Postponement of Eastbourne TT

Due to the recent restriction and advice issued by the UK Government with respect to COVID-19 it has been decided to postpone the UK RG65 TT scheduled for Eastbourne on 25 & 26 April 2020.

We will look to find a way to reschedule the event for a later date and will update you on this in due course.

EMDYC will be in contact with all current entrants directly.

Round 1&2 of the 2020 TT at Birkenhead

Rounds 1&2 of the 2020 TT took place at Birkenhead on 14 & 15 March.

Round 1

Conditions as the 18 sailors arrived at the club did not seem to match the forecast with a light and fitful SE breeze blowing from the clubhouse and overcast conditions.  Race Officer Martin Roberts setup for a Windward Leeward course using a spreader mark and a single leeward mark for the first few races.  Alex Cory (minus 10) convincingly took the first race having been in the right place for the breeze off the line.  John Tushingham (Scurry) then took the wins for races 2 and 3, with John Brierley (Uno) and Vernon Appleton (Argon) taking podium places in two of those races.  After fixing a problem with his boat, Tobias Laux (Nuraghe) then picked up a win in his first race, with Peter Baldwin (Pocket Rocket), taking the win in race 5, before a break in racing took place for a hot drink.

After the break the RO had moved the course around as the breeze moved to more of a Southerly direction, but with large shifts as the gusts came over the houses and down onto the water.  It was also time for a light shower dampening everyone’s enthusiasm, although the wind shifts were not making it easy for anyone. In the second session before lunch, Alex took two more wins, with John Brierley and Tobias one each.

After lunch, there was a further course change for the RO to complete as the wind was not settling down in direction and if anything increasing slightly in strength.  Alex again made the most of the conditions winning two further races and taking two seconds, with Noel Donaldson (Uno) and Peter one each.  The last session of three races, saw wins for John Tushingham, John Brierley and Tobias.

When the scores were totalled up after 16 races, there was a tie on 35 points between Alex Cory and John Tushingham, with Alex taking the overall win with a greater number of wins (5) against John who only had 3.  The final podium place went to John Brierley five points behind them.  The final results showed seven different designs in the first seven places, although the “Minus 10” is a narrower derivative of the Scurry and seemed suited to the conditions we had during this day.

Thanks to Martin Roberts, Bernie and Judith for running the racing and Chris for running the galley, providing hot drinks and serving up cake for everyone.

Round 2

Sunday was a new day and a on to the next Round, although the wind was very similar in both strength (4 knots) and direction (SE) to the start of Saturday.  This time it was down to John Brierley as RO to find the best course to set for the reduced fleet of only 13 competitors. He managed to get the fleet underway on time after a short briefing and description of the course.  At least everyone started the first race unlike the start of Saturday.

Alex Cory started the day with a win as he did on Saturday, followed in race 2 by John Tushingham with Peter Baldwin taking Race 3, Tobias Laux Race 4 followed by John Race 5 before a short drinks break.  Meanwhile John Brierley was working hard to change the course and the fleet restarted after the break with a longer course as the breeze picked up and slowly swung more to the West.  John Tushingham again took Races 6 and 9 before Graham Elliott had his first wins in races 7 and 8. With the wind increasing even more, all sailors had changed down a rig by Race 10, which was won by Peter Baldwin, before an early break for lunch was taken.  The RO moved the course further round during the lunch break and the afternoon was spent with some excellent B Rig racing and a breeze that was almost straight down the lake, with the sun putting in an appearance to warm everyone up.

Peter Baldwin took wins in Races 11, 13 and 16, John Tushingham also had three wins in races 14, 15 and 17, with Graham Elliott the only one to spoil their successes with a win in Race 12.

John Tushingham easily took the overall win with only 25 points, followed by Graham Elliott in second with 41 points and Peter Baldwin one point behind in third.

Thanks must go to John Brierley, Bernie and Judith for running Sundays racing and Chris and Jocelyn for running the galley keeping us all topped up with welcome hot drinks and yet more cake.

Finally, congratulations to everyone in the fleet for sailing competitively yet fairly over the two days. We look forward to welcoming the RG65 fleet back next year.

2019 TT – Final Results

That’s it, the 2019 TT is done. Going into the last event the winner was already secured, 2nd was almost safe but 3rd and 4th were vulnerable to a few people who would be adding their 5th score to count towards the series.

In the end all of those 4 places remained unchanged but there was some significant movement in the places thereafter.

You can see the full results table HERE

Well done to John Tushingham for securing another series title with 494 points out of a possible 500.

There was a special award made to Neil Westbrook who was the only person to take part in every round of the 2019 TT. Well done Neil.

Thanks to all 50 participants and we look forward to seeing you all for the 2020 series

Two Islands – Final round of the 2019 TT series

15 Skippers took part in the final round of the 2019 TT at Two Islands on Saturday with a number of people needing good scores to get them to move up the overall standings.

Don’t let this picture bluff you about the conditions, it is from a year or two ago

The forecast was for light winds and rain, and that forecast proved to be very accurate. At least the wind direction was quite consistent, so everyone only needed to deal with the big wind shifts caused by the houses, trees, islands etc. Nicely challenging.

it is safe to say that Tobias Laux turned up intent to repeat his performance from the recent National Championships, but he met some stiff opposition from a number of others.

Another very notable appearance on the water was Clive Cockayne’s Sith sporting a single sail rig, which his own admission, was a shot in the dark. It proved to power the boat very well and I have no doubt that we will see it again after some minor adjustments to the fullness.

Sadly we do not have any pictures of the sailing as everyone was on the water for the single fleet racing, and our resident photographer was off at another event.

At the end of the day, John Tushingham took the event win after 20 races with 30 points, followed by Tobias on 44 points and Alex Cory on 52.

The full scoresheet sheet can be viewed HERE

Thank you to all of the Race Team for running the day. Great Job.

RG65 TT8 – Two Islands

12 October 2019

The final round of the 2019 RG65 UK TT takes place at Two Islands on 12 October and entries have stared to come in.

Two Islands on Furston Lake, Milton Keynes, is a regular stop on the RG65 tour and always delivers us a good and challenging event. 

The NOR has been published so please take a look and enter using the MYA entry system HERE

Entries to date as follows (as of 24/09/2019):

  1. Peter Baldwin – Pocket Rocket
  2. Wayne Stobbs – Scurry
  3. Terry Wright – Sith
  4. Clive Cockayne – Sith
  5. Noel Donaldson – Argon
  6. Roger Dunklin – Scurry
  7. Liz Tushingham – Scurry
  8. John Tushingham – Scurry
  9. Neil Westbrook – Pocket Rocket
  10. Alan Watkinson – Pocket Rocket
  11. Alex Cory – Minus10
  12. Mike Kemp – Sith
  13. Tobia Laux – Nuraghe
  14. John Brierley – Pocket Rocket (Provisional Entry)
  15. Phil Holliday – Electronica

New Website

So……. you may have noticed, the UK RG65 NCA has a new website.

We have been working to create a new website for some time to make it easier for us to publish information, event details, results etc and here we are, we have taken the plunge and enlivened it.

This is still very much a work in progress so please let us have your comments and suggestions. Just email your ideas and comments to contact@rg65.org.uk.

And don’t forget to “follow” us using the link you will see on the, normally the bottom right, so that you are alerted when we add something to the website

Happy Reading

Last Call for the UK Nationals

The RG65 UK National Championships take place in Gosport on 14&15 September and the entry window closes on 30 August. 

John Smith has published the NOR and online entry is open via the MYA Entry System

Please note that any entry is only confirmed once payment is received.

For those that are interested the current entry list is as follows.

Mike Kemp 
Peter Baldwin
Wayne Stobbs
Phil Holliday
Noel Donaldson
Gerard Chauvel
Martin Gray
Nigel Brown
Alan Watkinson
John Brierley
Graham Elliott
Neil Westbrook
Ralph Wilkinson
Chris Forman
Ken Binks
Mark Dicks
Clive Cokayne
Christel Cracco
Alex Cory
Roger Dunklin
John Tushingham
Liz Tushingham
Tobi Laux
Colin Moss
Trevor Binks
Peter Moore

Eastbourne TT Report

Skippers were greeted with a forecast of 20 mile an hour winds gusting 30 from the west. 20 Helms had pre-entered but on the day 18 arrived starting at 10 o’clock, not before people enjoyed bacon BAP‘s and egg and bacon rolls to start the day.

Roger Clifford was RO along with the usual group of Eastbourne club members and wives to run the event for which the skippers thank them enormously.

Racing started at 10 o’clock and continued at slick pace as you can see from the number of races completed. It became a war of attrition as boat and electronic failures arrived regularly during the day.

Rig choice was between B and C initially some using A- but it very soon became apparent that B rig was the order of the day until later in the morning with the gusty wind becoming even stronger most opted for C rig.

After an excellent lunch break with hot soup French bread sausage rolls and hot dogs were the order of the day as we all warmed up.

Racing resumed at 1:45 and continued until 4 o’clock. During the afternoon the wind abated and we opted to go back to B rig which most people finished up with.  At some point the wind was even light enough for people to go back to an A minus momentarily but it soon became clear as it’s was just too much sail area.

23 Races completed and the top 3 on the day were within 10 points of each other.  Ken Binks took the win, closely followed by Alex Cory and Clive Cockayne

Full results are shown below and we almost achieved a fourth discard but the clock just beat us.

Thank you to Roger Clifford and all his team along with the catering wise made it a superb day to start the season. Thanks also to the Eastbourne club for once again providing a great day’s sailing.

Thanks to Dave Pickett for the use of his photos.  Move pictures available on his Flickr Page