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2017 Travellers Series Round 1 - Report and Results

posted 6 Mar 2017, 04:46 by RG NCA   [ updated 15 Mar 2017, 14:44 ]
Despite forecasts of downpours, the weather held for the 18 sailors who turned up for the first Travellers Series events at the Eastbourne and District Model Yacht Club lake at Princes Park. After registration, a course was laid on the seaward side of the lake and sailing got underway with all 18 boats in a single fleet. The wind steadily increased over the day with some big shifts coming from the western end of the lake turning the longer beats into a bit of a gamble with the fleet splitting between staying close inshore and vanishing off into the middle of the lake.

At lunch Alex Corey had built up a lead with his new Scurry that he was going to keep for the rest of the day. The strengthening but fluky wind caused some dilemmas over rig choice with people swapping between A rigs, intermediate (low aspect A) rigs and B rigs as the gusts came and went. A few boats had some early season electrical glitches and there were a couple of breakages cause by overpowered boats nose-diving down wind, including Nigel Brown snapping the main sheet on his impressive metallic blue Scurry after the rig and hull tried to go in separate directions during a submarine excursion.

For the final races the wind got lighter, leading to a few more rig changes, but after 20 races, Alex had kept his form and came in with 27 points to Ken Binks on 69. Tobias Laux just took third on a count back from Phil Holiday, last years UK class Champion. the full results can be found at the Eastbourne website here

A big thanks to the Andrew Blagborough and the rest of the Eastbourne team for holding the event, suppling plenty of hot drinks and cake from the tea trolley and providing a very efficiently run days racing.

Next up for the Travellers series is the double header of rounds 2 and 3 at Weecher Resevoir in Yorkshire on the 22nd/23rd April, but remember, Birkenhead are starting their RG65 series on the 1st April, more details here

RG65 Traveller Trophy Series at Eastbourne 4/32017
Click the image for a link to Sue Brown's Flickr Album.

Terry Cornell has also put together a youtube video of the day's racing.