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09/07/2005
RS Fat Face Racing Circuit Lymington Town SC

  • RS700 Nationals Plymouth 2014
  • RS700 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • RS700 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
A pumping tide and a very unstable patchy breeze were amongst the hazards the Western Solent had in store for the 30 strong RS700 fleet for the Lymington town sailing club RS700 open. Andy White began race one port tacking the fleet, and heading out with the local Nigel Walbank and John Heissig to the wrong side of the course, Matt Humphreys showed how it was done reaching the windward mark first and then attaching himself to it. Humphreys regained the lead downwind, keeping ahead until the final sprint to the finish where Jerry Wells came through to win, followed by Andy Irons, Pete Greenhalgh and Humphreys slipping to 4th. Humphreys led again in race 2 with White and ex-moth world champion Toby Collier in close contention, before a massive shift turned the fleet inside out, burying White and Humphreys, leaving Collier to sail off in to a huge lead. Nigel Walbank led the chasing pack ahead of a fast recovering Humphreys and Heissig The snakes and ladders continued into race 3 as the sea breeze battled the prevailing wind. Jerry Wells, Pete Greenhalgh and Andy White, made this a race to themselves after early leaders were reeled in. Wells looked to have the race sewn up, until White picked his way down wind to pip Wells to the Leeward mark and hold him to the finish. Depending on how you look at it Wells was lucky. Unbeknown to him his mast had broken below the gooseneck, but stayed in place, to allow him to return to the club as over night leader. With 8 other sailor still in the hunt the event was to close to call. As the sea breeze fought to establish itself on Sunday morning, the first attempt at race 4 was abandoned, the same should have happened at the second attempt, with 180-degree shifts turning the race inside out. The race continued and Eddie Gatehouse was the man in the right place on more than one occasion, and lead home by a handsome margin, with Steve Marshall, Wells and Andy Irons following. The Sea breeze finally established itself, providing some fantastic conditions for races 5 and 6. Andy White shot off the line to lead around the windward mark extending his lead over Gatehouse and Humphreys to the finish. The battle was set for race 6 with White needing to beat Wells by 2 places to win the event. Things were tight at the windward mark, White just sneaking ahead of Nigel Walbank and Wells close behind in third. White extended his lead to the finish, with Walbank maintaining his slim advantage over Wells. Wells and White finished equal on points, with last year circuit winner, White, taking the event on Count back, Humphreys coming in third, Irons 4th and Greenhalgh 5th
1 RS 700 900 Andy White 5.0 6.0 1.0 8.0 1.0 1.0 14.0 2 RS 700 888 Jerry Wales 1.0 5.0 2.0 3.0 9.0 3.0 14.0 3 RS 700 Harken 933 Matt Humphreys Weston 4.0 3.0 6.0 OCS 3.0 5.0 21.0 4 RS 700 823 Andy Irons 2.0 10.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 11.0 26.0 5 RS 700 Holt 849 Peter Greenhalgh 3.0 8.0 3.0 14.0 8.0 4.0 26.0 6 RS 700 Loony 775 Nigel Walbank Lymington Town 13.0 2.0 7.0 OCS 4.0 2.0 28.0 7 RS 700 861 Eddie Gatehouse RLYC/CYC 15.0 7.0 13.0 1.0 2.0 6.0 29.0 8 RS 700 760 Steve Marshall 6.0 19.0 8.0 2.0 6.0 9.0 31.0 9 RS 700 Kings Lynn Audi 906 Andy Holland 11.0 11.0 12.0 5.0 11.0 8.0 46.0 10 RS 700 941 Rob Chaplin Queen Mary 9.0 12.0 10.0 6.0 10.0 12.0 47.0 11 RS 700 769 Mark Pollington 16.0 13.0 14.0 11.0 7.0 10.0 55.0 12 RS 700 840 Daniel Azzopardi Queen Mary 12.0 14.0 19.0 7.0 13.0 14.0 60.0 13 RS 700 Zikes! 902 David Gorringe Lymington Town 19.0 16.0 17.0 10.0 12.0 7.0 62.0 14 RS 700 882 Jon Heissig Lymington Town 8.0 4.0 4.0 OCS DNF DNC 64.0 15 RS 700 Deep Heat 730 Toby Collier Lymington Town 7.0 1.0 9.0 DNC DNC DNC 65.0 16 RS 700 741 Ned McNulty Stokes Bay/Hill Head 14.0 18.0 11.0 12.0 15.0 15.0 67.0 17 RS 700 767 Stuart Riches 21.0 17.0 16.0 9.0 16.0 DNC 79.0 18 RS 700 912 Ian Nolan 22.0 21.0 DNC 13.0 14.0 13.0 83.0 19 RS 700 944 David Cummins Queen Mary 10.0 9.0 DNF OCS DNC DNC 91.0 20 RS 700 927 Alex Newton-Southon Weston 18.0 15.0 15.0 DNC DNC DNC 96.0 21 RS 700 940 Howard Smith DNF 20.0 18.0 DNF DNC DNC 110.0 22 RS 700 Moo 893 Rich Lilley Lymington Town 17.0 DNF DNC DNC DNC DNC 113.0 23 RS 700 720 Steve Holmwood Lymington Town 20.0 22.0 DNC DNC DNC DNC 114.0
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