Please select your home edition
Craftinsure 2012
Product Feature
Harken 18mm Double Fly Block - 2158
Harken 18mm Double Fly Block - 2158
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine

Full racing risks
New for old cover

Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Extension at Lymington Town Sailing Club

by Becci Wigley & Lou Johnson 4 Dec 2018 10:52 GMT 2 December 2018
Dave and Vicky Lenz win the Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Extension at Lymington © Lou Johnson

Sunday 2nd December saw the Merin Rocket Lymington Silver Tiller Extension, one race where the winner takes all for the glassware from the cancelled class event back in October due to lack of wind.

The conditions could not have been more different with 25 plus knots greeting the nine keen crews on Sunday morning. The club race saw three boats depart from the race course early, leaving six boats in contention for the inaugural Silver Tiller Extension! Class newbies David and Vicki Lenz racing Peer Pressure, newlyweds (but pros in a breeze) Tim and Lucy Harridge sailing The General Lee, John Cooper and Becci Wigley who joined the fleet two years ago and are getting to grips with 2 Planks, RS200 National Champion crew Rob Henderson sailing Wild at Heart with James Ellis, Ben Green and Alex Ogilvie flew the wooden boat flag with The Dream Machine, and Nick Simmons brought in Dan 'the lever' Martin in Smokey. All was to play for.

Following the club race, fortunately, the tide had turned, and the waves decreased significantly for the most important race for these crews. The weather gods continued to work their magic and the race was finally under way in winds gusting up to 26 knots, under the watchful eye of race officer Nigel Walbank, who kindly offered to stay out to put on this additional race. Thank you, Nigel and your team!

Unfortunately, not all the Merlins had realised how strong the tide was now coming in and The General Lee hit the pin end of the line which resulted in a quick 360 and left them chasing the pack. At the first windward mark of the course it was a packed rounding for three boats. Peer Pressure popped round first coming in on port followed by Wild at Heart and Smokey.

Spinnaker hoists were fast and furious, however for some a little too quick! Wild at Heart and Smokey went for an early swim allowing the red spinnaker of 2 Planks to ease into second followed by The General Lee. Positions in the race stayed the same for the rest of the race. The General Lee fought right to the end, holding their kite most of the way up the river to the finish trying to seek past 2 Planks but to no avail.

A small prizegiving was held in the LTSC Solent Room.

Top three:

1st 3778 Peer Pressure: Dave and Vicky Lenz
2nd 3732 2 Planks: John Cooper and Becci Wigley
3rd 3690 The General Lee: Tim and Lucy Harridge

The Lymington Merlin Rocket fleet has grown steadily and now sees 14 boats at LTSC.

Related Articles

Merlin Rockets at Wembley
Sailors enjoy club's great hospitality and all weather conditions Sunday, 17th of March saw the second Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller meeting of the season hosted by Wembley. By way of a change from the seemingly constant storms and heavy rain, the day started with blue skies and a moderate westerly breeze Posted on 19 Mar
Busy Year Ahead at Shustoke Sailing Club!
Welcoming old and new fleets to their waters Shustoke Sailing Club has a busy year of open events coming up, welcoming old and new fleets to our waters... Posted on 18 Mar
The Merlin Rocket 'Magic Ticket' 2019 is back!
Win an all-in spot at the Nationals with Magic Marine It's back! 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 Looe Sailing Club from 17th to 23rd August 2019. Posted on 17 Mar
Merlin Rockets at Itchenor preview
A weekend of tight racing set for the fleet The introduction of Merlin Rockets at Itchenor has certainly captured interest following a successful Winter Warmer event in February. The visitors, many of whom had never been to Itchenor before, enjoyed a weekend of tight racing in 15 knots. Posted on 14 Mar
57th Hamble Warming Pan
A somewhat challenging weekend for the brave fleet! The 57th running of the Hamble Warming Pan was scheduled for the weekend of the 9th and 10th of March, and the competitors and volunteers duly turned up at the Hamble River Sailing Club for the pre-race briefing given this year by IRO Roger Wilson. Posted on 12 Mar
Merlin Rocket Class 2019 annual training weekend
To be held on 20-21 April at the WPNSA The Merlin Rocket Class Association is holding their annual training weekend at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on the 20/21st April 2019. Posted on 11 Mar
Merlin Rockets at Burghfield
Craftinsure Silver Tiller Series kicks off for 2019 25 Merlin Rockets made the journey to Burghfield Sailing Club in Berkshire on 9th March for the opening round of the 2019 Craftinsure Silver Tiller series. During the prior week forecasts had been fluctuating between pleasant and scary. Posted on 10 Mar
Hyde Sails at the RYA Dinghy Show 2019
We speak to Nigel Grogan and Richard Lovering We speak to Hyde Sails Managing Director Nigel Grogan and Sail Designer Richard Lovering about some of the classes they are concentrating on for the 2019 season and the refinements they are making to keep them at the top of the fleets. Posted on 3 Mar
HRSC Hamble Centenary Warming Pan preview
Welcoming any one-design non-trapeze dinghies of PY 972-1165 This year Hamble River Sailing Club's Hamble Warming Pan on 9th-10th March is keen to welcome any non-trapeze racing dinghies with a published rating PY between 972 - 1165, as well as the Fireflies, Merlin Rockets, and Foxers. Posted on 2 Mar
Chichester YC Snowflake Series overall
Temperature easily into double digits and a bright blue sky After the -3 degC ice-breaking of races 5 & 6, the final event in this year's Snowflake couldn't have been more different. With the race due to start at 13:30, the competitors had a leisurely arrival for a very spring-like day at CYC. Posted on 25 Feb