Shustoke Open 2004

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On Sunday 28th March the Merlin Rocket Open meetings gently kicked into gear with light westerly winds allowing a long initial beat on the 1st leg. Mike & Jane Calvert steamed out in front of the fleet chased by Dave Winder & Duncan Salmon in 2nd & 3rd places.

In the 2nd race Mike struggled against Glen Truswell & Paul Davies, Julian Parry & Chris Taylor in a race where places were changed regularly. Up-wind Mike showing the way but losing out downwind against Dave Winder and others. Julian took the race against Paul Davies 2nd and Mike 3rd.

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After two good starts, ably administered by OD Robin Webb, the 3rd start was a general recall, the competition now open and more fierce between 4 or 5 boats capable of winning the day. After a black flag was applied, Mike & Jane again went away with the 1st position and won the day with Dave Winder & Jill Blake 2nd and Paul Davies with Glen Truswell 3rd.

The first Shustoke sailors were Peter Scott & daughter Holly followed by Andy Bownes & Helen Ross both of which gained quite a few places with good use of local knowledge for this pool.

A good day's sailing and a nice gentle beginning to the series which was marred by storm force winds the previous week.


Report - Tom Collier
Photos - Demelza Mitchell

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