Please select your home edition
Edition
Sailingfast 2018 2 728x90

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

Related Articles

Merlin Rockets at Mumbles
A new venue for Craftinsure Silver Tiller Round 4 On the (very sunny) weekend of 17th - 18th July, a small but very dedicated group of Merlin Rocket teams headed down to Mumbles Yacht Club on the beautiful Gower Peninsular in South Wales for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller. Posted on 21 Jul
Merlin Rocket Downriver Race at Ranelagh
Carnival atmosphere on the Putney embankment The format of this race, which is one of the highlights of the Merlin Thames Series, is a race from Putney on the ebbing tide down to Battersea with one turning mark and then back to Putney on the flood. Posted on 18 Jul
Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week overall
Winner not decided until the end of the final race With the title still not decided, competitors were welcomed by more breeze than had been forecast, again from the South-West giving very enjoyable sailing conditions. Posted on 9 Jul
Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week day 5
The maths is such that Birrell & Potts could still win from Gillard & Holman Wednesday evening saw a lovely celebration of Spud Rowsell's life with humorous recollections from Alan Warren, Barry Dunning, Jon Turner, Keith Callaghan, Pat Blake and Scotty. A life well lived. Posted on 8 Jul
Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week day 4
Conditions for Wednesday were close to perfect Following the excitement of Tuesday's racing, conditions for Wednesday were close to perfect. A force 3-4 South-westerly was blowing up the harbour with enough shifts and gusts to make for interesting racing. Posted on 7 Jul
Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week day 3
A breeze day in Salcombe Harbour! All eyes had been on the forecast for Tuesday since the start of the week and it did not disappoint. The storm had passed through overnight and by the morning the sun was out and the wind was ripping down through the harbour with some vicious gusts. Posted on 6 Jul
Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week day 2
A morning of sunshine though precious little wind In contrast to the first morning rain, competitors at Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week were greeted by a morning of sunshine though precious little wind. Posted on 5 Jul
Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week day 1
The ritual of crossing the estuary to Mill Bay returns Two years have passed since the fleet last descended on Salcombe for the Salcombe Gin sponsored Merlin Week, so it was with much excitement that the morning fleet set about the ritual of crossing the estuary to Mill Bay to prepare for the morning race. Posted on 4 Jul
Merlin Rockets at Starcross
22 boats turn out for Craftinsure Silver Tiller Round 3 The Merlin Rocket sailors arrived at Starcross to a friendly welcome and light SE winds carrying the delectable smell of bacon butties throughout the dinghy park for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller on 19th and 20th June. Posted on 23 Jun
Merlin Rockets at Minima
Craftinsure De May Vintage & Thames Series event The Minima De May and Thames Series open meeting took place on one of the hottest days of the year so far, with a very light and shifting breeze. Posted on 16 Jun