Gilbert and Willan unstoppable

The RS200 Fat Face event at Draycote was won in straight bullets

Wednesday April 9th 2008, Author: Debbie Darling, Location: United Kingdom
64 RS200s arrived at DWSC (along with some RS800s for entertainment between races) for the first round of the Fat Face national circuit and were met with a lovely force three breeze and sunshine. That wasn’t going to last for long though!

The first race saw the fleet away at the second attempt under a black flag, with ten boats being a bit eager. There were no problems for Roger Gilbert and Jane Willan though, who led all the way round to take victory, closely followed by James Stewart and Ruth Johnson and Chris Martin and Rachael Harrison.

Race two started with slightly more breeze and only a short delay (to allow Dave Giles to get out of the way in his new RS800). Half way through the race, Gilbert and Willan were well clear, but the sight of a huge black cloud over Windsor castle was ominous. Within a few minutes the fleet were hit by a huge hail squall, making visibility almost nil and seeing the wind gust to 44 knots. This didn’t bother Marshal King and Emma Clarke or Nick Charles and Juliet Kingsnorth though, who stayed upright to finish second and third.

The wind stayed up for the third race, to give some great downwind sailing. Gilbert and Willan completed a perfect day with another bullet, an embarrassing distance ahead, King and Clarke were again second and Stewart and Johnson enjoyed their second top three result of the day in third.

Sunday morning saw the fleet rise to find three inches of snow over the clubhouse and their boats and a blizzard! However, by 09.30 it had stopped snowing. After a short postponement the fleet were called onto the water with many questioning the parentage of the race officer as they looked at the weather station recording -2 with wind chill and only four knots.

A slightly reduced fleet got under way for the fourth race in a patchy seven to eight knots. Roy McCubbin and Kirsty McSeveney looked to have sailed into an impressive lead but Gilbert and Willan steadily eroded this lead to take first place on lap three to win with Eddie Whitehead and Karen Baker third. The wind had slightly built for race five but remained patchy. David Stead and Noelle Vidal led for a period but again Gilbert and Willan powered through to win with Gareth Robinson and Sarah Holland third.

Gilbert and Willan now headed for a warm shower, race six started with the air temperature slowly climbing and the wind building for a very open race. McCubbin and McSeveney, Ellie Martin and Katherine Lovering and Steve Dunn and Rachael Jones all had brief spells in the lead before King and Clarke and Pete Vincent and Tessa Nicholls pulled clear. Charles and Kingsnorth recovered from somewhere in the thirties to nearly claim the win on the final run but King and Clarke clung on to win.

The final leg to the finish was a flat out three sail reach as the sun appeared; well done to PRO Mike Firth and his team for braving the condition to run three good races. McCubbin and McSeveney made the long trip from Scotland worthwhile with tenth overall and winning the silver division ahead of John and Pat Teague and Mike Chapman and Lynne Radcliffe. Paul and Corinne Whitbread won the bronze division from Julian Sawyer and Liz Teague and Sue Spring and Ed Impey.

Round two of the RS200 Fat Face racing circuit is at Draycote in two weeks time with a Mexican theme night, another big fleet guaranteed but can we have some more stable weather.

Results:

Rank Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot Net
1st Roger Gilbert Jane Willan Frensham Pond SC 1 1 1 1 1 (65.0 DNC) 70 5
2nd Marshall King Emma Clarke 7 2 2 -9 4 1 25 16
3rd Nick Charles Juliet Kingsnorth Littleton SC -9 3 4 4 7 2 29 20
4th Andrew Peters Jeraldine Peters King & Queen YC 10 10 6 5 -17 5 53 36
5th Ed Whitehead Karen Baker Filey/Parkstone (65.0 BFD) 9 11 3 5 9 102 37
6th James Hewart Ruth Johnson South Staffs 2 11 3 -19 14 10 59 40
7th Pete Vincent Tessa Nichols Bristol CYC 13 6 13 16 -29 3 80 51
8th David Steed Noelle Vidal RYA -24 7 22 20 2 12 87 63
9th Matt Jenkins Emma Jenkins Sheffield Viking SC 27 17 8 8 8 (65.0 BFD) 133 68
10th Roy McCubbin Kirsty McSeveney Strathclyde Loch SC 22 16 -26 2 12 17 95 69
11th Sarah Taylor Lucy Matthews Locks SC 17 -23 18 7 13 16 94 71
12th Ian Pickard Lucy Matthews RYA 8 12 7 -32 20 30 109 77
13th John Teague Patricia Teague Bristol Corinthian YC 16 -35 25 21 10 6 113 78
14th Simon Gillow Adam Page Chipstead SC 18 -31 14 14 21 11 109 78
15th Mike Chapman Lynne Radcliffe Bexhill SC 14 14 16 12 22 -26 104 78
16th Gareth Robinson Sarah Holland Littleton SC 11 29 -35 17 3 24 119 84
17th Sue Antonelli Jo Lloyd Littleton SC (65.0 BFD) 13 27 11 18 15 149 84
18th James Boyce Sarah Hornby Papercourt SC 5 -39 9 18 32 22 125 86
19th Trudie Fell Graeme Ryder Burghfield SC 20 -36 10 24 25 21 136 100
20th Chris Martin Rach Harrison Burghfield SC 3 8 5 26 (65.0 DNC) 65.0 DNC 172 107
21st Micky Wright Claire Wood Maylandsea Bay SC 15 -47 29 29 31 4 155 108
22nd Rosie Sands Andy Williams 12 -48 39 28 15 18 160 112
23rd Jess Blick Lauren Spring Exe SC (65.0 BFD) 32 33 15 6 29 180 115
24th Ian Maclean Helen Wishtman Royal Forth YC 21 -51 17 25 34 19 167 116
25th Katrina Gilbert Jenny Rust Frensham Pond SC 25 4 20 6 (65.0 BFD) 65.0 DNC 185 120
26th Steven Greaves Susanna Bickford Rickmansworth SC 41 -44 23 13 38 8 167 123
27th Andrew Gill Ian Gill Wembley SC -36 20 32 22 26 23 159 123
28th John Gill Judy Faulds Wembley SC 28 34 -47 39 24 7 179 132
29th Rosie Brearley Tom Brearley Littleton SC (65.0 BFD) 26 49 10 28 25 203 138
30th Sam Tozwer Katy Nichol Papercourt SC (65.0 BFD) 19 40 27 19 34 204 139
31st Ryan Spring Leanne Bland Exe SC 37 -43 30 31 9 38 188 145
32nd Roger tait Georgie Hill Shetland Sailing Centre 23 28 38 (65.0 BFD) 23 33 210 145
33rd Liz Jaime Ross McKerchan Oxford SC 19 25 34 -42 36 35 191 149
34th Andrew Boyce Clare Michelmore Papercourt SC 29 -52 31 38 27 32 209 157
35th Rob Janering Marianthe Evangeledis Wembley SC 4 15 12 (65.0 DNC) 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 226 161
36th Jon Paton Lucy Preston Papercourt SC 39 -54 36 45 11 31 216 162
37th Steve Dunn Rachel Jones Wembley SC (65.0 BFD) 37 15 37 16 65.0 DNC 235 170
38th Paul Whitbread Corinne Whitbread Burghfield SC 30 30 (65.0 DNC) 33 65.0 BFD 13 236 171
39th Katharine Lavering Ellie Martin Burghfield SC 34 -58 46 40 41 14 233 175
40th Toby Ashton Rachel Ashton Burghfield SC -47 46 21 43 40 27 224 177
41st Simon Benson Janice Higginson Derwent Reservoir SC 33 21 37 23 (65.0 BFD) 65.0 BFD 244 179
42nd Martin Vinson Heidi Vinson Littleton SC (65.0 BFD) 50 28 36 30 36 245 180
43rd Charlie Odell Karen Falcon Netley SC (65.0 BFD) 53 19 34 37 40 248 183
44th Chris Woodard Linda Woodard Deben 43 -55 24 44 33 39 238 183
45th Hannah Yvill Wendy Minns 40 (65.0 DNC) 65.0 DNC 30 35 20 255 190
46th Stephen Janering Jane Hill Wembley SC 6 5 (65.0 DNC) 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 271 206
47th Julian Sawyer Liz Teague BCYC 48 49 -51 35 39 37 259 208
48th Sue Spring Ed Impey Exe SC 42 45 42 (65.0 BFD) 45 42 281 216
49th Emma Johnson Penny Johnson SCSC 45 -59 53 47 44 41 289 230
50th Matt Sheahan Ellie Sheahan Netley SC 54.5 41 50 46 43 (65.0 DNC) 299.5 234.5
51st Nigel Harniman Kathryn Sharman Wembley SC 44 22 43 (65.0 DNC) 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 304 239
52nd Iain Horlock Edward Pearce Exe SC 46 (65.0 DNF) 65.0 DNF 41 65.0 BFD 28 310 245
53rd Patch Fillery Sarah Skirton Littleton SC 35 18 (65.0 DNC) 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 313 248
54th Wes Kanours Jo Munizo BCYC 53 (65.0 DNF) 65.0 DNC 48 42 43 316 251
55th Phil Sowden Jim Sowden Highcliffe SC 26 33 (65.0 DNC) 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 319 254
56th Trevor Rawlins Barry Rawlinns Littleton SC 32 27 (65.0 DNC) 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 319 254
57th Andy Blackwell Ross Howell Littleton SC (65.0 BFD) 24 45 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 329 264
58th Phil Waind Sonya Waind Wembley SC 31 38 (65.0 DNC) 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 329 264
59th Tony Wakeling Kate Wakeling Wembley SC 52 40 44 (65.0 DNC) 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 331 266
60th Paul Smalley Claire Usherwood CVLSC 51 42 48 (65.0 DNC) 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 336 271
61st Paul Lewis Felicity Pearson Burghfield SC 38 (65.0 BFD) 41 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 339 274
62nd Paul Goodwin Jo Holden Draycote Water SC 50 56.5 52 (65.0 DNC) 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 353.5 288.5
63rd James Bayliss Lucinda Hasll-Jones Littleton SC 49 60 (65.0 DNC) 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 369 304
64th Paul Weedon Lany Gibson Queen Mary SC 54.5 56.5 (65.0 DNC) 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 65.0 DNC 371 306

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