2017 UK Class Champion - John Tushingham

posted 9 Oct 2017, 05:40 by RG NCA   [ updated 9 Oct 2017, 05:41 ]

At the last Travellers Series race of the season at Watermead at the weekend, the results of the RG65 UK Class Champion was calculated using scores from all 9 events with over 50 different skippers sailing throughout the year.

This year’s Champion is John Tushingham. John is a worthy winner, and was applauded by all,  Phil Holliday (last year’s winner) presented the trophy to John at the lakeside presentation. Alex Corey's win on the day took him in to 2nd place overall with Tobi Laux having to settle for third, full results here.

A big thank you to all those who took part and to all the clubs who put in the time and effort to host the events.

Looking forward to next years race calendar the first event is at Eastbourne on the 10th March.

Traveller 1 - Eastbourne, Saturday,10th March 2018
Traveller 2 - Lincoln, Saturday, 21st April 2018
UK National Championship - Two Islands (MK), Saturday & Sunday, 12th May & 13th May 2018
Traveller 3 - Keighley (Weecher), Saturday, 16th June 2018
Traveller 4 - Keighley (Weecher), Sunday, 17th June 2018
Traveller 5 - Gosport, Saturday, 21st July 2018
Traveller 6 - Watermead, Saturday, 18th August 2018
Traveller 7 - Birkenhead, Saturday, 22nd September 2018
Traveller 8 - Datchet Water, Saturday, 13th October 2018

Travellers Series Round 8 - Results

posted 9 Oct 2017, 05:33 by RG NCA   [ updated 9 Oct 2017, 05:34 ]

Eighteen skippers lined up at Watermead lakeside for the last of the 2017 Traveller events.

Wind was from the S.W. varying between 6-8mph and 12-14mph which made the choice of rig very challenging for all skippers. Sixteen races throughout the day saw many changes of rig and changes of fortunes for those who got it more right than wrong. Alex Cory quickly established himself at the top of the table with Tobi Laux always close behind. John Tushingham decided to sail his DF65 which performed very well but could just not get up front even in the hands of one of our top skippers. Alex took the top position with Tobi second and Roy Stevens third, for full results see here

As this was the last race of the season The RG65 UK Class Champion was calculated using results from all events with over 50 different skippers sailing throughout the year, this year’s Champion is John Tushingham. John is a worthy winner, and was applauded by all,  Phil Holliday (last year’s winner) presented the trophy to John at the lakeside presentation. Alex's win on the day took him in to 2nd place overall with Tobi having to settle for third, full results here.
With lots of new boats and more and more “converts” as well as new skippers, the RG65 class is firmly established in UK an growing fast.

Looking forward to 2018 and beyond.
Thanks to all from your race secretary, Noel Donaldson (GBR 29)

Travellers Series Round 8 - Update

posted 28 Sep 2017, 01:40 by RG NCA   [ updated 28 Sep 2017, 01:40 ]

With just a week to go before the final Travellers series event of 2017, we now have 13 skippers entered for Watermead on 7th October and expect more in the next week or so. With a good size fleet, the lake is at a good level and weed free. It should be a fun day with some tight races.
There is good parking close to the lake side and with easy access to the water and the usual Watermead welcome you should get your entry in asap please to

Link to the NOR here.

The Watermead club website is

Traveller Series Round 8 - Watermead MBC - 7th October

posted 15 Sep 2017, 04:33 by RG NCA   [ updated 28 Sep 2017, 02:07 ]

The NOR has been posted for the final round of the 2017 Travellers series at Watermead on the 7th October.

This is also the decider for the 2017 Class Championship with John Tushingham still in the lead after with 473 points over 5 scoring rounds from 7 Traveller events and the Nationals. With this impressive score John has the title tied up. Its up to Tobias Laux and Alex Cory fight over 2nd in Aylesbury.

Entries to Noel Donaldson ASAP please (see NOR for details)

Link to the NOR here.

The Watermead club website is

Traveller Series Round 7 - Report and Results

posted 11 Sep 2017, 09:09 by RG NCA   [ updated 11 Sep 2017, 09:09 ]

Eleven skippers turned up for this event at the massive lake at Datchet. The conditions were very challenging with many rig changes throughout the day to cope with the varying wind and wave conditions.
In the end Alex Cory was the clear winner with Nigel Brown close behind, both sailing Scurry design hulls made by Alex.
The club did a great job running the event, thanks to Terry and his team and as usual the bacon butties in the club house were excellent.
A good but very exhausting day was had by all.

Link to the result here

The deciding round of the 2017 series is at Watermead on the 7th October

RG65 Euro Open

posted 2 Sep 2017, 03:54 by RG NCA   [ updated 2 Sep 2017, 03:54 ]

Over the weekend of 29 September to 1 October a number of GBR Skippers will be taking part in a Euro Open in The Netherlands.  This event has been organised by Peter Vulperhorst and his team from the Dutch RG65 Class Association.

There are some big names from the world of RG's entered which should deliver some highly competitive racing.

Members of the GBR contingent will attempt to make regular reports into the various Facebook pages to keep everyone informed, and a full report will be circulated afterwards.

Good luck and safe travels to all those going

National Class Association Committee Changes

posted 2 Sep 2017, 03:49 by RG NCA   [ updated 2 Sep 2017, 03:49 ]

You should recall that at the recent AGM held in Birkenhead it was announced that Mark Dicks would like to step aside from his Class Captain role and take on the role of Technical Officer, with Alex Cory stepping into the Class Captain position.

These changes will, as set out in the Class Constitution, require a vote by the association Members at an AGM or EGM.  The Committee have debated this and come to the conclusion that there will be little appetite for another General Meeting so soon after the AGM and so will make these appointments on a temporary "Acting" basis and formalise them at a later date.

Your National Class Association Committee therefore becomes:

Alex Cory- Acting Class Captain

Mark Dicks - Acting Technical Officer

Noel Donaldson - Racing Secretary

Matt Riley - Promotion and Web Officer

Wayne Stobbs - Membership Secretary

Traveller Series Round 7 - Datchet Water - September 9th

posted 31 Aug 2017, 16:42 by RG NCA   [ updated 2 Sep 2017, 03:45 ]

The next round in the Traveller series is on the 9th of September at Datchet Water Radio Sailing Club, fresh from hosting the IOM nationals, with racing from 10am to 4pm. NOR here Email entries can be sent to

Will anybody be able to close John Tushingham's nearly 100 point lead in the standings for 2017 class champion? Full results here

Club website is here -

Travellers Series Round 6 - Two Islands - Report and results

posted 14 Aug 2017, 17:16 by RG NCA   [ updated 14 Aug 2017, 17:18 ]

Thanks to Peter Shepherd for the report and photos

After a short dalliance with the idea of sailing from the preferred Two Islands' sailing area the area known as Paul's spit was chosen to give the best opportunity for some consistent winds for the skippers, this involved a bit of shipping equipment to the area however it did negate much of the effect of the west islands would have on the course, hopefully the promised trimming of the vegetation will happen soon.

Twenty skippers arrived in good order to commence sailing, with a variety of hull designs and sail combinations as befits a development class, the course was set as an upwind leg around the upwind buoy taken as a port rounding this was pushed out as far as it was comfortable to see, followed by a spreader also to port, down to a downwind gate in the gap between the East Island and the bank, where due to the funnel effect this creates some of the strongest winds of the day were, back to the first rounding, once more to the gate and over a shortened start line to finish.

The wind started off light to moderate and switching from Westerly to West-South-Westerly during the course of the day this built into a moderate to strong and moved around to West-North-West and on occasions North-Westerly. It was apparent from the start that opportunities were there for all the skippers to try to pick the wind and gain an advantage of a race win however two skippers stood out both sailing a Scurry, although from different ends of the country and with different Bermuda rig attributes John Tushingham and Alex Cory traded the leaders spot for most of the event being separated by just a point or two for most of it until a couple of incidents in the last few races caught Alex out and John moved ahead eventually winning by 5 points. Elsewhere in the fleet Toby Laux took a couple of notable wins with his Nuraghe and Nigel Brown also a Scurry, this time swing rigged got the favourable wind lift of the day to come home first in race 13.

The wider wind range conditions suited the Bermuda rigged slightly better, with the Swing rigged yachts, which went well when the wind was lighter, being unable to lose the wind easily in the stronger conditions where they were seen to frequently broach downwind. As the day went on a number of skippers including the leaders benefited from going down a rig size.

Further back in the fleet four Dragon Force skippers Keith Coxon from the host club, Clive Bardell, and husband and wife Robert & Katherine Craddox from Watermead raced for the top DF65 skipper honours. The vast experience of Keith paying dividends, and the reward of a prize at the end of the day, over the relative inexperience of the Craddoxs this being only their second event at this level, hopefully the advice the race team tried to give served to help rather than confuse.

Last but not least thanks must go to all the race team who ably assisted on the day and to Keith Coxon & Geoff Raygada who put in a lot of effort with the setting up and prior to the event.

Results attached here.

Pop-Up Open at Eastbourne - Report and Photos

posted 13 Aug 2017, 03:42 by RG NCA   [ updated 13 Aug 2017, 03:44 ]

20 Skippers converged on Princess Park in Eastbourne on Saturday to take part in the Pop-Up that was set up to fill the void left by the cancellation of the Euro-GP.  With a good weather forecast and light winds predicted everyone selected their biggest A suit for the pre-event practice.

No sooner had the briefing finished when the wind died away completely, causing a delay to the start of proceedings. 10 Minutes later the first seeding race got under way with Wayne Stobbs leading the first lap before heading into a hole and allowing the whole fleet to sail on past with Noel Donaldson taking the gun.  The 2nd Seeding race was won by the local skip, Jeremy Collier.

After the seeding races the new Scurry’s, built by Alex Cory,  took first place in the next 5 races with the Sith of Clive Cockayne managing to wrest the 6th away, only for the Scurry’s to take the rest of the 12 races on the day. Those that had played with a few A rigs early on paid the price as the wind built up through B to C rig conditions as the 3-rig limit prevented them from reducing sail enough to stop them nose diving and flopping around on the surface, much like the swans and ducks on the lake. The big winners were the DF65’s who revelled in the conditions allowing them to win the B heat and make appearances in the A fleet.

Towards the end of the day the wind dropped back to A rig conditions to allow for some tight contests between everyone when the fleet was reduced to 1 heat for the last few races. In the end it was John Tushingham who showed everyone the way with 16 points, followed by  Alex Cory on 25, Jez Collier on 29 and Nigel Brown on 39.

Thanks goes to the Race Team and of course the trolley ladies for putting on a great show one again.

Sue Brown's photos can be found here

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