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Merlin Rocket Sondown Cup at Tamesis Club

By John Dunkley on 14 Oct 2010 10 October 2010
Merlins line up for one of the starts during the  Sondown Cup at Tamesis
Merlins line up for one of the starts during the Sondown Cup at Tamesis
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Sondown Cup won by Simon Blake and Alex Jackson

The Sondown Cup was won by Simon Blake and Alex Jackson of Shoreham SC at Tamesis Club's Silver Tiller Thames Series open meeting for Merlin Rockets on Sunday 10 October. Sailing Spank (3707), they beat 26 other Merlin Rockets from 10 different clubs by winning the last two races and discarding a second from the first race, scoring two points overall.

The application of RRS Appendix A meant that the tie break rule had to be applied to three other boats each of which were counting a first and a second. Their overall positions were determined by their respective positions in the last race in which they sailed. They were Elusive (3347) David Vines and Fran Gifford, Passing Cloud (1079) Richard and Harry Harris, and Shenandoah (3088) Andrew Harris and Rob Wilder.

With a moderate easterly wind, Race Officer John Harris set a difficult course with a downstream start leading to a first mark half way along Trowlock Island and the upstream mark, Canbury, near Hampton Wick Railway Bridge, with a loop round a middle mark upriver of Stevens Eyot. This gave the fleet a beat in some tricky windshifts passing and upriver of Stevens Eyot. Several boats lost places when their masts became stuck in trees as they attempted to escape from holes in the wind and two suffered damage.

The presence of an on the water judge, Chris Simon, curbed infringements of Rule 42, which prohibits rocking and rolling, but the fleet were very well behaved despite conditions in which some might have been tempted to use a bit of illegal motion to escape the holes in the wind. However, two boats were observed doing 720s.

Overall Results: (Sondown Cup)

PosFlightSailNoBoatHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1stBlue3707SpankSimon BlakeAlex JacksonShoreham-2112
2ndRed3347ElusiveDavid VinesFran GiffordTamesis-3213
3rdBlue1079Passing CloudRichard HarrisHarry HarrisTamesis1-223
4thWhite3088ShenandoahAndrew HarrisRob WilderTamesis21-33
5thWhite3702Salmon en CrouteDuncan SalmonIan GarwoodWembley1-645
6thBrown3560LukaMike StephensNicky Erskine-TullochTamesis3-625
7thRed607CrescendoBerry RitchieSue HarrisTamesis-8437
8thRed37052 Pints of LagerMatt BiggsBen HollisBlithfield43(28 DNC)7
9thBrown3676Hot TottyPat BlakeJilly blakeCookham Reach-8358
10thBlue1996Queen PhillipaMartin HunterNatalie Kingsley/Sel ShahThames-9459
11thBrown3563LeaderPaul HollisRichard ElliottBlithfield45-89
12thRed1136ShoestringJoe McLaughlinTom McLaughlinTamesis6-9410
13thWhite1222Restless IVRichard PageKaty CruikshankHampton-95611
14thBlue1201Grand TetonJohn BellLivy BellHampton5-7712
15thRed1978Lady AnneCharlie MorganLiz WoodsTamesis-107613
16thRed3371Encore FumeePaul DeanNikki Della PortaWembley-128715
17thBlue1605OmegaRupert FletcherJohannes Wagner/Carolyne VinesTamesis7-11815
18thWhite847BambusaPeter MasonRick MasonTamesis610(28 DNC)16
19thBlue2997Cream CrackerJon StewardNick YannakoyorgosFishers Green-138917
20thBrown3333PreciousJohn AdamsVictoria LittleTamesis-1310919
21stBlue2929High NoonMatthew Peregrine-JonesChris MartinTamesis/Thames-1191120
22ndBrown3650HeadcaseLaurence ToshLiese ScottBanbury715 DNF(28 DNC)22
23rdWhite3233Total EclipseRichard MourantJoseph WoodsTamesis-12121022
24thWhite3637DeliriumAlan BroadbentRussell HallWembley1111(28 DNC)22
25thWhite3599HarryKen DuffellBrian CorkingTamesis1013(28 DNC)23
26thBrown3520PikeyJon ReddingAugusta/Fenella ReddingTamesis5(28 DNC)28 DNC33
27thRed3259AndromedaDavid BakerJim GreenTamesis15 DNF(28 DNC)28 DNC43

Elizabeth Bowl (for first vintage Merlin) awarded to: 1079, Richard & Harry Harris

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