Merlin Felucca Trophy at Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club
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.
|Pos||Sail No||Helm||Crew||Boat Name||Club||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||Pts|
|1st||3714||Stuart Bithell||Christian Birrel||Slowly||Hollingworth Lake SC||2||-7||1||1||2||6|
|2nd||3684||Andy Davis||Nicola Brook||Keyser Soze||Blithfield SC||(BFD)||1||3||6||1||11|
|3rd||3685||Matt Mee||Chris Robinson||The Black Pearl||Hollingworth Lake SC||1||-4||4||3||3||11|
|4th||3670||Ian Dobson||Andy Tunnicliffe||Filthy Gorgeous||Royal Windermere YC||5||2||5||5||(DNF)||17|
|5th||3703||Richard Whitworth||Olly Turner||Faithless||HLSC / Parkstone YC||-7||6||6||2||5||19|
|6th||3678||Steve Crook||Sally Townend||Nora||Hollingworth Lake SC||9||5||(DNF)||4||4||22|
|7th||3662||David Winder||Pippa Taylor||Attack of the Clones||Hollingworth Lake SC||6||-11||2||7||8||23|
|8th||3701||Tom Stewart||Liam Dempsey||Stomper||Northampton SC||3||9||8||-13||7||27|
|9th||3615||Stuart Bates||Rob Kennaugh / Andrew Hilton||Edgar||Hollingworth Lake SC||14||8||10||-15||9||41|
|10th||3699||Ian Platt||Alex Pilkington|| ||Bolton SC / Hollingworth Lake SC||(BFD)||12||13||9||14||48|
|11th||3695||Matt Winder||Nix Middleton-Stewart||Shiny Happy People||Hollingworth Lake SC||16||-20||7||16||10||49|
|12th||3712||Jon Gorringe||Peter Horn||Oakey Dokey||Parkstone YC||18||14||(BFD)||12||6||50|
|13th||3630||Bruce Mager||Rosie Richards||Carpe Diem||Hollingworth Lake SC||(BFD)||16||12||11||11||50|
|14th||3557||Guy Winder||Calum Mackenzie||Out of the Blue 2||Hollingworth Lake SC||15||15||-19||10||12||52|
|15th||3702||Duncon Salmon||Ian Garswood||Salmon en Croute||Wembley SC||11||21||15||8||(DNF)||55|
|16th||3610||Chris Gould||Chris Winters||Needlemakers||Midland SC||20||17||9||14||(DNF)||60|
|17th||3676||Pat Blake||Jill Blake||Hot Totty||Cookham Reach SC||12||22||(BFD)||18||16||68|
|18th||3611||Jen Taylor||Chris Dodds||The Phantom Menace||Hollingworth Lake SC||4||13||17||(DNS)||DNS||75|
|19th||3651||Colin Brockbank||Martin Hughes||Jupiter||Wembley SC||17||26||(DNS)||20||15||78|
|20th||3596||Martin Watts||Shane Deppe||Freebird||Hollingworth Lake SC||(BFD)||28||14||19||18||79|
|21st||3668||Mark Smyth||Jemma Horwood||Urban Warrior||Wembley SC||25||-32||25||21||17||88|
|22nd||3659||Julian Parry||Helen Taylor||Zeno||Hollingworth Lake SC||13||(DNF)||18||17||DNC||89|
|23rd||3705||Matt Biggs||Ben Hollis||Two Pints of Lager||Blithfield SC||8||10||(DNF)||DNS||DNS||100|
|24th||3663||Chris Haworth||Jo Harvey||Bronte||Blackpool & Fleetwood YC||22||18||21||(DNS)||DNS||102|
|25th||3637||Alan Broadbent||Russell Hall||Delirium||Wembley SC||(BFD)||RAF||22||22||19||104|
|26th||3371||Paul Dean||Nicki Dellaporta||Encore Fumee||Wembley SC||29||31||24||23||(DNF)||107|
|27th||3567||Steve Hunt||Ruth Critchley||Fat Boy Slim||Pilkington SC||23||30||16||(DNS)||DNS||110|
|28th||3679||Nick Heginbotham||Rebecca Jones||Daddy's Boat||Hollingworth Lake SC||10||19||(BFD)||DNS||DNS||111|
|29th||3583||Chris Martin||Ben Hendon||Back to the Future||Blithfield SC||21||(BFD)||11||DNS||DNS||114|
|30th||3603||Les Bithell||Laura Ashworth||Laidback||Hollingworth Lake SC||(RAF)||24||DNF||DNF||13||119|
|31st||3574||John Donoghue||Rory Mc Kenzie||Holly Grail||Wembley SC||27||33||(DNS)||BFD||20||121|
|32nd||3339||Tim Male||Rebecca Aldred||The Flame||Blithfield SC||28||29||23||(DNS)||DNS||121|
|33rd||3707||Simon Blake||Alex Jackson||Monkey Business||Shoreham SC / Cookham Reach SC||(RAF)||3||DNS||DNS||DNS||126|
|34th||3650||Tosh||Liese Scott||Headcase||Banbury SC||19||25||(DNF)||DNS||DNS||126|
|35th||3717||David Charlton||Celia Charlton||Rioja 'n Roll||Brightlingsea||24||(RAF)||20||DNS||DNS||126|
|36th||3493||Michael Hamilton||Jonathon Bullen||Tales of the Unexpected||Blackpool & Fleetwood YC||26||(RAF)||26||DNS||DNS||134|
|37th||3569||John Bell||Suzi Bell||Time Zuku||Hampton SC||(RAF)||23||DNF||DNS||DNS||146|
|38th||3414||Ian Laing||Steve Essex||Crystal Balls||Hollingworth Lake SC||(BFD)||DNF||DNS||24||DNF||147|
|39th||3563||Paul Hollis||Richard Elliot||Leader||Blithfield SC||(RAF)||27||DNS||DNS||DNS||150|
|40th||3645||Jeremy Deacon||Joanne Deacon||Blue Velvet||Cookham Reach SC||30||(DNF)||DNS||DNS||DNS||153|