Lyme Open 2008

Silver Tiller series sponsored by:
Speed Sails
Despite the fact that the club boasts only one Merlin Rocket and parking costs almost as much as a new spinnaker, 30 Rocketeers turned out for Lyme Regis Sailing Club's Silver Tiller open meeting.

Ex-Merlin sailor PRO Jerry Rook crammed three races into 4 hours (an example to one and all) helped in no little way by a great team and ideal conditions. The waves (which at Lyme are usually spot on for dinghies) gave the opportunity of surfing past the opposition at twice their speed and showed the pondies what they are missing.

Appropriately for this Jurassic Coast venue the first race was won convicingly by the venerable Alan Warren (ably assisted by grandson) but this galvanised the tweenies into winning race two (Roger Gilbert and James Hewing) and race three (Richard Whitworth and Sally Townend). Consistency rewarded local heroes Jane and Mike Calvert with second overall.

Most competitors departed promptly to celebrate Helen Middleton-Stewart's birthday at what was promised to be the party of the year at Weymouth...however nothing has been heard from any of them since….

In the traditions of the class this was an amateur event organised and run by volunteers for the love of the sport – many thanks to everyone involved.

Report: Dan Alsop

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