United Kingdom

12/03/2005
Fat Face Racing Circuit Chew Valley Lake SC

Sunny skies greeted the competitors for the first open of the RS600 Fat Face circuit at Chew Valley Sailing Club. As soon as the fleet left the shore the temperature plummeted and a fresh, gusty and shifty wind developed. Race one saw Paul Smalley lead around the first mark but a capsize allowed Jamie Mawson and Alex Knight through. A gust then caused carnage at the gybe mark before Mawson went on to win. Knight led the fleet round the windward mark in race two but was overtaken by Smalley on the reach. These positions remained the same with Mawson finishing in third. Race three saw the closest racing of the weekend as Andy Heissig and Alex Knight rounded the windward mark together. A group of boats then formed at the front of the fleet. Places swapped regularly between the leading four boats which all finished within two boat lengths of each other. Smalley took the honours from Knight. On the Sunday a light and shifty breeze made for ticky conditions. Demo Dave took a flyer in race four and was never challenged. Smalley pulled up to second with Knight in third. The breeze filled in more for race five which saw Mawson winning in front of Smalley and Knight. In the final race Mawson started well but lost out to Smalley and Knight meaning that Smalley won the event. Thanks goes to Chew Valley Sailing Club, to Fat Face and it was good to see some new faces getting to grips with the 600.
1. Paul Smalley CVLSC 3 1 1 2 2 1 7 1 2. Jamie Mawson Ulley 1 3 3 12 1 3 11 2 3. Alex Knight CVLSC 4 2 2 4 3 2 13 3 4. Shaun Anderson RAFSC 2 4 6 3 4 12 19 4 5. Ian Collis Smith CVLSC 5 12 5 7 5 4 26 5 6. Simon Bennett CVLSC 7 7 7 8 7 5 33 6 7. Andy Heissig Lymington 12 5 4 5 12 12 38 7 8. Demo Dave RS Racing 12 12 12 1 6 12 43 8 9. Fred Merchant RS Racing 6 12 12 6 12 12 48 9 10. Wayne Hancock Bartley 12 6 12 12 12 12 54 10 11. Marton Meldon Bartley 12 12 12 12 12 12 60 11
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