Brightlingsea Craftinsure Merlin Open and Silver tiller event 19th 20th May 2012

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Saturday 19th dawned bright and clear, the first sun for a few weeks! Sharing the weekend with Fireballs, GP14’s and Hornets the Merlin Rockets joined in the fantastic sight of 70 boats leaving the club for the race area in the Colne. With a gentle force 1-2 southerly greeting the 20 Merlins race officer Phil Rust and his team set the course and with the tide just starting to ebb had the first race away on time and, without a general recall (rare for the eager Merlin fleet!). With several shifts up the first beat keeping the fleet guessing Andy “Taxi” Davies and Tom Pygall (national champions) rounded first with a chasing pack including Dave Winder, Jon Ibbottson, local Dan Willett, and legend Jon Turner in hot pursuit. Due to the light winds and ebbing tide the reaches ended up being fairly broad and those going high (including Turner trying to defend) lost out heavily running into the gybe mark. The tidal gate then spread the fleet on the next beat and places stayed much the same until the finish, ending with Taxi followed by Dave Winder and Jon Ibbotson

Second race again started first time, with fickle shifts up the first beat and the few opting for less tide lost to those heading into the stronger stream. At the top mark Nick Craig lead, with Willett, Ibbotson and Will Rainey in close company. Downwind Craig lost out letting Ibbotson go through to take the lead and the race win with Willett second and Craig holding onto third.

Everyone headed back to the shore and a great welcome from the home club, especially in the form of curry/bolognese washed down with a few “bevvies!” Evening entertainment followed with live action from the Champions League final not to mention James Stewart (Nick Craig’s crew and Chelsea stalwart) amusing others with his celebrations!

Sunday started with a fresher F 3-4 breeze from the north. With Sunday being the actual Silver Tiller event two more boats brought the fleet numbers to 22.

Again, away first time, the third race had a number of boats swapping the lead, with the combination of course layout and breeze making for tighter planing reaches – putting grins on many faces! At the finish Taxi lead from Nick Craig and Will Rainey.

The wind dropped slightly for the fourth race and again most of the fleet headed right into the slackening tide. Dave Winder and local Dave Charlton crewed by Ozzie (his first crewing for many years) both hit the left corner of the course, got the ideal shift and came in to the top mark in first and second. In close pursuit were Taxi, Ibbotson and Jon Turner although a swim at the bottom mark unfortunately dropped Turner from the leaders! Tactics changed as the tide turned and the left hand side of the course became the favoured option, with Dave Winder extending his lead throughout the race for a comfortable win, ahead of Taxi, and Jon Ibbotson.

The final race started with the tide now ebbing fast and again a clean start – no recalls in a Merlin Rocket Open!!!! The pack headed left but with 20 degree shifts a lot of “snakes and ladders” occurred. Jon Gorringe and Toby Lewis headed the fleet with Nick Craig, Jon Ibbotson and Will Warren in close pursuit – a helpful gust stretching all four of them from the rest. With the top mark becoming an assault course as the Merlins lapped the tightly bunched GP14 fleet struggling with the tide, a swimming GP14 sailor must have been more than a little scared as the fleet bore off onto the run around him! Jon Gorringe enjoyed the sight of the shortened course flag after 3 laps, winning from Nick Craig and John Ibbotson.

Congratulations to the race team for running the 4 fleets really well with great courses throughout the weekend, and also to the organising, galley and bar teams who did tremendous work behind the scenes to make the whole event such a success.

With 4 separate winners from 5 races and 4th to 8th only split by 5 points the Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller fleet is showing its strength and depth, but the accolades this weekend must go to Taxi and Tom winning on the same points as Jon Ibbotson and Matt Gifford, courtesy of Taxi’s two wins. Nick Craig and James Stewart were third with Will Rainey and Sophie Mackley fourth.

Report and photographs by : Piers Lambert

Rank

Fleet

Boat

Class

Sail No

Club

Helm Name

Crew Name

Rating

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Total

Nett

1st MERLIN-ROCKET 3684 Blithfield SC A Davis T Pygiall 994 1.0 (7.0) 1.0 2.0 6.0 17.0 10.0
2nd MERLIN-ROCKET 3707 Ranelagh SC J Ibbotson M Gifford 994 3.0 1.0 (10.0) 3.0 3.0 20.0 10.0
3rd MERLIN-ROCKET 3675 N Craig J Stewart 994 (15.0) 3.0 2.0 7.0 2.0 29.0 14.0
4th MERLIN-ROCKET 3693 Shoreham SC W Rainey S Maculey 994 5.0 4.0 3.0 (10.0) 5.0 27.0 17.0
5th MERLIN-ROCKET 3735 Hollingsworth SC D Winder P Talyor 994 2.0 (9.0) 7.0 1.0 9.0 28.0 19.0
6th MERLIN-ROCKET 3627 Brightlingsea SC D Willett P Nicholson 994 4.0 2.0 (12.0) 6.0 8.0 32.0 20.0
7th MERLIN-ROCKET 3712 Parkstone YC J Gorringe T Lewis 994 7.0 (11.0) 8.0 5.0 1.0 32.0 21.0
8th MERLIN-ROCKET 3685 Shoreham SC W Warren C Robinson 994 6.0 8.0 4.0 (9.0) 4.0 31.0 22.0
9th MERLIN-ROCKET 3723 Blithfiled SC S Potts J Hacket 994 9.0 (14.0) 5.0 4.0 12.0 44.0 30.0
10th MERLIN-ROCKET 3729 Lyme Regis J Turner R Parslow 994 8.0 (13.0) 6.0 12.0 7.0 46.0 33.0
11th MERLIN-ROCKET 3722 Blithfield SC M Biggs B Hollis 994 10.0 5.0 9.0 14.0 (23.0 DNC) 61.0 38.0
12th MERLIN-ROCKET 3671 Brightlingsea SC P Lambert T Bees 994 12.0 10.0 (14.0) 8.0 11.0 55.0 41.0
13th MERLIN-ROCKET 3620 Brightlingsea SC A Bines S Bines 994 11.0 6.0 15.0 (16.0) 15.0 63.0 47.0
14th MERLIN-ROCKET 3730 Blithfield SC P Hollis J Dawes 994 (23.0 DNC) 23.0 DNC 11.0 11.0 10.0 78.0 55.0
15th MERLIN-ROCKET 3717 Brightlingsea SC D Charlton C Charlton 994 (16.0) 12.0 16.0 13.0 14.0 71.0 55.0
16th MERLIN-ROCKET 3731 Parkstone SC A Jones K Jackson 994 17.0 DPI (18.0 DPI) 13.0 15.0 13.0 76.0 58.0
17th MERLIN-ROCKET 3666 Brightlingsea SC C Jordan G Jordan 994 17.0 17.0 (18.0) 17.0 16.0 85.0 67.0
18th MERLIN-ROCKET 3634 Parkstone YC B Archer M Gray 994 (19.0) 16.0 19.0 19.0 17.0 90.0 71.0
19th MERLIN-ROCKET 3682 Fishers Green J Steward N Yannakoyorgus 994 18.0 (19.0) 17.0 18.0 18.0 90.0 71.0
20th MERLIN-ROCKET 3686 Brightlingsea SC P Aldridge M Barry 994 13.0 15.0 (23.0 DNC) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 97.0 74.0
21st MERLIN-ROCKET 3716 Blithfield SC S Leney G Leney 994 14.0 18.0 (23.0 DNC) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 101.0 78.0
22nd MERLIN-ROCKET 3688 Brightlingsea SC D Conlan E Gibbons 994 (23.0 DNC) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNF 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 115.0 92.0

The Silver Tiller results from the Sunday only with 2 to count from the 3 races, changed the picture with Taxi and Tom first, Nick Craig and James second andJon Gorringe and Toby third.

Rank

Fleet

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

CrewName

Rating

R1

R2

R3

Total

Nett

1st MERLIN-ROCKET 3684 Blithfield SC A Davis T Pygiall 994 1.0 2.0 (6.0) 9.0 3.0
2nd MERLIN-ROCKET 3675 N Craig J Stewart 994 2.0 (7.0) 2.0 11.0 4.0
3rd MERLIN-ROCKET 3712 Parkstone YC J Gorringe T Lewis 994 (8.0) 5.0 1.0 14.0 6.0
4th MERLIN-ROCKET 3707 Ranelagh SC J Ibbotson M Gifford 994 (10.0) 3.0 3.0 16.0 6.0
5th MERLIN-ROCKET 3735 Hollingsworth SC D Winder P Talyor 994 7.0 1.0 (9.0) 17.0 8.0
6th MERLIN-ROCKET 3693 Shoreham SC W Rainey S Maculey 994 3.0 (10.0) 5.0 18.0 8.0
7th MERLIN-ROCKET 3685 Shoreham SC W Warren C Robinson 994 4.0 (9.0) 4.0 17.0 8.0
8th MERLIN-ROCKET 3723 Blithfiled SC S Potts J Hacket 994 5.0 4.0 (12.0) 21.0 9.0
9th MERLIN-ROCKET 3729 Lyme Regis J Turner R Parslow 994 6.0 (12.0) 7.0 25.0 13.0
10th MERLIN-ROCKET 3627 Brightlingsea SC D Willett P Nicholson 994 (12.0) 6.0 8.0 26.0 14.0
11th MERLIN-ROCKET 3671 Brightlingsea SC P Lambert T Bees 994 (14.0) 8.0 11.0 33.0 19.0
12th MERLIN-ROCKET 3730 Blithfield SC P Hollis J Dawes 994 (11.0) 11.0 10.0 32.0 21.0
13th MERLIN-ROCKET 3722 Blithfield SC M Biggs B Hollis 994 9.0 14.0 (23.0 DNC) 46.0 23.0
14th MERLIN-ROCKET 3731 Parkstone SC A Jones K Jackson 994 13.0 (15.0) 13.0 41.0 26.0
15th MERLIN-ROCKET 3717 Brightlingsea SC D Charlton C Charlton 994 (16.0) 13.0 14.0 43.0 27.0
16th MERLIN-ROCKET 3620 Brightlingsea SC A Bines S Bines 994 15.0 (16.0) 15.0 46.0 30.0
17th MERLIN-ROCKET 3666 Brightlingsea SC C Jordan G Jordan 994 (18.0) 17.0 16.0 51.0 33.0
18th MERLIN-ROCKET 3682 Fishers Green J Steward N Yannakoyorgus 994 17.0 (18.0) 18.0 53.0 35.0
19th MERLIN-ROCKET 3634 Parkstone YC B Archer M Gray 994 (19.0) 19.0 17.0 55.0 36.0
20th MERLIN-ROCKET 3688 Brightlingsea SC D Conlan E Gibbons 994 (23.0 DNF) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 69.0 46.0
20th MERLIN-ROCKET 3716 Blithfield SC S Leney G Leney 994 (23.0 DNC) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 69.0 46.0
20th MERLIN-ROCKET 3686 Brightlingsea SC P Aldridge M Barry 994 (23.0 DNC) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 69.0 46.0

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