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12/05/2007
RS200 Fat Face Racing Circuit Shoreham SC

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   Photo by Warwick Baker.    Full set can be seen on www.shorehamsailing.org.  Click gallery.

The wild, wild RS200 Fat Face Racing Circuit at Shoreham YC.

 

 Shoreham YC made a great impression when they hosted their first ever RS event on May 12/13th with the visit of the RS200’s for round three of the Fat Face Racing Circuit. With all weather forecasts promising gales and plenty of rain for the weekend there was a low entry for a south coast RS200 event with only 31 boats attending and to start with it looked as if the weather forecasters had got it right. Hence it was with some surprise that the fleet listened to the legend that is PRO, Robert Arkie Wainwright at the briefing as he told them that he had been out in the race area with fleet reps and the first race was going to start at 13.30. There was only a force 4-5, the sea state in the race area was much better than the large waves around the harbour mouth.

 

Of course the inevitable happened and by the time of the first start the wind had really increased and with the tide falling the wave height had increased. After quite a few attempts to persuade the start mark/ leeward gate not to head towards the harbour and many capsizes by anyone attempting anything outside of sailing in a straight line downwind the fleet was sensibly taken ashore. The ride home allowed photographer Warwick Baker to take some truly spectacular shots.

 

Sunday started much calmer and the whole fleet launched into a steady force 3-4 from the south east with a much smaller sea running. Roger Gilbert/Jane Willan showed their intent by established a good lead after a long opening beat with Nick Charles/Juliet Kingsnorth their nearest challenges. These two stayed 1.2 to the finish as the wind increased with Geoff Carveth/Emma Clarke third. With the wind now up to a force 4-6 and the wave height increasing Gilbert/Willan appeared in total control of race 2 until they capsized on the final run. Ian Pickard/Loopy Lucy Matthews shot by to win with Gilbert/Willan second and Carveth/Clarke again third. Race 3 saw the strongest wind of the day and this time Gilbert/Willan made no mistake to win from James Stewart/Toby Lewis and Pickard/Matthews. With the event won with a race to go Gilbert/Willan headed for the harbour leaving a much depleted fleet to compete the final race which was won by Charles/Kingsnorth.

 

After everyone dried out after such a wild day on the water it was time to give out the chocolates. Tom Winskell and Alex Pickles from RNSA won the Bronze Division from Martin and Heidi Vinson. Fiona Hall/Helen Wightman won the silver division in 9th place overall by 2 points from Richard Neall/Lucy Davies.

 

Shoreham YC had been the best of hosts, a very friendly club who did an excellent job to ensure some good racing took place in some very testing conditions. Their shore party was excellent in making launching easy and having your launching trolley ready for you at the water edge as soon as came ashore.

 

Its off to North Yorkshire in a fortnights time for round 4 of the Fat Face Racing Circuit at the Garda of the North, Filey SC; lets hope it is half as good as last years event.

    

1st

1219

Roger Gilbert

Jane Willan

Frensham Pond

1

2

1

(32 DNC)

36

4

2nd

1165

Ian Pickard

Loopie Lucy Matthews

Bristol Corinthian

(4)

1

3

3

11

7

3rd

953

Nick Charles

Juliet KIngsnorth

Bristol Corinthian

2

(6)

5

1

14

8

4th

1203

James Stewart

Toby Lewis

Stokes Bay

5

(13)

2

2

22

9

5th

751

Geoff Carveth

Emma Clarke

Littleton

3

3

4

(9 RTD)

19

10

6th

962

Andrew Peters

Jeraldine Peters

King & Queen YC

7

5

6

(32 DNC)

50

18

7th

789

Steve Dunn

Rachel Jones

RYA

8

4

7

(32 DNC)

51

19

8th

345

Eddie Whitehead

Noelle Vidal

Filey

(9)

8

8

4

29

20

9th

600

Fiona Hall

Helen Wightman

Littleton

(19)

12

12

5

48

29

10th

371

Sarah Taylor

Lucy Matthews

Bristol Corinthian

11

10

9

(32 DNC)

62

30

11th

486

Richard Neall

Tom Scott

Itchenor

14

(32 DNC)

10

7

63

31

12th

996

David Steed

Suzie Procter

Stokes Bay

(17)

14

13

6

50

33

13th

1147

Simon Gillow

Emma Harniman

Wembley

13

9

11

(32 DNC)

65

33

14th

941

Mike Chapman

Richard Bratton

Bexhill

15

15

14

(32 DNC)

76

44

15th

816

Martin Jones

Clare Jones

Itchenor

6

7

(32 DNC)

32 DNC

77

45

16th

617

Ian Sharps

Ellie Martin

Burghfield

16

11

(32 DNC)

32 DNC

91

59

17th

561

Tom Winskell

Alex Pickles

Royal Navy SA

12

17

(32 DNC)

32 DNC

93

61

18th

896

Sue Antonelli

Jo Lloyd

Littleton

(32 RTD)

16

16 RTD

32 DNC

96

64

19th

854

Lee Sydenham

Anne Sydenham

RYA

10

23 RTD

(32 DNC)

32 DNC

97

65

20th

732

Martin Vinson

Heidi Vinson

Littleton

21

23 RTD

(32 DNC)

32 DNC

108

76

21st

950

Tony Cook

Caroline Scutt

Littleton

24

23 RTD

(32 DNC)

32 DNC

111

79

22nd

1077

Pete Vincent

Tessa Nicholls

Bristol Corinthian

18

(32 DNC)

32 DNC

32 DNC

114

82

23rd

1094

Sam Littlejohn

Matt Giles

Lancing

20

(32 DNC)

32 DNC

32 DNC

116

84

24th

343

Jeff McTaggart

Tim Jones

Shoreham

22

(32 DNC)

32 DNC

32 DNC

118

86

25th

815

Mick Wright

KT Nicholl

MBYC

(32 RTD)

23 RTD

32 DNC

32 DNC

119

87

25th

1007

P Goodwin

R Rhodes

DWSC

(32 RTD)

23 RTD

32 DNC

32 DNC

119

87

25th

612

Phil Waind

Sonya Waind

Wembley

23

(32 DNC)

32 DNC

32 DNC

119

87

28th

858

Paul Lewis

Felicity Pearson

Burghfield

(32 RTD)

32 DNC

32 DNC

32 DNC

128

96

28th

947

Gareth Robinson

Sarah Holland

Littleton

(32 RTD)

32 DNC

32 DNC

32 DNC

128

96

28th

626

Caroline Martin

Nigel Harniman

Burghfield

(32 RTD)

32 DNC

32 DNC

32 DNC

128

96

28th

604

Neil Chadborn

Lucy Hall

Paignton

(32 RTD)

32 DNC

32 DNC

32 DNC

128

96

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