Please select your home edition
NeilPryde 2020 29er Sponsorship - LEADERBOARD

Merlin Rocket Salcombe Week - Day 2

by Tim Fells 10 Jul 2012 15:25 BST 8-13 July 2012

Monday at Salcombe dawned with grey skies and a light and fickle WSW breeze.

Day 2 Morning – Red versus Blue flights

With such a light breeze it was inevitable that most boats tried to book their position on the line early resulting in a general recall, an aborted start and finally a black flag start under which 10 boats were caught, none of them being the front runners though for sure there was some luck in this.

Early leaders were Nick Heginbotham/Becca Jones and Chris Jennings/Liese Scott who led round Blackstone and on the long run to Yalton mark where Jon Ibbotson/Ben Harridge had come through to second. On the return beat back up to Blackstone, Tim Fells/Chris Downham came through to take the lead narrowly from Willie Warren/Sophie Mackley and the rapidly improving Simon Blake/Alex Jackson in the new Jo Richards design ‘Superfast Jellyfish’.

On the run back to Yalton the Jellyfish boys showed a clean pair of heals to extend away to a comfortable win. Willie/Sophie in turn kept Tim/Chris just behind them in a tacking duel to the finish with Nick/Becca keeping fourth.

Day 2 Afternoon – Green versus Black flights

With the sun coming out, a better breeze and an ebb tide under them, the afternoon fleet contrived to get a perfect start with 20 boats hitting the line on the gun – impressive stuff.

The early lead was taken by Andy ‘Taxi’ Davis/Ellie Bremmer but their lead was rapidly eroded by Dave Winder/Pippa Taylor and Mike Calvert/Ian Garwood who took the town side on the run to good effect. By the second lap, Rich Adams/Chris Gould and Tom Stewart/Steve Hall had broken through to take up the running. However all five leading boats were never far apart, with places changing on every shift. It was an absorbing battle to watch for the many spectators at the Yacht Club and Ferry Inn.

By the final mark at Crossways there was hardly any distance covering the leaders and they continued to cross tacks all the way to the line. In a thrilling finish, Taxi/Ellie took first, Dave/Pippa snuck second by a nose and Tom/Steve and Rich/Chris dead heated for third with Mike/Ian not far behind. It doesn’t get better than that after nearly two hours racing.

At the end of the second day Tom Stewart/Steve Hall lead on 4.5 points from Tim Fells/Chris Downham on 5 and Rich Adams/Chris Gould on 5.5.

The forecast for the next two days is for a bit more breeze with a ‘Big Thursday’ and windy Friday to round the week out.

Results so far

Related Articles

Gregory's Ghost
David Henshall's search for a rare 1960s dinghy has a happy ending Hailing from the early 1960's, the Ghost was a stretched out development of designer Greg Gregory's race winning Cherubs that carried more than a touch of the southern hemisphere in the rig. Posted on 3 Jun
Merlin Rocket eSailing Spring Series Championships
The first (and hopefully the last) eSailing event of the Merlin season The Merlin Rocket Class eSailing Spring Championships saw 46 people enter in what would be our first eSailing event of the season (or in fact ever). Posted on 1 Jun
Merlin Rocket 'Rockatross' Walk-Throughs
By Vangin' On! and Andy Rice at the RYA Dinghy Show 2020 Charlotte Fildes takes us through the various features found on the Rockatross Merlin Rocket, with a full and comprehensive fit-out by Allen Brothers, spars from Selden and a shiny suit of North Sails. Posted on 4 May
Fast Track Sailing in the Salcombe Estuary part 3
From Gerston to the finish line This third and final article about fast track sailing in the Salcombe Estuary follows a part of the Salcombe Yacht Club race track that can be very challenging for certain sets of conditions. Posted on 1 May
The latest ideas in the Merlin Rocket fleet
One member looks at how to bring his older boat up to the latest spec I bought a very tired Winder Mk 4 in 2017. I spent two years racing after I had restored her to a race worthy condition, all the time discussing with my crew what we would like to do to improve her when the time was right. Posted on 21 Apr
Fast Track Sailing in the Salcombe Estuary part 2
Getting into and out of the 'Bag' For many sailors the Salcombe estuary "Bag" is casino lottery sailing, shrouded in mystery and chance, however the regular top sailors seem always to do well here. This is not luck, it is that they have learnt the fast track. Posted on 15 Apr
Fast Track Sailing in the Salcombe Estuary part 1
Upwind from the start line to Blackstone Having now watched the Salcombe Estuary sailing experts for some time, it has become apparent that for a given set of tidal and wind conditions there are only a limited number of ways to "fast track" around the race course. Posted on 11 Apr
Olympians and UK dinghy champions clash
Bashes and banter in eSailing Demonstration Event We're all stuck at home, we're all itching to go sailing, yet our boats are out of bounds. There was only one thing for it - virtual sailing! Posted on 2 Apr
Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller Round 2
17 visitors to Wembley despite the troubling world situation The second Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller event took place on Sunday 15th March 2019. 17 visitors were welcomed, despite the troubling world situation. Posted on 18 Mar
Itchenor Winter Warmer Series round 3
A breezy affair at the end of a weather-hit series The final instalment of the weather-hit Itchenor Winter Warmer series took place on the 7/8 March and was a breezy affair. Posted on 15 Mar