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Rooster Merlin Rocket National Championships - Overall

by Tim Fells 16 Aug 2013 21:49 BST 11-16 August 2013

The final day of this highly competitive championship pitted the four dominant teams against each other in a duel under the sun which looked like it might come to nothing as the breeze did not want to play ball, but ultimately ended in high drama in the best conditions of the week.

The permutations were complex. A top two finish would seal the deal for Jon Gorringe/Toby Lewis but any of Nick Craig/Alan Roberts, Ben and Roz McGrane and Roger Gilbert/James Stewart could take the title with a good result and their competitors slipping up. If they all had bad races, which was highly unlikely, Ben and Roz would win due to the best discard. It certainly looked like a race where no-one would know the winner until the race was over and the calculators had come out!

After a long wait on the water as the North-westerly gradient died, it looked like the last race would be timed out before the 2pm cut off. However, in the nick of time a sea breeze materialised and the race team rushed to get a course and line set. With three minutes to go, race 6 started only for there to be an abandoned start. The PRO kept his cool and fired the warning gun again with seconds to spare and the fleet lined up in a force three south-westerly that was building rapidly.

On a shorter course then the breeze now required and with the ebb tide underneath them, the fleet converged tightly packed at the top mark with lots of boat on boat action. Jon and Toby had impressively kept their nerves to sail a great beat and round first alongside Roger/James who came in on port and tacked on the mark closely followed by Nick/Alan, Simon Potts/DJ Edwards, Dave Winder/Pippa Taylor and Tim Fells/Chris Downham.

By the end of lap two, Nick/Alan had pulled into second and were hunting down Jon/Toby who kept their cool and maintained their lead onto the final run when disaster struck. A broken kicker shackle left them a wounded duck and Nick/Alan, Simon/DJ and Roger/James came through. With a quick final beat with the tide, there was no opportunity for any further place changes.

Nick and Alan took the winning gun and with it the title by one point from Jon and Toby. Roger/James's third place gave them third overall from Ben and Roz who were sixth and had to settle for fourth overall. Rounding out the top six overall, Simon/DJ's second place confirmed their fifth place and Tim/Chris came in fifth to claim sixth overall.

Overall Results: (six races, 1 discard)
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PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewFleetR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1Stanley3749Nick CraigAlan RobertsGold71143110
2Didley Pokey3754Jon GorringeToby LewisGold14911411
3Stealth3722Roger GilbertJames StewartGold32425314
4Dory3739Ben McGraneRoz McGraneGold23262615
5Appetite for Destruction3753Simon PottsD J EdwardsGold6131074229
6Fragile3727Tim FellsChris DownhamGold4181956538
7The Dark Side3733Tom StewartPhil DalbyGoldBFD81188742
8Faithless3703Richard WhitworthSarah BinesGold571211101345
9Bernard3658Chris JenningsOli WellsGold10158149849
10Shabazzle3729Jon TurnerRichard ParslowGoldBFD11610171256
11The Black Boat3734David HayesJonny RatcliffeGoldBFD6221271158
12Wheres Wooster?3745Steve CockerillSarah CockerillGold99518191960
13The Clone Wars3735David WinderPippa TaylorGold821716201061
14Wild Card3656Olly TurnerAlex WarrenGold1314159121563
15Monkey Business3707Alex JacksonSam PascoeGold1419161511965
16Robert3756William WarrenChris RobinsonGold12241347141477
17 3732Dave WadeBen RaynerGoldBFD101413241879
18Pokin' the Turtle3743Matt BiggsJohn HackettGold15261819131782
19Point N Squirt3746Dan WillettPete NicholsonGold1116251715BFD84
20Needlemakers3610Richard DeeChris GouldGold17222025161691
21Hot Totty3676Tim HarrisonFran GiffordGold20122720183097
22Who Dares Wins3688Ben HollisCaroline CroftSilver192817272521109
23Paradigm Shift3710Jon IbbotsonSophie MackleyGoldBFD2324292120117
24Gansta Paradise3539Dan AlsopSarah WarrenGold181731213132118
25Tiger Tiger3696Alan WarrenWill CarrollGold222021393025118
26Puff the Magic Dragon3641Mark WaterhouseNikki BassSilver242934222623124
27Rong Number3573Simon BondMark BaileySilver163026312826126
28Mylo Xyloto3744Chris MartinNick CopseySilver214041282224135
29Carbon Footprint3716Steve LeneyGill LeneyGold273523233331137
30Keyser Soze3684Andy DavisTom PygallGoldDNC533DNCDNC143
31Mayhem3731Andy JonesMaddie JonesSilver283732262343146
32The Black Pearl3685Mark OakeyJamie PidduckSilver353229302734152
33Brazilian3700Phil EmeryKaren EmerySilver413446242927155
34Moist3643Tim HarridgeAndrea RalphSilver232740333935157
35Chill Out3633Dave BurseyFrances BurseySilver313633383829167
36Headcase 36503650Rob KennaughAbi SpurrSilver252530DNFDNC22168
37Sea Wolf3711David LeeJuliet PealingSilver324443323628171
38Out of the Blue 23557Rory MackenzieCalum MackenzieSilver2947283535DNF174
39Blue Velvet3645Paul JenkinsPeter JenkinsSilver383136553238175
40White Sauce Er Er3675Mike FenwickPenny FenwickGold333837443452186
41Strings Attached3751Mark BarwellLouise JohnsonSilver345238364536189
42Fluff 'N' Stuff3719Jeremy DeaconPhil ScottSilver484351374037205
43Bola Bola3672John CooperHilary BradshawSilver265152414150209
44Artemis3653Andy ChapmanMelissa ChapmanSilver304848424347210
45Salmon en Croute3702Duncan SalmonHarriet SalmonGoldBFD3339494841210
46Nemo3692Steve MitchellJulie NuttallSilver394142405049211
47Ministry of Pleasure3634Ben ArcherRebecca JonesSilver363954524642215
49Painkiller3718David MitchellEllie DaviesGold44454545DNF40219
48Why Ask3740Patrick BlakeJilly BlakeGold42423534DNCBFD219
50Armed Forces3442Mark StockbridgeMatt GreenfieldSilver4346505137DNF227
51Smart Cookie3559Laurence ToshJoe ToshSilver515855434244235
52Bluebird3683Ben JonesHelen HilditchSilver4654DNC504739236
53Trigger Happy3628Robin CharlesDan NewmanSilver455756544933237
55Back to The Future3583Colin AndersonSean AndersonSilver494944585545242
54Duck & Dive3713Steve HarlingEleanor ThonasSilver405947535151242
56Nearly All Over3617Tom ChadfieldKaren BestonSilver505353484448243
57Heaven Scent3511Andrew MillsJames WarrenSilver4755584653DNF259
58Jupiter3651Colin BrockbankOliver LythgoeSilver375049DNFDNSDNF268
59Holy Grail3574John DonoghueLuke TuckerSilver536059595446271
60Wild Knight3632Marcus RobbGraham WebbSilver526157565254271
61Time Zulu3569Duncan BellAlice MarkhamSilverDNF56DNS57DNF53298
62Light Fantastic3555Ian MackenzieAngela MackenzieSilver54DNF60DNCDNCDNC312
63Point Break3625Richard BramleyTBASilverDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC330
63Zeno3654Julian ParryTBAGoldDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC330
63Slippery when Wet3693Will Rainey GoldDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC330

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