MERLINS AT WEMBLEY
Although suffering a low entry of 18 boats because of a rotational drop from the Silver Tiller
Series (the class has too many Restricted Water events), the Wembley SC Open Meeting on
May 23rd still attracted a high quality of visiting entries in a well-run event.
Pat Blake won the first race with Rachel Williamson crewing, from Rob Wilder & Tom McLaughlin and their
fellow Tamesis mates Andy Harris & Blake's daughter Anna.
The middle race went to Wembley's Duncan Salmon & Ian Garwood from Wilder & McLaughlin, with Wembley's
Colin Brockbank & Martin Hughes pushing Blake down to 4th, one place ahead of his daughter.
With 3 boats all capable of winning the Brent Trophy, the outcome was in doubt until the final seconds
with any of 4 boats capable of winning the race. Brockbank & Hughes were first home to secure 2nd place
overall, but Salmon & Garwood covered their opponents well to follow their club mates home and secure
the Trophy. Wilder & McLaughlin did a similar covering job to prevent Blake & Williamson getting the
3rd place which would have given them 3rd overall, making a grandstand finish for the trainees waiting
to have their lessons at the conclusion of the event.
1st Duncan Salmon & Ian Garrow (Wembley) 2.75pts
2nd Colin Brockbank & Martin Hughes (Wembley) 3.75pts
3rd Rob Wilder & Tom McLaughlin (Tamesis) 4pts
4th Pat Blake & Rachel Williamson (Cookham) 4.75pts
5th Andy Harris & Anna Blake (Tamesis) 8pts