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Well, that hurt - both physically and mentally.

Salcombe estuary, 57 Merlins for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller on 13/14 April, Easterly wind ranging from 2 to 25 knots and cold. Flat out reaching with the kite up then running to the leeward side of the boat and back again. It's a long way across a Merlin. Whilst all this is happening there is always a boat right up the transom and you are about to head to a mark under Mill Bay where the last hour's work can all be undone in five minutes. But all incredibly challenging and fun. Sailors keep coming back year on year to see if they can get that magic race or series in a fleet where even if you are racing round in the teens you can be racing round with national champions.

Back to this weekend's racing. Launching was slightly challenging as the wind was funnelling up Batson Creek, but most made it on and off safely although some did not get top marks for their dismounts including me. Some were also a bit too relaxed about launching and with the black flag triangle being the length of the estuary making them miss the first starts of the day.

Saturday's racing was described by one boat like marriage, where you can't get anything right. It was definitely a day of don't give up to the last metre. Richard Whitworth and Jemima Scroggie made the early running with Alex Jackson and Mary Henderson also having a good race. The top five parked at the corner by number 5 and places reversed with the Pascoe's coming out in front, followed by Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey and Chris Gould and Chris Kilsby. A light wind drift from Mill bay to the finish line saw the Pascoe's take the win, just.

Race 2 saw the usual suspects taking the lead but once again Mill Bay caused fun with those from sixth to tenth coming back to the top five. Then where do you go? Up the far shore out of the tide or over the town shore into more wind. Matt Biggs and Beka Jones, Andy 'Taxi' Davis and Pippa Kilsby and former Salcombe week winners Tim Fells and Fran Gifford showed the way by planing at times up the town side. Matt and Beka held onto the lead back to the line.

The fleet retired to the bar which is one of the reasons why we come to Salcombe. Sunday saw slightly more wind and more interesting launching. The gusts were coming more downwards than across.

Race 3 was where Taxi and Pippa finally got their win. It was good to see Jenny and Chris Dodds and Will Warren and Alice Rook at the front. Will and Arthur Henderson were also having a good day with a third and a seventh on Sunday. The event went down to the final race between Christian and Sam and Taxi and Pippa. It was Christian and Sam who lead from the front and never looked back to regain their title. Second to seventh was a good battle with boats switching places and ultimately deciding the overall standings.

Thanks to Salcombe Yacht Club for another great event, their sponsors of Salcombe Gin and Spinlock for the prizes... and if someone could turn up the heat and turn the wind back southerly for Salcombe week we will all be very happy. Here's to another end to one of the largest open meetings on the UK dinghy circuit.

The 2019 Silver Tiller is sponsored by Craftinsure with Magic Marine as the class clothing partner.


Sailed: 4, Discards: 1, To count: 3, Entries: 60, Scoring system: Appendix A
RankFleetSail NoBoat NameBoat colourClassHelmNameCrewNameClubRatingR1R2R3R4TotalNett
1st 3788Blue My Mind Christian BirellSam Brearey 2.0(10.0)
2ndGold3684Keyser SozeBlack/grey Andy DavisPippa KilsbyBlithfield (61.0 DNF)
3rdGold3759Red mistressRed Sam PascoeMegan PascoeCastle Cove SC 1.04.0(16.0)
4thGold3801PokeyBlack Matt BiggsBecka JamesBlithfield (16.0)
5thGold3764Fancy LiquorBlue Tim FellsFran GiffordSalcombe YC (12.0)
6thGold3803TBCWhite Chris GouldChris KilsbyMidland / Thames SC 3.09.0(12.0)
7thGold3726 Blue/White Arthur HendersonWill HendersonSalcombe YC 7.0(22.0)
8thGold3691Quick FixBlue Mike ClavertJane CalvertAxe 5.07.0(61.0 BFD)
9thGold3673The OldieWhite Caroline CroftTom LonsdaleBlithfield SC 4.0(61.0 BFD)
10thGold3799Simply Scrumptiousgrey Paul RaysonChristian HillSalcombe YC (26.0)
11thGold3742Speed machineBlue Pete BallantineRob AllenSalcombe YC 8.0(16.0)
12thGold3658bernardWhite Chris JenningsJohn HackettBurghfield Sailing Club 14.05.0(61.0 BFD)
13thGold3802KhaleesiWhite Simon PottsAlly PottsBurghfield (17.0)
14th 3611The Phantom MenaceGrey Jenny DoddsChris DoddsNottingham Sailing Club
15thGold3776Messy MontyWhite Nick CraigKate FrostFrensham Burghfield (18.0)
16thGold3656Wild CardBlue Oliver TurnerSam MottersheadStarcross YC (61.0 OCS)
17thGold3795GoonBlue Alex JacksonMary HendersonShoreham 9.0(61.0 BFD)
18thGold3703FaithlessBlack/White Richard WhitworthJemima ScroggieParkstone YC & Hollingworth Lake SC 10.015.0(61.0 BFD)20.0106.045.0
19thGold3796RobertaBlue/White William WarrenAlice PappelShoreham Sailing Club (61.0 BFD)
20thSilver3730blood sweat and beersblue Paul HollisPaula MasonBlithfield SC 11.020.0(61.0 BFD)25.0117.056.0
21st 3694The Soup DragonBlue Steve TylerAlly TylerParkstone YC (22.0)
22nd 3774Panther Jon TurnerRichard Parslow 19.018.0(25.0)
23rdGold3709Wild at HeartDark Blue Rob HendersonAlice MarkhamLymington Town SC
24thSilver3641Puff the Magic DragonBlue/White Mark WaterhouseMat CurrellParkstone YC DNC)124.063.0
25thSilver3702Salmon en CrouteBlue Duncan SalmonHarriet SalmonSalcombe YC 21.0(26.0)
26thGold3781The Force AwakensGrey David WinderLiv BellHollingworth lake (25.0)
27thSilver3746Point N SquirtWhite/Grey James WellsNichola BassStarcross YC DNC)136.075.0
28thSilver3784Strung AlongBlue Mark BarwellLouise JohnsonLymington Town Sailing Club 29.0(32.0)18.029.0108.076.0
29thSilver37322 PlanksBlue/Grey John CooperBecci WigleyLymington Town Sailing Club 20.0(29.0)29.028.0106.077.0
30thSilver3749StanleyWhite Colin AndersonSean AndersonBlithfield 30.025.0(31.0)23.0109.078.0
31stGold3756RobertBlue Sophie MackleyClare MillsShoreham Sailing Club DNF)142.081.0
32ndSilver3711SylviaDark Blue Sam ThompsonLloyd HamiltonRNSA 28.0(61.0 BFD)24.030.0143.082.0
33rdGold3696Tiger TigerWhite Alex WarrenBen JonesShoreham SC/Salcombe YC 39.0(61.0 DNF)22.024.0146.085.0
34thSilver3789off-pisteBlue Nick ScroggieEdward ScroggieParkstone YC DSQ)152.091.0
35thSilver3766The BearBlue/yellow Andrew DalbyPete HornHSC DSQ)158.097.0
36thSilver3690General LeeOrange Lucy BurnJohn BurnLymington Town SC 34.031.0(36.0)34.0135.099.0
37thSilver3578White RabitWhite Godfrey ClarkNick YannakoyorgosFishers Green SC 33.035.0(61.0 BFD)33.0162.0101.0
38th 3647Liquid Dreamsblue Hywel Bowen-PerkinsLucy PenwardenSalcombe DNF)163.0102.0
39thBronze3682Red Wizard Jonathan StewardAnnabelFishers Green SC (52.0)
40th 3725Island GirlBlue Trish SquireFiona Cranford SmithSalcombe YC (40.0)
41stBronze3621Merlin RocketBlue Simon EvansLaura EvansSalcombe YC 37.0(42.0)35.039.0153.0111.0
42ndBronze3794IchthysGrey/Orange Julian HarmsTimothy Harms 24.0(61.0 BFD)61.0 BFD31.0177.0116.0
43rdSilver3765Three DeeBlack Richard DeeNancy GudgeonMidland Sailing Club 27.028.0(61.0 DNC)61.0 DNC177.0116.0
44thSilver3769DiscipleGrey Graham Cranford-SmithRob LangleySalcombe Yacht Club (61.0 DNF)61.0 BFD30.032.0184.0123.0
45thBronze3545Smooth OperatorBlue/White Rob HatleyJoe HatleyTamesis Club DNC)187.0126.0
46thGold377334White Alan WarrenWill CarrollShoreham Sailing Club 36.030.0(61.0 DNC)61.0 DNC188.0127.0
47thSilver3339Flaming FastBlue Peter MaleRebecca MaleBlithfield 50.043.0(61.0 BFD)36.0190.0129.0
48thSilver3583Back to the futureBlue Ben EavesVanessa PaschkeRedditch 38.037.0(61.0 DNF)61.0 DNC197.0136.0
49thSilver3713Duck and DivePale Blue Steve HarlingEleanor ThomasStar Cross 42.038.0(61.0 DNC)61.0 DNC202.0141.0
50thBronze3619Dark `n` StormyPurple Guy BrowneGregg MartinTRENT VALLEY SAILING CLUB 44.0(61.0 DNC)61.0 BFD38.0204.0143.0
51stSilver3706Monkey PuzzelGrey Kevin AndersonAlexandra ParkerSalcombe YC 41.046.0(61.0 BFD)61.0 DNC209.0148.0
52ndSilver3805NermalGrey Mark ReddingtonSophie PenwardenBlithfield SC 47.041.0(61.0 BFD)61.0 DNC210.0149.0
53rdBronze3800BramblesBlue Richard BramleyTony ChealShoreham Sailing Club 49.044.0(61.0 DNC)61.0 DNC215.0154.0
54thBronze3449Wizard in BlueBlue Carl WhitehillJulian WebbRYA 46.047.0(61.0 DNC)61.0 DNC215.0154.0
55thSilver3695Shiny Happy PeopleBlue/White Peter Slack Blithfield SC (61.0 DNC)61.0 DNC61.0 BFD35.0218.0157.0
56thBronze3577NostradoormouseYellow Joe ToshBrook DunnRestronguet S.C 45.0(61.0 DNC)61.0 DNF61.0 DNC228.0167.0
57thBronze3482Heavy ParticleBlack Richard BurtonPatrick BurtonMedley SC 48.0(61.0 DNF)61.0 DNC61.0 DNC231.0170.0
58thBronze3651 White/Blue Keiron O'FarrellHannah BrantWembley (61.0 DNC)61.0 DNC61.0 DNC61.0 DNC244.0183.0
58th 3777MockingjayGrey George YeomanSophie OrmsbyItchenor SC (61.0 DNC)61.0 DNC61.0 DNC61.0 DNC244.0183.0
58th 3743Pokin the Turtle Brendan O'ConnellJanet O'ConnellBlithfield (61.0 DNC)61.0 DNC61.0 DNC61.0 DNC244.0183.0


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