hey, that’s no bad thing having being sat at home for the thick end of a year.

Many events have passed this year without taking place, I for one have stood next to the fridge looking at the calendar on the wall thinking I should be racing this weekend but the van hasn’t been packed, the hotels have been cancelled and boats have remained in park ferme. Luckily the calendar is near the fridge and I’ve been able to indulge in a sad snack whilst contemplating what might have been. I’m sure I’m not alone.

One such event was the DF65 Globals which was scheduled for the beginning of September. Obviously it was cancelled and we’ve heard from the organisers that the new event will not take place in 2021 but it has been scheduled for May 2022 which hopefully gives the world chance to get back to some sort of normality. It’s a while off yet but it’s worth an entry into a phone to remind you.

There is no Dinghy Show in 2021 either, the new venue of Farnborough was something to look forward to however after some consultation with the RYA and exhibitors it was decided to postpone until 2022. There is a virtual show but we’re not sure of the value to us so we’ll probably give it a miss and plan for 2022.

Not much other news to report currently but we hope that you’re all safe and well.

And to finish, here’s a picture from Sue Brown to cheer you all up.

Happier times when we could all go sailing.

Not The 95 Nationals……Cancelled

So, with an air of inevitability we have had some news from Fleetwood letting us know that Not the 95 Nationals has, unfortunately, been cancelled.

With tighter restrictions coming into force this week it was always going to be a stretch to get the event run even though the MYA / RYA guidance allowed the event to go ahead.

A very tough decision for Derek & the club to have to make but one that is probably sensible and correct.

For a full statement on the cancellation please head to the event page.

It looks very much like that will be that for the foreseeable future, we’ll keep you up to date with things as they develop.

Not the 95 Nationals – Update

We are currently awaiting some news on this event from the Fleetwood club who are also waiting on guidance from the MYA and RYA. Currently the event is due to run as scheduled. As soon as we have more info we will post it up here and if you’ve signed up to the event then you should probably expect an email from the club with an update.