Over the weekend of 14th and 15th October 2017 Hampton Sailing Club hosted their annual Merlin Rocket Open Weekend on the River Thames near Hampton Court. Visitors from Hunts SC, Upper Thames SC, Queen Mary Reservoir SC, Goring SC & Maidenhead SC bolstered the home fleet.Sunday saw seventeen Merlins take to the water. The breeze continued to blow from SW with a slight increase in strength to between 8 and 12 knots. Perfect conditions for Merlin sailing on the river.
Topped up with bacon rolls and tea competitors prepared their boats for the racing. Sail numbers ranged from 578 (1955 Martine Holt Design) to 3690 (Winder Canterbury Tales Design).
Racing was very close with positions changing regularly. The top four helms & crews constantly moved between 1st and 4th throughout all three races. At the start of the third race any of the first four crews could have won the meeting, but it was John & Olivia Bell how won the final race and the open.
HSC Merlin Rep
Martin & Margaretha 1st, John & Olivia 2nd, Stuart & Sophie 3nd, Phil & Susannah 4th, Richard & Mark 5th
Phil & Susannah 1st, John & Olivia 2nd, Stuart & Sophie 3nd, Martin & Margaretha 4th, Richard & Mark 5th
John & Olivia 1st, Phil & Susannah 2nd, Martin & Margaretha 3rd, 4th Jeremy & Mike, Stuart & Sophie 5th
1st 1201 Grand Teton - John & Olivia Bell
2nd 1761 Onions - Philip Dalby & Suzannah Bell
3rd 774 Quiver - Martin Hunter & Margaretha Herman
4th 3560 Luka - Stuart Jenkins & Sophie Peerless
5th 1631 Splatter – Richard Parslow & Mark Sanken
Flynn Bowen-Perkins (7 years) – Youngest Competitor
After the Prize Giving John Bell (Commodore HSC) thanked Jane Chambers (Race Officer) and her Team of safety boat crews, bar staff and caterers for another excellent days racing.