A total of 20 RS600s competed in their penultimate FatFace circuit event of the season at Datchet Water SC last weekend
A total of 20 RS600s competed in their penultimate FatFace circuit event of the season at Datchet Water SC last weekend.
The fleet arrived on the Saturday morning to some very blustery conditions and a lumpy lake. The first race got off cleanly. On the first beat the fleet split as to where the best side of the lake was to be, with about half the fleet taking the port side of the lake and the half going to the starboard.
As the fleet arrived at the top mark there was very little between the split and the fleet was all going for the mark at the same time. The shifty wind conditions were to take its toll with shifts at some impromptu moments. With the wind still playing havoc the fleet started the third race under the black flag after a recall.
Day two and the wind was looking a lot calmer than the day before, but the fleet had to deal with even more big shifts, which saw the top reach almost become a run and the run a very broad reach. The short bottom reach was entertaining with a few swimmers at the bottom mark.
All in all there was some good racing to be had and Datchet’s Griff Tanner took the weekend with Matt Humphreys in second and Paul Smalley in third. Fred Lord took the Merit award with a very respectable 12th.