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Craftinsure Silver Tiller Merlin Rocket Open at Brightlingsea Sailing Club

by Jon Gorringe 12 Jun 2018 09:48 BST 9-10 June 2018
Andy Davis & Alex Warren win the Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller event at Brightlingsea © Pete Nicholson

Thirty Merlins made the journey to Brightlingsea for the Crafitinsure Silver Tiller on the weekend of the 9/10 June.

Although the start was looking very light the wind filled in from the south east at around 10-14knots and then even sun came out! For a glorious day to sail the Merlins had an inglorious start, well three actually, with the black flag pulled out to bring the 30 boat fleet to heel. With the ebbing tide and left-hand side favoured the pin end was congested and a few boats were pulled out at the windward mark. Jon Turner and Richard Parslow sailed a great beat and took advantage of the shifts at the end of the beat to round ahead of Jon Gorringe and Pete Gray. Taxi and Alex Warren along with Tim fells and Fran Gifford took full advantage of a colourfully poor hoist by Gorringe.

Taxi slipped past JT down the run and the leading three held position to the end of the race. The next race and the wind increased a little kicking up a little more chop. Although the left side was still favoured there were shifts that the brave could take and could pull forward, but it was fraught with danger. Taxi sneaked around in first with Gorringe/Gray and Caroline Croft and Matt Lulham in third. Taxi held the lead despite being pushed for the first two laps, Gorringe/Gray held second with Croft/Lulham holding onto third.

Sunday dawned and as the forecast was sadly spot on. Still we enjoyed breakfast and launched into the vacuum of the race course. It took two goes to get the fleet off in the 5kt NE. Well it was a NE for a couple of minutes then an Easterly, nope it was Northerly and an Easterly, well whatever, the local fleet showed us the art of staying in wind, and also going hard, hard left for the wind, Andy and Rebecca Bines rounded first with Christian Birrell/Anna McKenzie, Dan Willitt and Pete Nicholson following very close behind. These three held their positions in the only lap of the race, which was no mean feat with such a variable wind speed and direction.

The PRO patiently waited for the wind to make an un-forecast appearance but most of the fleet headed for home by midday. Sadly, only the one race was sailed of the three planned. This left Taxi and Alex as deserved winners with two bullets from day one.

The race team did a great job and the clubs catering and bar team were great. Special mention needs to be made for the delicious home-made bakewell tart, well done BSC.

Thank you to Crafinsure, Silver Tiller sponsors in 2018, and Magic Marine the class clothing partner.

Overall Results:

PosHelm / CrewBoat NameSail NoR1R2R3Pts
1stAndy Davis / Alex WarrenKeyser Soz36841st1st16th2
2ndJon Turner / Richard ParslowPanther37742nd5th7th7
3rdJon Gorringe / Pete GrayDidley Squat37916th2nd23rd8
4thTim Fells / Fran GiffordFancy Liquor37643rd10th5th8
5thSophie Mackley / Tom BallantineRobert37565th6th28th11
6thSimon Potts / Ally PottsMockingjay37774th8th11th12
7thChris Gould / Chris KilsbyPeer Pressure37788th4th12th12
8thCaroline Croft / Matt Lullham-RobinsonThe Oldie367313th3rd15th16
9thAlex Jackson / Pip KilsbyGoon37957th16th9th16
10thDaniel Willett / Pete NicholsonPoint n squirt374628th15th3rd18
11thWill Henderson / Mary HendersonArwen372614th19th4th18
12thMark Barnes / Josh WilceDancing Brave376312th14th6th18
13thChristian Birrell / Anna MackenzieBirrell Merlin3788DNC17th2nd19
14thDavid Winder Sarah BinesWinder Merlin37819th13th10th19
15thSteve Hall / James WardAllen364510th9th13th19
16thIan Sharps / Ellie SharpsOakey Dokey371216th7th18th23
17thPaul Rayson / Chris HillSimply Scrumptious379911th12th20th23
18thAndy Bines / Rebecca BinesAppetite for Destruction375323rd24th1st24
19thMatt Biggs / Jack HoldenShiny377020th21st8th28
20thS Leney Gillian LeneyCarbon Footprint371618th22nd14th32
21stPeter Ballantine / Rob AllenSpeed Machine374215th18th26th33
22ndPiers Lambert / Tim BeesSnakey B367117th20th17th34
23rdWilliam Warren / Maddy AndersonRoberta379628th11th27th38
24thPaul Hollis / Paula Masonblood sweat and beers373019th23rd25th42
25thPaul Dean / Szymon MajyzesykOutnumbered374521st25th22nd43
26thJohn Fildes / Charlotte FildesAfter Hours358525th26th19th44
27thDavid Croft / Rosie RichardsWhite Saucerer367524th27th21st45
28thJeremy Deacon / Mike JanowiczIF368622nd28th24th46
29thMartin Smith / Karen BestonFat Boy Slim356726th29th29th55
30thHannah Blyth / Paul BlythSandy315427thDNCDNC58

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