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Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week 2019 - Day 4

by Tim Fells 10 Jul 2019 19:44 BST 7-12 June 2019

Wednesday dawned to another sunny day and early indications of a sea breeze cell forming in the harbour mouth. The forecast was for the wind to be light from the southerly quadrant all day.

Blue v Black flights. Course sailed: O,3,O,3

With little indication of the sea breeze cell building any more than a light F1-2, PRO David Greening elected to set a windward-leeward course within the limits of the cell. With some southerly in the breeze the first leg was a long beat against the tide out to mark O on the east side of the harbour mouth, followed by a run to Crossways.

For the first time this week there was a clean start. The majority of the fleet elected to start on the Portlemouth shore with Si Blake and Phil Dalby making of the best of it. Roger and Jane Gilbert chose to start further out into the stream on port but with more pressure and soon slipped into second chasing Si and Phil out past Blackstone.

Bizarrely on reaching mark O in the lead, Si and Phil appeared to doubt its identity and sailed around in the vicinity until Roger and Jane arrived to lead around. They were then away down tide with Jon Turner and Richard Parslow chasing along with Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey (not BFD!!) and Antony and Jo Gifford.

With majority of the fleet electing to make the second beat to O up the Portlemouth shore, it was Mike and Jane Calvert who took to the town side. Initially losing out, they made ground rapidly up to Woodville Rocks where they found a nice right hander to cross the harbour to Biddle Point and join the battle for third.

Roger and Jane remained untroubled in the lead and sailed confidently through to take their second cannon of the week and put themselves right in the mix for the title. Mike and Jane held onto a long port tack away from Crossways to sail through under JT and Richard who were becalmed out in the tide. Second place continues Mike and Jane's strong score card.

Pete Ballantine and Rob Allen were also gainers on the town side to sneak into fourth ahead of Matt Biggs and Beka Jones who were the only boat to start on the town side and come through in a good position. Christian and Sam rounded out the top six.

Green v Red flights. Course sailed: 1,5,1,3,1,3

The breeze had settled into more of a true sea breeze direction giving a less biased beat up the harbour. For the first time this week there was a general recall with nine boats on the board, though none that were contenders for the title. At the second start, the wind switched left allowing those who had positioned towards the Portlemouth shore to tack on to port and fly up the harbour with the tide under them. The leading breakaway group of four to Blackstone were Taxi and Pippa Kilsby, Jenny and Chris Dodds, Richard Whitworth and stand in crew for the day Beka Jones and Steve Crook with Sally Townend (who were to break their port pole on the run to Saltstone but able to continue to finish seventh).

Conditions were providing excellent tight racing with small pressure changes, shifts and tidal effects shuffling and reshuffling the pack. Slowly the chasing group closed the gap to the leaders with Alex Jackson and Mary Henderson recapturing their form of the first two days to climb through to second at the line behind Taxi and Pippa who took their first canon of the week.

Jenny and Chris took another top result in third ahead of the Chrises (Gould and Kilsby) who had steadily climbed up through the field. Richard and Beka were shuffled back to fifth ahead of Sophie Mackley and James Ward following up their second yesterday with a strong sixth.

The discard has not yet kicked in but if it had the top positions are very close. Richard and Jemima have 1,1,2, Roger and Jane 1,1,3, Mike and Jane 1,2,2, Alex and Mary 1,2,2 and Taxi and Pippa 1,3,4. It is hard to see the winner coming from outside these top five.

With the gradient swinging to the NW and building a few knots, together with continued sunny weather there is the prospect od some healthier sea breeze conditions for the final two days.

Results after day 4:

PosSail no.FlightBoat nameHelmCrewSailing clubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st3691BlackQuick FixMike CalvertJane CalvertAxe Yacht Club 2 3 12 8
2nd3703GreenFaithlessRichard WhitworthJemima ScroggieParkstone Yacht Club1  21  59
3rd3722BlackStealthRoger GilbertJane GilbertFrensham Pond Sailing Club 3 1 51 10
4th3684RedKeyser SozeAndy DavisPippa KilsbySouth Staffs Sailing Club4 8  3 116
5th3795RedGoonAlex JacksonMary HendersonShoreham Sailing Club2 1  12 217
6th3742BlueSpeed MachinePeter BallantineRob AllenSalcombe Yacht Club 72 5 4 18
7th3726BlueArwenWill HendersonArthur HendersonSalcombe Yacht Club 17 4 8 20
8th3803GreenClose coverChris GouldChris KilsbyMidland Sailing Club3  123  422
9th3735RedThe Phantom MenaceJenny DoddsChris DoddsNottingham Sailing Club6 12  4 325
10th3676BlueHot TottyAntony GiffordJo GiffordRoyal Tay YC 59 6 7 27
11th3802GreenKhazeesiSimon PottsAlly PottsBurghfield SC5  411  1131
12th3678GreenNoraSteve CrookSally TownendHollingworth Lake Sailing Club10  98  734
13th3738BlueSuperfast JellyfishSimon BlakePhil DalbyCookham Reach Sailing Club 123 9 12 36
14th3658BlackBernardChris JenningsJohn HackettBurghfield SC 9 6 1311 39
15th3791BlackDidley SquatJon GorringeKat FrostParkstone Yacht Club 8 8 816 40
16th3781RedThe Force AwakensDavid WinderLiv BellHollingworth Lake Sailing Club7 4  9 2141
17th3790RedPointerColin BrockbankHannah BurtWembley Sailing Club25 17  11 1467
18th3627BlackSnorterAlex JonesAlice MarkhamCookham Reach Sailing Club 16 16 1917 68
19th3725BlackIsland GirlAndrew SquireFiona Cranford SmithSalcombe Yacht Club 20 10 1728 75
20th3764GreenFancy LiquorTim FellsFrances GiffordSalcombe Yacht Club(BFD)  52  876
21st3671GreenSnakey BPiers LambertJohnny RadcliffeBrightlingsea Sailing Club11  1733  1576
22nd3746BluePoint n SquirtJames WellsNikki BassStarcross YC 1424 25 14 77
23rd3730BlueBlood sweat and beersPaul HollisPaula MasonBlithfield Sailing Club 3115 19 13 78
24th3799BlueSimply ScrumptiousPaul RaysonChris HillSalcombe Yacht Club 1119 24 25 79
25th3807RedBazingaTim SaxtonHolly ScottItchenor Sailing Club(BFD) 5  6 981
26th3785BlueRocket ScienceNick CharlesChristian HumphriesDatchet Water Sailing Club 1329 12 30 84
27th3756RedROBERTSophie MackleyJames WardShoreham Sailing Club(BFD) 16  2 685
28th3696RedTiger TigerAlexander WarrenSophie PenwardenShoreham Sailing Club14 40  23 1087
29th3727BlueFragileMark StockbridgeEddy AtkinsRanelagh Sailing Club 2313 20 31 87
30th3679RedDaddy's boatNick HeginbothamZoe ParryHolingworth Lake Sailing Club17 26  22 2287
31st3774BlackBlack PantherJon TurnerRichard ParslowLyme Regis Sailing Club (BFD) 14 103 88
32nd3801BlackPokeyMatthew BiggsBeka JonesBlithfield Sailing Club 10 13 (BFD)5 89
33rd3775BlackNight FuryDaniel WillettPete NicholsonBrigtlingsea Sailing Club 6 7 15(RET) 89
34th3796BlueROBERTAWilliam WarrenAlice HappleShoreham Sailing Club 410 (BFD) 15 90
35th3624BlueStab in the darkPhil MasonJamie MasonBlithfield Sailing Club 1914 29 29 91
36th3673RedThe OldieCaroline CroftTom LonsdaleBartley Sailing Club8 11  (BFD) 1292
37th3745RedOutnumberedPaul DeanSarah RobertsWembley Sailing Club35 27  20 1395
38th3766GreenThe BearAndy DalbyPete HornTrent Valley Sailing Club31  2917  1895
39th3647RedLiquid DreamsHywel Bowen‑PerkinsLucy PenwardenSalcombe Yacht Club22 18  29 2695
40th3690BlueGeneral LeeTim HarridgeLucy HarridgeLymington Town Sailing Club 2921 21 24 95
41st3777GreenMockingjayGeorge YeomanSophie OrmsbyItchenor Sailing Club12  1113  BFD97
42nd3769BlackThe Mighty DiscipleGraham Cranford SmithRob LangleySalcombe Yacht Club 21 23 2726 97
43rd3748GreenWhite TigerNigel BrookeSuzie BrookeLymington Town Sailing Club21  2237  20100
44th3789GreenOff‑pisteNick ScroggieEdward ScroggieParkstone Yacht Club20  4618  19103
45th3598BlackBah humbugRobert SmithLuke MooreSalcombe Yacht Club 25 27 3022 104
46th3687BlueMellow YellowMatt GreenfieldRob HendersonChew Valley Lake Sailing Club (BFD)28 7 9 105
47th3641BluePuff the magic dragonMark WaterhouseMat CurrellParkstone Yacht Club 1837 27 23 105
48th3715BlueTruly ScrumptiousRichard CookeRussell HallWembley Sailing Club 2725 22 32 106
49th3657GreenRevolutionAnthony LoftsFrancesca LoftsSalcombe Yacht Club24  3126  27108
50th3740BlackWhy ask.Patrick BlakeJilly BlakeCookham Reach Sailing Club (DNF) 24 720 112
51st3716BlackCarbon FootprintSteven LeneyGillian LeneyBlithfield Sailing Club 15 28 (BFD)10 114
52nd3652RedTime and TideJohn BellSuzie BellHampton Sailing Club9 (RET)  28 17115
53rd3752BlueThe Empire Strikes BackWill RaineyLiese ScottRYA 3023 23 41 117
54th3648GreenBang tidyAntonia BullJamie WrightShoreham Sailing Club23  2639  29117
55th3705BlueTwo pints of lagerGeoff WrightNoelle WirghtBlithfield Sailing Club 2831 31 27 117
56th3784BlackStrung AlongTony JohnsonLouise JohnsonLymington Town Sailing Club 24 40 1837 119
57th3772BlueVellelaPhil EmeryKaren EmeryWhitstable Sailing Club 1752.5 30 21 120.5
58th3782GreenTeam DakineJason AndrewsZeb ElliottEastbourne Sailing Club32  1810  BFD121
59th3560BlueLukaStuart JenkinsImogen JenkinsHampton Sailing Club 2622 40 33 121
60th3771RedSkipLaurie SmartAlex PauseyUpper Thames Sailing Club16 20  (BFD) 28125
61st3786GreenDorisDave WadeDave HallNorthampton Sailing Club18  1532  BFD126
62nd3734RedThe Black BoatPhil AshworthAli AshworthWeymouth Sailing Club19 35  33 41128
63rd3714RedKevinAlan MarkhamSue MarkhamUpper Thames Sailing Club30 39  37 24130
64th3804RedRockatrossJohn FildesCharlotte FildesAlderney Sailing Club33 32  35 30130
65th3773BlueNo. Thirty FourAlan Kemp WarrenWilliam CarrollShoreham Sailing Club (BFD)41 14 18 134
66th3686BlackIFJeremy DeaconMichel JanowiczBroadwater Sailing Club (BFD) 34 2119 135
67th3761BlueBeast QuestDavid BurseyFrances BurseyParkstone Yacht Club 3333 35 35 136
68th2663GreenTyraranosaurus RexChris HaworthJoanne HaworthBlackpool and Fleetwood Yacht Club52  3034  23139
69th3723RedVitesseGeoff KimberHelen KimberStone Sailing Club34 30  36 40140
70th3805BlackArbuckleMark ReddingtonVanessa PaschkeBartley Sailing Club 35 39 3234 140
71st3621BlackRaunchyTristram SquirePeter SlackSalcombe Yacht Club 22 42 2651 141
72nd3539RedGansta ParadiseDan AlsopBen AlsopLyme Regis Sailing Club13 55  16 BFD145
73rd3710GreenParadigm ShiftChris DownhamAndrea DownhamCastaways SC37  3215  BFD145
74th3672RedBola BolaJohn CooperHilary BradshawWhitstable Sailing Club26 51  34 34145
75th3547BlackMoondance AssasinPeter MaleChristine MaleBlithfield Sailing Club 45 20 4042 147
76th3682GreenRed WizardJonathan StewardAnnabel StewardFishers Green Sailing Club41  2156  31149
77th3702GreenSalmon en crouteDuncan SalmonHarriet SalmonSalcombe Yacht Club27  3328  BFD149
78th3697GreenToo dark and stormyRichard PageLucy Cooper/Lizzy DalbyHampton Sailing Club39  3741  32149
79th3659RedJulian ParryJulian ParryEvan ParryHollingworth Lake Sailing Club15 (RET)  14 BFD151
80th3518BlackSmoked SalmonTimothy HarmsAmelia LittleMidland Sailing Club 36 38 3938 151
81st3587BlackMistralHenry MasonBelinda MasonBlithfield Sailing Club 34 SCP 4339 153
82nd3757GreenTo the Moon and backAndy PostleLisa PostleSalcombe Yacht Club(BFD)  (DSQ)16  16154
83rd3576RedCarmen JSteve ConroyAnna RaysonFishers Green Sailing Club36 36  47 35154
84th3675RedWhite sauce er erDavid CroftAbigail CroftRYA28 43  25 BFD157
85th3721RedHighlanderNick TurnerCarly GurrStarcross YC(BFD) 45  31 25162
86th3622BlackEdgeChristian HamiltonMichael HamiltonOxford Sailing Club 32 47 3846 163
87th3794GreenIchthysJulian HarmsRobyn BaranowiczMidland Sailing Club29  5236  48165
88th3706RedMonkey PuzzleKevin AndersonAnna AylwardSalcombe Yacht Club47 34  42 42165
89th3604GreenDesafinadoTimothy BarrHarry NewtonThames Sailing Club42  4146  37166
90th3713RedDuck and diveSteve HarlingSarah RobertsStarcross YC45 56  24 43168
91st3662GreenAttack of the ClonesMike WhitehouseKaren WhitehouseSalcombe Yacht Club44  4448  33169
92nd3341BlueAvalancheJohn HeathNicola ScaddanHampton Sailing Club 4146 42 40 169
93rd3589RedFat bottom girlJohn HollandsAlexandra ParkerHampton Sailing Club40 38  54 39171
94th3586BlackShadowplayKieron MasonGeorge MasonBlithfield Sailing Club 47 25 4952 173
95th3463RedSmoke on the waterJonathan CowperAbby FreelyHunts Sailing Club43 44  50 36173
96th3651Blue Kieran O'FarrellWill SmithWembley Sailing Club 3848 43 44 173
97th3348BlackWaspSimon EvansLaura EvansSalcombe Yacht Club 43 35.5 4550 173.5
98th3511GreenHeaven SentAndrew MillsEllie MillsHampton Sailing Club38  4545  46174
99th3470BlackRoaring FortiesGeorge DalbyRobert SloneTrent Valley Sailing Club 44 51 4145 181
100th3644BlueMarleneJon BloicePhilippa BloiceWhitstable Sailing Club 3749 49 47 182
101st3567BlackFat boy slimMartin SmithKaren BestonBlithfield Sailing Club 40 SCP 4843 184
102nd3717Green John GreenWilliam AndersonWembley Sailing Club48  4852  38186
103rd3751RedNarniaHuw ReynoldsLiz NorthWhitstable Sailing Club49 50  44 44187
104th3788BlueBlue my mindChristian BirrellSam BreareyWPNSA (BFD)(WAY) BFD 6 189
105th3656BlueWild CardOlly TurnerSam MottersheadStarcross YC (BFD)6 (BFD) RET 189
106th3333GreenPreciousJohn N B AdamsZoe AdamsTamesis Sailing Club50  4350  50193
107th3762RedRimonimMalcolm HyamsMarina GoshinovaMidland Sailing Club53 42  52 47194
108th3602BlueAmbienceMartin EvansChris EvansCookham Reach Sailing Club (WAY)47 51 36 195
109th3800BlackBramblesRichard BramleyTony ChealShoreham Sailing Club 39 56 4655 196
110th3588GreenMerliniumChris ScottGuy ScottBolton Sailing Club46  5438  BFD199
111th3561BlueSnortingJoe ShawSel ShahWembley Sailing Club 4254 55 49 200
112th3636GreenCarmenMike JenningsZoe JenningsHayling Island Sailing Club51  5347  49200
113th3704BlueFactory MaidJemma HorwoodSimon WorsfoldThames Sailing Club (BFD)52.5 44 48 205.5
114th3534GreenValley FreightJohn DalbyAnthony LarderTrent Valley Sailing Club(WAY)  4953  45208
115th3555BlackLight FantasticIan MacKenzieNigel DenchfieldMidland Sailing Club 46 50 53(RET) 210
116th2410BlackAttila the HuntIan LaingAndrew HuntHolingworth Lake Sailing Club 49 55 5556 215
117th3599BlueHarryNigel CooperEllen CooperHampton Sailing Club 48(RET) 54 54 217
118th3530BlackSir TopazMike CollesSarah CrabtreeMidland Sailing Club (WAY) (SCP) 5153 226
119th3743GreenPokin’ The TurtleBrendan O'ConnellJanet O'ConnellBlithfield Sailing Club(DNF)  5857  BFD237
120th3731BlackMayhemAndy JonesAmy JonesBurghfield SC        244

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