Dragon Force 65 Class

Everything DF65

Poole Radio Yacht Club has always tried to be at the vanguard of innovation and trends within the sport of model yacht racing.

The club has recognised the phenomenal growth of the Dragon Force 65 throughout the world and is keen to provide the opportunity to sail these yachts to both existing and new members and becomes to our sport.

The Dragon Force 65 (DF 65) is smaller, lighter and more easily managed than other classes, making it idea to transport and launch.

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John Hansen

Class Captain 

Dragon Force 65 

End of Year Wrap from John


In what has been a very difficult year, it is good when something positive happens to offset the general doom and gloom.


In the case of PRYC, this has undoubtedly been the adoption of the DF65; which has gone from an idea to a thriving class in just a few months and PRYC being invited to be the host club for the 2021 DF65 National Championships


The class has already attracted several new members to our club and more are interested in having a go.


Once the current restrictions on sailing numbers are no longer required, I am expecting to see some bumper turnouts and the strict one design nature of these yachts will ensure that racing will be competitive.

Here’s to a return to some form of normality in 2021.


Keep safe everyone.


Message from Peter Lewin - Sailing Secretary - 28th October 2020

A reminder to all helms:-

All classes in the club use the current Racing Rules of Sailing and Appendix E of those rules to govern their activities.

Only two club classes, the Lasers (from their international rules) and 8M (a Local class with its own local rules) have any variations to these rules.

 Hence the IOM, DF65 and Classics adhere to all of the applicable rules and appendices.
This includes rule 31 Touching a Mark – Whilst racing a boat shall not touch a starting mark before starting, a mark that begins, bounds or ends the leg of the course on which she is sailing, or a finishing mark after finishing.

The fact that at present helms are restricted to a helming area does not vary the rule.  Many events up to European and International level stipulate a control area for competitors.  Competitors shall be in this area when controlling boats that are racing, except briefly to handle and then release or relaunch the boat. E3.1

Covid-19 Keeping us informed - 21st September 2020

As you may have heard one of our members has gone into self isolation whilst awaiting a relative’s test result for Covid-19. Hopefully this will be negative but we will keep you informed of developments. 

This and the recent guidance released from the MYA means that we have to have a document in place which guides us through a procedure if this occurs again. 

If a member feels unwell he should keep away from club activities. 

It is imperative, as happened in this case, that the club is informed and until tests have shown there is no need for concern those involved do not come down to the club. 

 If a club member has been in contact with someone showing symptoms they should be in self isolation for 14 days and be tested if they develop any symptoms. 

If a club member has symptoms he should immediately inform one of the committee so that we can alert other members who may have had very recent contact with that person. 

 If any of the above are relevant to you please keep the committee informed of all developments both positive and negative. 

Please remember that we are trying to protect our members who almost exclusively fit in the “At Risk Group” due to age alone if not a myriad of underlying health conditions. You may feel that you can “Weather the Storm” so nothing to worry about, but others are far more vulnerable. 

Part of this protection is that all 6 people attending a club racing session must make sure that they or the safety officer has them “signed in” (please print clearly) and a contact phone number, preferably mobile, left. We can be asked to produce this track and trace information in the event of a suspected outbreak. 


Socially Distanced Social Sailing Programme - 12th July 2020

Members please see Safety Officer and Participants List on Members Page

See also detailed Participants Instructions and important safety instructions

Thank you!

Coming to a Lake near you - The Dragon Force 65 Story

Dragon Force 65

This is new class to the club which as yet, due to the pandemic, has not yet raced.  The decision was made that the club needed to attract new members of a less senior nature than at present. i.e. of working age.  The DF65 is a low cost (£250 including radio) highly attractive boat that requires minimal skills and time to prepare for the water.  To keep the cost down and make sure it is true one design it was also decided that initially only two sets of sails, the A and B rigs, would be used for club racing and the sails would be limited to those produced by the manufacturer Joysway. 

Some club members have already pledged to support the fledgling fleet and at least 8 boats have been purchased.  As we are trying to attract people who may be working sailing will take place on Wednesday evenings, in the Summer, and Saturday afternoons all year.   Remembering that this is a new fleet, everything is fluid at present and I am sure changes will occur as time passes. 


As usual with our friendly club newcomers will be welcomed and a wealth of experience and advice is readily available to them. 


These boats have sold in enormous numbers both in the UK and worldwide so competition is available at Local, District, National, European and International levels.