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Merlin Rocket Open Meeting at Midland Sailing Club

by Midland SC on 6 Apr 2011 3 April 2011

This was a busy weekend for the Merlin class with three separate open meetings to choose from. Sixteen visiting boats turned up at Midland SC on Sunday 3rd April to join eight boats from the home club for the first ‘Restricted Waters’ event of the Silver Tiller series, sponsored by Craftinsure. The event was also part of the Midland Circuit.

Race Officer Nigel Spurr set a course round seven of the club marks which included three beats. The force 2 to 3 west to south westerly wind obliged for much of the day, though it backed for a while during the second race. In the first race Mike Calvert and his new crew, Ian Garwood, opened up a good lead and were never seriously challenged. They took the gun from Matt Biggs, with Jon Gorringe in third and Steve Leney fourth.

After a good lunch the fleet went afloat for the second race over the same course. Once again the start had a strong port bias, and fleet had to decide whether to tack onto port as soon as they could or stand on towards the left hand shore before going about. Mike Calvert hit the front early on but was hotly pursued by Jon Gorringe and Andy ‘Taxi’ Davies. They finished in this order, followed by Richard Dee and Matt Biggs.

The fleet stayed afloat for the third race and the race officer set a new course to take account of a windshift. At this point a squall hit Edgbaston Reservoir with very heavy rain obscuring visibility. When the storm had passed by the race officer reverted to the original course and, with the winner of the event already decided, the bedraggled fleet set off to sort out the other places. In the lighter wind Taxi hit the front and was closely followed by Richard Dee. These two finished in that order some way ahead of Matt Biggs with Mike Calvert and Jon Gorringe in fourth and fifth.

So Mike Calvert gets his name on the Midland Mug once again, but a good showing in the final race got Taxi and Tom Pygall second place ahead of Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
13691Mike CalvertIan GarwoodAxe1142
23684Andy DavisTom PygallChase5314
33705Matt BiggsBen HollisBlithfield2535
43712Jon GorringeFrancois FungParkstone3255
53610Richard DeeChris GouldMidland8426
63583Chris MartinBen HendonBlithfield662512
73716Steve LeneyGill LeneyBlithfield492513
83339Tim MaleRebecca AldredBlithfield77714
93563Paul HollisJames DawesBlithfield910615
103674Mike AnslowChris WintersMidland118816
113568Chris BownesAndrew BownesBartley25111021
123492Steve WardLeigh WilsonBartley10151222
133402Rob KennaughAbi SpurrMidland13122525
143645Jeremy DeaconJoanne DeaconCookham Reach12132525
153680Steve WatsonJulian FordeMidland1718926
163518Julian HarmsTim HarmsMidland14142528
173566Jon WoodHeather WoodEarlswood Lakes16171329
183508Colin AndersonSean AndersonRedditch15161429
193543Andy BeardshawCharlie NoakesRedditch22201131
203496Martin SmithKaren BestonBlithfield19211534
213582Malcom HyamsIain LeiperMidland18241735
223530Mike CollesStephanie ReevesMidland20221636
233517Keith GarrettHelena TaylorMidland21191837
243412Andrew RaftryNina RafteryRedditch23231942

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