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Travellers Series Round 2 - Birkenhead, April 16th

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The entry is now open for round 2 of the RG65 Travellers Series, to be held at Birkenhead MYPC on April 16th.

After the successful event at Watermead, there are already 5 entries for Round 2. These include Brad Gibson, the current National Champion with his Electronica design, out to challenge the series leaders from Round 1. With a strong local DF65 fleet there should be plenty of racing for everybody with a good turnout expected.

The plan is for racing to start at 10:30pm with a finish time of 4:15pm. Full details to be confirmed.

Please can entries be made before Thursday the 14th April to give the race team time to prepare.

MYA entry form http://mya-uk.co.uk/event/nd-rg65-open-traveller/

Birkenhead club website http://www.birkenheadmypc.co.uk/

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Brad (42) leading the way at the 2015 Nationals (Photo Sue Brown)

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A strong field of 15 skippers have now entered the 2nd Travellers Series event at Birkenhead on the 16th of April. These include last years national champion and the front runners from the first round at Watermead.

Still plenty of time to get your entry in.

NOR available here . MYA entry form here. Birkenhead club website http://www.birkenheadmypc.co.uk/

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Report by Birkenhead Race Team

A cool morning greeted skippers from across the UK as they arrived for Round 2 of the RG65 class traveller’s series with a swirling wind across the lake providing some pre race angst in the car park. Fortunately by the time of race one the predicted NNW wind funnelled down the lake, albeit with a few light patches to get things underway. For the 26 boats of varying design, including a good contingent of Dragons A rigs were chosen for the 2 seeding races with Ken Binks first to post a win in race one and Brad Gibson following suit in seeding 2.

With fleets now sorted, the racing proper got under way where the front runners of Gibson, Binks, Dave Potter, Noel Donaldson and Mark Dicks enjoyed some hard fought races. Just of the front group there were some great tussles between skippers looking to consistently avoid the ‘drop to B bubble’.

As the day progressed the wind straightened and strengthened further allowing PRO Bill Culshaw to square up the course for some fast paced racing with these small yet nimble well tuned yachts showing just what they are capable of at the top of the A & B rig ranges.

When our 4.15pm finish came around, a full 10 races of 2 heats had been completed without protest or problem skippers retired to the Birkenhead clubhouse to reflect on a great days racing where all agreed more of the same would be most welcome.

As for the scores, it was Brad Gibson who went on to record a strong win, from the fast and ever improving Dave Potter, with Phil Holliday edging out Noel Donaldson for the final podium place.

Skippers roundly thanked the Birkenhead race team of Bill Culshaw, Judith Baldwin, Victoria Gibson, Martin Roberts and Jack Turner for a great days racing.

Full results here: http://www.rg65.org.uk/news/travellersseriesround2-reportandresults

Attention now turns to the next round of this year’s Travellers series to be held on Saturday the 21st of May at Lincoln MYC.

All details on upcoming events can be found on the RG65 Class owner’s association website at http://www.rg65.org.uk

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