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. 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 comfortably took the win, with Chris Elliott second and John Tushingham third.
7 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.
Photos are available in the Gallery – click on the image to view each of the 2 sets.