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Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week 2019 - Day 2

by Tim Fells 8 Jul 19:48 BST 7-12 June 2019

Early morning on day 2 of the Salcombe Gin Merlin Week and there was mist lying in the valleys of the estuary. By the start time the gradient F2 Easterly had cut down to the water, providing some lovely sailing conditions under clearing skies.

For those who had attended the briefing there was a new and important notice. The dreaded Fairway would come into force a full thirty minutes before the start. Unfortunately, this fact was missed by Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey who sailed straight in with 20 minutes to the start and promptly added a DSQ to their first race BFD. It could be a long week in the bar for these two top sailors!

Red v Blue flights. Course sailed: 4,2,3,1,3,2

Sailed over the top of the tide the fleet behaved themselves and got away cleanly. Alex Jackson and Mary Henderson soon tacked to clear their air and found some more lifting pressure towards the Ferry Landing to cross the fleet and start to pull clear ahead. This light weight team have devastating boat speed in the lighter breeze and put it to good effect to extend a 300 metre lead by the run down to Blackstone.

Behind them Si Blake and Phil Dalby were going nicely in a battle against Pete Ballantine with Rob Allen and Dave Winder with Liv Bell. Slowly Taxi and Pippa Kilsby ate into this group and were pushing for second as they ran to Blackstone.

Blackstone was sitting in an area of no wind between the gradient running down the harbour and a SE gradient/sea breezy thing coming into the mouth of the harbour. Alex and Mary had a heart stopping moment as they stopped and their large lead disappeared but kept their cool to get back into the harbour gradient to extend away again. Si and Phil just kept ahead of Pete and Rob with Taxi and Pippa falling back behind Tim Saxton and Holly Scott.

PRO for the day Simon Dobson wisely chose to shorten the course with a run to Mill Bay rather than Blackstone to avoid the no wind zone. Alex and Mary held on to take a bullet to go with their second place on Sunday. Pete and Rob did very well for a heavier team to battle through to second ahead of Si and Phil. Dave Winder and Liv Bell were a strong fourth ahead of Tim and Holly recovering from their race one BFD with a good counter in fifth. Olly Turner and Sam Mottershead, also BFD on day one, pioneered the town side on the beat back from Blackstone to close out a top six result.

In a notable result, Will and Arthur Hendorson who had taken a day one bullet and had been languishing in the twenties for most of the race, took advantage of the park up at Blackstone to climb through into seventh ahead of Taxi and Pippa who had a difficult end to their race.

Green v Black flights. Course sailed: N,2,N,X

Over the lunch break the transition zone between SE gradient/sea breezy thing and the gradient Easterly moved up the harbour and it briefly looked like the afternoon would be a cracker of a sail. However, the transition zone stalled on its path up the estuary and backed up to sit on the start line. After much head scratching, the race team decided to start the fleet to the south and let the ebb tide, which was in full flow, take them in the direction of a solid breeze. In the lead up to the start there was the strange sight of most of the fleet trying to run away from the line. Remarkably it was a clean start.

Richard Whitworth and Jemima Scroggie nailed the start in the middle of the line and led the race down tide and out to mark N in the middle of the harbour mouth. They were closely followed by Roger and Jane Gilbert, Mike and Jane Calvert, Simon and Ally Potts and Tim Fells and Fran Gifford.

The run back to Mill Bay mark had the fleet dodging rocks and sand bars. While the leading bunch pulled away in their own race, the chasing 50 boats all ended up approaching the mark line abreast. There proved to be insufficient room for all the boats to fit between the mark and Mill Bay beach and the spectators on the beach speculated that they could run across the foredecks out to the mark and back. The Jury boat were in a flurry of flags and whistles to which the popular response was a resigned shrug. Four teams are being called to the room tomorrow to answer to their crimes!

Meanwhile at the head of the fleet, racing was continuing amongst the tightly bunched leaders. Richard and Jemima held their lead until, off Mill Bay, Roger and Jane brought a gust up from behind to take the lead. A tight reach across the harbour to X mark off the Ferry pub terrace produced no further dramas. Roger and Jane took the bullet to add to their third on Sunday, Richard and Jemima were second to be joint overnight leaders, Mike and Jane added a third to their first race second and Simon and Ally were fourth. Tim and Fran put their first race BFD behind them with a counter in fifth ahead of Chris Jennings and John Hackett.

The forecast for Tuesday is for a light northeaster but with wall-to-wall sunshine there is every prospect of a sea breeze developing.

Results after day 2:

PosSail no.FlightBoat nameHelmCrewSCR1R2R3R4Pts
1st3703GreenFaithlessRichard WhitworthJemima ScroggieParkstone YC1(DNC)(DNC)23
2nd3795RedGoonAlex JacksonMary HendersonShoreham SC2(DNC)1(DNC)3
3rd3722BlackStealthRoger GilbertJane GilbertFrensham Pond SC(DNC)3(DNC)14
4th3691BlackQuick FixMike CalvertJane CalvertAxe YC(DNC)2(DNC)35
5th3726BlueArwenWill HendersonArthur HendersonSalcombe YC(DNC)17(DNC)8
6th3742BlueSpeed MachinePeter BallantineRob AllenSalcombe YC(DNC)72(DNC)9
7th3802GreenKhazeesiSimon PottsAlly PottsBurghfield SC5(DNC)(DNC)49
8th3781RedThe Force AwakensDavid WinderLiv BellHollingworth Lake SC7(DNC)4(DNC)11
9th3684RedKeyser SozeAndy DavisPippa KilsbySouth Staffs SC4(DNC)8(DNC)12
10th3775BlackNight FuryDaniel WillettPete NicholsonBrigtlingsea SC(DNC)6(DNC)713
11th3796BlueROBERTAWilliam WarrenAlice HappleShoreham SC(DNC)410(DNC)14
12th3676BlueHot TottyAntony GiffordJo GiffordRoyal Tay YC(DNC)59(DNC)14
13th3803GreenClose coverChris GouldChris KilsbyMidland SC3(DNC)(DNC)1215
14th3738BlueSuperfast JellyfishSimon BlakePhil DalbyCookham Reach SC(DNC)123(DNC)15
15th3658BlackBernardChris JenningsJohn HackettBurghfield SC(DNC)9(DNC)615
16th3791BlackDidley SquatJon GorringeKat FrostParkstone YC(DNC)8(DNC)816
17th3735RedThe Phantom MenaceJenny DoddsChris DoddsNottingham SC6(DNC)12(DNC)18
18th3673RedThe OldieCaroline CroftTom LonsdaleBartley SC8(DNC)11(DNC)19
19th3678GreenNoraSteve CrookSally TownendSouth Staffs SC10(DNC)(DNC)919
20th3801BlackPokeyMatthew BiggsBeka JonesBlithfield SC(DNC)10(DNC)1323
21st3777GreenMockingjayGeorge YeomanSophie OrmsbyItchenor SC12(DNC)(DNC)1123
22nd3671GreenSnakey BPiers LambertJohnny RadcliffeBrightlingsea SC11(DNC)(DNC)1728
23rd3725BlackIsland GirlAndrew SquireFiona Cranford SmithSalcombe YC(DNC)20(DNC)1030
24th3799BlueSimply ScrumptiousPaul RaysonChris HillSalcombe YC(DNC)1119(DNC)30
25th3627BlackSnorterAlex JonesAlice MarkhamCookham Reach SC(DNC)16(DNC)1632
26th3624BlueStab in the darkPhil MasonJamie MasonBlithfield SC(DNC)1914(DNC)33
27th3786GreenDorisDave WadeDave HallNorthampton SC18(DNC)(DNC)1533
28th3727BlueFragileMark StockbridgeEddy AtkinsRanelagh SC(DNC)2313(DNC)36
29th3771RedSkipLaurie SmartAlex PauseyUpper Thames SC16(DNC)20(DNC)36
30th3746BluePoint n SquirtJames WellsNikki BassStarcross YC(DNC)1425(DNC)39
31st3772BlueVellelaPhil EmeryKaren EmeryWhitstable SC(DNC)1722(DNC)39
32nd3647RedLiquid DreamsHywel Bowen‑PerkinsLucy PenwardenSalcombe YC22(DNC)18(DNC)40
33rd3790RedPointerColin BrockbankHannah BurtWembley SC25(DNC)17(DNC)42
34th3785BlueRocket ScienceNick CharlesChristian HumphriesDatchet Water SC(DNC)1330(DNC)43
35th3716BlackCarbon FootprintSteven LeneyGillian LeneyBlithfield SC(DNC)15(DNC)2843
36th3748GreenWhite TigerNigel BrookeSuzie BrookeLymington Town SC21(DNC)(DNC)2243
37th3679RedDaddy's boatNick HeginbothamZoe ParryHolingworth Lake SC17(DNC)27(DNC)44
38th3769BlackThe Mighty DiscipleGraham Cranford SmithRob LangleySalcombe YC(DNC)21(DNC)2344
39th3730BlueBlood sweat and beersPaul HollisPaula MasonBlithfield SC(DNC)3115(DNC)46
40th3648GreenBang tidyAntonia BullJamie WrightShoreham SC23(DNC)(DNC)2649
41st3560BlueLukaStuart JenkinsImogen JenkinsHampton SC(DNC)2623(DNC)49
42nd3782GreenTeam DakineJason AndrewsZeb ElliottEastbourne SC32(DNC)(DNC)1850
43rd3690BlueGeneral LeeTim HarridgeLucy HarridgeLymington Town SC(DNC)2921(DNC)50
44th3598BlackBah humbugRobert SmithLuke MooreSalcombe YC(DNC)25(DNC)2752
45th3587BlackMistralHenry MasonBelinda MasonBlithfield SC(DNC)34(DNC)1953
46th3715BlueTruly ScrumptiousRichard CookeRussell HallWembley SC(DNC)2726(DNC)53
47th3752BlueThe Empire Strikes BackWill RaineyLiese ScottRYA(DNC)3024(DNC)54
48th3696RedTiger TigerAlexander WarrenSophie PenwardenShoreham SC14(DNC)41(DNC)55
49th3734RedThe Black BoatPhil AshworthAli AshworthWeymouth SC19(DNC)36(DNC)55
50th3657GreenRevolutionAnthony LoftsFrancesca LoftsSalcombe YC24(DNC)(DNC)3155
51st3641BluePuff the magic dragonMark WaterhouseMat CurrellParkstone YC(DNC)1838(DNC)56
52nd3702GreenSalmon en crouteDuncan SalmonHarriet SalmonSalcombe YC27(DNC)(DNC)3360
53rd3705BlueTwo pints of lagerGeoff WrightNoelle WirghtBlithfield SC(DNC)2832(DNC)60
54th3766GreenThe BearAndy DalbyPete HornTrent Valley SC31(DNC)(DNC)2960
55th3682GreenRed WizardJonathan StewardAnnabel StewardFishers Green SC41(DNC)(DNC)2162
56th3745RedOutnumberedPaul DeanSarah RobertsWembley SC35(DNC)28(DNC)63
57th3621BlackRaunchyTristram SquireGeorge AlexanderSalcombe YC(DNC)22(DNC)4264
58th3784BlackStrung AlongTony JohnsonLouise JohnsonLymington Town SC(DNC)24(DNC)4064
59th3547BlackMoondance AssasinPeter MaleChristine MaleBlithfield SC(DNC)45(DNC)2065
60th3723RedVitesseGeoff KimberHelen KimberStone SC34(DNC)31(DNC)65
61st3764GreenFancy LiquorTim FellsFrances GiffordSalcombe YC(BFD)(DNC)DNC566
62nd3807RedBazingaTim SaxtonHolly ScottItchenor SC(BFD)(DNC)5DNC66
63rd3789GreenOff‑pisteNick ScroggieEdward ScroggieParkstone YC20(DNC)(DNC)4666
64th3804RedRockatrossJohn FildesCharlotte FildesAlderney SC33(DNC)33(DNC)66
65th3656BlueWild CardOlly TurnerSam MottersheadStarcross YC(DNC)(BFD)6DNC67
66th3761BlueBeast QuestDavid BurseyFrances BurseyParkstone YC(DNC)3334(DNC)67
67th3539RedGansta ParadiseDan AlsopBen AlsopLyme Regis SC13(DNC)55(DNC)68
68th3710GreenParadigm ShiftChris DownhamAndrea DownhamCastaways SC37(DNC)(DNC)3269
69th3652RedTime and TideJohn BellSuzie BellHampton SC9(DNC)(RET)DNC70
70th3714RedKevinAlan MarkhamSue MarkhamUpper Thames SC30(DNC)40(DNC)70
71st3586BlackShadowplayKieron MasonGeorge MasonBlithfield SC(DNC)47(DNC)2572
72nd3675RedWhite sauce er erDavid CroftAbigail CroftRYA28(DNC)44(DNC)72
73rd3576RedCarmen JSteve ConroyAnna RaysonFishers Green SC36(DNC)37(DNC)73
74th3805BlackArbuckleMark ReddingtonVanessa PaschkeBartley SC(DNC)35(DNC)3974
75th3518BlackSmoked SalmonTimothy HarmsAmelia LittleMidland SC(DNC)36(DNC)3874
76th3774BlackBlack PantherJon TurnerRichard ParslowLyme Regis SC(DNC)(BFD)DNC1475
77th3659RedJulian ParryJulian ParryEvan ParryHollingworth Lake SC15(DNC)(RET)DNC76
78th3567BlackFat boy slimMartin SmithKaren BestonBlithfield SC(DNC)40(DNC)3676
79th3697GreenToo dark and stormyRichard PageLucy Cooper/Lizzy DalbyHampton SC39(DNC)(DNC)3776
80th3756RedROBERTSophie MackleyJames WardShoreham SC(BFD)(DNC)16DNC77
81st3672RedBola BolaJohn CooperHilary BradshawWhitstable SC26(DNC)52(DNC)78
82nd3348BlackWaspSimon EvansLaura EvansSalcombe YC(DNC)43(DNC)3578
83rd3622BlackEdgeChristian HamiltonMichael HamiltonOxford SC(DNC)32(DNC)4779
84th3589RedFat bottom girlJohn HollandsAlexandra ParkerHampton SC40(DNC)39(DNC)79
85th3794GreenIchthysJulian HarmsRobyn BaranowiczMidland SC29(DNC)(DNC)5281
86th2663GreenTyraranosaurus RexChris HaworthJoanne HaworthBlackpool and Fleetwood YC52(DNC)(DNC)3082
87th3706RedMonkey PuzzleKevin AndersonAnna AylwardSalcombe YC47(DNC)35(DNC)82
88th3511GreenHeaven SentAndrew MillsEllie MillsHampton SC38(DNC)(DNC)4583
89th3604GreenDesafinadoTimothy BarrHarry NewtonThames SC42(DNC)(DNC)4183
90th3740BlackWhy ask.Patrick BlakeJilly BlakeCookham Reach SC(DNC)(DNF)DNC2485
91st3644BlueMarleneJon BloicePhilippa BloiceWhitstable SC(DNC)3750(DNC)87
92nd3651Blue Kieran O'FarrellWill SmithWembley SC(DNC)3849(DNC)87
93rd3341BlueAvalancheJohn HeathNicola ScaddenHampton SC(DNC)4147(DNC)88
94th3463RedSmoke on the waterJonathan CowperAbby FreelyHunts SC43(DNC)45(DNC)88
95th3662GreenAttack of the ClonesMike WhitehouseKaren WhitehouseSalcombe YC44(DNC)(DNC)4488
96th3687BlueMellow YellowMatt GreenfieldRob HendersonChew Valley Lake SC(DNC)(BFD)29DNC90
97th3333GreenPreciousJohn N B AdamsZoe AdamsTamesis SC50(DNC)(DNC)4393
98th3686BlackIFJeremy DeaconMichel JanowiczBroadwater SC(DNC)(BFD)DNC3495
99th3800BlackBramblesRichard BramleyTony ChealShoreham SC(DNC)39(DNC)5695
100th3470BlackRoaring FortiesGeorge DalbyRobert SloneTrent Valley SC(DNC)44(DNC)5195
101st3561BlueSnortingJoe ShawSel ShahWembley SC(DNC)4254(DNC)96
102nd3762RedRimonimMalcolm HyamsMarina GoshinovaMidland SC53(DNC)43(DNC)96
103rd3555BlackLight FantasticIan MacKenzieNigel DenchfieldMidland SC(DNC)46(DNC)5096
104th3717Green John GreenWilliam AndersonWembley SC48(DNC)(DNC)4896
105th3588GreenMerliniumChris ScottGuy ScottBolton SC46(DNC)(DNC)54100
106th3751RedNarniaHuw ReynoldsLiz NorthWhitstable SC49(DNC)51(DNC)100
107th3713RedDuck and diveSteve HarlingSarah RobertsStarcross YC45(DNC)56(DNC)101
108th3773BlueNo. Thirty FourAlan Kemp WarrenWilliam CarrollShoreham SC(DNC)(BFD)42DNC103
109th2410BlackAttila the HuntIan LaingAndrew HuntHolingworth Lake SC(DNC)49(DNC)55104
110th3636GreenCarmenMike JenningsZoe JenningsHayling Island SC51(DNC)(DNC)53104
111th3721RedHighlanderNick TurnerCarly GurrStarcross YC(BFD)(DNC)46DNC107
112th3602BlueAmbienceMartin EvansChris EvansCookham Reach SC(DNC)(WAY)48DNC109
113th3599BlueHarryNigel CooperEllen CooperHampton SC(DNC)48(RET)DNC109
114th3534GreenValley FreightJohn DalbyAnthony LarderTrent Valley SC(WAY)(DNC)DNC49110
115th3704BlueFactory MaidJemma HorwoodSimon WorsfoldThames SC(DNC)(BFD)53DNC114
116th3530BlackSir TopazMike CollesSarah CrabtreeMidland SC(DNC)(WAY)DNC57118
117th3743GreenPokin’ The TurtleBrendan O'ConnellJanet O'ConnellBlithfield SC(DNF)(DNC)DNC58119
118th3731BlackMayhemAndy JonesAmy JonesBurghfield SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC122
118th3757GreenTo the Moon and backAndy PostleLisa PostleSalcombe YC(BFD)(DNC)DNCDSQ122
118th3788BlueBlue my mindChristian BirrellSam BreareyWPNSA(DNC)(BFD)WAYDNC122

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