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Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week - Day 3

by Tim Fells 6 Jul 10:00 PDT 4-9 July 2021

All eyes had been on the forecast for Tuesday since the start of the week and it did not disappoint. The storm had passed through overnight and by the morning the sun was out and the wind was ripping down through the harbour with some vicious gusts.

Conditions were sailable but managing the gusts and finding the right opportunity to gybe were going to be key to success.

RACE 5: GREEN v BLUE Flights, COURSE 1,5,1,5,1,3

The start was in a breezy period and the most notable event was Chris Gould and Caroline Croft getting stuck in irons and reversing down through the line up taking Taxi and Pippa with them. Up the first beat Ian Dobson and Charlotte Fildes lit the Rockatross afterburners to round first followed by Christian Birrell and Ali Potts. Taxi and Pippa had staged an amazing recovery to be up in fifth behind the Hendersons and Alex Jackson with Chris Kilsby.

The leading five boats extended away on the gusts down the run and on the return long beat from Saltstone to Blackstone it was Alex and Chris who sailed a blinder to round in the lead from Christian and Ali. On the run back to Saltstone, Taxi and Pippa got a screaming gust along Fishermans to take the lead which they were able to consolidate on the beat back to Blackstone.

All that was required was to navigate the last run and it was evident to the spectators at the club that Taxi and Pippa had a lot on with a huge gust down through the moorings. The spinnaker was dropped and they tacked around - not something that is often seen!

Taxi and Pippa came home comfortably ahead of Christian and Ali with Alex and Chris in third. Will and Arthur Henderson survived two seriously scary moments when they were both hanging over the leeward gunwale on a high speed run to cross in fourth ahead of Ian and Charlotte who had tested the waters on the last run. Tim Saxton and Mary Henderson completed the top six.

RACE 6: RED v BLACK Flights, Course 1,7,2,5

By the afternoon start the wind had swung more to the SW and was blowing more consistently up the harbour and was a bit stronger than in the morning. Under a blue sky this was going to be a memorable race.

Although the flood tide was still running against, it was those who started in the middle of the line who benefited from a starboard lift to hold a long line up to Mill Bay. Getting their noses out in front, Peter Ballentine and Rob Allen were able to control the beat to lead around Blackstone for a fast and furious blast back up the harbour. Not far behind were a closely packed bunch who enjoyed spectacular gybe for gybe racing up the harbour. As this group entered The Bag, Tom Gillard and Aaron Holman emerged to give chase followed by Tim Fells and Fran Gifford.

On the beat back to Mill Bay, Peter and Rob played the town side to good effect and extended their lead but were hunted down by Tom and Aaron on the run and reach through The Bag. Tim and Fran in a comfortable third were swatted off the track by a narly gust allowing Roger and Jane Gilbert to move up into the top three.

Although Tom and Aaron gave everything, they were unable to break through and Peter and Rob took the bullet to become the sixth race winner in the first six races. Tom and Aaron's second puts them in a strong overall lead at the half way stage. Roger and Jane consolidated their position in third overall.

Mike and Jane Calvert just pipped Tim and Fran on the line to take fourth, with Matt Biggs and Beka Jones enjoying their best race of the week in sixth.

Results after day 3:

PosSail NoFlightBoat nameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6
1st3759BlackRed MistressThomas GillardAaron HolmanSheffield Viking SC 1 2 2
2nd3735GreenAttack of the ClonesAndy DavisPippa KilsbySouth Staffs Sailing Club3  51 
3rd3722RedStealthRoger GilbertJane GilbertFrensham Pond Sailing Club4 2  3
4th3788BlueBlue my mindChristian BirrellAli PottsWeymouth and Portland Sailing Academy 71 2 
5th3691BlackQuick FixMike CalvertJane CalvertAxe Sailing Club 6 1 4
6th3726BlueArwenWill HendersonArthur HendersonSalcombe Yacht Club 53 4 
7th3795BlueGoonAlex JacksonMary HendersonShoreham Sailing Club 46 3 
8th3804GreenRockatrossIan Dobson**Charlotte FildesRYA7  35 
9th3703GreenFaithlessRichard WhitworthJemima ScroggieParkstone Yacht Club1  810 
10th3678BlackNoraSteve CrookSally TownendHollingworth Lake Sailing Club 8 6 7
11th3807GreenBalooTim SaxtonMary HendersonItchenor Sailing Club5  116 
12th3812RedMaumaharaPeter BallantineRob AllenSalcombe Yacht Club9 13  1
13th3611RedThe Phantom MenaceJenny DoddsChris DoddsNottingham Sailing Club8 11  8
14th3764RedFancy LiquorTim FellsFrances GiffordSalcombe Yacht ClubSCP 4  5
15th3801BlackPokeyMatt BiggsBeka JonesBlithfield Sailing Club 14 9 6
16th3803BlueBlack SwanChris GouldCaroline CroftLymington Town Sailing Club 314 16 
17th3641BluePuff the magic dragonMark WaterhouseMat CurrelSalcombe Yacht Club 165 12 
18th3645GreenBlue VelvetSteve HallAlison HallRoyal Corinthian Yacht Club12  1011 
19th3676GreenHot TottyAntony GiffordJo GiffordRoyal Tay Yacht Club6  1415 
20th3679BlueDaddy's BoatNicholas HeginbothamWill SmithHollingworth Lake Sailing Club 1117 9 
21st3749BlackStanleyColin AndersonSean AndersonBlithfield Sailing Club 9 21 10
22nd3799BlueSimply ScrumptiousPaul RaysonChristian HillSalcombe Yacht Club 1023 8 
23rd3702GreenSalmon en crouteDuncan SalmonHarriet SalmonSalcombe Yacht Club13  1520 
24th3796RedROBERTAWilliam WarrenMegan PascoeShoreham Sailing Club28 9  12
25th3690BlackGeneral LeeTim HarridgeLucy HarridgeHampton Sailing Club 13 25 11
26th3787GreenQuicksilverChris MartinSamuel BaileyMidland Sailing Club11  2614 
27th3696GreenTiger TigerAlex WarrenJonty FreemanShoreham Sailing Club16  1322 
28th3665BlueStill not overRoss JacksonDave ReidShoreham Sailing Club 1712 25 
29th3746BlackPoint 'n' squirtJames Wells Starcross Sailing Club 12 27 18
30th3598RedBar HumbugRobert SmithLuke MoorsSalcombe Yacht Club20 15  22
31st3659RedZenoJulian ParryJohn BurnHollingworth Lake Sailing Club21 16  21
32nd3622RedThe EdgeChristian HamiltonJacintha Hamilton‑LoveDatchet Sailing Clab22 27  13
33rd3715BlueTruly ScrumptiousRichard CookeRussell HallWembley Sailing Club 1534 17 
34th3802BlackKhalessiSimon PottsHolly McArthurBurghfield Sailing Club 2 4 DNF
35th3563Black David HallClaire MillsBlackwater Sailing Club 21 35 14
36th3745BlackOutnumberedPaul DeanHannah BurtWembley Sailing Club 24 33 15
37th3756GreenROBERT (Loan authority received.)Sophie MackleyJames WardShoreham Sailing Club32  2218 
38th3725BlackIsland GirlAndrew SquireLiz NorthSalcombe Yacht Club 25 34 16
39th3769BlackThe Mighty DiscipleGraham Cranford SmithFiona Cranford SmithSalcombe Yacht Club 22 23 30
40th3692BlackNemoAndy Dalby*Julie NuttallThames Sailing Club 30 29 17
41st3805BlackNermalDavid WinderLiv BellHollingworth Lake Sailing Club (DNF) 7DNC9
42nd3731BlueMayhemAndy Jones Burghfield Sailing Club 1838 21 
43rd3794RedIcthysJulian HarmsTimothy HarmsMidland Sailing Club18 43  19
44th3716RedCarbon FootprintSteve LeneyGill LeneyBlithfield Sailing Club14 7  DNC
45th3757GreenSpace HopperTim ParsonsAlan RitchieLyme Regis Sailing Club34  3713 
46th3707RedSuperfast JellyfishPhil Dalby**Oliver JenkinsCookham Reach Sailing Club/RYC30 29  25
47th3657BlackRevolutionAnthony LoftsFrancesca RolinSalcombe Yacht Club 27 38 20
48th3607BlueFifth ElementSteve ConroyAnna RaysonFishers Green Sailing Club 3226 27 
49th3730BlackBlood sweat and beersPaul HollisMichelle EvansBlithfield Sailing Club 19 44 23
50th3569GreenTime ZuluBen LulhamSamantha LulhamRutland Water Sailing Club31  3224 
51st3709GreenWild at heartRob HendersonAlice MarkhamLymington Town Sailing Club15  12(DNF)DNC
52nd3687GreenMellow YellowMatt GreenfieldHannah GreenfieldChew Valley Lake Sailing Club10  18(DNF)DNC
53rd3697BlackToo dark and stormyRichard PageLucy CooperHampton Sailing Club 23 42 24
54th3710BlackParadigm ShiftJon IbbotsonIsobel StewartBurghfield Sailing Club 35 28 26
55th3658BlueBernardChris JenningsRich CornesBurghfield Sailing Club (DSQ)24 7DNC
56th3724RedSublimeJoe MclaughlinSean RobertsTamesis Club25 8  DNF
57th3761BlueBeast QuestDavid BurseyFrances BurseyParkstone Yacht Club 2942 23 
58th3675BlueWhite Sauce er er (Loan authority receivDavid CroftRosemary CroftRYA 3435 26 
59th3652GreenTime and tideJohn BellSuzi BellHampton Sailing Club19  16 DNC
60th3705RedTwo pints of lagerGeoff WrightKatie NkugwaBlithfield Sailing Club17 18  DNC
61st3790BluePointerColin BrockbankVana VlastakiWembley Sailing Club (DNF)10 28DNC
62nd3784GreenStrung alongTony JohnsonLou JohnsonLymington Town Sailing Club24  19(DNF)DNC
63rd3647BlackLiquid dreamsHywel Bowen PerkinsTBCSalcombe Yacht Club 38 39 28
64th3602GreenAmbienceMartin EvansChris EvansCookham Reach Sailing Club27  5029 
65th3683GreenBlue BirdAlex HaymenChloe GeorgeLymington Town Sailing Club29  17(OCS)DNC
66th3698RedTwinkle ToesDavid DownsEmily TaylorTata Steel Sailing Club33 44  32
67th3583GreenBack to the futureBen EavesOliie MacleanRedditch Sailing Club44  4819 
68th3463RedSmoke on the waterJonathan CowperTBCHunts Sailing Club47 33  33
69th3485BlueAshlingBarry DunningJerry RookRoyal Lymington Yacht Club 3745 32 
70th3706RedMonkey PuzzleKevin AndersonSadie AndersonSalcombe Yacht Club38 46  31
71st3625BlackPoint BreakAndrew HarrisSarah WarrenTamesis Club 26 (BFD)DNC29
72nd3773BlackNumber 34.Alan K WarrenWilliam CarrollShoreham Sailing Club 20 36 DNC
73rd3714RedKevinAlan MarkhamSue MarkhamUpper Thames Sailing Club35 22  DNC
74th3734RedThe Black BoatPhilip AshworthAlison AshworthWeymouth Sailing Club43 41  34
75th3740RedWhy AskPatrick BlakeJilly BlakeCookham Reach Sailing Club23 36  DNC
76th3578BlueWhite RabbitGodfrey ClarkTim WilliamsFishers Green Sailing Club  32 31DNC
77th3748RedWhite TigerNigel BrookeLou HoskenLymington Town Sailing Club36 28  DNC
78th3813RedPacemakerSteve HarlingSam WillsStarcross Sailing Club46 19  DNC
79th3753RedAppetite for destructionAndy BinesRebecca BinesBrightlingsea Sailing Club40 25  DNC
80th2663RedTyrannosaurus RexChris HowarthMichael HamiltonBlackpool and Fleetwood Sailing Club26 40  DNF
81st3704BlackFactory maidJemma HorwoodNikki BassThames Sailing Club 28 40 DNC
82nd3648BlueBang TidyAntonia WrightJamie WrightShoreham Sailing Club 3137 (OCS)DNC
83rd3789GreenOff‑pisteNick ScroggieEdward ScroggieParkstone Yacht Club39  30(DNF)DNC
84th3770BlackShinyJon StewardAnnabel StewardFishers Green Sailing Club (DNF) 43DNC27
85th3547BlackMoondance AssasinPeter MaleTim MaleBlithfield Sailing Club 33 41 DNC
86th3751GreenNarniaPhil EmeryPhoebe PayneWhitstable Yacht Club48  31 DNC
87th3587BlueMistralHenry MasonJack ToshBlithfield Sailing Club (DNF)50 30DNC
88th3539BlackGansta ParadiseDan AlsopTBCLyme Regis Sailing Club (DNF) 20DNCDNC
89th3747BlueNed (Loan authority received.)Jason AndrewsSandy RamusEastbourne Sailing Club (WAY)20 DNFDNC
90th3797RedFata MorganMark ElkingtonSarah RobertsStarcross Sailing Club(DNF) 21 DNCDNC
91st3511BlueHeaven SentAndrew MillsEllie MillsHampton Sailing Club 3648  DNC
92nd3727GreenFragileMark StockbridgeJames GiffordRanelagh Sailing Club(BFD)  24OCSDNC
93rd3548RedFirestarterKevin RoseTim WilliamsUpper Thames Sailing Club42 47  DNC
94th3644GreenMarleenJon BloicePhilippa BloiceWhitstable Yacht Club45  45 DNC
95th3767BlueOne LoveBen ArcherOlivia BelliniParkstone Yacht Club  30 DNCDNC
96th3589GreenFat bottom girlJohn HollandsAlexandra ParkerHampton Sailing Club37  54 DNC
97th3567BlueFat Boy SlimMartin SmithKaren BestonBlithfield Sailing Club 3952  DNC
98th3806BlueBlue TitBen JonesHelen HilditchShoreham Sailing Club  31 DNCDNC
99th3672GreenBola BolaJohn CooperHilary BradshawWhitstable Yacht Club41  52 DNC
100th3333GreenPreciousJohn AdamsZoe AdamsTamesis Club   DSQ33DNC
101st3771RedSkip (Loan authority received).Laurie SmartAlex PauseyUpper Thames Sailing Club  39 DNCDNC
102nd3621BlackRaunchyTristram SquirePeter SlackSalcombe Yacht Club (DNF) 46DNCDNC
103rd3673GreenThe OldieEddy AtkinsJack NortonChew Valley Lake Sailing Club(WAY)  47OCSDNC
104th3750BlackIndiscretionNeal LillywhiteFreya LillywhiteBurghfield Sailing Club (DNF) 49DNCDNC
105th2604BlueSatisfactionJeremy SteinSarah PercivalUpper Thames Sailing Club  49 DNCDNC
106th1097BlackFlinkidinkStuart JenkinsImogen JenkinsHampton Sailing Club (DNF) 51DNCDNC
107th3561BlueSnortingJoe ShawPatricia HickeyWembley Sailing Club  51 DNCDNC
108th3530GreenSir TopazMike CollesNigel DenchfieldMidland Sailing Club(DNF)  53DNCDNC
109th3586BlueShadowplayKieron MasonGeorge MasonBlithfield Sailing Club (DNF)53 DNCDNC
110th3650RedHead CaseGareth GriffithsKrysti GalpinLymington Town Sailing Club(DNF) 54 DNCDNC
111th3599BlueHarryNigel CooperAnnabel CooperHampton Sailing Club (DNF)55 DNCDNC
112th3800BlueBramblesRichard BramleyTony ChealShoreham Sailing Club (DNF)56 DNCDNC
113th3502GreenShindigScott SmithChristopher SmithUpper Thames Sailing Club   DNCDNFDNC
113th3341BlackAvalancheJohn HeathNicola ScaddonHampton Sailing Club (DNF) DNFDNCDNC
113th3368RedDebutantIan LaingAndrew HuntHollingworth Lake Sailing Club(DNF)  DNCDNCDNC
113th3654RedTales of AcapulcoGeoffrey CoxTBCParkstone Yacht Club(DNF)  DNCDNCDNC

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