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Fat Face RS200 Circuit at Highcliffe Sailing Club

by Pete Vincent 27 Jun 2008 17:49 BST 21-22 June 2008
Geoff Carveth & Toby Lewis having a blast during on Sunday at Highcliffe © Pete Emerson

Now we raced on Sunday!

Round 5 of the RS200 Fat Face series saw the 200s return to the very popular venue of Highcliffe who hosted a very successful GUL RS200 Nationals in 2005. True to form the club laid on a great event, Sunday's sailing will live in the memory for ever. Yes whilst it appears every other event on the south and east coast was cancelled no such thought entered the mind of the Highcliffe race team and the RS200/400s completed three races with numerous swims but with no real problems but more of that later.

44 200’s arrived at the start line for race 1 on Saturday in 10-12 knots from the south. The first black flag of the day caught out 9 boats and some leading contenders. Marshall King/Emma Clarke, Dave/Jane Hivey and Pete Vincent/Tessa Nicholls arrived at the first mark together and after two laps of a monster course finished in that order.

PRO Pete Bell and team did a neat job of shortening the course for race 2 in a building breeze. Geoff Carveth with guest crewing star Toby Lewis nailed the pin end and were well clear at the first mark. A navigation error towards the end of the race allowed Roger Gilbert/Jane Willan some hope but not enough, the Hiveys were third.

Roger and Jane obviously decided they had enough of mucking around down the fleet and not being in their usual lead position, won the start in race 3 and disappeared into a rude lead, Nick Charles/Juliet Kingsnorth passed Geoff/Tobytastic on the final run to claim second. It had been a top day on the water.

Sunday was lovely and sunny but there did appear to be a lot of wind blowing through the dinghy park and there looked a lot of white out to sea. Most competitors went to the club house for breakfast expecting an abandoned go home early decision which the majority would not have disagreed with to find a race team busy preparing. Now let's be honest here, there were a lot of competitors thinking the race team had lost their marbles and there was a very apprehensive dinghy park but PRO Pete Bell was fully vindicated. The majority of the fleet launched and raced in mean winds of 23-28 knots with gusts on top; Highcliffe SC website has a great weather station log. There was some small scale breakages but not one boat had to be towed in showing how rugged these little boats are.

Race 4 and the second lightest helm out there led, Sarah Allan/Simon Haighton led for two laps before first Roger Gilbert/Jane Willan and then Nick Charles/Juliet Kingsnorth slipped by. In race 5 Roger/Jane worked their way through to win from Marshall King/Emma Clarke and Geoff/Tobytastic. Roger/Jane and Geoff/Toby had an OCS so had to count whatever they scored in the race leaving the overall winner very open going into the last race which was just big as the sea increased with the tide now against wind. Geoff and Roger were very close on the first run but Roger capsized on a gybe. Geoff/Toby went on to win the race from Andy/Jill Peters and Marshall/Emma. Roger/Jane finished 9th meaning that Geoff and Toby won overall by a point. 19 boats finished the last race, ashore there were so many broken bodies and so many stories to tell.

Well done to Pete Bell and the whole race/rescue team from Highcliffe SC for sticking to their guns and laying on such a huge day.

Hannah Yuill/Andy Robertson won the silver division completing most of race 6 taking the mainsheet from the boom after big brute of a crew fell over knocking off the mainsheet swivel base, ratchet and cleat! Simon Gillow/Adam Page were second and Katrina Gilbert/Jenny Rust third. Matt and Ellie Shearhan won the bronze completeing two of the races on Sunday from Wes Kangurs/Jo Munro.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st751Geoff CarvethToby LewisLittleton SC(45 OCS)1353113
2nd1286Roger GilbertJane WillanFensham Pond SC(45 OCS)2111914
3rd1323David HiveyJane HiveyMerchant Taylor's SC2344-8417
4th953Nick CharlesJuliet KingsnorthRYA(45 OCS)4229522
5th771Marshall KingEmma ClarkeRoyal ST George SC/Army Sailing Associat114-1662326
6th962Andrew PetersJeraldine PetersKing & Queen YC659-125227
7th1088James BoyceSarah HornbyPapercourt SC785106-1336
8th1313Steve DunnCharlotte CotterWembley SC109897-1443
9th345Edd WhitheadParu Edwards 9-1810712644
10th880Sarah AllanSimon KaightonLittleton SC15(45 OCS)6315847
11th566Hamish WalkerClare StubbsRNSA56-218131547
12th1254David SteedNoelle VidalMengenhan Rythe SC81012-13111051
13th725Matt JenkinsEmma JenkinsSheffield Viking SC-251119114752
14th900Hamish CalderSeverine Rees-JonesRYA1371315(45 OCS)1664
15th1165Ian PickardNicola GrovesRYA1113151610(45 DNC)65
16th1291Hannah YuillAndy Robertson -26151714191176
17th371Sarah TaylorLucy MatthewsLocks SC(45 OCS)201822161288
18th1264Simon GillowAdam PageChipstead SC-20172019171790
19th37Katrina GilbertJennifer RustFensham Pond SC142422(45 DNC)181896
20th825Rosie BrearleyTom BrearleyLittleton SC31-3632181419114
21st1301Pete VincentTessa NichollsBristol Corinthian YC31211(45 DNS)45 DNC45 DNC116
22nd1083Will StoreyGemma TaylorParkstone YC12217(45 DNC)45 DNC45 DNC130
23rd941Mike ChapmanSimon FellBexhill SC162314(45 DNC)45 DNC45 DNC143
24th1329Trudie FellSheena CraigBurghfield SC42723(45 DNC)45 DNC45 DNC144
25th888Matt SheahanEllie SheahanNetley SC3634352120(45 DNC)146
26th486Richard NeallSara TerryItchenor SC171624(45 DNF)45 DNC45 DNC147
27th865Steve DavisKate HavillParkstone YC192229(45 DNC)45 DNC45 DNC160
28th1336Roy McCubbinKirsty McSeveneyStrathclyde Loch SC232525(45 DNC)45 DNC45 DNC163
29th1008Phil SowdenJim SowdenHighcliffe SC212827(45 DNC)45 DNC45 DNC166
30th8John TeagueHilary Ross WatsonBristol Corinthian YC32354017(45 DNC)45 DNC169
31st1059Matt FindlayJo BaileyWeston SC1819(45 OCS)45 DNC45 DNC45 DNC172
32nd1285Paul TeaguePat TeagueBristol Corinthian YC282631(45 DNC)45 DNC45 DNC175
33rd832Wes KangursJo MunroBristol Corinthian YC27(45 DNF)392045 DNC45 DNC176
34th529Toby AshtonRachel AshtonBurghfield SC243133(45 DNC)45 DNC45 DNC178
35th858Paul LewisFelicity PearsonRoyal Sydney YC292930(45 DNC)45 DNC45 DNC178
36th1325Charlotte SavageHelen WhightmanAxbridge SC22(45 DNC)2645 DNC45 DNC45 DNC183
37th604Neil ChadbornLucy HallSaltash SC3338(45 DNC)2345 DNC45 DNC184
38th617Katherine LoveringEllie MartinBurghfield SC373228(45 DNC)45 DNC45 DNC187
39th1293Andrew BoyceClare MichelmorePapercourt SC303334(45 DNS)45 DNC45 DNC187
40th584Paul WhitbreadCorrine WhitbreadBurghfield SC353036(45 DNC)45 DNC45 DNC191
41st1186Julian SawyerLynn SawyerBristol Corinthian YC383737(45 DNC)45 DNC45 DNC202
42nd307Peter EyreAngela PritchardParkstone YC393938(45 DNC)45 DNC45 DNC206
43rd491Tim PearseMillie ParsonsStokes Bay SC34(45 OCS)45 DNF45 DNC45 DNC45 DNC214
44th464Elizabeth TeagueLaura HitchcockBristol Corinthian YC(45 OCS)45 DNF45 DNC45 DNC45 DNC45 DNC225

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