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Selden Merlin Rocket Nationals at Lyme Regis Sailing Club - Day 5

by Tim Fells 31 Aug 2012 07:08 BST 25-31 August 2012

After the champagne conditions on Tuesday, Wednesday brought Dark & Stormy's leading to a decision to postpone race 4 until Thursday. The view from the shore on Thursday morning looked sunny with a pleasant Northwesterly breeze but this view was soon disabused as the fleet negotiated a hairy run to the start.

Conditions were about as challenging as they come. The strong Northwesterly was coming straight over the cliffs producing massive shifts and bullet gusts which were to ruin a number of teams days as they either hit the tide or saw their beautiful carbon rigs come crashing down.

At the start of race 4 the wind was left and Stu Bithell and Christian Birrell were able to tack across the fleet. The breeze then went 20 deg right burying those on the left and putting Stu and Christian in a commanding position. As the race progressed Taxi and Tom Pygall pulled through to challenge Stu and Christian but were unable to get the upper hand. Dave Wade and Ben Rayner sailed a solid race to take third. Behind the leading group a number of top names were struggling to recover through the fleet with a number capsizing on the big gusts.

Race two again favoured those who got onto port early with Ben and Roz McGrane leading into the right hand corner to round first ahead of Dave Wade / Ben Rayner and Nick Craig / James Stewart. By the end of a breezy triangle, Taxi / Tom had taken third and were up to second by the run which proved pretty eventful. Both Taxi / Tom and Dave / Ben capsized as did Stu / Christian who were trying to recover from their first bad position of the week. While Ben / Roz sailed off into a commanding lead to take their first bullet of the week, Taxi / Tom recovered quickly to regain second by the finish. With Stu / Christian retiring (broken boat or broken mojo – the jury is out), Taxi / Tom have moved into a position where a reprieve of their match racing skills could be called upon tomorrow.

As an example of how challenging this week is, one of the pre-event favourites Dave Hayes is working through the spare parts catalogue with a scoreline of DNF, OCS, 2, DNF, DNS. For those of us feeling we are having a bit of a mare, a quick chat with Dave is a good tonic for the spirits.

Results after Day 5: (five races, 1 discard)

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubFounders raceBeechers CupClye QuaichWest Country TrophyRanelagh TrophyPts
13742 Stuart BithellChristian BirrellHollingworth Lake SC/Leigh and Lowton SC1151(DNF)8
23684Keyser SozeAndy DavisTom PygallBlithfield SC/WhistableYC22-3228
33736MetachrosisGeoff CarvethGraham WilliamsonHayling Island SC43-76518
43712Oakey DokeyJohn GorringeToby LewisParkstone YC3(BFD)113421
53739DoryBen McGraneRoz McGraneNetley SC8(BFD)85122
63738Super Fast JellyfishSimon BlakeAlex JacksonShoreham SC91044-1727
73732 Dave WadeBen RaynerNorthampton SC/Yorkshire Dales108-283930
83733The Dark SideTom StewartSteve HallNorthampton SC656-161633
93703FaithlessRichard WhitworthSarah BinesParkstone YC/Brightlingsea SC71199-1336
103670Filthy/GorgeousAndy TunnicliffeBruce DeppeRoyal Windermere YC11413-221038
113650HeadcaseRichard AdamsChris GouldMidland SC126-18101139
123722StealthMatt BiggsBen HollisBlithfied SC-1513118739
133685The Black PearlWilliam WarrenChris RobinsonShoreham SC247-307846
143729ShabazzleJohn TurnerRichard ParslowLyme Regis SC13-3012111248
153691Quick FIxMike CalvertIan GarwoodAxe YC161416(DNF)652
163727FragileTim FellsChris DownhamHayling Island SC/Salcome YC51817-241454
173723Revenge of the SithSimon PottsHolly ScottBlithfied SC199-21151861
183735The Clone WarsDavid WinderPippa TaylorHollingworth Lake SC171214-272063
193656Wild CardOlly TurnerRichard CainStarcross YC22231517-2977
203693Slippery when WetWill RaineySophie MackleyShoreham SC21162714(DSQ)78
213724SublimeMartin JonesVicky JonesHayling Island SC23(BFD)20192284
223690General LeeAndy DalbyPhil DalbyHampton SC-382225231585
233627SnorterDan WilletPete NicholsonBrightlingsea SC-252024202589
243740Why AskPatrick BlakeJilly BlakeCookham Reach SC301729-342197
253661Shmoozie BlueGraham ScroggieBen ScroggieParkstone YC-322923212497
263563LeaderSam PascoeMegan PascoeWeymouth SC2621-39183398
273675 Nick CraigJames C StewartFrencham Pond SC(DNF)BFD10123106
283658BernardChris JenningsLiese ScottBurghfield SC2925-353123108
293539Gangsta ParadiseDan AlsopJenny KingLyme Regis SC3124-482530110
30368Still Not OverJohn PinkEd ClaysonHill Head SC4015(DNF)3719111
313676Hot TottyTim HarrisonFrancis GiffordRanelagh SC27273232-36118
323696Tiger TigerAlan WarrenWilliam CarrollShoreham SC28(BFD)333528124
333641Puff the Magic DragonMark WaterhouseClaire LangholzParkstone YC33323129-35125
343731MayhemAndy JonesMaddy JonesParkstone YC34313430-41129
353730Blood Sweat & BeersPaul HollisAlex WarrenBlithfield SC39-41403327139
363728Volsci QueenJudith MasseyOliver WellsHayling Island SC18(BFD)632834143
373741Bear NecessitiesSimon LyttonJackie LyttonHayling Island SC201926(DNF)DNF146
383711SeawolfDave LeeDan NewmanStarcross YC-4136414032149
393672Bola BolaJohn CooperBen JonesWhitstable YC36533626(DNF)151
403651JupiterColin BrockbankMartin HughesWembley SC(DNF)33384931151
413633Chill OutDave BurseyFrances LovellParkstone YC43344538(DNF)160
423617Nearly All OverTom ChadfieldAndy ChadfieldBlithfield SC37-50424437160
433697Too Dark 'N' StormyRichard PageLizzie DalbyHampton SC453944-4743171
443657RevolutionAnthony LoftsFrancesca LoftsRNSA/SYC-5644434342172
453557Out Of The Blue 2Callum MackenzieRory MackenzieOgsten SC48(BFD)533646183
463700BrazilianPhil EmeryKaren EmeryWhitstable YC352649(DNF)DNF191
473721HighlanderNick TurnerCarly GurrStarcross YC49-58584639192
483559Smart CookieL.ToshJoe ToshUpper Thames SC53(BFD)475638194
493707Monkey BusinessJon IbbotsonM.J.GiffordRanelagh SC14(BFD)19DNFDNF195
503547Moondance AssasinTim MaleRebecca MaleBlithfield SC60375048(DNF)195
513634Ministry of PleasureBen ArcherHugo PullenParkstone YC5243-595545195
523716Carbon FootprintSteve LeneyGill LeneyBlithfield SC443537(DNF)DNS197
533577NostradormouseDerek DaviesAnnabelle Ransom-WilliamsExe SC54475445(DNF)200
543619Dark 'N' StormyGuy BrowneTommi CluleyTrent Valley SC-6254465149200
553710Paradigm ShiftAndrea RalphJohn ReesHayling Island SC(DNF)40DNF4140202
563643MoistTim HarridgeBen HarridgeHampton SC47(BFD)DNF5026204
573628Trigger HappyRobin CharlesWilliam WinterStarcross YC55515153(DNS)210
583626Business As UsualAndy HayCaroline HayStarcross YC-6456615444215
593668Urban WarriorMark SmythJemma HorwoodWembley SC61465759(DNF)223
603645Blue VelvetIan SharpsEllie MartinBurghfield SC(DNF)BFD2242DNS226
613681Midnight FlightDouglas MaxwellBeate PohlerWembley SC-6660566050226
623583Back to the FutureChris MartinTom DunneBlithfield SC4228(DNF)DNFDNS232
633371Encore FumeePaul DeanNicki Della PortaWembley SC6959(DNF)5747232
643683BluebirdMark BarwellLouise JohnsonLymington Town SC514852(DNS)DNS232
653511Heaven SentAndrew MillsEllie MillsHampton SC(DNF)63645848233
663713Duck and DiveSteve HarlingEleanor ThomasStarcross YC574555(DNF)DNS238
673734The Black BoatDavid HayesJonny RatcliffeHayling Island SC(DNF)BFD2DNFDNF245
683692NemoRien ZilvoldJulie NuttallWhitstable YC4638(DNF)DNFDNF246
693569Time ZuluJames WarrenDuncan BellHampton SC(DNF)526252DNF247
703613Two Red HerringsTim LawsScott HamptonStarcross YC50(BFD)DNF39DNS251
713632Wild KnightMarcus RobGraham WebbCookham Reach SC635760(DNF)DNS261
723510Crazy DiamondMike RaineJaney HillRudyard Lake SC5849(DNF)DNFDNS269
733402Hot GoblinRobert KennaughAbi SpurrMidland/Blithfield SC(DNF)42DNFDNSDNS285
743625Point BreakRichard BramleyGeorge WarrenShoreham6855(DNF)DNFDNS285
753529Pass The ParrotJohnathan EdwardsJustin EdwardsShotwick Lake6562(DNF)DNSDNS289
763629Zero GravityPeter BrowneDave CTrent Valley SC6761(DNF)DNFDNS290
773604Aunt FannyStuart GurneyPhillipa DanielsLyme Regis SC59(BFD)DNFDNFDNS302
781074DoodahRichard StevensAnya DaviesRNSA(DNF)DNFDNFDNSDNS324
783574Holy GrailJohn DonoghueMichael AireyLlandegfedd(DNF)DNFDNFDNFDNF324
783587 Chris IlesKathy IlesLocks SC(DNF)DNFDNFDNFDNS324

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