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Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week - Day 4

by Tim Fells 6 Jul 11:53 PDT 3-8 July 2022

Another day and another race officer's nightmare.

With the breeze coming from two different directions on the line and nothing to suggest this situation was to change, PRO David Greening decided to send the fleet with tide up harbour where the better breeze was established.

RACE 7: BLUE v BLACK Flights, COURSE 4,2,4

At the gun, with very little breeze, it was a running start. Will and Rob Henderson got away well at the Town end while Richard Whitworth and Jemima Scroggie found pressure over on the beach.

Once into the moorings the pressure built and Richard and Jemima took the lead to round first at Yalton. Also going very well were the old salty dog Dan Alsop and Jennie King sailing the venerable 'Gangsta Paradise', allegedly the fastest Merlin on a run ever built. They rounded in a close second ahead of Chris Jennings and Pete Nicholson. Will and Rob had fallen back a bit but were still in the hunt just behind Tom Gillard and Rachael Grey.

On the return to the no wind zone at the line, Richard and Jemima kept their cool to lead into Mill Bay, chased by Tom and Rachael, and Simon Blake and Alex Jackson. Christian Birrell and Luke Patience who had been deep, staged a recovery along with Mike and Jane Calvert. Turning onto the run in very little breeze and the start of the ebb against them, the top nine boats were all together changing places.

At the bottom mark, Christian and Luke had worked out a handy lead from Si and Alex with the Calverts in third.

With the breeze now established through the harbour, the leaders were able to enjoy a good beat back to the line. Christian and Luke, although pressured by Mike and Jane, kept a close cover to come home with an important bullet. In the final stage, Tom and Rachael jumped from fifth to third, a result which may have a big impact on the overall result, with Richard and Jemima just behind in fourth, Si and Alex fifth and Will and Rob sixth.

RACE 8: RED v GREEN Flights, Course 1,7,1,3,2

In a mirror image of Tuesday afternoon, the sea breeze started to falter over the lunch break and the afternoon competitors were met with some tasty gusts from the SW, next to no wind on the line and breeze from the NW up the harbour.

With the tide underneath them, the fleet managed a general recall with three names on the board. Second time away the start was clean with a rapid trip up to Blackstone and the leaders arrived closely packed with Caroline Croft and Faye Chatterton leading around overlapped with Taxi and Pippa Kilsby, and Ian Dobson and Ally Potts.

The run down through town was very gusty with lots of place changes as the leaders gybed down the beach. On entering the Bag, Caroline and Faye had re-established their lead, from Tim Fells and Fran Gifford, ahead of Ian and Ally. The leaders were now into a strong gradient and enjoyed a power beat up to Gerston, Taxi and Pippa coming through to challenge for the lead.

After an enjoyable run, the race was about to start again as the leaders entered the harbour for a couple of loops on what had become a bomb site of vertical gusts. Steadily climbing up through the fleet, top Silver Fleet team of Mark Stockbridge and James Gifford played a blinder to come through and briefly take the lead.

There were continual changes as the leaders battled with random gusts and holes, so the simple thing to report is how it was all resolved at the finish line. Ian and Ally took their second bullet to strengthen their challenge for the title. Mark and James were stars of the day in second. Chris Gould and Rob Allen came through from well back to take third.

Simon Potts and Holly McArthur were also climbers into fourth while Caroline and Faye had to settle for fifth. Stu Bithell and Katherine Kimber rounded out the top six.

Mark Stockbridge and James Gifford were clear winners of the Silver Fleet with Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts also going well in 15th. Bronze was led home by David and Frances Bursey in 25th.

Overall, Mike and Jane Calvert have taken top spot based upon their consistency in challenging conditions.

Results after day 4:

PosSail NoFleetBoat nameHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st3691GoldQuick FixMike CalvertJane Calvert 5 2 22 11
2nd3759GoldRed MistressThomas GillardRachael Gray 1 5 33 12
3rd3735GoldLasagne dishAndy DavisPippa Kilsby1  31  813
4th3795GoldGoonSimon BlakeAlex Jackson 6 8 75 26
5th3802GoldKhalesiSimon PottsHolly McArthur13  92  428
6th3803GoldBlack SwanCaroline CroftFaye Chatterton10 1  13 529
7th3811GoldBruceStuart BithellKatherine Kimber2  418  630
8th3788GoldBlue my mindChristian BirrellLuke Patience 22 27 1 32
9th3726GoldArwenWill HendersonRob Henderson 15 6 66 33
10th3812GoldMaumaharaChris GouldRob Allen11 8  18 340
11th3807GoldBalooTim SaxtonMary Henderson 164 13 12 45
12th3700GoldBrazilianRob KennaughAndrew Prosser 1210 6 17 45
13th3676GoldHot TottyAnthony GiffordJo Gifford 1415 7 9 45
14th3777GoldMockingjayGeorge YeomanSophie Yeoman 4 20 914 47
15th3709SilverWild at HeartJack NortonDave Royce 187 5 18 48
16th3679GoldDaddys boatNick HeginbothamRory Gifford5 13  8 2248
17th3799GoldSimply ScrumptiousPaul RaysonChris Hill7  721  1348
18th3775GoldNight FuryChris JenningsPeter Nicholson 8 13 1613 50
19th3730SilverBlood Sweat and BeersPaul HollisBen Hollis 139 16 15 53
20th3696GoldTiger TigerAlex WarrenJonty Freeman 175 12 21 55
21st3787GoldQuicksilverChris MartinSamuel Bailey14  1911  1256
22nd3727SilverFragileMark StockbridgeJames Gifford16  1722  257
23rd3791GoldDidley SquatJon GorringeMimi Gorringe18  1125  761
24th3784GoldStrung upIan DobsonAlly Potts3 (BFD)  1DNC166
25th3687GoldMellow YellowMatt GreenfieldHannah Greenfield8  2426  967
26th3539GoldGangsta ParadiseDan AlsopJennie King 2916 20 8 73
27th3703GoldFaithlessRichard WhitworthJemima Scroggie 10(BFD) 4 4DNC79
28th3756GoldRobertSophie MackleyJames Ward34  1415  1679
29th3801GoldPokeyMatt BiggsBecca Jones 3(BFD) 9 7DNC80
30th3645GoldBlue VelvetSteve HallSimon Haighton9  103  BFD83
31st3814GoldAfter youJames GossChris White   18 DNC1484
32nd3764GoldFancy LiqourTim FellsFrances Gifford12 (BFD)  4DNC1087
33rd3773SilverNo. 34Alan WarrenWilliam Carroll20 14  33 2390
34th3683GoldBluebirdArthur HendersonOlivia Bell (BFD) 12 1110DNC94
35th3625SilverCarbon AdventuresAndy HarrisSara Warren28 11  19 3694
36th3690SilverGeneral LeeLucy HarridgeAndrea Downham31  1530  2096
37th3684SilverKeyser SozeTom LowEd Low 25 27 2123 96
38th3647SilverLiquid DreamsHywel Bowen‑PerkinsLucy Penwarden24 18  29 2899
39th3731SilverMayhemAndy JonesMaddie Jones 2020 39 20 99
40th3725SilverIsland GirlAndrew SquireLaura Squire RDG 21 2627 99
41st3781GoldThe Force AwakensDavid WinderAnna Blake19 6  14 BFD100
42nd3745SilverOutnumberedPaul DeanHannah Burt32 21  23 24100
43rd3789SilverOff‑pisteNick ScroggieEdward Scroggie 31 23 3216 102
44th3659GoldZenoJulian ParryLeise Scott35  1619  33103
45th3702SilverSalmon en crouteDuncan SalmonRuth Hanstater 7(BFD) 17 19DNC104
46th3711GoldSylviaChris KilsbyTom Morris21  3331  19104
47th3796GoldRobertaWilliam WarrenMegan Pascoe23 (BFD)  10DNC11105
48th3746GoldPoint n squirtJames WellsAnna Aylward 93 34 (BFD)DNC107
49th3710GoldParadigm ShiftJon IbbotsonRobert Stewart17 (BFD)  12DNC18108
50th3666Gold…ted…John MeadowcroftOllie Meadowcroft15 (DNF)  15DNC17108
51st3753GoldAppetite for DestructionDavid ConlonSarah Conlon 11(BFD) 29 11DNC112
52nd3806SilverBlue TitBen JonesHelen Hilditch 23 28 2438 113
53rd3749SilverStanleyColin AndersonSean Anderson 3912 36 28 115
54th3671SilverSnakey BPiers LambertAndy Bines37  2524  29115
55th3748SilverWhite TigerNigel BrookeSuzie Brooke 26 29 3030 115
56th3790SilverPointerColin BrockbankVana Vlastaki22  2214  DNF119
57th3598SilverBar HumbugRobert SmithSuzy Brough 3719 41 24 121
58th3761BronzeBeast QuestDavid BurseyFrances Bursey40 23  34 25122
59th3615SilverEdgarStuart BatesLouisa Archer 22(BFD) 10 32DNC125
60th3766GoldThe BearAndy DalbyMark Oakey (BFD) 18 1729DNC125
61st3555SilverSam BlocksidgeSam BlocksidgeWill Wilkinson 34 38 3122 125
62nd3648SilverBang TidyAntonia WrightJamie Wright30 24  44 27125
63rd3622SilverThe EdgeChristian HamiltonJacintha Hamilton‑Love41  2638  21126
64th3665SilverStill not overRoss JacksonDave Reid25  3033  38126
65th3768GoldHulla BalooRob CageHatty Cage 2717 43 42 129
66th2663SilverTyrrannosaurus RexChristopher HaworthJo Haworth27 34  25 44130
67th3518BronzeSmoked SalmonTimothy HarmsAmelia Little 3027 35 39 131
68th3724SilverSublimeJoe McLaughlinSean Roberts36 (BFD)  20DNC15132
69th3715SilverTruly ScrumptiousRichard CookeRussell Hall 21 32 4237 132
70th3678GoldNoraSteve CrookSally Townend6 (BFD)  5DNCBFD133
71st3705SilverTwo pints of lagerGeoff WrightTom Gurney29 SCP  27 31134
72nd3657SilverRevolutionAnthony LoftsSophie Penwarden38  4228  30138
73rd3602SilverAmbienceMartin EvansChris Evans 3328 46 31 138
74th3704BronzeFactory MaidJemma HorwoodNicola Bass 32 34 4336 145
75th3697BronzeToo Dark and StormyRichard PageNicola Scaddan42 22  41 42147
76th3607SilverThe Fifth ElementSteve ConroyAnna Rayson33  3642  37148
77th3794BronzeIcthysJulian HarmsRichard Adams 19(BFD) 37 33DNC150
78th3706BronzeMonkey PuzzleKevin AndersonSadie Anderson 3532 44 40 151
79th3740GoldWhy askPatrick BlakeJill Blake26  31  DNC34152
80th3547BronzeMoondance AssasinPeter MaleTim Male52 25  36 40153
81st3771BronzeSkipAlex PauseyMatthew Percival 43 35 3541 154
82nd3736BronzeMetachrosisJon BloicePhilippa Bloice 36 41 3843 158
83rd3714SilverKevinAlan MarkhamSue Markham 24 37 39 DNC161
84th3707BronzeMonkey BusinessStuart JenkinsImogen Jenkins48 35  40 39162
85th3675BronzeWhite Sauce er erRob HatleyJoe Hatley 3831 49 47 165
86th3733GoldThe DarksideSteve MitchellJulie Nutall  30 45 35DNC171
87th3502BronzeShindigScott SmithChristopher Smith 4433 50 44 171
88th3816SilverWild HorsesPhil EmeryKaren Emery   40 4625DNC172
89th3563GoldLeaderDavid HallIsobel Stewart46  (DNF)23 DNC43173
90th3569SilverTime ZuluBen LulhamSam Lulham45 (BFD)  37DNC32175
91st3652SilverTime and tideJohn BellSuzi Bell    DNC28DNC26176
92nd3686BronzeIfKevin RoseEmily Charles43  3940  F/way183
93rd3530BronzeSir TopazMike CollesGeorge Bender 40 43 5149 183
94th3621BronzeRaunchyTristram SquirePeter Slack 41 44 4751 183
95th3813BronzePace MakerSteve HarlingEleanor Thomas51 26  48 DNF186
96th3750GoldIndiscretionNeal LillywhiteFreya Lillywhite39 (BFD)  45DNC41186
97th3611GoldThe Phantom MenaceJenny DoddsChris Dodds4    DNCDNCDNC187
98th3815SilverThe KrakenTony JohnsonLouise Johnson (DNF)  32DNC34DNC188
99th3561BronzeSnortingJoe ShawPatricia Hickey54 37  50 47188
100th2604BronzeSatisfactionJeremy SteinSarah Percival49  4648  45188
101st3606BronzeTake it EasyJoseph WoodsJonathan Woods 4538 54 52 189
102nd3463SilverSmoke on the waterJon CowperAbby Freely47 (BFD)  49DNC35192
103rd3599BronzeHarryNigel CooperJohn Hollands50  4553  49197
104th3800BronzeBramblesRichard BramleyTony Cheal 47 47 5350 197
105th3586BronzeShadowplayKieron MasonBelinda Mason 46 49 5548 198
106th3805SilverNermalMark ReddingtonMichelle Evans 42(BFD) 51 45DNC199
107th3333BronzePreciousJohn AdamsRosalind Warwick‑Haller53  5052  48203
108th3809GoldEcstacyJon TurnerRichard Parslow    DNC22DNCDNC205
109th3654BronzeTales of AcapulcoGeoffrey CoxMonika Papiez (DNF)36 47 DNCDNC205
110th3769SilverDiscipleGraham Cranford SmithFiona Cranford Smith    DNCDNC26DNC209
111th3368BronzeDebutantIan LaingAndrew Hunt   48 5446DNC209
112th3670BronzeFilthy GorgeousMark McKeeverGracie McKeever 28(DNF)  DNCDNCDNC211
113th3511BronzeHeaven SentAndrew MillsEllie Mills44 (DNF)  DNCDNC46212
114th3762BronzeRimonimMalcolm HyamsDan Barrett55   55 DNCDNC232
115th3751BronzeNarniaHuw ReynoldsPhilip Scott (DNF)  DNC52DNCDNC235
116th3589BronzeFat Bottom GirlJohn HollandsAlexandra Parker    DNCDNCDNCDNC244
116th3672SilverBola BolaJohn CooperHilary Bradshaw    DNCDNCDNCDNC244

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