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Results / National Championships (Day 2)

East Lothian Yacht Club
15/08/2021 - 19/08/2021
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Day two of the Aspire Merlin Rocket Championships at East Lothian Yacht Club, brought sunshine and even some warmth in the air, along with another 12-15 knots of breeze from the west. It took a while for it to settle, causing yet more headaches for the race officer and his team trying to lay a course, and after a bit of waiting around and one general recall under the U flag, the fleet started race three on the second attempt.

Those on the far left came in on the money with a great shift and pushing less tide, and it was Dave and Vicky Lenz who rounded the windward mark first ahead of Stu Bithell/Tom Pygall in second followed by Christian Birrell/Sam Brearey in third and Dan/Ben Alsop having a blinder in fourth. Unfortunately, Dave/Vicky caught a lobster pot on the second reach of the first triangle which allowed Stu/Tom to overtake underneath them and go on to establish a convincing lead, but by the next windward mark the places behind had changed yet again with Alex Jackson/Chris Kilsby in second just ahead of Christian/Sam and Dave/Vicky in fourth. On the final lap, Stu/Tom held on to take the bullet and the Clyde Quaich, but Alex/Chris were overhauled by Christian/Sam who took second, and Dave/Vicky also managed to claw back third place from Alex/Chris who ended up fourth. Caroline Croft/Chris Gould took fifth and Sophie Mackley/Oliver Meadowcroft finished in sixth. First silver fleet was James Wells/Anna Aylward who managed to sail past Dan Alsop/Ben Alsop, and first bronze fleet was Geoff and Helen Kimber.

During the start sequence for race four, a superyacht appeared by the windward mark and looked to be heading on down the racecourse before being diverted around. Apparently, it was Tom Cruise who had obviously come on over to watch some great Merlin Rocket racing and see what all the fuss was about.

This time, the first beat was all about the right hand side which Christian/Sam absolutely nailed to lead around the top mark followed by Taxi Davis/Pippa Kilsby in second, Stu/Tom in were third and Dave/Vicky in fourth, but alas both Stu and Dave were BFD, which has certainly shuffled up the leader board for now. So Christian/Sam ended up with the win, and taking the West Country Trophy, ahead of Taxi/Pippa in second. Tim Fells/Fran Gifford sailed a great race to take third ahead of Ben Saxton/George Yeoman in fourth, followed by Alex/Chris in fifth and Caroline/Chris in sixth. Fist Silver fleet was Dan/Ben Alsop finishing just outside of the top ten in his beautiful wooden boat, and first bronze fleet was Ben Archer/Olivia Bellini.

Christian/Sam are top of the leader board on day two with the first discard still not in play, Taxi/Pippa sit in second and Caroline/Chris are in third.

With thanks to our sponsors HD sails, SSE, NB Distillery, Fernhurst Books, Triggernaught Sportsglasses and our title sponsor Aspire Financial Advisers.

Photo from Day 2 courtesy of ELYC https://www.flickr.com/photos/caledonian-schlepper/sets/72157719743286145/

Tracking for Day 3 https://enter.sailracer.org/eventsites/live-screen-tracking-club.asp?eventid=221272&labels=S&templ=220014

Rank SailNos Helm Crew Club Tally R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 3788 Christian Birrel Sam Breary Parkstone YC 32 1.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 6.0 6.0
2nd 3735 Andy Davis Pippa Kilsby South Staffs SC 13 3.0 3.0 10.0 2.0 18.0 18.0
3rd 3803 Caroline Croft Chris Gould Lymington Town SC 38 9.0 6.0 5.0 6.0 26.0 26.0
4th 3807 Tim Saxton Mary Henderson Itchenor SC 40 7.0 5.0 9.0 9.0 30.0 30.0
5th 3795 Alex Jackson Chris Kilsby Shoreham SC 35 13.0 13.0 4.0 5.0 35.0 35.0
6th 3764 Tim Fells Fran Gifford Salcombe YC 21 15.0 7.0 13.0 3.0 38.0 38.0
7th 3781 David Winder Oliver Rayner Hollingworth Lake SC 28 11.0 4.0 18.0 8.0 41.0 41.0
8th 3712 Ian Sharps Alex Warren Burghfield SC 11 4.0 12.0 19.0 12.0 47.0 47.0
9th 3811 Stuart Bithell Tom Pygall Parkstone YC 41 2.0 1.0 1.0 46.0 BFD 50.0 50.0
10th 3758 Dave Hayes Will Crocker Lymington Town SC 19 12.0 11.0 20.0 7.0 50.0 50.0
11th 3746 James Wells Anna Aylward Starcross YC 16 8.0 20.0 11.0 13.0 52.0 52.0
12th 3756 Sophie Mackley Ollie Meadowcroft Shoreham SC 17 10.0 18.0 6.0 19.0 53.0 53.0
13th 3539 Dan Alsop Ben Alsop Lyme Regis SC 3 17.0 14.0 12.0 11.0 54.0 54.0
14th 3786 David Wade Ben Rayner Northampton SC 30 19.0 8.0 17.0 15.0 59.0 59.0
15th 3777 Ben Saxton George Yeoman Itchenor SC 26 6.0 46.0 DNF 7.0 4.0 63.0 63.0
16th 3814 James Goss Chris White South Staffs SC 42 14.0 10.0 21.0 18.0 63.0 63.0
17th 3763 Mark Barnes Josh Wilce Whitstable YC 20 16.0 19.0 14.0 14.0 63.0 63.0
18th 3796 William Warren Megan Pascoe Shoreham SC 36 18.0 16.0 15.0 17.0 66.0 66.0
19th 3766 Andy Dalby Mark Oakey Burghfield SC 45 20.0 9.0 22.0 16.0 67.0 67.0
20th 3778 David Lenz Victoia Lenz Lymington Town SC 27 5.0 15.0 3.0 46.0 BFD 69.0 69.0
21st 3804 Ian Dobson Charlotte Fildes Bosham Hoe SC 39 46.0 BFD 17.0 8.0 10.0 81.0 81.0
22nd 3641 Mark Waterhlouse Isobel Stewart Salcombe YC 6 21.0 23.0 23.0 26.0 93.0 93.0
23rd 3784 Mark Barwell Louise Johnson Lymington Town SC 29 22.0 25.0 27.0 21.0 95.0 95.0
24th 3666 John Meadowcroft Imogen Wade Upper Thames SC 8 24.0 28.0 30.0 24.0 106.0 106.0
25th 3684 Tom Low Ed Low West Hoe SC 9 29.0 29.0 26.0 23.0 107.0 107.0
26th 3775 Dan Willet Pete Nicholson Brightlingsea SC 25 46.0 BFD 21.0 24.0 20.0 111.0 111.0
27th 3745 Paul Dean Hannah Burt Wembley SC 15 32.0 22.0 28.0 32.0 114.0 114.0
28th 3757 Tim Parsons Sarah Parsons Lyme Regis SC 18 46.0 BFD 26.0 16.0 27.0 115.0 115.0
29th 3710 Jon Ibbotson Robbie Stewart Burghfield SC 10 25.0 39.0 25.0 28.0 117.0 117.0
30th 3767 Ben Archer Olivia Bellini Parkstone YC 22 30.0 33.0 29.0 25.0 117.0 117.0
31st 3751 Phil Emery Phoebe Paine Whitstable YC 43 27.0 32.0 31.0 33.0 123.0 123.0
32nd 3790 Colin Brockbank Sue Brough wembley SC 33 28.0 30.0 35.0 31.0 124.0 124.0
33rd 3787 Chris Martin Samuel Bailey Midland SC 31 46.0 BFD 24.0 33.0 22.0 125.0 125.0
34th 3772 Dan Heaton Tom Gurney Mountbatten SC 23 23.0 27.0 46.0 UFD 29.0 125.0 125.0
35th 3723 Geoff Kimber Helen Kimber Stone SC 12 26.0 34.0 36.0 30.0 126.0 126.0
36th 3774 Richard Coulter Louis Lappage Fishers Green SC 24 31.0 31.0 32.0 34.0 128.0 128.0
37th 2663 Chris Howarth Mike Hamilton Blackpool & Fleetwood SC 1 34.0 40.0 37.0 35.0 146.0 146.0
38th 3695 Pete Slack Immy Brown Blithfield SC 44 33.0 37.0 42.0 38.0 150.0 150.0
39th 3662 Nigel Hudson Freya Hudson Bartley SC 7 46.0 BFD 35.0 34.0 36.0 151.0 151.0
40th 3619 Guy Browne Greg Martin Trent Valley SC 5 35.0 41.0 40.0 37.0 153.0 153.0
41st 3561 Joe Shaw Paricia Hickey Wembley SC 4 37.0 43.0 38.0 40.0 158.0 158.0
42nd 3449 Carl Whitehill Sam Whitehill RYA 2 36.0 38.0 39.0 46.0 DNF 159.0 159.0
43rd 3800 Richard Bramley Paul Walker Shoreham SC 37 38.0 42.0 41.0 39.0 160.0 160.0
44th 3792 Alistair McDonald Lydia Bourne Berwick Upon Tweed SC 34 39.0 44.0 43.0 46.0 DNF 172.0 172.0
45th 3740 Pat Blake Jilly Blake Cookham Reach SC 14 46.0 BFD 36.0 46.0 DNF 46.0 DNF 174.0 174.0

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