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Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week 2019 - Day 3

by Tim Fells 9 Jul 17:47 BST 7-12 June 2019

Competitors awoke on Tuesday morning to wall to wall sunshine and a faint easterly that soon died away. As the morning flights made their way across to Mill Bay the first signs of a sea breeze started to appear.

Blue v Green flights. Course sailed: 1,4,7

With an hour and a half still to go to high water, the start was against a still strongly flowing flood tide. With the breeze more in the SSE than a typical sea breeze there were good port lifts to take along the Portlemouth shore. Consequently, the start line close to the beach was a popular place to be.

Richard Whitworth and Jemima Scroggie are giving a master class in starting. This time they avoided the scrum on the beach but kept high up towards the line so that with ten seconds to go they were able to flip onto port and have a clear lane down the harbour where they soon hooked into new breeze and were away.

Behind them Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey were in a good second but, oh dear, they were to appear again on the board of death. The race office has now decided to put sail number 3788 on the board in permanent marker pen to save time on future starts. They were also joined by Olly Turner for the second time and also William Warren.

With a long run down tide to Yalton, Richard and Jemima were long gone leaving a battle for second. Pete Ballentine and Rob Allen, having another excellent race, rounded narrowly ahead of Steve Crook and Sally Townend. On the beat back up to the harbour Tim Fells and Frances Gifford came through to lead from the Chrises (Gould and Kilsby) and these two extend away from the chasing group on the run down to Gerston. From that point on it was a relatively straightforward beat back on slack tide to the finish.

Richard and Jemima took their second bullet to consolidate their leading position with 1,2,1. Tim and Frances kept the Chrises at bay for second and third. Will and Arthur Henderson got the better of Pete and Rob on the beat to the line for fourth and fifth and Anthony and Jo Gifford took sixth and are putting together a very tide series.

Red v Black flights. Course sailed: 1,7,1,3,1,3

With wind holding in the SSE, the first leg to Blackstone was predominantly a port tack. With the ebb tide underneath them the good money was to start two thirds across the harbour and get onto port early.

Matt Biggs and Beka Jones executed this to perfection with the exception of being two boat lengths over the line. Their fun time leading the fleet was short-lived, handing the advantage to Mike and Jane Calvert, who love these lighter conditions. While the leaders were chasing each other down the Portlemouth shore, Sophie Mackley and James Ward sailed deep on a line of pressure off Biddle Head to soak over to the town side and then came through under Mike and Jane to take the lead into the Bag.

On the tour down to Gerston and back, Mike and Jane demonstrated their prowess in these conditions to take a healthy lead back into the harbour. From there on it was a routine sail with a fetch up to Blackstone and broad reach back to Crossways.

Mike and Jane took the bullet ahead of a delighted Sophie and Wardy. Taxi and Pippa had slowly climbed up through the fleet to take third ahead of Jen and Chris Dodds. Roger and Jane Gilbert added a useful fifth to their 1,3, with Tim Saxton and Holly Scott sixth. Rolling back the years, Pat and Jilly Blake took an excellent seventh.

With Alex Jackson and Mary Henderson outside the top ten, Richard Whitworth and Jemima Scroggie now have a nice overall lead and are going to take some beating.

The forecast for the second half of the week now has the wind swinging into the westerly quadrant and presenting the opportunity for crews to stretch their legs a bit.

Results after day 3:

PosSail no.FlightBoat nameHelmCrewSailing clubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st3703GreenFaithlessRichard WhitworthJemima ScroggieParkstone Yacht Club1  21 4
2nd3691BlackQuick FixMike CalvertJane CalvertAxe Yacht Club 2 3 16
3rd3722BlackStealthRoger GilbertJane GilbertFrensham Pond Sailing Club 3 1 59
4th3726BlueArwenWill HendersonArthur HendersonSalcombe Yacht Club 17 4 12
5th3742BlueSpeed MachinePeter BallantineRob AllenSalcombe Yacht Club 72 5 14
6th3795RedGoonAlex JacksonMary HendersonShoreham Sailing Club2 1  1215
7th3684RedKeyser SozeAndy DavisPippa KilsbySouth Staffs Sailing Club4 8  315
8th3803GreenClose coverChris GouldChris KilsbyMidland Sailing Club3  123 18
9th3802GreenKhazeesiSimon PottsAlly PottsBurghfield SC5  411 20
10th3781RedThe Force AwakensDavid WinderLiv BellHollingworth Lake Sailing Club7 4  920
11th3676BlueHot TottyAntony GiffordJo GiffordRoyal Tay YC 59 6 20
12th3735RedThe Phantom MenaceJenny DoddsChris DoddsNottingham Sailing Club6 12  422
13th3738BlueSuperfast JellyfishSimon BlakePhil DalbyCookham Reach Sailing Club 123 9 24
14th3791BlackDidley SquatJon GorringeKat FrostParkstone Yacht Club 8 8 824
15th3678GreenNoraSteve CrookSally TownendSouth Staffs Sailing Club10  98 27
16th3775BlackNight FuryDaniel WillettPete NicholsonBrigtlingsea Sailing Club 6 7 1528
17th3658BlackBernardChris JenningsJohn HackettBurghfield SC 9 6 1328
18th3777GreenMockingjayGeorge YeomanSophie OrmsbyItchenor Sailing Club12  1113 36
19th3725BlackIsland GirlAndrew SquireFiona Cranford SmithSalcombe Yacht Club 20 10 1747
20th3627BlackSnorterAlex JonesAlice MarkhamCookham Reach Sailing Club 16 16 1951
21st3790RedPointerColin BrockbankHannah BurtWembley Sailing Club25 17  1153
22nd3799BlueSimply ScrumptiousPaul RaysonChris HillSalcombe Yacht Club 1119 24 54
23rd3785BlueRocket ScienceNick CharlesChristian HumphriesDatchet Water Sailing Club 1330 12 55
24th3727BlueFragileMark StockbridgeEddy AtkinsRanelagh Sailing Club 2313 20 56
25th3782GreenTeam DakineJason AndrewsZeb ElliottEastbourne Sailing Club32  1810 60
26th3671GreenSnakey BPiers LambertJohnny RadcliffeBrightlingsea Sailing Club11  1733 61
27th3624BlueStab in the darkPhil MasonJamie MasonBlithfield Sailing Club 1914 29 62
28th3746BluePoint n SquirtJames WellsNikki BassStarcross YC 1425 25 64
29th3786GreenDorisDave WadeDave HallNorthampton Sailing Club18  1532 65
30th3730BlueBlood sweat and beersPaul HollisPaula MasonBlithfield Sailing Club 3115 19 65
31st3679RedDaddy's boatNick HeginbothamZoe ParryHolingworth Lake Sailing Club17 27  2266
32nd3764GreenFancy LiquorTim FellsFrances GiffordSalcombe Yacht Club(BFD)  52 68
33rd3772BlueVellelaPhil EmeryKaren EmeryWhitstable Sailing Club 1722 30 69
34th3647RedLiquid DreamsHywel Bowen‑PerkinsLucy PenwardenSalcombe Yacht Club22 18  2969
35th3690BlueGeneral LeeTim HarridgeLucy HarridgeLymington Town Sailing Club 2921 21 71
36th3769BlackThe Mighty DiscipleGraham Cranford SmithRob LangleySalcombe Yacht Club 21 23 2771
37th3807RedBazingaTim SaxtonHolly ScottItchenor Sailing Club(BFD) 5  672
38th3796BlueROBERTAWilliam WarrenAlice HappleShoreham Sailing Club 410 (OCS) 75
39th3715BlueTruly ScrumptiousRichard CookeRussell HallWembley Sailing Club 2726 22 75
40th3766GreenThe BearAndy DalbyPete HornTrent Valley Sailing Club31  2917 77
41st3752BlueThe Empire Strikes BackWill RaineyLiese ScottRYA 3024 23 77
42nd3696RedTiger TigerAlexander WarrenSophie PenwardenShoreham Sailing Club14 41  2378
43rd3756RedROBERTSophie MackleyJames WardShoreham Sailing Club(BFD) 16  279
44th3673RedThe OldieCaroline CroftTom LonsdaleBartley Sailing Club8 11  OCS80
45th3748GreenWhite TigerNigel BrookeSuzie BrookeLymington Town Sailing Club21  2237 80
46th3657GreenRevolutionAnthony LoftsFrancesca LoftsSalcombe Yacht Club24  3126 81
47th3784BlackStrung AlongTony JohnsonLouise JohnsonLymington Town Sailing Club 24 40 1882
48th3598BlackBah humbugRobert SmithLuke MooreSalcombe Yacht Club 25 27 3082
49th3641BluePuff the magic dragonMark WaterhouseMat CurrellParkstone Yacht Club 1838 27 83
50th3745RedOutnumberedPaul DeanSarah RobertsWembley Sailing Club35 28  2083
51st3801BlackPokeyMatthew BiggsBeka JonesBlithfield Sailing Club 10 13 OCS84
52nd3539RedGansta ParadiseDan AlsopBen AlsopLyme Regis Sailing Club13 55  1684
53rd3710GreenParadigm ShiftChris DownhamAndrea DownhamCastaways SC37  3215 84
54th3789GreenOff‑pisteNick ScroggieEdward ScroggieParkstone Yacht Club20  4618 84
55th3774BlackBlack PantherJon TurnerRichard ParslowLyme Regis Sailing Club (BFD) 14 1085
56th3734RedThe Black BoatPhil AshworthAli AshworthWeymouth Sailing Club19 36  3388
57th3648GreenBang tidyAntonia BullJamie WrightShoreham Sailing Club23  2639 88
58th3702GreenSalmon en crouteDuncan SalmonHarriet SalmonSalcombe Yacht Club27  3328 88
59th3560BlueLukaStuart JenkinsImogen JenkinsHampton Sailing Club 2623 40 89
60th3659RedJulian ParryJulian ParryEvan ParryHollingworth Lake Sailing Club15 (RET)  1490
61st3621BlackRaunchyTristram SquireGeorge AlexanderSalcombe Yacht Club 22 42 2690
62nd3705BlueTwo pints of lagerGeoff WrightNoelle WirghtBlithfield Sailing Club 2832 31 91
63rd3740BlackWhy ask.Patrick BlakeJilly BlakeCookham Reach Sailing Club (DNF) 24 792
64th3587BlackMistralHenry MasonBelinda MasonBlithfield Sailing Club 34 19 4396
65th3687BlueMellow YellowMatt GreenfieldRob HendersonChew Valley Lake Sailing Club (BFD)29 7 97
66th3771RedSkipLaurie SmartAlex PauseyUpper Thames Sailing Club16 20  OCS97
67th3675RedWhite sauce er erDavid CroftAbigail CroftRYA28 44  2597
68th3652RedTime and TideJohn BellSuzie BellHampton Sailing Club9 (RET)  2898
69th3723RedVitesseGeoff KimberHelen KimberStone Sailing Club34 31  36101
70th3804RedRockatrossJohn FildesCharlotte FildesAlderney Sailing Club33 33  35101
71st3761BlueBeast QuestDavid BurseyFrances BurseyParkstone Yacht Club 3334 35 102
72nd3716BlackCarbon FootprintSteven LeneyGillian LeneyBlithfield Sailing Club 15 28 OCS104
73rd3547BlackMoondance AssasinPeter MaleChristine MaleBlithfield Sailing Club 45 20 40105
74th3805BlackArbuckleMark ReddingtonVanessa PaschkeBartley Sailing Club 35 39 32106
75th3714RedKevinAlan MarkhamSue MarkhamUpper Thames Sailing Club30 40  37107
76th3672RedBola BolaJohn CooperHilary BradshawWhitstable Sailing Club26 52  34112
77th3518BlackSmoked SalmonTimothy HarmsAmelia LittleMidland Sailing Club 36 38 39113
78th3686BlackIFJeremy DeaconMichel JanowiczBroadwater Sailing Club (BFD) 34 21116
79th2663GreenTyraranosaurus RexChris HaworthJoanne HaworthBlackpool and Fleetwood Yacht Club52  3034 116
80th3773BlueNo. Thirty FourAlan Kemp WarrenWilliam CarrollShoreham Sailing Club (BFD)42 14 117
81st3794GreenIchthysJulian HarmsRobyn BaranowiczMidland Sailing Club29  5236 117
82nd3622BlackEdgeChristian HamiltonMichael HamiltonOxford Sailing Club 32 47 38117
83rd3697GreenToo dark and stormyRichard PageLucy Cooper/Lizzy DalbyHampton Sailing Club39  3741 117
84th3682GreenRed WizardJonathan StewardAnnabel StewardFishers Green Sailing Club41  2156 118
85th3576RedCarmen JSteve ConroyAnna RaysonFishers Green Sailing Club36 37  47120
86th3586BlackShadowplayKieron MasonGeorge MasonBlithfield Sailing Club 47 25 49121
87th3348BlackWaspSimon EvansLaura EvansSalcombe Yacht Club 43 35 45123
88th3706RedMonkey PuzzleKevin AndersonAnna AylwardSalcombe Yacht Club47 35  42124
89th3567BlackFat boy slimMartin SmithKaren BestonBlithfield Sailing Club 40 36 48124
90th3713RedDuck and diveSteve HarlingSarah RobertsStarcross YC45 56  24125
91st3656BlueWild CardOlly TurnerSam MottersheadStarcross YC (BFD)6 OCS 128
92nd3511GreenHeaven SentAndrew MillsEllie MillsHampton Sailing Club38  4545 128
93rd3604GreenDesafinadoTimothy BarrHarry NewtonThames Sailing Club42  4146 129
94th3651Blue Kieran O'FarrellWill SmithWembley Sailing Club 3849 43 130
95th3341BlueAvalancheJohn HeathNicola ScaddenHampton Sailing Club 4147 42 130
96th3589RedFat bottom girlJohn HollandsAlexandra ParkerHampton Sailing Club40 39  54133
97th3644BlueMarleneJon BloicePhilippa BloiceWhitstable Sailing Club 3750 49 136
98th3470BlackRoaring FortiesGeorge DalbyRobert SloneTrent Valley Sailing Club 44 51 41136
99th3662GreenAttack of the ClonesMike WhitehouseKaren WhitehouseSalcombe Yacht Club44  4448 136
100th3757GreenTo the Moon and backAndy PostleLisa PostleSalcombe Yacht Club(BFD)  DSQ16 138
101st3721RedHighlanderNick TurnerCarly GurrStarcross YC(BFD) 46  31138
102nd3588GreenMerliniumChris ScottGuy ScottBolton Sailing Club46  5438 138
103rd3463RedSmoke on the waterJonathan CowperAbby FreelyHunts Sailing Club43 45  50138
104th3800BlackBramblesRichard BramleyTony ChealShoreham Sailing Club 39 56 46141
105th3333GreenPreciousJohn N B AdamsZoe AdamsTamesis Sailing Club50  4350 143
106th3751RedNarniaHuw ReynoldsLiz NorthWhitstable Sailing Club49 51  44144
107th3762RedRimonimMalcolm HyamsMarina GoshinovaMidland Sailing Club53 43  52148
108th3717Green John GreenWilliam AndersonWembley Sailing Club48  4852 148
109th3555BlackLight FantasticIan MacKenzieNigel DenchfieldMidland Sailing Club 46 50 53149
110th3561BlueSnortingJoe ShawSel ShahWembley Sailing Club 4254 55 151
111th3636GreenCarmenMike JenningsZoe JenningsHayling Island Sailing Club51  5347 151
112th3704BlueFactory MaidJemma HorwoodSimon WorsfoldThames Sailing Club (BFD)53 44 158
113th2410BlackAttila the HuntIan LaingAndrew HuntHolingworth Lake Sailing Club 49 55 55159
114th3602BlueAmbienceMartin EvansChris EvansCookham Reach Sailing Club (WAY)48 51 160
115th3599BlueHarryNigel CooperEllen CooperHampton Sailing Club 48(RET) 54 163
116th3534GreenValley FreightJohn DalbyAnthony LarderTrent Valley Sailing Club(WAY)  4953 163
117th3530BlackSir TopazMike CollesSarah CrabtreeMidland Sailing Club (WAY) 57 51169
118th3743GreenPokin’ The TurtleBrendan O'ConnellJanet O'ConnellBlithfield Sailing Club(DNF)  5857 176
119th3731BlackMayhemAndy JonesAmy JonesBurghfield SC     DNF183
119th3788BlueBlue my mindChristian BirrellSam BreareyWPNSA (BFD)(WAY) OCS 183

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