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15/05/2004
RS Fat Face Racing Stokes Bay SC

A sunny and windless day greeted 38 RS800s for the third Fat Face Open of the year, and the first sea event. The race officer postponed until the breeze filled in and settled. The first race got underway in a light south easterly, and with a biased line and plenty of tide under the fleet several boats suffered from the black flag. The second start saw Steve Irish and Martin Gotrel in the Magic Marine boat head out to the left taking advantage of more pressure in shore to round in the lead and set off over the horizon. The ensuing scrap for second was won by James Date and Mike Warren followed by Mick Whitmore and Sarah Smith in third. The second race was abandoned when the breeze died from the south east and filled in from the south west at the first windward mark. Racing was then abandoned for the day as the wind refused to settle. The fleet had an excellent and popular coaching session after racing with video feedback from the days racing, provided by the class association. Sunday dawned much the same as Saturday and the postponement flag was once again raised until a gentle south easterly settled across the racing area. Race three saw Date and Warren take an early lead from David and Fiona Sayce with Irish and Gotrel working their way through the fleet to third by the finish. The chief excitement of this race began with about fourteenth place and seemed to end up with the majority of the fleet stuck in a massive raft on the mark prior to the finish with everyone trying to run against a one knot current in 4 knots of breeze whilst all taking each other's wind. This turned the midfleet results on their head as the fleet slowly disentangled itself. Race five began in very light wind, which never built or dropped for the entire race. Matt Critchley and Ryan Crawford got a clean start and rounded the windward mark first, and sailed off in clear air to lead the fleet round to the finish. Team Magic Marine, Irish and Gotrel had to work hard to win the event (as Date and Warren were a point ahead) but lost out on second place to Clive and Phil Goodwin who seemed to find downwind speed from nowhere, Date and Warren needed fourth to win, but had it cruelly stolen by Spod Olive and Jane Norris in the last hundred yards of the last run and had to settle for second overall. Irish and Gotrel win again (due to no discards in a three race series), but Sunday showed that they can be caught (at last). Date and Warren's new boat will get faster for sure, and with several new faces up there this weekend including Chris Catt and Phil Kennard putting in some great consistency to get third overall, the competition looks to be hotting up for the rest of the season. Next stop Datchet for more Fat Face racing.
1 Irish & Gotrel Draycote Water 1058 7pts 2 Date & Warren Stokes Bay 1080 8pts 3 Catt & Kennard Warwick Uni 941 22pts 4 Whitmore & Smith Eastbourne 903 24pts 5 Goodwin & Goodwin Brightlingsea 1061 27pts 6 Davies & Hughes Draycote Water 839 27pts 7 Critchley & Crawford Stokes Bay 886 29pts 8 Jenkins & Arnott Eastbourne 925 29pts 9 Coulborn & Burlington Stokes Bay 1046 31pts 10 Sayce & Sayce Hayling Island 985 32pts 11 Smith & Plumstead Stokes Bay 967 36pts 12 Adams & Date Stokes Bay 1050 57pts 13 Ellway & Sign Stokes Bay 850 59pts 14 Olive & Norris Stokes Bay 1057 60pts 15 Singleton & Singleton Chew Valley 1059 61pts 16 Bishop & Bishop Downs 938 64pts 17 Streeton & Roebuck Hayling Island 991 65pts 18 Shires & Shires Stokes Bay 926 66pts 19 Taylor & ???? Datchet Water 1077 68pts 20 McGuire & Fairhall Stokes Bay 1072 69pts 21 Taylor & Lones South Caernarvonshire 909 71pts 22 Coatsworth & Jenkins Alton Water 864 72pts 23 Smith & Sempers Stokes Bay 955 72pts 24 Bond & Bond Stokes Bay 987 72pts 25 Buchanan & Buchanan Oxford 836 72pts 26 Clampett & Clark Stokes Bay 990 75pts 27 Powell & Ramallal Stokes Bay 908 79pts 28 Deal & Marriott Datchet Water 847 81pts 29 Emmans & Emmans Weston 916 81pts 30 Turnbull & Richardson Stokes Bay 1013 83pts 31 Howarth & Aston BCYC 1064 85pts 32 Partridge & Farnell Netley 1051 87pts 33 Pike & Jenkins Eastbourne 892 89pts 34 Tregaskes & Tregaskes Restronguet 808 97pts 35 Stevens & Page Stokes Bay 919 98pts 36 Baker & Evans MBSC 833 102pts 37 Smith & Heffernan Lymington Town 809 106pts Full Results
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