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Merlin Rocket Open Meeting at Brightlingsea Sailing Club

by Ben Archer 15 Sep 2010 23:33 BST 11-12 September 2010

13 Merlin Rockets arrived for the Silver Tiller Open Meeting held at Brightlingsea Sailing Club this weekend. The series is sponsored by Speed Sails.

Saturday started out dull, but by the end of the day the competitors were sailing in bright sunshine. The start was delayed for an hour due to gusts of up to 28 knots, with the forecast for the winds to moderate. After a postponed start racing finally got underway with some exhilarating off wind legs created by a Force 5 to 6 over an exceptionally high Spring tide.

Race 1 was won by Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis, with Dave Winder and Pippa Taylor in second place. These results were reversed in Race 2. Brightlingsea team Piers Lambert and Tim Bees claimed third place in both the Saturday races.

After an exciting afternoon’s sailing it was good to enjoy a relaxing evening in the clubhouse with a free evening meal for all the competitors.

Sunday saw much lighter winds, although they proved to be more shifty. The team of Biggs and Hollis were again victorious, winning Races 3 and 4 with a 3rd place result in Race 5, which was enough to give them the overall first place. Dave and Pippa were finally only one point behind, despite winning the 5th race, which was enough to give them 2nd place.

Top Brightlingsea boat was helmed by Dan Willet with his crew, Pete Nicholson, who did well to gain second place in two of the Sunday races to give them the overall 3rd place.

Overall Results:

PosBoatSailHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st2 Pints of Lager3705Matt BiggsBen Hollis1211-35
2ndAttack of the Clones3662David WinderPippa Taylor212-316
3rdSnorter3627Dan WilletPete Nicholson-6542213
4thCarbon foot print3716Steve LeneyGill Leney-5434516
5thSnakey B3671Piers LambertTim Bees3377(DNF)20
6thBack to the Future3583Chris MartinBen Hendon4765-822
7thCool Cookie3620Andy BinesDerick Gentry-8688729
8thRioja'n Roll3717Dave CharltonCelia Charlton(DNS)DNS106434
9thBlue Bird3683David HayesLou Johnson11(DNF)512634
10thIF3686Paul AldridgeMelissa Sorrell7(DNF)1110937
11th?3688Chris BinesSarah Bines108(DNF)91037
12thEnchanted Evening3666Chris JordanGill Jordan9(DNS)9111140
13thPOO-BAH1791Jonathan ReubinsMartin Magee(DNF)DNSDNSDNSDNS56

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