Please select your home edition
Craftinsure 2012

Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Blithfield Sailing Club

by Chris Martin 24 Oct 2017 15:35 BST 22 October 2017

Storm Brian had already flexed its considerable might at other events, but a forecast weather window saw Blithfield SC seek to carry on and penultimate round of the Craftinsure Silver Tiller was set to be on, on Sunday 22nd October. Influence over the final overall positions was to be significant.

After a 90 minute postponement race one got underway in a solid force 6 with four of the 8 contestants on the start line! Andy Davies and Pete Gray led this race from start to finish with Matt Biggs and Rachel Rhodes winning the game of chicken with Chris Martin and Samuel Bailey for second and third.

Lunch ensued, and the weather window still appeared to be well and truly closed. The second race got underway in conditions that at best were no different to the first! There were 5 takers for this race of whom two finished. Taxi and Pete Gray took another bullet with Caroline Croft and Richard Adams in second.

With two bullets, Taxi and Pete won the GKN Trophy, the only boat to finish both races. Caroline and Rich were second, with Matt and Rachel's retirement putting them third overall. Class Chairman Chris Martin and crew Samuel Bailey came fourth from the comfort of the clubhouse!

The Silver Tiller decider along with the annual dinner and dance are at Hollingworth Lake this coming Saturday - can't wait!

Overall Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2Pts
1stKeyser Soze3684Andy DavisPeter GrayBartley112
2ndThe Oldie3673Caroline CroftRichard AdamsBartleyDNF219
3rdPokin the Turtle3743Matt BiggsRach RhodesBlithfield2DNF19
4thQuicksilver3787Chris MartinSamuel BaileyBlithfield3DNC20
5thThe Bear3766Andy DalbyJames DalbyTrent Valley4DNC21
6thBack to the Future3583Colin AndersonBen EavesBlithfield5DNF22
7thQuick Fix3691Mike CalvertJane CalvertAxe6DNC23
8thOutnumbered3745Paul DeanRussel HallWembley7DNC24
9thThe Flame3339Tim MaleRebecca MaleBlithfieldDNFDNF34
10thTantrums & Tiaras3623Doug RankinPaul RankinBlithfieldDNCDNC34
10thFat Boy Slim3567Martin SmithKaren BestonBlithfieldDNCDNC34
10thTwo Pints of Lager3705Geoff WrightNoelle WrightBlithfieldDNCDNC34
10thMylo Xyloto3744Chris LuscombeKaren LuscombeBlithfieldDNCDNC34
10thMoondance Assasin3547Peter MaleRichard SmithBlithfieldDNCDNC34
10thArbuckle3760Mark ReddingtonColin StaiteBartleyDNCDNC34
10thThe Force Awakens3781David WinderOliver WinderHollingworthDNCDNC34

Related Articles

Win a Magic Ticket to the Merlin Rocket Nationals
A chance to race in this top fleet at Lyme Regis in August The Merlin Rocket Owners Association in conjunction with Magic Marine are giving one lucky pair the chance to take part in the Aspire National Championship, hosted by Lyme Regis Sailing Club from 18th to 24th August 2018. Posted on 22 Jun
Merlin Rockets at Hayling Island
Healthy turnout of 26 for Craftinsure Silver Tiller event A healthy turnout of 26 Merlin Rockets gathered at Hayling for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller: a weekend of high winds, tight racing and lovely Sunday waves! Posted on 22 Jun
Merlin Rockets at Brightlingsea
30 boats for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller series event Thirty Merlins made the journey to Brightlingsea for the Crafitinsure Silver Tiller on the weekend of the 9/10 June. Posted on 12 Jun
'The Rockets' take on keelboat racing
At the Dubarry Women's Open Keelboat Championship On Saturday 2nd June, six female Merlin Rocket sailors assembled on the pontoon outside the Royal Southern Yacht Club, having entered themselves in the Dubarry Womens Open Keelboat Championships. Posted on 12 Jun
Merlin Rocket River Championship
A long association with Bourne End Week The Merlin Rocket Class has a long association with Bourne End Week but it was only in 1995 that the Merlin Association and Upper Thames Sailing Club incorporated the Week as the River Championship. Posted on 4 Jun
Merlin Rockets at Midland
Wind gods obey orders eventually Midland Sailing Club welcomed fifteen visiting boats from as far as Axe and Wembley to join their home fleet at Edgbaston reservoir on Sunday 20th May for the Midland Craftinsure Silver Tiller. Posted on 24 May
Merlin Rockets at Plas Heli
Wall to wall sunshine in Wales Another fantastic weekend sailing at the Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy for the visiting Merlin Rockets who were making their third visit to the site in 12 months. Posted on 17 May
PODD 2018 Preview
7th year of Paignton Sailing Club's flagship event for double-handed dinghies 2018 will be the 7th year of Paignton Sailing Club's flagship event for double-handed dinghies: PODD. This is the only BIG event in the south-west for all double-handed monohull dinghies with a PY of 1200 or lower. Posted on 16 May
Merlin Thames Series at Ranelagh
Bright and sunny day in Putney graced by Kate The flurry of activity of the arrival of visiting Merlins for the second Thames Series event of the year, amongst multiple rowers genuinely embracing the lightness and brightness of the day could have been construed as disorderly chaos. Posted on 14 May
May Bank Holiday Sun Fest at Salcombe
Open Meeting for Yawls, RS400s and National Twelves and more! Sun-drenched Salcombe celebrated a truly amazing three days over the May Bank Holiday with Club racing, an Open Meeting for Yawls, RS400s and National Twelves together with a Merlin Rocket sailors wedding and a Town Crab Fest. Posted on 8 May