Sutton Open 2004

Fifteen entries at the last race of the 2004 Midland Circuit, was an excellent turnout for the Midland Merlins. There was all to play for as the Top Three boats were on 5, 6 and 7 points. Any of them could win the Circuit winning this event through a combination of discard or other teams failure.

The wind was good, the courses; a cats cradle, and the competition was stiff. Richard Dee and Chris Martin set the pace from the outset, (they were on 6 points) followed by Matt Biggs and Davy Crockett (they were on 5 points). Steve Watson, recovering invalid, held third in front of Steve and Gill Leney (they were on 7 points) for half the race before letting them slip by. Dee stretched the lead but the fickle winds of the Sutton TT (Testing Tempers) allowed Biggs to close up right on the last leg but Dee prevailed to take the gun.

The second race started in similar fashion with the three contenders out there in front after Dave Fowler initially showed the way round the first mark. Dee ran away in front but disaster struck as the spinnaker recovery patch came away leaving them bereft of their third sail for most of the race. But the Temper Tantrum of Martin galvanised them forward and they romped away in front to take The Title leaving the Leneys Trying Tremendously and Biggs Trailing Third. (New MR rule next year: no spinnaker, Dee shows its faster!)

The Midland Circuit was now won, and second and third place secured. Leney sailed the third race to take second behind Paul Hollis, with Fowler third.

The Midland Circuit was won on count back with Dee and Biggs both on 5 points but this last event was the decider!! Leney ended with six points. Richard Dee has been competing in the Midland Circuit for around thirty years. It is his first Circuit win and he won it at his original Club. Well done after Thirty Tries!

Not a good day for Matt Biggs. There was a fifty pounds bet with his crew that Leneys would not turn up because of other conflicting activities. The other thing was cancelled and they came to give good sport!

Steve Watson

Sutton result
1)	Richard Dee and Chris Martin
2)	Steve Leney and Gill Leney
3)	Matt Biggs and Davy Crockett

Midland Circuit Series 2004
1)	Richard Dee and Chris Martin
2)	Matt Biggs and Davy Crockett
3)	Steve Leney and Gill Leney