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Travellers Series Round 2 - Bournville - 6th April

posted 14 Mar 2019, 04:14 by Matt Riley   [ updated 14 Mar 2019, 04:18 ]

After a good turnout at Eastbourne to kick off the season with 17 skippers turning up in spite of the gale force winds, the next Travellers Series event is at the Valley Parkway lake in Bournville on the 6th April.

Results from Eastbourne can be found here

NOR for Bournville is here

2019 Travellers Series Round 1 - Eastbourne - 9th March

posted 29 Jan 2019, 07:04 by Matt Riley   [ updated 29 Jan 2019, 07:05 ]

Here we are with the round 1 of the 2019 TT just 6 weeks away. Time to get your boat back off the shelf and prepare it.

Eastbourne and District Model Yacht Club have released the Notice of Race which may be viewed HERE. Please take a look and get your entry in using the Online Entry Form.

Apparently the sun always shines in Eastbourne......see you there.


RG65 UK 2019 Update

posted 29 Jan 2019, 07:02 by Matt Riley   [ updated 29 Jan 2019, 07:03 ]

Welcome of the 2019 world of RG65. We have hardly dried our boats off from the 2018 season and here we are about to embark on the 2019 TT series. We have 8 events scheduled with are listed below, with the first one at Eastbourne just around the corner.

But before we get to that event, there are many of you out there who we do not see on the series. Like me a few years ago you may be thinking that the TT is not the place to be because you are not experienced enough, a common misconception that we hope to clear up in this email. The TT is absolutely the place to learn your craft so please give serious consideration to this and come and join in the fun.

We are also looking for volunteers to take up active roles in running the class in the UK. Hopefully we can convince some of you to come forward and help manage and grow this fantastic class of RC Sailing.

So here we go….

The RG65 TT Series, what is it all about?

For those of you who have not attended one of our TT events before let us clear up a few misconceptions.
The TT Series is not only for the best RG sailors, it is for all RG65 sailors
The TT Series is not only open to experienced sailors, it is open to anyone who has a class legal RG65 (that includes all you DF65 folk as long as you do not use your A+ rig) no matter if you are learning the ropes or an old salt. We welcome all learners and Old Salts with open arms.
The TT Series is not a scary place to be, the racing is run in a friendly and courteous manner and is one of the best places to learn your craft.
You do need to have learned the Racing Rules of Sailing off by heart to join in. A basic understanding of the Port/Starboard and Windward/Leeward Boat is enough to get you started. And if you don't know those then come along anyway, we will help you get to grips with them.
It is not necessary to have the latest design of boat or best sails to join in, fun can be had with any class legal boat no matter how old and tatty. If you have any questions about participation or you boat, please get in touch, we are more than willing to help.

So come along and join in, you will have a great time.

Can you help the RG class in the UK?


As you will likely know the RG65 UK Class Association committee is a small group of volunteers who give a bit of their time to help run the class. This includes organising and managing the national race calendar including the TT, managing the membership, running the website, promoting the class, liaising with the MYA and ICA (International Class Association), and much more.

All of this currently falls into the laps of a few people and this can be taxing on them, and a lot of necessary tasks just do not get done. This is not great for the class or the membership.

So this is an appeal to all of you. If you are willing to help with the running of the association and/or class, then please get in touch. We need you, whether that is to take up a role on the committee or simply help the committee out.

Thank you.

2019 - Calender Update

posted 5 Dec 2018, 03:08 by Matt Riley   [ updated 5 Dec 2018, 03:08 ]

Due to club issues at Watermead the date for Round 4 of the 2019 Travellers series has changed Saturday June 8th to Sunday June 9th.

Unfortunately this was announced too late for the MYA Yearbook calender but the online one should be correct for planning your sailing season.

2019 Calender - Traveller Series and Nationals

posted 16 Oct 2018, 13:28 by Matt Riley   [ updated 5 Dec 2018, 03:02 ]

Noel Donaldson has been working hard behind the scenes to set up the 2019 TT series and with the dates now finalised and submitted to the MYA, they can be shared so that you can start to plan your personal lives around them.
 
Round 1    9 March  Eastbourne
Round 2    6 April  Bournville
Round 3    11 May   Birkenhead
Round 4    9 June   Watermead (Note - This is now SUNDAY)
Round 5    6 July   Keighley
Round 6    7 July   Keighley
Round 7 (UK Nationals)  14&15 September Gosport
Round 8    12 October   Two Islands

2018 Class Champion - John Tushingham

posted 16 Oct 2018, 13:25 by Matt Riley   [ updated 16 Oct 2018, 13:25 ]

In 2018 we saw 46 skippers take part in the 9 event series, a little down from the 55 in 2017.


The best 5 scores of each skipper counted towards their final ranking but in the end only 11 people sailed in 5, and 4 in more than 5 events.

This year the trophy remains ensconced in Yorkshire with John Tushingham taking the title for the second year in a row, and with 4 wins and a 2nd there was no touching him.  Well done John.

Phil Holiday secured 2nd place some 30 points adrift and Nigel Brown, a further 35 points back, completed the podium.

We want to increase participation in 2019 and would welcome any ideas that you might have to help this along so please do get in touch.  The class gives us close, high performance, competitive and friendly racing at a reasonable cost and we need to establish ourselves more within the UK Radio Sailing scene.

The full results table can he found HERE

Travellers Series Round 8 - Datchet Water - Results

posted 16 Oct 2018, 13:20 by Matt Riley   [ updated 16 Oct 2018, 13:20 ]

It was not only 11 skippers that joined the race team at Datchet on Saturday, some early rain and a lot of wind came out to play also.  The 2018 series seems to have been sailed mostly in light conditions, but it ended with a bang.


After a rain delayed start the skippers and their boats headed down to the course that had been set by Hugh McAdoo and Les Thorne in the rescue boat.  I say down to the course, and yes, it was down, way down.  The long hot summer means that the water level in the reservoir is very low and, because of this, we were given permission to sail from the waters edge rather than up at the top.
 
The PRO Terry Rensch and his shoreside assistant Peter Haskell got proceedings underway with the obligatory briefing.

The early races were mostly sailed using various forms of A rig with Nigel Brown coming out of the blocks with a blinding start to the event, taking bullets in the first 4 races before allowing Mike Kemp and Toby Laux to get a sniff, but finishing the morning with a 5th win.  Racing down the fleet was a close affair with many a tussle, but also a few boat and rig failures taking some people off the water.



After Lunch a further 6 races were completed, but by this time the wind had increased significantly taking people through their B rigs and onto very small C’s.  Winners of the afternoon races we mostly decided through survival of the gusts with us all suffering a lot of nosediving, even in the dinky C rigs.

Nigel managed to finish the day with 2 more wins but not before Toby Laux, Wayne Stobbs and Paul Davis managed to keep him at bay for the first 4 afternoon races.

The consistent but gusty wind meant that no course changes were needed during the day but the rescue boat was used a lot to recover boats that had succumbed to the conditions.  The last race saw only 6 of the 11 attendees take to the water, and Toby suffered a failure leaving only 5 finishers.  There will be a lot of rig rebuilding going on over the off-season

Nigel Brown was the convincing winner with 19 points, followed by Toby Laux on 31 and Wayne Stobbs on 33.

Huge thanks to Datchet Water Radio Sailing Club and the race team led by Terry.


Traveller Series Round 8 - Datchet - 13th October

posted 1 Oct 2018, 03:53 by Matt Riley   [ updated 1 Oct 2018, 03:53 ]

We now have the NOR for the last Travellers Series even of the year at Datchet Water.

This is the last race of the season and the guys at Datchet have been working hard to put on a great event so lets get a good turnout.


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Water Levels at Datchet - Update

posted 28 Sep 2018, 05:45 by Matt Riley   [ updated 28 Sep 2018, 05:46 ]

Phil Holiday at Datchet has been keeping an eye on the water level, he reports that it has continued to drop, however that is good news for us, as we can now drive our car to the water edge (see photo) and the club will locate a floating jetty to enable ease of launching and retrieving. 
Phil& the guys at the Datchet club are Doing a great job for us so please enter if you can and encourage others to do the same, it would be a shame if we had a low turn out. 


Travellers Series Round 7 - Birkenhead - Results

posted 28 Sep 2018, 05:42 by Matt Riley   [ updated 28 Sep 2018, 05:43 ]

The report from Noel is that rather than the strong wind expected, the wind was very light all day, in fact often non existent. This was against a forecast of 15-17mph and the strange thing is that a few miles each way from the lake the wind as at this level. 

The local skippers handled these conditions better than most, except John Tushingham who once again gave a masterclass of sail settings and wind “reading” to finish a worthy winner. Full results here

In spite of the conditions everyone enjoyed the day in the usual RG65 good spirits. 

Next up is the last Travellers series event and the decider of 2018 RG65 UK class Championship at Datchett on the 13th October.

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