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Selden 70th Merlin Rocket Championships at Whitstable - Overall

by Tim Fells 28 Aug 2015 21:35 BST 22-28 August 2015

After a week of heavy rain, Whitstable turned on the glamour for the final day of the Selden Merlin Rocket Championships. Bright sunshine and a breeze which built to a good force 4 gave as close to champagne conditions as the Swale Estuary can provide.

The first race of the day started with a weather-going tide which led to three recalls and a few miscreants under the black flag. The most prominent were Roger Gilbert and James Stewart, lying in third overnight.

The first beat was dominated by a left shift which gave those who had started at the pin the advantage. Stu Bithell and Tom Pygall rounded first closely pursued by Ben Saxton and George Yeoman. These two then enjoyed their own match race with Stu and Tom maintaining their lead to the line. Chris Gould and Sam Barker were reveling in the conditions to take third ahead of Ben and Roz McGrane, Sam and Megan Pascoe and the hard-charging Nick Craig and Alan Roberts in sixth.

These results left Ben and George with one hand on the trophy. Only Ben and Roz could now beat them, requiring a bullet or second with Ben and George counting their discard of 13th – unlikely but the week has already seen bad luck befall the leaders.

The final race started after a delay to let the wind settle and the fleet surprised itself with a clean start first time. Initially a right shift favoured the committee boat starters but the breeze again went left at the top to mix up pack. Nick and Alan led round from Jon Gorringe and Nikki Bass and then Tim Fells and Oli Wells. Ben and Roz were in the top ten and Ben and George further back, but with Nick and Alan extending at the front, the title was heading to Ben and George.

After a great race in sparkling conditions, Nick and Alan took their first bullet of the week, Roger Gilbert and James Stewart had got the better of Tim and Oli for second and third. Dave Hayes and Jonny Ratcliffe took fourth with Ben and George climbing into fifth on the line just ahead of Ben and Roz.

In the final standings, Ben and George were clear winners counting six results in the top five and one race win. Theirs was a truly impressive performance against such a high quality entry. Ben and Roz sailed a very consistent series with six results in the top six. Rounding out the podium in third were Tim and Oli who pulled their series back together after a mid-series falter.

Many thanks to Whitstable YC for again putting on a great week both on and off the water. With a lot of people giving up their time to ensure we enjoyed ourselves, this was a thoroughly successful way to celebrate our 70th championships.

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
13742Speed MachineBen SaxtonGeorge YeomanGrafham Water24(13)221516
23739DoryBen McGraneRoz McGraneNetley6(20)3445628
33764Fancy LiquorTim FellsOli WellsSalcombe365(18)1311341
43722StealthRoger GilbertJames StewartFrensham Pond914410(BFD)4243
53759Red MistressSam PascoeMegan PascoeCastle Cove510755(14)1244
63656Wild CardOlly TurnerHamish KilburnSalcombe(BFD)21531691055
73673 Chris GouldSam BarkerMidland1331093(22)1957
83753Appetite for destructionSimon PottsLuke ShawBurghfield481113(27)72366
93658BernardChris JenningsPete HornBurghfield1(35)6725201170
103770ShinyDavid HayesJonny RatcliffeHayling Island14151619(20)6474
113758BazingaJasper BarnhamGraham SextonSnettisham Beach(BFD)21196881375
123707Monkey BusinessAlex JacksonPhil DalbyHampton1216882112(22)77
133756RobertWilliam WarrenMark OkeyShoreham151391612(21)1580
143743Pokin the TurtleMatt BiggsJohn HackettBlithfield8125151025(RET)84
153775Night FuryStuart BithellTom Pygall (DNS)DNC1113886
163749StanleyNick CraigAlan RobertsFrensham & Burghfield(BFD)52DNC62188
173752The Empire Strikes BackWill RaineyAndy DouglasShoreham(28)2414149161794
183774PantherJon TurnerRichard ParslowLyme Regis271212(35)151521102
193754Didley PokeyJon GorringeNicola BassParkstone(BFD)34181718109106
203766The BearAndy DalbySally TownendHampton177(37)20241726111
213676Hot TottyTim HarrisonFrances GiffordRanelagh2592222(31)2416118
223657RevolutionCaroline CroftRhos HawesRYA11(42)2427142618120
233684Keyser SozeAndy DavisAlex WarrenBlithfield7(RET)17127RET7122
243746Point‑n‑SquirtDan WillettPete NicholsonBrighlingsea2326212117(RET)27135
253539Gangstar ParadiseDan AlsopJennie KingLyme Regis1018(44)37112832136
263690General LeeTim HarridgeDavid ReidHampton33(55)3211261820140
273763Dancing BraveMark BarnesPhillippa DanielsWYC2211(36)28193229141
283645Blue VelvetSteve HallSimon HaightonBurnham322523(54)222324149
293709Wild at HeartTom LonsdaleBen HollisUpper Thames21(54)2925371928159
303685The Black PearlSophie MackleyJames WarrenShoreham16312630(32)2730160
313641Puff the magic dragonMark WaterhouseMat CurrellParkstone2419(42)38353114161
323740Why AskPat BlakeJilly BlakeCookham Reach1844(RET)26233036177
333651JupiterColin BrockbankCharlotte CotterWembley292833(42)303638194
343773No 34Alan WarrenBill CarrollShoreham35(45)2824444125197
353735Clones WarsJulian ParryBekka JonesHollingworth(BFD)273432343535197
363768Boat nameRob CageHattie CageThames19224143(BFD)4234201
373675White SaucererMike FenwickPenny FenwickWeymouth263239(50)285037212
383712Okey DokeyIan SharpsAlly MartinBurghfield(BFD)172023BFD13DNC217
393751Strings AttachedMark BarwellLouise JohnsonLymington town3440383933(44)33217
403731MayhemAndy JonesMaddie JonesBurghfield423635403937(45)229
413772VelellaPhil EmeryKaren EmeryWYC385140333833(RET)233
423771SkipLaurie SmartRichard PauseyUpper Thames4350(RET)31423931236
433730Blood Sweat and BeersPaul HollisLiese ScottBlithfield36(60)4841363841240
443692NemoSteve MitchellJulie NuttallWYC3139(RET)59414039249
453547Moon Dance AssassinTim MaleRebecca MaleBlithfield37235151(BFD)4944255
463767One LoveSam ThompsonBen ArcherParkstone(BFD)3731DNC482940257
473765Three DeeDickie DeePhil ScottMidland46294734(DNS)34DNC262
483653ArtemisAndy ChapmanMelissa ChapmanNetley3933(RET)5229RET43268
493683BluebirdBen JonesHelen HilditchShoreham414750444346(RET)271
503564Avalon SunsetRob KennaughAbi SpurrMidland30432729(RET)DNSDNC273
513734The Black BoatPhilip AshworthAlison AshworthWeymouth455254(57)464346286
523697Too Dark‑n‑StormyRichard PagePeter PageHampton4856454947(RET)42287
533719Fluff n StuffJeremy DeaconAlex PauseyCookham Reach4038534840(DNS)DNS291
543648Bang TidyAntonia WrightJamie WrightShoreham4449434549(RET)RET302
553644MarleneJonathan BloicePhilippa BloiceWYC54(63)5555514750312
563672Bola BolaJohn CooperHilary BradshawWYC203049(DNS)DNSDNSDNC315
573518Smoke SalmonJulian HarmsTimothy HarmsMidland4741(RET)5353RET49315
583625Point BreakRichard BramleyLeanne HibberdShoreham5162(RET)56504848315
593744Mylo XylotoChris MartinJoe ToshMidland(BFD)533046BFD45DNC318
603624Stab in the DarkPhil MasonJamie MasonBlithfield50(RET)RET3645RET47322
613574Holy GrailJohn DonoghueDavid CollierSully5259565855(RET)51331
623463Smoke on the waterAbbey ZambinskiDonna HenderWYC(BFD)57RET60525153345
633319Absolute MadnessRichard LedgerTom BrutonWYC536157(RET)54RET52349
643706Monkey PuzzleCharles AndersonAni RidleyHampton494652(RET)DNSDNSDNC363
653769DiscipleGraham Cranford SmithFiona Cranford SmithSalcombe(BFD)4846RETDNCDNSDNC382
663607The Fifth ElementMark BuglerRimer BuglerWeymouth(RET)58RET47DNCRETDNC393
673555Light FantasticIan MackenzieLuke TuckerBlithfield556458(RET)RETDNSDNS393
683424Purple HayesMark FaggIan HenderWYC57(RET)RETRET56DNSRET401
693402Hot GoblinIssie BrutonTom BrutonWYC5665(RET)RETDNSDNSDNC409
70=3315HerbieRichard DaviesIan WildWYC(DNS)DNCDNCDNSDNSRETRET432
70=3351GnomeJohn BoormanPaul FinchamWYC(RET)DNCDNCRETRETDNSDNS432

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