Merlin Rocket Open Meeting at Cookham Reach Sailing Club
Whilst the dominating high pressure did nothing for the strength of the wind, it did persuade 29 boats to enter this year’s Craftinsure Silver Tiller event for the Cookham Shield. OOD David Phillips, had no alternative except to postpone the start allowing the competitors more time to prepare for the challenge ahead and enjoy the hospitality of this most welcoming of Thames sailing clubs.
The fleet was split into four flights and finally released from shore for the first race. However such were the conditions 13 boats did not finish. The flight winners were 1079 Passing Cloud – Richard Harris and 1097 Flinkidink – Mike Stephens.
The OOD and his team were given a real challenge throughout the day and for the second race after lunch re-sited the start line. Conditions were still testing, but whilst the wind direction was variable, the strength was definitely improving. As a result only two boats did not finish. 1079 was again a winner with the other start being won by 774 Quiver – Martin Hunter. They were followed by 3702 Salmon en Croute – Duncan Salmon and 1097- Mike Stephens
The safety boat crews were having a pleasant restful time but were brought into action with a dismasting and a bizarre capsize by 3650, Lawrence Tosh crewed by his son Joe. The excuse was that the helm wanted to adjust his racing flag! Despite this, 3650 was still able to take part in the third race.
Race 3 had the most wind of the day with the northerly bias allowing spinnakers to be flown on the downwind leg. The challenge for the OOD was now trying to guess for how long he could keep the race going in the late afternoon when the wind could suddenly fail at any time. The flight winners were 1079 and 774 followed by 1097 and 3702 respectively.
Throughout the day and in each flight there had been close competition with everyone having experienced their own disaster or bit of luck. The final results were very close.
The Peter Flanagan Trophy (kindly donated by his widow, Christine, and to be awarded to the highest placed Cookham boat) was won by 3645 Blue Velvet – Jeremy and Jo Deacon.
The Cookham Shield went to 1079 Passing Cloud – Richard and Harry Harris. Tamesis SC.
|1||Passing Cloud||1079||Richard Harris||Harry Harris||Tamesis SC||1||1||1||2|
|2||Quiver||774||Martin Hunter||Jack Tosh||Upper Thames SC||2||1||1||2|
|3||Flinkidink||1097||Mike Stephens||Name lost!||Tamesis SC||1||2||2||3|
|4||Salmon en Croute||3702||Duncan Salmon||Harriet Salmon||Wembley SC||4||2||2||4|
|5||Shenandoah||3088||Andrew Harris||Francis Gifford||Tamesis SC||2||3||3||5|
|6||Monkey Business||3707||Alex Jackson||Lady Sadie||Shoreham SC||3||4||4||7|
|7||Headcase||3650||Lawrence Tosh||Joe Tosh||Banbury SC||3||DNF||4||7|
|8||Shoestring||1136||Joe McLaughlin||Tom McLaughlin||Tamesis SC||5||5||3||8|
|9||Blue Velvet||3645||Jeremy Deacon||Joanne Deacon||CRSC||5||3||5||8|
|10||Needlemakers||3610||Richard Dee||Chris Gould||Midland SC||4||4||DNC||8|
|11||Light Fantastic||3555||Tim Harridge||The Gray||Hampton SC||8||6||5||11|
|12||Delirium||3637||Alan Broadbent||Russell Hall||Wembley SC||7||5||7||12|
|13||Cobra||3465||Graham Webb||Mary Webb||CRSC||DNF||6||6||12|
|14||Hot Totty||3676||Pat Blake||Jilly Blake||CRSC||DNF||7||6||13|
|15||Encore Fumee||3371||Paul Dean||Nicki Della Porta||Wembley SC||6||10||8||14|
|16||Wild Knight||3632||Marcus Robb||Rebecca Roberts||CRSC||DNF||8||7||15|
|17||Lovebyte||3334||Alex Singleton||Kevin Singleton||CRSC||7||9||10||16|
|18||Hakuna Matata||3571||Andy Jones||Maddie Jones||Parkstone SC||9||7||DNF||16|
|19||An Bradan Fease||3535||Anthony Rickaby||Mayuri Shah||Wembley SC||DNF||9||8||17|
|20||Mornington Crescent||3290||James Hall||Josh Hall||CRSC||DNF||11||9||20|
|21||Crescendo||607||Berry Ritchie||Sue Harris||Tamesis SC||6||DNC||DNC||22|
|22||Second Thought||3570||Roy Reuter||Nick Reuter||CRSC||DNF||8||DNC||24|
|23||Snorter||3627||Dan Willett||Pete Nicholson||Brightlingsea SC||DNF||DNC||DNC||32|
|23||Midnight Flight||3681||Douglas Maxwell||Nigel Harniman||Wembley SC||DNF||DNC||DNC||32|
|23||Rioja 'n' Roll||3717||David Charlton||Celia Charlton||Brightlingsea SC||DNF||DNF||DNC||32|
|23||Tenacious||3456||Martin Evans||Chris Evans||CRSC||DNF||DNC||DNC||32|
|23||Eureka||3106||Brian Clarke||Nick Wilson||Ranelagh SC||DNF||DNC||DNC||32|
|23||Die Fledermaus||3344||Clive Evison||Tricia Evison||CRSC||DNF||DNC||DNC||32|
|23||Summit Fever||3594||Alan Markham||Alice Markham||Upper Thames SC||DNF||DNC||DNC||32|