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Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Open at Hayling Island Sailing Club

by Chris Jennings 30 Apr 2019 07:24 BST 27-28 April 2019
Chris Gould & Chris Kilsby during the Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Hayling Island © Rob O'Neill

Hayling Island Sailing Club played host to the 8th round of the 2019 Craftinsure Silver Tiller series over the weekend of 27/28 April. As the first sea category event of the year a highly competitive fleet of 26 boats entered the event.

Storm Hannah also showed up and that put an end to any chances of racing on Saturday with over 35 knots blowing out in the bay. The club sensibly made an early call to cancel racing and sailors head off to occupy themselves in various ways, e.g. eating, drinking, exercising, buying sheds, studying tide timetables.

Sunday was bright and a moderate NW was a welcome change from the gales of Saturday. The fleet headed out under spinnakers readying themselves for a hike-a-thon but probably not expecting so many snakes and ladders. The course format was sausage triangle sausage and the racing was close throughout the day.

Race One:

Simon & Ally Potts seemed to have won the start at the port end and looked set to lead at the first mark, however it was a group on the right hand side of the beat who benefitted from more pressure and a favourable shift. Ben & Roz McGrane took an early lead, however Team Potts made a great recovery on the run and 2nd beat to take back the lead. After a close tussle the final order was Potts, McGrane, with Tim Fells and Fran Gifford taking third.

Race Two:

Nick Craig and Toby Lewis thought they'd nailed the start, only to be caught OCS (the only one of the day). The McGranes led comfortably to win the race (thankfully their boat is bright blue, so they're always easy to spot on the horizon), but behind them it was a close race between the Potts, Chris' Gould & Kilsby, Chris' Jennings & Martin, and Roger Gilbert & James Stewart. Ultimately the top three was McGranes, Potts and Jennings & Martin.

Race Three:

The overall result was in the balance, however the McGranes took control to win the race and safely secure the event with the Potts having a rare bad race. Nick & Toby rediscovered their mojo to finish second, followed by the father/son combination of Will & Arthur Henderson. Newcomers David & Victoria Lenz showed big improvements through the day to finish forth in the final race.


Overall Ben & Roz McGrane won the event and second on the podium went to Simon & Ally Potts. After them the points were very close with Chris Jennings & Chris Martin taking third and the prize for the first boat crewed only by people called Chris.

The Silver fleet prize went to Tim & Lucy Harridge, with Joe Mclaughlin & Sean Roberts taking home the bronze fleet prize.

The month of May brings three more Silver Tiller events: 4-6 May Pwllheli; 11/12 May Starcross; and 18/19 May Brightlingsea.

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

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st3739Ben McGraneRoz McGraneNetley SC‑2112
2nd3802Simon PottsAlly PottsBurghfield12‑163
3rd3658Chris JenningsChris MartinBurghfield63‑99
4th3803Chris GouldChris KilsbyMidland45‑79
5th3778David LenzVictoria LenzLymington Town SC‑166410
6th3712Ian SharpsAlex WarrenBurghfield5(DNF)510
7th3776Nick CraigToby LewisBurghfield9(OCS)211
8th3722Roger GilbertJames StewartFrensham84‑1112
9th3735Tristan JaquesPippa KilsbyHISC77‑1714
10th3764Tim FellsFran GiffordSalcombe YC3‑191316
11th3691Mike CalvertJane CalvertAxe YC‑1411617
12th3741Simon LyttonJackie LyttonHISC10‑14818
13th3726Will HendersonArthur HendersonSalcombe YC‑1817320
14th3791Jon GorringePeter Gray 128‑2020
15th3736Roger PhillipsWill CrockerBurghfield139‑1922
16th3709Rob HendersonJames EllisLymington Town SC‑22121022
17th3758Tim SaxtonHolly ScottItchenor1113‑1524
18th3673Caroline CroftTom LonsdaleBlithfield SC‑17151227
19th3777George YeomanSophie OrmsbyItchenor‑23101828
20th3796William WarrenRachel RhodesShoreham SC1516(DNC)31
21st3756Sophie MackleyLou JohnsonShoreham SC‑21211435
22nd3728Judith MasseyGraham WilliamsonHISC1918‑2137
23rd3690Tim HarridgeLucy HarridgeLymington Town SC2020‑2240
24th3747Dicken MacleanStella ChildsHISC2522(DNF)47
25th3724Joe MclaughlinSean RobertsTamesis‑26242347
26th3634Richard CoulterChris HallFishers Green‑24232447

#TeamLymo Merlin sailors head to Hayling (from Lou Johnson)

Three and a half #TeamLymo Merlin Rockets headed to Hayling Island SC last weekend. For David and Victoria Lenz (Peer Pressure), this was to be their first Silver Tiller, and they were joined by Tim and Lucy Harridge (The General Lee), Rob Henderson and James Ellis (Wild at Heart) and Lou who was crewing for Shoreham Sailor Sophie Mackley in Robert.

Storm Hannah delayed proceedings cancelling all racing on Saturday 27th April, meaning the fleet headed out into the bay in a fresh breeze on Sunday for three back to back races. Race one saw all four #TeamLymo boats finishing relatively close with Peer Pressure getting a 16th, The General Lee coming in 20th, with Robert just pipping Wild at Heart on the finish line to get 21 and 22 respectively. Race one was must have been about finding their fleet legs that or Peer Pressure clearly didn't get the memo about waiting for the other Lymington boats storming away in the next two races, to finish 5th overall. Wild at Heart had a slightly better two races, finishing 16th overall, Robert picked some nice favourable shifts to have a better final race to bump them up the standings to 21st with The General Lee in 23rd and the first place Silver Fleet Boat, showing the strength of the fleet.

A great weekend at Hayling, and good to see two mentions for LTSC at the prizegiving.

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