2021 TT Round 3 @ Bournville

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.

Winner – John Brierley
Second – Peter Moore
Third – Peter Baldwin
“Action” from the early part of racing

RG65 TT Rounds 1 & 2 @ Birkenhead

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.

Click on results to see larger version.

There are a few photographs from the weekend in the Birkenhead Club Gallery by following this link:https://birkenheadrspc.co.uk/gallery/

2021 RG65 TT Calendar

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
DateLocationEvent
Saturday 31/7/21BirkenheadRG65 TT1
Sunday 1/8/21BirkenheadRG65 TT2
Saturday 21/8/21BournvilleRG65 TT3
Sunday 22/8/21WatermeadRG65 TT4
Saturday & Sunday 18&19/9/21KeighleyRG65 Nationals

Minutes of AGM and UK Appendices to Class Rules

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.

2021 AGM of the RG65 UK NCA

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 waynestobbs@gmail.com

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 waynestobbs@gmail.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

 
Thanks 
RG65 NCA