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Merlin Rocket Open at Hayling Island Sailing Club

by Ben & Louisa Archer 24 Jun 2011 11:18 BST 18-19 June 2011

This was the 12th meeting in the Craftinsure Silver Tiller series. As Hayling is the National Championship venue for the Merlins this August it was a highly competitive fleet that attended. Unfortunately the wind on Saturday was just too strong for dinghy racing and the first days racing was cancelled. But a well organised social evening in the excellently appointed club bar helped ease the pain.

Sunday began a different day and the first race was dinghy sailing at its best with the eighteen knot south westerly meaning lots of surfing and exciting downwind rides. Geoff Carveth and Graham Williamson led from start to finish, in second place Andy Davis and Tom Pygall managed to hold off John Gorringe and Toby Lewis who came in third.

For the second race of the day the wind had increased and despite following Chris Martin and Ben Hendon into the first mark, heavy weather kings William Warren and Chris Robinson won, Gorringe/Lewis had worked their way up the fleet to second. Third place was taken by Simon Lytton and Jackie Lytton, newcomers to the fleet who sailed an absolute blinder.

It was at this point that the RO Roger Palmer received a BrambleMet wind reading of thirty knots plus and wisely decided to abandon racing for the rest of the day. The fleet derigged in winds gusting forty knots. It was consistency that won the day; as Gorringe and Lewis, who hadn’t left the top three throughout the competition, came first overall. Warren and Robinson took second with Davis and Pygall in third place.

Overall Results:

1st3712Jon GorringeToby LewisParkstone YC325
2nd3685William WarrenChris RobinsonShoreham SC516
3rd3684Andy DavisTom PygallBlithfield SC246
4th3722David HayesJonny RatcliffHISC4610
5th3652Geoff CarvethGraham WilliamsonHISC11415
6th3728Judith MasseyOlly TurnerHISC7815
7th3656Simon LyttonJackie LyttonHISC14317
8th3727Tim FellsChris DownhamHISC12719
9th3705Matt BiggsBen HollisBlithfield101020
10th3696Alan WarrenWilliam Carroll 13922
11th3583Chris MartinBen Hendon 18523
12th3693Will RainesSophie MackleyShoreham SC81624
13th3702 (3690)Andy DalbyPhil DalbyHSC61925
14th3704Rod PorteousMo PorteousHISC151126
15th3676Pat BlakeJill BlakeCookham Reach SC171229
16th3731Andy JonesMaddie JonesParkstone YC201535
17th3555Tim HarridgeBen HarridgeHampton SC221739
18th3697Richard PagePeter PageHSC241842
19th3703Richard WhitworthFrancisHLSC & PYC9DNC46
20th3573Simon BondAnna CarrRYA272047
21st3610Richard DeeChris GouldMidland11DNC48
22nd3724Martin JonesVicky JonesHISCDNF1350
23rd3700Phil EmeryKaren EmeryWhitstable YC16DNF53
24th3660David LeeTim LawsStarcross YC19DNF56
25th3569John BellDuncan BellHampton SC21DNC58
26th3647Hywel Bower-PerkinsRachel DobrijevicHampton SC23DNF60
27th3710John ReesAndrea RalphHISC25DNF62
28th3692Rien ZilvoloJulie NuttallWhitstable YC26DNC63
29th3713Stephen HarlinsEleanor ThomasStarcross28DNF65
30th3726David HitchcockJill HitchcockHISC29DNC66
31st3510Mike RaineJane HillRudyard Lake SC30DNF67
32nd356Martin SmithKaren BesyonBlithfield31DNF68
33rd3599Ken DuffellBrian CorkingTamesisDNCDNC74
33rd3478Mike PartridgeClaire DavisHISCDNFDNF74
33rd3591Terry BridgewaterE BridgewaterEarlswood LakesDNFDNF74
33rd3643Alistair GlenMoira StrettonShoreham SCDNCDNF74

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