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15/07/2012
Penarth YC

    Turn left at the RS200 Fat Face Racing Circuit Event – Royal Torbay YC, 21/22 June 2003 The majority of the RS classes went to Torbay for their annual Fat Face Racing Circuit mega event with the RS200’s and RSK6’s at the Royal Torbay. For once Torbay was not at its best, providing false optimism and not delivering. Saturday was sunny and warm with a north east breeze building slowly all morning so crews sailed out to the start sitting out hard. Once the course was set this breeze slowly faded so racing took place in a patchy force 2-3with a fairly big sea, which proved hard work. Sunday saw the bay a flat calm and as competitors were wondering when the racing would be abandoned a northerly breeze filled in giving the Royal Torquay YC club race good spinnaker reaches. A course this time was quickly set and race 4 started in a force 2 only to switch off completely on the second run leaving the fleet to drift to the finish. With no sign of wind racing was abandoned, a decision the fleet was grateful for when the prize giving took place to a back drop of grey, heavy drizzle. Lee Sydenham and Anne Vaudrey were off to a flyer in race 1, winning by a big margin from David Giles/Fiona Clark and Steve Dunn/Laurie Dunn. Race 2 saw the real trend start for going left with Ralph Singleton/Ollie Singleton winning from Paul Dorer/Ian Robertson and Tom Hewitson/Jo Hewitson. Race 3 was very close with the leading three boats rounding the final windward mark covered by two boat lengths. Trudie Danbury/ Graham Ryder had been in the lead but the Dunns just led at the end of the final beat. A sharp luff saw Danbury doing a 720. The Dunns then won from Marshall King/Heather King with Danbury third. Consistency in a 41 boat fleet was everything and the Dunns were the only boat to have three top ten results to lead overnight. Race 4 was a real go left affair. James Stewart/Elaine Turner had won the fight on the left up the first beat to lead but suffered a little down the first run. David Giles, using all his Weir Wood light wind skills went hard left on the second beat, found the sort of shift/extra wind you can only dream about to take a good lead. The Dunn’s had also done well to the left to move into second. The wind now completely disappeared leaving the fleet drifting without kites to the finish. Giles won from the Dunn’s, Sydenham and King’s. With no more racing possible the Dunn’s won overall by a point with a very consistent display in difficult conditions with the best set of results by a mile. Giles and Sydenham in second and third have been well to the fore in 200 events all season. Behind these in fourth and fifth were probably the real performances of the event. The Irish brother and sister team of Marshall and Heather King produced the results they had threatened to do all year to claim fourth. Trudie “anyone seen Ugly” Danbury and Graham “Bert” Ryder produced a star weekend with four top ten finishes for a very popular fifth overall.
    1 STEVE DUNN LAURIE DUNN 6 1 2 DAVID GILES FIONA CLARK 7 2 3 LEE SYDENHAM ANNE VAUDRY 12 3 4 MARSHALL KING HEATHER KING 12 4 5 TRUDIE DANBURY RAY BERT-RYDER 14 5 6 JAMES STEWART ELAINE TURNER 16 6 7 RALPH SINGLETON OLLIE SINGLETON 18 7 8 SARAH TAYLOR CLAIRE UPTON BROWN 23 8 9 HAMISH WALKER CAROLINE EYRE 29 9 10 JONATHAN LEWIS MAD MILLY PARSONS 30 10 11 JEREMY STEPHENS ADAM POOLE 31 11 12 PHIL SOWDEN DANIEL 34 12 13 PATRICK ATOFT DEBORAH GREENLAND 39 13 14 IAN PICKARD LUCY MATTHEWS 39 14 15 SUE ANTONELLI JO LLOYD 39 15 16 PETE VINCENT LOUISA FEWTRELL 41 16 17 CLIFF MILLINE4R BEC MILLINER 43 17 18 MARTYN JONES CLARE ROWBOTTOM 46 18 19 PAUL DORER IAN ROBERTSON 48 19 20 MARTIN ENGLISH SHERRIDAN KILLWICK 49 20 21 KAREN BAKER JAEMI GEBHARD 52 21 22 CHARLIE ROOME FREDDIE CAVAZZA 57 22 23 JOHN BLUNDELL CHRIS BLUNDEL 62 23 24 ANDI RILEY JULIE MARSDEN 63 24 25 ANDREW ROBERTSON EMILY HAWORTH 68 25 26 M DENCHER A HARDING 69 26 27 TOM HEWITSON JO HEWITSON 73 27 28 LUCY DAVEY JANE SUTOR 73 28 29 JANE ROBERTSON SOPHIE SINGLETON 75 29 30 SARAH ALLAN OWEN WILLIAMS 75 30 31 SIMON GILLOW TRACEY HILL 79 31 32 MARK CHISNELL REBECCA KENT 86 32 33 ALAN PERRY JO HAYNES 88 33 34 MATT DAVIES MELISSA PATTISON 88 34 35 SIMON HOWELL LUCY HALL 93 35 36 DAVID SWEET JACKIE IRELAND 96 36 37 PETE CAYLESS AMY WEBSTER 98 37 38 JO WOTTON MARCELLE NEWBOLD 103 38 39 BRETT MURCH PAULA MURCH 106 39 40 BILL CARLTON AVRIL CARLTON 107 40 41 PAUL GOODWIN KATE GILLOW 113 41
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