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Results / Silver Tiller Open Meeting

Mumbles Yacht Club
23/04/2022 - 24/04/2022
Silver Tiller: S
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The weekend of the 23rd & 24th April welcomed a return for the Merlin Rocket fleet to Mumbles Yacht club for Round 6 of the Craftinsure Silver Tiller.  After a fairly long trek for several teams travelling the day before, a lot of people turned up on the Friday evening where talk in the club was rumoured for big breeze on Saturday which was the looking likely on all the forecast websites.

Saturday morning was greeted with clear skies and an 18-knot breeze which was forecast to build. A Slick briefing from the PRO while many teams consumed a pre-match bacon bap and coffee for the 11 am start.

Launching wasn't too bad although some boats chose to stay ashore or return home and at least one decided to return to shore for ice creams.  Conditions were very tricky in the bay. The short steep waves were at an angle to the wind making downwind sailing a challenge. The small fleet got away after a postponement to set the course.

Quite a lot happened. Two capsizes on the first beat. Simon Potts and Sam Mottershead binned it on a tack near the port lay line - new burgee required and a close up of those lovely orange foils. Mark Stockbridge and Chris Sanders also capsized tacking and were able to get very close to the only boat moored in the bay.

Colin Anderson crewed by dog handling expert Matt "Woodhouse" Biggs sailed a clean race and looked on track to score a maiden Silver Tiller race win. However, deciding to finish after only 2 of the 3 scheduled laps proved costly. It only took them 10 minutes to figure out the mistake as they watched everyone carry on racing.

This left Paul Rayson/Christian Hill to take a clear win, followed by James Well/Anna Aylward and a recovering Chris Jennings/Pete Nicholson after a costly swim on the run.

By the finish, the wind was gusting over 30 knots and the race team wisely decided to abandon for the rest of the day.

Getting ashore was the realisation of the concerns from Friday but went smoothly due to the amazing onshore team at Mumbles catching boats and trollies on standby. 

This left the fleet free to occupy themselves in various pubs for the afternoon. Colin Anderson and Matt Biggs volunteered to perform an in-depth survey of the drinking establishments in Mumbles. The report of their findings is being reviewed by Sue Gray.  Many teams ended up at the clubhouse for drinks at a very welcoming and very well-stocked bar.

Sunday morning brought blue sky and a gentle breeze of 5 to 10 knots and for some, after having a good Saturday night and a few sore heads this was welcomed.  The start was delayed 30 minutes to build and steady direction wise.  Race 1 got away cleanly with Simon and Sam sailing high and fast charging up the first beat followed by Steve and Gill Leney.  These two boats had a good margin on the rest of the fleet and changed positions up the next beat.  Further behind there was a good battle going on for third with a pack of four or five boats were possible of capable of claiming.  Chris Jennings/Pete Nicholson managed to take 3rd with a good battle from the two Paul's - Paul Dean/Hannah Burton and Paul Rayson/Christian Hill.

Race 2 saw a general recall as pretty much every boat was keen.  The second start got away cleanly for race 2 which saw the breeze build slightly to a constant 10 knots.  Again Simon/ Sam and the Leney’s were around 1st and 2nd at the windward mark.  The next pack saw a very tight bunch battling it out.  Mark Stockbridge and Chris Sanders picked a good shift on the last beat to creep up to 3rd though Chris/ Pete managed to get past on the last reach with the Leneys in 2nd and Simon/Sam taking another bullet. 

Race 3 saw the breeze dropping to marginal hiking conditions and a general feeling that the breeze was going to drop.  Paul/Christian led at the windward mark followed by the Leney’s then Simon/Sam.  Nigel and Freya Hudson had a very good beat charging through the middle of the beat closely following the first three around.  The conditions were very shifty and it was key to keep in the pressure.  Simon and Sam worked their way into the lead and held for a comfortable win followed by Chris/Pete with the Leney’s finishing 3rd.

A really good day racing thanks to the race officer and crew in challenging conditions getting 3 very competitive races in. The prize-giving was held on the rooftop of the club in blue sky and sunshine which saw off a great weekend.  A big Thank you to Mumbles Yacht club for a great weekend on and off the water. 

Simon and Sam took the win, Gill and Steve Leney were second with your reports Chris and Pete in third. First in the Silver Fleet went to Paul Dean and Hannah Burt and first in Bronze to Nigel and Freya Hudson.

Next up the Silver Tiller heads to Rock Sailing Club on the 30th April and the 1st May.

Thank you Chris Jennings/Pete Nicholson for the report

Results are provisional as of 16:57 on April 24, 2022

Merlin Rocket Fleet

Sailed: 4, Discards: 1, To count: 3, Entries: 17, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Tally Division Boat Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName Rating Race 1
23/02/2022
Race 2
24/04/2022
Race 3
24/04/2022
Race 4
24/03/2022
Total Nett
1st 5 Gold Khaleesi MERLIN-ROCKET 3802 Burghfield Sailing Club Simon Potts Sam Mottershead 980 (5.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 8.0 3.0
2nd 21 Gold Carbon Footprint MERLIN-ROCKET 3716 Blithfield SC Steven Leney Gillian Leney 980 (18.0 DNC) 2.0 2.0 3.0 25.0 7.0
3rd 2 Gold Night Fury MERLIN-ROCKET 3775 Burghfield Sailing Club Chris Jennings Pete Nicholson 980 (3.0) 3.0 3.0 2.0 11.0 8.0
4th 23 Gold Simply Scrumptious MERLIN-ROCKET 3799 Fishers Green SC / Salcombe YC Paul Rayson Chris Hill 980 1.0 (5.0) 5.0 4.0 15.0 10.0
5th 13 Gold Point n Squirt MERLIN-ROCKET 3746 RYA James Wells Anna Aylward 980 2.0 (10.0) 6.0 5.0 23.0 13.0
6th 20 Silver Outnumbered MERLIN-ROCKET 3745 Wembley SC Paul Dean Hannah Burt 980 (8.0) 4.0 7.0 6.0 25.0 17.0
7th 10 Bronze Attack of the Clones MERLIN-ROCKET 3662 Bartley SC Nigel Hudson Freya Hudson 980 4.0 8.0 (10.0) 7.0 29.0 19.0
8th 15 Gold Fragile MERLIN-ROCKET 3727 Upper Thames SC Mark Stockbridge Chris Sanders 980 7.0 (9.0) 4.0 9.0 29.0 20.0
9th 26 Silver Stanley MERLIN-ROCKET 3749 Blithfield SC Colin Anderson Matt Biggs 980 6.0 6.0 9.0 (10.0) 31.0 21.0
10th 24 Silver Nermel MERLIN-ROCKET 3805 Bartley SC Mark Reddington Michelle Evans 980 (18.0 DNC) 7.0 8.0 11.0 44.0 26.0
11th 11   Twinkle Toes MERLIN-ROCKET 3698 Tata Steel SC David Downs Ros Downs 980 (18.0 DNC) 11.0 11.0 8.0 48.0 30.0
12th 28 Bronze Fat Boy Slim MERLIN-ROCKET 3567 Blithfield SC Martin Smith Karen Beston 980 (18.0 DNC) 12.0 13.0 12.0 55.0 37.0
13th 12 Bronze Seas the Day MERLIN-ROCKET 3792 Berwick upon Tweed Alistair McDonald Lydia Bourne 980 (18.0 DNC) 13.0 12.0 18.0 DNC 61.0 43.0
14th 1 Gold Quicksliver MERLIN-ROCKET 3787 Brading Haven Yacht Club Chris Martin John Tailby 980 (18.0 DNC) 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 72.0 54.0
14th 22 Silver Blood Sweat & Beers MERLIN-ROCKET 3730 Blithfield SC Paul Hollis TBC 980 (18.0 DNC) 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 72.0 54.0
14th 4 Bronze Wizard in Blue MERLIN-ROCKET 3449 Llandegfedd Sailing Club Carl Whitehall Sam Whitehall 980 (18.0 DNC) 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 72.0 54.0
14th 7 Gold Baloo MERLIN-ROCKET 3807 Itchenor Tim Saxton Mary Henderson 980 (18.0 DNC) 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 72.0 54.0

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