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Selden Merlin Rocket National Championship at Penzance - Day 5

by Tim Fells on 18 Aug 2016 14-19 August 2016

Thursday at the Selden Merlin Rocket Championships started inauspiciously with low cloud and a fickle breeze from the west which was insufficiently reliable for the PRO to call the fleet to sea.

A three hour postponement ensued and proved to be absolutely the right decision with a 10-12 knot breeze from 280 degrees established for the start.

Away first time under a U flag, the first most significant moment of the race was Stu Bithell and Tom Pygall jumping the gun at the pin which, following Stu's away day, ended their shot at the title.

Chris Jennings and Pete Horn launched out of the middle of the line and were clear ahead at the first mark and then extend a 100 metre lead at the end of the first triangle. Nick Craig and Alan Roberts led the chase, while overall leaders Roger Gilbert and James Stewart extricated themselves from a second row start to move through to second by the top of the second beat.

This being the Champagne Race, a full four laps and beat were set providing two hours of hard fought racing throughout the fleet. Roger and James slowly ate into Chris and Pete's lead but ultimately ran out of track and had to settle for second. This though was enough to give them the title with a day to spare with a highly consistent set of results (1,1,2,2,4).

Nick and Alan had to retire with rudder problems while Simon Potts and Ally Martin took their best result of the week in third. Ben and Roz McGrane secured another fourth to strengthen their hold on second overall. Steve Hall and Si Haighton added fifth to a strong series, while the young, talented Peter Ballantine with Ben Hollis came home sixth.

Champagne was generously provided for the helm and crew of the first 21 teams by Winder Boats.

Results after Day 5:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR2R1R3R4R5Pts
1stGold3722Roger GilbertJames StewartFrensham Pond2‑42127
2ndGold3739Ben McGraneRoz McGraneNetley33‑84414
3rdGold3658Chris JenningsPete HornBurghfield510‑143119
4thGold3777Simon PottsAlly MartinBurghfield106‑125324
5thGold3774Jon TurnerRichard ParslowLyme72‑1561227
6thGold3776Nick CraigAlan RobertsFrensham Pond45118(DNF)28
7thGold3645Steve HallSimon HaightonBurnham6‑121010531
8thGold3753Michael SimsRichard BrownCarsington9‑151121133
9thGold3764Tim FellsOli WellsSalcombe1385‑171036
10thGold3770David HayesJonny RatcliffeHayling Island876‑221637
11thGold3778Chris GouldChris KilsbyBlithfield17‑26172743
12thGold3735Richard WhitworthPippa TaylorHollingworth21977(OCS)44
13thGold3730Pete BallantineBen HollisSalcombe / Blithfield12‑191319650
14thGold3754Jon GorringeToby LewisParkstone141416‑20953
15thGold3656Olly TurnerGraham SextonStarcross11209‑261858
16thGold3775Stuart BithellTom PygallHollingworth114(DNC)OCS59
17thGold3691Mike CalvertSean AndersonAxe YC1918‑2891359
18thGold3733Dave WadeRachel RhodesNorthampton151622(RET)861
19thGold3673Caroline CroftBeka JonesBlithfield‑201320141461
20thGold3759Sam BarkerMegan PascoeCastle Cove‑221719151566
21stGold3746Dan WillettPete NicholsonBrightlingsea16291816(RET)79
22ndGold3756William WarrenChris DownhamShoreham(DSQ)2125231786
23rdSilver3727Mark StockbridgeNeil DaviesRanelagh18‑3424302193
24thSilver3685Sophie MackleyJames WarrenShoreham‑303021242095
25thSilver3641Mark WaterhouseMatt CurrelParkstone27242325(OCS)99
26thSilver3740Pat BlakeJilly BlakeCookham2322‑363322100
27thSilver3539Dan AlsopFrances GiffordLyme/ PSUK‑3823321333101
28thSilver3744Chris MartinOliver MacleanMidland3925‑412119104
29thSilver3779David LeeTim LawsStarcross28‑36262926109
30thSilver3690Tim HarridgeLucy BurnHampton252727‑3131110
31stSilver3716Steve LeneyGill LeneyBlithfield‑4235331830116
32ndSilver3769Graham Cranford‑SmithSteve PenfoldSalcombe24‑40383224118
33rdGold3684Andy DavisAlex WarrenBlithfield(OCS)113DNCDNC120
34thSilver3564Rob KennaughColin AndersonMidland2633(RET)2736122
35thSilver3773Alan WarrenBill CarrollShoreham31‑39342829122
36thGold3707David HallMari ShepherdBlackwater4028(RET)3423125
37thBronze3683Ben JonesHelen HilditchShoreham323230‑3632126
38thBronze3772Phil EmeryDavid HawkinsWhitstable37‑45293925130
39thSilver3566James WellsLiz WellsStarcross2938(DNC)4128136
40thSilver3643Mark BarwellLouise JohnsonLymington Town363137‑4335139
41stBronze3651Colin BrockbankMartin HughesWembley343739‑4234144
42ndSilver3714Richard BurtonAlice MarkhamUpper Thames3547(DNC)4027149
43rdBronze3767Ben ArcherTheo HarrisParkstone41423135(DNF)149
44thBronze3713Steve HarlingEleanor ThomasStarcross4344(DNC)3737161
45thBronze3628Robin CharlesDan NewmanStarcross44‑46354639164
46thSilver3709Tom LonsdaleRhos HawesUpper Thames3341(RET)38RET165
47thBronze3518Julian HarmsTimothy HarmsMidland464342‑4738169
48thBronze3704Jemma HughesCharlotte CotterThames45‑48444441174
49thBronze3734Phil AshworthAli AshworthWeymouth(OCS)50404540175
50thBronze3511Andrew MillsEllie MillsHampton475143(RET)42183
51stBronze3352John DonoghueCharles VernalTBC484945(RET)43185
DNQGold75AAlex WarrenTom PygallShoreham(DNC)DNCDNC11DNC170

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