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12/06/2004
RS700 Racing Circuit Datchet SC

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The wind looked good at Datchet on Saturday (F3-4 gusting up to F5), but competitors were thin on the ground. To emphasize that it was the B-Team competing, the first race was dominated by capsizes. Chris Kirk and Dave Aston were jockeying for position for the first half of the race of the race with Steve Marshall following in third, until Chris capsizes, Dave stays ahead until the last reach when he falls in a hole and goes in towindward. Steve finishes first, followed by Chris and Dave. In the second race, Dave has a terrible first beat. Chris and Stuart Speer disappear into the distance. Stuart capsizes allowing Steve into second place who closes with Chris, but Chris stays ahead to the line and Dave fights back to third. The wind drops for the third race and this time Tom Offer disappears into distance followed by Dave. It is Steve's turn to have the terrible first beat. The wind gets back up to force 4 by the last lap. Tom capsizes 3 times but manages hold on to first place, Dave gets second and after an amazing gust, Steve comes through to third place. Sunday's wind was lighter, force 0-3 and all over the place. The first race was Mark Pollington's turn to get away at the end of the beat, but with the wind coming from all directions positions change several times before the final run which saw Mark followed by Tom and Dave ahead of Steve, Steve gybes off and calls starboard on Mark at the mark, gets ahead and as the others drop their kites, keeps his kite flying up the final reach which has become a run finishing first, followed by Dave, Tom and Mark. The second race on Sunday saw even more changing of positions as the wind favoured one person then another. Mark rounds first onto the final reach which is now a beat, followed at a distance by Dave and Tom. Mark sails into a hole in the wind, which shifts back to a reach. Dave, well up to windward hoists his kite to reach down to the mark and win the race but loses his wind. Mark finds some wind as the others catch up fast, and finally reaches the finish first, closely followed by Dave, Tom, Chris and Steve in quick succession. Needless to say, the third race was abandoned. Full results
1st Steve Marshall 2nd David Aston 3rd Tom Offer 4th Chris Kirk 5th Mark Pollington 6th Stewart Speer