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07/01/2012
Bloody Mary Pursuit Race Queen Mary SC

    GUL RS PURSUIT RACE AT DATCHET Ė Nick Craig even polished the cup. The first attempt to run the GUL RS Pursuit Race in November never hit the water with a flat calm and fog beside Windsor Castle. Datchet Water SC kindly agreed to a re run and the RS family met at Datchet on Sat, Jan 21st under reasonable winter sun and not a bad looking breeze around the top end of a force 2-3. Afloat the trapeze boats were looking hopeful as they got out onto their wires and the 400ís were powered up on the reachs. The wind was though surprisingly patchy over the M shaped course with a long tight reach across the bottom. In race 1 Tom/Jo Hewitson and Geoff Carveth/Bouncy Emma Clarke were swapping places in their 200ís in the lead but it was soon evident the 400ís were making quick in roads and the 800ís were going to be very close. As the last few minutes approached the 400ís were rapidly pulling through the 200ís but the 800 of Alan/Jane Olive were on a charge and hit the front in the last two minutes or had they? Nick Craig/James Stewart in their 400 had got real pressure on a reach early on to pull well clear of the rest of the 400ís and took the lead in the race with 20 minutes to go. By the finish they were literally over the horizon over a leg ahead of the Olives, with the Hewitsons third and Roger Gilbert/Fiona Clark fourth in a 400. The wind had slightly eased for the start of the second race and David Giles/Kita Carpenter escaped the quality 200 fleet on the first lap, about the only boat to make a kite work on the tight reach all day. With the wind slowly fading the 200ís were proving impossible to catch and were going to pack out the leading positions eventually taking seven of the top ten places. Giles/Carpenter were miles clear but with the Hewitsons and Carveth/Clark always in the top five overall victory depended on how far through the 200ís Craig/Stewart could get. With Carveth/Clark securing second in the dying wind Craig/Stewart moving into sixth in the last five minutes was crucial. The trapeze boats made up very little ground and the Olives were the first trapeze boat limping in a distant 21st. Craig/Stewart were on the same points as Carveth/Clark but won overall having won a race giving him a chance to admire the trophy nicely polished by his girlfriend. The Olives were the first 800 in 12th place. Paul Craft from Teign Corinthian was the first Vareo, sailed off 1050, in 14th proving competitive against other RS classes when sailed off a true PY. Andy Hessig was the first 600 in 18th and Tim Keen the first 300 in 19th. Pete Vincent
    Race 1 Race 2 Total 1. RS400 1237 Nick Craig James Stewart 1 6 7 2. RS200 751 Geoff Carveth Emma Clark 5 2 7 3. RS200 772 Tom and Jo Hewitson 3 5 8 4. RS200 1133 Colin Smith Rachael Williamson 7 3 10 5. RS200 753 David Giles Kita Carpenter 10 1 11 6. RS400 1161 Roger Gilbert Fiona Clark 4 7 11 7. RS200 927 Trudie Danbury Karen Baker 9 4 13 8. RS400 1236 Richard Bone Dan Martin 6 10 16 9. RS200 1077 Pete Vincent Tessa Nicholls 10 9 19 10 RS200 1103 Alex Taylor Sam 14 8 22
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