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29/04/2006
RS Fat Face Racing Circuit SCYC, Abersoch

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THIRD LEG OF THE RS200 FAT FACE CIRCUIT AT SOUTH CAERNARVONSHRE YC. The RS200 and RS400 fleets made their annual pilgrimage over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend to Abersoch for the third leg of the Fat Face Racing Circuit; this year with visitors from Northern Ireland and the Shetlands. For the fourth year in a row the North Wales weather gods were both extremely kind and unkind. A glorious Saturday was followed by a lifeless grey drift of a Sunday. At briefing time even Saturdays weather was looking worryingly poor; the one down side of SCYC’s clubhouse location is that the height allows you to see when there is a flat calm in the whole of Cardigan Bay. Then a very nice northerly appeared from nowhere and by the time racing started this had built to 15-17 knots. Race 1 saw Tom/Jo Hewitson in control closely followed by Mark Littlejohn/ Emma Clark recovering well from Emma’s dive out on a tack. The Hewitsons won but the final long reach saw Pete Vincent/Tessa Nicholls and Jon Lewis/KT Nichol power through to second and third ahead of Littlejohn in fourth. By now the sky was a lovely clear blue and scenery of north Wales was majestic as the competitors strained to spot the far off windward mark. Race 2 and the fleet was beginning to learn that left was really paying. Will Storey/Peter Franklin powered their way up the first beat to lead but had no answer when Lewis/Nichol and Ian Pickard/Loopy Lucy Matthews gybed early into good pressure. Lewis and Pickard finished 1.2 from the Hewitsons and Micky Wright/Howie Enkal. Race 3 and with the tide turning several competitors got their approach to the leeward end of the start line wrong which was to have important consequences. Pickard/Loopy were on fire and led throughout although closely pushed by the Hewitsons with Nick Charles/Juliet Kingsworth third. Pickard and Charles were OCS so the Hewitsons won from Lewis/Nichol and the very consistent Matt/Emma Jenkins. Ashore everyone was knackered but with warm glowing faces. It is not often in a season that you get such classic conditions. Sunday did not look hopeful with very light airs and static light grey skies. A gentle northerly did allow a course to be set and a start attempted but the wind faded resulting in the fleet not being able to stem the tide on starboard. Luckily the PRO stopped the start, which saved the fleet from suffering Mark Littlejohn making a perfect port end flyer. The wind then disappeared and with boats heading towards the islands racing was abandoned. With no discard after three races this was particularly hard on Pickard/Loopy and Wright/Howie. The class act of the Hewitsons won by a point from the consistent Lewis/Nichol. Chris Pickles/Laura Westwell from Delph won the close tussle for the Silver Division from Martin Penty/Jeremy Collins of Beaver and Storey/Franklin from Parkstone. Jonny/Kate Harrison from Derwent results improved steadily to win the bronze Division from Draycotes Paul Goodwin/Chessie Saunders. Overall in the Fat Face Circuit Pete Vincent/Tessa Nicholls lead from Steve Dunn/Noelle Vidal with Bristol Corinthian YC boats filling the top six places. Georgie Hill/Roger Tait are probably the furthest travelled boat and deservedly lead the Silver Division. Martin Fear/Chris Georgiou from RNSA/BCYC lead the Bronze Division. In a fortnights time the Fat Face Circuit visits the Yorkshire coast for the first time with leg four hosted by Filey SC; it will be great fun. Pete Vincent
1 772 Gold Tom Hewitson Jo Hewitson Rickmansworth 4 5 1 3 1 2 1054 Harken Gold Jonathan Lewis K Nichol Burghfield 17 6 3 1 2 3 1077 The Good The Slim and the Ugly Gold Pete Vincent Er Indoors Bristol Corinthian 19 14 2 6 6 4 725 Toe Jam & Earl Gold Matt Jenkins Emma Jenkins Sheffield Viking 3 14 6 5 3 5 858 Gold Mark Littlejohn Emma Clarke Lancing 7 15 4 7 4 6 789 Roadrunner Gold S Dunn N Vidal Bristol Corinthian 5 29 8 12 9 7 371 Gold Sarah Taylor Lucy Matthews Bristol Corinthian 1 31 11 15 5 8 927 Gold Trudie Danbury Karen Baker Bristol Corinthian 11 32 12 8 12 9 1000 Team Stevooooo Silver Chris Pickles Laura Westwell Delph 14 34 16 11 7 10 865 Silver Martin Penty Jeremy Collins Beaver S C 25 39 17 14 8 11 1083 Will Storey Peter Franklin Parkstone 27 39 19 10 10 12 1165 Easy Tiger Gold Ian Pickard Loopie Bristol Corinthian 21 41 5 2 34 13 1020 Silver Andrew Hartley Eve Hartley Ripon 16 42 13 16 13 14 815 Gold Micky Wright Howie Enkel Maylandsea 6 45 7 4 34 15 1103 Gold Alex Taylor Sam Lones SCYC 30 49 14 17 18 16 1176 Bronze Georgie Hill Roger Tait Shetland S C 23 51 18 22 11 17 477 Rosie Bronze Jonny Harrison Kate Harrison Derwent Reservoir 2 53 21 18 14 18 953 Gold Nick Charles Juliet Kingsnorth Bristol Corinthian 12 56 9 13 34 19 1007 Bronze Paul Goodwin Chessie Saunders Draycote 15 59 23 21 15 20 1074 Ben Dutton Emma Fell Budworth 18 59 20 23 16 21 880 Gold Sarah Allan Peter Rowley Littleton 31 64 10 20 34 22 1099 Crewsaver Nigel Biggs Gael Pawson Budworth 20 65 22 26 17 23 1010 Gold Colin Staite Emma Roberts Bartley S C 33 68 15 19 34 24 904 Bronze Mike Riley Fran Jones Chew Valley Lake 34 69 26 24 19 25 911 TridentUK.com Silver Jethro Gebhard Carinna Perkin Derwent Reservoir 24 70 25 25 20 26 1167 Gold Ronald Millar Jennifer Reekie Dalgety Bay 22 72 29 9 34 27 917 Bronze Martin Fear Chris Georgiou RNSA 9 72 24 27 21 28 322 Gary Stephenson Annie Stephenson Delph 28 77 27 28 22 29 995 Silver Kev O'Brien Tina O'Brien RAF S C 26 91 28 29 34 30 243 Ian Faulkner Charles Faulkner LL SC 29 102 34 34 34 30 363 Little Sin Michael Wright Lindsay McCarty RNIYC 13 102 34 34 34 30 919 Mark Blackham Sam Blackham Chase 10 102 34 34 34 30 1013 Bronze T Hand C Scott Sotton-N-Ashfield 32 102 34 34 34
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