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RS Fat Face Racing Circuit Leigh & Lowton S.C.

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Nine visitors joined a strong home fleet turnout of 16 boats for the RS400 Fat Face Circuit Event at Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club over the weekend of April 1st and 2nd. With the forecast for big breeze proving to be about right, competitors were guaranteed lively racing in what was to be a shifty and challenging wind direction. 1 p.m. saw all 27 boats leave a port biased start line first time. Nick Craig and James Stewart (1237) were first to round the windward mark, followed by Paul and Mike Allen (1155) with Dave Exley and Nigel Hall in close pursuit. Nick Craig sailed into the distance. The Allenís capsized on the second downwind leg allowing Dave Ex to claim second place ahead of Mike Budd and Mark Greaves (1264) in 3rd. Race two once again saw the majority of the fleet leave at the pin end of the line in a building breeze. Nick Craig was first round the windward mark and pulled out an unbeatable lead, Dave consistent Exley finished 2nd with the Allenís in 3rd. After a short break for lunch race three began in slightly less breeze resulting in tighter racing throughout the fleet. Only 22 boats made it to the start, with 5 boats sitting out either with broken gear or deciding to beet the rush to the bar. Nick Craig as in previous races dominated from the start, Mike Budd finished 2nd and Dave Exley 3rd. After a cheap and cheerful evening at the local Toby Carvery Sunday dawned wet and windless. However by the start of race four the breeze had built to force 2-3 from the same direction as the previos day. Mike Budd Rounded the first windward mark of the day and held his lead to the finish. The Allenís had a short lived battle with Nick Craig for second place, however their days sailing was ended when both mainsail and kite halyards broke on consecutive legs. Richard Marsh and Heather Nocton (1164) finished 3rd. Race five began in a building breeze. Dave Exley rounded first with Nick Craig in hot pursuit. Big gusts blowing across the club and on to the lake resulted in several casualties and rescue crews were kept busy. Controversy at the last leeward mark resulted in Dave Exley have to avoid a back marker, allowing Nick Craig to claim his fourth race win. Richard Catchpole and Alan Woosey (1007) finished third. Race six saw the first general recall of the weekend, driving rain and a shift in wind direction resulted in the course becoming one sided. Once again Nick Craig led from the start with Mike Budd in second. Chris Gowers and June Riley (1204) finished third with Dave Exley and Nigel hall in fourth. LLSC Boats dominated the silver fleet. Dave Poore and Tim Simpson (774) were first followed by Louise McKeand & Chris Basset (1191). All in all an excellent event, sailed in testing but enjoyable conditions. Special prizes where awarded to Mat Johnson (1st junior crew), James Budd and Emma Norris (first junior boat) and Richard Catchpole and Alan Woosey (oldest combined crew). Race officer Mike Broatch and team were thanked for keeping everything on schedule and for not bringing out the black flag.

1. 1237 Nick Craig & James Stewart 1,1,1,2,1,1 2. 1264 Mike Budd & Mark Greeves LLSC 3,6,2,1,4,2 3. 1186 David Exley & Nigel Hall LLSC 2,2,3,7,2,4 4. 1007 Richard Catchpole & Alan Woosey LLSC 4,4,5,5,3,5 5. 1164 Richard Marsh & Heather Nocton Elton SC 5,8,7,3,5,27 6. 1204 Chris Gowers & June Riley Port Dinorwic 8,9,8,4,7,3 7. 774 David Poore & Tim Simpson LLSC 11,5,22,9,6,6 8. 1191 Louise Mckeand & Chris Basset LLSC 10,10,22,8,8,7 9. 1258 Andy Fox & Ian Fletcher LLSC 7,7,9,13,13,9 10. 1091 Gareth Williams & Ross Roberts LLSC 15,12,10,10,9,23 11. 1267 Ronan Kenneally & Roger OíGorman Monkstown Bay SC 27,14,11,11,22,8 12. 693 Jonathon Smith & Matt Johnson Bartley Green SC 27,13,12,15,15,11 13. 1155 Paul & Michael Allen LLSC 27,3,4,6,27,27 14. 1209 Eamon & Mark Cuthbert LLSC 14,11,16,17,12,23 15. 1050 Cathy & MikePartington LLSC 9,25,13,16,10,23 16. 765 Joe Erskine & Time Seddon LLSC 13,25,17,22,16,12 17. 1014 Hamish Gledhill & Simon Dowse West Riding SC 27,25,27,14,14,10 18. 1100 David Shiel & Paul Heath LLSC 6,25,6,27,27,27 19. 1235 Chris & Jane Horn LLSC 16,25,15,20,18,23 20. 819 Colin & Richard Hague LLSC 12,15,14,27,27,27 21. 736 Ali Vowles & David Jones Stone SC 27,25,22,21,17,13 22. 966 Dave Green & Jude Pryde LLSC 27,25,27,18,11,27 23. 1275 Sam Parker & Anna Ludgate Burghfield SC 27,27,27,12,22,27 24. 637 James Budd & Emma Norris LLSC 27,25,22,19,22,23 25. 869 Richard Statham & Robin Saunders Chase SC 27,25,22,27,27,27 26. 563 Oliver & Colin Murray RWYC 27,25,27,27,27

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