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RS Anniversary Regatta

RS Anniversary Regatta

RS Racing

2008 Fat Face RS Anniversary Regatta

A rather gloomy weather forecast heralded the 2008 Fat Face RS Anniversary Regatta, staged brilliantly by the impressive Hayling Island Sailing Club over the recent May Bank Holiday Weekend. This 3 day event includes all the RS range from Teras to the K6 and allows everyone to see the latest dinghy racing technology in action. A few local Moths also buzzed around the fleet adding yet more glamour and occasion ! As a "second time around" dinghy sailor I was enormously impressed by the boats, the sailors, the race management and the shore side parties and events. UK "Big boat" racing has much to learn from the dinghy world I feel.

Saturday morning saw a chillyish ESE F4 impose itself over a lumpy sea and strong tide as the 3 fleets duly ventured out of the harbour for action.. (the ~220 RS boats were split into 3 race fleets & 3 race areas in Hayling bay. Out at sea on the RS200/400 course (I was helping a novice friend sail his decrepit old RS200) we looked enviously over towards the shore where Amber & Jamie Brown in their Feva fleet seemed to be enjoying far kinder conditions, racing with the RS300, 500 and Visions. After a demanding afternoon on the water we were pleased to find the kids had scored 8th from their fleet of 20, considerably better than we had done ! The Fat Face Caribbean themed disco and BBQ that evening was prefaced by a highly entertaining "champion of champions" race in Teras, cheered on by us all from the comfort of the HISC balcony ! How amusing to see young Jack Parkin out sail his seniors and win the trophy !

Sunday and we were into a different game in more ways than one. The Fevas were sent around the harbour & rivers on a lengthy buoy race while the RS200s/400s were once again despatched out to the distant reaches of Hayling Bay for a series of 5 flights and subsequent champions race (no, we did not achieve that !!) ! My French skipper even thought he could see his homeland at one stage. This course was probably a well earned "punishment" for the fleet's total disregard of black flags on the Saturday where we had a few general recalls from black flagged starts ! Wind conditions were lighter although the race management team encountered some brief combat between an unexpected sea breeze and the prevailing ESE gradient, resulting in the RS400s having to wait until very late in the day to get some racing in ! After what seemed like an "offshore" day in the RS200 (where a few less things had now broken), of about 7.5 hours we arrived ashore to learn that Amber & Jamie had scored a 1st in Class and £40 of Fat Face vouchers for their lengthy "RS Harbour Dash" race !

A black tie dinner accompanied by some well delivered speeches led us through the evening to the super band & disco before everyone collapsed, looking forward to the Monday.

Monday brought another race format - a giant RS pursuit race, offshore, for all classes. In our rickety old RS200 we thought this might be the moment to salvage a result against the kids but alas were proven wrong and were savagely beaten instead, with the kids taking a 3rd in class and costing me a new Feva mainsail for a badly judged bet ! Tidal conditions became quite brutal and the race also included both a 180' and a 90' wind shift - tough stuff and you can see why HISC develops such well rounded capable sailors.

All in all a truly memorable event and I thoroughly recommend participating next time this event comes around, which I believe may be in 2012 !

Full results report and winners summary...

Chris Brown

Created on 08/05/2008 12:45 PM by Ian Bullock
Updated on 08/05/2008 12:58 PM by Ian Bullock
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