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23/06/2007
Fat Face Racing Circuit Llandegfedd SC

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Llandegfedd SC in SE Wales boasts the largest Vareo fleet in the UK and 9 local boats joined 16 visitors to form an excellent fleet of 25. Saturday dawned cloudy with a southerly breeze which decided to swing to the West 1 minute before the start of the first race! A new course was set and thereafter the day’s racing took place in a decent breeze which ranged from Force 1- 3.

 

The first race was typical of the whole weekend with tight racing in all sections of the fleet with everyone enjoying sailing in such a large fleet.    Dan Partington won Race 1 and Race 3, with Mark Williams taking race 2. Nigel Tinkler, who is in good form this year, and Richard Willows, who is quick in lighter airs, were also never far from the front of the fleet and in the pub after sailing the clever money was on these four contesting  the top spots.

 

The breeze on Sunday was lighter, Force 1 -2, and from the South. Nigel was quick from the start taking second in the Race 4 and winning Race 5.  Richard won Race 4 but thereafter couldn’t get into podium positions. Dan again showed some good form coming second in Races 5 & 6. Mark had a nightmare first beat in the first race and that set the tone for his day! Conversely the lighter winds really suited Matt Moore who was now contesting the top spots and won Race 6.

 

The top positions were still undecided going into the final race. Matt again sailed well and won the race and took third spot in the Open. Nigel finished off a great weekend’s performance with a second. Nigel was in the top three in 6 of the 7 races and a deserved winner of the event. Dan had a nightmare last race but just hung on to second overall. Richard Willows was forth, Mark Williams fifth and Chris Jordan, who progressed from tenth in Race 1 to third in Race 7 during the course of the weekend, was sixth overall. 

 

The event was deemed a great success with close racing in all parts of the fleet, a decent wind, very little rain and slick race management. At least two competitors had not sailed a Vareo before the weekend but it was limping John Regan, who had been ordered by his doctor and his wife not to sail, who took the merit trophy for a couple of top six results!

 

 

RESULTS
HELM SAIL NO R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 PTS POS
NIGEL TINKLER 484 3 2 6 2 1 3 2 13 1
DAN PARTINGTON 126 1 5 1 5 2 2 12 16 2
MATT MOORE 188 8 4 4 3 3 1 1 16 3
RICHARD WILLOWS 244 2 3 3 1 5 5 4 18 4
MARK WILLIAMS 483 4 1 2 8 7 6 9 28 5
CHRIS JORDAN 294 10 7 7 6 6 4 3 33 6
NICK CRICKMORE 334 6 10 5 4 4 9 5 33 7
JOHN REGAN 391 5 12 15 10 18 12 6 60 9
CHRIS ROMANS 340 12 11 11 11 10 11 7 61 10
MARTIN PETERS 261 26 14 12 9 9 10 11 65 11
JIM HOOD 490 11 8 9 13 17 13 14 68 12
SEAN TEDSTONE 286 13 13 18 14 12 14 15 81 13
ANDY HOWARD 389 16 15 16 12 11 16 17 86 14
NICK HAMERSLEY 428 DNS DNS DNS 7 16 8 10 93 15
TOM WATTS 424 14 18 22 17 14 21 16 100 16
MARK HAZLEDEAN 322 7 6 10 DNS DNS DNS DNS 101 17
PAUL BAILEY 514 19 19 13 15 13 15 8 103 18
ROBERT NORRIS 148 20 17 19 16 15 19 18 104 19
GARETH EDWARDS 428 9 9 8 DNS DNS DNS DNS 104 20
??? 206 DNS DNS DNS DSQ 8 7 13 106 21
NEVILLE CHAMPION 133 15 21 17 18 19 17 22 107 22
BRIAN CASTLETON 281 21 20 14 20 20 18 21 113 23
MARTIN PHILLIPS 390 17 22 21 19 21 20 20 118 24
OWEN WILLIAMS 236 18 16 20 DNS DNS DNS DNS 132 25
ANTHONY DARES 461 23 23 24 21 23 23 19 132 26
DAVID WALKER 171 22 24 23 22 22 22 23 134 27
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