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Helming to Win by Nick Craig
Helming to Win by Nick Craig

Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Event at Parkstone Yacht Club

by Jon Gorringe 30 Sep 2013 19:30 BST 28-29 September 2013

A bumpy day was predicted, and with a 20+ knot easterly for the Saturday outing to Poole Bay for the Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller held at Parkstone Yacht Club on Saturday 28th September, it turned out to be just that!

All 25 boats got away cleanly for race 1, with 2m waves and a confused swell, those crews who could keep the boat flat were rewarded, but you had to put up with washing machine style conditions. Stu Bithell and Sophie Wegvelin came out the blocks first, but the spinnaker work was demanding and the long standing teams could take advantage of errors that enevitable creep in on windy days such as these. Gorringe/Lewis snuck past them on the leeward mark at the beginning of the 3rd lap and held it to the end.

With the wind increasing slightly more for race 2, numbers were reduced by about a third and was led from start to finish by Gorringe/Lewis., the downwind legs were now very exciting especially with the kite up, the height of the waves (or rather the depths you were plummeting) made them err remarkable!

The final race kicked off, with just 9 starters, in a steady 23knt gusting 28 knts. Gorringe/Lewis led at the first mark but flunked the host with the helm apparently trying to help with the hoist, Bithell/Wegvelin stayed ahead with judicious use of the spinnaker to take the race from Richard Whitworth and Jane Calvert.

That evening a North Cover was awarded to the crew that completed all races but with the highest score, with some free beer curtesy of Tricky Dicky Sailing the evening was eventful, I think?

Sunday was an "in the harbour day" with an additional 8 boats, taking the fleet total to 33 boats, the programme was for round the cans in a 7-12 knots NE breeze.

Race 4 saw Stuart and (Uncle) Richard demonstrate extreme tactics to maintain the inside overlap (we wondered what the family gatherings were like and what "games" were played). Anyway, these shenanigans lasted all through the race with Whitworth/Calvert finally taking first from Bithell/Wegvelin and Jon Turner/Richard Parslow sneaking in to third.

Race 5 saw the black flag come out for the first time; the race finally got away taking the fleet past the harbour mouth. With tide running in 3 different directions within a100m area, local knowledge you would have though helped, nope. Turner/Parslow kept their cool and took line honours having led round every mark, Dan Alsop with Alice Rook sailed really well to take second and Bithell/Wegvelin third.

The last race saw the wind veer to the east and dropping, so with a very different course set up the fleet got away to a clean start; the left was the way to go. Whitworth, Turner, Gorringe and Bithell broke clear of the fleet but with plenty of weed blown into the harbour from the easterly the day before, it was easy to "suddenly" go slow. Bithell/Wegvelin stamped their authority on the event by leading from the first mark, took line honours and the series. Results can be seen here:

A big well done and thanks to the Race team led by Barry Rolfe and generous sponsorship from HD Sails, Creation covers Tricky Dicky Sailing and Quay West Marine.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoatHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st3742Speed MachineStuart BithelSophie WegvelinWPNSA2‑312319
2nd3754Didley PokeyJon GorringeToby LewisParkstone YC1144‑14414
3rd3703FaithlessRichard WhitworthJanet CalverPYC & Hollingworth SC11221(OCS)218
4th3563LeaderSam PascoeMegan PascoeWeymouth SC543‑118626
5th3658 Chris JennngsOli Wells 36(DNF)661334
6th3745Where's WoosterStephen CockerillSarah CockerillHayling Island SC67795‑1434
7th3729ShabazzleJon TurnerRichard ParslowLyme Regis SC4(DNF)DNS31345
8th3539Gangsta ParadiseDan AlsopAlice RookLyme Regis SC16126192‑2155
9th3710Paradigm ShiftJon IbbotsonChris WhitehouseRanelagh SC1713(DNF)1810563
10th3676Hot TottyFrances GiffordSally TownendRanelagh SC‑2215916121264
11th3656Wild CardOlly TurnerAlex WarrenShoreham/Starcross SC7(DNF)DNS129769
12th3752Emare Strikes BackWill RaineyAndy DouglasShoreham SC128(DNF)5271870
13th3688Who Dares WinsBen HollisCaroline CroftBlithfield SC1310513(DSQ)DNF75
14th3702Salmon en CrouteDuncan SalmonHarriet SalmonWembley SC1914(DNF)1422877
15th3664Back in BlackAnt HackforthCarrie WilkesParkstone YC14(DNF)823162586
16th3626Business as UsualAndy HayAndy CurrellRYA241110‑31232492
17th3728Volsa QueenJudith MasseyGraham WilliamsonHayling Island SC(DNC)DNCDNC154996
18th3716CarbonfootprintSteve LeneyGill LeneyBlithfield SC15(DNF)DNS87DNF98
19th3650HeadcaseRob KennaughAbi SpurrMidland SC209(DNF)1720DNF100
20th3723Fifty ShadesNick BrookBecca JonesHollinsworth Lake SC1816(DNF)242817103
21st3442Armed ForcesMark StockbridgeRoop StockRanelagh SC23(DNF)DNS211711106
22nd3733The Dark SideTom StewartPhil DalbyNorthampton SC(DNC)DNCDNC101316107
23rd3694Soup DragonSteve TylerAlly TylerParkstone YC(DNC)DNCDNC71915109
24th3643MoistTim HarridgeDuncan BellHampton SC85(DNF)30DNFDNF111
25th3712Oakey DokeyJan SharpsEllie MartinBurghfield SC9(DNF)DNS2018DNF115
26th3641Puff The Magic DragonMak WaterhouseMatt CurrellParkstone YC(DNC)DNCDNC281110117
27th3731MayhemAndy JonesMaddie JonesParkstone YC21(DNF)DNS252420124
28th3633Chill OutDavid BurseyFrances BurseyParkstone YC(DNC)DNCDNC271519129
29th3634Ministry of PleasureBen ArcherP. DanielsParkstone YC25(DNF)DNS292523136
30th3627SnorterAlex JonesJack DeingCookham Reach SC(DNC)DNCDNC262122137
31st3714KevinAlan MarkhamAlice MarkhamUpper Thames SC(DNC)DNCDNC222626142
32nd3744Mylo XylotoChris MartinJoe ToshBlithfield SC10(DNF)DNSDNCDNCDNC146
33rd3553Wrecked‑Em BelleMartin LovellSteve CaigerParkstone YC(DNC)DNCDNC322927156

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