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Results / Salcombe Merlin Rocket Week (Day 4 )

Salcombe Y.C.
03/07/2022 - 08/07/2022
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Another day and another race officer's nightmare.

With the breeze coming from two different directions on the line and nothing to suggest this situation was to change, PRO David Greening decided to send the fleet with tide up harbour where the better breeze was established.

RACE 7: BLUE v BLACK Flights, COURSE 4,2,4

At the gun, with very little breeze, it was a running start. Will and Rob Henderson got away well at the Town end while Richard Whitworth and Jemima Scroggie found pressure over on the beach.

Once into the moorings the pressure built and Richard and Jemima took the lead to round first at Yalton. Also going very well were the old salty dog Dan Alsop and Jennie King sailing the venerable 'Gangsta Paradise', allegedly the fastest Merlin on a run ever built. They rounded in a close second ahead of Chris Jennings and Pete Nicholson. Will and Rob had fallen back a bit but were still in the hunt just behind Tom Gillard and Rachael Grey.

On the return to the no wind zone at the line, Richard and Jemima kept their cool to lead into Mill Bay, chased by Tom and Rachael, and Simon Blake and Alex Jackson. Christian Birrell and Luke Patience who had been deep, staged a recovery along with Mike and Jane Calvert. Turning onto the run in very little breeze and the start of the ebb against them, the top nine boats were all together changing places.

At the bottom mark, Christian and Luke had worked out a handy lead from Si and Alex with the Calverts in third.

With the breeze now established through the harbour, the leaders were able to enjoy a good beat back to the line. Christian and Luke, although pressured by Mike and Jane, kept a close cover to come home with an important bullet. In the final stage, Tom and Rachael jumped from fifth to third, a result which may have a big impact on the overall result, with Richard and Jemima just behind in fourth, Si and Alex fifth and Will and Rob sixth.

RACE 8: RED v GREEN Flights, Course 1,7,1,3,2

In a mirror image of Tuesday afternoon, the sea breeze started to falter over the lunch break and the afternoon competitors were met with some tasty gusts from the SW, next to no wind on the line and breeze from the NW up the harbour.

With the tide underneath them, the fleet managed a general recall with three names on the board. Second time away the start was clean with a rapid trip up to Blackstone and the leaders arrived closely packed with Caroline Croft and Faye Chatterton leading around overlapped with Taxi and Pippa Kilsby, and Ian Dobson and Ally Potts.

The run down through town was very gusty with lots of place changes as the leaders gybed down the beach. On entering the Bag, Caroline and Faye had re-established their lead, from Tim Fells and Fran Gifford, ahead of Ian and Ally. The leaders were now into a strong gradient and enjoyed a power beat up to Gerston, Taxi and Pippa coming through to challenge for the lead.

After an enjoyable run, the race was about to start again as the leaders entered the harbour for a couple of loops on what had become a bomb site of vertical gusts. Steadily climbing up through the fleet, top Silver Fleet team of Mark Stockbridge and James Gifford played a blinder to come through and briefly take the lead.

There were continual changes as the leaders battled with random gusts and holes, so the simple thing to report is how it was all resolved at the finish line. Ian and Ally took their second bullet to strengthen their challenge for the title. Mark and James were stars of the day in second. Chris Gould and Rob Allen came through from well back to take third.

Simon Potts and Holly McArthur were also climbers into fourth while Caroline and Faye had to settle for fifth. Stu Bithell and Katherine Kimber rounded out the top six.

Mark Stockbridge and James Gifford were clear winners of the Silver Fleet with Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts also going well in 15th. Bronze was led home by David and Frances Bursey in 25th.

Overall, Mike and Jane Calvert have taken top spot based upon their consistency in challenging conditions.

Report by Tim Fells

Results after day 4:

 

Pos Sail No Fleet Boat name Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1st 3691 Gold Quick Fix Mike Calvert Jane Calvert   5   2   2 2   11
2nd 3759 Gold Red Mistress Thomas Gillard Rachael Gray   1   5   3 3   12
3rd 3735 Gold Lasagne dish Andy Davis Pippa Kilsby 1     3 1     8 13
4th 3795 Gold Goon Simon Blake Alex Jackson   6   8   7 5   26
5th 3802 Gold Khalesi Simon Potts Holly McArthur 13     9 2     4 28
6th 3803 Gold Black Swan Caroline Croft Faye Chatterton 10   1     13   5 29
7th 3811 Gold Bruce Stuart Bithell Katherine Kimber 2     4 18     6 30
8th 3788 Gold Blue my mind Christian Birrell Luke Patience   2 2   27   1   32
9th 3726 Gold Arwen Will Henderson Rob Henderson   15   6   6 6   33
10th 3812 Gold Maumahara Chris Gould Rob Allen 11   8     18   3 40
11th 3807 Gold Baloo Tim Saxton Mary Henderson   16 4   13   12   45
12th 3700 Gold Brazilian Rob Kennaugh Andrew Prosser   12 10   6   17   45
13th 3676 Gold Hot Totty Anthony Gifford Jo Gifford   14 15   7   9   45
14th 3777 Gold Mockingjay George Yeoman Sophie Yeoman   4   20   9 14   47
15th 3709 Silver Wild at Heart Jack Norton Dave Royce   18 7   5   18   48
16th 3679 Gold Daddys boat Nick Heginbotham Rory Gifford 5   13     8   22 48
17th 3799 Gold Simply Scrumptious Paul Rayson Chris Hill 7     7 21     13 48
18th 3775 Gold Night Fury Chris Jennings Peter Nicholson   8   13   16 13   50
19th 3730 Silver Blood Sweat and Beers Paul Hollis Ben Hollis   13 9   16   15   53
20th 3696 Gold Tiger Tiger Alex Warren Jonty Freeman   17 5   12   21   55
21st 3787 Gold Quicksilver Chris Martin Samuel Bailey 14     19 11     12 56
22nd 3727 Silver Fragile Mark Stockbridge James Gifford 16     17 22     2 57
23rd 3791 Gold Didley Squat Jon Gorringe Mimi Gorringe 18     11 25     7 61
24th 3784 Gold Strung up Ian Dobson Ally Potts 3   (BFD)     1 DNC 1 66
25th 3687 Gold Mellow Yellow Matt Greenfield Hannah Greenfield 8     24 26     9 67
26th 3539 Gold Gangsta Paradise Dan Alsop Jennie King   29 16   20   8   73
27th 3703 Gold Faithless Richard Whitworth Jemima Scroggie   10 (BFD)   4   4 DNC 79
28th 3756 Gold Robert Sophie Mackley James Ward 34     14 15     16 79
29th 3801 Gold Pokey Matt Biggs Becca Jones   3 (BFD)   9   7 DNC 80
30th 3645 Gold Blue Velvet Steve Hall Simon Haighton 9     10 3     BFD 83
31st 3814 Gold After you James Goss Chris White       1 8   DNC 14 84
32nd 3764 Gold Fancy Liqour Tim Fells Frances Gifford 12   (BFD)     4 DNC 10 87
33rd 3773 Silver No. 34 Alan Warren William Carroll 20   14     33   23 90
34th 3683 Gold Bluebird Arthur Henderson Olivia Bell   (BFD)   12   11 10 DNC 94
35th 3625 Silver Carbon Adventures Andy Harris Sara Warren 28   11     19   36 94
36th 3690 Silver General Lee Lucy Harridge Andrea Downham 31     15 30     20 96
37th 3684 Silver Keyser Soze Tom Low Ed Low   25   27   21 23   96
38th 3647 Silver Liquid Dreams Hywel Bowen‑Perkins Lucy Penwarden 24   18     29   28 99
39th 3731 Silver Mayhem Andy Jones Maddie Jones   20 20   39   20   99
40th 3725 Silver Island Girl Andrew Squire Laura Squire   RDG   21   26 27   99
41st 3781 Gold The Force Awakens David Winder Anna Blake 19   6     14   BFD 100
42nd 3745 Silver Outnumbered Paul Dean Hannah Burt 32   21     23   24 100
43rd 3789 Silver Off‑piste Nick Scroggie Edward Scroggie   31   23   32 16   102
44th 3659 Gold Zeno Julian Parry Leise Scott 35     16 19     33 103
45th 3702 Silver Salmon en croute Duncan Salmon Ruth Hanstater   7 (BFD)   17   19 DNC 104
46th 3711 Gold Sylvia Chris Kilsby Tom Morris 21     33 31     19 104
47th 3796 Gold Roberta William Warren Megan Pascoe 23   (BFD)     10 DNC 11 105
48th 3746 Gold Point n squirt James Wells Anna Aylward   9 3   34   (BFD) DNC 107
49th 3710 Gold Paradigm Shift Jon Ibbotson Robert Stewart 17   (BFD)     12 DNC 18 108
50th 3666 Gold …ted… John Meadowcroft Ollie Meadowcroft 15   (DNF)     15 DNC 17 108
51st 3753 Gold Appetite for Destruction David Conlon Sarah Conlon   11 (BFD)   29   11 DNC 112
52nd 3806 Silver Blue Tit Ben Jones Helen Hilditch   23   28   24 38   113
53rd 3749 Silver Stanley Colin Anderson Sean Anderson   39 12   36   28   115
54th 3671 Silver Snakey B Piers Lambert Andy Bines 37     25 24     29 115
55th 3748 Silver White Tiger Nigel Brooke Suzie Brooke   26   29   30 30   115
56th 3790 Silver Pointer Colin Brockbank Vana Vlastaki 22     22 14     DNF 119
57th 3598 Silver Bar Humbug Robert Smith Suzy Brough   37 19   41   24   121
58th 3761 Bronze Beast Quest David Bursey Frances Bursey 40   23     34   25 122
59th 3615 Silver Edgar Stuart Bates Louisa Archer   22 (BFD)   10   32 DNC 125
60th 3766 Gold The Bear Andy Dalby Mark Oakey   (BFD)   18   17 29 DNC 125
61st 3555 Silver Sam Blocksidge Sam Blocksidge Will Wilkinson   34   38   31 22   125
62nd 3648 Silver Bang Tidy Antonia Wright Jamie Wright 30   24     44   27 125
63rd 3622 Silver The Edge Christian Hamilton Jacintha Hamilton‑Love 41     26 38     21 126
64th 3665 Silver Still not over Ross Jackson Dave Reid 25     30 33     38 126
65th 3768 Gold Hulla Baloo Rob Cage Hatty Cage   27 17   43   42   129
66th 2663 Silver Tyrrannosaurus Rex Christopher Haworth Jo Haworth 27   34     25   44 130
67th 3518 Bronze Smoked Salmon Timothy Harms Amelia Little   30 27   35   39   131
68th 3724 Silver Sublime Joe McLaughlin Sean Roberts 36   (BFD)     20 DNC 15 132
69th 3715 Silver Truly Scrumptious Richard Cooke Russell Hall   21   32   42 37   132
70th 3678 Gold Nora Steve Crook Sally Townend 6   (BFD)     5 DNC BFD 133
71st 3705 Silver Two pints of lager Geoff Wright Tom Gurney 29   SCP     27   31 134
72nd 3657 Silver Revolution Anthony Lofts Sophie Penwarden 38     42 28     30 138
73rd 3602 Silver Ambience Martin Evans Chris Evans   33 28   46   31   138
74th 3704 Bronze Factory Maid Jemma Horwood Nicola Bass   32   34   43 36   145
75th 3697 Bronze Too Dark and Stormy Richard Page Nicola Scaddan 42   22     41   42 147
76th 3607 Silver The Fifth Element Steve Conroy Anna Rayson 33     36 42     37 148
77th 3794 Bronze Icthys Julian Harms Richard Adams   19 (BFD)   37   33 DNC 150
78th 3706 Bronze Monkey Puzzle Kevin Anderson Sadie Anderson   35 32   44   40   151
79th 3740 Gold Why ask Patrick Blake Jill Blake 26     31     DNC 34 152
80th 3547 Bronze Moondance Assasin Peter Male Tim Male 52   25     36   40 153
81st 3771 Bronze Skip Alex Pausey Matthew Percival   43   35   35 41   154
82nd 3736 Bronze Metachrosis Jon Bloice Philippa Bloice   36   41   38 43   158
83rd 3714 Silver Kevin Alan Markham Sue Markham   24   37   39   DNC 161
84th 3707 Bronze Monkey Business Stuart Jenkins Imogen Jenkins 48   35     40   39 162
85th 3675 Bronze White Sauce er er Rob Hatley Joe Hatley   38 31   49   47   165
86th 3733 Gold The Darkside Steve Mitchell Julie Nutall     30   45   35 DNC 171
87th 3502 Bronze Shindig Scott Smith Christopher Smith   44 33   50   44   171
88th 3816 Silver Wild Horses Phil Emery Karen Emery       40   46 25 DNC 172
89th 3563 Gold Leader David Hall Isobel Stewart 46     (DNF) 23   DNC 43 173
90th 3569 Silver Time Zulu Ben Lulham Sam Lulham 45   (BFD)     37 DNC 32 175
91st 3652 Silver Time and tide John Bell Suzi Bell         DNC 28 DNC 26 176
92nd 3686 Bronze If Kevin Rose Emily Charles 43     39 40     F/way 183
93rd 3530 Bronze Sir Topaz Mike Colles George Bender   40   43   51 49   183
94th 3621 Bronze Raunchy Tristram Squire Peter Slack   41   44   47 51   183
95th 3813 Bronze Pace Maker Steve Harling Eleanor Thomas 51   26     48   DNF 186
96th 3750 Gold Indiscretion Neal Lillywhite Freya Lillywhite 39   (BFD)     45 DNC 41 186
97th 3611 Gold The Phantom Menace Jenny Dodds Chris Dodds 4         DNC DNC DNC 187
98th 3815 Silver The Kraken Tony Johnson Louise Johnson   (DNF)     32 DNC 34 DNC 188
99th 3561 Bronze Snorting Joe Shaw Patricia Hickey 54   37     50   47 188
100th 2604 Bronze Satisfaction Jeremy Stein Sarah Percival 49     46 48     45 188
101st 3606 Bronze Take it Easy Joseph Woods Jonathan Woods   45 38   54   52   189
102nd 3463 Silver Smoke on the water Jon Cowper Abby Freely 47   (BFD)     49 DNC 35 192
103rd 3599 Bronze Harry Nigel Cooper John Hollands 50     45 53     49 197
104th 3800 Bronze Brambles Richard Bramley Tony Cheal   47   47   53 50   197
105th 3586 Bronze Shadowplay Kieron Mason Belinda Mason   46   49   55 48   198
106th 3805 Silver Nermal Mark Reddington Michelle Evans   42 (BFD)   51   45 DNC 199
107th 3333 Bronze Precious John Adams Rosalind Warwick‑Haller 53     50 52     48 203
108th 3809 Gold Ecstacy Jon Turner Richard Parslow         DNC 22 DNC DNC 205
109th 3654 Bronze Tales of Acapulco Geoffrey Cox Monika Papiez   (DNF) 36   47   DNC DNC 205
110th 3769 Silver Disciple Graham Cranford Smith Fiona Cranford Smith         DNC DNC 26 DNC 209
111th 3368 Bronze Debutant Ian Laing Andrew Hunt       48   54 46 DNC 209
112th 3670 Bronze Filthy Gorgeous Mark McKeever Gracie McKeever   28 (DNF)     DNC DNC DNC 211
113th 3511 Bronze Heaven Sent Andrew Mills Ellie Mills 44   (DNF)     DNC DNC 46 212
114th 3762 Bronze Rimonim Malcolm Hyams Dan Barrett 55       55   DNC DNC 232
115th 3751 Bronze Narnia Huw Reynolds Philip Scott   (DNF)     DNC 52 DNC DNC 235
116th 3589 Bronze Fat Bottom Girl John Hollands Alexandra Parker         DNC DNC DNC DNC 244
116th 3672 Silver Bola Bola John Cooper Hilary Bradshaw         DNC DNC DNC DNC 244

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