Weymouth Open 2005
25 Merlin Rockets braved the weather to for two days of classic Weymouth Bay racing conditions as part of the Holt Allen Silver Tiller series, as guests of the Weymouth Sailing Club.|
On Saturday the 25kt westerly breeze was blowing over the land enabling the fleet to enjoy spectacular high speed blasting on a sea sheltered by the Portland peninsular, while along the coast the JOG fleet racing to Weymouth from Cowes was taking a battering with many retirements and suffering damage to kit.
The Merlin race was lead down the first reach by William Warren and Chris Downham only to suffer the frustration of a jammed spinny halyard and having to over-sail the leeward mark eventually solving the problem by capsizing and untying the kite. The race was then open for a close competition between a leading trio of boats consisting of Mike and Jane Calvert, Pat Blake crewed by Alex Jackson and Judith Massey crewed by Phil Dalby. These three crossed the finishing line almost as one and Judith and Phil were awarded the win by the narrowest of margins.
On Saturday evening the survivors of the JOG race combined with the Merlin Fleet in a bid to drink the club dry.
Sunday provided slightly less breeze but plenty of rain, which was not a problem for the competitors but tough on the many stoic volunteers on mark boats. Again racing was very close with the whole fleet separated scarcely a couple of minutes on either of two races. Having solved their halyard problems it was the pairing of Warren and Downham who prevailed, scoring a first and second to become the overall winners of the event with Massey/Dalby second and Blake/Jackson third overall.
Report: James Middleton-Stewart
See the full results.