Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resources 2017 728x90

Merlin Rocket Open at Hampton Sailing Club

by Tim Harridge 2 Oct 2011 22:54 BST 2 October 2011
Merlins at Hampton © Claudia Wheeler

It was a beautiful, if somewhat windless ‘Indian’ summer’s day that greeted 28 competitors to the Hampton Silver Tiller. As a result, the first race was postponed until a reasonable breeze filled in, and racing got underway at 12.30. Due to the good turn out and small start line, the fleet was divided into 4 flights. Chris Simon was a welcome addition to the Race Team and as an ‘on the water judge’; his patrolling of the river reducing infringements of rule 42. Richard Harris was the first victim of the whistle about 10 seconds after his first start – following this, the fleet was generally well behaved.

1761 (Phil Dalby and Ben Harridge, of Hampton) won the first race, with 1079 (Richard and Harry Harris, of Tamesis) coming in second. After a hard fought race, race two went to 3347 (David Vines and Fran Gifford, of Tamesis) followed by 3702 (Duncan and Harriet Salmon, of Wembley).

The wind picked up over lunch making for great sailing and the second session the most enjoyable of the day. Race three was also won by 3347 (David and Fran), this time beating 1097 (Mike Stevens and Nicky Tullet, of Tamesis). And race four was won by 1079 (Richard and Harry) with 1761 (Phil and Ben) coming in second.

Race five had new winners in 3702 (Duncan and Harriet) beating 1201 John Ibbotson and Chris Downham of Ranelagh) who had finally found their form. 3347 (David and Fran) remained a consistent and took their third bullet of the day from a very close battle with 1761 (Phil and Ben) to seal their win.

Overall a great day’s sailing was had by all with varied but generally good conditions. Many thanks to all of the competitors (both home and visiting), the race team, caters and bar staff.

Overall Results:

1st 3347, David Vines and Fran Gifford
2nd 3702, Duncan and Harriet Salmon
3rd 1761, Phil Dalby / Ben Harridge / Andrea Ralph
4th 1079, Richard and Harry Harris
5th 1097, Mike Stevens and Nicky Tullet
6th 3707, Simon and Simon (Shoreham Sailing Club)

Related Articles

Merlin Rocket Class Training at the WPNSA
To be held on 20th/21st April 2019 It is a busy time in the Merlin Rocket world. As well as recently opening their Aspire 2019 Championship website and entry, 2018 Merlin National Champion, Christian Birrell, has also announced details of this year's Merlin Rocket Training weekend. Posted on 10 Jan
Aspire Merlin Rocket National Championship preview
Enter now for August event at Looe The Aspire 2019 Champs website is now open for entries. Our thanks are due to Aspire, Looe SC and to all of our associate sponsors for their early confirmation. I am pleased to say that our social programme is already well developed. Posted on 9 Jan
Craftinsure continue sponsorship of Silver Tiller
Merlin Rocket open meeting series throughout 2019 The Merlin Rocket Class is delighted to announce that Craftinsure and Magic Marine will be continuing their support of the class Silver Tiller in 2019, with Craftinsure as the title sponsor and Magic Marine as clothing partner. Posted on 18 Dec 2018
From Theory to Practice
The Hard Route to Ultimate Boatspeed We speak to Hyde Sails' Nigel & Jack Grogan. It has been noticeable that their strategy for the last four years has been to concentrate on specific dinghy and small keelboat classes, making sure they are getting it right. Posted on 14 Dec 2018
Merlin Rocket 'Extension' at Lymington
Winner-takes-all race as a re-run of October's cancelled event Sunday 2nd December saw the Merin Rocket Lymington Silver Tiller Extension, one race where the winner takes all for the glassware from the cancelled class event back in October due to lack of wind. Posted on 4 Dec 2018
Merlin Rocket Downriver race at Ranelagh
Thames Series finale from Putney Sunday 28th October saw the Merlin Rocket Thames Series finale take place at Ranelagh Sailing Club. In the days preceding the event, it became apparent that no-one was coming. A full money back guarantee was offered if the day was not enjoyed. Posted on 1 Nov 2018
Merlin Rocket Inlands at Cardiff
Last event of the Merlin Rocket class 'Grand Slam' series At last the long-awaited Nautilus Yachting Merlin Rocket Inland Championship took place at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, after a postponement due to adverse weather. Posted on 31 Oct 2018
Hampton Sailing Club Merlin Rocket Open
Vintage day and Craftinsure Silver Tiller weekend Over the weekend of 13th and 14th October 2018 Hampton Sailing Club hosted their annual Merlin Rocket Open Weekend on the River Thames near Hampton Court. Posted on 18 Oct 2018
Merlin Rockets at Blithfield
A particularly wet and bleak day greets competitors A particularly wet and bleak day greeted competitors as they arrived to Blithfield SC for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller event. The forecast was for a light to medium breeze from the Northwest with the afternoon brightening up a little. Posted on 17 Oct 2018
Saxton and Lewis reign supreme
At the 2018 Endeavour Trophy Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis have won the 2018 Endeavour Trophy for the fourth time in succession with an impressive scoreline of six wins writes Sue Pelling. Posted on 15 Oct 2018