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    HARDCORE SAILING - The Inaugural DF95 National Championship, Oct 28-30 2016

    HARDCORE SAILING - The Inaugural DF95 National Championship, Oct 28-30 2016

    Both veteran RC skippers and newcomers to the sport learned what hardcore sailing is all about at the inaugural DragonFlite 95 National Championship Regatta Oct 28-30, 2016  on Lake Ray Hubbard in Garland, TX.


    DF95s at Start of 2016 DF95 USA NCR43 Skippers sailed in the 3 day event which also had the distinction of being the largest RC sailing regatta in North America in 2016!  Both the conditions and the competition were challenging as the winds ranged from 5 mph all the way up to 20 MPH and B rig conditions most of day 2, creating big chop, big waves, and big fun !!

    USA 51 Skipper Tony GonsalvesThe Bass Pro Shop venue features an open dock and great control area and allowed the Race Committee to set up square and fair courses throughout the event. Principal Race Officer Fred Rocha, kept a brisk pace with nearly 50 heats and 16 total races. 2016 DF95 USA Champion, USA 55 Mark Golison, Long Beach CAThe top 10 skippers were all National Champions in other radio sailing classes so the competition was tough all the way through the fleet! The lead changed hands several times, but in the end Mark Golison, from Long Beach CA edged Gary Boell to claim the inaugural DF95 USA Championship! We are looking forward to a big 2017 for the DragonFlite 95 and expect the class to expand into regional regattas all over the USA! Check out the highlight video below:

    DragonFlite 95 ... Sailing Across the  Generation Gap in Michigan

    DragonFlite 95 ... Sailing Across the Generation Gap in Michigan

    It seems rare these days for  teenagers and younger kids relate to an older generation with all the flashy choices they have,  ranging from Hi Res video games, phone texting, and 300 TV channels.

    The Markey / Boerema  family in Michigan has found a great way to bridge that gap ... with radio sailing and the DragonFlite 95!Pictured left to Right - Schuyler (11), Chris (19), Grandpa Larry (70), Jameson (15), Dad Dick (50)

    Age makes no difference in determining how fast your boat goes in radio sailing. Being fast on the water, all boils down to the sailing basics. Sail trim, course selection, and tactics are still what put you on top in a sailboat race. 
    As Grandpa Larry says, "The reasons we decided to RC sail as a family are first it is fun, second it is very good practice for full size racing strategy.
    Another thing I like is the DF95 has the same sail adjustments as a big boat. It is helping teach the kids how important boat setup and sail shape is."                                    
    This Michigan family of lifelong avid sailors have  found that sailing the new DragonFlite 95 is a great way bridge that gap, and have a great time doing it! 

     

     

    Of course having a great one design boat like the DF95 lets the crafty sailing veterans like Larry and Dick, make sure they can hang in there with their athletic kids and keep the competition on a level playing field on their home built summer course. 

    The youngest sailor in the family, 11- year old Schuyler, assembled his own DF95 ready to race kit and even put the same sticker on the boat that he uses on his full size Optimist Pram, "Need for Speed" . 

    Brother Chris also assembled his boat while Grandpa Larry, who is a veteran RC Skipper who has sailed EC12M's and Soling 1M's ,  answered any questions;  a nice summer family project!



                                                                                                       
    They have also  set up their own race course, marks, and start clock to race with, as well. 

    This family will be sailing together for a long time to come and a new part of that tradition is now their DragonFlite 95s! Look for them on at the Kensington RC Sailboat Club in Detroit, Michigan  or maybe even a regatta soon near you! 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    FlySky FS-i6 Telemetry Radio System , your best low cost  RC Sailing radio solution!

    FlySky FS-i6 Telemetry Radio System , your best low cost RC Sailing radio solution!

    Like most RC Skippers, I have used many different radios over the years, including high dollar systems like Futaba, Spectrum, even the old Ace Nautical Commanders! 

    I was very frustrated with the high cost,  constant loss of signal and breakage of even the best systems. but like anything, technology often becomes less expensive and better as time goes on, and often more reliable! 

    A couple years ago  I switched to the FlySky FS-T6 system and I was very pleased. The relative low cost of the system ($65 USD) and also replacement receivers ($15)  cut my costs by nearly 100-200%! The only hitch was that the receivers had a single antenna that needed a very specific placement to stay in contact. Than last year at the RG65 Nationals my friend Baron, showed up with the latest FlySky TX/Rx called the i6, which was lightweight, small, no antenna to break, dual antennas on the receiver and best of all.. TELEMETRY so you could see what charge you boat battery had in real time!

    I immediately purchased one, and its all I've used on every boat I own since then.  With all the tech built in to this radio, it's as reliable a system for RC sailing at an affordable cost! Similar systems with these features from Futaba , Spectrum, or Graupner will cost over $300!!

    We decided that this radio system was simply as good as it got, so we decided to source them temporarily as our RTR radio for the new DragonFlite 95, but had to pay full retail price.

    With our overseas contacts we have now become a distributor and are sourcing this radio directly. Additionally we have speced it out with the superior iA6B receiver which has a hard case ( better moisture protection than the iA6A park flyer receiver which normally comes in the package) coated antenna tips, and also plug ins for some of the other telemetry modules which are available! You can only find this combo on our site in North America!

    We are offering this system for $65 USD 

    We are working with FlySky and hope that we will be able to offer a GPS module  that you can plug in by the end of the year!

    Here are some of the features

      

    DragonFlite 95 is an official USA Class!

    DragonFlite 95 is an official USA Class!

    The American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) , the radio sailing authority for the USA, has officially recognized the DragonFlite 95 as a sanctioned class!

    You can check out the AMYA  at www.theamya.org and the DF95 USA Class Owners Association at www.dragonflite95.us


    Here is the press release from AMYA President Ray Seta: 

    PRESS RELEASE: Newest AMYA Sanctioned Class
    Attn - AMYA Members

    I would like to take this opportunity to announce the latest Class to be recognized as an official "sanction" Class of the American Model Yachting Association(AMYA). With the help of the recently appointed Class Secretary Russ Gardner-AMYA # 17555, and two Directors At-Large Brian Mohs-AMYA # 16257 and Hap McGill-AMYA # 13236, their early dedication to this new Class and meeting all requirements set forth by the AMYA By-Laws, they were able to get all paperwork submitted and approved by the Executive Board of the AMYA under 45 days from when the first boat even hit the water here in the United States. They even exceeded the required 20 registered AMYA members to do so. I would personally like to Thank them for their dedication to the Class and the AMYA, and hope this will be the beginning of a positive relationship between the AMYA and the Dragon Flite 95 community. In the next few weeks the DF05 Class Secretary will be working with our dedicated staff here at the AMYA to get all information posted on the AMYA website. He will also be working with our "Model Yachting" staff on getting all information DragonFlite 95 listed in Model Yachting magazine, issue #185, for all to read. The DragonFlite 95 CS will also start to begin his communication to his members through Model Yachting magazine as a contributor for Class News & Tips. Dragon Flight specific regattas will now be listed in our AMYA calendar, not only in Model Yachting magazine but on the website also..... Again congratulations are in order to the DragonFlite 95 Class and it's members. Looking forward to reading and hearing about your Class as time moves forward!
    I would like to recognize one person in the background of all this and has help the three mentioned above and the DragonFlite 95 Class and community make this a reality, and that is Chuck LeMahieu-AMYA #9450 for his vision of this Class and bring it current popularity and accessibility here in the United States.

    Ray Seta - AMYA President