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26/05/2007
RS400 Fat Face Racing Circuit Hayling Island SC

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With the late May holiday to celebrate 400 sailors came from far and near (well far at least as the near fleets seemed to have decided to stay at home – where were you, Parkstone?) to
Hayling Island to enjoy some of the best facilities that Lottery money can buy. The entry at 34 was perhaps a little disappointing but given the pretty rotten forecast this was probably to be expected and in the event those who stayed away were the losers, missing as they did an excellent two day Fat Face circuit event.

 

With the wind on Saturday flicking between North and North West and a fairly steady force 3 the fleet made the long sail out to the Hayling Bay East race track to find the start area which we were sharing with the 800 fleet. After a short delay the fleet were able to demonstrate their keenness to start by having a first general recall where more boats were over the line than behind it. The race officer sensibly reached for his black flag which remained in evidence for the rest of the two days racing. Two more attempts to get away resulted in two more general recalls by which time the white board on the committee boat displayed a fairly long list of boats for whom the first race of the was going to be purely a spectator sport.

 

In the next start the reduced fleet got away and was led to the windward mark by Tom Halhead and Chris Humphry recovering from an indifferent start and showing awesome upwind boatspeed. Although racing on the outer loop the first reach was kiteable even for those with only a moderate amount of pork to their name and the three outer loop laps flashed by in a little over 30 mins. Halhead/Humphry extended their lead through the whole race and won from Nick Lowe and Elaine Marsh who held off a late challenge from Stuart Hudson and Roy Siever. David Jones and Mark Hogan came through for a solid fourth place.

 

The second race was delayed by two more general recalls where again some of the usual suspects started to appear on the white board for a second time. The race officer obviously getting fed up with the 400's unruly behaviour held the fleet back and ran a start for the 800s. Clearly not wanting to be out done by the 400's the 800 fleet promptly had a general recall of their own after which it was back to the 4's who eventually got away.

 

Again Halhead/Humphry got to the windward mark first but this time closely followed, much to everyone's surprise, including their own, by Bill and Lynda Handley. Halhead/Humphry again put daylight between themselves and the rest of the fleet with Chris Hogan and June Riley hauling through to second, the Handleys third and Jones/Hogan a consistent 4th.

 

Sensing that the day was wearing on and the bar was open the fleet behaved themselves for the third start and got away first time. History repeated itself with Halhead/Humphry taking line honours but this time followed much more closely by the chasing bunch. Second were Paul and Michael Allen presumably fresh and rested from having only watched the first two races as a result of two OCS black flags — a lot of sailing for just one race lads! Jones/Hogan improved to third and Hudson/Siever came back from their second race discard with a fourth.

 

Sunday dawned wet with no wind and the breakfast talk was of a drifter with possibly no racing ahead of the gale called for later in the day. Suddenly the wind began to build, reports from up and down the coast showed that the gale was moving in much more quickly than anticipated and if racing was going to lost it certainly wasn't going to be for lack of wind. This view was confirmed as the fleet sailed out to the start area only to be passed by the Solent weekend cruising fleet running for cover in the opposite direction with storm rigs set.

 

The race officer was left with an unenviable dilemma, either send us a long way out and risk the gale hitting when we were a distance from the shore or run the racing closer in for safety but in an area where the seas would be shallow wind over tide. The call was made in favour of the latter and the racing started in a South Easterly 5 which eventually swung more Northerly and gusted 6 with the steepest shortest chop that the fleet is likely to see this season.

 

With the fleet depleted by a number of boats who stayed ashore counting discretion as the better part of valour and the very tricky sea conditions no one was in the mood for another general recall and the fleet got away clean first time. In the shallow waters getting the marks to hold proved problematic and as a result the outer loop proved to be a curtailed one side leg. The race was over in less than 30 minutes and this time Hudson/Siever showed they were masters of the heavier conditions with the Allens recording their second runner up spot, Halhead/Humphry third and Jones/Hogan in their now familiar fourth position.

 

With competitors half expecting the racing to be called off as they negotiated the debris of what a little earlier had been the 800 fleet the race officer signalled for one last race. The fifth race was a rerun of the fourth with the top three boats as before. The Jones/Humphry team relinquished their usual fourth spot after testing the depth of the water at the windward mark with their mast, this little adventure allowed Hogan/Riley to come through for fourth place.

 

The race had been spectacular due to the sea state and everyone had a tale to tell of sailing into a wall of solid water at one time or another. On the final reach in from the outer loop the fleet saw the familiar AP over A being flown at the finish and with no real regrets headed for the shore and a warm shower.

 

Overall the performance of Halhead/Humphry on the first day had been enough to tip the balance and they won the meeting. Hudson/Siever were second enjoying a late run with their two firsts on the Sunday. The consistency of Jones/Hogan paid off to give them third and Hogan/Riley fourth. A special mention must go to the Allens who finished eleventh, suffered two black flags and then finished second in every other race — what might have been. Silver fleet was won by Richard Grayham-Eneck and Roland Walker in 13th overall.

 

No formal Duckhams award was made but with ex-400 sailors the brothers Grimm ( Baileys) now in the 800 fleet it was not hard to guess where it was going to be earned. About 1 minute after launch on the Saturday they managed to ignore a 6 foot navigation mark while chatting and snapped their centre board on the Winner bank. Repaired for Sunday they went out and broke a mast, and this after breaking a mast on Mark Reddington's SB3 the previous weekend - come back lads your fleet needs you!

 

All in all a great weekends racing in rather trying conditions and those who didn't turn up will no doubt be kicking themselves until next time.

 

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RS400 Fatface Racing Circuit
26/27 May 2007

Overall

Sailed:5, Discards:1, To count:4, Entries:34, Scoring system:Class Racing
Rank Tally Fleet Class SailNo Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1st 69 Gold RS400 1240 Tom Halhead C. Humphrey BCYC 1.0 1.0 1.0 (3.0) 3.0 9.0 6.0
2nd 81 Gold RS400 1211 Stuart Hudson Roy Seivers Thorney Island 3.0 (6.0) 4.0 1.0 1.0 15.0 9.0
3rd 52 Gold RS400 962 Dave Jones Mark Hogan Felinheli 4.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 (5.0) 20.0 15.0
4th 55 Gold RS400 1082 Chris Hogan June Riley Felinheli (35.0 OCS) 2.0 7.0 8.0 4.0 56.0 21.0
5th 53 Gold RS400 1257 Nick Lowe Elaine Marsh Felinheli 2.0 (35.0 OCS) 6.0 6.0 11.0 60.0 25.0
6th 63 Gold RS400 1274 Bill Handley Lynda Handley Restromguet Sc 7.0 3.0 (10.0) 10.0 6.0 36.0 26.0
7th 50 Gold RS400 1296 Giles Chipperfield Heather Chipperfield Lymington TSC 5.0 7.0 (14.0) 7.0 9.0 42.0 28.0
8th 61 Gold RS400 735 Rob Jones Amy Cartwright Weston SC 12.0 5.0 (15.0) 5.0 7.0 44.0 29.0
9th 80 Gold RS400 1190 Stephen Jones Stephen Browne Leigh On Sea Sc 10.0 10.0 5.0 (DNC) 8.0 68.0 33.0
10th 54 Gold RS400 1164 Richard Marsh Heather Marsh Elton Sc 6.0 8.0 8.0 11.0 (35.0 DNF) 68.0 33.0
11th 82 Gold RS400 1155 Paul Allen Micheal Allen LLSC (35.0 OCS) 35.0 OCS 2.0 2.0 2.0 76.0 41.0
12th 65 Gold RS400 1304 John Cooper Becci Wigley Lymington TSC 9.0 11.0 11.0 12.0 (DNC) 78.0 43.0
13th 71 Silver RS400 1066 Richard Grayham- Eneck Roland Walker Aldeburge Yacht Club (18.0) 15.0 12.0 9.0 12.0 66.0 48.0
14th 83 Gold RS400 966 Dave Green Jude Pyke LLSC 8.0 13.0 13.0 (DNC) DNC 104.0 69.0
15th 66 Silver RS400 813 James George Matt Forbes Datchet 19.0 23.0 (24.0) 18.0 10.0 94.0 70.0
16th 74 Silver RS400 885 Paul Lewis Tom Nay Boy Burghfield 15.0 19.0 22.0 14.0 (DNC) 105.0 70.0
17th 85 Silver RS400 1251 Howard Fairbrother Louise Hosken Quenn Mary 16.0 12.0 9.0 (DNC) DNC 107.0 72.0
18th 76 Silver RS400 892 Matt Johnston Gael Pawson Emswoth SSC 11.0 9.0 18.0 (DNC) DNC 108.0 73.0
19th 57 Silver RS400 744 Fiona Bolt Ian Lewis Queen Mary 22.0 21.0 (29.0) 17.0 13.0 102.0 73.0
20th 59 Silver RS400 1275 Sam Parker Anna Ludgate Weston SC 14.0 16.0 16.0 (DNC) DNC 116.0 81.0
21st 79 Silver RS400 601 Pete Bennett Alicia Bennett Datchet 13.0 17.0 17.0 (DNC) DNC 117.0 82.0
22nd 51 Silver RS400 1215 Simon Pritchard Jones Bethen Owen Port Dino w SC (35.0 OCS) 35.0 OCS 20.0 15.0 14.0 119.0 84.0
23rd 84 Silver RS400 1201 Neil Peacock Liz Peacock Bartley 17.0 18.0 21.0 (DNC) DNC 126.0 91.0
24th 75 Silver RS400 543 Mark Duckworth Emma Clarke Birghfield 20.0 20.0 23.0 (DNC) DNC 133.0 98.0
25th 60 Silver RS400 852 Ian Clarke Ben Davis Warsash SC 27.0 26.0 30.0 16.0 (DNC) 134.0 99.0
26th 72 Silver RS400 1276 Mark Reddington Jane Bailey Bartley SC (35.0 OCS) 14.0 19.0 DNC DNC 138.0 103.0
27th 78 Silver RS400 766 Justin Sutclifft Alex Malone Whitstable YC 21.0 24.0 26.0 (DNC) DNC 141.0 106.0
28th 73 Silver RS400 755 John Hamilton Mark Chester WWSC 25.0 (DNC) DNC 13.0 DNC 143.0 108.0
29th 68 Silver RS400 1165 Christopher Hitchman Stuart Roberts Bartley 23.0 25.0 27.0 (DNC) DNC 145.0 110.0
30th 77 Silver RS400 1101 Simon Charles Baker Grayham Hayes QMSC (35.0 OCS) 22.0 25.0 DNC DNC 152.0 117.0
31st 70 Silver RS400 1181 Ian Heljne Terry You ng BBSC 26.0 (35.0 OCS) 28.0 DNC DNC 159.0 124.0
32nd 56 Silver RS400 522 Nick Simmons Tom Mckee Weston SC 24.0 (35.0 OCS) 31.0 DNC DNC 160.0 125.0
33rd 64 Silver RS400 821 Tim Ellis Doug Hornes Broadstairs 28.0 (DNC) DNC DNC DNC 168.0 133.0
34th 58 Gold RS400 1170 Sally Styles Martyn Styles Downs (35.0 OCS) 35.0 OCS DNC DNC DNC 175.0 140.0

Scoring codes used

Code Description Points
DNC Did not come to the starting area 35
DNF Started but did not finish 35
OCS On course side at start or broke rule 30.1 35

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