Please select your home edition
Edition
GJW 2018 728x90
Product Feature
RS400
RS400
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine


Full racing risks
New for old cover
www.noblemarine.co.uk

Vintage Merlin Rocket De Mays Series at Hampton Sailing Club

by Derek May 4 Oct 2011 09:41 BST 1 October 2011

The seventeen vintage Merlins, including visitors from Tamesis, Upper Thames, Minima, Thames, Ranelagh & Hayling Island Sailing Clubs, that took part in this round of the De Mays series were faced with a gloriously sunny day but with no wind in the morning.

The first race was duly postponed and after a wait of an hour the decision was taken to have an early lunch in the hope that the wind would appear in the afternoon.

Fortunately the wind did appear and despite the delayed start the duty officer managed to fit in three races during the afternoon.

The first race was to be won by Phil Dalby from Hampton crewed by Ben Harridge, who led from the second lap, second place being taken by Mike Stevens crewed by Nicky Tullet-Erskine from Tamesis with third place going to Matt Jones crewed by Daena Church from Tamesis Sailing Club.

The second start had Mike Stevens gain an early lead and hold this to the end of the race, close behind were Martin Hunter crewed by Joe Tosh from Upper Thames Sailing Club and with third place going to Phil Dalby.

The final race was to see a repeat of the second with the first three places going to Mike Stevens, Martin Hunter and Phil Dalby.

Overall Results:

1st, 1097, Mike Stevens & Nicky Tullet-Erskine (Tamesis Club)
2nd, 1761, Phil Dalby & Ben Harridge (Hampton Sailing Club)
3rd, 774, Martin Hunter & Joe Tosh (Upper Thames Sailing Club)
4th, 995, Matt Jones & Daena Church (Tamesis Club)

Related Articles

Merlins at Hampton
Vintage Merlin Open and Thames Series finale The Open was held in light winds and rain. After close racing in the first two races, it was all to play for in the final race with three boats each holding a first and second. Posted on 16 Oct
Merlin Rockets at Chew Valley Lake
Penultimate round of the Craftinsure Silver Tiller 2019 series The wind was forecast to be light, the rain was forecast to be wet, Sunday was forecast to be "unstable". Still, twenty Merlin Rockets gathered at the beautiful setting of Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club. Posted on 15 Oct
Merlin Rockets at Tamesis
Porteous Cup and Sondown Cup weekend The Merlin weekend is split into two events - the Vintage De May for the Porteous Cup on Saturday and the Sondown Cup on Sunday for allcomers. Posted on 10 Oct
One Design or Two?
David Henshall looks at control (and abuse) of hull shapes over the years Science fiction and the Terminator movies introduced us to the notion of shape shifting, but in the real life of the sailing dinghy world, how IS a shape defined? Posted on 9 Oct
Nautilus Merlin Rocket Inlands at Grafham Water
The swansong of summer greets the 42 boats The swansong of summer greeted the 42 Merlin Rockets who descended on Grafham Water for the Inland Championship, sponsored by Nautilus. Good breeze was promised blowing from the south east bringing with it continental warmth. Posted on 27 Sep
Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller Round 18
Blue skies warm sun and zero wind to start at Upper Thames This one-day Silver Tiller Open started with blue skies warm sun and zero wind so even with the almost non-existent stream the start of the first race had to be delayed. Posted on 23 Sep
Hyde Sails Autumn Offer now live
Discounts available on race-winning One Design sails With the 2019 season nearing an end and people at the Southampton boat show trying to pick up those end of season bargains, you too must also be thinking about winterising the boat ready for your assault on the title of your favoured class next year. Posted on 21 Sep
Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller Round 17
Lymington famously delivers whatever the weather The Craftinsure Merlin Rocket non-flying Silver Tiller circus landed at Lymington Town Sailing Club over the weekend of the 7th-8th September. Posted on 10 Sep
Minima Yacht Club Annual Regatta 2019
A good turnout of 24 boats enjoy some classic river sailing A good turnout of 24 boats, including half a dozen visitors from nearby clubs enjoyed some classic river sailing at Kingston over a weekend with conditions varying from warm sunshine and light airs to lashing rain squalls. Posted on 3 Sep
Aspire Merlin Rocket Nationals at Looe day 5
Another glamorous day on the water The penultimate day of the Aspire Merlin Rocket Championships saw another two races and was again a glamorous day on the water. Winds from the SW around 8-12 knots with five degree shifts under mainly sunny skies was the order of the day. Posted on 22 Aug