Five sailors arrived to take part in the first of the Winter RG65 series, a few of the absentees sailing elsewhere. The day started with rain and did not let up, the light wind was very inconsistent blowing from over the factory, making the course difficult to sail. The start line was very biased until Bill’s boat caught a start line buoy and then having donned the waders, reset the start line to a more favourable position.
Most of the boats had top A, which was the right choice as the boats were controllable during the frequent gusts. John B and Bill were at the front most of the time with all the wins between them, John mastering the conditions taking seven wins from Bill’s three. Alan and John C both managed to take second places with Dave sailing consistently to take third and fourth places.
Ten races completed and it was decided the rain and cold was too much so a halt was called. Thanks to Dave for organising the racing and scoring.
- John Brierley Uno 9pts
- Bill Culshaw Ivy 23pts
- Alan Watkinson Uno 25pts
- Dave Williams Uno 30pts
- John Carlin Uno 31pts
There was a keen 10 knot WNW breeze down the lake as everyone arrived for the afternoon. Although the sun was out the weather had turned decidedly cooler this week and initially it looked like A rig conventional for the RG65 and A for the DF65. However, a heavy rain/hail shower killed the wind for a while before the start and a number opted for A swing rigs on the RG and most for the A+ on the DF. The wind soon returned as racing started and led to some changes of rig (enforced by gear failure in some instances) and most RG were using A or low aspect A whilst a few hardy souls kept with the A+ on the DF.
The first session of 10 races for the fleet of 7 RG65’s Peter Baldwin made the best of the conditions in his Uno and took 3 wins, with Alan Bennett (Ivy) and Bill Culshaw (Ivy) who had one each. After the break Alan had the best run of 4 wins and Bill who took the other. This left Peter with the overall win by just one point and Alan 3 points further back in third.
In the DF fleet of 4 boats, wins were shared between Neil Westbrook and Tony Sedgwick with 4 each and Clive Warren with 2. Neil and Tony were tied on scored races and so the overall win went to Tony due to his win in the last race.
A good day with thanks to Dave Williams for organising the score card and scoring the fleet, plus starting and finishing in the second half.
- Peter Baldwin Uno 63 15pts
- Bill Culshaw Ivy 21 16pts
- Alan Bennett Ivy 68 19pts
- John Carlin Uno 97 33pts
- Alan Watkinson Uno 23 34pts
- Dave Williams Uno 33 52pts
- John Brierley Uno 84 54pts
- Tony Sedwick 318 13pts (winner last race)
- Neil Westbrook 03 13pts
- Clive Warren 53 20pts
- John Berry 04 27pts
Next weekend is the two day Traveller Series event for the DF65, entry via the MYA Events page. Closing date is Tuesday evening, although late entries by agreement with the organisers can be made.
A report for the event has been published here and has also been published on Yachts and Yachting.
Unfortunately it was more of the same as the last RG65 Saturday racing with the wind predominantly from the SW, so over the houses, round the houses etc etc. A strong gusty 2 to 15 knots tested the sailors in choosing the right rig and most opted for a low aspect A conventional, unless you only had swing rigs that is.
Peter setup a course starting from the far side in more breeze and with an easier sighting of the start line to a mark and spreader just past halfway across and back to a gate. It was mostly a beat or fetch to the first mark, although may start as a broad reach and end up as a beat with no real indication on which tack you would finally take into the mark.
Martin and John shared the wins in the first session of 6 races, until Johns’ winch broke loose from its mount and he had to retire for the day. This left Martin to take the remaining wins, with Alan, Bill and Peter chasing hard and occasionally in front, but never quite keeping the win from Martin.
So Martin won the day comfortably on only 7 points from the 10 races, with Bill second on countback from Peter in third. The countback went all the way to their result in the last race, so a very close day for this pair, with Alan almost causing a 3 way tie just one point behind them.
- Martin Roberts 133 Pocket Rocket 7pts
- Bill Culshaw 21 Ivy 25pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 Uno 25pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 Uno 26pts
- John Brierley 84 Uno 32pts
- Dave Williams 33 Uno 47pts
- Charles Legg 26 Uno 61pts
Sunshine and no rain, unusual so far for July, if only the wind had straightened it would of been perfect conditions for the 8 skippers sailing RG65’s, the wind was blowing from the top left which means at times it bends around the houses, through the houses, over the houses, you get the picture.
The choices for which end of the start line to start, start low in the slightly more consistent wind and hope for a shift or a lift to take you into the windward mark or start high and hope you don’t sail into a hole, middle to bottom seem to work best if you played the averages.
All 8 skippers chose a reduced height full area rig to try and cope with the gusty conditions, 6 conventional rigs and 2 swing rigs, the conventional rig definitely having the advantage.
Unfortunately we lost Dave Williams before the start due to a defunct rudder servo but as always Dave willingly volunteered to stick around and start and score the fleet, thanks Dave. We also lost John Brierley after 6 races, after putting on the waders on retrieving his boat attached to a mark warp with something. We also had other skippers missing the odd race due to running repairs or rig changes or even one skipper launching his boat but forgetting to switch it on, always worth waggling your rudder before releasing I find.
Most races saw the fleet quite spread out due to the conditions but at least 4 races were hotly contested where any one of 4 boats could have got the win.
After 12 races we had 4 race winners, Graham (Elestronica) 8 wins, Bill (Ivy) 2 wins, Peter (Uno) 1 win and John B (Uno) 1 win.
Scores after 12 races with 2 discards….
- Graham Elliott Electronica 09 12pts
- Bill Culshaw Ivy 21 23pts
- Peter Baldwin Uno 63 29pts
- Alan Watkinson Uno 23 34pts
- John Brierley Uno 84 52pts
- Charles Legg Uno 26 55pts
- John Carlin Uno 87 61pts
Many thanks to Dave Williams for running the day and keeping us all in line.
Six RG65s took part in an enjoyable and often closely fought afternoon of racing across eight two lap races that started at the clubhouse end, saw a beat up to a mark at the far end of the pond to be rounded to port, a nearby spreader also taken to port, and a run down to a single red at the clubhouse end to be taken to port. Owing to the wind direction it was decided to dispense with a downwind gate. For the most part, the course worked as planned but there were a couple races late on in which we found ourselves reaching up to the ‘upwind mark’ and reaching back to the ‘downwind mark’, with some very fluky winds in between. For most of the afternoon the sun shone and the breeze was strong enough to get the boats with their A swing rigs up to a good turn of speed without serious nosediving on the downwind legs. In the end, John Brierley was the runaway winner with Dave Williams to be congratulated on a well earned second place. The results in full are:
- John Brierley 84 Uno 6 Pts
- Dave Williams 33 Uno 13 Pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 Uno 20 Pts
- John Carlin 11 Uno 22 Pts (1 x second)
- Charles Legg 26 Uno 22 Pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 Uno 31 Pts