Results / Silver Tiller Open Meeting

Shustoke S.C.
13/03/2022 - 13/03/2022
Silver Tiller: R
Two Day Silver Tiller: Sunday
Regional: M

As the fleet arrived at Shustoke Sailing Club for the opening Craftinsure Silver Tiller of 2022 on Sunday 13th March, they were welcomed with bacon sandwiches and homemade cakes, as well as glorious sunshine. The shifty and gusty southerly wind direction made course setting a challenge for race officer Stuart Hydon. The morning was made up of two back-to-back races using all but one mark on the reservoir which made for some fun orienteering (and a lot of hoists and drops!).

18 boats headed out for the first race – and all of them started except for Mark Reddington whose forestay popped out of the mast just before the starting sequence. Tom Gillard and Rachael Gray got off to a flying start and led from start to finish in race 1. There was a good battle between the next three boats in the gusty conditions with some snakes and ladders. Eventually Simon Potts and Holly Scott managed to break through into second with Matt Biggs and James Dawes in third.

The second race was turned around very quickly, with helms & crews just having enough time to strip off a couple of layers – doing over 30 legs in a 50 minute race is extremely hot work!

The wind had got even more gusty for the second race with a number of squalls blowing across the racecourse. This led to a few boats going swimming including Matt & James and Simon & Holly who had been in second and third at the time. Tom and Rachael showed their consistency in the difficult conditions and went on to win the second race with a convincing lead. Chris Martin and John Tailby who must win the award for the most time flying the spinnaker for the day finished in second place. Following their early capsize, Simon and Holly pulled back into third.

After refuelling with jacket potatoes, soup and more cake the fleet headed out for the third and final race of the day. The sun was still shining and the fleet were happy to see a racecourse with a few less marks. Tom & Rachael’s traveller decided to combust during the starting sequence giving the rest of the fleet a chance to get away before they began their chase down. Matt & James got around the first mark with a small lead and continued to extend as the race went on.

Silver fleet winners Paul and Ben Hollis put in a very consistent performance chalking up a 5,4,6, as did the bronze fleet winners Julian and Tim Harms with an 8,7,8. Tom and Rachael were convincing winners in the tricky conditions.

Big thanks goes to Shustoke Sailing Club for putting on such a great event and for the warm friendly welcome the fleet received. The fleet left the event with sore bodies but big smiles.

Next up in the 2022 Craftinsure Silver Tiller is Wembley Sailing Club on Sunday 20th March, pre-entry is now available on their website  

Thank you Holly Scott for the report.

Shustoke Sailing Club



Sailed: 3, Discards: 1, To count: 2, Entries: 19, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Fleet Boat SailNo Club HelmName CrewName Rating R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st Gold   3759 Staunton Harold Tom Gillard Rachael Gray 980 1.0 1.0 (3.0) 5.0 2.0
2nd Gold   3801 Bartley SC Matt Biggs James Dawes 980 3.0 (5.0) 1.0 9.0 4.0
3rd Gold   3802 Burghfield SC Simon Potts Holly Scott 980 2.0 (3.0) 2.0 7.0 4.0
4th Gold   3787 Midland SC Chris Martin John Tailby 980 (4.0) 2.0 4.0 10.0 6.0
5th Silver   3730 Bartley SC Paul Hollis Ben Hollis 980 5.0 4.0 (6.0) 15.0 9.0
6th Gold   3746 RYA James Wells Anna Aylward 980 7.0 (9.0) 5.0 21.0 12.0
7th Bronze   3794 Midland SC Julian Harms Tim Harms 980 (8.0) 7.0 8.0 23.0 15.0
8th Silver   3670 Midland SC Mark McKeever George Bender 980 (11.0) 6.0 10.0 27.0 16.0
9th Silver   3702 Wembley Duncan Salmon Ruth Hanstater 980 9.0 (20.0 DNC) 7.0 36.0 16.0
10th Bronze   3749 Blithfield SC Colin Anderson Howard Eeles 980 (13.0) 8.0 9.0 30.0 17.0
11th Bronze   3662 Bartley SC Nigel Hudson Freya Hudson 980 (14.0) 11.0 11.0 36.0 22.0
12th Bronze   3619 Trent Valley Guy Browne Greg Martin 980 10.0 13.0 (20.0 DNC) 43.0 23.0
13th Silver   3805 Bartley Chase Mark Reddington Michella Evans 980 (20.0 DNC) 10.0 15.0 45.0 25.0
14th Bronze   3449 RYA Carl Whitehill Danni Whithill 980 12.0 (20.0 DNC) 13.0 45.0 25.0
15th Gold   3716 Blithfield SC Steven Leney Gillian Leney 980 6.0 (20.0 DNC) 20.0 DNC 46.0 26.0
16th Bronze   3567 Blithfield SC Martin Smith Karen Beston 980 (20.0 DNC) 12.0 14.0 46.0 26.0
17th Bronze   3547 Blithfield SC Peter Male Tim Male 980 15.0 (20.0 DNC) 12.0 47.0 27.0
18th Bronze   3695 Blithfield SC Peter Slack   980 (20.0 DNC) 20.0 DNC 20.0 DNC 60.0 40.0
18th     3793 Ardleigh/Burghfield SC's Richard Cornes   980 (20.0 DNC) 20.0 DNC 20.0 DNC 60.0 40.0


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