RS200s at Northampton

49 boats make the trip to the third event in the Fat Face circuit

Thursday April 10th 2003, Author: Heather Chipperfield, Location: United Kingdom
RS200 Fat Face Racing Circuit – round 2 at Northampton Sailing Club.

Northampton Sailing Club hosted one of the very first RS events in 1994 and the RS classes have held many well organised, well supported and almost without fail, spectacularly breezy events since. This year’s RS200 and RS400 Fat Face Racing Circuit were well supported with 49 RS200s. The Race Management was slick with very good courses but the northerly wind did not play ball. Saturday saw a very patchy force 1-3 with some horror light wind patchs on the runs. Sunday saw a more steady wind with crews hiking the vast majority of the time up wind but still with some big slants.

The standard continues to improve in depth in the 200s, 26 of the boats scored top ten results, many leading helms found it difficult to pull through boats now perfectly capable of staying in the leading group when they get there. With such patchy wind consistency was going to be everything with the series likely to be high scoring and so it proved.

David Giles/Fiona Clark won the first race by a margin with Ann Jackson/Alan Skeens second. Hamish Calder/Severine Rees-Jones were over the horizon in race 2 with Steve/Paula Irish very comfortable in second. Race 3 was led for the majority of the race by Paul Dorer/Ian Robertson, part of the Bowmoor Youth team. They lost out though on the on the final beat to Vince Horey/Jane Jones who had led at the first mark only to have a shocker of a first run.

Overnight Giles led from Ann Jackson but everyone already had a discard and it was really wide open. Ollie Holden/Sarah Freestone won race 4 from National Champions Tom and Jo Hewitson. The Irish’s third place moved them into the lead overall with a 2.3.3 score with several of the other leading contenders having bad races. The last two races were to prove very close throughout. Paul Dorer/Ian Robertson again led race 5 for long periods with very close company. This time they sailed the final part of the race very well to win from John/Chris Blundell, making quite an impression in their first year in 200’s, with Steve/Laurie Dunn third. The Irish’s challenge disappeared with an 18th.

Race 6 was tight with John Lewis/Millie Parsons making the early running until having a problem with a running boat on a beat. Vince Horey/Jane Jones took up the running to win with Martin English/Bridget Cooke (Wembley) in very close company in second. Ashore most of the fleet were unaware who had won but Giles/Clark recovery to 4th and 5th in the last two races from not promising positions was crucial; they were the only boat able to count 5 top ten results. Having won at Bristol and Carsington the Giles/Clark are the form team in 200s. Probably the most impressive performance of the weekend was Dorer and Robertson with 1.2.3 who will be a real force when they work out how to stop getting OCS. Also in her first season helming Trudie Danbury/Graham Ryder were again first Doris in 10th overall. With Ann Jackson also sailing well Sarah Taylor in going to be under real pressure for first lady at the Nationals.

After the first 3 major events being inland the RS200 circuits move to the sea now with the start of the Fat Face Eurocup at Carnac over Easter and Round 3 of the Fat Face Circuit at North Berwick over the May Bank Holiday.

Overall, six races, one discard
Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 David Giles Fiona Clark 1 3 BFD 9 4 5 22
2 Vince Horey Jane Jones 10 DNF 1 7 11 1 30
3 Steve Dunn Laurie Dunn 5 5 8 OCS 3 14 35
4 Jonathan Lewis Mad Milly Parsons 6 22 6 12 5 6 35
5 Tom Hewitson Jo Hewitson 4 10 BFD 2 9 12 37
6 Ollie Holden Sarah Freestone 9 8 20 1 15 8 41
7 Paul Dorer Ian Robertson 15 23 2 OCS 1 3 44
8 Pete Vincent Louisa Fewtrell 8 13 10 5 8 21 44
9 Steve Irish Paula Irish 3 2 23 3 18 22 48
10 Ralph Singleton Ollie Singleton 16 17 5 4 23 11 53
11 Trudie Danbury Ray Ryder 17 9 12 11 14 7 53
12 Hamish Calder Severine Rees-Jones 19 1 16 15 OCS 4 55
13 John Blundell Chris Blundell 30 15 4 23 2 17 61
14 Marshall King Heather King 12 4 19 6 39 25 66
15 James Stewart Elaine Turner 32 7 BFD 10 12 10 71
16 Martin English Bridget Cooke 23 11 25 19 17 2 72
17 Paul Fisk Carolyn Fisk 20 14 22 20 6 15 75
18 Ann Jackson Alan Skeens 2 18 3 25 36 31 79
19 Andrew Robertson Natasha Lister 18 24 7 33 10 23 82
20 Andi Riley Julie Mander 13 19 30 18 25 9 84
21 Sam Mettam Vicky Burr 11 34 24 21 16 13 85
22 Patrick Altoft Deborah Greenland 14 32 11 8 24 30 87
23 Sue Antonelli Jo Lloyd 27 20 9 13 19 26 87
24 Ian Pickard Laura Woosey 7 26 18 42 13 28 92
25 Mike Dencher Anna Harding 25 6 17 37 30 19 97
26 Simon Davis Mary Davis 28 12 26 34 7 DNC 107
27 Mark Savitsky Alec Savitsky 44 16 14 29 20 35 114
28 Jeremy Stephens Adam Poole 33 39 13 14 31 29 120
29 David Leach Niall Myant 26 33 29 24 DNC 16 128
30 Karen Baker Sally Potter 38 25 27 16 29 39 135
31 Ben Alexander Liz Alexander 39 28 15 26 33 37 139
32 Simon Gillow Beefcake Hewett 21 36 41 30 32 20 139
33 Chris Brann George 31 21 21 OCS DSQ 18 140
34 Stephen Seargeant Claire Paul 29 29 28 27 28 DNC 141
35 Jon Watkins Marielle Watkins DNC 27 33 22 26 34 142
36 Lucy Davey Jane Sutor 35 38 36 17 27 32 147
37 Vanda young Jonathan Jowett 37 46 35 28 21 38 159
38 Tim Gray Wendy Gray DNC 37 40 35 22 27 161
39 Paul Goodwin Kate Gillow 36 30 31 36 34 40 167
40 Matt Ambrose Becky Hobson 40 31 32 32 37 41 172
41 Chris Woodard Jane Hill 22 40 38 38 35 43 173
42 Sarah Taylor Claire Upton-Brown 24 35 34 31 DNC DNC 173
43 Alan Perry Marcelle Newbold 42 44 43 DSQ 41 24 194
44 Paul Williamson Hazel Williamson 43 42 44 39 38 33 195
45 Martin Jones Kerry Jones 41 41 39 41 40 36 197
46 Carolyn Doherty Jo Wotton 34 45 37 40 DNC DNC 205
47 Tony Vance Ros Browne 45 47 45 43 42 42 217
48 Iain McGregor Olivia McGregor DNF 43 42 DNC DNC DNC 232

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