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Merlin Rocket National Champs at Looe Sailing Club - Day 5

by Owners Association 22 Aug 2008 00:39 BST 17-22 August 2008

Pinnell & Bax Thursday started well, with bottles of Champagne ready and waiting for for the helms and crews of the first 21 boats. The Ranelagh Trophy was presented by Ranelagh Sailing Club on the 21st anniversary of the Merlin Rocket class, and ever since the first 21 boats on Thursdays race have been awarded a bottle for their efforts.

This morning there were great expectations and many bleary eyes after 2 races yesterday and the Championship Dinner, but the weather overcame optimism, and despite a promising breeze on the way to the race course, in fact the reality was very different. After a long postmoment, Roger Hocking and his team, guided by Alan Warren, decided to run the crews' race first, in the fickle breeze.

The first challenge was to pick whereabouts to start, largely governed by the swinging wind. The port end was favoured, and Mirror World Champion Holly Scott, crewed by Julian Parry were nearly first to the windward mark.

The Bognor Barrel winners, after a challenging race, were Trent Valley sniffers, Phil Dalby and Simon Blake in Smart Tart. Phil commented, "Great race. Fairest race of the entire champs with more stream than breeze. I was disappointed not to find a river bank though."

Despite many attemps by the Race Officer, the flukey wind defied any other championship races. Therefore we look forward to two races on Friday, the Silent World Trophy, arguably the class' finest offering, and the rescheduled Ranelagh Trophy. We'll enjoy the Champagne!

Results after Day 5:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R4R5R6Pts
1st3656Wild CardRoger GilbertJames StewartFrensham Pond11-3316
2nd3684Keyser SozeAndy DavisEllie BremerChase33-72412
4th3683BluebirdTom StewartLiam DempseyNorthampton2-554314
3rd3670Filthy GorgeousRichard WhitworthSally Ann TownendHollingworth-122111014
5th3626Business as UsualGlen TruswellOlly TurnerStarcross44-109926
7th3652Time & TideJohn BellGraham WilliamsonHampton6109-16227
6th3643MoistAlex JacksonChris DownhamShoreham8122-24527
8th3685The Black PearlWilliam WarrenChris RobinsonShoreham-10948829
9th3666Devilled KidneyChris LewnsTom PygallWhitstable513-1471136
10th3691Quick FixMike CalvertJane CalvertAxe9118-151341
12th3696Tiger TigerAlan WarrenJames WarrenShoreham1614126-7948
11th3653ArtemisJudith MasseyDave DobrijovicHayling Island72213-33648
13th3618Easy RiderJon GorringeToby LewisParkstone11-171751750
14th3665Still Not OverMatt BiggsRob KennaughBlithfield-20166121852
15th3647Liquid DreamsMark BarnesPeter NicholsonWhitstable15-241517754
16th3640Smart TartSimon BlakePhil DalbyCookham1462213-2855
17th3539Gangsta ParadiseDan AlsopJeremy WilliamsonLyme Regis SC-25718141655
19th3661Shmoozy BlueGraham ScroggieBen ScroggieParkstone1321-23221470
18th3676Hot TottyPatrick BlakeJilly BlakeCookham1720-33211270
20th3693Slippery When WetWill RaineyMatt CalvertCookham2282120-2371
21st3659ZenoJulian ParryHolly ScottHollingworth18-2316181971
22nd3690The General LeeAndy DalbyFran GiffordTrent Valley261819-322184
23rd3655Loosed CannonMark AmplefordPete HornPenzance211926-272086
24th3660DjelibeybiDave LeeLewis TurnerStarcross23-7934191591
25th3668Urban WarriorJohn PinkRach WilliamsonRYA-3825312322101
26th3610NeedlemakersRichard DeePhil ScottMidland282625-3626105
27th3606Take it EasyRoss JacksonDave ReidShoreham292730-3525111
29th3611The Phantom MenaceJen TaylorAnna BlakeHollingworth33282926-79116
28th3662Attack of the ClonesDavid WinderPippa TaylorHollingworth-7915111179116
30th3641Puff the Magic DragonMark WaterhouseAlice RookParkstone313036-6424121
31st3650HeadcaseToshAlex JonesBanbury27-79283729121
32nd3672Bola BolaJohn CooperHilary BradshawWhitstable373227-7927123
33rd3571Hakuna MatataAndy JonesBen JonesCookham362932-4434131
34th3627SnorterJon FishSophie MackleyWhitstable19-79241079132
35th3677IndecisionDave ProctorLiz NorthWhitstable4336-443037146
36th3543Storm CloudChris MartinBen TorrensBlithfieldÿ463137-7933147
37th3663BronteChris HaworthJo HarveyBlackpool & Fleetwood41-79422843154
38th3586Same Old MagicRod PorteousMaureen PorteousQueen Mary423345-5436156
39th3516Ticket to HeavenNick TurnerCarly TurnerStarcross3543-554539162
40th3675White Sauce..er..erMike FitzpatrickAustin ScullyWhitstable4534-794147167
41st3695Shiny Happy PeopleMatthew WinderKelly MillerHollingworth39-79603931169
42nd3680Shaka ZuluPaul HollisAlison TorrensMidland-7935792532171
43rd3617Nearly All OverTom ChadfieldAndy ChadfieldBlithfield-5138474346174
45th3697Too Dark N StormyRichard PageLiz PageHampton404546-5344175
44th3651JupiterColin BrockbankHarriet BrandtWembley47-79393455175
46th3628Trigger HappyRobin CharlesViv Game/Dave ParryStarcrossÿ-5337494249177
47th3600MatrixKevin AndersonSadie AndersonHampton-6047483845178
48th3614Too Dark N StormyChris DoddsJonny ToogoodHollingworth34-79402979182
49th3692NemoRien ZilvoldJulie NuttallWhitstable-7939353179184
50th3386EnchantmentAndy HayCaroline HayRYA-5442525041185
51st3687Mellow YellowAlan JacksonLorna Lavel-ChestertonMaylandsea Bay524443-5948187
52nd3466ThunderclapTony BlackmoreRichard HingstonStarcross-7953535235193
53rd3579Mango TangoStephen HarlingRichard CaineStarcrossÿ48415056-79195
54th3639CarbonatorSteve LeneyGill LeneyBlithfield44-79384079201
56th3625Point BreakRichard BramleyWilliam CarolShoreham58-79544842202
55th3664Back in BlackTudor OwenHamish KilburnWhitstable24-79207979202
57th3482Heavy ArtilleryGuy BrowneTommi CluleyTrent Valley6450-796331208
58th3379FearlessDave FowlerAmy GarnerRYA-5654565151212
59th3632Wild KnightMarcus RobbGraham WebbCookham5746-616150214
60th3673Desperate HousewifeJane SeymourChris SeymourShoreham49-79794940217
61st3437Whyte MischiefDavid HomerChris HomerMidland61495957-79226
62nd3674Autumn GoldMike AnslowLiese ScottMidland30-79417979229
63rd3577NostradormouseAnthony LoftsFrancesca LoftsSalcombe554057-7979231
64th3301Delicious MonsterStuart BaileyZoe NobleWilsonian62-79586053233
65th3403The RefrigeratorJames DawesBen EavesRedditch-6851636555234
66th3078Miss LaidMark RahnAlistair DochertyDovestone654866-6958237
67th3657RevolutionPhil EmeryKaren EmeryWhitstable32-79517979241
69th3515Busy BCharles AndersonSuzy BellHampton69-79645852243
70th3190FinlandiaMartin SmithKaren BestonRedditch-7052656759243
68th3511Heaven SentAndrew MillsDavid MarlowHampton-7979794738243
71st3530Sir TopazMike CollesPhil HarrisonMidland63-79676656252
73rd3513BellatrixRichard KingJames KingPorthpean67-79626857254
72nd3400DangerbatJames Middleton-StewartHelen Middleton-StewartWeymouth50-79794679254
74th3542SteppenwolfCalum BrebnerHamish MylesWormitÿ59-79795579272
75th3636CarmenBen JenningsLiz PoulterExe-7979796279299
76th3629Zero GravityPeter BrowneJames BrowneTrent Valley66-79797979303
77th3580ChambullsMark FullerChris GouldRYA-7979797979316
77th2563Twelve Year Old DogHugh BarryPhillipa GrayRoyal Forth-7979797979316

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