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Craftinsure 2012

Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club

by Graham Knox 8 Oct 2012 19:59 BST 6-7 October 2012

The latest round of the Craftinsure sponsored Silver Tiller Series came north to Hollingworth Lake. Many have travelled in past years to try and unseat Richard Whitworth (with various crews) from the number one spot at this event. Only Stuart Bithell (Richard's nephew and now Olympic Silver medallist) has achieved this task in recent years.

The weather forecast for the weekend was not promising. 8mph westerly winds were expected for Saturday and proved sailable, but fickle, while the lighter winds due on Sunday failed to materialise, so Sunday's racing was abandoned leaving the 3 races sailed on Saturday as the final results.

A 22-boat fleet took to the water. The first race did not go Richard's way as David Winder and Pippa Taylor are currently on top form, after a clear start. Matt Biggs and John Hackett in Stealth, and a past strong contender at this event, came in third with Steve and Gill Leney in fourth. Always welcome on their returns, Pat and Jill Blake showed that they have some memory of the best routes at the Lake with a fifth place on a shortened course.

The second race gave PRO Nick Brook most trouble with a shifting wind on the start. So, after two General Recalls, the Black Flag was hoisted and a trouble free start was achieved. This time, the fleet was joined by Tom Jeffcoate and Ben Rayner who finished fourth. At the front, four boats got clear away, leaving Martin and Rene Watts in a lonely fifth place, as the wind died for a time on those behind. Whitworth could be certain to find the best way round and hold the lead with Winder fending off the challenge of Biggs to the finish in that order.

Making sure that there would be no delay to the third race start, the fleet were obedient to the black flag. By now Jeffcoate, in a wooden boat, was ready to battle with the plastic ones. Whitworth was well able to cope with the challenge and sailed into a strong lead. It was Winder who had to try everything to get past Jeffcoate, to no avail by the finish. Club Commodore Steve Crook with Sally Townend overtook Nick Heginbotham and Becky Jones to come in fourth.

As usual, there was an excellent Saturday evening meal. Sadly Sunday dawned bright but windless. This left Richard Whitworth winner again. Although now sailing out of Parkstone, he remains a Club member and this time it was his 17th win of the Felucca Trophy, which must constitute some kind of record.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1stFaithless3703Richard WhitworthSarah BinesHLSC‑2112
2ndThe Clone Wars3735David WinderPippa TaylorHLSC12‑33
3rdWicked368Tom JeffcoateBen RaynerNotts County(DNS)426
4thStealth3722Matt BiggsJohn HackettBlithfield33‑66
5thCarbon Footprint3716Steve LeneyGill LeneyBlithfield46‑710
6thNora3678Steve CrookSally TownendHLSC‑88412
7thThe Phantom Menace3611Chris DoddsJen TaylorHLSC67‑1113
8thDaddy's Boat3679Nick HeginbothamBecky JonesHLSC9‑14514
9thWhy Ask3740Pat BlakeJill BlakeCookham Reach SC5‑101015
10thZeno3659Julian ParryRory McKenzieHLSC7‑11815
11thFreebird3596Martin WattsRene WattsHLSC145‑1519
12thOut of the Blue 23557Guy WinderOliver WhiteheadHLSC109‑1419
13thBlood Sweat Bears3730Paul HollisJames DawesBlithfield11‑13920
14thWho Dares Win3688Ben HollisAlex WarrenBlithfield‑17121224
15thCarpe Diem3630Bruce MagerRyan RichardsHLSC12‑161325
16thFlithy Georgous3670Chris RobinsonJonny ToogoodHLSC1315‑1628
17thBluebird3683Mark BarwellLouise JohnsonLymington Town SC1517‑1832
18thQuidich3597Peter JacksonRosie RichardsBlackpool & Fleetwood YC1618‑1934
19thTales of the Unexpected3493Michael HamiltonJonathan BullenBlackpool & Fleetwood YC‑19191736
20thBronte3663Chris HaworthJoanne HarveyBlackpool & Fleetwood YC1820(DNS)38
21stBald Eagle3521Gerald WhiteheadDavid ThompsonHLSC21‑222041
22ndHoly Grail3574John DonoghueTom Murphy 20‑212141

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