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Results / Aspire Merlin Rocket National Championships 2022 (Overall)

Mounts Bay Sailing Club
31/07/2022 - 04/08/2022
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The last day of the Aspire Merlin Rocket National Championships was a fantastic and tiring end to a great week. It started slowly after a highly competitive costume competition, won by the Maiden yacht, and a disco at the club last night. But the morning came with a breezy 20 kts northerly coming off the land, and we all geared up for the windiest day of the week. Although with hindsight, I could have geared up better by hitting the gym a bit more this year!

The first race got underway just after midday and the fleet charged up the beat to the windward mark. No side obviously paid in the shifty conditions as Christian Birrell and Sam Breary rounded first, followed by Stu Bithell and Tom Pygall, then Sarah Richards and Nigel Wakefield. By the next lap Tom Gillard and Rachael Gray had moved up into third place, a position they held for the remainder of the race, allowing them to win the Champs with a race to spare!

Stu and Tom had been chasing Christian and Sam hard through the next beat and on the second reaching leg they managed to charge past them. Stu and Tom maintained this lead and took their first race win of the week in the breezier conditions.

It was a very enjoyable race for the rest of the fleet, except perhaps for Mark Stockbridge and James Gifford, whose mast fell down on the first reach leaving them unable to take part in the fun. First gold boat went to Sarah Richards and Nigel Wakefield, first silver boat went to Tim Harridge and Rory Gifford and first bronze boat was Julian and Tim Harms, who flew today in the wind.

In between races, the breeze stayed on and the optimistic summer wetsuit felt like the wrong clothing choice for the day, but the second race started quickly and we were back to working hard. There were some flying starts and by the windward mark the left side had paid well and Tim Saxton and Mary Henderson were first round, followed by Stu and Tom then Chris Martin and John Tailby - who continued to have an excellent race finishing in 5th place and first gold boat.

Tim and Mary then held the lead for the remainder of the race, taking their third race win of the week (more than anyone else)! Stu and Tom followed behind in second place, not helped by their kicker breaking midway through the race, and Simon Potts and Lottie Fildes climbed up to third place, just enough for them to clinch third place overall with one point from them to Tim and Mary in fourth place overall.

First silver boat went to Ben Jones and Helen Hilditch, thoroughly enjoying the windy conditions, and first bronze boat was Geoff and Helen Kimber, finishing on a high with their best result of the week.

Today was the perfect ending to the week in Mounts Bay, finally getting to blast around the bay on some massive reaches. Thanks so much to all of the race team, getting all nine races in, and to the wonderful beach crew organising us with military precision. On behalf of the Merlin Rocket class we have had a brilliant week with some very competitive racing and you even called the dolphins over to meet us.

A huge congratulations to Tom and Rachael, our 2022 Aspire Merlin Rocket National Champions! It was a very impressive performance in a week full of light and shifty conditions. Second place went to a well-deserving Christian and Sam, and third place went to Simon and Lottie, who immediately found the groove in their first big competition together.

Thank you to our sponsors Aspire Financial Advisers, HD Sails, Mounts Bay Distillery, Fernhurst Books, West Systems, Triggernaut Sports Glasses, Robline/DinghyTec and GK Engineering.

 

Rank SailNo HelmName CrewName Fleet Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Total Nett
1st 3759 Thomas Gillard Rachel Gray Platinum Staunton Harold Sailing Club 1 2 3 2 5 14 1 3 66.0 DNS 97 17
2nd 3788 Christian Birrell Sam Brearey Platinum Parkstone Yacht Club 6 1 15 4 4 6 2 2 9 49 25
3rd 3802 Simon Potts Charlotte Fildes Platinum Burghfield Sailing Club 10 3 1 9 8 19 6 6 3 65 36
4th 3807 Tim Saxton Mary Henderson Platinum Itchenor SC & Brightlingsea SC 20 9 8 1 1 10 23 7 1 80 37
5th 3719 Ian Martin Chris Martin Platinum Burghfield Sailing Club 66.0 UFD 6 5 7 2 4 20 10 8 128 42
6th 3691 Mike Calvert Jane Calvert Platinum Axe Yacht Club 5 5 7 19 3 3 9 14 19 84 46
7th 3811 Stu Bithell Tom Pygall Platinum Parkstone Yacht Club 66.0 DNS 66.0 DNS 4 24 6 7 10 1 2 186 54
8th 2137 James Goss Chris White Platinum South Staffs Sailing Club 13 7 2 3 15 29 3 23 11 106 54
9th 3764 Tim Fells Frances Gifford Platinum Salcombe Yacht Club 4 4 16 8 11 8 12 16 7 86 54
10th 3778 David Lenz Vicky Lenz Platinum Lymington Town Sailing Club 12 25 9 20 9 1 7 5 16 104 59
11th 3735 Andy Davis Jack Holden Platinum South Staffs Sailing Club 8 24 17 26 10 5 5 4 12 111 61
12th 3791 Jon Gorringe Pete Grey Platinum Parkstone Yacht Club 2 31 13 17 34 23 4 9 4 137 72
13th 3803 Caroline Croft Faye Chatterton Platinum Lymington Town Sailing Club 9 10 6 25 12 9 15 22 13 121 74
14th 3775 Chris Jennings Pete Nicholson Platinum Burghfield Sailing Club 19 30 31 12 14 13 13 8 6 146 85
15th 3758 David Hayes Jonny Ratcliffe Platinum Lymington Town Sailing Club 14 14 32 13 24 11 11 12 10 141 85
16th 3782 Ed Chapman Chris Kilsby Gold Lymington Town Sailing Club 3 13 19 28 33 21 8 15 14 154 93
17th 3780 Sarah Richards Nigel Wakefield Gold Lymington Town Sailing Club 17 11 36 10 27 2 28 13 66.0 DNF 210 108
18th 3801 Matthew Biggs Beka Jones Platinum Bartley Sailing Club 28 15 25 22 7 15 14 20 20 166 113
19th 3796 William Warren Megan Pascoe Gold Shoreham Sailing Club 18 16 21 6 25 16 19 66.0 DNF 22 209 118
20th 3787 Chris Martin John Tailby Gold Midland Sailing Club 7 40 35 11 18 39 31 25 5 211 132
21st 3746 James Wells Anna Aylward Gold RYA 16 23 11 16 23 20 26 29 23 187 132
22nd 3726 Will Henderson Rupert White Platinum Salcombe Yacht Club 30 12 28 23 16 25 16 19 32 201 139
23rd 3696 Alexander Warren Jonty Freemansh Gold Shoreham Sailing Club 22 28 14 15 26 34 22 18 34 213 145
24th 3683 Arthur Handerson Livvy Bell Gold Salcombe Yacht Club 15 33 20 18 29 27 17 24 31 214 150
25th 3676 Antony Gifford Jo Gifford Platinum Royal Tay Yacht Club 21 17 12 38 22 17 32 36 42 237 157
26th 3757 Tim Parsons Andrew Service Gold Lyme Regis Sailing Club 24 29 10 29 21 33 34 30 17 227 160
27th 3799 Paul Rayson Christian Hill Gold Fishers Green SC & SalcombeYC 11 20 33 33 39 41 29 21 21 248 168
28th 3793 James Goodfellow Rick Cornes Platinum Burghfield Sailing Club 27 45 34 14 42 66.0 BFD 21 17 18 284 173
29th 3815 Mark Barwell Louise Johnson Silver Lymington Town Sailing Club 37 18 23 35 46 18 25 28 28 258 175
30th 3806 Ben Jones Helen Hilditch Silver Shoreham Sailing Club 47 19 26 40 19 28 35 34 24 272 185
31st 3809 John Turner Richard Parslow Platinum Lyme Regis Sailing Club 31 8 22 31 17 66.0 DNF 66.0 BFD 11 66.0 DNF 318 186
32nd 3716 Steven Leney Gill Leney Gold Blithfield Sailing Club 26 21 18 32 20 66.0 DNF 38 37 66.0 DNS 324 192
33rd 3756 Sophie Mackley James Ward Gold Shoreham Sailing Club 35 34 29 21 35 22 24 32 30 262 192
34th 3727 Mark Stockbridge James Gifford Silver Upper Thames Sailing Club 61 32 24 5 31 12 30 66.0 DNF 66.0 DNS 327 195
35th 3666 John Meadowcroft Dan Meadowcroft Platinum Upper Thames Sailing Club 33 22 39 37 28 35 27 31 27 279 203
36th 3690 Tim Harridge Rory Gifford Silver Hampton Sailing Club 32 27 57 39 38 50 18 26 25 312 205
37th 3816 Phil Emery Phoebe Paine Silver Whitstable Yacht Club 25 43 27 47 13 37 36 43 66.0 DNF 337 224
38th 3749 Colin Anderson Sean Anderson Silver Blithfield Sailing Club 23 38 40 27 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNC 33 33 35 361 229
39th 3732 Ben Hollis George Bender Silver Blithfield Sailing Club 40 36 42 41 41 32 39 27 26 324 241
40th 3772 Dan Heaton Tom Gurney Silver Mountbatten Sailing Club 41 39 41 44 43 26 37 42 33 346 259
41st 3779 David Lee Kirsten Glen Silver Starcross Yacht Club 46 44 38 43 66.0 DNS 30 42 35 29 373 261
42nd 3684 Tom Low Hannah Burt Silver Queen Mary Sailing Club 29 41 45 34 48 48 43 41 37 366 270
43rd 3794 Julian Harms Timothy Harms Bronze Midlands Sailing Club 38 50 48 53 54 43 40 39 15 380 273
44th 3740 Pat Blake Jilly Blake Gold Lymington Town Sailing Club 34 26 30 66.0 DNF 32 44 46 66.0 DNF 66.0 DNS 410 278
45th 3790 Colin Brockbank Sue Brough Silver Wembley Sailing Club 39 47 44 36 30 36 49 66.0 DNF 66.0 DNS 413 281
46th 3770 Jon Steward Annabel Steward Bronze Fishers Green Sailing Club 52 54 51 42 45 24 45 44 39 396 290
47th 3813 Steve Harling Eleanor Thomas Bronze Starcross Yacht Club 48 37 43 30 36 49 50 51 66.0 DNS 410 293
48th 3656 Charlotte Gough Dave Gough Gold Starcross Yacht Club 36 42 46 45 40 38 48 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNC 427 295
49th 3817 Geoff Kimber Helen Kimber Bronze Stone Sailing Club 42 48 52 52 44 40 47 48 36 409 305
50th 3766 Andy Dalby
Aimee Dalby/Sean Anderson
Gold Burghfield Sailing Club 50 46 37 49 37 42 56 45 66.0 DNF 428 306
51st 3682 Ross Borne John Burn Silver Salcombe Yacht Club 45 52 49 50 53 46 51 38 38 422 317
52nd 3767 Ben Archer Olivia Bellini Silver Parkstone Yacht Club 44 53 47 55 66.0 DNF 31 53 52 41 442 321
53rd 3662 Nigel Hudson Freya Hudson Bronze Bartley Sailing Club 49 49 54 51 52 66.0 DNF 41 40 40 442 322
54th 3785 Robin Charles Oscar Simmons Bronze Starcross Yacht Club 51 51 53 48 49 45 52 49 43 441 336
55th 3695 Peter Slack Immy Brown Bronze RYA 43 35 50 66.0 DNC 50 47 66.0 DNC 47 66.0 DNF 470 338
56th 3742 Howard Eeles Bradley Eeles Bronze Bartley Sailing Club 53 57 66.0 DNF 46 51 52 44 54 66.0 DNF 489 357
57th 3619 Guy Browne Andy Hunter Bronze Trent Valley Sailing Club 54 56 60 54 56 53 55 50 44 482 366
58th 3567 Martin Smith Karen Beston Bronze Blithfield Sailing Club 55 63 62 59 55 54 58 55 45 506 381
59th 3800 Richard Bramley Calum Tait Bronze Shoreham Sailing Club 56 55 63 56 57 55 59 46 66.0 DNS 513 384
60th 3561 Joe Shaw Julie Cronshaw Bronze Wembley Sailing Club 57 58 58 58 47 51 57 66.0 DNF 66.0 DNS 518 386
61st 3574 Marc Candelas John Donoghue Bronze Upper Thames Sailing Club 59 61 64 57 58 56 54 53 66.0 DNF 528 398
62nd 3750 Neal Lillywhite Freya Lillywhite Silver Burghfield SC & Salcombe YC 58 62 55 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNF 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNC 571 439
63rd 3586 Kieron Mason Belinda Mason Bronze Blithfield Sailing Club 60 60 59 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNF 66.0 DNS 575 443
64th 3449 Carl Whitehill Dani Whitehill Bronze RYA 66.0 DNS 59 56 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNF 66.0 DNF 66.0 DNS 577 445
65th 3792 Alistair McDonald Lydia Bourne Bronze Berwick Sailing Club & YDSC 66.0 DNS 66.0 DNS 61 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNC 66.0 DNC 589 457

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