Results / Silver Tiller Open Meeting

Shoreham S.C.
24/07/2021 - 25/07/2021
Silver Tiller: S
Multi-Day Silver Tiller: Both

On Saturday 24th July, 24 Merlin Rockets went to Shoreham Sailing Club to enjoy some fabulous sea sailing for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller, where the locals promised us big waves and a good breeze, and some valuable Nationals practice.

We launched at high water, which meant the tide would be flowing towards Worthing for the duration of racing and we had a gentle breeze, starting off from the east, and swinging round to the South in the afternoon. The course was Sausage, Triangle, Sausage.

After one false start, the fleet got away on the second attempt, with Ian Dobson/Charlotte Fildes winning the pin end and getting to the windward mark first and leading to the finish. There was a battle for second between Christian Birrell/Chris Kilsby and Tom Gillard/Rachael Gray, which turned out to be in vain, as they were both over at the start, along with a few others, and failed to go back through the line, so second went to Ian Sharps/Alex Warren and third place was Ben/Roz McGrane.

We had to wait while the marks were adjusted before race two to accommodate the shifting breeze, but the wind direction was more consistent and had built a little so we could hike out and stretch our legs. Ian/Charlotte had another good start and got to the windward mark just in front of Christian/Chris and Tom/Rachael. Ian/Charlotte managed to just keep ahead of Tom/Rachael in second, who managed to sail through Christian/Chris who finished in third.

The third race was trickier, with the wind easing off a little, and some big gains to be made on the left hand side of the beat. Christian/Chris did an excellent job of fending off Tom/Rachael in second and Caroline Croft/Chris Gould taking third from Ian/Alex.

We came ashore after three races, with the discard already in play leaving Ian and Charlotte the overnight leaders, and really enjoyed the evening sunshine, BBQ, live Sax and the DJ, and of course the main event – the egg throwing competition, which was very hotly contested, but an outstanding performance from Tom and Rach meant they were victorious, while the rest of us were left covered in egg.

Sunday morning was grey and wet and there wasn’t much wind forecast, however we all rigged and launched and sailed out to the race area like good little merlin rocket sailors. The breeze was light, but there was enough for racing as it turns out. The wind shifted just as we were about to start race four, so the AP was hoisted with less than 10 seconds to go and the marks were moved, and then the racing got underway. First to the windward was Christian/Chris, followed by Tom/Rachael and Ian/Charlotte in third and that was also the finishing order.

After the finish, an ominous wall of rain travelled across the water from the land towards the fleet, and promptly soaked us all, but before we got the chance to get too cold, the race officer sounded the warning signal for race five and off we went again. Christian/Chris rounding the windward mark first and holding onto the lead again, with Tom/Rachael hot on their heels, but this time with Tim Saxton/Mary Henderson finishing in third.

So for the final race, it was still all to play for. With the black flag in use, there were a few interesting starting maneuvers to avoid being OCS but it looked like the left was going to pay. However, towards the windward mark the wind went really light, and Tom/Rachael came in on a great shift from the right to round first. Second to fifth places were really close, but by the end of the run Ian/Charlotte were second, Tim/Mary third and Christian/Chris were fourth. Up the final beat Tim/Mary managed to sail into second by staying right, and Ian/Charlotte finished third in front of Christian/Chris, which meant Tom/Rachael just pipped Christian/Chris by one point to take the overall win with another stellar performance.

First in the silver fleet was James Wells and Anna Aylward, first Bronze fleet was Geoff and Helen Kimber and first Shoreham boat was William Warren and Megan Pascoe.

Thanks very much for the great hospitality both on and off the water from Shoreham Sailing Club as always, and the race officer and his team for getting the whole series in despite the forecast.


Charlotte Fildes, 3804

Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller - 24th & 25th July 2021

Shoreham Sailing Club


Results are final as of 15:16 on July 25, 2021


Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Rating system: PY, Entries: 24, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Fleet SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1
Total Nett
1st Gold 3759 Sheffield Viking/Staunton Harold Tom Gillard Rachael Gray (24.0 OCS) 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 33.0 9.0
2nd Gold 3788 Parkstone YC/Shoreham SC Christian Birrel Chris Kilsby (24.0 OCS) 3.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 4.0 34.0 10.0
3rd Gold 3804 Burwain Sailing Club Ian Dobson Lottie Fildes/Charlotte Fildes 1.0 1.0 (13.0) 3.0 7.0 3.0 28.0 15.0
4th Gold 3803 Lymington Town Sailing Club Caroline Croft Chris Gould (24.0 OCS) 5.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 6.0 46.0 22.0
5th Gold 3807 Itchenor SC Tim Saxton Mary Henderson 7.0 4.0 8.0 (15.0) 3.0 2.0 39.0 24.0
6th Gold 3712 Burghfield Ian Sharps Alex Warren 2.0 (12.0) 4.0 5.0 8.0 10.0 41.0 29.0
7th Gold 3741 HISC Simon Lytton Jackie Lytton 6.0 7.0 5.0 6.0 6.0 (11.0) 41.0 30.0
8th Gold 3758 HISC David Hayes Will Crocker (11.0) 9.0 11.0 8.0 5.0 9.0 53.0 42.0
9th Gold 3796 Shoreham Sailing Club William Warren Megan Pascoe 4.0 13.0 9.0 10.0 11.0 (14.0) 61.0 47.0
10th Silver 3746 Starcross James Wells Anna Aylward (14.0) 14.0 6.0 13.0 13.0 8.0 68.0 54.0
11th Gold 3775 Waldringfield SC/Brightlingsea SC Tom Stewart Pete Nicholson 10.0 (15.0) 14.0 9.0 15.0 7.0 70.0 55.0
12th Silver 3768 Thames Sailing Club Rob Cage John Reay (24.0 OCS) 8.0 17.0 18.0 9.0 5.0 81.0 57.0
13th Gold 3735 South Staffs/Shoreham Sailing Club Andy Davis Pippa Kilsby 5.0 10.0 7.0 12.0 (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNC 84.0 59.0
14th Gold 3756 Shoreham Sailing Club Sophie Mackley James Ward 9.0 16.0 12.0 11.0 (17.0) 12.0 77.0 60.0
15th Gold 3739 Netley SC Ben McGrane Roz McGrane 3.0 6.0 10.0 (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 94.0 69.0
16th Silver 3773 Shoreham Sailing Club Alan Warren Jonty Freeman/Will Carrroll 15.0 (19.0) 18.0 14.0 10.0 15.0 91.0 72.0
17th Silver 3641 Salcombe Mark Waterhouse Isobel Stewart (24.0 OCS) 18.0 16.0 17.0 14.0 13.0 102.0 78.0
18th Gold 3791 Parkstone Yacht Club Jon Gorringe Mimi Gorringe 24.0 OCS 24.0 RET (25.0 DNC) 7.0 12.0 16.0 108.0 83.0
19th Silver 3806 Shoreham Sailing Club Ben Jones Helen Hilditch 8.0 11.0 19.0 (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 113.0 88.0
20th Bronze 3723 Stone SC Geoff Kimber Helen Kimber 16.0 (21.0) 20.0 19.0 18.0 17.0 111.0 90.0
21st Silver 3740 Cookham Reach SC Pat Blake Jill Blake 13.0 17.0 15.0 (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 120.0 95.0
22nd Bronze 3800 Shoreham Sailing Club Richard Bramley Tony Cheal 17.0 (22.0) 22.0 20.0 19.0 19.0 119.0 97.0
23rd Gold 3727 Upper Thames SC Mark Stockbridge Neal Lilleybridge (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 16.0 16.0 18.0 125.0 100.0
24th Silver 3784 Lymington Town Sailing Club Mark Barwell Louise Johnson 12.0 20.0 21.0 (25.0 DNC) 25.0 DNC 25.0 DNC 128.0 103.0


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