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Sharps Doom Bar Salcombe Merlin Week - Day 6

by Tim Fells 7 Jul 2017 20:53 BST 2-7 July 2017

The final day brought further wall to wall sunshine with a force three Westerly that was due to swing to the SW for the afternoon.

Red v Black flights Course 1,7,3,7,2

With the wind in the West conditions at Salcombe are particularly challenging for competitors and race officers alike. With the breeze coming from two different directions around the town and meeting on the start line, setting a true start is almost impossible. At the first attempt to start the race, PRO Simon Dobson wisely abandoned with 30 seconds to go as the ebb tide had already taken the majority of the fleet over the line. At the second attempt the wind had all but disappeared and many boats were line shy.

An isolated gust from the north running down the town side took a bunch of boats away down to the rocks where they were the able to hook into the North Sands lift. First to Blackstone were Roger and Jane Gilbert closely followed by Paul Hollis and Paula Mason with Ian and Ellie Sharps in third.

A key point in the race was always going to be the Ferry Landing where the transition from the Southwesterly to the breeze out of Batson was made. At this point Tim Fells and Fran Gifford had joined the leaders and by dint of getting themselves inside boat on the beach managed to set the leaders out into the tide and tack on to a port lift to lead away down to Snapes Point.

From this point the race, limited by the low water, was a processional fetch up and down to Gerston, much to Tim and Fran's liking due to the lack of tactical decisions required. Although chased all the way by the Gilberts, Tim and Fran returned to the harbour for the final beat to the line in a now glorious Southwester. Taking their second cannon of the week, they secured second overall and laid down the challenge to Taxi and Alex who needed a second place to take the title.

Third across the line were Ian and Ellie ahead of Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey, Will and Arthur Henderson followed by Richard Whitworth and Sam Mottershead.

Blue v Green flights Course 1.3,1,7,2,3

So, in the afternoon race, the final shoot out.

The breeze on the line favoured the pin end but there was going to be a good right hander at the top of the course for those who played the town side. The Chrises won the Portlemouth side but hit a hole off Mill Bay. The Calverts who had made the best start on the town side led in from the right followed by Jon Gorringe and Nicki Bass, Si Blake and Pippa Taylor then the Chrises. Taxi and Alex made a second row start towards the Portlemouth shore and bailed out to the town side and were able to recover into the top ten and then make immediate gains on the leaders to be up into fourth by Crossways.

From here on in the race settled into a tight tacking dual amongst the top four. The Calverts led but were passed by Si and Pippa on the beat back to Mill Bay only to lose it again on the final approach. Taxi and Alex, despite their best efforts were unable to make further inroads.

At the line Mike and Jane took their second cannon of the week to jump up into fourth overall. Si and Pippa were second and third overall. The Chrises took third and fifth overall. Taxi and Alex came home a disappointed fourth, taking the bridesmaid position. Rounding out the top six finishers, Jon and Nicki were fifth and Caroline Croft with Beka Jones were sixth.

Overall, Tim and Fran took the title by one point. What a ridiculous turn of events!

Overall Results:

PosSail No.FlightHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
1st3764RedTim FellsFrances GiffordSYC/Police Sailing UK‑61242110
2nd3684GreenAndy DavisAlex WarrenBartley SC13‑621411
3rd3735GreenSimon BlakePippa TaylorCookham/Hollingworth32‑814212
4th3691BlueMike CalvertJane CalvertAxe YC373‑201115
5th3778GreenChris GouldChris KilsbyBartley SC41‑1435316
6th3788RedChristian BirrellSam BreareyWinsford Flash7257(BFD)425
7th3777BlueSimon PottsAlly PottsBurghfield SC2458(BFD)827
8th3656GreenOlly TurnerMiss Holly ScottStarcross YC(BFD)51661028
9th3726RedWill HendersonArthur HendersonSYC53‑11510528
10th3756BlackWilliam WarrenMark OakeyShoreham SC643115‑1729
11th3743BlueMatt BiggsBen HollisBartley SC18‑1395730
12th3658BlackChris JenningsPete HornBurghfield46103‑111033
13th3703BlackRichard WhitworthSam MottersheadParkstone & Hollingworth Lake7‑134412633
14th3722BlackRoger GilbertJane GilbertFrensham Pond SC910‑12610237
15th3781BlackDavid WinderOliver WinderHollingworth S.C87‑16132939
16th3774BlackJon TurnerRichard ParslowLyme Regis13111‑1431442
17th3791BlueJon GorringeNicky BassParkstone111495(BFD)544
18th3678BlackSteve CrookSally TownendHollingworth Lake SC514‑20281645
19th3712BlackIan SharpsEllie SharpsBurghfield SCRDG97(BFD)16346
20th3776BlackAlan RobertsRob HendersonHayling Island SC108‑147131149
21st3707RedAlex JacksonChris DownhamHampton SC25‑2111151851
22nd3685GreenSophie MackleyMary HendersonShoreham SC11‑2428171351
23rd3715BluePaul RaysonChristian HillSalcombe / Fishers Green121111(BFD)81254
24th3758RedTim SaxtonJodie GreenBurghfield SC149‑191031955
25th3742RedIan DobsonRob AllenShoreham SC810(BFD)1562059
26th3702RedDuncan SalmonHarriet SalmonWembley SC‑15131313131264
27th3611BlueChris DoddsAlex JonesNottingham SC1515‑3210111768
28th3730RedPaul HollisPaula MasonBlithfield SC121625‑2814774
29th3676BlackAntony GiffordJo GiffordRoyal Harwich YC16‑2891672775
30th3723RedAndrew HarrisJames WarrenTamesis92515(BFD)18875
31st3659BlueJulian ParryEvan ParryHollingworth Lake SC‑2220221212975
32nd3710GreenJon IbbotsonNick CopseyBurghfield SC1015‑1816181675
33rd3766RedAndy DalbyPhil DalbyHampton SC1319‑352491378
34th3645BlueSteve HallAlison HallBurnham SC(BFD)23161571879
35th3752RedWill RaineyAndrea DownhamBurghfield SC16128(BFD)212279
36th3673BlueCaroline CroftBeka JonesBartley SC(BFD)6(DNF)114DNC688
37th3687GreenMatt GreenfieldMatt Lulham‑RobinsonChew Valley SC(BFD)17302291189
38th3727GreenMark StockbridgeEddie AtkinsRanelagh2118199‑232390
39th3641GreenMark WaterhouseMat CurrellParkstone YC2223414‑373093
40th3787GreenChris MartinTim HarmsMidland S C1912‑3120291494
41st3652GreenJohn BellBellHampton SC23‑311512301595
42nd3790BlueColin BrockbankMartin HughesWembley SC14222021‑231996
43rd3665GreenRoss JacksonDave ReidShoreham SC18191725‑3226105
44th3711BlackSam ThompsonLeanne HibberdRNSA1921242219105
45th3753RedPiers LambertAndy BinesBrightlingsea SC‑272117192624107
46th3583RedColin AndersonSean AndersonBlithfield SC1718‑36311626108
47th3773RedAlan WarrenWill CarrollShoreham SC‑291723212029110
48th3675BlueDave CroftAbbie CroftRYA21‑2823231924110
49th3789GreenNick ScroggieJemima ScroggieParkstone‑363412172425112
50th3784RedTony JohnsonLouise JohnsonLymington Town332962322‑37113
51st3666RedJohn MeadowcroftChristian DaySYC20272229(BFD)15113
52nd3339RedTim MaleRebecca MaleClinker Club‑322427182525119
53rd3731BlackAndy JonesMaddie JonesBurghfield(BFD)2618193130124
54th3745BlackPaul DeanNicki Della PortaWembley SC2625292420‑39124
55th3725GreenAndrew SquireLaura EvansSYC352274021‑44125
56th3740BluePatrick BlakeAnna BurtonCookham2930‑34281722126
57th3683BlueBen JonesHelen HildichShoreham SC/Tenby SC2026‑33252827126
58th3757BlackAndy PostleTim ParsonsRWYC1832262726(DNF)129
59th3780GreenNev HerbertKarl ThorneRoyal Lymington YC252026(BFD)3820129
60th3761GreenDavid BurseyFrances BursleyParkstone YC24381030‑4633135
61st3769BlackGraham Cranford‑SmithFiona Cranford‑SmithSalcombe YC33‑3728312523140
62nd3771GreenLaurie SmartAlex PauseyUTSC‑382924262735141
63rd3575RedRichard CookeJames ScottWembley2631(BFD)433021151
64th3657BlackAnthony LoftsSophie PenwardenSYC323333‑352235155
65th3749BlueRein ZilvoldPhil ScottWhitstable YC2536254029(DNF)155
66th3615BlackStuart BatesTom DanielsHLSC2830‑38363533162
67th3705RedGeoff WrightKatie WrightBlithfield SC‑373231273736163
68th3682BlueJon StewardAnnabel StewardFishers Green SC3933(DNF)263531164
69th3686BlackJeremy DeaconMichal Janowicz.Maidenhead Sailing Club‑473634342832164
70th3573RedSimon BondAnna BondFrensham Pond/Hayling Island3440323624(DNF)166
71st3760BlueMark ReddingtonAnnabelle Ransome‑WilliamsBartley SC314121(DNF)3143167
72nd3672RedJohn CooperHilary BradshawWhitstable YC40353034‑4128167
73rd3648BlackAntonia WrightJamie WrightShoreham3535‑39293434167
74th3767GreenBen ArcherAndy CurrellParkstone YC304037(BFD)3329169
75th3598GreenRobert SmithAndrew SmithSYC28‑4229373641171
76th3709BlackTom LonsdaleAlice MarkhamUTSC3016(DNF)1748(DNF)DNC172
77th3690BlackTim HarridgeLucy BurnHampton SC(DNF)27(BFD)183931DNC176
78th3621GreenTristram SquireShelia SquireSYC41433932‑5521176
79th3695BluePete SlackDan JohnsonBlithfield SC(WAY)3446392734180
80th3714BlackAlan MarkhamSue MarkhamUpper Thames SC24‑4837304744182
81st3647BlueHywel Bowen‑PerkinsLucy PenwardenHampton SC3737‑45373932182
82nd3734GreenPhil AshworthAli AshworthWeymouth43392735‑4939183
83rd3585BlackJohn FildesCharlotte FildesBosham2344403840(DNF)185
84th3560BlackStuart JenkinsImogen JenkinsHampton SC40‑5544501438186
85th3569BlueBen LulhamSamantha LulhamRutland SC36424032‑4838188
86th3697GreenRichard PagePeter PageHampton39‑4538444528194
87th2663GreenChris HaworthJoe HowarthBlackpool & Fleetwood YC42‑5636394237196
88th3577BlackJoe ToshJack ToshFarmoor‑434143334141199
89th3599RedDuncan BellOliver JenkinsHampton SC(BFD)3842383251201
90th3704BlackJemma HughesRussell HallThames SC2747454143(DNF)203
91st3544BlueDavid DownsRoss BrownTata Steel SC34394743‑4940203
92nd3589BlueJohn HollandsTimmy ParkerHampton SC4149354436‑53205
93rd3696GreenRichard HarrisHarry HarrisTamesis31462841DNC207
94th3548RedKevin RoseTim WilliamsUpper Thames SC47‑5341334047208
95th3587BlueHenry MasonBelinda MasonBlithfield SC‑494541483342209
96th3291RedDave PhilpottCarole MurcottGrafham Water SC4447‑49453443213
97th2997BlueHarry StewardAnna RaysonFishers Green(DNF)4644424345220
98th3755RedPeter JacksonPauline MunroeBlackpool & Fleetwood YC5044484238222
99th3651BlueKeiran O'FarrellFionn O'Farrell ‑515149474236225
100th3602BlackAnthony RickabyMarion ReadWSC44‑4946464446226
101st3762RedMalcolm HyamsGodfrey ClarkeMidland S C4548‑50464445228
102nd3567BlueMartin SmithKaren BestonBlithfiled SC3843‑51514750229
103rd3650BlackGareth GriffithsAlex NewtonLymington Town45‑5447455340230
104th3606BlueKen DuffellJoseph WoodsTamesis(WAY)5042524649239
105th3547GreenPeter MaleChristine MaleBlithfield & Salcombe46‑5048475048239
106th3530BlackMike CollesWilliam AndersonMidland S C42‑5754535242243
107th3644GreenJon BloicePhilippa BloiceWhitstable YC49524348‑5751243
108th3706GreenKevin AndersonSadie AndersonHampton SC48‑5350495146244
109th3625RedRichard BramleyTony ChealShoreham SC515251‑534549248
110th3502BlackScott SmithChristopher SmithUpper Thames SC4651‑55545448253
111th3717RedJohn GreenJames AlexanderWembley SC52‑5653505350258
112th3744RedChristopher LuscombeKaren LuscombeBlithfield SC(DNF)5752525252265
113th3597BlueMo AllenAmy AllenFishers Green SC(DNF)54(DNF)4950DNC52266
114th3414BlueIan LaingAndrew HuntHollingworth Lake SC50‑5554555454267
115th3586BlueKieron MasonGeorge MasonBlithfiled SC48(DNF)(DNF)DNC51DNC47268
116th3479BlueRupert FletcherTbaMidland52‑5855565555273
117th3333GreenJohn AdamsNeville CaineTamesis5359525456(DNF)274
118th3571GreenAlan FeistStephen ComleyBristol Corinthian YC54585351(DNF)DNF277
119th3655RedKaren HilesMartin WalkerShoreham SC(DNS)(DNF)565556DNFDNC289
120th3581GreenBrendan OConnellJanet OConnellBlithfield SC(DNF)56(DNF)DNFDNCDNCDNF300

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