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RG65 Open - Watermead MBC - 5th March (Traveller Series 1)

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The 2016 Traveller series kicks off with the RG65 Open event at Watermead MBC on the 5th March

This event sees the RG65 fleet return to the hosts of last years nationals and is set to be a good start to the new season. It will be the perfect chance for everyone, young or old, experienced or novice, RG65 or DF65 to get some competitive racing in in a friendly atmosphere.

The new trophy RG65 Class Champion trophy will go to the skipper with the best score from any five of the nine Traveller Series events, so make sure you sail as many events as possible (but at least five) to get the best results possible. For the rest of the series see the RG65 or MYA calendar's.

Briefing 9:45, first race to start at 10:00, No race to start after 15:30

Entries by MYA site or email to Watermead MBC Racing Sec, Clive Bardell - clive.bardell@ntlworld.com Can we have all entries by Thurs 3rd March please, to allow the race team time to prepare.

Entry fee £4 on the day. For directions and details of the club see https://watermeadmodelboatclub.wordpress.com/


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Congratulations to Ken Binks for taking first place in the first of the RG65 Traveller event at Watermead. Ken scored 28 points over 16 races with Phil Holiday and Nigel Brown coming in second and third. A big thanks to Clive Bardell and the Watermead race team for providing a great day of racing despite the tricky (and cold) north wind.

A full report, results and photos will be posted soon.

This means that Ken is also leading the points for the RG65 Class Champion Trophy. The next round is on April the 16th At Birkenhead.

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Driving through the snow, ice and fog it looked like it was going to be a challenging day for the 14 skippers who turned out for the 1st event in the 2016 RG65 Travellers Series at Watermead Model Boat Club on the 5th March.

As it was, the day turned out to be cold, with only the odd patch of rain and even some sunshine in the afternoon. As boats were prepared the wind was mostly light but the stronger winds forecast turned up at 11 o’clock as predicted by Clive Bardell, the RO for the event. The majority of the skippers took the break for a change to the course after the first race as a chance to change down to B rigs, which they stayed with for the rest of the day.

A gusty north west wind blowing off the shore caused some tricky wind shifts and dead patches close inshore from the control bank. Most people ended up going backwards at some point after tacking into a shift that wasn’t actually there. The race team moved the windward marks further offshore to account for this but after lunch it was decided to move to the whole operation to the jetty at the southern side of the lake so that the course could be moved into more open water.

Of the 14 boats, nearly all completed the day, Mike Chamberlain, after a good early showing with his Alex Corey designed Scram, had to pull out after lunch and Matt Riley had some range issues with his receiver which resulted in a quick drive round the lake to retrieve an errant boat. 16 races were completed in total, allowing for 3 discards.

Ken Binks scored 28 points to take the top spot with his Mark Dicks designed Sliver, Phil Holliday’s Argon placed 2nd with 31 points and Nigel Brown came third with 41 points and another Sliver. Ken, Phil and Nigel are also the top three in the Travellers Series points after this first event. Roger Dunklin was top placed RG65 and 10th overall and finally Kathrine Craddock was presented a prize as best new comer, this was her second ever event after getting her new boat for Christmas.

Full results are available at the RG65 Website http://www.rg65.org and a link to Sue Brown’s excellent photos is here https://flic.kr/s/aHskvH76bh.

As usual a big thanks to Clive and the Watermead team for keeping things running smoothly despite the conditions and providing an enjoyable days racing for all (and the pole for those who go too close to the bank)

The next round in the Travellers Series is on 16th April at Birkenhead, check the calender at rg65.org.uk for full list of events.

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