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The 2015 RG65 National Championships will be held at Watermead MBC in Aylesbury over the weekend of 27/28th June. Entry is open to all registered RG65 owners. Watermead have already held a successful open event this season and are sure put on a good weekend for the Nationals. For more details about the club, visit their website, https://watermeadmodelboatclub.wordpress.com/

A dedicated page on the website has been set up including the NOR and the online entry form. 2015 Nationals Entries by the 19th of June please.

The turnout should include several top skippers and their latest designs. It will also provide competitive sailing across all skill ranges. Watch the front page of the website http://www.rg65.org.uk and the RG65 Forum http://www.rg65.org.uk/forum for updates in the run up to the event.

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An early entry for the RG65 nats is Brad Gibson who will be sailing his brand new RG65 design "Electronica. This will be the first competitive outing for this new boat, if it goes as good as it looks it will be hard to beat!! There will however, be plenty of skippers with many different designs trying to do just that as the entries are already coming in. Get your entry in NOW as this will help the organising club plan for the event and social evening.

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John Taylor of Taylor Made Yachts will be sailing his new Fonix design at the upcoming RG65 Nationals. The mould for this new boat was seen at the 2014 MYA trade show and continues the trend of narrow beam and a high bow for downwind performance. It will be interesting to see this up against Brad Gibson's Electronica and Mark Dicks' latest Sliver.

There is still plenty for time to get your entry in for what will be a great weekends racing at Watermead. Please submit your entry as soon as possible as this will help the organising club plan for the event and social evening.

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First international entry is Jorge Camilo from Portugal with his Argon, who recently finished 4th at the European Masters event in France.

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Just a quick reminder that all entries for the Nationals on the 27th/28th should be in by next Friday 19th at the latest, when a communication from the host club will be sent to all those entered with important info (like skippers dinner etc. but also other things!!)

For more details ands a full entry list see the dedicated 2015 Nationals page http://www.rg65.org.uk/2015-national-championships.

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The race team would like to invite all the skippers (and partners) attending the nationals to a buffet dinner at the Riviera, which is right next to the sailing area, on Saturday (26th) evening starting at 7.00pm. The cost will be £12 each.

Please could you let Clive Bardell clive.bardell@ntlworld.com know by this Sunday how many tickets you would like so that the restaurant can be booked.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Remember last entries need to be in by tomorrow, Friday 19th - The entry form can be found on the 2015 Nationals page.

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When the online entry closing last Friday there were 21 sailors entered for the 2015 RG65 Nationals on the 27/28th June at Watermead. The full entry list is on the 2015 Nationals page. With some top skippers, including the defending champion, some hot new designs, as well as a forecast of 10mph south westerly winds and even some sun, it looks set to be a great weekend's racing.

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Brad Gibson, sailing his new Electronica, is the 2015 RG65 National Champion with an impressive score of 27 points from 21 races. Full results, report and photos to come..

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Saturday started well with 23 sailors completing registration and getting the seeding races underway in good time. The weather was sunny but with south westerly wind funneling up from the bottom corner of the lake, making it tricky to set a windward leg parallel to the control area on the bank. With a slight extension to the day, 11 races were held in to total. At the end of the day Brad Gibson was in a good position at the top of the leader board with John Tushingham and Ken Binks not far behind.

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Saturday night entertainment was curtesy of a buffet dinner at the Phoenix restaurant which is handily right on the lakeside.

Sunday started a bit grey and damp but steadily got brighter with the sun finally coming for the presentations. The wind was stronger but still from same direction, most boats on to B rigs by the lunch break but some frantic rig swapping between heats later in afternoon as the weather improved. Wrong rig choice and unlucky shifts at the top end to the windward legs meant that a few big names ended down in B fleet for a time before bouncing back up again. We were also treated to a impromptu fly-past by the Avro Vulcan and Catalina flying boat.

In the end Brad Gibson dominated the racing scoring 27 points from 21 races with his new design Electrionca built by James Edward of Robot Yachts, who sailed his own Electronica into 8th place. John Tushingham with a Mark Dicks designed Sliver was second with 66 points. Ken Binks sailing an Argon was third with 82 points. Jorge Camilo from Portugal sailed his Argon in to 4 and rounding out the trophies, Mark Dicks, with his Mk2 Sliver came 5th. Full results are here.

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As well as the Electronica and Mk 2 Sliver, another new design at the weekend was John Taylor's Fonix, two boats were racing, both with slightly different setups to decide on the final production specifications.

Big thanks to Clive Bardell and all of the team at Watermead MBC for the excellent organization even in the drizzle on Sunday morning.

A link to Sue Brown's excellent photos is here.

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