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Merlin Rocket Open at Midland Sailing Club

by Mike Anslow 31 Mar 2010 11:03 BST 28 March 2010

Midland Sailing Club welcomed 28 Merlin Rockets to their Midland Circuit event on 28th March. Visitors came from as far away as Devon, Brightlingsea and London, and there was a large contingent from local clubs. This was also a Silver Tiller event, sponsored by Speed Sails.

In fine sunny weather and a westerly force 3 Race Officer Nigel Spurr set a course with 2 longish beats. Shifts and gusts kept teams on their toes and places could easily be won and lost. Andy ‘Taxi’ Davis (Chase SC) and Mike Calvert (Axe SC) battled for the lead followed by Matt Biggs (Blithfield SC) and Richard Adams from the home club. Mike eventually got through to take the gun from Andy, with Matt and Richard third and fourth.

After lunch, due to a slight windshift the Race Officer set a different course for the second race. The strong port bias on the line made it important to get onto port tack as soon as possible. Matt led at the end of the first lap followed by Richard, Mike and Andy. These places were held until the final beat when Richard, approaching from one side, was able to tack and cross the finish line a foot ahead of Matt. Mike was third and Andy fourth. This meant that any one of these four was in with a chance of winning the meeting. During the race the pleasant spring conditions had encouraged the race management team to send out for ice creams, and the Race Officer decided to delay shortening course for a couple of legs whilst they enjoyed them!

The final race was sailed over the same course. Matt took an early lead followed by Andy and Richard Adams, but Mike found himself in fifth behind Richard Dee of Midland SC. By the end of the second lap Richard Dee had got through into third. Matt lead the fleet home followed by Andy Davies, Richard Dee, Richard Adams and Mike Calvert.

This left Matt as winner of the Midland Mug for the second year running with Mike Calvert coming second on countback from Andy Davis.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
13705Matt BiggsBen HollisBlithfield3213
23691Mike CalvertJane CalvertAxe1354
33684Andy DavisTom PygallChase2424
43655Richard AdamsRob KennaughMidland4145
53610Dickie DeeChris GouldMidland5738
63702Duncan SalmonIan GarwoodWembley125611
73716Steve LeneyGill LeneyBlithfield66812
83563Paul HollisIain LeiperBlithfield78714
93717David CharltonCelza CharltonBrightlingsea910918
103617Tom ChadfieldAndy ChadfieldBlithfield2991019
113674Mike AnslowChris WintersMidland10111121
123666C JordanG Jordan?14121224
133518Julian HarmsTim HarmsMidland13291427
143645Jeremy DeaconJ Deaconcookham16142930
153566J WoodH Wood?19181331
163496Martin SmithK LewisRedditch17161531
173530Mike CollesIan AndersonMidland15201631
183240C AndersonS Anderson?18151732
193619Guy BrowneTom CluelyTrent Valley20132933
203583Chris MartinAbi SpurrBlithfield8292937
213543A BeardsheadP Fuller?22191938
223403James DawesSteveRedditch21211839
233663Chris HaworthJo HarveyBlackpool & Fylde11292940
243582Malcom HyamsDan BarrettMidland23292043
253680Steve WatsonAndrew ProsserMidland29172946
263581Roger PassMegan WardMidland29222951
27=522Dave TrottSue AnnMidland29292958
27=3489Richard TurnerE BinningBanbury29292958

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