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Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Open at Whitstable Yacht Club

by John Cooper on 26 Jun 24-25 June 2017

Whitstable Yacht Club hosted its annual Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller event sponsored by Craftinsure over the weekend of 24th-25th June.

A relatively small fleet (compared to previous years) of 18 boats entered which was due to a combination of a full-on breeze forecast and Salcombe Week starting the following weekend.

The absentees missed a cracking weekends sailing in champagne conditions.

Saturday saw three races sailed over a changing tide with no recalls (honest!). The three race wins were shared between Andy 'Taxi' Davis crewed by Alex Warren and William Warren crewed by Chris Kilsby. Taxi and Alex coming out on top with a 1,1,3 compared to William and Chris' 4,2,1.

Sunday arrived with sunnier skies, no less wind but with less water leading to a short postponement.

Taxi and Alex had another battle on their hands this time with Christian Birrell. Both scored a 1st and 2nd and by winning the last race Taxi and Alex won both the Holden Cup for overall and the Melbourne Cup for Sunday's races.

The Merlin fleet reverted to their normal ways on Sunday, when with the aid of the tide under the fleet, the black flag was used for both starts. Lots of great racing in superb conditions, a few swims, a few penalty turns and no protests. Perfect!

Thanks to Race Officer Huw Reynolds and all his team for a fantastic weekend's sailing.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
13684Keyser SozeAndy DavisAlex WarrenBartley S.C11‑3215
23756RobertW WarrenCurtis KilsbyShoreham421‑11613
33763Dancing BraveMark BarnesAlex HorlockWYC‑6525315
43759Red MistressSam PascoeMegan PascoeCastle Cove S C334‑6515
53770ShinyDavid HayesJonny RatcliffeHISC‑5453416
63658BernardChris JenningsPete HornBurghfield26‑84719
73735The Clone WarsSimon BlakePippa TaylorCookham Reach/Thames7767‑827
83772 Phil EmeryDave HawkinsWYC9978‑1033
93685Black PearlSophie MackleyMary HendersonShoreham81199‑1237
103788Boat nameChristian BirrellStuart Bithel (DNF)DNCDNF1241
113634Minestry of PleasureRichard CoulterLouis LappageFishers Green1210(DNF)12943
123672Bola BolaJohn CooperHilary BradshawWYC1112(DNC)101144
133568Misguuided MissileMali HarnettMeia HarnettWYC141510‑161352
142740Why AskPat BlakeJilly BlakeCookham Reach108(DNC)DNSDNC56
153640 Rein Zilvold WYC1313(DNF)15DNF60
163692NemoJulie NuttallSteve MitchellWYC(DNF)DNCDNC131465
173604DesafinadoTimothy BarrPhillip BarrThames Sailing Club(DNF)14DNC17DNF69
183644Jon BloicePhillipa Bloice WYC(DNS)DNCDNC14BFD71

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