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26/07/2004
RS Fat Face Eurocup, Garda Fraglia vela Riva

  • RS700 Nationals Plymouth 2014
A strong fleet of RS700s made the long trip to one of the Worlds great sailing venues - Riva del Garda on the northern shores of Lake Garda, and were treated to a “classic” week of true Garda conditions. Sun, wind and great sailing made for a truly enjoyable week, expertly organised by the RS Class Assocation (sponsored by Fat Face) and the Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda. Reigning national champion Paul Bayliss has had a very quiet season by his standards due to family commitments, and Sundays practice sail saw some dismal boat handling, plenty of capsize practice, and a few smirks on the faces of his fellow competitors. However, Bayliss seemed to be getting them out of the way as once the competition started it was business as usual as he set about the very serious business of keeping the boat upright and winning races… and the regatta with straight bullets to count. A comfortable second place was taken by Dave Geal, who scored a first, and no less than 5 second places but never really looked like challenging for the overall top spot. Jerry Wales was going very fast in some races and with some awesome boat handling looked comfortable in the breeze, and took the only other race win to take third overall by some margin. Buzz Keck came into the class just over a year ago and has been learning with each event, and he brought this to fruition at Garda with 5 top five positions for the week consolidating a solid performance to come fourth. Just half a point separated the next three positions with Steve Butcher pipping the German sailor Christian Brandt on count-back, with these two edging out Nigel Walbank by just half a point. Overall, a fantastic week racing and a good warm up for the Nationals to be held in Weymouth later on in August.
1 GBR 875 BAYLISS PAUL 8,0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 (17) 1 (dnf) 2 GBR 832 GEAL DAVE 19,0 (dnf) 5 2 2 2 2 (8) 2 3 1 3 GBR 888 WALES JERRY 27,0 (dnf) 3 4 3 5 3 2 1 (8) 6 4 GBR 858 KECK BURR 41,5 (dnf) 6 3 12 4 5 3 6 2 (13) 5 GBR 891 BUTCHER STEPHEN 52,0 2 (raf) 5 14 8 4 7 5 (dnf) 7 6 GER 848 BRANDT CHRISTIAN 52,0 (dnf) (raf) 10 9 6 8 6 4 6 3 7 GBR 775 WALBANK NIGEL 52,5 (dnf) (raf) 6 7 7 9 9 6 4 4 8 GBR 861 GATEHOUSE EDDIE 82,0 (dnf) (raf) 11 8 11 15 10 8 9 10 9 GBR 868 SMITHWHITE DAVE 85,0 (dnf) 2 9 5 (dnf) dnf 11 22 5 5 10 GBR 806 GRIFFIN NICKY 96,0 (dnf) 7 13 (15) 14 13 15 15 10 9 11 GBR 760 MARSHALL STEVE 96,0 (dnf) 8 16 16 13 10 16 9 (19) 8 12 GBR 882 HEISSIG JONATHAN 99,0 (dnf) (raf) 8 10 20 6 4 10 15 dnf 13 GBR 844 SIMMONDS GRAHAM 104,0 (dnf) 10 12 (dnf) 19 7 14 13 13 16 14 GBR 1882 GORRINGE DAVE 109,0 (dnf) 9 17 4 15 12 12 14 (dnf) dnf 15 GBR 885 CUMMINS DAVID 116,0 (dnf) (raf) dnf 13 3 14 5 3 dnf dnf 16 GBR 766 KOUKOURAKIS ALEX 117,0 (dnf) (raf) 7 11 12 dnf dnf dnf 7 2 17 GBR 819 GRIFFITHS DAVE 120,0 (dnf) 4 (dnf) dnf 10 16 18 19 16 11 18 GBR 871 STARK MATTHEW 121,0 (dnf) (raf) 14 6 16 19 13 16 11 dnf 19 GBR 769 POLLINGTON MARK 144,0 (dnf) (raf) 15 17 21 20 19 20 17 15 20 GBR 763 RIDDINGTON ANDREW 147,0 (dnf) (raf) dnf dnf 9 raf 20 12 14 14 21 NED 864 TEN BERG MATHIJS 153,0 (dnf) (raf) dnf dnf 22 11 dnf 18 12 12 22 NED 807 LOEFF ERIK 171,0 (dnf) (raf) dnf 18 17 17 raf 23 18 dnf 23 GBR 719 STEWART JAMES 174,0 (dnf) (raf) dnf dnf 24 18 17 11 dnf dnf 24 GBR 896 LEESON ROBERT 190,0 (dnf) (raf) dnf dnf 23 21 21 21 dnf dnf 25 GBR 893 WILLIS KEITH 200,0 (dnf) (raf) dnf dnf 18 dnf dnf dsq dnf dnf