Results :: (Aspire National Champs - HD Sails Day 5 - Overall Standing)


Winder Thursday aka Ranelagh Thursday aka Champagne day of the Aspire Merlin Rocket Nationals saw something of a revolution in race format with three races scheduled in an attempt to get the full nine races in for the series.

The Champagne day moniker was particularly appropriate given the splendid force 3-4 from the southwest and pleasantly rolling waves. Both of these were predicted to increase as the day progressed, a prediction that was accurate!

Though Nick Craig and Alan Roberts have dominated so far Andy Davis and Alex Warren have been loitering with intent. This intent came to fruition in races six and seven (1 and 2) as they took both bullets for the Top Hat Trophy and the Ranelagh Trophy. A master class in tactical sailing took place in race 8 as Nick and Alan were hell-bent on preventing a further win for Taxi and Alex which would put their position under threat should a race be sailed tomorrow and the second discard come into play. Taxi and Alex were losing this battle and after taking to the water and retiring look to have lost the war pending the result of a protest against Nick and Alan in race one which could have significant influence on the overall result.

Looking further back Mark Barwell and Lou Johnson have one hand on the Silver fleet trophy and the evergreen Back to the Future piloted by Ben Eaves and Sean Anderson have got their mitts on the Bronze fleet shirts heading into tomorrow.

The forecast for tomorrow is currently marginal and some of the fleet rather tired, though the feedback is that the new race format put into place by an accomplished race team is a breath of fresh air. Whether we sail tomorrow or not we have plenty to chew on looking towards next years championships at Lyme Regis.


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2017 Merlin Rocket National Championships

Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre

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Results are provisional as of 14:44 on August 17, 2017


Sailed: 8, Discards: 1, To count: 7, Entries: 38, Scoring system: Appendix A
Boat Name
Sailing Club
1stMessy Monty3776GoldNick CraigAlan RobertsFrensham Pond1.
2ndPeer Pressure3778GoldChris GouldChris KilsbyMidland(15.0)
3rdKeyser Soze3684GoldAndy DaviesAlex WarrenBartley4. [39.0])63.024.0
4thMockingjay3777GoldSimon PottsPippa TaylorBurghfield(10.0)
5thShiny3770GoldDavid HayesJonny RatcliffeHayling Island(14.0)
6thRed Mistress3759GoldSam PascoeMegan PascoeCastle Cove2.0(ARB [18.0])
7thBernard3658GoldChris JenningsPete HornBurghfield(22.0)
8thWild At Heart3709GoldTom GillardTom LonsdaleSheffield Viking8.
9thRobert3756GoldWill WarrenMark OakeyShoreham9.011.0(14.0)
10thPanther3774GoldJon TurnerRichard ParslowLyme Regis7.012.0(17.0)
11thQuick Fix3691GoldMike CalvertJane CalvertAxe5.
12thOakey Dokey3712GoldIan SharpsEllie SharpsBurghfield6. [39.0])117.078.0
13th 3786GoldDave WadeRachel Rhodes / Keri HarrisNorthampton12. [39.0])
14thThe Oldie3673GoldCaroline CroftMatt Lullham-RobinsonBartley3.
15thBazinga3758GoldTim SaxtonJodie GreenGrafham Water17. [39.0])DNS [39.0]4.0136.097.0
16thThe Force Awakens3781GoldDave WinderOliver WinderHollingworth20. [39.0])
17thPoint N Squirt3746GoldDan WillettPete NicholsonBrightlingsea21. [39.0])151.0112.0
18thStrung Along3784SilverMark BarwellLouise JohnsonLymington Town(29.0)
19thQuicksilver3787SilverChris MartinOliver MacleanMidland11.022.0(23.0)
20thWhy Ask3740SilverPatrick BlakeJilly BlakeCookham Reach16.021.0(22.0)
21stThe Angels Share3779SilverDave LeeJuliet PealingStarcross19.024.020.0(26.0)
22ndPointer3790SilverColin BrockbankMartin HughesWembley30. [39.0])
23rdArbuckle3760SilverMark ReddingtonColin StaiteBartley23.0(28.0)
24thThree Dee3765SilverRichard DeeJustin HealeyMidland28. [39.0])
25thBack to the Future3583BronzeBen EavesSean AndersonRedditch26. [39.0])
26thFlaming Fast3339SilverTim MaleRebecca MaleBlithfield18.026.027.0(BFD [39.0])DNC [39.0]
27thThe Black Boat3734BronzePhil AshworthAlison AshworthWeymouth25.029.0(30.0)
28thDuck and Dive3713BronzeSteve HarlingEleanor ThomasStarcross24. [39.0])
29thDark N Stormy3619BronzeGuy BrowneAndy HunterTrent Valley33.034.0(35.0)
30thSylvia3711SilverSam ThompsonKeri HarrisRNSA13.019.021.0(DSQ [39.0])DNF [39.0]DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]248.0209.0
31stPoint Break3625BronzeRichard BramleyJohn DonoghueShoreham27. [39.0])
32ndLight Fantastic3555SilverJames CokayneWilliam Gould / Angus KirkNSSA36.031.029.0(DNS [39.0])DNC [39.0]
33rdSmoked Salmon3518BronzeJulian HarmsTimothy HarmsMidland(DNS [39.0]) [39.0]25.026.0DNC [39.0]252.0213.0
34thOut of the Blue 23557BronzeApril WhiteleyHazel NewportNSSA31. [39.0])DNF [39.0]DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]284.0245.0
35thNever Been to Salcombe3582BronzeGeorge ColcombAngus KirkNSSA34. [39.0])DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]289.0250.0
36thWizard in Blue3449BronzeCarl WhitehillSamuel WhitehillRYA32.0(DNC [39.0])36.0RET [39.0]DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]302.0263.0
37thBorn to be Willd3783BronzeMiles JamesColin SimmondsPwllheli35.0(DNF [39.0])DNS [39.0]DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]308.0269.0
38thLoosed Cannon3655BronzeKaren HilesJohn HodgeShoreham37.0(DNC [39.0])DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]DNC [39.0]310.0271.0


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