Please select your home edition
Edition
Craftinsure 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Merlin Rocket Vintage and Open Meetings at Upper Thames Sailing Club

by Chris Rathbone 5 Oct 2018 11:12 BST 15-16 September 2018
Merlin Rocket September open meeting at Upper Thames © Debbie Kite

Upper Thames Sailing Club held its annual Merlin Rocket Open Meeting on the 15th and 16th September.

This year the event was blessed by both sun and a decent breeze from the South West, shifty without being horrible. The sunny weather brought out a large number of other river users, both motorised and oar propelled and the fleet (with varying degrees of success) navigated around them.

On the Saturday, the event was for the De May Vintage series and ten boats turned out for the first two races, both of which were won by Martin Hunter and Margaretha van Dam on the water and on handicap in their Martine design, Quiver. Pat and Jilly Blake were second in both categories, sailing their Jack Holt Nellie design, Tiercel and John and Dan Meadowcroft were third, sailing Lady Luck, a Proctor XII.

While there was a strong home presence, there were visitors from Cookham Reach, (Pat and Jilly, Martin Evans and Mandy Platts) Thames/Minima (Sel Shah and Sarah Preston) and Hollingworth Lake (Ian Lang and Andrew Hunt). We think they enjoyed themselves...

The third race was for the Spade Oak Bowl and this was opened up to all Merlins, wide and narrow and fourteen boats took to the water. For a time, conditions were perfect but then the wind faltered and the final leg was completed in the lightest winds of the day.

Martin Hunter won again, Pat was second and third was the Outrage design Exequisite of Chris and Katie Rathbone. After racing, the fleet went for tea and retired to the bar, prior to the traditional Merlin feast and a cheese course served on Martin and Margaretha's barge. Afterwards, some brave souls launched into a Dark 'n' Stormy evening in the bar......

On Sunday morning, joined by a further three boats from Lymington, Hampton and an Upper Thames/Hampton entry, racing took place for the Allen Challenge Cup which was three races for the Thames Series. The wind had moved round more to the South and was quite lumpy at times which surprised a few and resulted in the occasional fill up and capsize.

John and Deirdre Bell sailing the Proctor XII Grand Teton, won overall with a first, second and third with Alex Jones and Jack Deung of Cookham second in their plastic Tales (two seconds and a third) and Stuart Jenkins and Nicola Scadden third with a first and two sixths (Passing Cloud design). Martin Evan and Mandy Platts in an NSMI rounded up the prize winners with a third, fourth and an eighth.

For the last race, the race team took the fleet from the club line all the way to the island up near Marlow (probably a mile long beat). The wind decided to increase quite a lot and there were some very happy crews when the race was shortened to two laps...

All in all a great weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year.

De May Racing Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmCrewClubPYR1R2R3Pts
1stQuiver774Martin HunterMargaretha van DamUTSC1000‑1112
2ndTiercel901Pat BlakeJill BlakeCRSC990‑2224
3rdLady Luck1477John MeadowcroftDan MeadowcroftUTSC100033‑46
4thExequisite2266Chris RathboneRathbone teamUTSC9804‑637
5thRapport3247Martin EvansMandy PlattsCRSC99054‑69
6th 1781Mark AddisonSarah PercivalUTSC990(DNC)5510
7thRobin Hood2040Richard PauseyDan HarrisonUTSC9906‑8713
8thSatisfaction2604Jeremy SteinNicki BinksUTSC980‑87815
9thLa Volente1596Sel ShahSarah PrestonTSC/Minima9807‑9916
10thAttila the Hun2410Ian LaingAndrew HuntHollingworth10009‑101019

Spade Oak Bowl Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1Pts
1stQuiver774Martin HunterMargaretha van DamUTSC11
2ndTiercel901Pat BlakeJill BlakeCRSC22
3rdExequisite2266Chris RathboneRathbone teamUTSC33
4thLady Luck1477John MeadowcroftDan MeadowcroftUTSC44
5th 1781Mark AddisonSarah PercivalUTSC55
6thRapport3247Martin EvansMandy PlattsCRSC66
7thRobin Hood2040Richard PauseyDan HarrisonUTSC77
8thSatisfaction2604Jeremy SteinNicki BinksUTSC88
9thKevin3714Alan MarkhamSue MarkhamUTSC99
10thShindig3502Scott SmithDavid CopseUTSC1010
11thLa Volente1596Sel ShahSarah PrestonTSC/Minima1111
12thFirestarter3548Kevin RoseTim WilliamsUTSC1212
13thDeep Thought3451Martin WhitworthSarah CharrotUTSC1313
14thAttila the Hun2410Ian LaingAndrew HuntHollingworth1414

Allen Challenge Cup Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1stGrand Teton1201John BellDeirdre BellHampton SC1‑323
2ndSnorter3627Alex JonesJack DeungCRSC22‑34
3rdLuka3560Stuart JenkinsNicola ScaddanUTSC‑6167
4thRapport3247Martin EvansMandy PlattsCRSC3‑847
5th 1781Mark AddisonSarah PercivalUTSC‑7718
6thTiercel901Pat BlakeJill BlakeCRSC84(DNS)12
7thEnchanted Evening3666Rob HendersonAlice MarkhamLymington Town SC5‑12712
8thKevin3714Alan MarkhamSue MarkhamUTSC‑95813
9thExequisite2266Chris RathboneRathbone teamUTSC‑119514
10thFirestarter3548Kevin RoseTim WilliamsUTSC‑1261117
11thShindig3502Scott SmithDavid CopseUTSC10‑13919
12thRobin Hood2040Richard PauseyDan HarrisonUTSC‑13111021
13thSatisfaction2604Jeremy SteinNicki BinksUTSC‑14101222
14thQuiver774Martin HunterMargaretha van DamUTSC4(DNF)DNS23
15thDeep Thought3451Martin WhitworthSarah CharrotUTSC16(DNS)1329
16thLa Volente1596Sel ShahSarah PrestonTSC/Minima1514(DNF)29
17thLady Luck1477John MeadowcroftDan MeadowcroftUTSC(DNC)DNCDNC38
17thAttila the Hun2410Ian LaingAndrew HuntHollingworth(DNC)DNCDNC38

Related Articles

Getting set for Poole Week 2021
Having had to take a year out, Poole Week is back this August! Sponsored by Bournemouth Digital, Poole Week is one of the country's most popular sailing weeks for dinghies and small keelboats, offering friendly yet competitive racing, great social events and much more. Posted on 6 May
Merlins at Ranelagh
The first event in the 2021 Thames Series Far outweighing the joy of the long awaited ending of lockdown, and the re-opening of pubs was the thrill and anticipation of the first Ranelagh Sailing Club Merlin Rocket open meeting of the year. Posted on 30 Apr
Merlins renew sponsorship deal with Craftinsure
Long-standing support as Silver Tiller series title sponsor The Merlin Rocket Owners' Association is delighted to announce the continued support from Cratinsure, as it prepares for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller 2021. Posted on 25 Apr
Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Open
A very healthy fleet of 32 teams on an insanely beautiful spring day Salcombe Yacht Club, despite the privations of the recent past, has been lucky to host the Merlin Fleet as one of the last official events of 2020 and for SYC, the first permitted in 2021. Posted on 20 Apr
Vintage Merlin Rockets at Fishers Green
13 boats of 7 different designs take part After some deliberation whether to hold the De May vintage Merlin open, the decision was to go for it, offering the use of an outside toilet (no clubhouse access permitted) plus a very pretty venue. Posted on 13 Apr
The Missing Foils?
Development continues on 1967 Chippendale Merlin Rocket I've been thinking about fitting foils to my 1967 Chippendale Merlin Rocket for some time since the class changed the rules in a bold initiative last year called "Levelling Up - Let the Development Continue!". Posted on 1 Apr
Fixtures updates from the Merlin Rocket class
Craftinsure Silver Tiller, Midland Circuit, Thames & De May Series and training The M.R.O.A. Committee has been working hard behind the scenes to adapt the class 2021 calendar, to enable our sailors and the clubs we visit to remain safe places to visit as we emerge out of lockdown in the coming weeks. Posted on 23 Mar
All set for Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2021
Taking place in late August at Parkstone Yacht Club Parkstone Yacht Club is delighted to announce that Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2021 will run from 22 - 27 August. Posted on 13 Mar
Coming up in the Boat Chat with the M.R.O.A.
More Merlin Rocket class Zoom sessions! Following the success of the first in the 'Boat Chat with the M.R.O.A.' series when Sam Breary presented to over 61 participants on 'Getting it right when it matters most,' the M.R.O.A. is pleased to announce the next two talks. Posted on 9 Mar
Boat Chat with the M.R.O.A.
Webinar with Champion crew Sam Breary The Merlin Rocket Owners Association (M.R.O.A.) is excited to announce the first in a series of Boat Chats, webinars where Merlin Rockets members and sailors can listen to their peers in the fleet and get ready for when we are next on the water. Posted on 13 Feb