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Merlin Rocket Midland Circuit at Bartley Sailing Club

by Martin Mcfly 24 Apr 2012 09:29 BST 22 April 2012

17 boats gathered at Bartley SC to take part in the first Merlin open to be held there in a number of years. The clubs fledgling fleet were keen to impress and made us feel most welcome.

PRO Steve Ward, Assisted by Leigh Wilson, set a good course with a hint of port bias to the line. The fleet got away at the first attempt and quickly were down to business. The oscillating westerly breeze was not the easiest to read and in this race was quite strong at times coming through in the the showers.

A three way tussle tussle for first was won by Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis with Rich Adams and Chris Gould second and Simon Potts and John Hackett third.

Race two was after lunch, and by now the wind had dropped slightly and gone round to the north a bit. Once again the line was pin biased, but the right hand side of the course paid with Matt and Ben rounding first and Chris Martin and Tom Dunne on their heels. The race was again won by Matt and Ben, Rich and Chris second and John and Simon emerginf from a tussle with Chris and Tom to take third.

By the time of race three the thunder was starting to rumble and the wind dying rapidly. A postponement was soundd and we went out a few minutes later only to find the wind all over the place. Steve and Leigh were trying their best to lay a square line, though i'm not sure it was quite necessary to ram Simon Potts - I'm sure he'd have moved if asked!! Anyway, the two Ods were facing an impossible task and we got underway eventually on a starboard biased line. Rich and Chris were first round and never challenged, with Chris Jennings and Nix Middleton-Stewart second. Mr reliable for the day was Simon Potts, 3rd again.

Bartley did the Merlins proud putting on a great event at short notice to bring the Midland Circuit back up to 10 events. Prizes were kindly donated by Hartley boats to spend in thier chandlery. Thanks to Mark Reddington, Steve and Leigh for their hard work prior to the day and to everyone who helped behind the scenes. We look forward to returning next year.

Overall Results:

PosHelmCrewClubSail NoR1R2R3Pts
1Matt BiggsBen HollisBlithfield SC372211(DNC)2
2Rich AdamsChris GouldMidland SC3650-2213
3Simon PottsJohn HackettBlithfield SC3723-3336
4Chris JenningsNix Middleton-StewartBurghfield SC3658-5527
5Paul HollisJames DawesBlithfield SC37304-648
6Chris MartinTom DunneBlithfield SC3583-7459
7Andy BownesHoward EelesBartley SC3568-87613
8Mark ReddingtonColin StaiteBartley SC35816-9915
9Colin AndersonSean AndersonRedditch SC3508-148715
10Mike AnslowAndrew ProsserMidland SC36749-10817
11Steve WatsonPhil ScottMidland SC3680-12121022
12Mike WhitehouseKaren WhitehouseChelmarsh36621111-1222
13Martin SmithKaren BestonBlithfield SC356710-141323
14Andy BeardshawCharlie NoakesRedditch SC3612-13131124
15Kieron MasonBelinda MasonBlithfield SC3548(DNF)161430
16Ian MacKenzieAngela MacKenzieBlithfield SC3346-15151530
17Ian LaingAndrew HuntHollingworth Lake24101617(DNF)33

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