Frozen Feet 2019/20
Its almost time for the Frozen Fingers/Feet series to start,please see the following Notice Of Race for both series. There are the odd spare boats available if anyone would like to have a go.
Updated Entry fee details 01/10/19
DF95 ED Open and Rnd 4 Frozen Fingers
All Welcome to the DF95 ED open, see attached NOR.
This is also the Final round of the Frozen Fingers, scoring will calculated as a club event for this series.
DF95 Class Rule compliance
The DF Classes are known as Restricted One Design and controlled by a set of class rules which define what we can and cannot change on the Yachts (which is where restricted comes in). Compliance with the DF95 Class Rules is mandatory and we should all take responsibility to ensure our yachts are fully compliant when racing.
The Rules were developed after many years of sailing both ‘one design’ and ‘design to rule’ classes. Their intent is to give, with respect of equipment, an even playing field within a relatively low and controlled cost, as well as ensure new owners arrive for the first time with the same equipment. The DF95 build instructions (latest Version) Supplied with the boat (and written by the same person) detail how to build your rigs and install batteries etc. in the best way for the performance of the yachts these instructions should be read in conjunction with the class rules.
You will find a rule or two, that may seem over restrictive, petty or meaningless to you, but remember there are hard learnt reasons behind all the rules. What may seem irrelevant does have a purpose, put your feelings aside and go race. That’s where all your focus should be with this Class, build and enjoy some of the closest racing you will ever experience!
This is an excerpt from a response regarding the rules from their Author.
‘ let me explain the basis of the DF class rules and indeed the whole ethos of the classes. Imagine you are new to radio sailing and take up the opportunity to get involved in the sport after hearing about the low cost, level racing promised by either the DF65 or 95. You buy your boat, it arrives next day in the post and you spend a hopefully rewarding few hours putting it together exactly as described in the rigging instructions supplied with the boat. You’ve taken great care to follow these instructions to the letter and you a rightly proud of the end result. Next step, you look for your nearest fleet so you can join in this restricted one-design class, racing on equal terms, apart from ability, with other DFs, safe in the knowledge that your boat is up to the job even though you have a lot to learn about how to get it around the course quicker than anyone else, that’s the big challenge, but we all have to start somewhere.
Imagine how annoyed, even cheated, you might feel when you look around at your competitors boats and realise this ‘low cost, level racing’ thing is a hollow promise. Every boat has a multitude of go-faster tweaks, super lightweight sails and other changes clearly aimed at gaining a performance advantage. You either buy all these improved items or put your boat away and forget about the whole thing. Or worse still you jump on the nearest internet forum and vent your disappointment in public ’. Excerpt from an email regarding the class rules by John Tushingham, The Author of the DF Class rules.
Regular checks will start to take place at the lake side, no one will penalised for an issue immediately, unless it’s a major obvious attempt at gaining an advantage. You will be helped to resolve any issue and be expected to come to the water with those issue’s rectified by your next visit to Race at the club.
There is help at hand both to help check your boat, give aid in rectifying rule issues and give guidance and methods of improving your build within the Class rules. Your first place is to ask your competitors, if they can’t help or if I’m there sailing come straight to me. If you have questions whilst build or update email Buzz direct, at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will endeavour to reply quickly.
Sailing Committee Issue 2. 28-02-19
In line with the AGM held in December 2018, The DF95 class will be sailed on the 2nd Sunday of the month from January 2019. There will be a winter series run each year known as the ‘Frozen Fingers’ with a perpetual trophy presented at the end of each years series. The Club will be hosting a round of the Eastern District Championship and club open event. Please See the Events Calendar for details.
The Club Class Captain Is Buzz Coleman.