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Sharp's Doom Bar Salcombe Merlin Week - Day 2

by Tim Fells 9 Jul 2018 18:34 BST 8-13 July 2018

Another clear blue sky and an encouragingly healthy northeaster greeted the many sore heads after a big night in the club with Nick the Fish belting out the tunes.

Red v Blue flights Course 3,M.3

With reasonable pressure all the way up to Crossways, the fleet lined up early hoping to hold position. However, the start of the weather going flood caught out five boats including Nick Charles who had starred on Sunday afternoon.

In these conditions, the Calverts are a force to be reckoned with and led to the first mark ahead of Peter Ballantine and Rob Allen of the home club. Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey, fired up by their win on Sunday, were first to gybe off Smalls and took the lead on the town side before surprisingly taking a flier back across the tide that dropped them out of the leading bunch.

However, the conditions were about to change dramatically with a SE sea breeze starting to form in the harbour entrance. The race all but started again with a real challenge to get up into the new breeze against the tide and then across to M which is up under the cliffs on the East side of the bay.

The Calverts were again masters of the conditions and were first to round mark M followed by Alan Roberts and Rob Henderson sailing Nick Craig's championship winner.

There then followed a slow run with tide back up the harbour chasing the transition zone which the Calverts passed off Mill Bay. Each of these transitions allowed boats to come up from behind with a degree of randomness / luck as to where the pressure would hold and reappear.

By the time the leaders were around Crossways for the second time and running back to the line, the transition was off the Ferry steps. The Calverts reached it first and parked with Alan and Rob sneaking down the bank to close the gap to a couple of boat lengths. At which point, Alan and Rob got a bit greedy trying to cheat the tide inside a moored RIB, hit the bottom and Alan had to jump out to swim the boat around.

Mike and Jane duly got to the new pressure and took a well-earned bullet. Alan and Rob were able to recover into a great second place. Taxi and Alex kept their composure to escape from the bunch to take third ahead of Dave Wade and Ros McGrane. Ian and Ellie Sharps recovered from their Sunday BFD to take fifth ahead of Julian and Evan Parry.

Green v Black flights Course 1,3,1,3,1,3

Conditions for the afternoon race were looking glam with the sea breeze now established to allow both helm and crew to occasionally extend their legs. However, there were already signs of what was to come with the breeze switching from SE to SW and back again with boats on opposite sides of the harbour holding the same line on opposite tacks.

In the line up for the start there looked like more lifting pressure on the right which attracted the majority of the fleet. This allowed the Chris's Gould and Kilsby together with Chris Jennings and Oli Wells a clean start on the Portlemouth shore where they also found some good pressure and a port lift to pop out ahead. Meanwhile other boats were pursuing the town side and it was old sea dog Dan Alsop with Sophie Penwarden who rounded first only to be pulled out for a BFD.

The two Chris's were on fire after their bullet in the first race, but their path to the finish kept being blocked by a transition zone on the approach to Crossways. To their credit, they kept their cool and kept finding the new breeze first and, although briefly passed by Si Blake and Phil Dalby, held on to take a magnificent second bullet – quite remarkable considering how challenging the conditions are.

Behind them places were changing continually and it was Chris and Oli who sniggled up to second at the line ahead of Si and Phil. Simon and Ally Potts were always around the leading group to come home fourth as were Jason Andrews and Zeb Elliott in fifth. Nick Hegginbotham and Zoe Parry added a sixth to their eighth from Sunday.

Results after Day 2:

PosHull ColourSail NoFlightBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stWhite3778GreenPeer PressureChris GouldChris KilsbyBartley SC1(DNC)(DNC)12
2ndBlack3684BlueKeyser SozeAndy DavisAlex WarrenBlithfield SC(DNC)43(DNC)7
3rdBlack3738BlackSuperfast JellyfishSimon BlakePhil DalbyCookham Reach(DNC)6(DNC)39
4thBlue3691RedQuick FixMike CalvertJane CalvertAxe YC10(DNC)1(DNC)11
5thDark Blue3726BlackArwenWill HendersonMary HendersonSalcombe YC(DNC)2(DNC)911
6thGrey3777BlackMockingjaySimon PottsAlly PottsBurghfield SC(DNC)7(DNC)411
7thGrey3722RedStealthRoger GilbertJane GilbertFrensham Pond SC2(DNC)10(DNC)12
8thBlue3764GreenFancy LiquorTim FellsFrances GiffordSYC/Police Sailing UK5(DNC)(DNC)712
9thGrey3786Blue3786Dave WadeRoz McGraneNorthampton SC(DNC)94(DNC)13
10thWhite3658GreenBernardChris JenningsOli WellsBurghfield12(DNC)(DNC)214
11thTurquoise3679BlackDaddys BoatNick HeginbotothamZoe ParryHollingworth Lake SC(DNC)8(DNC)614
12thWhite3673RedThe OldieCaroline CroftMatt Lulham‑RobinsonBartley SC6(DNC)8(DNC)14
13thLight Blue3788BlueBlue my mindChristian BirrellSam BreareyWeymouth & Portland Sailing Academy(DNC)114(DNC)15
14thWhite3776Red3776Alan RobertsRob HendersonHayling Island SC13(DNC)2(DNC)15
15thYellow3716RedCarbon FootprintStephen LeneyGillian LenneyBlithfield7(DNC)9(DNC)16
16thLight Blue3656Red(Team) Wild CardOlly TurnerMiss Holly ScottStarcross YC3(DNC)16(DNC)19
17thBlue3676BlueHot TottyAntony GiffordJo GiffordRoyal Tay YC(DNC)1011(DNC)21
18thBlue3796RedRobertaWilliam WarrenMaddy AndersonShoreham SC4(DNC)18(DNC)22
19thGrey3758BlueBazingaTim SaxtonJodie GreenItchenor SC(DNC)517(DNC)22
20thGrey3799GreenSimply ScrumptiousPaul RaysonChristian HillSalcombe YC8(DNC)(DNC)1523
21stBlue3756BlackRobertSophie MackleyTom BallantineShoreham SC(DNC)11(DNC)1425
22ndBlue3724BlueSublimeJoe McLaughlinSean RobertsTamesis(DNC)1412(DNC)26
23rdWhite3696GreenTiger TigerJason AndrewsZeb ElliottEastbourne22(DNC)(DNC)527
24thWhite3710BlackParadigm ShiftJon IbbotsonNick CopseyBurghfield SC(DNC)16(DNC)1127
25thWhite3723BlueDESAndrew HarrisSara WarrenTamesis(DNC)217(DNC)28
26thWhite3627BlackSnorterAlex JonesJack DeungCookham Reach Sailing Club(DNC)12(DNC)1628
27thWhite3773GreenNo.34Alan WarrenWill CarrollShoreham SC11(DNC)(DNC)1829
28thMint3659RedZenoJulian ParryEvan ParryHollingworth Lake SC25(DNC)6(DNC)31
29thBlue3742RedSpeed MachinePeter BallantineRob AllenSalcombe SC9(DNC)24(DNC)33
30thGrey3727BlackFragileMark StockbridgeEddy AtkinsRanelagh(DNC)15(DNC)2136
31stCream3753BlackAppetite for DestructionAndy BinesRebecca BinesBrightlingsea SC(DNC)19(DNC)1736
32ndWhite3749GreenStanleyColin AndersonJohn HackettBlithfield SC17(DNC)(DNC)1936
33rdDark Blue3566BluePocket RocketJames WellsAnna AylwardStartcross YC(DNC)1326(DNC)39
34thOrange3690GreenGeneral LeeTim HarridgeLucy HarridgeHampton SC18(DNC)(DNC)2341
35thTurquoise3772RedVellelaPhil EmeryKaren EmeryWhitstable SC21(DNC)20(DNC)41
36thBlue3790BlackPointerColin BrockbankMartin HughesWembley SC(DNC)20(DNC)2242
37thRed3787RedQuicksilverChris MartinJamie MasonMidland S C20(DNC)23(DNC)43
38thBlue3730GreenBlood Sweat & BeersPaul HollisPaula MasonBlithfield SC32(DNC)(DNC)1244
39thBlue3702BlueSalmon en CrouteDuncan SalmonHarriet SalmonWembley SC(DNC)2322(DNC)45
40thPurple3652BlackTime and TideJohn BellOlivia BellHampton SC(DNC)26(DNC)2046
41stBlack3752BlueThe Empire Strikes BackWill RaineyLiese ScottBurghfield SC(DNC)1829(DNC)47
42ndWhite3672BlackBola BolaJohn CooperHilary BradshawWhitstable YC(DNC)22(DNC)2547
43rdGreen3615RedEdgarStuart BatesAndrew HiltonHollingworth Lake SC34(DNC)15(DNC)49
44thBlue3657BlueRevolutionAnthony LoftsFrancesca LoftsSalcombe YC(DNC)2821(DNC)49
45th 3748BlackWhite TigerNigel BrookeSuzie BrookeTeam Lymo(DNC)17(DNC)3451
46thBlue3705Green2 Pints of LagerGeoff WrightKatie WrightBlithfield SC27(DNC)(DNC)2451
47thBlue3771BlackSkipLaurie SmartAlex PauseyUTSC(DNC)24(DNC)2751
48thGrey3731RedMayhemAndy JonesMaddie JonesBurghfield14(DNC)39(DNC)53
49thGrey3793RedBorisMike BuddMark GreavesSouth Caernarvonshire YC23(DNC)32(DNC)55
50thDark Blue3725BlackIsland GirlAndrew SquireNicki BassSalcombe YC(DNC)29(DNC)2655
51st 3647RedLiquid DreamsHywel Bowen‑PerkinsLucy PenwardenHampton SC19(DNC)37(DNC)56
52ndBlue2663BlueTyrannosaurus RexChris HaworthLauren PammeterBlackpool & Fleetwood YC(DNC)3225(DNC)57
53rdBlue3665RedStill not overRoss JacksonDave ReidShoreham SC24(DNC)34(DNC)58
54thYellow3687BlueMellow YellowHannah GreenfieldMatthew GreenfieldChew Valley SC(DNC)2533(DNC)58
55thBlue3683BlueBluebirdBen JonesHelen HildichShoreham SC(DNC)3028(DNC)58
56thPurple3569GreenTime ZuluBen LulhamSamantha LulhamRutland SC29(DNC)(DNC)2958
57thGrey3686GreenIfJeremy DeaconMichal Janowicz.RYA30(DNC)(DNC)3060
58thWhite3675BlackWhite Sauce er erDave CroftRosie RichardsRYA(DNC)27(DNC)3562
59thBlue3789RedOff ‑PisteNick ScroggieJemima ScroggieParkstone36(DNC)27(DNC)63
60thBlue3785BlueRocket ScienceNick CharlesChristian HumphreyDatchet SC(DNC)3(BFD)DNC64
61stBlue3784GreenStrung AlongTony JohnsonLouise JohnsonTeam Lymo37(DNC)(DNC)2865
62ndBlack3598RedBar HumbugRobert SmithAndrew SmithSalcombe YC35(DNC)30(DNC)65
63rdBlue3712BlueOkey DokeyIan SharpsEllie SharpsBurghfield SC(DNC)(BFD)5DNC66
64thGrey3769RedDiscipleGraham Cranford‑SmithFiona Cranford‑SmithSalcombe YC26(DNC)40(DNC)66
65thGrey3706BlueMonkey PuzzleKevin AndersonSadie AndersonSalcombe YC(DNC)3631(DNC)67
66thBlack3767BlackOne LoveBen ArcherTheo HarrisParkstone YC(DNC)35(DNC)3267
67thBlack3743GreenPokin'the TurtleMatt BiggsBecka JonesBlithfield SC(BFD)(DNC)DNC869
68thLight Blue3795BlackGoonAlex JacksonMark OakeyShoreham SC(DNC)(BFD)DNC1071
69thGrey3745RedOutnumberedPaul DeanNicki Della PortaWembley SC31(DNC)41(DNC)72
70thBlue3648BlueBang TidyAntonia WrightJamie WrightShoreham SC(DNC)3736(DNC)73
71stBlack3774BlackPantherJon TurnerKatie FrostLyme Regis(DNC)(BFD)DNC1374
72ndGrey3781BlueThe Force AwakensDavid WinderOliver WinderHollingworth S.C(DNC)(BFD)13DNC74
73rd 3678GreenNoraSteve CrookSally TownendHollingworth Lake SC15(DNC)(DNC)BFD76
74thBlue3645RedBlue VelvetSteve HallAlison HallRoyal Corinthian YC16(DNC)(BFD)DNC77
75thBlue3713BlackDuck and DiveTim LawsSteve HarlingStarcross YC(DNC)42(DNC)3678
76thBlue3714RedKevinAlan MarkhamSue MarkhamUpper Thames SC33(DNC)46(DNC)79
77thGrey3755BlueTickled PinkPeter JacksonAndy AirnesBlackpool & Fleetwood YC(DNC)3445(DNC)79
78thGrey3735BlueThe Clone WarsJenny DoddsPippa KilsbyNottingham SC(DNC)(BFD)19DNC80
79thGrey3704BlueFactory MaidJemma HorwoodSimon WorsfoldThames SC(DNC)3842(DNC)80
80thRed3339BlackFlaming FastTim MaleAdrian MaleBlithfield(DNC)31(DNC)5081
81stPurple3697BlackToo dark & StormyRichard PageEllen & Lucy CooperHampton(DNC)45(DNC)3782
82ndBlue3621BlueRaunchyTristram SquireRobin HodgesSalcombe YC(DNC)3943(DNC)82
83rd 3651Black3651Keiran O'FarrellSel ShahWembley SC(DNC)41(DNC)4182
84thBlack3734BlueThe Black BoatPhil AshworthAli AshworthWeymouth(DNC)3350(DNC)83
85thRed3511GreenHeaven SentAndrew MillsEllie MillsHampton SC40(DNC)(DNC)4383
86thBlue3661BlackSchmoozy BlueGraham ScroggieJade BowenParkstone YC(DNC)44(DNC)4084
87th 3582GreenNever Been to SalcombeMartin EvansChris EvansCookham Reach SC41(DNC)(DNC)4687
88thWhite3602BlackAmbienceAnthony RickabyWilliam AndersonHampton SC(DNC)43(DNC)4588
89thGrey3539GreenGansta ParadiseDan AlsopSophie PenwardenLyme Regis SC28(DNC)(DNC)BFD89
90thBlue3547RedMoondance AssassinPeter MaleChristine MaleBlithfield39(DNC)51(DNC)90
91stBlue3663GreenBronteSimon KerrJenny RoweHunts SC48(DNC)(DNC)4290
92ndGrey3666BlackEnchanted EveningJohn MeadowcroftKaty MeadowcroftUpper Thames SC(DNC)(BFD)DNC3192
93rdRed3518GreenSmoked SalmonTimothy HarmsMillie LittleMidland SC43(DNC)(DNC)4992
94thRed2604RedSatisfactionJeremy SteinSarah PercivalUpper Thames SC44(DNC)48(DNC)92
95thGreen3622RedThe EdgeMichael HamiltonSimon HamiltonBlackpool & Fleetwood SC49(DNC)44(DNC)93
96thBlue3740GreenWhy Ask?Patrick BlakeJilly BlakeCookham Reach(DNF)(DNC)DNC3394
97thBlue3502GreenShindigScott SmithChristopher SmithUpper Thames SC46(DNC)(DNC)4894
98thBlue3606GreenTake it EasyKen DuffellJoseph WoodsTamesis47(DNC)(DNC)4794
99thGrey3780BlueTime MachineNeville HerbertKarl ThorneTeam Lymo(DNC)(BFD)35DNC96
100thBlue3548GreenFirestarterKevin RoseNicky BinksUpper Thames SC42(DNC)(DNC)5597
101stGrey3575GreenGravadlaxHarry StewardNathan AllenFishers Green53(DNC)(DNC)4497
102ndWhite3291GreenParanoiaDave PhilpottCarole MurcottGrafham Water SC45(DNC)(DNC)5297
103rdBlue3567RedFatboy SlimMartin SmithKaren BestonBlithfiled SC51(DNC)47(DNC)98
104thLight Blue3695BlackShiny Happy PeoplePete SlackOliver McLeanBlithfield SC(DNC)(DNC)DNC3899
105thWood3534Blue John DalbyAndy DalbyTrent Valley SC(DNC)(BFD)38DNC99
106thBlack3715RedTruly ScrumptiousRichard CookeRusell HallWembley SC38(DNC)(BFD)DNC99
107thBlue3762BlackRimonimMalcolm HyamsMarina GashinovaMidland S C(DNC)48(DNC)5199
108thRed3644Red3644Jon BloicePhilippa BloiceWhitstable YC50(DNC)49(DNC)99
109th 3682GreenRed WizardJon StewardAnnabel StewardFishers Green SC(BFD)(DNC)DNC39100
110thGrey3717BlueRioja RollJohn GreenJames AlexanderWembley SC(DNC)4753(DNC)100
111thGrey3794BlueIcthysJulian HarmsRobyn BaranowiczMidland SC(DNC)40(BFD)DNC101
112thPale Blue3604BlackDesafinadoTimothy BarrElizabeth NorthThames SC(DNC)49(DNC)53102
113thWhite3587GreenMistralHenry MasonBelinda MasonBlithfield SC52(DNC)(DNC)54106
114thBlue3707BlueMonkey BusinessStuart JenkinsImogen JenkinsHampton SC(DNC)46(DNC)DNC107
115th 3451RedDeep ThoughtMartin WhitworthSarah CharrotUpper Thames SC56(DNC)52(DNC)108
116thBlack3450GreenThe Dream MachineBen GreenAlex OgilvieTeam Lymo54(DNC)(DNC)56110
117thRed3599BlueHarryNigel CooperAnnabel CooperHampton SC(DNC)50(DNC)DNC111
118thWhite2410BlackCrystal BallsIan LaingAndrew HuntHollingworth Lake(DNC)51(DNC)DNF112
119thGrey3655GreenLoosed CanonKaren HilesJohn HodgeShoreham SC57(DNC)(DNC)57114
120thWhite3586RedShadowplayKieron MasonGeorge MasonBlithfiled SC55(DNC)(BFD)DNC116

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