Feldman (centre) with Landeau & Golison – Photo Jennifer Walecki Golison
Hi Folks, I hope you are all well and welcome to the new year. Lots of exciting events to look forward to this year including the DF95 Globals in Fleetwood UK.
Before all that kicks off lets use one of those dark evenings to catch up with two time US National DF95 Champ Peter Feldman to see what makes him tick. Check out his skipper interview by clicking here.
It’s becoming a reality with the publication of the Notice of Race for the 2023 DF95 Global Regatta at Fleetwood in the UK. There are some details and the NoR on our Events page or you can head straight over to the DF Racing UK website and check out the full details.
Another month and another DF skipper interview. This month we are featuring Des Fairbank, who not only is one of RSA’s top radio skippers but he has been one of the prime movers in getting DF95’s to RSA and has been instrumental in building fleets across the nation.
To read about the contribution Des has made and how he got started please check out the Skipper Interview page by clicking here.
As time goes on we have started to receive applications for DFICA membership from emerging Nations with growing DF fleets. Our first such application has come from Canada. DFICA Chair Phil Burgess had the following to say of the new application.
“The DFICA welcomes an application from Canada to join the Association. Canada has a strong fleet of both classes and is affiliated to World Sailing through the Canadian Radio Yachting Association.
This would bring the number of member nations up to 15.
The application will now be assessed at the next Executive Committee meeting and announced before the World Council meeting scheduled for 27th June.”
Smoke signals have risen from Fleetwood in the UK and the club, in association with DF Racing UK, have published the provisional Notice of Race for the event. Huge thanks must go to those involved already in helping to get the event to this stage. There has been an enormous amount of work behind the scenes.
Further details are available on our Events page – Click here to take a look.
Apologies, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. Life has been busy with sailing here and there, a trip to the UK dinghy Show to promote what we do here in the UK and more than anything….work.
Anyhow we have a cracking interview for you to read, this time with legendary yacht designer and all round nice guy Bruce Farr….wow. As it turns out Bruce is one of Phil’s idols and he was very excited to get this interview done.
Get yourself a beer, wine, coffee, tea (delete as applicable) and have a read by clicking here. Enjoy!
Another interview for your reading pleasure. This one is from a different angle. With many new groups forming all over the world to sail DF yachts we thought it would be a good idea to get in touch with a recently formed club who could perhaps offer some sage advice about how they have made it work.
So, as ever we sent intrepid reporter Phil out into the world to get the lowdown from the top guys at Coomera RYC in QLD Australia.
Perhaps it will inspire your sailing group to formalise a little more in the coming months, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Click here to take a look.
So, we are into 2022 with plenty to look forward to in terms of racing as the year goes on. However, it might be that where you are in the world the water is a little bit hard and the days are short meaning there isn’t much sailing to be done.
So, we sent out Phil once again to track down a top skipper from the DF fleet to see what makes him tick. This time our top skipper is a giant of the big boat sailing world and has recently taken up some hobby sailing which takes the form of a DF95.
Phil says – “Ed Baird’s sailing CV is too long to list here. Suffice to say he is a legend in the sport and sails his DF95 for family fun and match racing practice. He was a coach of the 1995 America’s Cup-winning Team New Zealand and a helmsman for the 2007 America’s Cup-winning Alinghi syndicate. He won the World Laser Championships in 1980, the World J/24 Championships in 1983 and was World Sailor of the Year in 2007.“
Check out the interview with the legend that is Ed Baird by clicking here.