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03/05/2003
RS Fat Face Racing Circuit East Lothian YC, North Berwick

  • Crewsaver EOS Champs
  • 2012 RS EOS Champs
  • Llandegfedd Open 2013
  • RS 10th Anniversary Ball
  • RS200 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • RS200 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • Weir Wood 2021
  • Weir Wood 2021
  • Weir Wood 2021
The, now, annual trip to North Berwick for the RS 200ís was supported by a good turn out of 30 boats, variable weather and extended opening hours. All in all an almost perfect weekend for sailing as for the most part the wind blew and the rain stayed off. And, we all got lots of ice cream. All of the competitors at the event enjoyed it immensely, with many already booking accommodation for next years nationals! People woke on Saturday to a look over a very windy course area with many smiles. By the time racing started the wind had dropped to a gentle F3 and as the racing continued the wind dropped still further, with the leading boats finishing in very little wind. The dropping wind did not detract from some extremely close racing through out the fleet, with the lead only being settled on the final reach to the finish. The race was eventually won by James (I didnít hit a corner in this one) Stewart sailing with new crew Alex Halliwell. Coming in a very close second were Josh Gebhard and Simon Evans showing they are likely contenders when the circuit moves to their home club Derwent at the beginning of June. As the 200 watched the 400 fleet drift towards the finish line in the last of the dying breeze many 200 sailors watched the spectacle of some very enthusiastic 400 kinetics, all to no avail. Race officer Jim Sinclair wisely let the fleet wait it out on the water as the forecast promised new breeze. After 45 mins of waiting the wind filled in and slowly built to a good F4. Racing was underway again Ė Ian Pickard sailing with Lucy Mathews got off to a cracking start and had a good lead by the first mark, this was steadily eroded around the course by Steve and Laurie Dunn though Ian/Lucy held on for the win. Third place went to Pete Vincent and Sarah Allen, who were pushed hard and managed to hold on. The breeze was now strong enough that a few members of the fleet were testing their water wings and race three started. This time Jon Lewis and Milly Parsons made now mistakes and headed off for a nice victory, closely followed by Tom Hewitson sailing with Fiona Clarke and Ian/Lucy. Saturday night was a blend of torture and good company as the karaoke machine was out to action. The late opening of the bars tested the stamina of the southern sailors and was in part responsible for some sore heads on Sunday. However, the racing on Sunday was simply superb. The wind was blowing a good F4 gusting to F5 and the racing was extremely tight. Race four was started with two boats reaching in to the start line kites up and generally looking very sheepish. James Stewart then had some real fun a the pin end as he tried to squeeze into a very small gap, resulting in the removal of his rudder and enough turns to get dizzy! The race was won by Tom and Fiona with a charging Steve and Laurie in second. Pete and Sarah showed they had no been in the bar long enough by getting a third. As the wind built race 5 got underway, again Tom and Fiona had an excellent start while Steve and Laurie could do with lessons in starting, however some good down wind sailing brought them back into second for the race. Behind there was some real tussles going on with places changes on almost all of the legs of the course, eventually Patrick Altoft sailing with Adam Tunningley pulled through into third place. Race 6 was led almost from start to finish by Steve and Laurie, with some more extremely close racing continuing through out the remainder of the fleet, Jon and Milly managed to hold Ian and Lucy for third place in the race. With a great day on Sunday Steve and Laurie won the event, first lady was Sarah Taylor sailing with Claire Upton-Brown.
1 789 Steve Dunn Laurie Dunn SWSC 4 2 5 2 2 1 11 2 772 Tom Hewitson Fiona Clarke RNCYC 5 9 2 1 1 5 14 3 848 Ian Pickard Lucy Mathews BCYC 14 1 3 4 DNF 3 25 4 777 Pete Vincent Sarah Allen BCYC 10 3 7 3 DSQ 4 27 5 845 James Stewart Alex Halliwell Stokes Bay 1 8 9 6 DSQ 6 30 6 852 Patrick Altoft AdamTunningley Ripon SC 6 10 4 7 3 DNC 30 7 808 Sarah Taylor C. Upton-Brown HISC 12 6 8 8 4 10 36 8 Connor Mc Gaughey Scott Graham Oban SC 9 4 6 10 DSQ 9 38 9 741 Ollie Holden SarahFreestone RYA 3 13 13 5 DSQ 7 41 10 858 JonLewis Mad Milly Parsons Buroughfield SC 7 5 1 DNS DSQ 2 46 11 820 Josh Gebhard Simon Evans DRSC 2 15 11 9 DSQ 11 48 12 357 Trudie Danbury Bert Ryder BCYC 13 11 14 11 DSQ 8 57 13 866 Bess Homer Kirsty Higgins DBSC 8 7 16 18 12 DNC 61 14 661 Graeme Henry Shona Redpath St Mary's loch 16 19 15 13 6 12 62 15 723 Ewan Dunn Jo Foulkes Loch Lomond 11 14 22 12 8 DNC 67 16 655 Lucy Davey Jane Sutor DORIS 15 17 12 16 15 DNC 75 17 544 Katie Masterson Fiona Foulkes St Mary's loch 18 24 17 19 5 17 76 18 710 Andrew Hartley Eve Hartley Ripon SC 20 18 10 17 14 18 77 19 332 Martin Smith Barbara Smith Delph SC 19 16 19 24 9 15 78 20 683 David Redpath Anna Renz St Mary's loch 26 12 26 21 13 16 88 21 841 J.Thompson R. Thompson Ripon SC 23 20 23 22 17 14 96 22 310 Peter Greggs Ronnie Carter York (RI)SC 29 27 25 23 10 13 98 23 689 Kirsty Mc Sereney Sandy Mc Jeveney St Mary's loch 24 22 18 15 DSQ 19 98 24 314 Nick Marshall Kieth Renz St Mary's loch 22 21 24 20 18 21 102 25 89 Sarah Robertson Kate Mitchell DBSC 21 26 20 DSQ 11 DNC 109 26 390/774 Sarah Meldrum Jess Copland DBSC 25 23 21 14 DSQ DNC 114 27 750 Findlay Mc Donald Lindsey Doig Littleton Lake SC 27 25 27 25 16 22 115 28 806 Jane Robertson Eric Robertson ELYC 28 28 DNS 26 19 20 121 29 453 Pete Birrell Brenda Renz St Mary's loch 30 DNC 28 DNS 7 DNC 127 30 516 Richard Evans Val Evans Chanonry SC 17 DNS DNS DNS DNC DNC 141
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