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Sharps Doom Bar Salcombe Merlin Rocket Week 2014 – Overall

by Tim Fells 11 Jul 2014 20:27 BST 6-11 July 2014

The day 6 showdown was raced in conditions which were as tricky as Salcombe gets. A light Westerly breeze meant that there was little to no wind on the start line or through the harbour. Nerve jangling stuff for those fighting for the prizes.

Race 11 – Red v Black flights. Westerly Force 1-3. Course 7,5,7,X,3,X

The morning race saw the teams in first, second and fourth overall doing battle. With little to no wind going up to mark 1, the PRO sent the fleet up North bound although this meant a running start into the ebb tide. Tim Fells and Chris Downham, needing a win, nailed the start again and broke free to extend a big lead coming back out of The Bag for what was going to be a very challenging loop in the harbour.

In a near repeat of the previous day, they sat in a windless hole and watched the chasing boats of Mike Calvert and Ian Garwood and Alex Jackson with Sarah Bines power up on a gust to join them. On the final legs to the finish, Mike and Ian slipped through to take the win from Alex and Sarah with Tim and Chris a disconsolate third. However, the battle for the overall title was playing out behind them.

Olly Turner and Alex Warren clawed their way up to fourth to sit on 14 points overall, while overnight leaders Tom Stewart and Phil Dalby could only recover to 6th after a bad start, putting them on 15.5 points. This meant that only Dave Winder and Pippa Taylor of the teams competing in the afternoon race could take the title with a third of better.

Race 12 – Green v Blue fleets, Westerly Force 1-3, Course 1,4,1,4,2,3

Initially it looked like this race might be canned with a rain cloud killing off what little wind there was. Tom Stewart watching from the club house terrace was praying this would be the case but unfortunately for him the breeze returned and, after a 10 minute postponement, the fleet lined up for a very light wind beat against the flood tide. This was a day when being on the Portlemouth shore was the winning call, but you needed to be up on the line as many boats were washed back past the ferry as they struggled to find any wind.

Tony and Louis Johnson won the start and led up the Portlemouth side but Simon Blake and Chris Dodds did what they do best, picking the shifts perfectly up past Mill Bay to lead by a minute at Blackstone. Behind them the battle for the overall title was going in the direction of Dave and Pippa who rounded fourth behind Taxi and Ellie.

Over the long loops down to Yalton and back, Tony and Louis fell back and Dave and Pippa got the better of Taxi and Ellie, crossing in second place to take the overall title.

Overall

This is the third year in a row that Dave and Pippa have won the week, moving them into Merlin Rocket immortality. It is an amazing achievement, given the strength and depth of the talent competing in the class and the complex challenges and unpredictability that Salcombe week presents. They sailed absolutely superbly, rescuing front end results from difficult starts, maintaining their composure in the face of the worse Salcombe can throw at you and keeping the boat moving close to optimum speed at all times. They are masters of Salcombe and it will take a fantastic team to beat them next year.

Thanks to our sponsors Sharps Doom Bar and to the SYC race and bar team.

Overall Results:

PosnNo.Helm/CrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
13735Dave Winder/Pippa Taylor 23 1 [9]  4 212
23656Olly Turner/Alex Warren 1 [13] 13 5 4 14
33733Tom Stewart/Phil Dalby 3 1 [7]4 1 6 15
43764Tim Fells/Chris Downham10 1  [63] 1 23 17
53691Mike Calvert/Ian Garwood1 6  6 3 [10]1 17
63684Andy Davis/Ellie Bremmer 52 [11] 1  6 317
73738Simon Blake/Chris Dodds8  [10]2  64  121
83734Dave Hayes/Oli Wells6  24  9[17]  425
93743Matt Biggs/John Hackett 74 7 [62]  1 726
103703Richard Whitworth/Nick Copsey 9 5 82 2 [10] 26
113754Jon Gorringe/Nikki Bass2  413  26  [13]27
123707Alex Jackson/Sarah Bines [18] 3 147 3 2 29
133539Dan Alsop/Jennie King3  65  [15]11  530
143688Ben Hollis/Caroline Croft 6 [12] 28 7 9 32
153678Steve Crook/Jo Marlow 4 7 56 [16] 12 34
163759Sam Pascoe/Alex Adams4  [66]3  514  1137
173724Neale Jones/Jam Adam16 5  4 14 5[16] 44
183611Jen Taylor/Debbie Taylor[15]  812  410  1246
193716Steve Leney/Gill Leney[13]  116  1312  850
203753Simon Potts/Annabelle Ransome-williams5 12  10 10 15[22] 52
213761Tom Jeffcoat/Ben Rayner9 14  [17] 8 814 53
223676Antony Gifford/Jo Gifford [25] 9 154 8 18 54
233679Nick Hegginbotham/Becky Jones 10 16 11[19] 13 5 55
243564Rich Adams/Rob Kennaugh11  [66]10  169  1056
253756Will Warren/Frances Gifford7 10  19 7 13[23] 56
263752Will Rainey/Andy Douglas14 13  13 11 [20]7 58
273645Peter Ballantine/Sandy Ramus30 11  3 12 7[64] 63
283710Jon Ibbotson/Chris Kilsby 89 15 14  [35] 1763
293696Alan Warren/Bill Carroll 137 18 11  [28] 1564
303702Duncan Salmon/Harriet Salmon12  1514  [61]15  965
313685Sophie Mackley/James Warren 128 [19] 18  16 1872
323652John Bell/Olivia Bell 19 19 9[21] 19 13 79
333687Matt Greenfield/Hannah Playford 14[27] 21 15  11 1980
343730Paul Hollis/Lisa Scott 2018 17 13  19 [61]87
353715Paul Rayson/Julie Rayson 16[32] 22 10  14 2688
363725AJ Squire/Laura Squire 22 14 [33]12 24 20 92
373643Tim Harridge/Andrea Ralph21 [25]  20 22 921 93
383744Chris Martin/Jo Tosh 17 17 2317 [27] 25 99
393731Andy Jones/Jilly Blake 24 22 18[34] 25 11 100
403583Colin Anderson/Sean Anderson 15 18 2428 [36] 15 100
413165Dave Croft/Abigail Croft [42]21 8 31  26 16102
423719Jeremy Deacon/Andy Currel [26] 20 2124 21 17 103
433651Colin Brockbank/Martin Hughes 11 27 [32]16 18 31 103
443768Rob Cage/Hatty Cage28  219  25[38]  21104
453727Mark Stockbridge/Roop Stock17 15  29 23 [31]24 108
463751Tony Johnson/Louis Johnson26  [39]25  2033  6110
473641Mark Waterhouse/Matt Currell22  2331  17[32]  20113
483748Nigel Brooke/Suzie Brooke19  2526  21[45]  22113
493666Jon Meadowcroft/Katy Meadowcroft 2716 23 [62]  36 14116
503565Paul Keeling/Michelle Keeling 2129 20 [35]  24 23117
513698Graham Cranford Smith/Fiona Cranford Smith20 28  31 [61] 1226 117
523740Patrick Blake/Anna Blake [63] 24 2220 22 38 126
533705Geoff Wright/Carol Murcott23  3229  24[44]  24132
543674Mike Anslow/Chris Winters24  3733  18[43]  25137
553714Alan Markham/Sue Markham [35]31 32 22  21 31137
563573Simon Bond/Anna Bond 23 35 [37]23 37 19 137
573578Godfrey Clarke/Claire Clark 3420 24 [38]  33 27138
583640Rien Zilvold/Phil Scot 2933 27 33  17 [61]139
593627Alex Jones/Jack Deung29 26  28 31 25[36] 139
603448Sam Thompson/Clare Thompson [41] 26 1627 30 40 139
613672John Cooper/Hilary Bradshaw 3317 34 29  29 [61]142
623675Mike Fenwick/Penny Fenwick18  [66]16  2720  61142
633683Ben Jones/Helen Hilditch 31 30 30[39] 23 29 143
643647Hywel Bowen Perkins/tbc25 [35]  25 30 3033 143
653559Tosh/Alex Pawsey 30 28 [35]30 26 30 144
663663Chris Haworth/Joanne Harvey[45] 23  34 34 2235 148
673339Tim Male/Rebecca Male34 19  38 38 23[64] 152
683633Dave Bursey/Frances Bursey 28 29 27[62] 42 28 154
693657Anthony Lofts/Sophie Penwarden 4424 30 [45]  27 30155
703706Kevin Anderson/Sadie Anderson[39]  3128  2835  37159
713729Jon Turner/Richard Parslow  127  12 19 38 169
723692Steve Mitchell/Julie Nuttall 37 36 39[62] 31 27 170
733648Antonia Wright/Jamie Wright [48] 34 4626 28 37 171
743456Martin Evans/Chris Evans[46]  4336  3929  28175
753700Phil Emery/Karen Emery [63]22 35 25  32 61175
763708Colin Humphrey/Keith Callaghan31 38  26 36 46[47] 177
773575Richard Cooke/Decklan Coleman33  3338  29[49]  45178
783665Ross Jackson/Kelly Jackson27 39  63   1834 181
793634Ben Archer/Philippa Daniels37 40  42 33 [43]32 184
803602Anthony Rickaby/Nicki Della Porta36  4140  35[52]  35187
813682Jon Steward/Harry Steward 3241 42 32  [61] 41188
823650Paul Englemann/Katy Englemann35  4843  37[50]  29192
833291Dave Philpott/Jenny Philpot43  4039   34  39195
843762Malcolm Hyams/Dan Barratt41 [45]4437  41[51]  33196
853556Jodok Gerber/Janik Roempp38  5248  26[53]  34198
863697Richard Page/Lizzy Dalby 39 [46] 4136 41 41 198
873607Mark Bugler/Rima Bugler 36 42 4042 39 [43] 199
883621Oliver Squire/various 4630 [57] 37  44 46203
893755Peter Jackson/Andy Aimes 38 [45] 4543 40 39 205
902604Jeremy Stein/Sarah Percival [53]44 44 46  37 36207
913600Stuart Jenkins/Imogen Jenkins 4534 45 [62]  40 43207
923589John Hollands/Ellen Cooper 5051 41 [62]  34 32208
933511Andrew Mills/Ellie Mills42  3846  43[47]  40209
943563Philip Ashworth/Alison Ashworth[48] 43  43 45 4144 216
953547Pete Male/Christine Male 4736 53 [62] [64]38[64]44218
963594Robin Clifton Dey/Michael Clifton Dey40  [54]50  4246  42220
973680Steve Watson/Andrew Prosser44 48  50   4242 226
983567Martin Smith/Karen Beston47 [55]  44 40 5046 227
993598Rob Smith/Andrew Smith32 46  36   5164 229
1003561Keiron O Farrell/Fionn O Farrell 4342 55 44  [61] 47231
1013497Jan Holland/William Anderson 4037 51 [62]  45 61234
1023574John Donoghue/David Collier [63]50 49 48  39 49235
1033451Jemma Horwood/Russell Hall 4949 52 40  47 [61]237
1043569Duncan Bell/Alex Oxley50  4747  32[64]  61237
1053599Ken Duffell/Brian Corking 52 51 4741 [55] 50 241
1063296Luke Tucker/Theo Harris 5152 [59] 51  48 50252
1073616Nick Shuttleworth/Jeremy Loveless 5454 54 47  49  258
1083586Kieron Mason/Henry Mason51 56  [63] 47 5451 259
1093571Alan Feist/Stephen Comley[61] 57  51 46 5253 259
1101692Patrick Rayner/Various   53 4962 54 45 263
1113464Greg Flyn/Adrian Mickleson61 53  [63] 44 6149 268
1123530Mike Colles/tbc [63] 49 4862 58 52 269
1133333John Adams/Zoe Adams[61]  5056  6156  48271
1143414Ian Laing/Andrew Hunt [63] 56 6349 57 48 273
1153555Ian Mckenzie/Angela Mackenzie52 47  63   5364 279
1161638Bernard Prickett/Peter Bishton 55 [66] 6350 60 54 282
1173625Richard Bramley/Tony Cheal49  5560   59  61284
1183478Andy Hind/Gareth Griffiths61  6658   48  61294
1193581Brendan O Connell/Jatet O Connell61127   63   5564 370
1203606Richard Mourant/Joe Woods61127   63   5764 372
1213354Nigel Cooper/Annabel Cooper       1271275664127501
1223655David Wilkins/Frances Wilkins       1276412764127509
1233616Peter Cook/Janet Exelby      127127127 12738546
1243354Charles Anderson     63  127127127127571
1253757Richard Domoney       127127127127127635
1263725John McLaren/Annie McLaren       127127127127127635

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