Hayling Open 2009Double Silver Tiller event, racing in the estuary one day, out to sea the next
Hayling Island Sailing Club hosted two rounds of the Speed Sails sponsored Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller series on 14/15 June. Saturday saw the open water event inside Chichester Harbour, with Sunday being sailed outside in Hayling Bay. A fantastic turnout of 45 boats contested Saturday’s event, and 43 sailed on Sunday.|
The published start of 1pm on Saturday was delayed one hour by the PRO Gill Browning to sensibly allow more water to enter the harbour. Three back to back races in a light south westerly wind saw some close racing, with four boats within one point of each other.
Winning the first race was Simon Blake and Phil Dalby in 3640, with Glen Truswell and Ollie Turner in second. Making a welcome appearance this weekend was Olympic coach Paul Brotherton, who teamed up with Dave Dobrijevic in 3643. Having threaded a new spinnaker halyard before the first race, they decided that it was too thin to cleat, so a quick trip in a rib to pick up a needle, thread and the old halyard, allowed them to rethread the spinnaker halyard before and during race two. Obviously this was a good move as they went on to win the second race, with Andy Davis and Ellie Bremer second in 3684.
With all to play for in the final race, any of the top four crews were able to win the event. Ultimately Andy Davis won the final race, with Truswell second and Blake third, giving overall top position for the open meeting to Davis and Bremer.
Sunday morning broke to blue sky, warm temperatures, and no wind in the harbour. However in the bay, CHIMET was showing a reasonalble northerly breeze, and with cumulus clouds building over the South Downs, there were strong indications that the wind would fill in. Gill Browning took the decision to get the fleet afloat, and although this took a while with crews walking their boats to the end of the island, the crews were rewarded with some fabulous sailing, with the sea breeze swinging round to an easterly.
Brotherton and Dobrijevic won the first race with Truswell and Turner second. Yesterday’s winners of David and Bremer were seventh. However, in the second race, Davis regained his form to take the bullet ahead of Brotherton in second and Lewns and Pygal in third. The final race saw Lewns win with Tom Stewart second and Davis third. Although Brotherton failed to finish the final race, this was enough to win the sea event, with Lewns in second overall with Davis third.
Many thanks to Hayling Island Sailing Club for hosting the weeked events, and to Speed Sails for sponsoring the Silver Tiller Series.
Report: Richard Bates
Photos: Will Tremlett of H2O Photos
Silver Tiller positions so far