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Results / De May Series & Prize Giving

Hampton S.C.
02/10/2021 - 02/10/2021
Silver Tiller:
Two Day Silver Tiller:
Vintage:
Regional:

Ten boats were entered for the Hampton Vintage Merlin Open & De May final despite the forecast for heavy winds and a lot of rain. The race officer took the sensible decision to run two races back-to-back before the wind was due to pick up.  

Race 1 started with a gentle breeze and the fleet headed up the first beat leaving behind John & Livvy Bell, who had lost their rudder on the start line.  Rob & Hatty Cage managed to make a clean break from the fleet after the first mark, leaving the rest of the fleet to battle it out. John & Livvy managed to catch up to fourth however, but due to more gear failure, dropped back down the fleet. Phil Dalby & Sophie Penwarden and Simon Girven & Richard Parslow were battling it out for second and third using some local knowledge to pull away from the chasing fleet. Rob & Hatty went on to win the race, followed by John & Livvy who managed to sneak up on the pack with Phil & Sophie in third.

After all boats had finished, the race officer promptly started the second race. However, the fleet were a little too keen and the race officer had to general recall.

Unfortunately for John & Livvy, it was déjà vu at the start as they were stuck on the start line buoy whilst the rest of the fleet sailed off, hugging the Hampton bank, and making their way towards the windward mark. Rob & Hatty took an early lead only to be pipped at the post by Andy Harris & Matt Key. Phil & Sophie were consistent again with a third followed by Simon & Richard who just managed to take over the recovering John & Livvy before the finish leaving them in fourth and fifth.

After a delicious lunch the race officer was keen to get the last race underway. There were three boats in contention to win the event, John & Livvy, Andy & Matt and Rob & Hatty all tight on points. The third race brought a gentle breeze with a couple of big gusts keeping the competitors on their toes. Andy & Matt and Simon & Richard battled it out at the front with a lot of position changes close to the finish line. Andy & Matt took the last race win as well as the event hotly pursued by Miles Palmer & Anna Aylward who took second followed by Simon & Richard in third.

After tea and cake, Andy Harris & Matt Key were crowned Hampton Vintage winners with Rob & Hatty in second and Phil & Sophie Penwarden in third.

Hampton held their annual curry and rum evening Saturday night, leaving a few sore heads the following day for the Hampton Silver Tiller & Thames Series final.

Report by Livvy Bell

Position

Boat number

Club

Helm

Crew

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Total with 1 discard

1

3088

Tamesis Sailing Club

Andy Harris

Matty Key

5

1

1

2

2

1692

Thames Sailing Club

Rob Cage

Hatty Cage

1

2

4

3

3

1761

Hampton Sailing Club

Phil Dalby

Sophie Penwarden

3

3

8

6

4

1201

Hampton Sailing Club

John Bell

Livvy Bell

2

5

6

7

5

1631

Hampton Sailing Club

Simon Girven

Richard Parslow

4

4

3

7

6

2151

Thames Sailing Club

Miles Palmer

Anna Aylward

7

6

2

8

7

3347

Hampton Sailing Club

Hywel Perkins

Lucy Penwarden

8

10

5

13

8

1493

Hampton Sailing Club

Richard Page

Andy Dalby

6

7

9

13

9

578

Hampton Sailing Club

Stuart Jenkins

Nicola Scaddan

10

8

7

15

10

1765

Hampton Sailing Club

James Warren

Ben Peerless

9

9

10

18


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