RS200/RS400 Fat Face Racing Circuit

Parkstone YC went right up in many of the 148 competitor’s estimation by having a barbeque at the top of the slip so you received free bacon butties and cups of tea as soon as you arrived ashore on both days! Over six races the conditions varied from a patchy 8 to a fun 15 knots and it was fairly shifty but there were always waves, which made a welcome return.

In such varied and frustrating conditions anything approaching consistency was the order of the day for the 49 RS200s. With many of the usual suspects either having a mare or absent many of the new faces to the fleet this year enjoyed top results.

Marshall King/Emma Clarke led overnight with 1.2.12 just ahead of Hamish Walker/Claire Stubbs 5.3.8 and Ben Saxton/Kate MacGregor 2.15.1. Poole’s Matt Burge/Eamonn King winning the second race.

James Boyce/Sarah Hornby led race 4 early on but Nick Charles/Juliet Kingsnorth soon surfed by to win and then went onto put a bad Saturday behind them to record two seconds in the last two races to claim second overall despite counting a 8th and 14th.

Matt Findlay/Jo Bailey took full advantage of the new breeze in race 5 to win in their first RS200 event and then showed it was no fluke to win race 6. Ben Saxton now crewed by Matt Rainback had quietly bagged two thirds in the first two races, the 23rd in the final race did not matter as they won overall by 3 points in their first RS200 circuit event even though they counted a 15th.

Roy McCubbin/Kirsty McSeveney making the long trip from Scotland won the silver division from Bristol’s Paul and Pat Teague. Paul and Connie Whitbread won the bronze division from Ian Horlock/Ed Pearce.

Overall on the Fat Face Racing Circuit, after three events, Nick Charles / Juliet Kingsnorth lead the gold fleet from Marshall King / Emma Clark with Sarah Taylor / Lucy Mathews chasing hard.

In Silver, 14th overall, Toby and Rachel Ashton are just leading from Paul Lewis / Felicity Pearson and Katherine Lovering / Ellie Martin. Bronze is starting to look like a one horse race, 12th(!) overall, Paul and Corinne Whitbread storming out front from Wes Kangurs / Jo Munro and Matt / Ellie Sheahan.

RS200 - Leading positions

1st 1328 Ben Saxton Kate MacGregor Grafham Water SC & Poole YC 2 15 1 3 3 -23 47 24
2nd 953 Nick Charles Juliet Kingsnorth Leigh & Lowton SC 8 14 -30 1 2 2 57 27
3rd 1230 Richard Edwards Tom Brophy Parkstone YC 50 4 9 5 15 5 88 38
4th 1323 David Hivey Jane Hivey W.L.Y.C. 3 12 6 -14 10 10 55 41
5th 1088 James Boyce Sarah Hornby Papercourt SC 6 16 14 2 4 -19 61 42
6th 771 Marshall King Emma Clarke Royal St George/ASA 1 2 12 16 -21 14 66 45
7th 1329 Trudie Fell Sheena Craig Burghfield SC 14 -18 13 9 5 4 63 45
8th 566 Hamish Walker Clare Stubbs RSNA 5 3 8 7 50 26 99 49
9th 371 Sarah Taylor Lucy Matthews Locks SC 4 10 20 12 -38 7 91 53
10th 900 Hamish Calder Severine Rees-Jones RYA 9 7 -28 10 23 11 88 60

25 RS400s gathered to share a weekend of proper sea sailing.

Race one got underway in 8 knots with a three way tussle for the lead between Sally & Martyn Styles, Tom Halhead/Christian Humphrey and Dave Jones/Mark Hogan. Eventually, Jones/Hogan won out, with the Styles’ just holding off a charge from Halhead/Humphrey.

In the second race, locals Lucy MacGregor/Georgie Blaver-mann led half way through but lost out to Halhead/Humphrey near the top mark and had to settle for second, ahead locals Phil Jackson/Gerard Barron.

For race three it was a repeat performance from Halhead/Humphrey, but this time Jones/Hogan were displaying bursts of frightening pace to come through to second place in front of Paul and Mike Allen.

Paul Hilliar/Stu Jagger found conditions to their liking on Sunday, taking an early lead and winning by a large margin. Making a remarkable comeback from mid fleet, the Allens took second place ahead of Richard Gray/Nathan Pinch.

Jones/Hogan and Halhead/Humphrey looked set to take the top two places in race 5, but then the race turned itself inside out, catapulting Stuart Hudson/Nigel Wakefield into a huge lead. Squib legend Chris Hogan/June Riley took second place.

With four possible winners going into the final race, Halhead/Humphrey took the lead and never let it go. They won the race and the event from Hilliar/Jagger, with Jones/Hogan grabbing third overall from the Allens.

RS400 - Leading positions
1st 1240 Tom Halhead Christian Humphrey Bristol Corinthian YC 3 1 1 4 -12 1 22 10
2nd 112 Paul Hilliar Stu Jagger Bristol Corinthian YC 4 -9 4 1 4 2 24 15
3rd 962 Dave Jones Mark Hogan Club Hwylio Y Felinheli 1 4 2 -8 7 4 26 18
4th 1155 Paul Allen Micheal Allen Leigh & Lowton SC 5 6 3 2 9 26 51 25
5th 1211 Stuart Hudson Nigel Wakefield Weston SC 6 -13 6 10 1 3 39 26
6th 1182 Phil Jackson Gerrard Barron Parkstone YC -15 3 8 5 6 8 45 30
7th 1203 Richard Gray Nathan Pinch Queen Mary SC -17 12 10 3 3 6 51 34
8th 1275 Sam Parker Elaine Marsh Weston SC 8 -14 5 11 5 5 48 34
9th 1264 Chris Hogan June Riley Club Hwylio Y Felinneli 10 7 7 -14 2 9 49 35
10th 952 Lucy MacGregor Georgie Blaver-mann Parkstone YC 7 2 -11 7 11 10 48 37
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