Results / Open Meeting

Parkstone Y.C.
16/05/2021 - 16/05/2021
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Parkstone Yacht Club welcomed the Merlin Rocket Class for an open meeting on Sunday 16th May 2021. The forecast was a fresh to frightening south-westerly with frequent rain showers to wash the salt out of our eyes. It was good to have an early briefing and no faffing around on shore to question our sanity as the race team was keen to get us out on the water for 3 back-to-back races. The plan was for two 45-minute triangle-sausage-triangle races to the west of Brownsea Island, followed by a scenic harbour tour race round the cans to finish.

A strong line up of 20 boats were pre entered, but I’m guessing a few were deterred by the forecast as only 14 of those made it to the start line.

The fleet got away first time under the U flag for race one. Christian Birrell who was being ably crewed by a handy lever in the form of Chris Kilsby, sailed a great race, extending their lead on every leg and taking the bullet while making the rest of us look like a bunch of amateurs. Taxi and Pip were in a close second until they were hit by a big squall and capsized on the kite hoist of the final triangle, allowing Jon Gorringe and Matt Currell who had no worries about hoisting the kite to sail into second, while the rest of the fleet were a bit more cautious with their hoists, and several opting for a two sail reach. Ian and Charlotte couldn’t resist the thrill of a three sail mach 10 reach in Rockatross to sail into third, but only until the gybe mark where all the fun ended very abruptly. Team Lenz and Will and Arthur Henderson cruised round the gybe mark smugly with no spinnaker in third and fourth respectively while the rest of the fleet were racing to get their boats back upright.

Race two was a general recall, but got away second time, however Christian was just a bit too keen to get course side and was penalised by the U flag unfortunately. This time Taxi and Pip kept their boat upright and the fleet behind them to take the win, followed closely by Ben and Roz, and then Jon and Matt. Another big gust hit on the final triangle which saw Tim and Mary in fourth drop the kite and tack round at the gybe mark, and Ian and Charlotte decided to follow suit whilst all kinds of carnage ensued behind.

The fleet was somewhat smaller by the start of race three after several gear failures and tired crews, but the hardy were equipped with course maps and were keen for some orienteering of Poole harbour. The first leg was an almost identical beat to the previous races which Taxi and Pip got to the windward mark first, followed by Ben and Roz. There was some shouting at Jon and Matt who did a 360, so David and Vicky sailed into third. It was then a two sail fetch to a mark just off Brownsea Island which saw Rockatross rapidly close in on the leaders and steam into second by the gybe mark where we bore off onto a run and hoisted. Not sure what happened to Ben and Roz as they suddenly death rolled and capsized to windward. Ian and Charlotte pulled ahead of Taxi and Pip on the run and then gybed round another mark to starboard and reached off to the other end of the harbour in pursuit of the lead rib who didn’t seem too certain of where they were going either. I’m not really sure what happened behind us from there to be honest, but it was windy, and fast. Once safely round the correct mark it was a fetch back up towards the starting platform where my arms were thankful that the course had been shortened. Ian and Charlotte took line honours, followed by Jon and Matt in second, Taxi and Pip in third and David and Vicky in fourth.

Huge thanks to Parkstone Yacht Club for the warm welcome as always, the efficient race team for some great courses and the rescue crews who got everyone home safely, and well done to Taxi and Pip for taking the overall win.


Merlin Rocket Open 2021

Parkstone Yacht Club

Results are provisional as of 14:04 on May 16, 2021


Sailed: 3, Discards: 1, To count: 2, Entries: 20, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Division Sail_Number Boat Name Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st   1 TCW Andy Davis Pippa Kilsby South Staffs (9.0) 1.0 3.0 13.0 4.0
2nd   3791 Didley Squat Jon Gorringe Matt Currell Parkstone YC 2.0 (3.0) 2.0 7.0 4.0
3rd   3804 Rockatross Ian Dobson Charlotte Fildes Burwain (5.0) 5.0 1.0 11.0 6.0
4th   3739 Dory Ben McGrane Roz McGrane Netley SC (21.0 RET) 2.0 5.0 28.0 7.0
5th   3778 Peer pressure David Lenz Victoria lenz Lymington town 3.0 (6.0) 4.0 13.0 7.0
6th   3807 Baloo Tim Saxton Mary Henderson Itchenor 6.0 4.0 (21.0 RET) 31.0 10.0
7th   3726 Arwen Will Henderson Arthur Henderson Salcombe YC 4.0 7.0 (21.0 RET) 32.0 11.0
8th   3781 The force awakens David winder Livvy bell Hollinworth lake 11.0 9.0 (21.0 DNC) 41.0 20.0
9th   3789 Off-Piste Nick Scroggie Claire Johnstone Parkstone YC 10.0 10.0 (21.0 DNC) 41.0 20.0
10th   3788   Christian Birrell Chris Kilsby Parkstone YC 1.0 (21.0 OCS) 21.0 DNC 43.0 22.0
11th   3709 Wild at Heart Rob Henderson Alice Markham Lymington Town SC 7.0 (21.0 RET) 21.0 DNC 49.0 28.0
12th   3703 Faithless Richard Whitworth Jemima Scroggie Parkstone YC & Hollingsworth Lake SC (21.0 RET) 8.0 21.0 RET 50.0 29.0
13th   3802 Khalessi Simon Potts Kate Macgregor Burghfield / Parkstone 8.0 (21.0 RET) 21.0 DNC 50.0 29.0
14th   3803 Black Swan Chris Gould Caroline Croft Lymington Town SC 12.0 (21.0 RET) 21.0 DNC 54.0 33.0
15th   3777 Mockingjay Ben Saxton Izzy Hamilton Parkstone YC (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 63.0 42.0
15th   3691 Quick Fix Mike Calvert Jane Calvert Axe YC (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 63.0 42.0
15th   3694 The Soup Dragon Steve Tyler Ally Tyler Parkstone YC (21.0 RET) 21.0 RET 21.0 DNC 63.0 42.0
15th   3759 Red Mistress Thomas Gillard Rachael Rhodes Sheffield Viking/ Staunton Harold SC (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 63.0 42.0
15th   3727 Fragile Mark Stockbridge Neil Davies Ranelagh (21.0 RET) 21.0 RET 21.0 DNC 63.0 42.0
15th   3767 One Love Ben Archer Olivia Bellini Parkstone YC (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 63.0 42.0


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