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Paul Hilliar and Stu Jagger won the RS400 Fat Face circuit event at Queen Mary SC. Although bracingly cold, the wind was a pretty decent F3-4, shifting regularly. Twentyfive RS400s braved the forecast or snow and freezing temperatures to attend the first Fat Face circuit event of the season at Queen Mary SC.

Off the start in the first race, Richard Gray/Nathan Pinch nailed the first major shift to take the lead around the first mark and then gybed off to build a considerable advantage that they would never lose. Behind them, Sam Parker/Jane Bailey had a race-long battle with Paul Hilliar/Stu Jagger, with Parker/Bailey eventually losing out to take third.

After a short delay to allow frostbite to set in and the wind to settle down, the second race started and Chris Gowers/June Riley got rewarded for a risky first beat with a large lead that the fleet would never get close to challenging. Behind them, James Downer/Jon Price took second in the constantly shifting conditions from Paul Allen/Jude Pryde.

The wind picked up to a nice F5 for the third race and Hilliar/Jagger showed the fleet the way around the course, pushed all the way by first race winners Gray/Pinch, with fellow strong wind specialists Gowers/Riley never far behind in third.

On Sunday, sailors were left questioning their sanity as they headed for the start area having cleared three inches of snow from the boat covers. Even worse, more snow was falling over the race course! Hilliar/Jagger snuck into the lead at the first mark, chased hard by Parker/Bailey and Gray/Pinch. Parker/Bailey showed some great pace to keep the pressure on the leaders all the way around but ultimately came over the finish line just a boat length behind Hilliar/Jagger.

After further delays and some more extremities lost to the cold while the second race was restarted a few times, Michael Sims/Elliot Banks led up the first beat, only to be passed by Allen/Pryde and Hilliar/Jagger. These leading two pulled away from the bunch and had a titanic battle throughout the race, with Allen/Pryde taking the winners gun.

Fortunately the final race got underway without any further delays. After a massive pile-up at the port end, Carl Akesson/Eric Larsson built a lead, chased by Gowers/Riley. At the mark though, a Cowboy rounding by Allen/Pryde left them spinning and Pryde with a broken finger (she was apparently too cold to notice it though). Hilliar/Jagger took the lead, from the chasing Gowers/Riley and Stuart Hudson/Ian Sanderson. Eventually, Hilliar/Jagger won from Gowers/Riley, with Hudson/Sanderson scraping third in a three-way photo finish.

Overall this left Hilliar/Jagger as event winners, with Gowers/Riley taking second on countback from Gray/Pinch.

RS400 - Final positions
Pos - Sail No Helm Crew Class Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts Pos

1 112 Paul Hilliar Stu Jagger RS400 Bristol Corinthian SC 2 4 1 1 2 1 7 1
2 1204 Chris Gowers June Riley RS400 N/A 7 1 3 9 3 2 16 2
3 1203 Richard Gray Nathan Pinch RS400 QueenMary SC 1 7 2 3 5 5 16 3
4 1155 Paul Allen Jude Pryde RS400 Leigh and Lowton SC 5 3 5 7 1 26 21 4
5 1211 Stuart Hudson Ian Sanderson RS400 Weston SC 4 6 4 4 6 3 21 5
6 1328 Michael Sims Elliot Banks RS400 Carsington SC 6 5 6 10 4 4 25 6
7 1275 Sam Parker Jane Bailey RS400 Weston SC 3 9 7 2 8 7 27 7
8 1210 James Downer Jon Price RS400 Royal Victoria YC 10 2 11 8 9 9 38 8
9 1176 Carl Akesson Eric Larsson RS400 QueenMary SC 12 14 8 6 7 6 39 9
10 601 Pete Bennett Alicia Bennett RS400 Datchet Water SC 11 8 9 5 16 26 49 10
11 1134 Nick Simmons Russ Morgan RS400 Weston SC 13 11 10 11 12 11 55 11
12 1139 James George Matt Forbes RS400 Datchet Water SC 17 15 13 13 10 10 61 12
13 693 Jon Smith Valentin Nepyalkov RS400 Bartley SC 20 13 26 14 13 8 68 13
14 1101 Simon Baker Graham Hayes RS400 QueenMary SC 21 16 15 15 11 12 69 14
15 955 Dave Donnelly Carolyn Tobin RS400 QueenMary SC 19 20 14 16 15 26 84 15
16 1251 Howard Farbrother David Page RS400 QueenMary SC 9 12 12 26 26 26 85 16
17 1325 John Cooper Becci Wigley RS400 Lymington Town SC 8 10 26 26 26 26 96 17
18 1167 Robert Joce Isobel Joce RS400 QueenMary SC 15 17 16 26 26 26 100 18
19 787 James Hewitt Jenny Blewitt RS400 Weston SC 26 26 26 12 14 26 104 19
20 1233 Nick Francis Simon Edwards RS400 QueenMary SC 16 19 26 26 26 26 113 20
21 744 Fiona Bolt Ian Lewis RS400 QueenMary SC 18 18 26 26 26 26 114 21
22 976 Tim Garvin Tanya Garvin RS400 QueenMary SC 14 26 26 26 26 26 118 22
23 1107 Brian Humphrey Luke Port RS400 QueenMary SC 26 21 26 26 26 26 125 23
24 483 Colin Richards Lynne Rouse RS400 QueenMary SC 22 26 26 26 26 26 126 24
25 859 Peter Onions RS400 QueenMary SC 26 26 26 26 26 26 130 25

The next Fat Face circuit event is at Northampton on Sunday 20 April, with great coaching schedule for the day before. To enlist in the coaching contact Heather Chipperfield (

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