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Merlin Rocket HD Sails Midland Circuit at Bartley Sailing Club

by Mark Reddington 7 Apr 12:42 PDT
Matt Biggs and Beka Jones win the HD Sails Midland Circuit event at Bartley © Anna Aylward

14 Merlin Rockets were welcomed at Bartley Sailing Club for the third round of the HD Sails Midland Circuit event. The forecasters had promised a day of sunshine and a light north easterly breeze but, as opposed to the warm welcome from the club, it was fully dampened by a cold, grey, wet start to the day!

Fortunately, the weather gods did deliver sunshine but not so much the breeze which can be best described as tricky.

Despite the difficult conditions Matt Biggs & Beka Jones treated us all to a masterclass in the art of sailing when the vital ingredient refuses to play ball, winning all four races.

There was another impressive string of consistent results from James Wells & Anna Aylward with Rob Kennaugh & Andy Prosser keeping them honest, in fact all three of the podium crews had their moments during the day by leading the way. Further down the fleet there was a lot of place changes with numerous "hero to zero" issues but everybody finished the day with smiles but tired bodies.

Steve Ward and his team did a sterling job on a day when nobody would want to be a race officer running two races before lunch in Tilly's Galley, and two after, and all off the water in good time for a beer and prize-giving.

The oldest boat prize went to 2734, a wooden classic sailed by Paul Atwell & Lindall Merry, with Millie Hardiman sailing with her dad taking the Junior prize. Colin & Sean Anderson won the Silver Fleet and Nigel & Freya Hudson the Bronze fleet.

So, the next round of the HD Sails Midland circuit will be at Burton Sailing Club on Sunday 4th June incorporating a class training day on Saturday 3rd June.

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoBoat nameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stGold3801PokeyBIGGS MattJONES BeckaBartley SC‑11113
2ndGold3746Point n SquirtWELLS JamesAYLWARD AnnaRYA22‑326
3rdGold3700BrazilianKENNAUGH RobPROSSER AndyMidland SC‑53238
4thGold3716Carbon FootprintLENEY SteveLENEY GillianBlithfield SC34‑6411
5thSilver3749StanleyANDERSON ColinANDERSON SeanBlithfield SC454‑813
6thSilver3732Two PlanksHOLLIS BenPAUSEY AlexUpper Thames‑665516
7thSilver3667Last GaspKEELING PaulKEELING MicheleBlithfield SC7‑99622
8thBronze3662Attack of the ClonesHUDSON NigelHUDSON FreyaBartley SC878‑923
9thBronze3742Speed MachineEELES HowardBENNETT GavinBartley SC‑10871025
10thSilver3805NermalREDDINGTON MarkFOWLER LewisBartley SC910(DNF)726
11thBronze3624Stab in the DarkHARDIMAN SimonHARDIMAN MillieBartley SC11‑12101233
12thBronze3619Dark n StormyBROWNE GuyMARTIN GregTrent Valley SC1211‑131134
13thBronze/Classic3530Sir TopazCOLLES MikeMORGAN LaurenMidland SC‑1413111337
14thBronze/Classic2734Days of Future PastATWELL PaulMERRY LindallLlangorse SC13‑14121439

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