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Watermead Travellers Series, 5 March 2016. Report, results and photos.

posted 11 Mar 2016, 04:49 by RG NCA   [ updated 11 Mar 2016, 05:49 ]

Driving through the snow, ice and fog it looked like it was going to be a challenging day for the 14 skippers who turned out for the 1st event in the 2016 RG65 Travellers Series at Watermead Model Boat Club on the 5th March.

As it was, the day turned out to be cold, with only the odd patch of rain and even some sunshine in the afternoon.  As boats were prepared the wind was mostly light but the stronger winds forecast turned up at 11 o’clock as predicted by Clive Bardell, the RO for the event. The majority of the skippers took the break for a change to the course after the first race as a chance to change down to B rigs, which they stayed with for the rest of the day.
A gusty north west wind blowing off the shore caused some tricky wind shifts and dead patches close inshore from the control bank. Most people ended up going backwards at some point after tacking into a shift that wasn’t actually there. The race team moved the windward marks further offshore to account for this but after lunch it was decided to move to the whole operation to the jetty at the southern side of the lake so that the course could be moved into more open water.
Of the 14 boats, nearly all completed the day, Mike Chamberlain, after a good early showing with his Alex Corey designed Scram, had to pull out after lunch and Matt Riley had some range issues with his receiver which resulted in a quick drive round the lake to retrieve an errant boat. 16 races were completed in total, allowing for 3 discards.
Ken Binks scored 28 points to take the top spot with his Mark Dicks designed Sliver (pic above)
Phil Holliday’s Argon placed 2nd with 31 points.
Nigel Brown came third with 41 points and another Sliver.

Ken, Phil and Nigel are also the top three in the Travellers Series points after this first event.

Roger Dunklin was top placed RG65 and 10th overall.

And finally Kathrine Craddock was presented a prize as best new comer, this was her second ever event after getting her new boat for Christmas.

Full results attached below and a link to more of Sue Brown’s excellent  photos is here.

As usual a big thanks to Clive and the Watermead team for keeping things running smoothly despite the conditions and providing an enjoyable days racing for all (and the pole for those who go too close to the bank)

The next round in the Travellers Series is on 16th April at Birkenhead, check the calender at rg65.org.uk for full list of events.

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RG NCA,
11 Mar 2016, 04:49