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Shepherd Neame Merlin Rocket Nationals at Whitstable Overall

By Mark Barnes on 22 Aug 2009 15-21 August 2009
Photos © Nick Champion/ www.championmarinephotography.co.uk
Racing on the final day of the Shepherd Neame Merlin Rocket nationals
Racing on the final day of the Shepherd Neame Merlin Rocket nationals
Shepherd Neame Merlin Rocket nationals prize winners
Shepherd Neame Merlin Rocket nationals prize winners

Hyde Race Day

Day 6 of the Shepherd Neame Merlin Rocket Nationals in Whitstable Bay, had a corker of a breeze, 18 – 20 knots form the west, ebb tide running east and short chop. The racing was to go down to the wire and as they say, its not over till its over.

With one point separating 3626 (Glenn Truswell/Olly Turner) and 3703 (Richard Whitworth/Sally Townend), it was going to a case of what tactics would be used at the start and up the first beat. This one was to go to the wire and would not be over till its over. With the wind coming for the west, the seas were the classic Whitstable short chop with easterly ebb tide.

So with a steady force 4 gusting 5, the fleet launched to see who would be crowned king. With rigs raked, the fleet showed that it was game on and charged up the first beat with 3703 leading both the race and championship, led from 3684 (Andy Davis/Ellie Bremner) and 3662 (David Winder/Pippa Taylor) with 3626 in a close 5th.

Downwind 3703 dominated till close to the leeward mark they stuffed the bow in and capsized. Recovering to 23rd at the next windward mark, they had their work cut out to retrieve the situation especially as 3626 was now in 4th.

3684 now led from 3626, 3701 (Tom Stewart/Liam Dempsey) and 3662 who broke their boom during the next round.

Over the next rounds the Pirates 3685 (Willie Warren/Chris Robinson) moved into second passing 3626 with 3703 fast closing, but would it be enough to see them catch and pass 3626? As the race was closing out, the Fat Lady was getting ready to sing but could 3626 hold on or would 3703 pass them and put one boat between themselves and 3626. Alas it was not to be. 3703 gave a master class on how to retrieve the situation by recovering to 6th on the water, but it was not enough. With 3684 coming home first and bringing the racing to an end, 3685 followed in second with 3626, 3712 (John Gorringe/Peter Horn) and 3704 (Chris Lewns/Tom Pygall) close astern.

3626 was crowned the national champions, having sailed in a varied set of breezes and putting an exemplary series together, but being pushed all the way by 3703. The race management was faultless and all competitors went away with a prize thanks to the generosity of the sponsors.

Holt Plate in Association with North One Design

Chipstow Race Day

By no means a side show, though 3666 (Dan Parsons/Hamish Kilburn) had won the Holt Plate with a day to spare and so take home the coveted first prize token from Chipstow Boats, the dynamics of the minor podium places was to close to call.

So gong into the last race, who would rise to occasion and who would capitulate? With two local boats in the hunt there was to be an interesting side show.

From the start, 3700 (Phil Emery/Sophie Mackey) were to get the bit between their teeth and make a last charge to secure 2nd from 3650 (Laurence Tosh/Crew) who slipped to third overall.

So to the prize giving and every competitor was to leave with a prize, a first for the Merlin Nationals and made possible due to the generosity of the race day and main sponsors.

Next year’s Nationals are in August in Penzance with big seas and hopefully similar conditions to this year.

The big question is, will Glenn/Olly, though buying an International 14 for next year, be back to defend the title they have spent so long trying to win. Many will be hoping the answer is a yes.

More information on the event website.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
13626Glen TruswellOlly TurnerStarcross311-62310
23703Richard WhitworthSally TownendHollingworth Lake & Parkstone2-7231614
33684Andy DavisEllie BremerChase-62615115
43691Mike CalvertChristopher DownhamAxe/Castaways55444-722
53701Tom StewartLiam DempseyNorthampton43376-923
63712Jon GorringePeter HornParkstone98-1529432
73704Chris LewnsTom PygallWhitstable114-12812540
83685William WarrenChris RobinsonShoreham797-5917242
93640Simon BlakePhil DalbyCookham Reach81011-138845
103662David WinderPippa TaylorHollingworth Lake10115515-5946
113705Matt BiggsRob KennaughBlighfield168-59201550
123670Steve GoacherAndy TunnicliffeRoyal Windermere13-2721931056
133676Pat BlakeJill BlakeCookham Reach-18171010111260
143693Will RaineyKelly MillerCookham Reach14-211714101166
153666Dan ParsonsHamish KilburnWhitstable19151411-211372
163700Phil EmerySophie MackleyWhitstable22-261915161789
173696Alan WarrenJames WarrenShoreham15-282017182191
183539Dan AlsopJennie KingLyme Regis2112161825-2692
193665Ross JacksonDave ReidShoreham24169-59261893
203661Graham ScroggieBen ScroggieParkstone252523-5971494
213650Laurence ToshTBCBanbury26-3427121324102
223672John CooperHilary BradshawWhitstable2823181622-59107
233610Richard DeePhil ScottMidland27-4532251420118
243652John BellDuncan BellHampton17-3924203723121
253619David CharltonCelia CharltonBrightlingsea232225-592922121
263620Andy BinesDerick GentryBrightlingsea2924-34212327124
273659Julian ParryLiese ScottHollingworth Lake121413-592759125
283690Andy DalbyFran GiffordTrent Valley201322-595919133
293695Matthew WinderCallum MacKenzieHollingworth Lake-351828273329135
303692Rien ZilvoldJulie NuttallWhitstable331931-593025138
313617Tom ChadfieldAndy ChadfieldBlithfield-474429191928139
323707Alex JacksonBen HollisShoreham16-5926592416141
333688Craig BondJayne BondBrightlingsea343838-593231173
343677David ProctorEd LoweWhitstable30374623-5941177
353697Richard PageLizzy PageHampton3847362235-59178
363706Kevin AndersonSadie AndersonHampton4140-50263635178
373644Steve MitchellLiz NorthPorthpean/Whitstable432037-594338181
383698Bob O'TooleSuzie BellParkstone3641532428-59182
393586Rod PorteousMaureen PorteousHayling Island314930-593937186
403674Mike AnslowChris WintersMidland3233-59593830192
413673Jane SeymourChristopher SeymourShoreham422943-594436194
423595Richard DavisOlivia BellWhitstable444345-593140203
433686Paul AldridgeMelissa SorrellBrightlingsea404233-595932206
443543Chris MartinTom HollandBlithfield393235-595959224
453687Alan JacksonLorna LavalMaylandsea Bay373640-595959231
463634Ben ArcherChris O'TooleParkstone483556-595934232
473625Richard BramleyJoanna MarlowShoreham515648-593443232
483632Marcus RobbGraham WebbCookham Reach525449-594039234
493583Nolan ForwoodWill LowesWhitstable-594639595933236
503584Jack KilburnPaul SmithWhitstable453044-595959237
513386Andy HayCaroline HayRYA465042-595942239
523564Charles DevenportElaine AldisThorpe Bay-593141595959249
533606Mike PartridgeClaire DavisHayling Island-595154594245251
543566Jon WoodHeather WoodEarlswood Lakes494852-595944252
552997Jonathan StewardNick Yannakoyorgos 505255-594159257
563600Robert HeathMike HendyHampton535551-595946264
573604Stuart GurneyDonna RouseThames-595347595959277
583569Tomos Bowen-PerkinsTBAHampton-595959595959295

Holt Plate Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubHcapR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
13666Dan ParsonsHamish KilburnWhitstable10001221-1217
23700Phil EmerySophie MackleyWhitstable10002-11494322
33650Laurence ToshTBCBanbury10055-21642623
43672John CooperHilary BradshawWhitstable1005683614-5937
53690Andy DalbyFran GiffordTrent Valley9808107-5931038
63610Richard DeePhil ScottMidland10153-3014251245
73619David CharltonCelia CharltonBrightlingsea1000475-5925445
83692Rien ZilvoldJulie NuttallWhitstable101012116-5924558
93620Andy BinesDerick GentryBrightlingsea100579-291719759
103665Ross JacksonDave ReidShoreham98018141-5923965
113693Will RaineyKelly MillerCookham Reach95019-42281281885
123617Tom ChadfieldAndy ChadfieldBlithfield1000-41.539171451287
133695Matthew WinderCallum MacKenzieHollingworth Lake1000275927-3319.587.5
143640Simon BlakePhil DalbyCookham Reach93029-41181562593
153703Richard WhitworthSally TownendHollingworth Lake & Parkstone90036-4815573598
163595Richard DavisOlivia BellWhitstable1030161921-59222199
173626Glen TruswellOlly TurnerStarcross90037.5-431111932100.5
183704Chris LewnsTom PygallWhitstable930-3328.52681723102.5
193706Kevin AndersonSadie AndersonHampton10251515-46243614104
203712Jon GorringePeter HornParkstone9303136-4321522106
213686Paul AldridgeMelissa SorrellBrightlingsea1020202210-59598119
223691Mike CalvertChristopher DownhamAxe/Castaways90041.5-462571136120.5
233673Jane SeymourChristopher SeymourShoreham102025430-594517121
243586Rod PorteousMaureen PorteousHayling Island1010103812-594024124
253688Craig BondJayne BondBrightlingsea1010212633-592816124
263701Tom StewartLiam DempseyNorthampton90040-4519131637125
273684Andy DavisEllie BremerChase900-44443731329126
283677David ProctorEd LoweWhitstable10109254720-5928129
293697Richard PageLizzy PageHampton10152231241935-59131
303674Mike AnslowChris WintersMidland10101116-59593913138
313386Andy HayCaroline HayRYA1034172413-595926139
323539Dan AlsopJennie KingLyme Regis950-353223212934139
333698Bob O'TooleSuzie BellParkstone10102428.5502220-59144.5
343644Steve MitchellLiz NorthPorthpean/Whitstable100537.5335-594427146.5
353659Julian ParryLiese ScottHollingworth Lake95014358-593259148
363662David WinderPippa TaylorHollingworth Lake9004750311026-59164
373670Steve GoacherAndy TunnicliffeRoyal Windermere90048-5454161039167
383632Marcus RobbGraham WebbCookham Reach1030433736-593819.5173.5
393543Chris MartinTom HollandBlithfield1015231320-595959174
403634Ben ArcherChris O'TooleParkstone1020321752-595915175
413583Nolan ForwoodWill LowesWhitstable1020-592722595911178
423687Alan JacksonLorna LavalMaylandsea Bay1020132027-595959178
433676Pat BlakeJill BlakeCookham Reach900-525248182140179
442997Jonathan StewardNick Yannakoyorgos 1044261844-594159188
453566Jon WoodHeather WoodEarlswood Lakes1030282342-595938190
463584Jack KilburnPaul SmithWhitstable101530638-595959192
473685William WarrenChris RobinsonShoreham900464939-592731192
483696Alan WarrenJames WarrenShoreham90050-5553233043199
493625Richard BramleyJoanna MarlowShoreham1025455140-593133200
503705Matt BiggsRob KennaughBlighfield900344745-593442202
513707Alex JacksonBen HollisShoreham93039-5951593730216
523661Graham ScroggieBen ScroggieParkstone900535355-591841220
533652John BellDuncan BellHampton90051-5656264344220
543564Charles DevenportElaine AldisThorpe Bay1015-591232595959221
553606Mike PartridgeClaire DavisHayling Island1020-593449594245229
563600Robert HeathMike HendyHampton1030494041-595946235
573604Stuart GurneyDonna RouseThames1025-593334595959244
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