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Merlin Rocket Open at Chichester Yacht Club

by Louise Varley on 1 Apr 2014 30 March 2014
Merlins at Chichester © Mark Green

Sunday was a clear warm day with a light breeze from the south east, encouraging 21 visiting boats to turn up from clubs across the south for the Chichester Merlin Rocket Open meeting. This was part of the Craftinsure Silver Tiller series.

The breeze had come up to about 8 – 10 knots by the start time of 10.30, with the spring tide flooding strongly. It was a very tactical first race to take advantage of wind shifts and varying tidal currents. Richard Whitworth & Alice Kingsworth from Parkstone won, from Tom Lonsdale & Alice Markham (UTSC) in 2nd, and David Hayes & Jonny Ratcliffe (HISC) in 3rd.

The second race saw a little more breeze, Hayes & Ratcliffe improving to take 1st place, Neal Jones & Dave Bosnia (HISC) 2nd, and Dan Allsop & William Carroll (Lyme Regis) 3rd.

Allsop & Carroll won the 3rd race, taking 2nd overall. Whitworth & Kingsworth came in 2nd, but gained 1st place overall to claim the trophy. Mike Calvert & Ian Garwood (Axe SC) finished 3rd, but dropped to 4th overall behind Hayes & Ratcliffe.

CYC's spring season gets under way next weekend with the First Breath series. The club is also holding an Open Day on Saturday 5th April, when visitors will be shown around the club, and can apply for membership to take advantage of special spring offers.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st3703Richard WhitworthAlice KingsworthParkstone1‑523
2nd3539Dan AlsopWilliam CarrollLyme Regis‑9314
3rd373David HayesJonny RatcliffeHISC31‑94
4th3691Mike CalvertIan GarwoodAxe SC5‑638
5th3656Olly TurnerAlex WarrenShoreham44(BFD)8
6th3709Tom LonsdaleAlice MarkhamUTSC2‑979
7th3724Neal JonesDave BosniaHISC‑142810
8th3754Jon GorringeNicola BassParkstone7‑12613
9th3745Stephen CockerillSarah CockerillHISC67(BFD)13
10th3741Simon LyttonJackie LaneHISC‑1311415
11th3728Judith MasseyClare BostonHISC‑1210515
12th3707Alex JacksonSi HaightonShoreham88‑1016
13th3744Chris MartinJoe ToshUpper Thames Blithfield Midland10‑151323
14th3627Alex JonesGareth JonesCookham Reach SC‑18161127
15th3685Mark OakseyJames WarrenShoreham11‑171728
16th3442Mark StockbridgeAlyson RumballRanelagh16‑211228
17th3634B ArcherBecca JonesPYC1513‑1828
18th3643Tim HarridgeDave ReidHampton SC‑17141428
19th3748Nigel BrookeSuzie BrookeLymington Town SC‑19181634
20th3719Jeremy DeaconGraham WilliamsonCookham Reach‑20201535
21st3653Andy ChapmanMelissa ChapmanNetley‑21191938

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