Results :: Parkstone Y.C. Silver Tiller

29/09/2018 30/09/2018


Thirty-two Merlins entered the Parkstone YC Craftinsure Silver Tiller event this weekend (29/30 September), and all were stunned by the gloriously spectacular new clubhouse. The plentiful balcony space allowed us to appreciate the fine views across Poole Harbour as we all searched for signs of some wind.
After a short delay, the race officer took us out to the top triangle race area, and battle commenced. The fickle wind combined with unfathomable tidal streams and unpredictable shifts meant that everyone thought they could be in with a shout at the top placings. However the Birrell brothers and Taxi & Alex broke clear, with the Birrells just squeaking a win from Taxi & Alex.

70th Anniversary Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Parkstone - photo © David Harding /
With the breeze dropping further, the race officer abandoned for the day, allowing the fleet to prepare for party night! Parkstone YC was celebrating 70 years of Merlins at the club. The current fleet were joined by local heroes and notables for a splendid dinner with speeches, music and wild dancing. A great night was had by all, so many thanks to Ben & Louisa Archer, Steve & Ally Tyler and everyone else who made it happen.
Sunday dawned cold and cloudy, but still windless. Despite this, the fleet launched for the top triangle again. By the time we were in the course area the wind had settled in to allow four fine races. Sibling rivalry on Saturday proved too much for the Birrells, so Christian sailed with 'Dan the stand-in' crew. Normal service was resumed, and combos Birrell & Dan and Taxi & Alex were match-racing each other for the next three races. Further down the fleet, everyone had their moment in the sun, and results were as variable as the conditions, courtesy of huge windshifts and wind-lanes, that had even the locals scratching their heads.

70th Anniversary Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Parkstone - photo © David Harding /
The final race was a 'Parkstone special' harbour tour, requiring map reading skills, exceptional eyesight for mark-spotting, and a fair modicum of endurance! Local boys Jon Gorring & Pete Gray nailed it to lead at the first mark. Birrell caught and passed Jon, claiming overall victory in the event. Taxi came through well, from an uncharacteristic poor first beat, and had to settle for third, but second in the overall placings. The first two places were sealed, but minor placings were anybody's guess, with top spots gained by a wide range of people.
It was a great day for girl power with Sophie Mackley & Claire Mills and new paring Rachael Rhodes & Megan Pascoe each grabbing a third place. Family boats also went well, with Hendersons, Calverts and Tylers all scoring third and fourth places. In the final shakedown of variable results, the Calverts were third overall, 19 points behind Taxi in second!

70th Anniversary Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Parkstone - photo © David Harding /
Thanks to our sponsors Craftinsure and Magic Marine, and to everyone at Parkstone who managed to get five races completed in tricky conditions.


PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stBlue my mind3788Niki BirrellChristian BirrellParkstone YC1‑21215
2ndKeyser Soze3684Andy DavisAlex WarrenBlithfield sc2121‑36
3rdQuick Fix3691Mike CalvertJane CalvertAxe SC8‑1136825
4thArwen3726Will HendersonMary HendersonSalcombe Yacht Club37513‑1628
5thMetachrosis3736Roger PhillipsWill CrockerBurghfield12‑1374629
6th 3703Richard WhitworthJemima ScroggiePYC & Hollingworth Lake59610(RET)30
7thRed Mistress3759Rachael RhodesMegan PascoeStaunton/Castle Cove11313‑15532
8thRobert3756Sophie MackleyClaire MillsShoreham Sailing Club13(OCS)93732
9thPanther3774Jon TurnerRichard ParslowLyme Regis106125‑1433
10thWhy Ask3740Patrick BlakeJillian BlakeCookham Reach SC712109(RET)38
11th 3791Jon GorringePete GrayParkstone YC(OCS)14167239
12thNKS3732John CooperBecci WigleyLTSC‑1951714440
13thThe Soup Dragon3694Steve TylerAlison TylerParkstone YC‑2448171140
14thWild at Heart3709Rob HendersonAlice MarkhamLymington Town SC6‑151481240
15thMark Waterhouse3641Mark WaterhouseMat CurrellParkstone YC151015‑24949
16thWhite Tiger3748Nigel BrookeSuzie BrookeLymington Town SC17811‑211854
17thThe Bear3766Andy DalbyPete HornHSC(DNC)224181357
18thOutnumbered3745Paul DeanRussell HallWembley SC41724(OCS)1560
19thOff‑piste3789Nick ScroggieClaire JohnstoneParkstone YC(DNC)2019121061
20thOne Love3767Ben ArcherTheo HarrisParkstone YC‑261622112069
21stSublime3724Joe McLaughlinSean RobertsTamesis14‑2423201774
22ndAfter Hours3585John FildesCharlotte FildesASC20181819‑2175
23rdSchmoozy Blue3661Graham ScroggieBen ScroggieParkstone YC18232016(RET)77
24th 3651Kieran O'FarrellHannah BurtWembley sailing club1621‑27262386
25thStorm Cloud3543Simon ScammellChristina MoncurFelixstowe Ferry23‑2521222288
26thShiny Happy People3695Pete SlackVanessa PaschkeBlithfield22(DNC)25231989
27thDark Star3720Fraser EarleKatie FrostLyme Regis Sailing Club211926(DNC)DNC98
28thSmooth Operator3545Philip HatleyJoseph HatleyTamesis Club2727‑282524103
29thBluebird3683Ben JonesNicola BassShoreham SC9(DNC)DNCDNCDNC105
30thDeception3494John ScammellMatthew ReadFelixstowe Ferry Sailing Club2826‑292725106
31st 3582Chris WhalleyEmma WhalleyParkstone YC25(DNC)DNCDNCDNC121


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