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Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week 2019 - Overall

by Tim Fells 12 Jul 17:52 BST 7-12 June 2019

The final day brought further wall-to-wall sunshine with a North-Westerly force 2-3. The morning race included title contenders Mike and Jane Calvert and Alex Jackson and Mary Henderson, plus front runners Andy 'Taxi' Davis and Pippa Kilsby and Roger and Jane Gilbert.

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

With the flood tide starting to flow to windward the fleet lined up early and there was a big general recall. A lot of boats were seen heading for an early shower including title contenders Mike and Jane Calvert, a hugely disappointing way to end to their challenge.

On the second clean start, Roger and Jane Gilbert made a ballsy early tack onto port to just cross the fleet and were away into pressure up the harbour. The other leading contenders were also away in good positions and when the leaders re-emerged to round Crossways, Roger and Jane were leading from Alex and Mary with Taxi and Pippa in third.

Over the next loop to Gerston, Taxi and Pippa worked up into second, but the race had only just started as there was a tricky loop down to Blackstone to complete. As the leaders ran down they started to fall out of pressure with the chasers coming up behind. This resulted in the leading eight boats running line abreast into the mark. Alex and Mary were inside boat and were first around but then were unable to tack immediately across to the main current.

Roger and Jane were first across and were able to hook into a good right-hander up the town side to come home for a third cannon of the week. Taxi and Pippa took second ahead of Chris Jennings and John Hackett. Alex and Mary were fourth ahead of Tim Saxton and Holly Scott with Caroline Croft and Tom Lonsdale sixth.

These results put Roger and Jane and Alex and Mary on 11 points, one behind the Calverts and Richard Whitworth and Jemima Scroggie. On countback, Richard and Jemima's three bullets makes them champions without having to sail the last race.

Blue v Green flights. Course sailed: 6,7,5,7,2,X,2

The sun remained shining and the wind remained F3-4 NW but with the town area of the course around the start finish line a bomb site of vertical gusts. With the top five places sorted, the afternoon race was to sort out the remainder of the top ten.

The start was chaotic with those who got onto port towards the Portlemouth side getting a good gust away down the harbour but were then becalmed off Snapes. The Chrises (Gould and Kilsby), Tim Fells and Fran Gifford together with William Warren and Alice Happle took a high line to squeeze around Snapes inside the leading pack and hook into the solid breeze coming down the Bag. These places remained unchanged on the tour of Frogmore, Gerston, Saltstone, Gerston with the fleet enjoying some great sailing conditions.

Everything was to become totally chaotic on the return to the harbour. The loop up and down between Mill Bay and mark X near Crossways was as random as you can get with nine boats swapping positions on every gust and huge shifts. It is impossible to report on what actually happened other than to say that the Chrises showed remarkable poise to keep their lead and take their first canon of the week, elevating them to sixth overall.

George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby, in their first Salcombe Merlin Week, kept their nerve to come through in an excellent second (the start of things to come?). Defending champions Si Blake and Phil Dalby battled through to third ahead of Richard Whitworth and Jemima Scroggie, grateful that they did not need to fight for a result in such challenging conditions. Nick Charles and Christian Humphries had their best result of the week in fifth ahead of Tim and Fran.

Overall this has been another high calibre event with the fleet showing extraordinary strength in depth. Richard and Jemima put on a special performance both with their immaculate starting and their calm progress through the fleet when they were not leading. The closeness of the racing is evidenced by the top five places being covered by only two points.

A big thank you to all the volunteers and staff of Salcombe Yacht Club who give so much to make this huge week such a success. Also, many thanks to our main sponsors Salcombe Gin for their great support for the week.

Overall Results:

PosSail no.HelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
1st3703Richard WhitworthJemima Scroggie1  21  ‑51  49
2nd3691Mike CalvertJane Calvert 2 3 12 2 (BFD) 10
3rd3722Roger GilbertJane Gilbert 3 1 ‑51 5 1 11
4th3684Andy DavisPippa Kilsby4 ‑8  3 1 12 11
5th3795Alex JacksonMary Henderson2 1  ‑12 2 24 11
6th3803Chris GouldChris Kilsby3  ‑123  412  123
7th3726Will HendersonArthur Henderson 17 4 8  4 ‑1624
8th3764Tim FellsFrances Gifford(BFD)  52  83  624
9th3742Peter BallantineRob Allen 72 5 4  6 ‑1324
10th3738Simon BlakePhil Dalby ‑123 9 12  5 332
11th3735Jenny DoddsChris Dodds6 12  4 3 ‑148 33
12th3807Tim SaxtonHolly Scott(BFD) 5  6 9 95 34
13th3676Antony GiffordJo Gifford 59 6 7  10 ‑2337
14th3774Jon TurnerRichard Parslow (BFD) 14 103 6 7 40
15th3658Chris JenningsJohn Hackett 9 6 1311 ‑15 3 42
16th3678Steve CrookSally Townend10  98  7‑17  1044
17th3802Simon PottsAlly Potts5  411  11‑19  1445
18th3673Caroline CroftTom Lonsdale8 11  (BFD) 12 86 45
19th3777George YeomanSophie Ormsby12  1113  (BFD)10  248
20th3781David WinderLiv Bell7 4  9 21 7(BFD) 48
21st3796William WarrenAlice Happle 410 (BFD) 15  13 850
22nd3791Jon GorringeKat Frost 8 8 816 13 (BFD) 53
23rd3785Nick CharlesChristian Humphries 1329 12 ‑30  11 570
24th3687Matt GreenfieldRob Henderson (BFD)28 7 9  12 1874
25th3716Steven LeneyGillian Leney 15 28 (BFD)10 11 11 75
26th3627Alex JonesAlice Markham 16 16 1917 ‑26 9 77
27th3790Colin BrockbankHannah Burt25 17  11 14 ‑2613 80
28th3746James WellsNikki Bass 1424 ‑25 14  17 1584
29th3740Patrick BlakeJilly Blake (DNF) 24 720 7 27 85
30th3671Piers LambertJohnny Radcliffe11  17‑33  1520  2588
31st3725Andrew SquireFiona Cranford Smith 20 10 17‑28 21 21 89
32nd3727Mark StockbridgeEddy Atkins 2313 20 ‑31  21 1289
33rd3782Jason AndrewsZeb Elliott32  1810  (BFD)9  2190
34th3801Matthew BiggsBeka Jones 10 13 (BFD)5 4 (BFD) 93
35th3799Paul RaysonChris Hill 1119 24 ‑25  20 1993
36th3652John BellSuzie Bell9 (RET)  28 17 3210 96
37th3775Daniel WillettPete Nicholson 6 7 15(RET) 8 (BFD) 97
38th3690Tim HarridgeLucy Harridge ‑2921 21 24  24 11101
39th3641Mark WaterhouseMat Currell 18‑37 27 23  16 20104
40th3624Phil MasonJamie Mason 1914 ‑29 29  15 28105
41st3686Jeremy DeaconMichel Janowicz (BFD) 34 2119 14 17 105
42nd3679Nick HeginbothamZoe Parry17 26  22 22 18(DSQ) 105
43rd3745Paul DeanSarah Roberts35 27  20 13 ‑4312 107
44th3730Paul HollisPaula Mason 3115 19 13  (BFD) 30108
45th3786Dave WadeDave Hall18  1532  (BFD)18  26109
46th3756Sophie MackleyJames Ward(BFD) 16  2 6 25(BFD) 110
47th3769Graham Cranford SmithRob Langley 21 23 2726 ‑29 14 111
48th3766Andy DalbyPete Horn31  2917  18(BFD)  17112
49th3771Laurie SmartAlex Pausey16 20  (BFD) 28 2923 116
50th3696Alexander WarrenSophie Penwarden14 40  23 10 33(BFD) 120
51st3598Robert SmithLuke Moore 25 27 3022 ‑31 16 120
52nd3789Nick ScroggieEdward Scroggie20  ‑4618  1927  37121
53rd3647Hywel Bowen‑PerkinsLucy Penwarden22 18  29 26 ‑3426 121
54th3784Tony JohnsonLouise Johnson 24 ‑40 1837 25 18 122
55th3748Nigel BrookeSuzie Brooke21  2237  2023  ‑38123
56th3752Will RaineyLiese Scott 3023 23 ‑41  27 24127
57th3539Dan AlsopBen Alsop13 55  16 (BFD) 1925 128
58th3715Richard CookeRussell Hall 2725 22 ‑32  31 27132
59th3702Duncan SalmonHarriet Salmon27  3328  (BFD)24  22134
60th3710Chris DownhamAndrea Downham37  3215  (BFD)16  36136
61st3772Phil EmeryKaren Emery 17‑52.5 30 21  30 39137
62nd3788Christian BirrellSam Brearey (BFD)(WAY) (BFD) 6  3 7138
63rd3648Antonia BullJamie Wright23  26‑39  2928  34140
64th3657Anthony LoftsFrancesca Lofts24  3126  2732  ‑46140
65th3757Andy PostleLisa Postle(BFD)  (DSQ)16  1622  31146
66th3714Alan MarkhamSue Markham30 ‑39  37 24 3522 148
67th2663Chris HaworthJoanne Haworth‑52  3034  2330  33150
68th3705Geoff WrightNoelle Wirght 2831 31 27  ‑38 35152
69th3672John CooperHilary Bradshaw26 ‑51  34 34 3920 153
70th3721Nick TurnerCarly Gurr(BFD) 45  31 25 3719 157
71st3761David BurseyFrances Bursey 3333 35 35  22 ‑40158
72nd3804John FildesCharlotte Fildes33 32  35 30 28(BFD) 158
73rd3734Phil AshworthAli Ashworth19 35  33 41 ‑4633 161
74th3675David CroftAbigail Croft28 43  25 (BFD) 3630 162
75th3773Alan Kemp WarrenWilliam Carroll (BFD)41 14 18  (BFD) 29163
76th3682Jonathan StewardAnnabel Steward41  21‑56  3138  32163
77th3560Stuart JenkinsImogen Jenkins 2622 40 33  ‑44 42163
78th3622Christian HamiltonMichael Hamilton 32 ‑47 3846 34 15 165
79th3547Peter MaleChristine Male ‑45 20 4042 39 24 165
80th3621Tristram SquirePeter Slack 22 42 26‑51 50 28 168
81st3805Mark ReddingtonVanessa Paschke 35 39 3234 ‑41 31 171
82nd3723Geoff KimberHelen Kimber34 30  36 40 ‑4132 172
83rd3659Julian ParryEvan Parry15 (RET)  14 (BFD) 23RET 174
84th3518Timothy HarmsAmelia Little 36 38 ‑3938 36 34 182
85th3576Steve ConroyAnna Rayson36 36  47 35 (RET)29 183
86th3697Richard PageLucy Cooper/Lizzy Dalby39  3741  3240  ‑45189
87th3587Henry MasonBelinda Mason 34 SCP ‑4339 37 42 189
88th3604Timothy BarrHarry Newton42  41‑46  3733  44197
89th3656Olly TurnerSam Mottershead (BFD)6 (BFD) (RET)  BFD 9198
90th3794Julian HarmsRobyn Baranowicz29  ‑5236  4835  50198
91st3713Steve HarlingSarah Roberts45 ‑56  24 43 4741 200
92nd3706Kevin AndersonAnna Aylward47 34  42 42 ‑4936 201
93rd3567Martin SmithKaren Beston 40 (SCP) 4843 42 37 210
94th3651Kieran O'FarrellWill Smith 38‑48 43 44  42 43210
95th3463Jonathan CowperAbby Freely43 44  50 36 ‑5339 212
96th3662Mike WhitehouseKaren Whitehouse44  4448  3344  ‑52213
97th3602Martin EvansChris Evans (WAY)47 51 36  40 41215
98th3470George DalbyRobert Slone 44 ‑51 4145 45 40 215
99th3586Kieron MasonGeorge Mason 47 25 4952 ‑56 45 218
100th3341John HeathNicola Scaddan 4146 42 40  (DNF) 49218
101st3348Simon EvansLaura Evans 43 35.5 4550 47   220.5
102nd3589John HollandsAlexandra Parker40 38  54 39 50(BFD) 221
103rd3511Andrew MillsEllie Mills38  4545  46‑49  47221
104th3751Huw ReynoldsLiz North49 50  44 44 (DNF)38 225
105th3644Jon BloicePhilippa Bloice 3749 49 47  45 ‑55227
106th3762Malcolm HyamsMarina Goshinova53 42  52 47 (DNF)35 229
107th3717John GreenWilliam Anderson48  4852  3846  ‑54232
108th3800Richard BramleyTony Cheal 39 ‑56 4655 52 43 235
109th3588Chris ScottGuy Scott46  5438  (BFD)51  48237
110th3333John N B AdamsZoe Adams50  4350  5048  ‑51241
111th3636Mike JenningsZoe Jennings51  5347  4943  (DSQ)243
112th3561Joe ShawSel Shah 4254 55 49  52 ‑56252
113th3704Jemma HorwoodSimon Worsfold (BFD)52.5 44 48  48  253.5
114th3534John DalbyAnthony Larder(WAY)  4953  4557  53257
115th2410Ian LaingAndrew Hunt 49 55 55‑56 54 46 259
116th3530Mike CollesSarah Crabtree (WAY) (SCP) 5153 53 44 262
117th3599Nigel CooperEllen Cooper 48(RET) 54 54  51 57264
118th3555Ian MacKenzieNigel Denchfield 46 50 53(RET) 55 (BFD) 265
119th3743Brendan O'ConnellJanet O'Connell(DNF)  5857  (BFD)(DNF)   298
120th3731Andy JonesAmy Jones            305

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