The Dragonforce 65 class originated from the rules of the RG65 class. The concept was to produce a low cost, one design boat which followed the RG65 class rules, but could develop as a class within a class. The concept came to fruition in 2013 with the DF65, based on the Ice RG65 by Mark Dicks. Produced by Joysway Hobby Co in China the DF65 was an instant hit and to date (early 2016) there are over 12,000 boats out there sailing and racing.
The DF65 class has taken the world by storm. In Australia, the class is administered by the Australian DF 65 Radio Sailing Association. The association was launched on the 1st January 2018 to much fanfare and celebrations and now have 1500 like minded DF65 owners that have joined in the first five months since incorporation. Around the world, similar bodies are establishing themselves, and it will not be long before there is a well developed racing circuit to attend.
In Australia, the DF65 has experienced rapid growth with boats now sailing around the country. The Australian DF Radio Sailing Association has free membership, will allocate your sail number and provide plenty of help to learn about your boat. The class has National Recognition with the ARYA, and holds annual State and National Championships. An International Class Association has been formed with Global regattas held every 4 years alternating between the DF95 and DF65. The next Globals events will be at Fleetwood in the UK in 2023 and Nynashamn Sweden in 2024.
Like the DF95, the DF65 is also a strict one design boat with no room for development. Many skippers like the strict one design nature of these classes as the overall results depend entirely on the skill of the operator rather than the depth of their pocket!
Details of the class can be found on the DF Racing World Information Site: https://dfracing.world/
Information on obtaining a boat in Australia can be found on the Hobby Warehouse site here: www.hobbywarehouse.com.au
Strict One design class
Plastic moulded hulls
One design, single panel sails
Overall length: 650mm
Dragonforce-65 restricted class rules v1.7
The following link will redirect you to the DR racing world website:
Click here to access DF65 Assembly Manual, DF65 Rig Building Manual and DF65 Tuning Manual