Due to the slow start to this years sailing and limited opportunities for travel over the next few months, the Class has organised a limited set of 4 traveller series events in addition to the Nationals in September. The current plan is as follows:
The minutes of the recent RG65 UK Class AGM have been finalised and published here. A pdf version is also available and that has been published here.
Motion 1 at the AGM was a vote on allowing up to 4 rigs for UK Events. This was passed with a vote of 89% in favour and so an Appendix 1 has been published to the RG65 Class Rules for use at UK events. These are available here.
Motion 3 at the AGM was a vote to allow IRSA 65 Class boats to sail at UK RG65 events. This was again passed with 84% in favour and an Appendix 2 to the RG65 Class Rules has been published here to clarify this.
As required by the Class Association Constitution, this is an announcement that the next AGM will be held electronically on 3 March 2021 and will follow the timetable below.
By 2nd January 2021 – All members advised by email of the AGM date and timetable. This email to ask for all items for inclusion on the Agenda including any proposed motions and nominations for the elected Officer positions
By 1st February 2021 – The above motions and nominations to be received by email
By 17th February 2021 – The final Agenda and items for voting are advised by email. Instructions on how to cast votes electronically are communicated to electorate
3rd March 2021 – Receipt of voting ends and the AGM is closed
Formal notification The 2021 RG65 UK National Class Association AGM will take place electronically to a published timetable and closes on the 3rd March 2021
Any item or motions to be included on the Agenda from members to be received by email by the 1st February 2021 using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Any nomination for the elected officer positions of Class Captain, Racing Officer, Membership Officer and Web Officer to be received by email using the email address email@example.com by the 1st February 2021.
Nominations should include a proposer and seconder who shall be full members of the Association. Please note that the currently appointed Racing Officer and Membership Officer have confirmed their willingness to stand for re-election. The position of Class Captain is currently vacant and candidates are sought, and that of Web Officer will become vacant at the AGM.Motions to be proposed by the executive
The committee will propose a motion to add an appendix to the 2014 RG65 Class rules to allow for 4 Rigs to be used at any event. This appendix will expire when an updated version of the RG65 Class Rules is published.
The committee will propose a motion to add an appendix to the 2014 RG65 Class rules requiring all hulls to bear their UK registration number on the outside of the hull. This appendix will expire when an updated version of the RG65 Class Rules is published.
The committee will propose a motion to add an appendix to the 2014 RG65 Class rules allowing boats that are compliant with the “IRSA 65 Class” rules to participate in events organised by the RG65 UK National Class Association. This appendix will expire when an updated version of the RG65 Class Rules is published.
Any questions received by the Committee that may be of relevance for the wider membership will be shared online HERE for information.
For and on behalf of the 2020 RG65 UK National Class Association committee
Sadly I bring the news that I am sure you will be expecting. Our final RG65 TT at Datchet on 3 October has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
Therefore, as we have only manged to run the first two rounds of the 2020 TT at Birkenhead in March we will not score the overall series this year. Let’s hope that we can make up for it in 2021.
Speaking of 2021, we have decided that we will not schedule any TT events for the time being as we are expecting the COVID disruption to run well into next year. For now only the 2021 National Championships will be scheduled and added to the MYA Yearbook calendar, with other events added to the calendar on the website as and when they can be. We will give as much notice for these events as we can.
In the meantime we hope that you can all manage to get some local club sailing in.
Rounds 1&2 of the 2020 TT took place at Birkenhead on 14 & 15 March.
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.
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.
Yes folks, we are gearing up to start the 2020 season with TT1 in Birkenhead on 14/15 March.
When I was looking at the Birkenhead website earlier I saw that the trees along the edge of the lake are being removed which will hopefully make the wind more stable on those days when we have light conditions – rare occasions….
Anyway, the Notice of Race has been published and MYA Online Entry is available, all over HERE.
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.
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.
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.