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Selden Merlin Rocket National Championship at Penzance - Day 2

by Tim Fells on 15 Aug 2016 14-19 August 2016

With two practice races under their belts on day one, both the competitors and race committee were ready and raring to go on day two. Conditions looked ideal with a building ESE and brilliant sunshine.

Out on the race track the race team set a perfectly square line allowing the fleet to get away first time under a U flag. Although the forecast was for 17-21 knots, it never delivered and most of the race was sailed in 10-12 knots but with a building wave set to navigate through. The course was a beauty with great surfing on reaches and runs.

The first beat was pretty even, but there was just a bit more pressure and a few degrees of starboard lift on the right to bring Ben and Roz McGrane round in first, narrowly ahead of Nick Craig / Alan Roberts, Roger Gilbert / James Stewart and Stu Bithell / Tom Pygall all of whom had gone middle left. Taxi and Alex Warren were pulled out at the first mark for being OCS.

The first reach was a key leg with Stu and Tom getting high and then picking a big wave set to plane down over the top of the leading bunch to round the gybe mark clear ahead. From there on they were able to use their pace to keep a loose cover on the chasing bunch. Although there were some pressure variations and 5-10 degree shifts, the quality of the fleet is such that it was very difficult to make progress.

At the line Stu and Tom took the gun, already looking strong favourites for the title. Roger and James battled to second with Ben and Roz completing the podium. Nick and Alan were fourth with Chris Jennings and Pete Horn fifth. Steve Hall and Si Haighton took their best ever Merlin champs results in sixth.

The forecast is for the wind to continue in the SE overnight and build. This should deliver some big waves for what is now a two race day.

Results after Day 2: (race 1 to be re-sailed on Wednesday)

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR2Pts
1stGold3775Stuart BithellTom PygallHollingworth11
2ndGold3722Roger GilbertJames StewartFrensham Pond22
3rdGold3739Ben McGraneRoz McGraneNetley33
4thGold3776Nick CraigAlan RobertsFrensham Pond44
5thGold3658Chris JenningsPete HornBurghfield55
6thGold3645Steve HallSimon HaightonBurnham66
7thGold3774Jon TurnerRichard ParslowLyme77
8thGold3770David HayesJonny RatcliffeHayling Island88
9thGold3753Michael SimsRichard BrownCarsington99
10thGold3777Simon PottsAlly MartinBurghfield1010
11thGold3656Olly TurnerGraham SextonStarcross1111
12thGold3730Pete BallantineBen HollisSalcombe / Blithfield1212
13thGold3764Tim FellsOli WellsSalcombe1313
14thGold3754Jon GorringeToby LewisParkstone1414
15thGold3733Dave WadeRachel RhodesNorthampton1515
16thGold3746Dan WillettPete NicholsonBrightlingsea1616
17thGold3778Chris GouldChris KilsbyBlithfield1717
18thSilver3727Mark StockbridgeNeil DaviesRanelagh1818
19thGold3691Mike CalvertSean AndersonAxe YC1919
20thGold3673Caroline CroftBeka JonesBlithfield2020
21stGold3735Richard WhitworthPippa TaylorHollingworth2121
22ndSilver3759Sam BarkerMegan PascoeCastle Cove2222
23rdSilver3740Pat BlakeJilly BlakeCookham2323
24thSilver3769Graham Cranford‑SmithSteve PenfoldSalcombe2424
25thSilver3690Tim HarridgeLucy BurnHampton2525
26thSilver3564Rob KennaughColin AndersonMidland2626
27thGold3756William WarrenChris DownhamShoreham2727
28thSilver3641Mark WaterhouseMatt CurrelParkstone2828
29thSilver3779David LeeTim LawsStarcross2929
30thSilver3566James WellsLiz WellsStarcross3030
31stSilver3685Sophie MackleyJames WarrenShoreham3131
32ndSilver3773Alan WarrenBill CarrollShoreham3232
33rdBronze3683Ben JonesHelen HilditchShoreham3333
34thSilver3709Tom LonsdaleRhos HawesUpper Thames3434
35thBronze3651Colin BrockbankMartin HughesWembley3535
36thSilver3714Richard BurtonAlice MarkhamUpper Thames3636
37thSilver3643Mark BarwellLouise JohnsonLymington Town3737
38thBronze3772Phil EmeryDavid HawkinsWhitstable3838
39thSilver3539Dan AlsopFrances GiffordLyme/ PSUK3939
40thSilver3744Chris MartinTBCMidland4040
41stGold3707David HallMari ShepherdBlackwater4141
42ndSilver3767Ben ArcherTheo HarrisParkstone4242
43rdSilver3716Steve LeneyGill LeneyBlithfield4343
44thBronze3713Steve HarlingEleanor ThomasStarcross4444
45thBronze3628Robin CharlesDan NewmanStarcross4545
46thBronze3704Jemma HughesCharlotte CotterThames4646
47thBronze3518Julian HarmsTimothy HarmsMidland4747
48thBronze3511Andrew MillsEllie MillsHampton4848
49thBronze3352John DonoghueCharles VernalTBC4949
50thBronze3561Kieran O'FarrellAnnabelle StewardWembleyDNC55
50thBronze3653Andy ChapmanMelissa ChapmanWestonDNC55
50thGold3684Andy DavisAlex WarrenBlithfieldOCS55
50thBronze3734Phil AshworthAli AshworthWeymouthOCS55
50thBronze35APip TaylorAlex PaulseyThamesDNC55

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