DragonForce 65 Yachts have gathered quite a following since its release in 2013, with the yacht being responsible for introducing a good number of new faces into the world of radio sailing. Currently (Feb 2019) there are 610 registered yachts in the UK.
The yacht is on the smaller size of RC Yachts being 650 mm long and just 1.2KG. Moulded in ABS with metal keel, mylar sails and carbon fibre mast and booms. Controlled with a sail winch and rudder servo via a radio receiver and powered by internal battery. Today’s radio controls use a frequency hopping technology using 2.4GHz, this allows in excesses of 20 boats to sail at one time.
The Class is raced under rules as set out by DF Racing UK Class Association, a copy of which may be downloaded from: https://dfracinguk.com/df65/
Being a restricted class the rules prohibit much in the way of modification. Thus the boats are all identical in specification which results in racing that is close and competitive relying on the skills of the skipper’s sailing to achieve results. The class is raced at club, National and International level with fast growing fleets world wide.
Club Racing of the DragonForce 65 Yachts at Coalhouse Fort RYC takes place on the 1st and 3rd Sunday’s throughout the year. Exceptions to this are when the lake is required for Regional or National events for any class of Yacht – see Club Calendar.