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Selden 2020 - LEADERBOARD

Aspire Merlin Rocket Nationals at Lyme Regis Sailing Club - Day 4

by Tim Fells 22 Aug 2018 18:53 BST 19-24 August 2018

The fourth day of the Merlin Championships was as tricky as a tricky thing that has decided to be particularly tricky.

A light SSW with very variable and patchy pressure along with irregular shifts had a lot of good sailors scratching their heads. With two races sailed, consistency was hard to find as demonstrated by Ben and Roz McGrane (26, 3) and Will and Mary Henderson (2, 24). Some top teams really struggled with defending Champions Nick Craig and Tobytastic Lewis accumulating 46 points on the day.

After a Black Flag General Recall, which captured Jon Gorringe and Pete Gray, the fleet were away with some boats capturing a line of pressure and shooting out of the line and others struggling to get pace on. Those that played the left came in ahead with William Warren and Alice Rook leading around the top mark. Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey were close behind followed by local septuagenarian legend Dan Alsop sailing with Cameron Moss.

On the run, those that help a higher line to the right of the run profited with Christian and Sam coming through with a good lead that they were able to extend to the line for their fourth bullet of the week. Will and Mary Henderson were going well to take second ahead of the very quick Simon and Ally Potts. Of the leading contenders, Roger Gilbert and James Stewart were consistent again in fourth ahead of Mike and Jane Calvert.

For the second race of the day, there was marginally more pressure and it was again those who played left of middle who came in ahead. Mike and Jane led around the top mark and were then in the comfortable position of extending while covering the chasing pack. Simon and Ally were again in the hunt and completed a great day with a second ahead of Ben and Roz McGrane. Taxi and Alex Warren took fourth ahead of the ever-consistent Roger and James.

Back in the pack and demonstrating mortality for the first time this week, Christian and Sam came home in 18th. This result opens up the overall standings as, with their BFD yesterday and only one discard, Roger and James have taken the lead and Christian and Sam cannot now afford any further slip ups.

Thursday will see the longer distance Ranelagh Trophy race with a forecast of moderate offshore (shifty) winds. It is still all to play for!

Silver Fleet report

What a tricky day!

Once again an elder statesman took line honours in race 6 in the shape of local Dan Alsop crewed by the significantly younger Cameron Moss in the also fairly ancient Gangsta Paradise. James Wells and Anna Aylwood also took a wooden boat into the chocolates by coming second with the consistent team of Sophie and Claire bringing in third.

The second race on the day (race 8) saw a welcome increase in wind but still not really hiking conditions. Sophie and Claire re - stamped their authority on the silver jerseys by winning again from yet another elder statesman Pat Blake crewed by wife Jilly. Ben Jones and Helen Hilditch held third.

With two races to go it's Sophie and Claire's series to lose with Sam and Leanne lying second and Pat and Jilly Blake third.

Bronze Fleet report

Day 4 of the Aspire Merlin Rocket National Championships and Bronze Fleet encountered the washing machine of Lyme bay- Race 6 started under the dreaded black flag after two recalls, and the short chop proved to the liking of Paul Dean/Szymon Matyjaszczuk who sailed to an outstanding 23rd place, Mark Smyth/Julie Cronshaw also enjoyed unprecedented success in 30th beating Ben Archer/Theo Harris by two places.

Race 8 also saw some boats going home early as the black flag did its work but the breeze had freshened by 5 knots and the waves also built, not enough to discomfort Paul and Szymon who were first again despite a battle to finish ahead of Ben and Theo who sailed an excellent race pulling back 23 places to finish 37th. They were followed in by John Cooper/Beci Wigley in 40th.

This was a day of constant close racing throughout the whole fleet which tested all the sailors skills to the max, but Paul and Szymon still lead Bronze Fleet ahead of Ben and Theo with two more races to go...

Results after Day 4:

PosBoat NameSail NoFleetHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R8Pts
1stStealth3722GRoger GilbertJames Stewart24-11334521
2ndQuick Fix3691GMike CalvertJane Calvert-1292145122
3rdBlue My Mind3788GChristian BirrellSam Brearey1112(BFD)11824
4thDory3739GBen McGraneRoz McGrane48997-26340
5thKeyser Soze3684GAndy DavisAlex Warren55-2613113441
6thRed Mistress3759GSam PascoeMegan Pascoe7710-26812650
7thBernard3658GChris JenningsOli Wells6387(BFD)161555
8thPanther3774GJon TurnerRichard Parslow8104225(BFD)756
9thPeer Pressure3778GChris GouldChris Kilsby19219-21271362
10thGoon3795GAlex JacksonPippa Kilsby15-2331411101063
11thThe Oldie3673GCaroline CroftMatt Lullham-Robinson11-3076982364
12thMetachrosis3736GRoger PhillipsWill Crocker171551118-21975
13thArwen3726GWill HendersonMary Henderson2321165122-2479
14thDidley Squat3791GJon GorringePeter Gray96152520(BFD)1691
15thRobert3756SSophie MackleyClaire Mills22131210-23171993
16thHullabaloo3768GBen PalmerKonrad Weaver20-35252016118100
17thFancy Liquor3764GTim FellsFrances Gifford14122312(BFD)2517103
18thMessy Monty3776GNick CraigToby Lewis3142816(BFD)3511107
19thDoris3786GDavid WadeRachel Rhodes261113-4063320109
20thPoint N Squirt3746GDan WillettPete Nicholson-28202019172212110
21stBlue Velvet3645GSteve HallJames Ward131614-32311525114
22ndPokin The Turtle3743GMatt BiggsBeka Jones-4034178142914116
23rdRoberta3796GWilliam WarrenAlice Rook-3328271815927124
24thSylvia3711SSam ThompsonLeanne Thompson252521152118-29125
25thThe Bear3766GAndy DalbyPeter Horn101924-42134032138
26thMockingjay3777GSimon PottsAlly Potts(DNF)DNC64BFD32143
27thWhy Ask3740SPat BlakeJilly Blake29312235(BFD)2022159
28thThe Force Awakens3781GDavid WinderOliver Winder271839-43104326163
29thFilthy/Gorgeous3670GTim ParsonsSarah Parsons242741172531(UFD)165
30thBluebird3683SBen JonesHelen Hilditch34-401823263928168
31stThree Dee3765SRichard DeeColin Anderson1829363122-3833169
32ndFaithless3703GRichard WhitworthJemima Scroggie2145304119(BFD)21177
33rdGangsta Paradise3539SDan AlsopCameron Moss363644-5227630179
34thDisciple3769SGraham Cranford-SmithStephen Penfold3041312828-4834192
35thOutnumbered3745BPaul DeanSzymon Matyjaszczuk-48373434322335195
36thQuicksilver3787SChris MartinSamuel Bailey42244924(BFD)2731197
37thPocket Rocket3566SJames WellsAnna Aylwood414433(DNC)301436198
38thGeneral Lee3690STim HarridgeLucy Burn352240-44333438202
39thVelella3772SJohn CooperPhil Emery32-474329401941204
40thOne Love3767BBen ArcherTheo Harris3139-4745L053237213
41stFragile3727GMark StockbridgeNeil Davies37262939(BFD)24DNC219
42ndStrung Along3784GMark BarwellLouise Johnson-46333730374439220
43rdNKS3732BJohn CooperBecci Wigley43383247(BFD)3640236
44thThe Angels' Share3779SDavid LeeSam Willis3942424629-5043241
45thShmoozy Blue3661SGraham ScroggieBen Scroggie3832(RET)503528UFD247
46thThe Black Boat3734BPhil AshworthAli Ashworth51-544627344249249
47thPointer3790SColin BrockbankSue Brough-55513537365442255
48thDark Star3720BFraser EarleKatie Frost4743-5749413744261
49thIchthys3794BJulian HarmsTimothy Harms444845-55424145265
50thAfter Hours3585BJohn FildesCharlotte Fildes5450383839-5548267
51stDuck and Dive3713BSteve HarlingEleanor Thomas-53495133434647269
52ndUrban Warrior3668BMark SmythJulie Cronshaw59555436(BFD)3051285
53rdNight Fury3775GSimon BlakeTom Pygall1617(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC289
54thRocket Science 23785BRobin CharlesNick Medlicott52464854(BFD)4746293
55thCool Cookie3620BTom ProcterHenry Hutchison50-585056384954297
56thNarnia3751BHuw ReynoldsPhil Scott4553-6148465355300
57thNever Been to Salcombe3582BTom DanielTom Murphy-57565351484550303
58thVitesse3614BGeoff KimberHelen Kimber495252-53505252307
59thSeas the Day3792BAlistair McDonaldLiz King606055(DNF)455753330
60thBrambles3800BRichard BramleyLouise Carr5657-6060475958337
61stSnorting3561BJoe ShawSel Shah58-595859515657339
62ndWizard in Blue3449BCarl WhitehillSam Whitehill(DNC)DNC5957L055156341
63rdBorn to be Wild3783BMiles JamesJustine Mason(DNC)DNC56584458DNC344

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