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Results / Silver Tiller Open Meeting

Lymington Town Sailing Club
04/09/2021 - 05/09/2021
Silver Tiller: S
Two Day Silver Tiller: Both
Vintage:
Regional:

24 Merlin Rockets from all over the country gathered at Lymington Town SC for the 4th ‘Sea’ event of this season’s Craftinsure Silver Tiller series over the weekend of 4 and 5 September.

Saturday was overcast, warm and muggy. After a leisurely morning, the fleet strolled out at midday for 3 races in a light south-easterly (6 – 9 knots) that remained fairly consistent in both direction and strength for most of the afternoon.

In such light conditions, the Solent tide was always going to be a factor, with local knowledge at a premium. Noted local wag Rob Henderson, crewing for father Will, when pressed for some tips, said: “the depth gets less as the tide goes out”. True wisdom indeed, and the pair were good enough to provide an immediate demonstration by running aground on a falling tide on the way to the course.

Weed was also a hazard and the fleet was constantly peppered with people doing that strange flamingo-like neck-craning to check their centreboards.

Race 1 was held at the end of the tide’s westerly flow and the overexcited sailors indulged themselves with a couple of general recalls. Mike & Jane Calvert led at mark 1 and sailed away for a comfortable win. William Warren & Megan Pascoe held off Simon Potts & Richard Parslow and Dave & Victoria Lenz. Rob Kennaugh & Michael Prosser were 5th ahead of Jon & Mimi Gorringe and Sophie Mackley & Beka Jones.

Race 2 started in an increasing easterly-flowing tide, carrying the unwary over the line. After at least 2 general recalls (in all the excitement I lost count) the Calvert’s did another horizon job, and an ominous foreboding overtook the rest of the fleet. James Wells & Anna Aylward and Tim & Sarah Parsons were in the hunt early on, but Dave & Victoria Lenz were flying and took 2nd, followed by Warren & Pascoe (whose better crew work at the leeward mark took them past Potts & Parslow). Wells & Aylward took 5th as Caroline Croft & Chris Gould passed the Parsons for 6th.

Race 3 was a trip around the cans with a finish in the river mouth, started in a dying breeze as the current really started to rip. This time the Lenzes led from start to finish, with Potts & Parslow taking 2nd from Warren and Pascoe, who just held off the Calverts’ late charge. David Winder & Anna Blake held on for 5th, with Wells & Aylward in 6th.

Sunday was brighter but even lighter (SE 6 – 8 kts), which meant another hot, sticky day fighting the tide and avoiding the weed (or not). With a first warning signal at 10:30, the tide was just starting to run to the west as the fleet arrived in the race area.

After a brief postponement caused by a shift during the initial sequence Race 4 started cleanly at the first go. With the left clearly favoured for tide, it was vital to get off the line fast and hold a lane. Nearest the shore were Will & Rob Henderson, the Lenzes, the Gorringes and Potts & Parslow. The Lenzes led by 30 yards at the first windward mark and never looked in danger of losing it. Potts & Parslow took 2nd as Croft & Gould came through to take 3rd from the Gorringes, followed by the Hendersons. Meanwhile the Calverts were clawing their way back from deep at mark 1 and managed to take 6th

Race 5 saw more of the same: a race to the left, minimising manoeuvres and keeping the weed off the foils. Pat & Jilly Blake started strongly near the pin, however they could not hold the Lenzes, who sailed away for their third win in a row, followed by the Calverts. Croft & Gould took another 3rd and the Hendersons outmanoeuvred Potts & Parslow at the last leeward mark to take 4th, while the Blakes held on for 6th.

Race 6 was the grand finale: another round the cans affair, starting against a strong (and ever-increasing) current, which again favoured the left side of the beat. With the windward mark in the strongest current, crews had to be patient and not go for it too early, which would mean spending too much time on the down escalator.

Before the start the Lenzes had worked out that the Calverts had to win the race to overtake them overall (with nobody else in the hunt). So they started underneath their opponents and pinched them out, forcing them to tack away into the stronger current. Meanwhile the race leaders were short-tacking up the shore. Croft & Gould managed to get to the left of the Gorringes to take the lead. Behind the leading pair Wells & Aylward struck out for the windward mark too early, allowing Potts & Parslow through. With the tide running with the wind, the downwind legs were over very fast and the reaches were very tight, requiring slick spinnaker work and smooth manoeuvres. Although the fleet bunched up on the beats, Croft & Gould sailed away for the win, followed by the Gorringes and Potts & Parslow. The Calverts made a heroic recovery after their forced detour on the first beat to take 4th. The breeze was softening all the time though and the race was shortened before they had a chance to advance any further. Wells & Aylward took 5th ahead of the Blakes and Warren & Pascoe.

Thank you to Lymington Town Sailing Club for a great weekend. Next up the fleet head to Upper Thames Sailing Club for the Vintage Series on 11th September, followed by the Craftinsure Silver Tiller and Thames Series on Sunday 12th.

Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller 2021

Lymington Town Sailing Club

 

Overall

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 26, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Fleet SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st Gold 3778 Lymington Town SC David Lenz Victoria Lenz 4.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 (8.0) 17.0 9.0
2nd Gold 3691 Axe SC Mike Calvert Jane Calvert 1.0 1.0 4.0 (6.0) 2.0 4.0 18.0 12.0
3rd Gold 3802 Burghfield SC Simon Potts Richard Parslow 3.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 (5.0) 3.0 19.0 14.0
4th Gold 3803 Lymington Town SC Caroline Croft Chris Gould (9.0) 6.0 7.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 29.0 20.0
5th Gold 3796 Shoreham SC William Warren Megan Pascoe 2.0 3.0 3.0 (13.0) 7.0 7.0 35.0 22.0
6th Gold 3791 Parkstone YC Jon Gorringe Mimi Gorringe 6.0 (12.0) 10.0 4.0 8.0 2.0 42.0 30.0
7th Silver 3746 Starcross SC James Wells Miss Anna Aylward 12.0 5.0 6.0 9.0 (14.0) 5.0 51.0 37.0
8th Gold 3726 Salcombe YC Will Henderson Rob Henderson (13.0) 10.0 13.0 5.0 4.0 11.0 56.0 43.0
9th Gold 3781 Hollingworth Lake SC David Winder Anna Blake (16.0) 9.0 5.0 8.0 11.0 15.0 64.0 48.0
10th Gold 3756 Shoreham SC Sophie Mackley Beka Jones 7.0 11.0 8.0 11.0 (13.0) 12.0 62.0 49.0
11th Gold 3700 Midland SC Rob Kennaugh Andrew Prosser 5.0 15.0 9.0 7.0 (23.0) 14.0 73.0 50.0
12th Silver 3768 Thames SC Rob Cage John Reay 10.0 8.0 15.0 12.0 10.0 (18.0) 73.0 55.0
13th Gold 3683 Salcombe YC Arthur Henderson Livvy Bell (14.0) 13.0 11.0 14.0 9.0 10.0 71.0 57.0
14th Gold 3757 Lyme Regis SC Tim Parsons Sarah Parsons 8.0 7.0 (27.0 RET) 27.0 OCS 12.0 9.0 90.0 63.0
15th Silver 3740 Cookham Reach SC Patrick Blake Jilly Blake 19.0 16.0 (20.0) 17.0 6.0 6.0 84.0 64.0
16th Silver 3784 Lymington Town SC Mark Barwell Louise Johnson 11.0 18.0 12.0 15.0 (24.0) 20.0 100.0 76.0
17th Bronze 3684 West Hoe SC Tom Low Dan Martin (20.0) 19.0 14.0 20.0 18.0 13.0 104.0 84.0
18th   3604 Lymington Town SC Robbie Boyd Will Heritage 15.0 (22.0) 22.0 18.0 15.0 16.0 108.0 86.0
19th Bronze 3748 Lymington Town SC Nigel Brooke Suzie Brooke (22.0) 14.0 17.0 21.0 19.0 17.0 110.0 88.0
20th Bronze 3719 Lymington Town SC Rob Martin Jan Martin 21.0 (27.0 UFD) 19.0 16.0 17.0 19.0 119.0 92.0
21st Bronze 3709 Ranelagh SC Jack Norton Dave Royse 18.0 20.0 18.0 19.0 20.0 (27.0 RET) 122.0 95.0
22nd Silver 3714 Lymington Town SC Alan Markham Alice/Sue Markham (23.0) 21.0 16.0 22.0 16.0 22.0 120.0 97.0
23rd Bronze 3780 Lymington Town SC Sarah Richards Paul Gardner 17.0 17.0 21.0 (27.0 DNC) 27.0 DNC 27.0 DNC 136.0 109.0
24th Silver 3650 Lymington Town SC Chloe George Alice Markham (27.0 DNC) 27.0 DNC 27.0 DNC 10.0 22.0 27.0 RET 140.0 113.0
25th Bronze 3586 Blithfield SC Kieron Mason Belinda Mason 24.0 23.0 23.0 23.0 (27.0 RET) 27.0 DNC 147.0 120.0
26th   3485 Royal Lymington YC Barry Dunning   (27.0 DNC) 27.0 DNC 27.0 DNC 27.0 OCS 21.0 21.0 150.0 123.0

 


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