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Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week - Day 3

by Tim Fells 5 Jul 11:02 PDT 3-8 July 2022

Tuesday dawned with wall-to-wall sunshine and the prospect of a sea breeze. However, some cloud cover delayed its arrival and as the sequence for the first race started what breeze there was on the line was swinging between North and South.

RACE 5: GREEN v BLUE Flights, COURSE 1,4,1,3

With slack tide but little or no wind, the fleet were line shy and unable to make much progress. Lucy Harridge and Andrea Downham found pressure by the watch house, hoisted their kite and disappeared up the track into a substantial lead. With a lot of the fleet, including some prominent names becalmed on the start line, James Goss and Chris White used their pond sailing expertise to find pressure on the Portlemouth shore and came through to lead by 50 metres at Blackstone.

As the leaders came into the transition zone off the Ferry, Taxi and Pippa who had been about 15th at Blackstone found a clear path through to grab the lead and extend down to Yalton. At this point there was an interesting sight of National and Olympic Champions Christian and Luke, and Stu and Katherine battling it out for last place!

With the sea breeze now established giving beautiful sailing conditions under a clear sky, it was a case of the richer getting richer. Taxi and Pippa continued to lead on the long beat back to Blackstone, chased by Simon Potts and Holly McArthur who had staged an extraordinary recovery having been last to cross the start line. Steve Hall and Si Haighton were going well in third but with a tight pack of six boats chasing hard.

At the line, Taxi and Pippa took their second bullet, to strengthen their position at the top of the leader board. Simon and Holly were comfortable in third with Steve and Si keeping ahead of the pack. Richard Whitworth and Jemima Scroggie snatched fourth on the line ahead of a blanket finish with Jack Norton and Dave Royce, top Silver Fleet team, just getting the better of Rob Kennaugh and Andrew Prosser in fifth and sixth.

Christian and Luke, and Stu and Katherine staged comebacks but were still deep and will hope these were their discards.

Top Bronze Fleet team were Timothy Harms and Amelia Little in 35th.

RACE 6: RED v BLACK Flights, Course 1,7,3,7,X

Over the lunch break, clouds rolled in, the sea breeze died and a moderate NNW established. The hot money was to start under the Watch House on the town side and tack up to the Ferry Inn to hook into breeze out of Batson.

Ian Dobson and Ali Potts won the battle up the shore to lead Tim Fells and Fran Gifford into Snapes where there was the inevitable park up. Will and Rob Henderson Buffalo-Girled around the outside to take the lead up harbour to Gerston from Ian and Ali.

On the run back down to Crossways, Ian and Ali managed to get through Will and Rob and extend away on what had become a full power beat back up to Gerston. Tom Gillard and Rachael Grey had worked their way into third and were in a battle with Mike and Jane Calvert as the leaders came back into the harbour.

As often is the case, the last loop around X was not without incident. Ian and Ali were far enough ahead to round X and hold pressure to the line for the bullet but behind them the breeze died and chasers came up on new pressure. Mike and Jane snuck round in second for another good result.

Tim and Fran rounded ahead of Tom and Rachael who managed to just get back past into third on the line. Steve Crooks and Sally Townend claimed fifth, while Will and Rob were the big losers coming in sixth.

Top Silver Fleet team were Andy Harris and Sara Warren in 19th, with David and Frances Bursey leading home the Bronze fleet in 34th.

Overall, Taxi and Pippa have consolidated their lead from Tom and Rachael.

Results after day 3:

PosSail NoFleetFlightBoat nameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6
1st3735GoldGreenLasagne dishAndy DavisPippa KilsbySouth Staffs1  31 
2nd3759GoldBlackRed MistressThomas GillardRachael GraySheffield Viking 1 5 3
3rd3691GoldBlackQuick FixMike CalvertJane CalvertAxe 5 2 2
4th3795GoldBlackGoonSimon BlakeAlex JacksonRoyal Brighton 6 8 7
5th3645GoldGreenBlue VelvetSteve HallSimon HaightonRoyal Corinthian9  103 
6th3803GoldRedBlack SwanCaroline CroftFaye ChattertonLymington Town10 1  13
7th3811GoldGreenBruceStuart BithellKatherine KimberParkstone2  418 
8th3802GoldGreenKhalesiSimon PottsHolly McArthurBurghfield13  92 
9th3679GoldRedDaddys boatNick HeginbothamRory GiffordHollingworth Lake5 13  8
10th3726GoldBlackArwenWill HendersonRob HendersonSalcombe 15 6 6
11th3700GoldBlueBrazilianRob KennaughAndrew ProsserMidland 1210 6 
12th3709SilverBlueWild at HeartJack NortonDave RoyceRanelagh 187 5 
13th3788GoldBlueBlue my mindChristian BirrellLuke PatienceParkstone 22 27 
14th3777GoldBlackMockingjayGeorge YeomanSophie YeomanItchenor 4 20 9
15th3807GoldBlueBalooTim SaxtonMary HendersonItchenor 164 13 
16th3696GoldBlueTiger TigerAlex WarrenJonty FreemanShoreham 175 12 
17th3799GoldGreenSimply ScrumptiousPaul RaysonChris HillSalcombe7  721 
18th3676GoldBlueHot TottyAntony GiffordJo GiffordRoyal Tay 1415 7 
19th3812GoldRedMaumaharaChris GouldRob AllenSalcombe11 8  18
20th3775GoldBlackNight FuryChris JenningsPeter NicholsonBurghfield 8 13 16
21st3730SilverBlueBlood Sweat and BeersPaul HollisBen HollisBlithfield 139 16 
22nd3781GoldRedThe Force AwakensDavid WinderAnna BlakeHollingworth Lake19 6  14
23rd3787GoldGreenQuicksilverChris MartinSamuel BaileyMidland14  1911 
24th3746GoldBluePoint n squirtJames WellsAnna AylwardRYA 93 34 
25th3791GoldGreenDidley SquatJon GorringeMimi GorringeParkstone18  1125 
26th3727SilverGreenFragileMark StockbridgeJames GiffordUpper Thames16  1722 
27th3687GoldGreenMellow YellowMatt GreenfieldHannah GreenfieldChew Valley Lake8  2426 
28th3625SilverRedCarbon AdventuresAndy HarrisSara WarrenTamesis Club28 11  19
29th3790SilverGreenPointerColin BrockbankVana VlastakiWembley22  2214 
30th3756GoldGreenRobertSophie MackleyJames WardShoreham34  1415 
31st3784GoldRedStrung upIan DobsonAlly PottsHayling Island3 (BFD) DNC1
32nd3539GoldBlueGangsta ParadiseDan AlsopJennie KingLyme Regis 2916 20 
33rd3773SilverRedNo. 34Alan WarrenWilliam CarrollShoreham20 14  33
34th3814GoldGreenAfter youJames GossChris WhiteSouth Staffs   18DNC
35th3659GoldGreenZenoJulian ParryLeise ScottHollingworth Lake35  1619 
36th3647SilverRedLiquid DreamsHywel Bowen‑PerkinsLucy PenwardenSalcombe24 18  29
37th3678GoldRedNoraSteve CrookSally TownendHollingworth Lake6 (BFD) DNC5
38th3725SilverBlackIsland GirlAndrew SquireLaura SquireSalcombe RDG 21 26
39th3801GoldBluePokeyMatt BiggsBecca JonesBartley 3(BFD) 9DNC
40th3684SilverBlackKeyser SozeTom LowEd LowWest Hoe 25 27 21
41st3703GoldBlueFaithlessRichard WhitworthJemima ScroggieParkstone 10(BFD) 4DNC
42nd3806SilverBlackBlue TitBen JonesHelen HilditchShoreham 23 28 24
43rd3690SilverGreenGeneral LeeLucy HarridgeAndrea DownhamHampton31  1530 
44th3745SilverRedOutnumberedPaul DeanHannah BurtWembley32 21  23
45th3764GoldRedFancy LiqourTim FellsFrances GiffordSalcombe12 (BFD) DNC4
46th3731SilverBlueMayhemAndy JonesMaddie JonesBurghfield 2020 39 
47th3683GoldBlackBluebirdArthur HendersonOlivia BellSalcombe (BFD) 12DNC11
48th3702SilverBlueSalmon en crouteDuncan SalmonRuth HanstaterSalcombe 7(BFD) 17DNC
49th3711GoldGreenSylviaChris KilsbyTom MorrisUpper Thames21  3331 
50th3748SilverBlackWhite TigerNigel BrookeSuzie BrookeLymington Town 26 29 30
51st3789SilverBlackOff‑pisteNick ScroggieEdward ScroggieParkstone 31 23 32
52nd3671SilverGreenSnakey BPiers LambertAndy BinesBrightlingsea37  2524 
53rd2663SilverRedTyrrannosaurus RexChristopher HaworthJo HaworthBlackpool & Fleetwood27 34  25
54th3749SilverBlueStanleyColin AndersonSean AndersonBlithfield 3912 36 
55th3768GoldBlueHulla BalooRob CageHatty CageThames 2717 43 
56th3665SilverGreenStill not overRoss JacksonDave ReidShoreham25  3033 
57th3710GoldRedParadigm ShiftJon IbbotsonRobert StewartBurghfield17 (BFD) DNC12
58th3666GoldRed…ted…John MeadowcroftOllie MeadowcroftUpper Thames15 (DNF) DNC15
59th3518BronzeBlueSmoked SalmonTimothy HarmsAmelia LittleHampton 3027 35 
60th3615SilverBlueEdgarStuart BatesLouisa ArcherHollingworth Lake 22(BFD) 10DNC
61st3796GoldRedRobertaWilliam WarrenMegan PascoeShoreham23 (BFD) DNC10
62nd3715SilverBlackTruly ScrumptiousRichard CookeRussell HallWembley 21 32 42
63rd3766GoldBlackThe BearAndy DalbyMark OakeyBurghfield (BFD) 18DNC17
64th3598SilverBlueBar HumbugRobert SmithSuzy BroughSalcombe 3719 41 
65th3761BronzeRedBeast QuestDavid BurseyFrances BurseyParkstone40 23  34
66th3648SilverRedBang TidyAntonia WrightJamie WrightShoreham30 24  44
67th3714SilverBlackKevinAlan MarkhamSue MarkhamLymington Town 24 37 39
68th3753GoldBlueAppetite for DestructionDavid ConlonSarah ConlonBrightlingsea 11(BFD) 29DNC
69th3705SilverRedTwo pints of lagerGeoff WrightTom GurneyBlithfield29 SCP  27
70th3555SilverBlackSam BlocksidgeSam BlocksidgeWill WilkinsonTamar River 34 38 31
71st3697BronzeRedToo Dark and StormyRichard PageNicola ScaddanHampton42 22  41
72nd3622SilverGreenThe EdgeChristian HamiltonJacintha Hamilton‑LoveItchenor41  2638 
73rd3602SilverBlueAmbienceMartin EvansChris EvansHampton 3328 46 
74th3657SilverGreenRevolutionAnthony LoftsSophie PenwardenSalcombe38  4228 
75th3704BronzeBlackFactory MaidJemma HorwoodNicola BassThames 32 34 43
76th3706BronzeBlueMonkey PuzzleKevin AndersonSadie AndersonSalcombe 3532 44 
77th3607SilverGreenThe Fifth ElementSteve ConroyAnna RaysonSalcombe33  3642 
78th3547BronzeRedMoondance AssasinPeter MaleTim MaleBlithfield52 25  36
79th3771BronzeBlackSkipAlex PauseyMatthew PercivalUpper Thames 43 35 35
80th3736BronzeBlackMetachrosisJon BloicePhilippa BloiceWhitstable 36 41 38
81st3794BronzeBlueIcthysJulian HarmsRichard AdamsMidland 19(BFD) 37DNC
82nd3724SilverRedSublimeJoe McLaughlinSean RobertsTamesis Club36 (BFD) DNC20
83rd3740GoldGreenWhy askPatrick BlakeJill BlakeCookham Reach26  31 DNC
84th3675BronzeBlueWhite Sauce er erRob HatleyJoe HatleyTamesis Club 3831 49 
85th3686BronzeGreenIfKevin RoseEmily CharlesUpper Thames43  3940 
86th3707BronzeRedMonkey BusinessStuart JenkinsImogen JenkinsHampton48 35  40
87th3813BronzeRedPace MakerSteve HarlingEleanor ThomasStarcross51 26  48
88th3611GoldGreenThe Phantom MenaceJenny DoddsChris DoddsRYA4   DNCDNC
89th3502BronzeBlueShindigScott SmithChristopher SmithUpper Thames 4433 50 
90th3563GoldGreenLeaderDavid HallIsobel StewartBlackwater46  (DNF)23DNC
91st3621BronzeBlackRaunchyTristram SquirePeter SlackSalcombe 41 44 47
92nd3530BronzeBlackSir TopazMike CollesGeorge BenderMidland 40 43 51
93rd3733GoldBlueThe DarksideSteve MitchellJulie NutallPorthpean  30 45DNC
94th3606BronzeBlueTake it EasyJoseph WoodsJonathan WoodsTamesis Club 4538 54 
95th3561BronzeRedSnortingJoe ShawPatricia HickeyWembley54 37  50
96th3569SilverRedTime ZuluBen LulhamSam LulhamBlakeney45 (BFD) DNC37
97th2604BronzeGreenSatisfactionJeremy SteinSarah PercivalUpper Thames49  4648 
98th3809GoldBlackEcstacyJon TurnerRichard ParslowLyme Regis   DNCDNC22
99th3654BronzeBlueTales of AcapulcoGeoffrey CoxMonika PapiezSalcombe (DNF)36 47DNC
100th3750GoldRedIndiscretionNeal LillywhiteFreya LillywhiteSalcombe39 (BFD) DNC45
101st3816SilverBlackWild HorsesPhil EmeryKaren EmeryWhitstable   40DNC46
102nd3800BronzeBlackBramblesRichard BramleyTony ChealShoreham 47 47 53
103rd3599BronzeGreenHarryNigel CooperJohn HollandsSalcombe50  4553 
104th3652SilverRedTime and tideJohn BellSuzi BellHampton   DNCDNC28
105th3670BronzeBlueFilthy GorgeousMark McKeeverGracie McKeeverMidland 28(DNF) DNCDNC
106th3586BronzeBlackShadowplayKieron MasonBelinda MasonBlithfield 46 49 55
107th3815SilverBlueThe KrakenTony JohnsonLouise JohnsonLymington Town (DNF) DNC32DNC
108th3805SilverBlueNermalMark ReddingtonMichelle EvansBartley 42(BFD) 51DNC
109th3333BronzeGreenPreciousJohn AdamsRosalind Warwick‑HallerTamesis Club53  5052 
110th3463SilverRedSmoke on the waterJon CowperAbby FreelyHunts47 (BFD) DNC49
111th3368BronzeBlackDebutantIan LaingAndrew HuntHollingworth Lake   48DNC54
112th3511BronzeRedHeaven SentAndrew MillsEllie MillsHampton44 (DNF) DNCDNC
113th3762BronzeGreenRimonimMalcolm HyamsDan BarrettMidland55   55DNC
114th3751BronzeBlackNarniaHuw ReynoldsPhilip ScottWhitstable (DNF) DNCDNC52
115th3589BronzeGreenFat Bottom GirlJohn HollandsAlexandra ParkerHampton   DNCDNCDNC
115th3672SilverBlackBola BolaJohn CooperHilary BradshawWhitstable   DNCDNCDNC
115th3769SilverBlackDiscipleGraham Cranford SmithFiona Cranford SmithSalcombe   DNCDNCDNC

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