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Merlin Rocket Open Meeting at Rutland Sailing Club

by Steve Leney 14 May 2013 11:47 BST 6 May 2013

Rutland open meeting (part of the Craftinsure Silver Tiller series) on Bank Holiday Monday gathered 38 boats for what proved to be the first summer sailing experience with bare legs and knees seen for the first time this year.

A lot of the crews were well keyed up due to the previous two days race training led by Richard Whitworth and his merry men/women. In fact two sailors who will rename nameless couldn't stay for the open meeting due to information overload and fear of their heads exploding.

Race One

When milling around at the start everyone was removing their glasses and squinting to find the windward mark. Several comments of; "Where is it?" were echoed across the reservoir. Somebody shouted, "Look left." Followed by a collective, "Ooh". We decided, as the other 37 boats did, there was only one end of the line to start. Difficult to say who won the start but Richard Whitworth led around the windward mark comfortably, followed by Mike Fenwick and Mike Calvert. The reaches proved to be very tight and little was gained. The short race one was won by Richard Whitworth with Mike Fenwick second and yours truly [Steve Leney] squeezing past Mike on the final run.

Race Two

On the start line, Richard Whitworth was looking at me (strange). Am I wearing my buoyancy aid backwards? My crew Gill was seen to adjust her pigtails. All became apparent after some general recalls and mark moving. Richard did not want to let us out of his sight, and in fact later in the race, while trying to overtake him, manoeuvred us into a 720 from another boat. This race was won by Matt Biggs, second Richard Dee and third Will Rainey.

Race Three

This race was by the most interesting for us. Richard Whitworth again sat on us at the pin and appeared to have a cunning plan. We decided his plan was to sit in a patch of no wind and duly tacked to cross behind approximately 32 boats. To our surprise we popped out on the right hand side to find Matt Biggs and John Hackett sniffing out the shifts like a bloodhound chasing Mike and Jane Calvert. So we picked up the scent and rounded the windward mark.

Worth a mention in this fleet were the team of Richard Dee and Chris Gould. Chris takes the meaning of "head out of the boat" to a whole new level. In fact if he told Richard to cross the car park, go over the five bar gate, bear off into the high street, then pop up the kite, Richard would simply reply, "I'm glad I put on the lifting rudder".

The race was won by Mike and the birthday girl, followed by the bloodhound [Matt Biggs] and yours truly.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st3743Matt BiggsJohn HackettBlithfield SC‑9123
2nd3691Mike CalvertJane CalvertAxe YC4‑515
3rd3675Mike FenwickPenny FenwickWeymouth SC24‑156
4th3716Steven LeneyGillian LeneyBlithfield SC3‑936
5th3610Richard DeeChris GouldMidland‑18257
6th3703Richard WhitworthSarah BinesPYC HLSC & Brighling Sea1‑878
7th3752Will RaineyCaroline CroftShoreham SC63‑179
8th3708Jasper BarnhamGraham SextonSnettishman Beach5‑6611
9th3723Nick BrookTristan JaquesHollingworth Lake‑247815
10th3735David WinchPippa TaylerHollingworth Lake8(DNC)1018
11th3656Olly TurnerAlex WarrenStarcross YC7‑161219
12th3688Ben HollisJames Dawes 16‑18420
13th373Chris JenningsAlly MartinBurghfield SC12‑21921
14th3684Andy DavisTom PygallBlithfield SC1013‑1423
15th370A DalbyA RalphRoyal Hampton on Sea1410‑1924
16th3676Anthony GiffordJo GiffordRoyal Harwich YC‑23151126
17th3611Jen TaylorDebbie TaylorNottingham SC1512‑1627
18th3563Sam PascoeMegan PascoeWeymouth SC‑19141327
19th3557Rory MackenzieCalum Mackenzie ‑21111829
20th3581Mark ReddingtonColin StaiteBartley SC1120‑2631
21st3740Chris DoddsSusan BlakeCRSC13‑292033
22nd3671Piers LambertAndy BinesBrightling Sea‑26172138
23rd3653Andy ChapmanMelissa ChapmanNetley17‑242340
24th3718David MitchellEllie DaviesRYA20‑232242
25th3583Colin AndersonSean AndersonRedditch SC‑35192544
26th3146Paul WatsonEmily MilneBowmoor25‑332449
27th3590S WardL WilsonBartley3022‑3152
28th3569Duncan BellHarriet SalmonHampton‑33252954
29th3442Mark StockbridgeLynsey WilsonRanelagh‑31272754
30th3626Andy HayNix Middleton‑StewartRYA27‑352855
31st3372Brian CobbRos NicklosWelland YC3226‑3558
32nd3668Mark SmythGeraldine LapesWembley SC2831‑3359
33rd3634B ArcherPhillippa DanielsParkstone YC‑34303060
34th3746Dan WillettPete NicholsonBrightling Sea22(DNC)DNC61
35th3594Robin Clifton‑DexMichael Clifton‑DexWeymouth SC29‑323261
36th3704Jon WoodHeather WoodEarlswood‑38283462
37th3555Ian MackenzieAngela MackenzieBlithfield SC‑37343771
38th3567Martin SmithKaren BestonBlithfield SC‑36363672

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