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Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week - Day 6

by Tim Fells & John Burn 8 Jul 2022 11:49 PDT 3-8 July 2022

With the title still not decided, competitors were welcomed by clear blue skies and the faintest of sea breezes filtering into the harbour.

RACE 11: RED v BLACK Flights, COURSE 1,3,1,3,1,3

First up in the morning race were overall leaders Tom and Rachael against second place Mike and Jane. The start was a real head scratcher. Against the ebb tide, the town side clearly had more breeze but there were some big port lifts up the Portlemouth shore and good pressure at Biddle rocks.

Mike and Jane won the start on the town side and led up through Crab Pots to Castle Point where they crossed. Tom and Rachael won the Portlemouth shore and were able to escape from the pack to lead in to Blackstone, ahead of Mike and Jane. Both teams were well clear of George and Sophie Yeoman in third.

The leading two protagonists fought out a compelling battle at the front. Tom and Rachael extended on the run but then Mike and Jane came on the beats. Despite their best efforts, there was no way through and Tom and Rachael came home with a comfortable lead to put them on nine points for the week, with Mike and Jane on eleven.

Behind these leading two there was a right old scrap for the minor places. At the first leeward mark there were eight boats overlapped, who then split to town and beach sides of the beat. Town was the winner this time with Caroline Croft and Faye Chatterton coming through to third ahead of Jon Ibbotson and Robbie Stewart who had a stellar second beat.

Tim Fells and Fran Gifford held off the challenge of Will and Rob Henderson to take fifth.

RACE 12: GREEN v BLUE Flights, Course 1,7,1,3

With the sun blazing, the temperature in the high 20s and a nice sea breeze set in, the scene was set for the final act of this hard-fought week. Christian Birrell and Luke Patience, sitting on seven points going into the last race needed a bullet to take the title.

Last year, in exactly the same scenario, Christian lost his lead in the final stages. Could he convert this time?

With a strong ebb tide under the fleet a general recall was always on the cards, although surely no one would have predicted three?! This inevitably led to some black flag disqualifications, ten in total heading home early and one more being caught out by the fairway.

Richard Whitworth and Jemima Scroggie established an early lead on the first beat to Blackstone and led for most of the first downwind leg with Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby in hot pursuit. Christian and Luke found themselves rounding the first mark with the main bunch - not an ideal start to their bid for overall victory.

Andy and Pippa showed exceptional boat speed through The Bag passing Richard and Jemima then sailing off into the distance carving out a substantial lead by Gerston. Simon Potts and Holly McArthur had managed to close up to Richard and Jemima by Saltsone and this pair began to sail away from the chasing pack.

Christian and Luke now up to speed had quickly dispatched the bunch and found themselves in fourth but unfortunately for them it was too little too late. As the fleet re-entered the main stretch of the Harbour Andy and Pippa had it all under control, the race win now a formality as they finished the loop of the Harbour and sailed on to take the cannon.

Simon and Holly held off Richard and Jemima to take second place leaving them to finish off the podium places in third. Stuart Bithell and Katherine Kimber pipped Christian and Luke on the line finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

Well done to Thomas and Rachel who, with three race wins, take the overall victory. Mike and Jane Calvert with an exceptionally consistent week were rewarded with second. Christian and Luke coming home in third.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat nameHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
1st3759Red MistressThomas GillardRachael Gray 1 ‑5 33 1 1 9
2nd3691Quick FixMike CalvertJane Calvert ‑5 2 22 3 2 11
3rd3788Blue my mindChristian BirrellLuke Patience 22 ‑27 1  2 512
4th3735Lasagne dishAndy DavisPippa Kilsby1  31  8‑10  114
5th3803Black SwanCaroline CroftFaye Chatterton10 1  ‑13 5 13 20
6th3811BruceStuart BithellKatherine Kimber2  4‑18  64  420
7th3802KhalesiSimon PottsHolly McArthur‑13  92  45  222
8th3784Strung upIan DobsonAlly Potts3 (BFD)  1 1 127 24
9th3703FaithlessRichard WhitworthJemima Scroggie 10(BFD) 4 4  3 324
10th3726ArwenWill HendersonRob Henderson ‑15 6 66 8 6 32
11th3801PokeyMatt BiggsBecca Jones 3(BFD) 9 7  4 1235
12th3795GoonSimon BlakeAlex Jackson 6 8 75 ‑15 9 35
13th3814After youJames GossChris White   18  1412  641
14th3645Blue VelvetSteve HallSimon Haighton9  103  (BFD)11  841
15th3777MockingjayGeorge YeomanSophie Yeoman 4 ‑20 914 6 10 43
16th3812MaumaharaChris GouldRob Allen11 8  18 3 11  51
17th3764Fancy LiqourTim FellsFrances Gifford12 (BFD)  4 10 215 52
18th3687Mellow YellowMatt GreenfieldHannah Greenfield8  24‑26  92  1154
19th3676Hot TottyAntony GiffordJo Gifford 14‑15 7 9  9 1554
20th3683BluebirdArthur HendersonOlivia Bell (BFD) 12 1110 13 8 54
21st3781The Force AwakensDavid WinderAnna Blake19 6  14 (BFD) 511 55
22nd3710Paradigm ShiftJon IbbotsonRobert Stewart17 (BFD)  12 18 64 57
23rd3799Simply ScrumptiousPaul RaysonChris Hill7  721  139  (BFD)57
24th3696Tiger TigerAlex WarrenJonty Freeman 175 12 ‑21  8 1759
25th3775Night FuryChris JenningsPeter Nicholson 8 13 1613 ‑17 12 62
26th3727FragileMark StockbridgeJames Gifford16  17‑22  216  1364
27th3709Wild at HeartJack NortonDave Royce 187 5 18  ‑25 1967
28th3679Daddys boatNick HeginbothamRory Gifford5 13  8 ‑22 2219 67
29th3700BrazilianRob KennaughAndrew Prosser 1210 6 17  23 (BFD)68
30th3753Appetite for DestructionDavid ConlonSarah Conlon 11(BFD) 29 11  13 973
31st3796RobertaWilliam WarrenMegan Pascoe23 (BFD)  10 11 1613 73
32nd3807BalooTim SaxtonMary Henderson 164 13 12  30 (BFD)75
33rd3791Didley SquatJon GorringeMimi Gorringe18  1125  714  (BFD)75
34th3539Gangsta ParadiseDan AlsopJennie King ‑2916 20 8  26 777
35th3730Blood Sweat and BeersPaul HollisBen Hollis 139 16 15  ‑37 2881
36th3787QuicksilverChris MartinSamuel Bailey14  1911  1228  (BFD)84
37th3756RobertSophie MackleyJames Ward‑34  1415  1625  1484
38th3666...ted...John MeadowcroftOllie Meadowcroft15 (DNF)  15 17 1522 84
39th3702Salmon en crouteDuncan SalmonRuth Hanstater 7(BFD) 17 19  27 1888
40th3766The BearAndy DalbyMark Oakey (BFD) 18 1729 19 17 100
41st3690General LeeLucy HarridgeAndrea Downham‑31  1530  2023  16104
42nd3790PointerColin BrockbankVana Vlastaki22  2214  (DNF)18  29105
43rd3625Carbon AdventuresAndy HarrisSara Warren28 11  19 ‑36 3315 106
44th3773No. 34Alan WarrenWilliam Carroll20 14  33 23 ‑4518 108
45th3615EdgarStuart BatesLouisa Archer 22(BFD) 10 32  24 27115
46th3749StanleyColin AndersonSean Anderson ‑3912 36 28  17 23116
47th3746Point n squirtJames WellsAnna Aylward 93 34 (BFD)  10 BFD117
48th3731MayhemAndy JonesMaddie Jones 2020 39 20  18 (BFD)117
49th3745OutnumberedPaul DeanHannah Burt‑32 21  23 24 2920 117
50th3684Keyser SozeTom LowEd Low 25 ‑27 2123 21 27 117
51st3789Off‑pisteNick ScroggieEdward Scroggie 31 23 3216 ‑37 16 118
52nd3725Island GirlAndrew SquireLaura Squire RDG 21 26‑27 26 24 122
53rd3711SylviaChris KilsbyTom Morris21  3331  1920  (BFD)124
54th3768Hulla BalooRob CageHatty Cage 2717 ‑43 42  19 20125
55th3724SublimeJoe McLaughlinSean Roberts36 (BFD)  20 15 4214 127
56th3647Liquid DreamsHywel Bowen‑PerkinsLucy Penwarden24 18  29 28 ‑3932 131
57th3761Beast QuestDavid BurseyFrances Bursey‑40 23  34 25 2031 133
58th3659ZenoJulian ParryLeise Scott35  1619  3331   134
59th3665Still not overRoss JacksonDave Reid25  3033  ‑3827  21136
60th3715Truly ScrumptiousRichard CookeRussell Hall 21 32 ‑4237 24 23 137
61st3671Snakey BPiers LambertAndy Bines‑37  2524  2935  24137
62nd3678NoraSteve CrookSally Townend6 (BFD)  5 (BFD) 7BFDDNC140
63rd3611The Phantom MenaceJenny DoddsChris Dodds4       7DNCDNC10143
64th3748White TigerNigel BrookeSuzie Brooke 26 29 3030 32 ‑33 147
65th3555Sam BlocksidgeSam BlocksidgeWill Wilkinson 34 ‑38 3122 33 30 150
66th3598Bar HumbugRobert SmithSuzy Brough 3719 41 24  31 (BFD)152
67th3794IcthysJulian HarmsRichard Adams 19(BFD) 37 33  28 35152
68th2663Tyrrannosaurus RexChristopher HaworthJo Haworth27 34  25 ‑44 3234 152
69th3518Smoked SalmonTimothy HarmsAmelia Little 3027 35 39  ‑43 22153
70th3648Bang TidyAntonia WrightJamie Wright30 24  44 27 ‑4628 153
71st3705Two pints of lagerGeoff WrightTom Gurney29 (SCP)  27 31 4026 153
72nd3657RevolutionAnthony LoftsSophie Penwarden38  ‑4228  3034  26156
73rd3815The KrakenTony JohnsonLouise Johnson (DNF)  32 34  14DNC25166
74th3607The Fifth ElementSteve ConroyAnna Rayson33  36‑42  3730  30166
75th3602AmbienceMartin EvansChris Evans 3328 46 31  ‑47 33171
76th3806Blue TitBen JonesHelen Hilditch 23 28 2438    DNC174
77th3547Moondance AssasinPeter MaleTim Male‑52 25  36 40 3835 174
78th3622The EdgeChristian HamiltonJacintha Hamilton‑Love41  2638  2149   175
79th3816Wild HorsesPhil EmeryKaren Emery   40 4625 39 25 175
80th3652Time and tideJohn BellSuzi Bell     28 26 4121DNC177
81st3569Time ZuluBen LulhamSam Lulham45 (BFD)  37 32 3429 177
82nd3714KevinAlan MarkhamSue Markham 24 37 39  41 37 178
83rd3733The DarksideSteve MitchellJulie Nutall  30 45 35  35 34179
84th3704Factory MaidJemma HorwoodNicola Bass 32 34 4336 36 (DNF) 181
85th3706Monkey PuzzleKevin AndersonSadie Anderson 3532 44 40  ‑50 31182
86th3697Too Dark and StormyRichard PageNicola Scaddan42 22  41 42 ‑5141 188
87th3771SkipAlex PauseyMatthew Percival ‑43 35 3541 38 39 188
88th3563LeaderDavid HallIsobel Stewart46  (DNF)23  4322  BFD195
89th3675White Sauce er erRob HatleyJoe Hatley 3831 ‑49 47  49 32197
90th3736MetachrosisJon BloicePhilippa Bloice 36 41 3843 ‑45 43 201
91st3707Monkey BusinessStuart JenkinsImogen Jenkins‑48 35  40 39 4840 202
92nd3750IndiscretionNeal LillywhiteFreya Lillywhite39 (BFD)  45 41 4436 205
93rd3740Why askPatrick BlakeJill Blake26  31   34(DNF) DNCDNC213
94th3621RaunchyTristram SquirePeter Slack 41 44 47‑51 40 45 217
95th3463Smoke on the waterJon CowperAbby Freely47 (BFD)  49 35 5438 223
96th2604SatisfactionJeremy SteinSarah Percival49  4648  45   36224
97th3599HarryNigel CooperJohn Hollands50  45‑53  4943  37224
98th3502ShindigScott SmithChristopher Smith 4433 50 44  55  226
99th3606Take it EasyJoseph WoodsJonathan Woods 4538 54 52  ‑56 38227
100th3686IfKevin RoseEmily Charles43  3940  (Fway)46  Fway229
101st3530Sir TopazMike CollesGeorge Bender 40 43 ‑5149 50 48 230
102nd3800BramblesRichard BramleyTony Cheal 47 47 ‑5350 42 44 230
103rd3813Pace MakerSteve HarlingEleanor Thomas51 26  48 (DNF)  46DNC232
104th3333PreciousJohn AdamsRosalind Warwick‑Haller‑53  5052  4844  39233
105th3561SnortingJoe ShawPatricia Hickey‑54 37  50 47 5347 234
106th3805NermalMark ReddingtonMichelle Evans 42(BFD) 51 45  36 DNC235
107th3769DiscipleGraham Cranford SmithFiona Cranford Smith      26 29DNCBFDDNC238
108th3368DebutantIan LaingAndrew Hunt   48 5446 47 49 244
109th3511Heaven SentAndrew MillsEllie Mills44 (DNF)    46 5242DNC245
110th3762RimonimMalcolm HyamsDan Barrett55   55   48 DNC40259
111th3586ShadowplayKieron MasonBelinda Mason 46 49 5548 (DNF)  DNC259
112th3809EcstacyJon TurnerRichard Parslow     22  DNFDNCDNCDNC266
113th3654Tales of AcapulcoGeoffrey CoxMonika Papiez (DNF)36 47    DNCDNCDNC266
114th3670Filthy GorgeousMark McKeeverGracie McKeever 28(DNF)     DNCDNCDNCDNC272
115th3751NarniaHuw ReynoldsPhilip Scott (DNF)   52  DNCDNCDNCDNC296
116th3589Fat Bottom GirlJohn HollandsAlexandra Parker       DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC305
116th3672Bola BolaJohn CooperHilary Bradshaw       DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC305

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