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Merlin Rocket Midland Mug at Midland Sailing Club

by Mike Anslow on 24 Mar 2012 18 March 2012

There was a considerable feeling of dejá vu about the Craftinsure Silver Tiller meeting at Midland this year. It was once again on Mothers’ Day. The same race officer and team were in charge, and there was another good turnout of visitors - many of them from Blithfield who had run their own Silver Tiller event the day before. The results, too, had a familiar ring about them.

18 visiting boats joined 9 Merlins from the home club, and race officer, Nigel Spurr, got the first race off into an easterly breeze. The light shifty conditions made for a testing race which was eventually won by Mike and Jane Calvert, followed by Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis in second and Andy (Taxi) Davis and Tom Pygall in third. Lunch was taken early to allow for an early start to the afternoon’s racing.

While lunch was being taken the clerk of the weather arranged for the wind to shift into a northerly direction – one which would make for more difficulty in approaching and leaving the windward marks. In the second race the wind favoured the few who got onto port early and many boats got stuck to the left of the beat. However, quality showed through with many of the usual suspects working their way to the front of the fleet. Mike and Jane pulled through to win from Matt and Ben with local team Richard Adams and Chris Gould in third.

The fleet stayed on the water for the final race, sailed over the same course. With Mike and Jane on shore Andy and Tom come to the fore. They won from Jon Gorringe and Toby Lewis, with Matt and Ben in third.

So Mike Calvert has got his name on the trophy yet again – his sixth win – with Jane crewing for him on this occasion. In a further repeat of last year Taxi and Tom’s win in the final race gave them second overall, ahead of Matt and Ben who once again were third.

Overall Results:

PosSailHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
13691Mike CalvertJane CalvertAxe11282
23684Andy DavisTom PygallBlithfield3414
33722Matt BiggsBen HollisBlithfield2234
43650Richard AdamsChris GouldMidland5378
53712Jon GorringeToby LewisParkstone7929
63716Steve LeneyGill LeneyBlithfield4599
73610Richard DeeChris WintersMidland66410
83663Chris HaworthJo HarveyBlackpool & Fleetwood872815
93702Duncan SalmonHarriet SalmonWembley1111516
103402Rob KennaughJohn HackettMidland1010616
113730Paul HollisJames DawesBlithfield913817
123674Mike AnslowJayden WoodMidland1381119
133568Andy BownesClaire BrimacombeShustoke15141024
143339Tim MaleRebecca MaleBlithfield12121224
153508Colin AndersonSean AndersonRedditch14171327
163680Steve WatsonPhil ScottMidland16221430
173619Guy BrowneLuke TurnerTrent Valley23181533
183547Peter MaleNeil HarperBlithfield17161833
193581Mark ReddingtonColin StaiteBartley19152834
203582Malcom HyamsIain LeiperMidland18191735
213530Mike CollesTyrone WoodMidland26211637
223517Keith GarrettDan BarrettMidland22201939
233567Martin SmithKaren BestonBlithfield21232142
243437David HomerChris HomerMidland20242444
253548Kieron MasonHenry MasonBlithfield28262046
263533Russell BrayshawNicola WolkinsonHollowell25272247
273346Ian MacKenzieAngela MacKenzieBlithfield24252347

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