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2019 Calender - Traveller Series and Nationals

posted 16 Oct 2018, 13:28 by Matt Riley   [ updated 16 Oct 2018, 13:28 ]

Noel Donaldson has been working hard behind the scenes to set up the 2019 TT series and with the dates now finalised and submitted to the MYA, they can be shared so that you can start to plan your personal lives around them.
 
Round 1    9 March  Eastbourne
Round 2    6 April  Bournville
Round 3    11 May   Birkenhead
Round 4    8 June   Watermead
Round 5    6 July   Keighley
Round 6    7 July   Keighley
Round 7 (UK Nationals)  14&15 September Gosport
Round 8    12 October   Two Islands

2018 Class Champion - John Tushingham

posted 16 Oct 2018, 13:25 by Matt Riley   [ updated 16 Oct 2018, 13:25 ]

In 2018 we saw 46 skippers take part in the 9 event series, a little down from the 55 in 2017.


The best 5 scores of each skipper counted towards their final ranking but in the end only 11 people sailed in 5, and 4 in more than 5 events.

This year the trophy remains ensconced in Yorkshire with John Tushingham taking the title for the second year in a row, and with 4 wins and a 2nd there was no touching him.  Well done John.

Phil Holiday secured 2nd place some 30 points adrift and Nigel Brown, a further 35 points back, completed the podium.

We want to increase participation in 2019 and would welcome any ideas that you might have to help this along so please do get in touch.  The class gives us close, high performance, competitive and friendly racing at a reasonable cost and we need to establish ourselves more within the UK Radio Sailing scene.

The full results table can he found HERE

Travellers Series Round 8 - Datchet Water - Results

posted 16 Oct 2018, 13:20 by Matt Riley   [ updated 16 Oct 2018, 13:20 ]

It was not only 11 skippers that joined the race team at Datchet on Saturday, some early rain and a lot of wind came out to play also.  The 2018 series seems to have been sailed mostly in light conditions, but it ended with a bang.


After a rain delayed start the skippers and their boats headed down to the course that had been set by Hugh McAdoo and Les Thorne in the rescue boat.  I say down to the course, and yes, it was down, way down.  The long hot summer means that the water level in the reservoir is very low and, because of this, we were given permission to sail from the waters edge rather than up at the top.
 
The PRO Terry Rensch and his shoreside assistant Peter Haskell got proceedings underway with the obligatory briefing.

The early races were mostly sailed using various forms of A rig with Nigel Brown coming out of the blocks with a blinding start to the event, taking bullets in the first 4 races before allowing Mike Kemp and Toby Laux to get a sniff, but finishing the morning with a 5th win.  Racing down the fleet was a close affair with many a tussle, but also a few boat and rig failures taking some people off the water.



After Lunch a further 6 races were completed, but by this time the wind had increased significantly taking people through their B rigs and onto very small C’s.  Winners of the afternoon races we mostly decided through survival of the gusts with us all suffering a lot of nosediving, even in the dinky C rigs.

Nigel managed to finish the day with 2 more wins but not before Toby Laux, Wayne Stobbs and Paul Davis managed to keep him at bay for the first 4 afternoon races.

The consistent but gusty wind meant that no course changes were needed during the day but the rescue boat was used a lot to recover boats that had succumbed to the conditions.  The last race saw only 6 of the 11 attendees take to the water, and Toby suffered a failure leaving only 5 finishers.  There will be a lot of rig rebuilding going on over the off-season

Nigel Brown was the convincing winner with 19 points, followed by Toby Laux on 31 and Wayne Stobbs on 33.

Huge thanks to Datchet Water Radio Sailing Club and the race team led by Terry.


Traveller Series Round 8 - Datchet - 13th October

posted 1 Oct 2018, 03:53 by Matt Riley   [ updated 1 Oct 2018, 03:53 ]

We now have the NOR for the last Travellers Series even of the year at Datchet Water.

This is the last race of the season and the guys at Datchet have been working hard to put on a great event so lets get a good turnout.


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Water Levels at Datchet - Update

posted 28 Sep 2018, 05:45 by Matt Riley   [ updated 28 Sep 2018, 05:46 ]

Phil Holiday at Datchet has been keeping an eye on the water level, he reports that it has continued to drop, however that is good news for us, as we can now drive our car to the water edge (see photo) and the club will locate a floating jetty to enable ease of launching and retrieving. 
Phil& the guys at the Datchet club are Doing a great job for us so please enter if you can and encourage others to do the same, it would be a shame if we had a low turn out. 


Travellers Series Round 7 - Birkenhead - Results

posted 28 Sep 2018, 05:42 by Matt Riley   [ updated 28 Sep 2018, 05:43 ]

The report from Noel is that rather than the strong wind expected, the wind was very light all day, in fact often non existent. This was against a forecast of 15-17mph and the strange thing is that a few miles each way from the lake the wind as at this level. 

The local skippers handled these conditions better than most, except John Tushingham who once again gave a masterclass of sail settings and wind “reading” to finish a worthy winner. Full results here

In spite of the conditions everyone enjoyed the day in the usual RG65 good spirits. 

Next up is the last Travellers series event and the decider of 2018 RG65 UK class Championship at Datchett on the 13th October.

Travellers Series Round 8 - Water levels at Datchet

posted 7 Sep 2018, 10:08 by Matt Riley   [ updated 7 Sep 2018, 10:08 ]

Some of you may have heard that the low water levels at Datchet are putting this event at risk and those rumours were not unfounded.

Wayne Stobbs flew into Heathrow over the lake last week and can confirm that the water is lower than he had have ever seen it before.

However, we have been informed that a floating pontoon has been made available which can safely accommodate up to 15 people.

The event will therefore take place as scheduled on 13 October at Datchet.  More news and notices will follow in due course.

Travellers Series Round 7 - Birkenhead - 22 September

posted 7 Sep 2018, 10:05 by Matt Riley   [ updated 7 Sep 2018, 10:06 ]

For the next event in the 2018 traveler series, we return to the venue that hosted the 2017 RG65 UK Nationals, Birkenhead, on 22 September.

The NOR has been posted to please get your entries in using the MYA entry system HERE

Travellers Series Round 6 - Report and Results

posted 24 Aug 2018, 14:24 by Matt Riley   [ updated 24 Aug 2018, 14:41 ]

Report from Clive Bardell:

As Watermead was closed due to blue/green algae, 2 Islands kindly allowed the event to be run on their lake.

The wind was varying between south and south west at 7 to 11 mph. This led to swirly winds and big changes when beating to the first mark. A reach to the second by the island caused the yachts to slow in the wind shadow but then a good run down to a gate in the channel. On several occasions the fleet split with the first three having a good wind and leaving the rest of the fleet a leg behind.

John Tushingham was on form with the first three wins but missed the fourth race due to a failed rudder servo. This gave Mike Kemp sailing a borrowed Argon for the first time to take poll position. Both Phil Holliday and Peter Baldwin were contending the top podium places.

By lunch after 10 races John was in the lead with a total of seven wins followed by Mike and Phil. There were close finishes between Noel Donaldson, Graham Bartholomew, Peter Dunnett whose positions were constantly changing. Peter Dunnett improving steadily throughout out the day and in the afternoon had two seconds and finished first on the 18 th. Race.

Overall John came out on top with 19 points followed by Phil with 43 points and third ws Mike with 45 points. Mike would have been higher but water in the receiver forced him to miss the last 4 races.

A good day for all and again a big thank you to 2 Islands for all the help and facilities provided.

Please note the Traveller 7 will be at Birkenhead on Sat.22nd Sept.
Clive Bardell. R.O.


Results:-
1st John Tushingam sail 51  19 points
2nd  Phil Holliday  sail 66  43 points
3rd Mike Kemp  sail 129 45 points
4th Peter Baldwin  sail 63  55 points
5th  Peter Dunnett  sail 95  66 points
6th Graham Bartholomew sail 65  71 points
7th Noel Donaldson sail 29  76 points
8th  Roger Dunklin  sail 177 104 points
9th  Stan Cockeram sail 92  122 points.

Full results here


Travellers Series Round 6 - Venue Change

posted 10 Aug 2018, 02:27 by Matt Riley   [ updated 10 Aug 2018, 10:42 ]

We have been contacted by the Watermead Model Boat Club to inform us that the owners of the lake, on advice from the Environment Agency, have had to suspend use of the lake due to a significant increase of toxic blue green algae.

This means that round 6 of the 2018 TT scheduled for 18 August can no longer take place as planned.  The event will instead take place at Two Islands on the same day.

The Notice of Race has been updated and can be viewed HERE.

Those skippers who have already entered will be contacted by the organising team to reconfirm their entry.

If you have not yet entered then please do so soon so that the team can prepare for the event.

On behalf of the RG65 skippers we would like to thank the team at Watermead and the Two Islands Radio Yacht Club for pulling out all the stops to make these alternative arrangements at such short notice.

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