Chew Valley RS 600s,700s and 800s

Reports and full results

Wednesday March 19th 2003, Author: Heather Chipperfield, Location: United Kingdom
Fat Face RS600 Racing Circuit - Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club - March 15/16 2003

Brilliant sunshine and a light breeze greeted the 15 sailors that arrived for the first RS Fat Face racing circuit event of the year. That light breeze steadily built to a good force 3 in time for the first race, Matt Humphreys got away from the start well and after a shifty first beat led at the windward mark and stretched away to win by a leg. There was close racing in the chasing pack with Jon Heissig coming out on top to take second with David Cummins in third.

In the second race after picking the wind-shifts well Heissig led the fleet up the first beat only for his shroud to break as he tacked for the windward mark, Humphreys narrowly avoided the falling mast and took the lead again to win by a leg with Peter Sanders in second and Cummins again in third.

Race 3 and Humphreys led again at the top mark stretching away into a now familiar lead which he steadily increased to the finish. There was close racing in the chasing pack with Sanders again taking second and Colin Hatton in third.

Sunday morning brought a fresh shifty breeze for race 4 which Andy Heissig capitalised on, leading at the windward mark followed by his brother Jon (with a new shroud) with Humphreys hot on his heels. Humphreys boat speed came to the fore and he squeezed past Jon H on the top reach. A close fought run with many gybes to stay in the gusts saw Humphreys just able to catch Andy H on starboard near the bottom mark, forcing him to gybe and controlling the inside line into the mark. Humphreys then stretched away comfortably leaving the rest to battle for second place honours. Much place changing took place over the next two laps with Jon Heissig coming out in Second and Sam Pascoe in third.

Race 5 saw Humphreys do his usual trick of sailing faster than everyone to win by a leg but the competition behind him was fierce with Jon Heissig finishing in second and Pasco achieving another third.

Race 6 and Humphreys took the lead at the windward mark, pulling away into a familiar lead, only to find himself stuck in a hole at the bottom of the run. He watched helpless as the rest of the fleet came flying down in a gust catching up to within a boat length. With the wind now very light, full of holes and shifty, Humphreys was hotly pursued by Ari Liddell all the way to the finish to take a fine second with Elaine Turner in third. The girls showing the rest of the fleet how it should be done.

The Race Officer coped with the conditions superbly and provided good racing with a fast turn around of races. Overall Humphreys won all six races comfortably but the battle for 2nd-5th was hotly contested with only 5 points between 2nd and 5th place. Sam Pascoe came second with 21pts and David Cummins came third with 23pts.

RS600
Pos
Sail No.
Helm
Points
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
1
962
Matt Humphreys
5
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
742
Sam Pascoe
21
5
4
6
3
3
8
3
893
David Cummins
23
3
3
4
8
7
6
4
909
Peter Sanders
24
12
2
2
4
6
10
5
722
Colin Hatton
26
14
9
3
6
4
4
6
861
Jamie Mawson
31
9
5
7
5
11
5
7
709
Andy Heissig
37
4
7
16
9
8
9
8
954
Jon Heissig
38
2
16
16
2
2
16
9
937
Elaine Turner
38
7
16
16
7
5
3
10
826
David Nunn
42
10
6
5
13
10
11
11
876
Ari Liddell
45
11
12
10
10
14
2
12
716
Paul Molesworth
49
13
11
11
11
9
7
13
792
Adrian White
49
8
8
8
14
12
13
14
900
Ali Wyatt
55
6
16
12
12
13
12
15
664
David Prickett
67
16
10
9
16
16
16


Fat Face RS700 Racing Circuit - Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club - March 15/16 2003

The first event of the 2003 RS Fat Face Circuit welcomed 17 RS700s to a sunny and warm weekend of close racing. Chew Valley hosted a total of 56 RS600s, RS700s and RS800s racing on different courses but using the same start and finish lines. The race team managed the fleets with alacrity and style. As far as we know no one got lost!

Saturday’s breeze was from the East(ish), F2 to F4 gusting F5 and shifting through thirty degrees all day. These conditions tested the sailors’ boathandling, tactics and boatspeed skills to the full. The first race was dominated by Andy White, who had Tim Johnson and Tony Freer snapping at his heels but neither were able to get ahead of White. In the second race Stuart Speer led around the first mark but in the changeable conditions was soon overtaken by the pack. White was on the right side of the shifts again and won by 5 metres. Jerry Wales sailed well to finish second just a metre ahead of Johnson who had recovered from a dreadful first lap. With the wind increasing for the third race White led the pack again until capsizing at the final mark! Andy Irons capitalised on the mistake to take the third gun. White limped home in second just ahead of Carl Vining and Andrew Peake. White had won the day by a handsome margin with the rest of the fleet struggling for consistency.

Sunday’s breeze was from the East(ish), F1 to F3 gusting F4 and shifting through thirty degrees again. The fourth race started promptly at 10:40am and the fleet fought through the shifts and gusts with many place changes. Freer went left on the second beat and sailed from 7th to 1st! He held onto the lead until capsizing on the final run. Jerry Wales, sailing consistently, won, with Johnson and Irons close behind. The fifth race was heavily contested in the first lap, but Johnson found the right shifts downwind to win by a leg from Peake and the speedy 69Kg Jon Emmett. The tight competitive racing and variable conditions meant that the open meeting was still winnable by any of the top 5. The sixth race was sailed in the lightest winds of the weekend. Wales sailed a brilliant first lap and took a hundred yards out of Neil Sanders who took another hundred yards out of the pack. The pack with all title contenders (except Wales) was parked up at the windward mark. Escape routes were tried by many but clear air was hard to come by. Dave Aston, Nigel Walbank, Dave Merchant and Johnson all got clear early to chase Wales and Sanders. Their lead proved to be unassailable but Johnson managed to clinch third and the regatta. White sailed to a second in the regatta after being on the wrong side of too many shifts on the Sunday. Wales clinched third with 2 firsts and a second. Freer, in his first regatta in a RS700. finished fourth. With Peake, Irons and Vining close behind.

Thank you to all the volunteers at Chew who put on such a great regatta and thank you to all the visitors for travelling to Somerset where the beer is only £1.30 a pint! The competition in the 700s is getting faster and tighter all the time!

RS700
Pos
Sail No.
Helm
Points
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
1
762
Tim Johnson
11
2
3
18
2
1
3
2
741
Andy White
14
1
1
2
7
5
5
3
841
Jerry Wales
17
6
2
9
1
7
1
4
822
Tony Frer
22
3
4
5
18
4
6
5
750
Andrew Peake
24
8
6
4
8
2
4
6
823
Andy Irons
28
11
5
1
3
8
18
7
716
Carl Vining
29
5
14
3
4
6
11
8
718
Tim Garvin
34
7
15
6
5
9
7
9
775
Nigel Walbank
41
4
11
8
12
10
8
10
721
Neil Sanders
44
18
7
14
6
15
2
11
839
Jon Emmett
45
13
10
10
10
3
12
12
834
Dave Merchant
48
12
8
7
15
12
9
13
843
David Aston
57
18
9
13
14
11
10
14
855
Loopy
58
9
13
12
11
14
13
15
753
Eddie Gatehouse
64
14
12
11
13
16
14
16
803
Tim Dickinson
66
10
16
18
9
13
16
17
777
Stewart Speer
83
15
17
15
18
18
18


Fat Face RS800 Racing Circuit - Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club - March 15/16 2003

Report to come

RS800
Pos
Sail No.
Helm Crew
Points
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
1
1005
Chris Haworth Stuart Aston
9
7
1
2
2
3
1
2
922
Steve Irish Marit Gotrel
11
1
5
3
1
2
4
3
1001
James Date Mark Hogan
15
26
3
1
3
1
7
4
960
Spod Olive Mike Warren
22
3
26
4
4
5
6
5
943
Ben Price Peter Brooke-Houghton
29
8
2
6
9
4
9
6
1050
Matt Adams Mark Rhodes
30
4
6
8
5
7
10
7
1055
Neil Ashby Jeremy Davies
32
2
4
9
11
6
19
8
1019
Paul Bartlett Stuart Woodger
32
6
26
7
8
8
3
9
931
Mark Pollington James Shaw
46
5
15
16
10
14
2
10
818
Matthew McGovern Max Capener
50
26
10
5
17
10
8
11
1046
Neil Harrison Richard Burlingham
52
10
26
12
6
12
12
12
921
Russel Gibbs Jayne Singleton
52
15
8
11
7
15
11
13
829
John Harvey Adrian Garland
52
11
7
10
13
11
13
14
1010
Chris Mayhew Marke stowe
58
12
12
20
12
17
5
15
839
Alex Davies Sarah Hughes
64
13
16
14
14
9
14
16
941
Adam Broughton Andy Pearce
74
9
17
17
18
13
20
17
1047
Charlie Coulborn Nick Bishop
75
16
26
13
15
16
15
18
1013
Joe Turnbull Karen Falcon
77
14
11
18
19
18
16
19
836
Derek Buchanan Bryan Deacon
83
18
13
19
16
20
17
20
1004
Paul Cooper John Cooper
93
17
9
15
26
26
26
21
898
Bill Smith Chris Crabb
96
19
20
23
20
19
18
22
1003
Dave Powley Matt Rowley
104
26
14
22
21
21
26
23
856
Howard Smith Julia Toms
112
20
19
21
26
26
26
24
816
Kevin Poole Gary Poole
122
26
18
26
26
26
26
25
945
Guy Tricks Harry Britten
130
26
26
26
26
26
26


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