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Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller at Salcombe Yacht Club

by Megan Pascoe 16 Apr 2019 10:37 BST 13-14 April 2019
Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller open meeting at Salcombe © Helen Hilditch

Well, that hurt - both physically and mentally.

Salcombe estuary, 57 Merlins for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller on 13/14 April, Easterly wind ranging from 2 to 25 knots and cold. Flat out reaching with the kite up then running to the leeward side of the boat and back again. It's a long way across a Merlin. Whilst all this is happening there is always a boat right up the transom and you are about to head to a mark under Mill Bay where the last hour's work can all be undone in five minutes. But all incredibly challenging and fun. Sailors keep coming back year on year to see if they can get that magic race or series in a fleet where even if you are racing round in the teens you can be racing round with national champions.

Back to this weekend's racing. Launching was slightly challenging as the wind was funnelling up Batson Creek, but most made it on and off safely although some did not get top marks for their dismounts including me. Some were also a bit too relaxed about launching and with the black flag triangle being the length of the estuary making them miss the first starts of the day.

Saturday's racing was described by one boat like marriage, where you can't get anything right. It was definitely a day of don't give up to the last metre. Richard Whitworth and Jemima Scroggie made the early running with Alex Jackson and Mary Henderson also having a good race. The top five parked at the corner by number 5 and places reversed with the Pascoe's coming out in front, followed by Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey and Chris Gould and Chris Kilsby. A light wind drift from Mill bay to the finish line saw the Pascoe's take the win, just.

Race 2 saw the usual suspects taking the lead but once again Mill Bay caused fun with those from sixth to tenth coming back to the top five. Then where do you go? Up the far shore out of the tide or over the town shore into more wind. Matt Biggs and Beka Jones, Andy 'Taxi' Davis and Pippa Kilsby and former Salcombe week winners Tim Fells and Fran Gifford showed the way by planing at times up the town side. Matt and Beka held onto the lead back to the line.

The fleet retired to the bar which is one of the reasons why we come to Salcombe. Sunday saw slightly more wind and more interesting launching. The gusts were coming more downwards than across.

Race 3 was where Taxi and Pippa finally got their win. It was good to see Jenny and Chris Dodds and Will Warren and Alice Rook at the front. Will and Arthur Henderson were also having a good day with a third and a seventh on Sunday. The event went down to the final race between Christian and Sam and Taxi and Pippa. It was Christian and Sam who lead from the front and never looked back to regain their title. Second to seventh was a good battle with boats switching places and ultimately deciding the overall standings.

Thanks to Salcombe Yacht Club for another great event, their sponsors of Salcombe Gin and Spinlock for the prizes... and if someone could turn up the heat and turn the wind back southerly for Salcombe week we will all be very happy. Here's to another end to one of the largest open meetings on the UK dinghy circuit.

The 2019 Silver Tiller is sponsored by Craftinsure with Magic Marine as the class clothing partner.

See more photos at thanks to Paul Gibbins Photography.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st3788Blue My MindChristian BirellSam Brearey 2‑10215
2nd3684Keyser SozeAndy DavisPippa KilsbyBlithfield(DNF)2125
3rd3759Red mistressSam PascoeMegan PascoeCastle Cove SC14‑16510
4th3801PokeyMatt BiggsBecka JamesBlithfield‑1618413
5th3764Fancy LiquorTim FellsFran GiffordSalcombe YC‑1234613
6th3803TBCChris GouldChris KilsbyMidland / Thames SC39‑12315
7th3726 Arthur HendersonWill HendersonSalcombe YC7‑223717
8th3691Quick FixMike ClavertJane CalvertAxe57(BFD)1022
9th3673The OldieCaroline CroftTom LonsdaleBlithfield SC4(BFD)101327
10th3799Simply ScrumptiousPaul RaysonChristian HillSalcombe YC‑26661628
11th3742Speed machinePete BallantineRob AllenSalcombe YC8‑1691128
12th3658bernardChris JenningsJohn HackettBurghfield Sailing Club145(BFD)1231
13th3802KhaleesiSimon PottsAlly PottsBurghfield‑171111931
14th3611The Phantom MenaceJenny DoddsChris DoddsNottingham Sailing Club13175‑1835
15th3776Messy MontyNick CraigKate FrostFrensham Burghfield‑181315836
16th3656Wild CardOliver TurnerSam MottersheadStarcross YC(OCS)8141436
17th3795GoonAlex JacksonMary HendersonShoreham9(BFD)131537
18th3703FaithlessRichard WhitworthJemima ScroggieParkstone YC & Hollingworth Lake SC1015(BFD)2045
19th3796RobertaWilliam WarrenAlice PappelShoreham Sailing Club(BFD)1472647
20th3730blood sweat and beersPaul HollisPaula MasonBlithfield SC1120(BFD)2556
21st3694The Soup DragonSteve TylerAlly TylerParkstone YC‑2219201756
22nd3774PantherJon TurnerRichard Parslow 1918‑251956
23rd3709Wild at HeartRob HendersonAlice MarkhamLymington Town SC232117‑2761
24th3641Puff the Magic DragonMark WaterhouseMat CurrellParkstone YC62433(DNC)63
25th3702Salmon en CrouteDuncan SalmonHarriet SalmonSalcombe YC21‑26212264
26th3781The Force AwakensDavid WinderLiv BellHollingworth lake‑2523232167
27th3746Point N SquirtJames WellsNichola BassStarcross YC351228(DNC)75
28th3784Strung AlongMark BarwellLouise JohnsonLymington Town Sailing Club29‑32182976
29th3732NKSJohn CooperBecci WigleyLymington Town Sailing Club20‑29292877
30th3749StanleyColin AndersonSean AndersonBlithfield3025‑312378
31st3756RobertSophie MackleyClare MillsShoreham Sailing Club154026(DNF)81
32nd3711SylviaSam ThompsonLloyd HamiltonRNSA28(BFD)243082
33rd3696Tiger TigerAlex WarrenBen JonesShoreham SC/Salcombe YC39(DNF)222485
34th3789off‑pisteNick ScroggieEdward ScroggieParkstone YC313327(DSQ)91
35th3766The BearAndrew DalbyPete HornHSC512719(DSQ)97
36th3690General LeeLucy BurnJohn BurnLymington Town SC3431‑363499
37th3578White RabitGodfrey ClarkNick YannakoyorgosFishers Green SC3335(BFD)33101
38th3647Liquid DreamsHywel Bowen‑PerkinsLucy PenwardenSalcombe323634(DNF)102
39th3682Red WizardJonathan StewardAnnabelFishers Green SC‑52343737108
40th3725Island GirlTrish SquireFiona Cranford SmithSalcombe YC‑40393240111
41st3621Merlin RocketSimon EvansLaura EvansSalcombe YC37‑423539111
42nd3794IchthysJulian HarmsTimothy Harms 24(BFD)BFD31116
43rd3765Three DeeRichard DeeNancy GudgeonMidland Sailing Club2728(DNC)DNC116
44th3769DiscipleGraham Cranford‑SmithRob LangleySalcombe Yacht Club(DNF)BFD3032123
45th3545Smooth OperatorRob HatleyJoe HatleyTamesis Club434538(DNC)126
46th377334Alan WarrenWill CarrollShoreham Sailing Club3630(DNC)DNC127
47th3339Flaming FastPeter MaleRebecca MaleBlithfield5043(BFD)36129
48th3583Back to the futureBen EavesVanessa PaschkeRedditch3837(DNF)DNC136
49th3713Duck and DiveSteve HarlingEleanor ThomasStar Cross4238(DNC)DNC141
50th3619Dark `n` StormyGuy BrowneGregg MartinTRENT VALLEY SAILING CLUB44(DNC)BFD38143
51st3706Monkey PuzzelKevin AndersonAlexandra ParkerSalcombe YC4146(BFD)DNC148
52nd3805NermalMark ReddingtonSophie PenwardenBlithfield SC4741(BFD)DNC149
53rd3800BramblesRichard BramleyTony ChealShoreham Sailing Club4944(DNC)DNC154
54th3449Wizard in BlueCarl WhitehillJulian WebbRYA4647(DNC)DNC154
55th3695Shiny Happy PeoplePeter Slack Blithfield SC(DNC)DNCBFD35157
56th3577NostradoormouseJoe ToshBrook DunnRestronguet S.C45(DNC)DNFDNC167
57th3482Heavy ParticleRichard BurtonPatrick BurtonMedley SC48(DNF)DNCDNC170
58th3651 Keiron O'FarrellHannah BrantWembley(DNC)DNCDNCDNC183
58th3777MockingjayGeorge YeomanSophie OrmsbyItchenor SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC183
58th3743Pokin the TurtleBrendan O'ConnellJanet O'ConnellBlithfield(DNC)DNCDNCDNC183


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