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Results / Open Royal Findhorn SC - 05/05/2012

RS400 Fat Face Circuit event at Aldeburgh Y.C.


Hilliar/Jagger win to leave overall circuit hanging on the final event


Over the weekend of 7/8th July, 23 RS400s turned out at Aldeburgh Y.C. for the sixth Fat Face Circuit event of the year and were treated to good conditions and a warm welcome from the host club.  The first race kicked off in 13 knots and sunshine, with an increasing tide pushing the fleet over the line.  Paul and Mike Allen led from the first mark and went offshore on the downwind, whereas many of their close competitors chose the inshore route to avoid the tide.  However with little or no tidal difference over the course the offshore route paid handsomely and the Allen’s shot into a large lead that would never be challenged.  Behind them Giles and Heather Chipperfield and Jon Gorringe/Louise Hosken came through   By the penultimate lap, Paul Hilliar/Stu Jagger had pulled back and with the Chipperfields capsizing, went on to take second, followed by Gorringe/Hosken.


Gorringe/Hosken shook of the cobwebs to lead the second race, hotly pursued by the Allens for the first 2.5 laps, however the race was to take a bizarre twist.  As the leading pair chased each other upwind out to the port layline, the wind died and started to shift.  The leaders were then left struggling to make it down tide back to the windward mark.  The biggest winners from this were Hilliar/Jagger who just snuck around the windward mark in front and held off Gorringe/Hosken to win the race.


The weather saved it’s most bizarre tricks for the final race of the day.  With a seemingly consistent 6 knot sea breeze and dying tide, the Allens narrowly led at the windward mark from Hilliar/Jagger.  However a big black cloud made an appearance and within a minute the wind had shifted by 120 degrees and built to an exciting 20 knots!  Hilliar/Jagger again were the beneficiaries of this and took the lead.  As the race team heroically struggled to relay the course, the race officer issued instructions such as ‘Go that way, there will be a windward mark by the time you get there!’.  In the end the placings were largely unaffected by the change, with the Allens coming in second followed by Gorringe/Hosken.


On Sunday, the day dawned with sunshine and a building sea breeze.  The first race was started in 12 knots and a slack tide.  The right hand side paid up the first beat and Hilliar/Jagger led, followed by the Allens.  Hilliar/Jagger pulled away downwind into a lead that would never be challenged, while the Chipperfields also attacked downwind and spent most of the race tussling for second with the Allens.  Ultimately though the Allens showed their class and held on to second place.


With the race officer not hanging around in-between races and the tide building, many competitors were a little late for the second start.  Gorringe/Hosken led up the first beat but were just pipped to the windward mark by Hilliar/Jagger, who again pulled away downwind.  The leading two were never that far apart but Gorringe/Hosken never quite got close enough to engage the leaders in a battle.  The Chipperfields came in third.


After a postponement, the final race started with a strong tide under the fleet and 10 knots of breeze.  In an incredibly congested windward mark, the fleet split downwind, unsure whether to soak and stem the tide or go high and get speed over ground.  On the second downwind with the wind dying, the Allens made the best of it and pulled out a decent lead, followed by the Chipperfields.  The final run brought more place changing, but the Allens held onto their lead, with Hilliar/Jagger just beating the Chipperfields.


This left Hilliar/Jagger as winners of the event from the Allens.  The overall Fat Face Circuit winner will be decided between the Allens, Tom Halhead/Christian Humphrey and Hilliar/Jagger, with the latter holding a slight advantage going into the final event at

Sailwave results for  -

RS400 Fat Face Circuit Event at Aldeburgh YC


Sailed:6, Discards:1, To count:5, Entries:23, Scoring system:My scoring system
1st 1121 Paul Hilliar Stu Jagger Bristol Corinthian YC   (2.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 8.0 6.0
2nd 1155 Paul Allen Mickey Allen Aldeburgh YC   1.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 (6.0) 1.0 15.0 9.0
3rd 1279 Jon Gorringe Louise Hosten Parkstone SC   3.0 2.0 3.0 (4.0) 2.0 4.0 18.0 14.0
4th 1296 Giles Chipperfield Heather Chipperfield Lymington Town SC   (7.0) 4.0 5.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 25.0 18.0
5th 1185 Terry Fellowes Nikki Fellowes Aldeburgh YC   8.0 6.0 (24.0 DNC) 5.0 4.0 5.0 52.0 28.0
6th 1066 Richard Graham-Enoch Roland Walker Aldeburgh YC   5.0 (7.0) 4.0 6.0 7.0 6.0 35.0 28.0
7th 1263 Ian Robson Sandy Johnson Aldeburgh YC   6.0 5.0 7.0 7.0 5.0 (9.0) 39.0 30.0
8th 1251 Howard Farbrother Nathan Pincher Queen Mary SC   (11.0) 8.0 6.0 10.0 9.0 7.0 51.0 40.0
9th 860 Charlie Somerset Anne Somerset Aldeburgh YC   12.0 (24.0 DNC) 10.0 8.0 8.0 13.0 75.0 51.0
10th 1306 Mark Broughton Vivienne Broughton Aldeburgh YC   10.0 (16.0) 13.0 11.0 13.0 8.0 71.0 55.0
11th 1179 Paul Walker Lindy Walker Aldeburgh YC   9.0 15.0 12.0 9.0 (17.0) 10.0 72.0 55.0
12th 813 James George Matt Forbes Datchet SC   (17.0) 13.0 14.0 12.0 10.0 14.0 80.0 63.0
13th 1177 Nick Barratt Charles Cockburn Oulton Broad   13.0 11.0 (24.0 DNC) 13.0 16.0 12.0 89.0 65.0
14th 1093 Simon Sydenham Emma Sydenham Aldeburgh YC   4.0 9.0 8.0 (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 93.0 69.0
15th 1101 Simon Baker Graham Hayes Queen Mary SC   16.0 (17.0) 16.0 15.0 11.0 11.0 86.0 69.0
16th 1230 Richard Holmes Nick Crickmore Waveney & Oulton Broad SC   14.0 10.0 (24.0 DNC) 14.0 15.0 17.0 94.0 70.0
17th 1002 John Hallas David Atienza Aldeburgh YC   18.0 12.0 9.0 19.0 (24.0 DNC) 16.0 98.0 74.0
18th 1289 Alex Cooper Katie Cooper Aldeburgh YC   15.0 18.0 15.0 16.0 18.0 (19.0) 101.0 82.0
19th 744 Fiona Bolt Iain Lewis Queen Mary SC   (19.0) 19.0 17.0 17.0 12.0 18.0 102.0 83.0
20th 1089 Chris Ritchie John Fulford Aldeburgh YC   21.0 14.0 11.0 (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 118.0 94.0
21st 454 James Milne Melissa Milne Aldeburgh YC   20.0 20.0 18.0 18.0 (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 124.0 100.0
22nd 1073 Adam Oliver A.N.Other Aldeburgh YC   (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 14.0 15.0 125.0 101.0
23rd 1060 Matthew Tubbs Rupert Moffat Aldeburgh YC   (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 144.0 120.0

Scoring codes used

DNC Did not come to the starting area 24

Photos by Gavin Marshall

Sunset photo by Heather Chipperfield

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