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Merlin Rocket open meeting at Blithfield Sailing Club

by Chris Martin 16 Sep 2013 10:43 BST 8 September 2013

23 Merlins made the trip to Blithfield for the 14th Craftinsure Silver Tiller meeting on the 8th September. Visitors came from as far afield as Netley SC, while the local turnout was diminished by the 24hr race at West Lancs which many regulars attended in force.

Race one got underway in a pleasant force 2-3 with a pretty square start line and first beat making for quite a congested rounding of the first mark. Matt Biggs and John Hackett led the race from start to finish, the - at this stage - fairly steady breeze making it quite difficult to break away or find a way through those around you.

Lunch ensued and then two races back to back to back. By now the breeze was trying to shift round to the right but was having some difficulty deciding what it wanted to do. There were some rather larger gusts around too making things more interesting.

Race two got underway cleanly, a large shift back to the left making the pin end pay off big time. Will Rainey and Andy Douglas got there first, followed by Richard Whitworth and Alex Warren who it seems had decided their race one strategy of giving everyone a two minute head start was perhaps not paying off. Richard and Alex won this race, with Matt and John making their way through to second.

Race three again got away cleanly but again a large shift back to the left made the pin side the only place to be. Richard and Alex again beat Matt and John to take the GKN trophy, Julian Parry and Liese Scott took third place giving them third overall from Will and Andy.

Thanks to PRO Alan Skitt and his team for their efforts on what was not a pleasant day to be a race officer!

See also the latest results for the Silver Tiller series overall.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoatHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st3703FaithlessRichard WhitworthAlex WarrenHLSC & PYC 112
2nd3743Porkin the TurtleMatt BiggsJohn HackettBlithfield1 23
3rd3659ZenoJulian ParryLeise ScottHollingworth3 36
4th3752The Empire Strikes BackWill RaineyAndy DouglasShoreham 347
5th3688Who Dares WinsBen HollisCaroline CroftHampton2 68
6th3733The DarksideTom StewartPhil DalbyNorthampton 459
7th3716Carbon FootprtintSteve LeneyGill LeneyBlithfield45 9
8th3730 John BellOliva BellHampton77 14
9th3744Mylo XylotoChris MartinJoe ToshBlithfield5 1116
10th3663BronteChris HowarthJonathon BulleyBlackpool& Fleetwood 9817
11th3653ArtemisAndy ChapmanMelissa ChapmanNetley11 920
12th3565ScallywagPaul KeelingMichelle KeelingBlithfield 101020
13th3617Nearly all OverTom ChadfieldAndy ChadfieldBlithfield1012 22
14th3583Back to the FutureColin AndersonSean AndersonRedditch12 1325
15th3569Time ZuluDuncan BellAliceHampton 161228
16th3146 Paul WatsonEmily MilneBowmoor13 1528
17th3547Moondance AssasinPeter MaleChristine MaleBlithfield14 1428
18th3719Fluff & StuffJeremy DeaconJack BarrettCookham Reach 141630
19th35xxFat Boy SlimMartin SmithKaren BestonBlithfield1517 32
20th3555Light FantasticIan MackenzieAngela MackenzieBlithfield 191736
21st3586ShadowplayKieron MasonHenry MasonBlithfield17 1936
22nd3590Nice & SpiceyS WardL WilsonBartley 15DNF39
23rd2410 Ian LaingAndrew HuntHunts.1821 39

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