One year ago this month, the DF95 class started competition as a PBGMYS class. Since then 15 members have sailed their 95s in competition. Thanks to all the skippers that have supported this new effort.
After four months into the Winter Season, the top three in the club DF95 standings are:
Luscomb, Wright and McMullen.
Thanks, Brent, for doing the scores quickly and accurately.
The fourth round of the Florida Travelers Trophy Regattas for DF95s, The Gerd Petersen Memorial, will be held at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines on Sunday March 1.
I was told recently that Chuck Le Mahieu from DSNA made a presentation on a webinar about the DF95. They are seeing lots of reports about cracking around the keel area in the hull. The cracking occurs when boats are toss-launched and the keel bulb bottoms out on the lake bed, which creates a shock load into the hull. I suggest you check the water depth first and then launch more horizontally maybe with the boat slightly heeled to avoid the keel bulb contacting the lake bottom.
New changes coming to the DF95 include:
A revised rudder post assembly with a stainless steel insert to remove excess slop between the assembly and the rudder shaft (It already allows you to re-sleeve the original design to add your own insert).
A new sheeting clip design available as a spare part or you can use any clip you want as long as it does not have a swivel.
A 1 mm increase in the rudder servo opening in the servo tray to accommodate the upgrade servo.
I found a crack slowly advancing across the forward end of the hatch opening from port to starboard side. As the boat sails, the keel, rudder and servos load the hull structure and that works the crack. The crack initiated in the port side forward corner hatch opening radius. The corner radius crack was the result of pushing down too hard when installing the spool on the main servo while the servo tray was attached to the hull. The crack was fixed with Super-Glue. If the crack had advanced across to the starboard side corner radius, it would have been time to get a new hull as that flange supports the forward end of the servo tray. Check your boats.
See you at the Lake,
The Hav-A-Chaw Regatta is this coming Saturday Feb 8 2020 at the PBGMYS pond, Lake Catherine. Our Soling fleet will try to win the Have-A-Chaw trophy back from the St Lucie Model Boat Club. NOA predicts NE winds at 8 mph, perfect. But cool/cold in the upper 50 degree area.
The skippers meeting will be held at 9:15 with racing beginning at 9:30. The format will be odd-even. Sandy Warrick is the Race Director. John Biles is the scorekeeper assisted by Peter Burns, Ken Harman and Al Stall. We need more help as mark judges, so please volunteer.
We will have cold drinks available but bring your own lunch. Entry fee is $10 cash paid at the pond.