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Fat Face RS200 Eurocup at Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy

by RS Class Association on 4 Aug 2006 24-28 July 2006

Round one of the 2006 Fat Face RS200 Eurocup saw a record number of boats heading for Italy and the idyllic town of Riva at the Northern end of Lake Garda. With fifty-five boats the RS200 fleet was joint largest of 184 boats in total across 6 RS classes. Both the weather and the host club, Fraglia Vela Riva, delivered a fantastic week of racing – hot, hot, hot and wind, wind, wind … plus plenty of Cubra Libra at the Oca Bar! Temperatures approaching 40 degrees had some detrimental effect on Riva’s “engine” – the thermal afternoon northerly “Ora” wind – with the cliffs paying less than usual.

Sunday’s practice race was blown off as a storm caused very strong westerly squalls across the race area. However, normal service was resumed on Monday with a steady Ora arriving soon after midday. David Giles/Fiona Clark and Geoff Carveth/Pippa Williams won a race each to set the scene for a week of close racing, with Ian Pickard/Loopie Lucy Matthews tagging along with a 3-2. Giles/Clark and Carveth/Williams shared 1-2 results on Tuesday, with Keith Escritt/Anne Saul the most consistent of the other competitors with a 4-3, pursued by Christian Humphrey/Rebecca Smith on 3-8.

More stormy weather headed up from the Med on Wednesday afternoon. Giles/Clark won race 5 from Carveth/Williams, giving them a small lead in the series. The bronze fleet team of Wayne and Deb Fletcher sailed a great race to come fifth. “Why was a ‘Carabinieri’ police launch alongside the committee boat as we finished?” wondered the fleet. Was someone to be arrested for poor leeward mark rules observance? Maybe it was a new alternative to a black flag at the start! No, they were “suggesting” the race committee get everyone ashore as a large thunder storm was making its way up the lake – race 6 was a casualty of the weather. 184 RS boats heading for home chased by squally thunder and lightening made an amazing sight and the ensuing weather confirmed the race committee had made a prudent decision!

Carveth/Williams’ series score depended on their Thursday results as Cowes Week commitments meant Geoff couldn’t sail on Friday. Pickard/Matthews and Mark Littlejohn/Emma Clarke both scored 1-2 on Thursday, with Giles/Clark taking two thirds. A 7-4 score line for Carveth/Williams meant that Giles/Clark had won the event with a day to spare. The Ora was late arriving on Friday and, with the SIs calling for a 1600hrs latest start, the pressure was on to get two races sailed.

Andy/Jill Peters sailed a faultless race to win by a significant margin from Escritt/Saul. Sarah Allen/Elaine Turner put in by far their best performance of the week in third. Following some general recalls for other fleets during the first race, time was very tight to get all fleets away in time for the final race. The RS800s got away in good breeze but this was gradually dying as the other fleets started. The RS200 start was last in the sequence bang on 1600hrs but the wind disappeared completely just after the start. The race committee was left with no option but to abandon the race for all fleets so we all set off on a slow sail back to Riva in a light and fickle breeze.

The overall results were a clear win for Giles/Clark from Carveth/Williams, with Pickard/Matthews holding third. Humphreys/Smith won the silver fleet in 9th overall, with Graham and Heather Williams second silver fleet boat. The bronze fleet was won by Richard Neall/Sara Terry in an impressive 10th overall, with Wayne and Deb Fletcher second in the bronze fleet. It was another classic RS Garda thanks to many involved both in the UK and Italy, not least beachmaster Natalie Rodgers and her team for getting nearly 200 boats launched and recovered from one slipway each day … and of course the bar staff in the Oca Bar! The 2006 RS200 Eurocup concludes at Skerries in Ireland in October, but the next stop for the fleet is Exmouth for the Nationals on 20th August with another record breaking entry including two from Japan.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelm & CrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
7GBR 815WRIGHT MICKY, ENKEL HOWIE5-16-2044411836
8GBR 1054LEWIS JONATHAN, NICHOL KT846-213156-1642
10GBR 486NEALL RICHARD, TERRY SARA-36-32713149161372
13GBR 1187STAITE COLLIN, LITTLEJO JEREMY1618-2110-201114776
14GBR 880ALLAN SARAH, TURNER ELAINE17111820-23-269378
15GBR 1015FLETCHER WAYNE, FLETCHER DEB20179-24513-311983
16GBR 896ANTONELLI SUE, LLOYD JO14-271614912-241883
17GBR 371TAYLOR SARAH, MATTHEWS LUCY1521-23-261110201087
18GBR 1153ENGLISH MARTIN, EVANS LIZ71510171032-41-4191
19GBR 941CHAPMAN MIKE, RATCLIFFE LYNNE-22-2617191317151293
20GBR 914MCCALDIN J-P, XYZ LIANNE11101527(ocs)1419-3396
21GBR 1118HARRIES CLIVE, SHUSTER JONATHAN-2914-22151919211199
22GBR 1099BIGGS NIGEL, PAWSON GAEL-211914-2315201221101
23GBR 1147GILLOW SIMON, HARNIMAN EMMA18222516-26823-30112
24GBR 932SMITH MARTIN, SMITH BARBARA262012222216-32-35118
25GBR 774PRIESTLEY CAROLYN, MUCKLOW TOR24-2824-3116281322127
26GBR 915WILCOX ANDY, BURR VICTORIA279-333021-312714128
27GBR 1020HARTLEY ANDREW, HARTLEY EVE19233125-37-361715130
28GBR 1130JANERING ROB, COTTER CHARLOTTE-41293512-42251817136
29GBR 835MUIR SANDS CHARLIE, SANDS JANE MUIR2330269-3929-3424141
30GBR 1092SHEPHERD KATY, PHILLIPS DANIEL31-3519-3627232629155
31IRL 5901PERRY DAN, HERMER JO283427-37182722-36156
32GBR 1074DUTTON BEN, FELL EMMA25252828-302428-31158
33GBR 561WINSKELL TOM, RUTLER RICHARD-40-40343824213328178
34GBR 526JAMIE LIZ, COPLAND LIZ303632-393437-4225194
35IRL 1181VAN MAANEN ROY, REID GLEN38(dns)(dsq)2932412926195
37GBR 612WAIND PHILIP, GOHIL SONYA3341373425-4735(dns)205
38GBR 1164JOHNSON PETE, JOHNSON EMMA3733-42-4431343832205
39GBR 797DEAKIN GLYN, DEAKIN JO35243932(ocs)-464637213
40GBR 676MILNER DAVID, MILNER DEBRA3231-44403544-4543225
41GBR 344SCOTT DANIEL, CHAMBERS NICOLE423936(dsq)284240(dns)227
42IRL 759NOONAN GRAEME, SMITH NICOLA-45-46414329403645234
43GBR 702DAVIES MATT, HITCHCOCK LAURA43374742(dns)3530(dnf)234
44GBR 705BRADLEY JULIAN, BATES LESLEY(dns)4530(dsq)38384440235
45GBR 904RILEY MIKE, WAINWRIGHT STEVE444238-463339-4742238
46GBR 1178FOSTER-TAYLOR ROBIN, FOSTER-TAYLOR TOBY(dns)(dns)40dns36483927246
47GBR 314MARSHALL GAVIN, MARSHALL ANGUS46444633(dns)43-5038250
48GBR 563PRESCOTT JAKE, WEBB STEPHEN-47-47434744454339261
49IRL 631CANNON GERRY, CANNON AVRIL4843-494140-514844264
50GBR 322STEPHENSON GARY, STEPHENSON ANNIE39(dsq)48454550-5146273
51GBR 672THISBY RICHARD, LOHMAN LYNDALL49(dns)-504841494948284
52GBR 1155MANGHAM RICHARD, MANGHAM DEBRA(dns)(dns)5149dns535349311
53GBR 1125MOODY KEITH, MOODY NIKI(dns)(dns)45dnsdnsdnsdns47316
54GBR 560HEY EMMA, ANDREWS BEN(dns)(dns)dnsdnsdns525250322
55IRL 985MOAG BENJAMIN, MCCARTY LINDSAY(dns)(dns)dnsdnsdnsdns54dns334

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