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

Pop-up Open at Eastbourne

posted 22 Jul 2017, 13:40 by RG NCA   [ updated 22 Jul 2017, 13:41 ]

All skippers please note there will now be a one day "Pop Up" Open event at Eastbourne on 5th August 2017 in place of the cancelled Euro GP, NOR and entry form can be accessed here.

Travellers Series Round 5 - Results

posted 22 Jul 2017, 13:36 by RG NCA   [ updated 22 Jul 2017, 13:37 ]

Report, results and photos from Round 5 of the Travellers Series can be found on the Gosport MYBC Website here.

Travellers Series Rounds 5 & 6

posted 11 Jul 2017, 09:29 by RG NCA   [ updated 13 Jul 2017, 16:54 ]

Latest News - we are up to 20 boats and entry not yet closed..

There are 14 entered for Round 5 of the Travellers Series at Gosport so far, it has all the making of a great day on Cockle Pond next Saturday!

Gosport has a growing RG65/DF65 scene. Whilst this is their first full season, they have a prolific builder among their membership in Alex Cory, Nigel Brown (Catsails) can supply sails.  They host Saturday Series, Sunday series and Friday morning series, and TT events.

Remember as well that entry is open for Round 6 for August 12th at Two Islands, Milton Keynes. Please get your entry in as early as possible!

Euro Grand Prix at Eastbourne - Cancelled

posted 6 Jul 2017, 16:23 by RG NCA   [ updated 6 Jul 2017, 16:27 ]

We have just received this message from Jeremy Collier at Eastbourne:
"A message was circulated to the entrants for the RG65 Euro GP at Eastbourne on 5th/6th June at 16:20 this afternoon. To date there are only 10 entries, one from overseas. It was clear to the organising club that the level of interest we expected for this event was not there, and we therefore decided to cancel. Entrants who have paid in advance will have their entry fees refunded.
Please accept apologies for any inconvenience caused."

While it is sad that this event didn't get the support required from overseas, there is still plenty of RG65 sailing coming up with the Travellers Series continuing at Gosport on the 15th July NOR and Two Islands on the 15th August NOR.

Nationals - Full report, results and photos.

posted 30 Jun 2017, 11:17 by RG NCA   [ updated 30 Jun 2017, 11:18 ]

Peter Baldwin and Roger Lincoln from BRSPC have posted a great report on last week's National Championships at Birkenhead.

A big thank you to Peter and the rest of the race team for putting on a successful event.

Full report here.

Travellers Series Round 6 - Two Islands - 12th August

posted 27 Jun 2017, 03:28 by RG NCA   [ updated 27 Jun 2017, 03:29 ]

Entry is now open for Round 6 of the 2017 Travellers Series

The NOR is attached below and entry is through the MYA website

Online entry is here

Graham Elliott, 2017 National Champion.

posted 26 Jun 2017, 01:31 by RG NCA   [ updated 26 Jun 2017, 11:37 ]

Congratulations to Graham Elliott on winning the 2017 National Championships this weekend.

Graham won 18 out of 24 races over a weekend affected by both fluky winds and weed at the Birkenhead lake.

More details and full results on the Birkenhead RSPC site here.

National Championships in Birkenhead coming soon.

posted 21 Jun 2017, 04:29 by RG NCA   [ updated 21 Jun 2017, 04:32 ]

The RG65 Nationals at Birkenhead on the 24-25th June is rapidly approaching, With 27 skippers registered and several current and past National and Class Champions and some of the latest designs due to show up it should be an excellent weekends racing.

Full details including entry list on the Birkenhead RCBC website here. Results will be posted as soon as we get them.

For a flavour of last years event check out Sue Brown's photos here


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