Travellers Series Round 8 - Water levels at Datchet

posted 7 Sep 2018, 10:08 by Matt Riley   [ updated 7 Sep 2018, 10:08 ]

Some of you may have heard that the low water levels at Datchet are putting this event at risk and those rumours were not unfounded.

Wayne Stobbs flew into Heathrow over the lake last week and can confirm that the water is lower than he had have ever seen it before.

However, we have been informed that a floating pontoon has been made available which can safely accommodate up to 15 people.

The event will therefore take place as scheduled on 13 October at Datchet.  More news and notices will follow in due course.

Travellers Series Round 7 - Birkenhead - 22 September

posted 7 Sep 2018, 10:05 by Matt Riley   [ updated 7 Sep 2018, 10:06 ]

For the next event in the 2018 traveler series, we return to the venue that hosted the 2017 RG65 UK Nationals, Birkenhead, on 22 September.

The NOR has been posted to please get your entries in using the MYA entry system HERE

Travellers Series Round 6 - Report and Results

posted 24 Aug 2018, 14:24 by Matt Riley   [ updated 24 Aug 2018, 14:41 ]

Report from Clive Bardell:

As Watermead was closed due to blue/green algae, 2 Islands kindly allowed the event to be run on their lake.

The wind was varying between south and south west at 7 to 11 mph. This led to swirly winds and big changes when beating to the first mark. A reach to the second by the island caused the yachts to slow in the wind shadow but then a good run down to a gate in the channel. On several occasions the fleet split with the first three having a good wind and leaving the rest of the fleet a leg behind.

John Tushingham was on form with the first three wins but missed the fourth race due to a failed rudder servo. This gave Mike Kemp sailing a borrowed Argon for the first time to take poll position. Both Phil Holliday and Peter Baldwin were contending the top podium places.

By lunch after 10 races John was in the lead with a total of seven wins followed by Mike and Phil. There were close finishes between Noel Donaldson, Graham Bartholomew, Peter Dunnett whose positions were constantly changing. Peter Dunnett improving steadily throughout out the day and in the afternoon had two seconds and finished first on the 18 th. Race.

Overall John came out on top with 19 points followed by Phil with 43 points and third ws Mike with 45 points. Mike would have been higher but water in the receiver forced him to miss the last 4 races.

A good day for all and again a big thank you to 2 Islands for all the help and facilities provided.

Please note the Traveller 7 will be at Birkenhead on Sat.22nd Sept.
Clive Bardell. R.O.

1st John Tushingam sail 51  19 points
2nd  Phil Holliday  sail 66  43 points
3rd Mike Kemp  sail 129 45 points
4th Peter Baldwin  sail 63  55 points
5th  Peter Dunnett  sail 95  66 points
6th Graham Bartholomew sail 65  71 points
7th Noel Donaldson sail 29  76 points
8th  Roger Dunklin  sail 177 104 points
9th  Stan Cockeram sail 92  122 points.

Full results here

Travellers Series Round 6 - Venue Change

posted 10 Aug 2018, 02:27 by Matt Riley   [ updated 10 Aug 2018, 10:42 ]

We have been contacted by the Watermead Model Boat Club to inform us that the owners of the lake, on advice from the Environment Agency, have had to suspend use of the lake due to a significant increase of toxic blue green algae.

This means that round 6 of the 2018 TT scheduled for 18 August can no longer take place as planned.  The event will instead take place at Two Islands on the same day.

The Notice of Race has been updated and can be viewed HERE.

Those skippers who have already entered will be contacted by the organising team to reconfirm their entry.

If you have not yet entered then please do so soon so that the team can prepare for the event.

On behalf of the RG65 skippers we would like to thank the team at Watermead and the Two Islands Radio Yacht Club for pulling out all the stops to make these alternative arrangements at such short notice.

Traveller Series Round 6 - Watermead - 18th August.

posted 31 Jul 2018, 14:01 by Matt Riley   [ updated 10 Aug 2018, 10:43 ]

Entry is now open for round 6 of the 2018 Travellers series at Watermead.

Due to blue green algae at Watermead this has ben moved to 2 Islands at Milton Keynes
The updated NOR is available here

Entries to Clive Bardell by the 16th please..

Traveller Series Rounds 3-4 - Keighley - Results

posted 24 Jun 2018, 13:59 by Matt Riley   [ updated 24 Jun 2018, 14:00 ]

News from John Tushingham up on the moors -

"Cold but windy, mostly B rig conditions, sometimes more or less. Very enjoyable racing and I think we all learned a bit more about the boats and rigs. Liz got her new Scurry on the water, a couple of teething problems with it but she loves it, it was a bit too quick at times for my liking!"

Full results for round 3 here and Round 4 here.

Next up is Round 5 at Gosport, Saturday, 21st July 2018 - details of how to enter are here

40 Years of the RG65

posted 5 Jun 2018, 02:12 by Matt Riley   [ updated 5 Jun 2018, 02:13 ]

A message from Fred Vollmer at the RG65 ICA

Dear RG65 Skipper!

On June 24, 2018 our Class will be celebrating its 40th Aniversary!!!

It was the 24th of June, 1978, when Raul Landó, in Buenos Aires,Argentina, launched his "Lady Susan", free sailing, Braine steered
"G65" (without "R"!) at the Plaza Urquiza pond, but this time WITH R/C INSTALLED! This became the VERY FIRST RADIO "G65", that is, an "RG65". And Raul has Sail Number "1" since then. :-)

Forty years of uninterrupted class activity is an achievement worthwhile celebrating, and we PROPOSE to have/organize as many RG65 Events as possible on the Anniversary Day.

RG65-ICA INVITES you to organize on June 24th, 2018, Sail-Offs, informal Short Races and any Sailing Event you can imagine, maybe associated with a "Beginners Day" or any other celebration.

Please take pictures, post them on Facebook. And more important: film your Event! A YouTube Channel will be available for your posting it!

Yes: we know it is on a "short notice", but for a Celebration of this kind it is never to short! Our goal is to have a Fun Time, and (maybe) sing  Happy Birthday to you" and have a toast!!! And let the whole World know about it ...

Any questions? Need help? Mail your request to mailto:info@rg65

Let us make something that everyone can enjoy!

Fredo Vollmer

Unfortunately the next Traveller's series is scheduled for the week before, but let us know if you are going to plan anything and we can promote it here..

2018 RG65 Rules Update

posted 5 Jun 2018, 02:07 by Matt Riley   [ updated 5 Jun 2018, 02:14 ]

The RG65 ICA (International Class Association) have asked the UK Class Association to vote on some proposed changes to the current Rules (published in 2014). The Committee feel it appropriate that it is the Members that should vote on this, and this vote will form our vote given back to the ICA.

The proposed changes are, as indicated by the ICA, clarification of the old rules and are not intended to change the class in any way.

The NCA need to cast our vote on the ICA proposals by 10 June and so we ask you to review this DOCUMENT and cast your vote by midnight on 8 June using this FORM.

If you have any questions or want to discuss any of the proposed changes then please comment on the MYA Forum or contact us through the link at the foot of the page


The RG65 UK NCA Committee

Travellers Series Rounds 3 and 4 - Keighley - 16/17 June

posted 4 Jun 2018, 14:15 by Matt Riley   [ updated 4 Jun 2018, 14:15 ]

The NOR is out for the double header up on the moors at Weecher for rounds 3 and 4 of the Travellers series.

Fresh from winning the National Championships., John T and the club at Keighley are hosting the next event in the calendar. Back to back racing on Saturday and Sunday make it an event worth travelling for. The lake provides some excellent racing with its exposed location and there will be some great socializing down in Ilkley on the Saturday night.

Entries by email direct to John, all the details are in the NOR.

RG65 UK Nationals - Report and Results

posted 16 May 2018, 05:18 by RG NCA   [ updated 16 May 2018, 13:41 by Matt Riley ]

A cool but bright morning greeted us at Two Islands Milton Keynes on Saturday, however not much (if any) wind. Unfortunately that was to be the story for both days, plus two hours of heavy rain from 3pm on Saturday.

However as we do, we made the best of it and the 23 skippers sailed 16 races (mostly in two heats) and thoroughly enjoyed the proceedings and the interaction with fellow skippers.

As well as the regular UK skippers we had guest skippers from France, Spain and USA, I hope they enjoyed the experience; we enjoyed having them join the fleet.

The wind was constantly coming & going between 0 and 3mph with the occasional gust of 5-6mph, as well as changing direction, so setting a course was something of a nightmare, however the skill & experience required to cope with these conditions soon became apparent as in most races the fleet was split between those who could read the conditions and those who were less experienced but learning from the exposure.

The first five skippers always made the better decisions and therefore caught what little wind there was to catch; the winner was John Tushingham who was the most consistent across the two days in in whatever conditions he was faced with and a worthy winner. (see results sheet for full details)

Thanks and congratulations go to Mike, Keith and all the club members who gave up their weekend to run this event, it was much appreciated by everyone.
Gilbert Desclaux has posted some video showing the trying conditions over on youtube
Looking forward to the next round of the traveller series 16th &17th June at Keighley.

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