Results :: Whitstable Y.C. Open Meeting

13/06/2015 14/06/2015

Write-up

35 Merlin Rockets turned to Whitstable for the 2015 Merlin Rocket open meeting and to compete for that all-important Silver Tiller event.

This year the fleet welcomed some new faces on to the starting line, many of which are Whitstable Yacht Club locals.

Race one (triangle sausage course) soon got under way and with the shifts remaining fairly consistent, winning the start and finding a clean lane was key. The fleet were in sync and decided that it would pay to sail on the left-hand-side of the course. A steady 20 knots of breeze provided sailors with top conditions to really get a feel of what Whitstable has in store for the fleet later on in the year at the Nationals.

Jasper Barnham and Graham Sexton were first around the windward mark and led the fleet to claim the first race. Hot on their tales for much of the race, David Hayes and Jonny Ratcliffe who were second around the windward mark and sustained their position until, rumour has it, Hayes fell victim to his toe straps coming undone and losing four places as a result, (other reports state that he fell out of the boat, but we are not one to listen to rumours).

Olly Turner and Hamish Kilburn sailed a strong first race and came through to secure second, closely followed by Tim Fells and Olly Wells who worked their way up the fleet throughout the four-lap race.

Race two got underway and Barnham and Sexton squeezed ahead and around the windward mark undisturbed from the rest of the fleet. Simon Potts and Luke Shaw were second around the windward mark with Hayes and Ratcliffe narrowly following.

With one mast breakage, a kicker malfunction and one boat suffering from a disobedient spinnaker halyard, it was a challenging race for some, but in the end Barnham and Sexton took the bullet. It was a battle for second between Hayes and Ratcliffe and Potts and Shaw, but Hayes and Ratcliffe pushed ahead and accomplished second place with Potts and Shaw coming in third.

Wind forecasts for the second day of racing were looking light and with three Silver Tiller races scheduled, 5 new arrivals swelled the fleet. Everyone was keen to go racing. Race officer John Silk and the race committee did their best to find some wind on the bay, however sometimes you have to admit defeat and Silk made the decision to cancel racing leaving the fleet to work on their tan and pack up early. Congratulations to Barnham and Sexton who won the event with two bullets.

Even with three races cancelled the Merlin Rocket fleet still enjoyed some competitive racing over the course of the weekend thanks to the help and support from the Whitstable Yacht Club members and volunteers. If this weekend is anything to go by then we are in for a lively and competitive week of sailing at the Nationals in August.

By Hamish Kilburn

Results

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2Pts
13758BazingaJasper BarnhamGraham SextonSnettisham Beach SC112
23764Fancy LiquorTim FellsOli WellsSalcombe YC347
33770ShinyDavid HayesJonny RatcliffeHayling Island SC628
43656Wild CardOlly TurnerHamish KilburnSalcombe YC2810
53753Appetite for DestructionSimon PottsLuke ShawBurghfield8311
63766The BearAndy DalbyC KilsbyHSC10616
73774PantherJon TurnerRichard PascowLym Regis9716
83696Tiger TigerMark OakeyDan MartinShoreham SC71017
93673Boat nameChris GouldCaroline CroftMidland SC16521
103685Black PearlSophie MackleyJames WarrenShoreham SC14923
113763Dancing BraveMark BarnesSimon ReynoldsWYC111223
123707MonkeyAlex JacksonPhil DalbyHampton SC51924
133676Hot TottyFrances GiffordPete NicholsonRanelagh131629
143709Wild at HeartTom LonsdaleAlice MarkhamUpper Thames SC151429
153740Why AskPat BlakeJen DoddsCookham Reach SC201131
163643MoistRein ZivoldPhil ScottWYC122133
173773No34Alan WarrenBill CarrollShoreham SC211334
183690General LeeTim HarridgeLucy BurnHampton SC171835
193772VelellaPhil EmeryKaren EmeryWYC191736
203658BernardChris JenningsPete HornBurghfield4DNC40
213648Bang TidyAntonia WrightJamie WrightShoreham SC222244
223692NemoSteve MitchellJulie NuttallWYC242347
233697Too Dark'n StrormyRichard PageLiz DalbyHampton SC232447
243653ArtemisA ChapmanM ChapmanNetley SC282048
253677IndesicionDavid ProctorTeresa GreenWYC252550
263672Bola BolaJohn CooperHilary BradshawWYCDNF1551
273644MarleenJon BloicePhilippa BloiceWYC262753
283651JupiterColin BrockbankMartin HughesWembly/Thames SC18DNC54
293319Absolute MadnessR LedgerT BrutonWYC312657
303463Smoke on the WaterAbby ZambinskiDonna HenderWYC302858
313555Light FantasticI MackenzieL TuckerBlithfield SC27DNC63
323561Boat nameKieren O'FarrellF O'FarrellWSC29DNC65
333424Purple HazeMark FaggIan HenderWYC32DNF68
34=3712Okey DokeyIan SharpsAlly MartinBurghfieldDNCDNF72
34=3351GnomeJ BoormanR SpotonWYCDNFDNC72

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