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Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Salcombe Yacht Club

by Jayne Morris 4 Apr 2012 12:22 BST 31 March - 1 April 2012

Sailing for the Audrey Petit Memorial Trophy

It was with great anticipation of the new Open Sailing season that forty-seven Merlin’s arrived in Salcombe with balmy weather for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller Open meeting. Phil Dalby – often seen at the sharp end of many a winning Merlin- turned forty and the weekend proved a great celebration. Saturday dawned and the easterly wind had brought cooler weather but for those on the water the challenges of sailing in Salcombe gave plenty of reasons to get hot!

In Race 1 Dave Winder & Pippa Taylor went flying off the blocks and together with David Hayes & Jonny Ratcliff it looked like these two boats had the race won. But they sailed into a hole and Matt Biggs & Ben Hollis were quick to catch up, although Dave Winder went on to take line honours.

The Home fleets of Salcombe were now on the water for Race 2. Jon Ibbotson was leading comfortably and then got “bagged in the notorious Bag” on the way up to Gerston (a strange area of local wind that has at times been the downfall of many a race winning crew). The Bag was chaos with boats changing places with each shift. Tom Stewart & Steve Hall however came out on top and then held their lead to win the race. Jon Gorringe & Toby Lewis gained several places close tacking up the Town shore on the final beat against the tide to come second.

Tom Stewart & Steve Hall buoyed up from Saturday were clearly on form and they won Races 3 & 4 on Sunday too. In both races Jon Gorringe & Toby Lewis pushed them hard but could not get past.

The Race Box was alarmed at one point to see a man overboard, and 20m from their boat (3574), John Donahugh and Amiee Cleaves managed to recover the situation themselves and carry on.

Salcombe Yacht Club is really looking forward to welcoming the Merlin’s back in July for Merlin Week. This event is normally limited to just a 100 boats but at this stage there are still just few spaces remaining so contact the club and enter if you haven’t already done so. The mixture of fine sailing and fun socializing is not to be missed!

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stThe Dark Side3733Tom StewartSteve HallNorthampton-81113
2ndOakey Dokey3712Jon GorringeToby LewisParkstone-42226
3rdThe Clone Wars3735David WinderPippa TaylorHollingworth Lake1-96411
4thStealth3722Matthew BiggsBengy HollisBlifield23-15611
5thHeadcase3650Rich AdamsChris GouldMidland-1554312
6thMIB3734David HayesJonny RatcliffHayling36-8514
7thRevenge of the Situ3723Simon PottsJohn MackettBurghfield-947819
8thMonkey Business3707Jon IbbotsonMJ GiffordRanelagh-1283920
9thSoup Dragon3694Steve TylerAlly TylerParkstone6-1451021
10thFragile3727Tim FellsChris DownhamHayling/Salcombe-10710724
11thSlippery when wet3693Will RaineyKelly MillerShoreham511-141329
12thGenii3729John TurnerAlex JacksonBeer-401791137
13thBlood Sweat & Beers3730Paul HollisJames DawesBlithfield171012-2339
14thSalmon en Croute3702Duncan SalmonHarriet SalmonWembley71816-2041
15thStill Not Over3665Ros JacksonFran GiffordShoreham1115-181743
16thGangsta Paradise3539Dan AlsopJennie KingLyme Regis1413(DNF)1643
17thShmoozy Blue3661Graham ScroggieBen ScroggieParkstone13-25112145
18thCarbonfootprint3716Steve LeneyGill LeneyBlithfield-2112191546
19thHot Totty3676Pat BlakeJilly BlakeCookham-2016171851
20thGeneral Lee3690Andrew DalbyHe is 40! DalbyHSC1821-251453
21stRevolution3657Anthony LoftsNicky BassSalcombe231920-2862
22ndHot Goblin3402Rob KennaughAbi SpurrBlithfield26(DNC)132463
23rdMayhem3731Andy JonesMaddie JonesParkstone1620-312763
24thNeedle Makers3610Richard DeePhil ScottMidland222321-2566
25thLight fantastic3555Tim HarridgeBen HarridgeHampton29-35261974
26thMinistry Of Pleasure3634Ben Archer Parkstone1929(DNF)2674
27thMoondance Assasin3547Peter MaleTim MaleBlithfield242627-2977
28thChill Out3633David BurseyFrances LovellParkstone-3028223080
29thParadigm Shift3710Andrea RalphJohn ReesHayling272429(DNF)80
30thFluffbum Babylove3719Mike PartridgeClaire DavisHayling Island(DNF)37321281
31stSmall Cookie3559ToshJoe ToshBanbury-3330283391
32ndMonkey Puzzle3706Kevin AndersonSadie AndersonHampton on Sea25(OCS)343796
33rdToo Dark 'n' Stormy3697Richard PageLizzy DalbyHampton-3632303496
34thLiquid Dreams3647Morgan Bowen PerkinsHywell Bowen PerkinsHampton323133(DSQ)96
35thBack to the Future3583Chris MartinRob KennaughBlithfield(DSQ)DNF232297
36thTime & Tide3652John BellOlivia BellHampton(DSQ)2224DNC98
37thAttack of the Clones3662Michael WhitehouseKaren WhitehouseChelmarsh/Salcombe3138-3932101
38thRaunchy3621AJ SquireShelia SquireSalcombe(DNF)343631101
39thFat Bottom Girl3589John HollandsMaria GrayHampton34-393536105
40thFirestarter3548Keiron MasonBlithfieldHenry Mason4127-4442110
41stSpace odd at sea3544David DownsRos DownsTata Steel35-403839112
42ndNostradormouse3577Derek Davies Exe / Salcombe2833(DNC)DNC113
43rdBluebird3683Mark BarwellLouise Johnson (DNF)364138115
44thDjeibeybi3660John BuckleyWilliam AndersonStarcross/Tamesis3741-4240118
45thThe Holy Grail3574John DonahughAmiee Cleaves 39(DNF)4041120
46thTime Zulu3569Duncan BellJames WarrenShoreham(DNF)DNC4335130
47thIsland Girl3725John McLarenAnnie McLarenSalcombe(DNC)DNC37DSQ141
48thArmed Forces3442Chris IlesCathy IlesLocks38(DNC)DNFDNC142

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