The 2021 TT series consists of 5 events with 4 completed so far with 3 to count and just the Nationals to go. Overall positions have now been calculated and the results are shown below. Currently the top three are John Brierley on top followed by John Tushingham and then Peter Baldwin. That could easily all change once we get the results in from the Nationals. Not too long to go, so get your entries in.
After Round 3 on Saturday at Bournville, the show moved onto Watermead for Round 4 on the Sunday. Eleven sailors turned out with seven from Saturday joined by four new entries. Racing got underway soon after 10 following a briefing from Clive Bardell. Although there was more wind than Saturday at typically 5 to 8 mph (with significant lulls and some stronger gusts later), the direction was offshore creating a course setting problem for the race officer and a challenge at times for the sailors as well. At least the sun shone after lunch which warmed everyone up and no rain showers to dampen proceedings.
Although there were five different race winners during the day, the lions share of 7 went to the overall winner John Tushingham who had the ability to find the breeze and pull through the fleet even if he was buried in the pack at the start. Second was John Brierley (one win) only one point ahead of Dorian Crease (4 wins) in third. Peter Baldwin (2 wins) finished a close fourth only a further point behind. The final race winner was Vernon Appleton, who unfortunately lost a couple of races otherwise he may also have been in contention for a fourth or even higher placing.
A good days sailing with 16 races completed before the final cut-off time of 4pm. The club would like to thank all competitors for the friendly and sporting way that the racing was sailed – well done everyone.
Well, it was wet, but not terribly windy, what there was, was light and fitful. As it said in the beautiful game it was a race of two halves and it isn’t over until the fat lady sings.
So, let’s cut to the chase, a fleet of 11 boats started the day, varying designs and rig configurations, some swing rigs, others favouring conventionally rigged boats. Race officer John Burgoine set a sensible sized course for the conditions and the aim was to get 16 races, therefore three discards, in during the day.
It was nip and tuck between John Brierley and Peter Moore, John sailing an Uno and Peter a Scurry, with Peter leading for most of the day. John managed to pull away in the latter races to head off Peters challenge.
The other Peter, Baldwin that is always had third place very firmly in his hands despite a late charge from John Tushingham. The remaining section of the fleet had their own turf wars in the middle of the fleet and there it was any bodies. The weather was awful, starting off in light rain and no wind finishing in rain by the bucketful and a reasonable light breeze.
It was sailed in very sportsmanlike conditions and John B very capably assisted by his wife kept the event going despite the weather. Finally, enough is enough, you can have too much of a good thing, couldn’t get 16 races in so time to dry out and move on down to Watermead MBC for the next TT the very next day.
Race report and photos by Bill Green.
The NoR for this event has been published and online entry is open via the MYA Events page which is available here
This weekend saw rounds 1 and of the RG65 TT series being held at the coastal marine lake of West Kirby in the North West of England.
14 boats made it to the start line with 8 different designs on display. the wind was from the favoured NW and blowing around 13knots with most boats opting for the reduced area B rig, some using swing rigs but most using a conventional rig.
The course was the normal windward/leeward gate with a distance of 120m from the gate to the windward mark that gave these fantastic boats to show off there exceptional speed. 15 races were completed on the day with race winners being Graham Elliott with 14 wins sailing his Brad Gibson designed Electronica and John Tushingham sailing his Scurry design, these two were joined on the podium by Peter Baldwin sailing his Dave Creed designed Pocket Rocket.
Round 2 on the Sunday started with much the same wind strength as Saturday even though all the forecasts predicted a significantly lower wind speed and all skippers once again opted for their B rigs.
During the day, the course was moved slightly as the wind direction had swung a little to the North but we still had that 120m length from the gate to the windward mark. By lunch time the wind did reduce in strength significantly enough for all skippers to move up a rig to the full area A rig.
By the end of the day and 14 races sailed on this slightly shorter day, Graham Elliott once again comfortably took the win, with Chris Elliott second and John Tushingham third.
Seven different designs were on display with race winners for the day being Graham Elliott taking 12 wins with his Electronica, Peter Baldwin with his Pocket Rocket and Chris Elliott sailing a Graham Bantock designed Argon.
Many thanks must go to all volunteers that made these races happen, especially after the late change of venue.
The TT series now moves onto Bournville on 21/8/21 for round 3 and then onto Watermead the following day for round 4 before we go to Keighley on the 18/19th September for the 2021 National Championships.
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There are a few photographs from the weekend in the Birkenhead Club Gallery by following this link:https://birkenheadrspc.co.uk/gallery/
Unfortunately Birkenhead RS&PC have had to move the event location for the RG65 TT events on 31st July & 1st August due to toxic blue green algae. It is therefore not at the Birkenhead Lake as per the NoR but at the Marine Lake, West Kirby. Full details and entry via the Birkenhead website here
Birkenhead RS & PC have issued the NoR and opened entry for Rounds 1 & 2 of this years limited TT series.
Here is a link to the NoR and other information including the links to enter on their website (no payment required):
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:
|2021 TT Calendar|
|Saturday 31/7/21||Birkenhead||RG65 TT1|
|Sunday 1/8/21||Birkenhead||RG65 TT2|
|Saturday 21/8/21||Bournville||RG65 TT3|
|Sunday 22/8/21||Watermead||RG65 TT4|
|Saturday & Sunday 18&19/9/21||Keighley||RG65 Nationals|
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.