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Results / Silver Tiller Open Meeting, Thames Series & Thames Prize Giving

Hampton S.C.
03/10/2021 - 03/10/2021
Silver Tiller: R
Two Day Silver Tiller: Sunday
Vintage:
Regional: T

Hampton Sailing Club Merlin Silver Tiller- Sunday 3rd October 2021

On Sunday morning the Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller & Thames Series fleet were welcomed with glorious sunshine and a fresh SW breeze blowing straight down the river. Despite the forecast showing lighter winds than the previous day, the wind was significantly stronger making for a great day’s sailing.

The fleet got off to a clean start in the first race with Caroline Croft & Anna Aylward making the best of the start from the middle of the line. They were chased by Phil Dalby & Fran Gifford, who managed to break away from the pack and initiated a closely fought duel between the modern wide boat and their vintage wooden boat. The finish was close with Caroline & Anna winning by a boat length from Phil & Fran in second, ahead of the chasing pack led by John & Livvy Bell who came in third.

At the start of race two, Caroline & Anna managed to break away again leaving the vintage boats to battle it out for second. A few boats fell victim to the strong gusts coming down the river keeping the rescue teams on their toes throughout. As with the first race, Caroline & Anna took the win with Phil & Fran in second and John & Livvy in third.

Race 3 started in a steady force 2-3 breeze with a somewhat reduced fleet of 8 boats after the tough going in races 1 & 2.

Phil & Fran got away to an impressive lead off the start line. However, the dark clouds were rolling in fast down the river. A squall hit the fleet hard, with 44knts recorded on the clubhouse anemometer. Almost simultaneously, all bar three of the fleet capsized within metres of the windward mark.  Phil & Fran and Caroline & Anna had already hoisted their kites, and both put on an impressive display of skilled sailing in heavy winds, blasting past the balcony of spectators on the clubhouse (as well as showing some worrying forward mast bend and one example of how to sail with a snapped gooseneck).

Unfortunately, the squall persisted. As Phil & Fran approached the leeward mark, they went forward to take their kite down, and in those conditions, capsizing was the only outcome.  The snapped gooseneck meant that event leaders Caroline & Anna had to retire.

Vintage boats don’t sail dry like the modern ones and so a majority of the fleet had to retire. Only Paul Dean & Hannah Burt and Joe McLaughlin & Sean Anderson managed to emerge from the chaos upright and in one piece! They went on to take the race win and second place. John & Livvy came in with a consistent third after a few laps spent draining their boat, with Andrew & Ellie Mills finishing in fourth and Phil & Fran in fifth.

After a well-deserved cake and tea, Caroline & Anna were announced as Hampton Sailing Club Silver Tiller champions with Phil Dalby & Fran Gifford in second and Wembley visitors Paul Dean & Hannah Burt in third.

Report Livvy Bell

 

De May & Thames Series Results

The De May Series for 2021 got off to a great start in April at Fishers Green, and the Thames Series started shortly afterwards with a very well-attended event at Ranelagh.  Over the course of 8 events in the Thames Series, with an additional 3 to make 11 in the De May, there was a wide variety of venues – reservoirs, lakes and the river, and a range of weather conditions from no wind at all (leading to the abandonment of one day at Upper Thames), to a boat-breaking squall at Hampton.  Across all the events, 60 boats competed in the De May, and 53 took part in the Thames Series.  All the clubs visited were very welcoming and hospitable.  Both series were hugely enjoyable, and closely-fought to the end, leading to the results below.

The ‘Most Original Boat’ prize went to 1939 War Horse, owned by Peter Impey from Tamesis SC, and the ‘Most Improved Newcomer’ is Richard Burton of Medley SC, in 2037 Lady Hyperion.

Report Nicola Scaddan

Silver Tiller

Position

Boat number

Club

Helm

Crew

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Total with 1 discard

1

3803

Lymington Town Sailing Club

Caroline Croft

Anna Aylward

1

1

DNF

2

2

1761

Hampton Sailing Club

Phil Dalby

Fran Gifford

2

2

5

4

3

3745

Wembley Sailing Club

Paul Dean

Hannah Burt

4

4

1

5

4

1201

Hampton Sailing Club

John Bell

Livvy Bell

3

3

3

6

5

1978

Tamesis Sailing Club

Joe McLaughlin

Sean Anderson

5

9

2

7

6

2151

Thames Sailing Club

Miles Palmer

Chris

6

6

DNF

12

7

3088

Hampton Sailing Club

Andrew Mills

Ellie Mills

9

DNF

4

13

8

1493

Hampton Sailing Club

Richard Page

Ben Peerless

8

5

DNF

13

9

1631

Hampton Sailing Club

Simon Girven

Richard Parslow

7

7

DNS

14

10

3347

Hampton Sailing Club

Hywel Perkins

John Heath

10

8

DNS

18

11

3589

Hampton Sailing Club

John Hollands

Alexandra Parker

11

DNF

DNS

24

12

578

Hampton Sailing Club

Stuart Jenkins

Nicola Scaddan

DNF

DNF

DNS

26

De May Series Results

 

1st

2152

Dipsomania

Miles Palmer

Sue Palmer/

Anna Aylward

Thames SC

2nd

1097

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Stuart Jenkins

Nicola Scaddan / Immy Jenkins

Hampton SC/

Upper Thames SC

3rd

1201

Grand Teton

John Bell

Livvy Bell

Hampton SC

 

Thames Series Results

 

1st

1097

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Stuart Jenkins

Nicola Scaddan / Immy Jenkins

Hampton SC/

Upper Thames SC

2nd

2152

Dipsomania

Miles Palmer

Sue Palmer

Thames SC

3rd

1201

Grand Teton

John Bell

Livvy Bell

Hampton SC


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