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Merlin Felucca Trophy at Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club

By Graham Knox on 26 Oct 2010 23-24 October 2010

A 40 boat entry arrived at Hollingworth Lake for the final event of the Silver Tiller series (3 races on Saturday) and the Felucca Trophy over the two days. The fleet included many young ‘star’ sailors, including the Endeavour and National Champion helm at his home Club. Stuart Bithell’s uncle, Richard Whitworth, has won the Felucca Trophy every year for the last twelve, so an interesting battle was in prospect.

Perhaps inevitably the first race started under a black flag, after a general recall. It was soon clear that the lead would be taken by Stuart Bithell, with Christian Birrell, and Matt Mee, with Chris Robinson in contention. Tom Stewart and Liam Dempsey were left to hold off the group behind them. Jen Taylor and Chris Dodds did well to take fourth place, but Simon Blake and Alex Jackson fighting for the Silver Tiller result sailed the course incorrectly and had to surrender the fifth place. On the final beat, Mee managed to sneak past Bithell, while Andy (Taxi) Davis and Nicola Brook had been blackflagged. The second race gave Taxi a chance with a run away lead unchallenged, though chased by Ian Dobson and AndyTunnicliffe. Bithell languished in seventh place. Simon Blake’s third place in this race with Silver Tiller competitor Richard Whitworth, with Olly Turner, lying back in sixth, ensured that Blake won that series.

Bithell, whose borrowed boat was christened by the Meeting Secretary ‘Slowly’, showed that he intended to deny that name by taking the third race. David Winder and Pippa Taylor tried hard to catch Bithell and secured runner-up spot, with Taxi sliding into third and Matt Mee in fourth.

90 people sat down to dine and wine in the Club house on Saturday evening for the Silver Tiller prizegiving. So there were a few sore heads in the morning and a reduced fleet prepared to sail out in the sunshine and cold northerly wind. But Bithell was ready for the fray and took another win, chased hard by Uncle Richard. Indeed this race proved to be a local’s special with Matt Mee taking third and Steve Crook, with Sally Townend, in fourth.

With three possible overall winners, the final race was always going to provide some excitement. Bithell’s position looked good, and then Taxi improved his chances with a run away result, sufficient to give him runner-up overall. Bithell held back Mee to third place, and Steve Crook gained another fourth place. Taxi’s two race wins broke the points tie with Mee in his favour.

So the Felucca Trophy stays in ‘the family’ with Uncle Richard passing the ‘baton’ on to Stuart Bithell.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewBoat NameClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st3714Stuart BithellChristian BirrelSlowlyHollingworth Lake SC2-71126
2nd3684Andy DavisNicola BrookKeyser SozeBlithfield SC(BFD)136111
3rd3685Matt MeeChris RobinsonThe Black PearlHollingworth Lake SC1-443311
4th3670Ian DobsonAndy TunnicliffeFilthy GorgeousRoyal Windermere YC5255(DNF)17
5th3703Richard WhitworthOlly TurnerFaithlessHLSC / Parkstone YC-7662519
6th3678Steve CrookSally TownendNoraHollingworth Lake SC95(DNF)4422
7th3662David WinderPippa TaylorAttack of the ClonesHollingworth Lake SC6-1127823
8th3701Tom StewartLiam DempseyStomperNorthampton SC398-13727
9th3615Stuart BatesRob Kennaugh / Andrew HiltonEdgarHollingworth Lake SC14810-15941
10th3699Ian PlattAlex Pilkington Bolton SC / Hollingworth Lake SC(BFD)121391448
11th3695Matt WinderNix Middleton-StewartShiny Happy PeopleHollingworth Lake SC16-207161049
12th3712Jon GorringePeter HornOakey DokeyParkstone YC1814(BFD)12650
13th3630Bruce MagerRosie RichardsCarpe DiemHollingworth Lake SC(BFD)1612111150
14th3557Guy WinderCalum MackenzieOut of the Blue 2Hollingworth Lake SC1515-19101252
15th3702Duncon SalmonIan GarswoodSalmon en CrouteWembley SC1121158(DNF)55
16th3610Chris GouldChris WintersNeedlemakersMidland SC2017914(DNF)60
17th3676Pat BlakeJill BlakeHot TottyCookham Reach SC1222(BFD)181668
18th3611Jen TaylorChris DoddsThe Phantom MenaceHollingworth Lake SC41317(DNS)DNS75
19th3651Colin BrockbankMartin HughesJupiterWembley SC1726(DNS)201578
20th3596Martin WattsShane DeppeFreebirdHollingworth Lake SC(BFD)2814191879
21st3668Mark SmythJemma HorwoodUrban WarriorWembley SC25-3225211788
22nd3659Julian ParryHelen TaylorZenoHollingworth Lake SC13(DNF)1817DNC89
23rd3705Matt BiggsBen HollisTwo Pints of LagerBlithfield SC810(DNF)DNSDNS100
24th3663Chris HaworthJo HarveyBronteBlackpool & Fleetwood YC221821(DNS)DNS102
25th3637Alan BroadbentRussell HallDeliriumWembley SC(BFD)RAF222219104
26th3371Paul DeanNicki DellaportaEncore FumeeWembley SC29312423(DNF)107
27th3567Steve HuntRuth CritchleyFat Boy SlimPilkington SC233016(DNS)DNS110
28th3679Nick HeginbothamRebecca JonesDaddy's BoatHollingworth Lake SC1019(BFD)DNSDNS111
29th3583Chris MartinBen HendonBack to the FutureBlithfield SC21(BFD)11DNSDNS114
30th3603Les BithellLaura AshworthLaidbackHollingworth Lake SC(RAF)24DNFDNF13119
31st3574John DonoghueRory Mc KenzieHolly GrailWembley SC2733(DNS)BFD20121
32nd3339Tim MaleRebecca AldredThe FlameBlithfield SC282923(DNS)DNS121
33rd3707Simon BlakeAlex JacksonMonkey BusinessShoreham SC / Cookham Reach SC(RAF)3DNSDNSDNS126
34th3650ToshLiese ScottHeadcaseBanbury SC1925(DNF)DNSDNS126
35th3717David CharltonCelia CharltonRioja 'n RollBrightlingsea24(RAF)20DNSDNS126
36th3493Michael HamiltonJonathon BullenTales of the UnexpectedBlackpool & Fleetwood YC26(RAF)26DNSDNS134
37th3569John BellSuzi BellTime ZukuHampton SC(RAF)23DNFDNSDNS146
38th3414Ian LaingSteve EssexCrystal BallsHollingworth Lake SC(BFD)DNFDNS24DNF147
39th3563Paul HollisRichard ElliotLeaderBlithfield SC(RAF)27DNSDNSDNS150
40th3645Jeremy DeaconJoanne DeaconBlue VelvetCookham Reach SC30(DNF)DNSDNSDNS153
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