Radio Controlled Yachts - DF65 NoR

by Roger

The series will be sailed in the "pond" or the area between the marina and the hardstand. All racing will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 of World sailing as amended by Appendix E (Radio Sailing Racing Rules), the Prescriptions of Australian Sailing (AS) and The DragonForce 65 Restricted Class Rules, so this is a great opportunity to practice your sailing while staying firmly on land. 

Download the NoR for all of the details.

Here’s some background to consider. Please contact the Office if you are interested in participating or wanting more information. We hope to see you there as a participant or as a spectator


Model yachts have been around forever. But with the interest in packaged radio-controlled products recently coming on the market it makes them more affordable. For instance, the Dragon Force 65 or DF65 as it is known, which is gaining traction with clubs around Australia and has its own class association, can cost as little as $165. All models come complete with transmitter and ready to assemble – just add AA batteries – and launch into the pond of your preference. Of course, there is always room for tweaking.

DF65 Info & Specifications

The DF65 is not a toy but a high tech sailing boat! It is now in Version 6 and each revision has brought sailing and technology improvements. In Sydney the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron runs a fleet and numerous competitions. For additional info on the DF65 and thier RC fleet on their web site click here


The DragonForce 65 has undergone a major transformation to bring the quality and appearance up the high standard set by its bigger brother the DragonFlite 95, without affecting the competitiveness of previous versions. New tooling for the hull sees an increase in hull strength while retaining the same shape and weight. Key rig fittings, the Gooseneck, Compression Strut, Masthead Fitting and Jib Boom front end fittings have been redesigned for maximum efficiency and easier assembly. The new version 6 now comes with 50 micron Mylar film sails with a clean new style. The improvements don’t stop there, the digital rudder servo has been given a 10% boost in torque and improved electronics.


• Fully painted, moulded plastic hull.
• 50 micron Mylar film racing sails with printed flow stripes and logo.
• Carbonfibre mast and boom tubes.
• Extruded aluminium keel with zinc alloy ballast bulb.
• Metal geared rudder servo and fast, powerful sail winch.
• Display stand.


• Hull Material: Moulded Plastic with Painted Finish.
• Rig Height: 915mm.
• Sail Area (Overall): 2226cm.
• Sail Area (Jib): 766cm.
• Sail Area (Main): 1460cm.
• Length: 650mm.
• Height: 1338mm.
• Weight: ~1200g.
• Radio System: 4 Channel, Tx – J4C05, Rx – J5C01R.
• Beam: 116.5mm.


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