Results / Regional SW

Parkstone Y.C.
30/09/2023 - 30/09/2023
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Parkstone Yacht Club was host to the Merlin Rocket South West Series Open on Saturday 30th September 2023. The boat that finishes third at class events has the pleasure of writing the reports, today it was the turn of Simon Potts and Richard Parslow. Thanks to Simon’s persuasive abilities, I (George Bender) was given the report to write (even though I bought him a McDonald’s and his six year old daughter called me a doo doo head). 

Parkstone Yacht Club knows how to welcome a fleet and fuel them for the day, so much so, the bacon sandwiches provided were so good that a number of sailors were found still in the comfort of the clubhouse, chewing away, when they were informed that the boats were released for the days racing. Apparently in order to take part in the event, they should really put some serious thought into getting changed.

Three good races came together with little delay and only one recall required in a surprisingly well-behaved fleet, but not without some excitement for some of the crews.

The sailing conditions were brilliant with 14 knots which held up through the races at the top triangle, just west of Brownsea island. Double highs on the tides confused all but the savviest of sailors, with the usual suspects leading the fleet.

Christian Birrell and Aaron Holman ripped the clue off their mainsail in the second race but managed to fix it for the final race and still win! Stu Bithell and Tom Pygall sailed a constant series to come in second. Well we know who finished third, and not the one writing the report! Other excitement on the water was with Roberta, of William Warren and Megan Pascoe capsized in the first and the second race and after some leeward mark shouting had had enough so went in…

Whilst onboard Robert, Sophie Mackey and I thought carefully about replacing a pole launch line before deciding it wasn’t going to explode. Naturally, it exploded but thankfully not while racing so we had time to make a quick fix and keep going. 

The last race, as usual, was round the cans. All of the races saw some very tight reaching which certainly paid well for the crews more prone to the McDonalds life. Handbrake turns at the gybe marks tested everyone’s boat handling (*and rules knowledge(!)*). 

The bar on Saturday night was so well attended that a tannoy announcement was made requesting that basically anyone who knows how to pull a pint report to them at once with a zero hours contract type affair.

An old piano in the bar bore the sign that anyone who wanted to play should have a go! After eating my dinner as well as Richard Parslow’s, and it being only right to have a pint for him too, there were few enough people left in the clubhouse for me to tinkle the ivories. Unfortunately, one gentleman who certainly would have been useful on a tight reach, decided that I should stop playing given I was not able to play anything completely from start to finish; as though he had bought tickets to a solo piano concert and would like his money back! The man came over to apologise later along with the question of why I hadn’t brought sheet music with me, which I could only answer with speechless surprise! In any case, everyone except him seemed to enjoy the musical feature of the clubhouse and we hope it’s still there next time!

The final event of the South West Series is at Salcombe Yacht Club on Saturday 28th October, which is followed by the Craftinsure Silver Tiller Dinner and Dance. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased

Thank you George Bender for the report and Louisa Archer for the photos.

Merlin Rocket South Westerin Series Open 2023

Parkstone Yacht Club


Results are final as of 15:32 on September 30, 2023


Sailed: 3, Discards: 1, To count: 2, Entries: 23, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Sail Number. Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st 3788 Christian Birrell   Parkstone YC 1.0 (24.0 RET) 1.0 26.0 2.0
2nd 3811 Stu Bithell Tom Pygall Parkstone YC (2.0) 1.0 2.0 5.0 3.0
3rd 3802 Simon Potts Richard Parslow Burghfield SC (5.0) 3.0 3.0 11.0 6.0
4th 3727 Mark Stockbridge Neil Davies Upper Thames SC 3.0 7.0 (8.0) 18.0 10.0
5th 3746 James Wells Jonty Freeman RYA 4.0 (8.0) 6.0 18.0 10.0
6th 3791 Jon Gorringe Matt Currell Parkstone YC 7.0 4.0 (10.0) 21.0 11.0
7th 3691 Mike Calvert Jane Calvert Axe YC 6.0 5.0 (7.0) 18.0 11.0
8th 3694 Steve Tyler Ally Tyler Parkstone YC 10.0 2.0 (12.0) 24.0 12.0
9th 3793 James Goodfellow Roger Phillips Weston Sailing club (12.0) 9.0 4.0 25.0 13.0
10th 3703 Richard Whitworth Tom Hakes Parkstone & Hollingworth Lake SC 8.0 6.0 (9.0) 23.0 14.0
11th 3709 Jack Norton Dave Royse Ranelagh SC 14.0 (24.0 DNF) 5.0 43.0 19.0
12th 3789 Nick Scroggie Claire Johnstone PYC 9.0 10.0 (11.0) 30.0 19.0
13th 3702 Duncan Salmon Ruth Hanstater Wembley (15.0) 11.0 13.0 39.0 24.0
14th 3756 Sophie Mackley George Bender Shoreham Sailing Club 13.0 13.0 (14.0) 40.0 26.0
15th 3661 Graham Scroggie Jack Bowen Parkstone YC 17.0 12.0 (24.0 DNC) 53.0 29.0
16th 3745 Paul Dean Hannah Burt Wembley 16.0 14.0 (24.0 RET) 54.0 30.0
17th 3767 Ben Archer Olivia Bellini PYC (20.0) 16.0 15.0 51.0 31.0
18th 3488 Ben Scroggie Harry Scroggie Parkstone 18.0 15.0 (24.0 DNC) 57.0 33.0
19th 3684 Maddy Anderson Tom Ballantine Brightlingsea SC 11.0 (24.0 RET) 24.0 DNC 59.0 35.0
20th 3707 Stuart Jenkins Nicola Scaddan Hampton SC 21.0 17.0 (24.0 DNC) 62.0 38.0
21st 3796 William Warren Megan Pascoe Shoreham SC 19.0 (24.0 RET) 24.0 DNC 67.0 43.0
22nd 3812 Pete Ballantine Rob Allen Salcombe YC (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 72.0 48.0
22nd 3779 David Lee Angela Bridges Starcross Yacht Club (24.0 RET) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 72.0 48.0


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