Shustoke Open 2004
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.
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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