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26/06/2004
Eastbourne SSC Open Eastbourne Sovereign S C

As promised by the Commodore of Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club, the weather gods delivered in style. A slightly reduced turn out of 23 boats due to Round the Island and other commitments, but they missed a blinder, and who wants to go keelboat racing when 6 races in conditions ranging from 15-25 knots and nice rolling waves are on the cards!? That toe loop at the back of the wing that seems to have been redundant all season was in constant use all weekend. The race committee, club members and volunteers did fantastic job of running and efficient and enjoyable weekend, making launching and landing a pleasure, and the 200's 700's and 800's were well looked after with chilli con carne and very cheap lager on Saturday night, including a cheesy DJ with a fantastic mullet. All the ingredients for an RS style messy night! Those who continued onto the Eastbourne local nightspot of TJ's were definitely looking the worst for wear on Sunday morning though. Saturday saw 15 knots from the SE. Sharing a course with the 700's provided entertainment in the form of Alex Koukourakis repeatedly wrapping himself around the pin end of the start line, you'd have though he'd know which way the tide was going at his home club! Thanks to Alex's demonstration there were no such pile ups as the 800's got away. James Date and Richie Burlingham went on to win all three races, with Dave Sayce and Chris Doe following them home in all three. Sam Neal and Mandy Bretherton had the next best performance of the day with 3,4,7 closely followed by Andy Jeffries and Allyson Ody with 4,9,3 and Simon Jenkins and Neil Arnott from the home club with 5,7,4. Rob Watson and James 'Gimp' Holmes had a consistent and scary scoreline of 6,6,6. Bad luck award of the day went to Matt Adams and John Date who hit an unidentified object on the way out to the start and were completely submerged by the time they got back to shore with a hole in their daggerboard case, they would have been mixing it up at the front of the fleet had they been out there... and upright... (see later in this report). Day two. Foam up! A steady 22 knot SW gusting through at 25+ at times meant for some proper crash and burn racing. A short course closer to the beach than yesterday with 5 laps was a bit of system shock for the fitness levels which were compromised further than normal for some by the night before. Race one and it was Jefferies/Ody first round followed by Adams/Date, a synchronised wipe out and layline miss by the two leaders allowed Date/Burlingham through for race win number 4, again followed by Sayce/Doe and Adams/Date. Race two saw Sayce/Doe into an early lead which they held (almost) all the way round. Date/Burlingham found a shift out of the right hand side of the last beat where there hadn't been one all race to sneak through and take the win. Adams/Date again recovering to third after stopping a couple of times on the first beat to inspect the bottom of their boat. Race 3 got away in an increasing breeze now steadily up at 25 knots and was led from a nice pin end start by Adams/Date showing that their boat does actually go quite fast when upright. Chased hard all the way round by Date/Burlingham and Jeffries/Ody, the pressure finally told and a over enthusiastic roll tack saw Adams/Date swimming and Date/Burlingham through for a perfect scorecard of 6 firsts. Adams/Date took second after a quick recovery. Sayce/Doe had called it a day early, happy counting all 2nd places for 2nd overall, with Jeffries/Ody doing enough for third from Neal/Bretherton in fourth. Watson/Gimp added two 5ths and a 6th to yesterday scoreline for 5th overall. Jono Ratnage and Max Goulden got the merit award for leading at the windward mark in race two on Saturday and for finishing all three races in difficult conditions on Sunday whilst still relatively new to the boat although they looked a bit confused by this at the prize giving. Thanks again to Eastbourne Sovereign SC and all involved for a fantastic weekend. Weymouth for the next Fat Face Racing Circuit event on the 10/11th July. James Date
Pos Tally Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 48 1080 James Date Richie Burlingham Stokes Bay 1 1 1 1 1 1 5
2 20 985 David Sayce Chris Doe Hayling Island SC 2 2 2 2 2 DNC 10
3 36 860 Andy Jeffries Allyson Ody Eastbourne Sovereign 4 9 3 8 4 3 22
4 10 878 Sam Neal Mandy Bretherton Grafham Water 3 4 7 6 8 9 28
5 32 843 Rob Watson James Holmes Royal Lymington YC 6 6 6 5 6 5 28
6 7 925 Simon Jenkins Neil Arnott Eastbourne Sovereign 5 7 4 7 14 6 29
7 44 991 Malcam Streeter Miles Rogbuck HISC 10 8 5 9 7 4 33
8 3 1084 Matt Critchley Ryan Crawford Stokes Bay 7 5 9 OCS 5 8 34
9 45 1050 Matt Adams John Date Stokes Bay DNF DNF DNF 3 3 2 46
10 25 864 Adrian Coatsworth Julia Jenkins Alton Water SC 11 14 11 12 9 7 50
11 14 934 Jono Ratnage Max Goulden Medway YC 12 15 DNC 10 11 10 58
12 35 892 Dave Pike Nick Jerkins Eastbourne Sovereign 9 3 DNC 4 DNC DNC 60
13 15 938 Stuart Bishop Simon Bishop Downs 16 16 14 11 12 DNF 65
14 31 1072 Jon McGuire Lou-Lou McGuigre Stokes Bay 14 13 13 13 13 DNC 66
15 2 903 Michael Whitmore Sarah Smith Eastbourne Sovereign 8 10 8 DNC DNC DNC 70
16 52 874 Jamie Reid Alistair Rose RTYC 13 11 15 DNF 15 DNC 75
17 46 883 Kate Gillow Andy Griffith Draycote Water SC 18 12 10 DNF DNC DNC 83
18 21 836 Derek Buchanan Elaine Buchanan Oxford 15 DNC DNC DNF 10 DNC 90
19 1 972 Stephen Lytton Nathalie Lytton Pevensey Bay DNC 17 12 DNF DNC DNC 94
20 54 1007 Simon Geyman Rosie Geyman Dachet SC DNC 18 16 DNF DNC DNC 99
21 28 931 Ollie Page Jess Smith Lancing 17 DNF DNC DNC DNC DNC 104
22 58 961 Philip King Chrstina King Oxford SC DNC DNC DNC DNF DNC DNC 109
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