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Merlin Rocket Vintage Open at Hunts Sailing Club

by Mike Liggett 21 May 2010 16:49 BST 15 May 2010

A total of 8 Merlins from as far afield as Shearwater SC in the west, and Hollingworth Lake in the north, came to Hunts for the second 2010 qualifying De May Trophy event. As usual there were a variety of designs ranging from Holt Riants to a Mike Jackson wide Superstition. Nick Crickmore was sailing his beautifully restored Mk VI “Buzzard” on her first outing for many years.

A total of 3 races were sailed in a light to moderate north to NW wind. Courses were set offering good up wind and off wind legs, making the most of the lake.

Line honours went repeatedly to Charlie Morgan in “Lady Anne” (Procter IXb) who pulled well away from the chasing bunch in all three races and was able to maintain this position on handicap. Further down the field there was plenty of action and quite a lot of place changing. “Squirrel”, the only ribbed boat sailing, was just able to squeeze out “Sprite Full” for 2nd overall.

This year this event was combined with a CVRDA meeting and Merlins took 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th places overall.

Merlin Results:

PosSail Boat HelmCrewClub
11978Lady AnneCharlie MorganHayley ManningTamesis Club
2235SquirrelMike LiggettLes YoungHunts SC
3507Sprite FullChris BarlowLois BarlowShearwater SC
41066Ten Sixty SixTim BuryPat KuenzlerBanbury SC
5552BuzzardNick CrickmoreJon ThompsonWaveney & O B SC
62121Half CutSandy LavellePat JonesShearwater SC
72410Atilla the HuntIan LaingThomasHollingworth Lake SC
81357ChimpMervyn AllenAnnaRanelagh SC

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