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Fat Face Racing Circuit Hunstanton SC

  • RS700 Nationals Plymouth 2014
  • RS700 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • RS700 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
Despite a forecast of 1-3mph all weekend and this being a brand new venue for the fleet, 24 RS700 competitors from all over the country made the trip to Hunstanton for the second Fat Face racing circuit event of the year. The days proceedings started with the presentation of Fat Face rash vests to the current series leaders in the Gold and Silver fleets, Matt Humphries and Ian Nolan respectively. Race 1 started in a very light breeze after one general recall caused by a large wind-shift. Jon Heissig reached the top mark first to lead down the run. The fleet compressed at the spreader mark and with barely enough wind to set the spinnakers boats struggled to avoid going backwards with the tide. Heissig took the middle of the run but found a hole and was passed on the left and right. Jerry Wales managed to keep his spinnaker flying better than most and took the win followed by Pete Purkiss in second. Leigh Albrecht found a personal gust and went from 9th round the windward mark to finish third. The sea breeze filled in to a decent force 2 for the start of race 2. Off the start line there was a wide split in the fleet, with a difference of opinion of whether to go right and out of the tide or left for more breeze. As the fleet recombined at the windward mark it turned out that left had given a slight edge. The fleet enjoyed the fresher conditions, trapezing downwind with much place changing. Nigel Walbank showed very good speed to take the win followed by Tony Freer and Jon Heissig. Race 3 was sailed in the same conditions but with a few more shifts thrown in. Matt Humphries did a classic start-line capsize at the pin end of the line. Leigh Albrecht and Pete Purkiss sailed away from the fleet to finish in that order but further down the fleet things were very bunched and competition was closely fought. Alex Koukourakis was doing well until a broken tiller extension slowed him down. Jon Heissig was the best of the rest and came through to take third again. The Saturday night prizegiving saw the Fat Face rash vests being passed to the overnight leaders, Pete Purkiss showing his class after a long absence from the circuit to take the gold and Dave Gorringe taking the lead in the silver fleet. Two very different physiques proving how well the equalisation system works on these boats. The fleet then descended en-masse to the Rose and Crown for a night of good food and some very dubious cabaret entertainment provided by the local Hunstanton sailors! Sunday morning dawned bright with the hope of a light breeze. After the morning inspection by the committee and some hasty application of stickers, the first race on started promptly but in a dying south westerly breeze. Ian Nolan from the home club led at the windward mark but sailed into a hole down wind passing the lead to Rob Chaplin. The second lap was sailed in virtually no wind and seemed to last forever. Eventually the fleet was rewarded with a finish after a very frustrating last few yards. The eventual winner was Rob Chaplin followed by Andy Irons and Matt Humphries. Before the second race the predicted northerly breeze swept in with a vengeance and the course had to be swung round by 180º. The northerly force 4-5 quickly kicked up lots a steep swell which soon resulted in a fine display of submarining and cartwheeling. A few revelled in the conditions, and after some three laps the first home was Steve Marshall followed by Matt Humphries and Andy Irons. With time running out, the last race had a congested start in steep, slamming waves mastered by Gorringe and Koukourakis who arrived together at the windward mark. Koukourakis blasted off to the wrong mark, letting Marshall into second with Gorringe third. However it was Matt Humphreys who got the layline right to win what had turned out to be one-lap sprint with all boats finishing in quick succession. Pete Purkiss dropped out of contention for the lead by dropping the mainsheet twenty yards form the finish and suffered a painfully slow capsize to windward. Matt Humphries saling “RoosterBooster” sailed consistently to take the overall win and maintain his lead in the Fat Face Rankings. Dave Gorringe put together a good series to take the lead in the Silver. Special prizes were awarded to Rob Chaplin for the longest ‘endo’ in a 700 and to Andy Holland for the perpendicular nosedive, which scored a perfect 10 with the Committee. Our thanks go to Fat Face for their continued support of the series and to the local sponsors, Kings Lynn Audi, The Rose and Crown and Premier Fitness who all contributed to a very successful event. It was a fantastic weekend overall, with superb organisation of the racing, the facilities and the entertainment. A very good time was had by all on the lovely north Norfolk coast. Photo’s courtesy of Seaborne Photography who can supply prints to those who are interested http://www.pbase.com/rsscanlon/rs700_meeting_hunstanton The Fat Face Racing Circuit Moves on to Stokes Bay for the 3rd event of the series on May 6-7th. Good Sailing! The 700 Fleet
Hunstanton Sailing Club
RS700 Open 2006

Final Results

Sailed:6, Discards:1, To count:5, Ratings:None, Entries:24, Scoring system:RS700

Rank Fleet SailNo Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1 Gold 933 Matt Humphreys 4 (8) 6 3 2 1 24 16
2 Gold 939 Leigh Albrecht 3 7 1 (8) 4 6 29 21
3 Gold 775 Nigel Walbank 9 1 4 (10) 6 5 35 25
4 Gold 761 Pete Purkis 2 4 2 6 (13) 13 40 27
5 Gold 822 Tony Freer (14) 2 5 4 10 11 46 32
6 Gold 882 Jon Heissig 5 3 3 14 (22 DNF) 7 54 32
7 Gold 962 Steve Marshall 12 11 (15) 7 1 2 48 33
8 Gold 823 Andy Irons (25 DNF) 13 10 2 3 8 61 36
9 Gold 913 Alex Koukourakis (25 DNF) 5 8 12 8 4 62 37
10 Silver 902 David Goringe 13 10 7 (17) 7 3 57 40
11 Gold 941 Rob Chaplin 11 (17) 14 1 9 9 61 44
12 Gold 906 Andy Holland 10 6 11 13 (15) 10 65 50
13 Gold 743 Nick Lowe 6 9 9 15 (22 DNF) 19 DNF 80 58
14 Silver 840 Daniel Azzopardi 7 (21) 18 5 14 19 DNF 84 63
15 Silver 960 Ian Nolan (19) 16 12 16 12 12 87 68
16 Silver 741 Ned McNulty (21) 18 17 9 11 14 90 69
17 Gold 888 Jerry Wales 1 14 13 (DNC) DNC DNC 103 78
18 Gold 907 Duncan Ellis 8 12 21 19 (22 DNF) 19 DNF 101 79
19 Silver 927 Alex Newton-Southern 20 (23) 20 18 5 19 DNF 105 82
20 Silver 767 Stuart Riches 15 22 19 11 22 DNF (DNC) 114 89
21 Gold 961 David Geal 16 15 16 (DNC) DNC DNC 122 97
22 Silver 934 Matthew Stark 22 24 23 20 16 (DNC) 130 105
23 Silver 945 Jonathan Cameron 17 19 24 23 DNF 22 DNF (DNC) 130 105
24 Silver 950 Tim Garvin 18 20 22 23 DNF (DNC) DNC 133 108

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