Results :: Looe S.C. National Championships (Day 3)

10/08/2014 15/08/2014

Write-up

The third race of the P&B sponsored Merlin Championships at Looe produced champagne conditions and a champagne performance. Starting in 16 knots from the southwest that steadily built throughout the race to end at 24 knots, sailed under blue skies and with some superb waves, this was a classic championship race. Competitors returned to shore exhausted but elated by the conditions.

After a number of attempted starts with the wind swinging through 20 deg, the PRO put up the Black Flag and brought the fleet to order. William Warren and Mark Oakey, YouTube stars of the pin end start yesterday, executed the perfect start and doing what worked in race 2, tacked and crossed the fleet to get into the right hand corner. Unfortunately for them, this was a race where left paid. Those that held onto starboard picked up a 10 deg header and were the leaders at the top mark.

Stu Bithell and Tom Pygall rounded first and never looked back. In a quite awesome performance, they crushed this high quality fleet, doing a horizon job. They were simply faster on all points of sailing and consistently on the right shift. I guess that is why Stu goes Olympic sailing and the rest of us have desk jobs!

Behind them there was a huge battle going on. Dave Hayes and Jonny Radcliffe rounded second but were slowly ground down by Nick and Alan, and Jon and Toby who were climbing through the top ten to take second and third. Taxi and Simon came home fifth holding off Ian Sharps and Justin Deal who are putting together a solid series.

Back off the water, excitement is building for this evening's fancy dress party, a highlight of the Merlin calendar, and for the outcome of the first known coupling of a Merlin helm and Co-op check out girl.

Results

Rank SailNo Club HelmName CrewName Boat R1 R2 R3 Total Division
1st 3742 Hollingworth Stuart Bithell Tom Pygall Speed Machine 2 1 1 4 G
2nd 3754 Parkstone Jon Gorringe Toby Lewis Didley Pokey 5 2 3 10 G
3rd 3684 Blithfield Andy Davis Simon Blake Kyser Soze 3 3 5 11 G
4th 3749 Frensham Pond Nick Craig Alan Roberts Stanley 1 14 2 17 G
5th 3712 Burghfield Ian Sharps Justin Deal Oakey Dokey 9 8 6 23 G
6th 3761 Northampton Dave Wade Ben Rayner Beast Quest 4 10 12 26 G
7th 3764 Hayling Island Tim Fells Chris Downham Fancy Liquor 6 5 15 26 G
8th 3758 Snettisham Beach Jasper Barnham Graham Sexton Bazinga 8 13 9 30 G
9th 3759 Castle Cove Sam Pascoe Alex Adams Red Mistress 7 15 10 32 G
10th 3729 Lyme Regis John Turner Richard Parslow Shabazzle 11 4 18 33 G
11th 3658 Burghfield Chris Jennings Ally Martin Bernard 13 6 14 33 G
12th 3756 Shoreham William Warren Mark Oakley Robert 12 12 13 37 G
13th 3753 Shustoke Simon Potts Luke Shaw Appetite for Destruction 10 9 28 47 G
14th 3656 Starcross Oliver Turner Alex Warren Wildcard 26 18 7 51 G
15th 3691 Axe Mike Calvert Ian Garwood Quick Fix 17 26 8 51 G
16th 3703 HRSC & Parkstone Richard Whitworth Sally Townend Faithless 16 27 11 54 G
17th 3707 Shoreham Alex Jackson Simon Haighton Monkey Business 28 11 17 56 G
18th 3752 Shoreham Will Rainey Andy Douglas The Empire Strikes Back 30 7 21 58 G
19th 3735 Hollingworth Dave Winder Pippa Taylor The Clone Wars 15 16 31 62 G
20th 3676 Ranelagh Tim Harrison Frances Gifford Hot Totty 24 20 23 67 G
21st 3711 Starcross Dave Lee Juliet Pealing Seawolf 21 22 26 69 S
22nd 3690 Hampton Tim Harridge Dave Reid General Lee 20 17 38 75 S
23rd 3766 Hampton Andy Dalby Andrea Ralph The Bear 18 24 34 76 G
24th 3659 Hollingworth Julian Parry Rebecca Jones Zeno 42 23 16 81 S
25th 3733 Northampton Tom Stewart Phil Dalby The Dark Side 22 40 19 81 G
26th 3734 Hayling Island David Hayes Jonny Ratcliffe The Black Boat 14 64.0 DNC 4 82 G
27th 3727 Ranelagh Mark Stockbridge Alyson Rumball Fragile 25 32 27 84 S
28th 3685 Shoreham Sophie Mackley James Warren Black Pearl 23 38 33 94 S
29th 3710 Ranelagh Jon Ibbotson Chris Kilsby Paradigm Shift 34 30 30 94 G
30th 3696 Starcross Alan Warren Bill Caroll Tiger Tiger 44 28 25 97 G
31st 3700 Whitstable Phil Emery Karen Emery Brazilian 32 31 37 100 S
32nd 3751 Lymington town Mark Barwell Louise Johnson Strings Attached 33 33 35 101 B
33rd 3746 Brightlingsea Dan Willet Pete Nicholson Point 'n Squirt 19 19 64.0 DNC 102 G
34th 3566 Starcross James Wells Liz Wells Pocket Rocket 35 36 32 103 B
35th 3688 RYA Ben Hollis Caroline Croft Who Dares Wins 64.0 DNF 21 22 107 G
36th 3675 Weymouth Mike Fenwick Penny Fenwick White Sauce Er Er 38 29 43 110 S
37th 3683 Tenby/RORC Ben Jones Helen Hilditch Bluebird 37 37 45 119 S
38th 3709 Upper Thames Tom Lonsdale Alice Markham Wild at Heart 39 64.0 DNF 24 127 S
39th 3697 Hampton Richard Page George Warren Too Dark N'Stormy 41 39 47 127 B
40th 3721 Starcross Nick Turner Carly Gurr Highlander 43 45 39 127 B
41st 3687 Wembley Matt Greenfield Hannah Playford Mellow Yellow 40 25 64.0 DNF 129 S
42nd 3698 Salcombe Graham Cranford-Smith Fiona Cranford-Smith 29 64.0 DNF 36 129 S
43rd 3539 Lyme Regis Dan Alsop Nix Middleton-Stewart Gangsta Paradise 27 64.0 DNF 40 131 G
44th 3765 Midland Richard Dee Chris Gould Three Dee 36 34 64.0 DNF 134 G
45th 3640 Whitstable Rien Zilvold Phil Scott Smart Tart 31 64.0 DNC 41 136 B
46th 3619 Trent Valley Guy Browne Andy Hunter Dark n'Stormy 48 41 49 138 B
47th 3576 Starcross Vyv Game Mike Tuckett Carmen J 47 43 48 138 B
48th 3666 Salcombe Peter Ballantine Andy Ramus Enchanted Evening 64.0 DNF 64.0 DNC 20 148 S
49th 3651 Wembley Colin Brockbank Marion Read Jupiter 45 64.0 DNC 44 153 S
50th 3574 Tata SC John Donoghue Adam Hayler The Holy Grail 46 44 64.0 DNC 154 B
51st 3740 Cookham Reach Pat Blake Jilly Blake Why Ask 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNC 29 157 S
52nd 3547 Blithfield Tim Male Rebecca Male Moondance Assasin 64.0 DNC 35 64.0 DNF 163 B
53rd 3732 Starcross Alistair Glen Moira Glen Nutwood Express 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNC 42 170 S
54th 3744 Blithfield Chris Martin Joe Tosh Mylo Xyloto 64.0 DNC 42 64.0 DNF 170 S
55th 3518 Midland Julian Harms Timothy Harms Smoked Salmon 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNC 46 174 S
56th 3555 Blithfield Ian Mackenzie Luke Tucker Light Fantastic 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNC 50 178 B
57th 3767 Parkstone Ben Archer Philippa Daniels One Love 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNF 192 B
57th 3648 Shoreham Antonia Wright Jamie Wright Bang Tidy 64.0 DNF 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNF 192 B
57th 3730 Shustoke Peter Scott Holly Scott BS&B 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNF 192 S
57th 3660 Starcross John Buckley William Anderson Djelibeybi 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNF 192 B
57th 3564 Midland Rob Kennaugh Abigail Spurr Avalon Sunset 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNC 192 S
57th 3569 Hampton Duncan Bell Gabby Pausey Time Zulu 64.0 DNF 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNF 192 B
57th 3327 Blithfield Peter Wainwright Tracy Smith Black Adder 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNC 64.0 DNF 192 B

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