United Kingdom

28/04/2007
RS300 Fat Face Racing Circuit Milton Keynes SC

  • Fab new RS300 at 2016 Dinghy Show

Gunfight at the MK Corral

RS300 FatFace Open, Milton Keynes SC 28/29 April

 

From far and wide across a parched, sun-kissed land they came, 12 weary travellers come to do battle with 5 hometown boys at the FatFace sponsored Milton Keynes RS300 open over two tough and dirty days at the fall of April (Ed note – translation – force 4 and cloudless skies).

 

Local gunslinger John Carron made the most of a steer(age) problem by young gun Tim Keen form the far north (well, Sheffield) to take first blood, ahead of fellow dude Paul Barker just holding off a late challenge from Nick Bolland who had previously shot himself in the foot with an uncharacteristic capsize. Chris (Doc Holliday) Morrissey and Alex (Wyatt Earp) Watkins completed the top slots.

 

Riding in from the wild, wild west and shooting from the hip, Steve Bolland from Bristol (oo-aar!) Corinthian took race 2 by the horns from brother Nick and a gaggle of local boys – Carron, Barker and Morrissey.

 

Bolland S also led race 3 initially before being hunted down by Carron as the cattle drive (Ed – sorry – race) progressed. Following these two home to the relative safety of the saloon were Bolland N, the ever-present Barker, Richard (Frank McLaury) Le Mare and Alistair (Wes Fuller) Wood being cheered home by his nippers on the bank.

 

As the mist cleared and the sun rose on the Sabbath so the duel recommenced between the 17 desperate and hungry men. At least the cruel wind had abated a little to give some respite from the heat of the previous day but the competition was as hot as ever.

 

Sporting a shiny new sawn-off sail, Ian Smith led the fleet away in race 4. However, he was eventually hung out to dry by Bolland S, Carron and Bolland N finishing in that order ahead of Smith with Barker and Watkins featuring again.

 

No Barry Steel at this gunfight but his spirit was alive and well as well-known cowboy Phil Underwood skinned the fleet alive will an impeccably judged port-tack start in race 5, taken straight from the pages of the Steel Book of Starting Tactics. Employing a similarly underhand tactic, Barker led the fleet at the first mark and managed to slip away as the rest of the fleet fought amongst itself. Bolland S led the high-speed pursuit aided and abetted by Bolland N and Carron. However, in an act of scarcely believable treachery, Bolland N callously deprived younger brother Steve of a well deserved 2nd place by overtaking him not once but twice as the race neared it end, leaving Steve struggling to hold off a fast-finishing Carron. Trevor (Billy Clanton) Brooks also showed the majority of the fleet his transom.

 

And so, going into the final race, Bolland S and Carron were sporting identical 1,1,2,3 scorelines with winner-takes-all in some kind of Wild West shootout at the MK Corral. Trying to spoil the party, however, was Keen who popped out of the fleet to lead at the first mark. He was followed round by Bolland S who, in an improbable manoeuvre, managed to squeeze his steed into a gap of starboard tackers no more than half a length long. As the final act turned into a two-horse race, Bolland eventually overhauled Keen while Carron shook off Smith and Le Mare.

 

So, as the smoke cleared and the sun set on another hard fought contest, it was Steve Bolland narrowly ahead of John Carron, Nick Bolland and Paul Barker which brought an end, to this correspondent’s eyes, one of the closest and most enjoyable events for many a year. Next FatFace circuit events are at Dalgety Bay in June and Stokes (Tombstone) Bay in July.

Results

 

Pos

Sail No

Helm

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Pts

1

411

Steve Bolland

Bristol Corinthian

17

1

2

1

3

1

8

2

420

John Carron

Milton Keynes

1

3

1

2

4

3

10

3

380

Nick Bolland

Draycote Water

3

2

3

3

2

18

13

4

395

Paul Barker

Milton Keynes

2

4

4

5

1

6

16

5

328

Tim Keen

Sheffield Viking

14

6

10

7

5

2

30

6

368

Ian Smith

Craven

6

8

8

4

10

4

30

7

430

Chris Morrissey

Milton Keynes

4

5

7

9

8

8

32

8

500

Richard Le Mare

Draycote Water

9

9

5

8

7

5

34

9

371

Alex Watkins

Haversham

5

12

18

6

13

7

43

10

475

Chris Hart

Alton Water

7

7

11

10

12

11

46

11

457

Trevor Brooks

Oxford

11

11

9

12

6

13

49

12

422

Alistair Wood

Bough Beech

10

14

6

14

9

18

53

13

427

Mark Tufnell

Milton Keynes

8

16

13

13

11

9

54

14

398

Phil Underwood

Cotswold

12

10

12

11

17

10

55

15

511

Mark Smith

Queensmead

16

13

18

15

14

12

70

16

405

Tom Ballingall

Draycote water

13

15

18

15

15

14

72

17

319

Kevin Ball

Milton Keynes

18

18

14

17

16

18

83

Website Security Test