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.

RG65 UK Nationals Weekend

posted 11 May 2018, 04:58 by RG NCA   [ updated 11 May 2018, 04:58 ]

It's finally the weekend of the RG65 UK Nationals at Two Islands Radio Yacht club. Good luck to all the sailors involved and the race team putting on what should be great event.

Keep an eye on social media for updates and we will have results and reports up on here as soon as we can.

Travellers Series Round 5 - Gosport 21st July - Entry open

posted 29 Apr 2018, 11:21 by RG NCA   [ updated 29 Apr 2018, 11:21 ]

Entry is open for the M&S RG65 Traveller Series 5 at Gosport Model Yacht and Boat Club on 21st July 2018

The NoR is on the MYA website here

Online entry is also available through the MYA website here

Travellers Series Round 2 - Lincoln - Report

posted 29 Apr 2018, 10:44 by RG NCA   [ updated 29 Apr 2018, 10:45 ]

15 skippers descended on Scotland Farm for the second TT of the 2018 UK RG65 series and were welcomed by Mick Chamberlain and his merry group of helpers.
The unseasonably warm weather meant that spectators had to deal with a number of pairs of lily-white legs sticking out of the bottom of shorts.  When the racing got under way we unfortunately found that it was not only shorts that the weather had brought out, but weed on the lake too which had a big impact on the racing.
After the briefing the racing got under way in steady SE wind conditions which kept everyone on A rigs for the whole day.
Tim Long came flying out of the blocks on a borrowed boat to take the first win but, like others, had to make regular pit-stops in the next few races to clear weed allowing Ken Binks, Phil Holiday and Wayne Stobbs to take the gun in the next 3 before again coming good.
The weed issue settled down after lunch allowing close fought racing right up to the end of the 18thrace shortly before 16:30 with no less than 9 skippers taking wins on the day and Clive Cockayne, Wayne Stobbs and Tim Long taking 3 each.
In the end Clive Cockayne was rewarded with the overall win due to his consistent performance throughout the day followed by Phil Holiday, Nigel Brown and Wayne Stobbs.
5 different designs in the top 6 and a number of boats being raced for the first time is a great sign that the class is as competitive as ever and so we look forward to the UK National Championships on 12/13 May at Two Islands.
Thanks very much to Mick, Ed Whittaker and David Pearson for staging the event and enduring the skipper’s weed-induced-moaning with smiles and sympathy.

Reminder - Nationals Entry Closes on 28th April

posted 12 Apr 2018, 02:11 by RG NCA   [ updated 12 Apr 2018, 06:36 ]

A quick reminder that the final entry date for the 2018 RG65 Nationals is rapidly approaching. Entries must be submitted by the 28th April.

25 skippers have registered so far, including past and present class champions to visitors from Europe and across the pond. This will be a great event at Two Islands Radio Yacht Club on Furzton Lake in Milton Keynes over the weekend of 12th and 13th May. The full entry list and links to the NOR and entry forms can be found at the 2018 Nationals page.

If you want to get some practice in entry is also still open for the 2nd round of the 2018 traveler series at Lincoln on the 21st April. This will be a excellent opportunity to warm up for the nationals and both events count towards the 2018 Class Championship. Details here

Traveller Series Round 1 - Eastbourne - Results, Report and more.

posted 13 Mar 2018, 03:29 by RG NCA   [ updated 13 Mar 2018, 03:29 ]

A cloudy day with a few light showers greeted seventeen skippers at Eastbourne Princess lake on Saturday morning. Wind direction was more or less  straight down the lake all day, strength between 10-14 mph, however the gusts that were forecast never materialised. Most skippers sailed on A rig all day with a few changing to B rig for one or two races.

 The race team did an excellent job with 23 races completed all issues settled on the water and the whole event sailed in a competitive but well manned fashion. The top finishing places changed constantly throughout the day and in the end only 5 points separated the winner Phil Holliday from runner up Alex Cory. See the full results (below/above).

 A special thanks to the Eastbourne ladies who kept us well supplied with tea/coffee and bacon baps and cakes.

We all look forward to being invited back again next year.

Full results are up on the Eastbourne Website 
Dave Sellons has taken some excellent photos at
Finally Terry Connell has put together a video of the racing.

Lets now get some more fine tuning ready for round (2) at Lincoln on 21st April, this event needs as much support as possible from you all, it is a great venue, so please get your entry in early, entry is now open Click for link to NOR and entry form.

Travellers Series Round 2 - Lincoln - 21st April

posted 1 Mar 2018, 07:00 by RG NCA   [ updated 12 Apr 2018, 02:17 ]

Lincoln RSC invite entries to the MD RG65 Traveller Series 2 on 21st April 2018.

The NoR can be found here: RG 65 OPEN 21st April 2018

Enter online HERE

Birkenhead 2018 Race Series

posted 1 Mar 2018, 06:53 by RG NCA   [ updated 1 Mar 2018, 06:53 ]

Birkenhead RS&PC are gathering quite a nice fleet of DF65's and RG65's at the club and for the 2018 season they are running a four race series and everyone is welcome to come along and sail. DF's and RG's will race together but will be given separate the scores at the end of the day. No pre registration required, just turn up on the day and sail.

Best 3 scores from 4 races will count.

11am start--------4.45 finish

MARCH 17th
MAY 5th
JUNE 9th

Club website here.

2018 National Championships Update

posted 24 Jan 2018, 04:56 by RG NCA   [ updated 24 Jan 2018, 04:56 ]

The dedicated page for the RG65 Nationals at Two Islands Radio Yacht club is now live here.

In the first few days of entry being open 10 skippers have registered including two from overseas. There is still plenty of time to get your entry in before the closing date of the 28th of April.

RG65 ICA and IRSA Joint Statement

posted 24 Jan 2018, 04:52 by RG NCA   [ updated 24 Jan 2018, 04:52 ]

Many of you will recall previous correspondence and discussions regarding an approach from IRSA to adopt the RG65 class, and with it, make changes to the way the class operates.  Most of you, and the rest of the global RG65 community rejected this approach.

In the background the RG65 ICA worked with IRSA to find common ground and this culminated with a recently published Joint Statement, and latterly the publication by IRSA of a set of IRSA 65 Rules.

To make the position clear, the RG65 ICA have sought to clarify the situation with the following notice by Fredo Vollmer

RG65 is able to continue operating as it has for the last 40 years.

Early in 2016 IRSA wrote a set of ‘internationally acceptable’ rules for the RG65 class and submitted them to the RG65-ICA for comments. In April 2016 these rules were shared with the RG65 community. These rules were rejected after consultation with you, the RG65 community, in June 2016.

After that IRSA insisted on setting up a Workgroup with RG65-ICA to go over their rules and discuss them. Starting in March 2017 and for the next nine months a team of three representatives for IRSA, three representatives for RG65-ICA and about 20 observers from both sides were able to ask questions about any item in the rules.

The RG65 team worked hard to get IRSA to adopt the current RG65 rules without modification. After a lot of negotiation it became apparent that this would not be possible and so the ICA team sought to protect the RG65 class in its current state. The Workshop has never the less been a very rich experience that exposed the complexities of rule writing. It also showed how passionate we are about our class.

IRSA continued to, and still do, want to establish a set of rules which would be suitable for competition at World Championship level under World Sailing/IRSA and the ICA team worked with IRSA to adjust their proposed rules so that they reflect much of what the RG65 class stands for. This was achieved in some cases but not in others.

The result of all this, culminating in the recently released Joint Statement, is that the RG65 class will continue to operate as it always has done. But in addition IRSA will soon release this set of rules that will allow competition at a World, Continental and International Championship level. As things stand, the vast majority of boats that currently comply with the RG65 rules (published in 2014) will also be able to comply with the new IRSA rules .

But again, let’s be clear, the only people that would need to ensure that they comply with these IRSA rules are the people that want to take part in the World, Continental and International Championships run by IRSA.

Through this process we have ensured that the RG65 class is able to continue operating as it has for the last 40 years.

The RG65 UK Committee believe that this situation, while not ideal, is the best outcome that could have been achieved.  We will continue to work closely with the ICA to ensure that the RG65 class in the UK can continue to grow and be enjoyed by us all.  At the same time there may be a number of you that look forward to the first International event run under the IRSA rules. 

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