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20/06/2004
RS Fat Face Racing Circuit Carsington SC

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Competition in the RS Vareos is hotting up with many helms travelling long distances to pit their skills against each other. At Carsington's first Vareo event seventeen boats competed in a three race series of windward-leeward courses. All the boats were on the line when the first gun went and places continued to change throughout the fleet as helms got to grips with the wind shifts. Finally Stephen Blake, having the advantage of sailing on his home water, established a clear lead and went on to win by twenty boat lengths with visitor Martin Barrett having to settle for second place. Helms were even keener on the second start with Bob Pearson, revelling in the increased wind conditions, getting away to be first round the windward mark. The pack was hot on his heels and Stephen Blake again mastered the tricky downwind legs to pull through to another win with a visitor, Carl Whitehead, having to settle for second. The final race was fiercely contested with Ian Hibbitt, who already had two third places to his credit, showing everyone the way until he uncharacteristically capsized. Martin Barrett quickly took advantage to go on to win with Paul Kelly a well deserved second. Stephen Blake, after a poor start, worked his way up to third. Final places were very tight with first and second separated by only one point then three boats on equal points tying for third.
1st Stephen Blake [Carsington][2 pts] 2nd Martin Barrett [Craven] [3 pts] 3rd Paul Kelly [Carsington] [6pts] 4th Carl Whitehead [Filey] [6pts] 5th Ian Hibbitt [Carsington] [6pts]
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