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Merlin Rocket Open at Whitstable Yacht Club

by John Cooper on 29 Jun 2010 26-27 June 2010

25 Merlin Rockets enjoyed fantastic racing over the weekend 26/27 June at Whitstable's Silver Tiller open meeting, sponsored by Speed Sails.

Saturday saw a sunny easterly of allegedly 18 knots, although it felt much more, providing spectacular wavy conditions. There was much swimming and in the second race there were only 17 finishers. Sunday morning dawned windless and the race officer, Jon Silk, wisely postponed allowing the sea breeze to establish itself.

Fortunately it did, to between 6 and 11 knots, with 20-degree shifts, which were ably dealt with by the race team moving the marks. Two shorter races were sailed allowing the fleet to be ashore in time for the World Cup kick off.

Simon Blake and Alex Jackson who recorded a DNF in the first race following a swim and terminal spinnaker wrap, won the meeting overall. Tom Stewart and Liam Dempsey won this one but Simon and Alex made no mistake in the second race to take a convincing bullet.

The lighter winds on Sunday seemed to suit them too, with a first and a third. Tom and Liam were second overall with a first and two seconds and Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis showed consistency with a second, third and a fourth.

William Warren and Holly Scott who had struggled in the breezy conditions on Saturday won the final race.

A big thank you to all the Whitstable team afloat and ashore for their efforts in making the weekend a memorable event.

Overall Results:

RankSail NoHelmCrewClubRace_1Race_2Race_3Race_4Nt Pts
13707Simon BlakeAlex JacksonShoreham SC(DNF)1135
23701Tom StewartLiam DempseyNorthampton SC122-95
33705Matt BiggsBen HollisBlithfield SC4(DNF)329
43662David WinderPippa TaylorHollingworth Lake24-7713
53676Pat BlakeJilly BlakeCookham Reach SC3(DNF)5513
63685Will WarrenHolly ScottShoreham SC-959115
73690Andy DalbyP DalbyHampton SC538-1016
83672John cooperHilary BradshawWhitstable YC-161110627
93717David Charlton Celia CharltonBrightlingsea SC67-171629
103583Chris MartinBen HendonBlithfield SC7616-1729
113700Phil EmeryKaren EmeryWhitstable YC-1210111233
123665Ross JacksonSophie MackleyShoreham SC-209121435
133696Alan WarrenWilliam CarollShoreham SC1014-151135
143539Dan AlsopJennie KingLyme Regis(DNF)DNS6436
153620Andy BinesDerik GentryBrightlingsea SC-178131536
163693Will RaineyKelly MillerShoreham SC(DNF)DNS4838
173671P LambertT Bees / S BinesBrightlingsea SC13(DNS)141340
183650ToshLiese ScottBanburySC81321(BFD)42
193555Tim HarridgeBen HarridgeHampton SC141223(DNF)49
203697Richard PageLiz PageHampton SC1518-202053
213692Rien ZivoldJulie NuttallWYC-2117181954
223652John BellDuncan BellHampton SC181522(DNF)55
233480John StewardNickFishers Green SC191624(DNF)59
243627Dan WillettPete NicholsonBrightlingsea SC11(DNS)DNCDNC63
253644Steve MitchellPolly NewmanPorthpean(DNF)DNS191863

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