Please select your home edition
Edition
RS Sailing - Sailors Club 728x90

Merlin Rocket Open Meeting at Brightlingsea Sailing Club

by Ben Archer on 15 Sep 2010 11-12 September 2010

13 Merlin Rockets arrived for the Silver Tiller Open Meeting held at Brightlingsea Sailing Club this weekend. The series is sponsored by Speed Sails.

Saturday started out dull, but by the end of the day the competitors were sailing in bright sunshine. The start was delayed for an hour due to gusts of up to 28 knots, with the forecast for the winds to moderate. After a postponed start racing finally got underway with some exhilarating off wind legs created by a Force 5 to 6 over an exceptionally high Spring tide.

Race 1 was won by Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis, with Dave Winder and Pippa Taylor in second place. These results were reversed in Race 2. Brightlingsea team Piers Lambert and Tim Bees claimed third place in both the Saturday races.

After an exciting afternoon’s sailing it was good to enjoy a relaxing evening in the clubhouse with a free evening meal for all the competitors.

Sunday saw much lighter winds, although they proved to be more shifty. The team of Biggs and Hollis were again victorious, winning Races 3 and 4 with a 3rd place result in Race 5, which was enough to give them the overall first place. Dave and Pippa were finally only one point behind, despite winning the 5th race, which was enough to give them 2nd place.

Top Brightlingsea boat was helmed by Dan Willet with his crew, Pete Nicholson, who did well to gain second place in two of the Sunday races to give them the overall 3rd place.

Overall Results:

PosBoatSailHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st2 Pints of Lager3705Matt BiggsBen Hollis1211-35
2ndAttack of the Clones3662David WinderPippa Taylor212-316
3rdSnorter3627Dan WilletPete Nicholson-6542213
4thCarbon foot print3716Steve LeneyGill Leney-5434516
5thSnakey B3671Piers LambertTim Bees3377(DNF)20
6thBack to the Future3583Chris MartinBen Hendon4765-822
7thCool Cookie3620Andy BinesDerick Gentry-8688729
8thRioja'n Roll3717Dave CharltonCelia Charlton(DNS)DNS106434
9thBlue Bird3683David HayesLou Johnson11(DNF)512634
10thIF3686Paul AldridgeMelissa Sorrell7(DNF)1110937
11th?3688Chris BinesSarah Bines108(DNF)91037
12thEnchanted Evening3666Chris JordanGill Jordan9(DNS)9111140
13thPOO-BAH1791Jonathan ReubinsMartin Magee(DNF)DNSDNSDNSDNS56

Related Articles

Merlin Rockets at Burghfield
For Craftinsure Silver Tiller series event 23 teams travelled from as far as Devon, somewhere north of Birmingham, and some bumper bashers from Essex to support the first Craftisure Burghfield Merlin Silver Tiller event. A warm welcome awaited us, along with a coffee and a bacon buttie. Posted on 15 Oct
Merlin Rockets at Parkstone
Taxi and Alex smashed it! Parkstone Yacht Club was host for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller on Saturday 30 September to Sunday 1 October, and Taxi and Alex smashed it! Posted on 5 Oct
Superb season for the team at P&B
Championship wins across a range of classes It has been a superb summer for the team at P&B, with top results in a variety of classes, culminating in a win at the 505 World Championship in Annapolis. We caught up with Dave Wade to find out more... Posted on 2 Oct
Merlin Rocket Inlands at Burton
Fast and furious for the fleet Burton Sailing Club welcomed the Merlin Rocket fleet for the Nautilus Inlands on 23rd-24th September. With 12 knots and sunshine the 40 boats took to the water for the 6 fast and furious short course races that were scheduled for the Saturday. Posted on 28 Sep
Merlin Rockets at Lymington
Silver Tiller Series continues Arriving at Lymington on the Saturday morning, the Merlin and Scorpion sailors were blessed with superb sailing conditions once the sea breeze kicked in. Posted on 6 Sep
Minima Regatta 2017
Full range of sailing conditions at Kingston Crews at the Minima regatta, which is sponsored by TWM solicitors, faced pretty well the full range of sailing conditions at Kingston at the weekend. Posted on 5 Sep
adidas Poole Week 2017 overall
What a week that was! Poole Week 2017 was notable on a number of counts. Despite the generally light and perpetually shifty conditions that tested the skill and patience of the race officers to the limit, no racing was lost to the weather. Posted on 3 Sep
adidas Poole Week 2017 day 5
The full gamut of wind and weather Thursday saw Poole Harbour provide the full gamut of wind and weather to delight and occasionally confound the competitors and Race Officers - with a full 360 degree shift in the wind, a band of rain, lightning, rainbows and glorious sunshine. Posted on 1 Sep
adidas Poole Week 2017 day 4
Race Officer's rain dance does the trick The forecast for today did not look ideal with little wind and rain promised. However, the PROs had clearly done their rain dances as the weather improved ahead of the 1400hrs start and we managed to get some good racing in. Posted on 31 Aug
adidas Poole Week 2017 day 3
Wind fills in after a slow start After a slow start to the afternoon's racing while those in the Top Triangle looked on enviously from a flat calm at the 6 to 8 knots of breeze at the Race Platform, the wind eventually filled in from the west and racing got underway. Posted on 29 Aug