Please select your home edition
Edition
Craftinsure 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Merlin Rocket Open at Parkstone Yacht Club

by Charlotte Fildes 18 May 08:57 BST 16 May 2021

Parkstone Yacht Club welcomed the Merlin Rocket Class for an open meeting on Sunday 16th May 2021. The forecast was a fresh to frightening south-westerly with frequent rain showers to wash the salt out of our eyes.

It was good to have an early briefing and no faffing around on shore to question our sanity as the race team was keen to get us out on the water for 3 back-to-back races. The plan was for two 45-minute triangle-sausage-triangle races to the west of Brownsea Island, followed by a scenic harbour tour race round the cans to finish.

A strong line up of 20 boats were pre entered, but I'm guessing a few were deterred by the forecast as only 14 of those made it to the start line.

The fleet got away first time under the U flag for race one. Christian Birrell who was being ably crewed by a handy lever in the form of Chris Kilsby, sailed a great race, extending their lead on every leg and taking the bullet while making the rest of us look like a bunch of amateurs. Taxi and Pip were in a close second until they were hit by a big squall and capsized on the kite hoist of the final triangle, allowing Jon Gorringe and Matt Currell who had no worries about hoisting the kite to sail into second, while the rest of the fleet were a bit more cautious with their hoists, and several opting for a two sail reach. Ian and Charlotte couldn't resist the thrill of a three sail mach 10 reach in Rockatross to sail into third, but only until the gybe mark where all the fun ended very abruptly. Team Lenz and Will and Arthur Henderson cruised round the gybe mark smugly with no spinnaker in third and fourth respectively while the rest of the fleet were racing to get their boats back upright.

Race two was a general recall, but got away second time, however Christian was just a bit too keen to get course side and was penalised by the U flag unfortunately. This time Taxi and Pip kept their boat upright and the fleet behind them to take the win, followed closely by Ben and Roz, and then Jon and Matt. Another big gust hit on the final triangle which saw Tim and Mary in fourth drop the kite and tack round at the gybe mark, and Ian and Charlotte decided to follow suit whilst all kinds of carnage ensued behind.

The fleet was somewhat smaller by the start of race three after several gear failures and tired crews, but the hardy were equipped with course maps and were keen for some orienteering of Poole harbour. The first leg was an almost identical beat to the previous races which Taxi and Pip got to the windward mark first, followed by Ben and Roz. There was some shouting at Jon and Matt who did a 360, so David and Vicky sailed into third. It was then a two sail fetch to a mark just off Brownsea Island which saw Rockatross rapidly close in on the leaders and steam into second by the gybe mark where we bore off onto a run and hoisted.

Not sure what happened to Ben and Roz as they suddenly death rolled and capsized to windward. Ian and Charlotte pulled ahead of Taxi and Pip on the run and then gybed round another mark to starboard and reached off to the other end of the harbour in pursuit of the lead rib who didn't seem too certain of where they were going either. I'm not really sure what happened behind us from there to be honest, but it was windy, and fast. Once safely round the correct mark it was a fetch back up towards the starting platform where my arms were thankful that the course had been shortened. Ian and Charlotte took line honours, followed by Jon and Matt in second, Taxi and Pip in third and David and Vicky in fourth.

Huge thanks to Parkstone Yacht Club for the warm welcome as always, the efficient race team for some great courses and the rescue crews who got everyone home safely, and well done to Taxi and Pip for taking the overall win.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1TCWAndy DavisPippa KilsbySouth Staffs‑9134
2nd3791Didley SquatJon GorringeMatt CurrellParkstone YC2‑324
3rd3804RockatrossIan DobsonCharlotte FildesBurwain‑5516
4th3739DoryBen McGraneRoz McGraneNetley SC(RET)257
5th3778Peer pressureDavid LenzVictoria lenzLymington town3‑647
6th3807BalooTim SaxtonMary HendersonItchenor64(RET)10
7th3726ArwenWill HendersonArthur HendersonSalcombe YC47(RET)11
8th3781The force awakensDavid winderLivvy bellHollinworth lake119(DNC)20
9th3789Off‑PisteNick ScroggieClaire JohnstoneParkstone YC1010(DNC)20
10th3788 Christian BirrellChris KilsbyParkstone YC1(OCS)DNC22
11th3709Wild at HeartRob HendersonAlice MarkhamLymington Town SC7(RET)DNC28
12th3703FaithlessRichard WhitworthJemima ScroggieParkstone YC & Hollingsworth Lake SC(RET)8RET29
13th3802KhalessiSimon PottsKate MacgregorBurghfield / Parkstone8(RET)DNC29
14th3803Black SwanChris GouldCaroline CroftLymington Town SC12(RET)DNC33
15th3777MockingjayBen SaxtonIzzy HamiltonParkstone YC(DNC)DNCDNC42
15th3691Quick FixMike CalvertJane CalvertAxe YC(DNC)DNCDNC42
15th3694The Soup DragonSteve TylerAlly TylerParkstone YC(RET)RETDNC42
15th3759Red MistressThomas GillardRachael RhodesSheffield Viking/ Staunton Harold SC(DNC)DNCDNC42
15th3727FragileMark StockbridgeNeil DaviesRanelagh(RET)RETDNC42
15th3767One LoveBen ArcherOlivia BelliniParkstone YC(DNC)DNCDNC42

Related Articles

Merlin Rockets at Starcross
22 boats turn out for Craftinsure Silver Tiller Round 3 The Merlin Rocket sailors arrived at Starcross to a friendly welcome and light SE winds carrying the delectable smell of bacon butties throughout the dinghy park for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller on 19th and 20th June. Posted on 23 Jun
Merlin Rockets at Minima
Craftinsure De May Vintage & Thames Series event The Minima De May and Thames Series open meeting took place on one of the hottest days of the year so far, with a very light and shifting breeze. Posted on 16 Jun
Merlin Rockets at Grafham Water
A beautifully sunny weekend for Craftinsure Silver Tiller Round 2 Grafham Water SC welcomed 24 Merlin Rockets for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller event on the 12th and 13th of June. A beautifully sunny weekend delivered a great day of racing on the Saturday with wind varying from 5 to 12 knots throughout the day. Posted on 15 Jun
Merlin Rockets at Whitstable
23 boats enjoy sunshine for Craftinsure Silver Tiller Round 1 The weekend of the 5th and 6th June saw 23 Merlin Rockets descend on Whitstable Yacht Club for a glorious weekend in the sunshine for the first Craftinsure Silver Tiller of 2021. Posted on 8 Jun
Merlin Rockets at Medley
First Race to the Trout Inn The Merlin Rocket De May Vintage & Thames Series made its first visit to the picturesque Medley Sailing Club, perched on the banks of the River Thames above Oxford. Posted on 18 May
Bartley Merlin Rocket Open
First event in the Midland Circuit 2021 A heavy wind was forecast for the Bartley SC Open meeting on Sunday 9th May, the first event in the Midland Circuit 2021. The duty officer Steve Ward and Fleet Captain Mark Reddington stood strong and ran back-to-back races before and after lunch. Posted on 13 May
Getting set for Poole Week 2021
Having had to take a year out, Poole Week is back this August! Sponsored by Bournemouth Digital, Poole Week is one of the country's most popular sailing weeks for dinghies and small keelboats, offering friendly yet competitive racing, great social events and much more. Posted on 6 May
Merlins at Ranelagh
The first event in the 2021 Thames Series Far outweighing the joy of the long awaited ending of lockdown, and the re-opening of pubs was the thrill and anticipation of the first Ranelagh Sailing Club Merlin Rocket open meeting of the year. Posted on 30 Apr
Merlins renew sponsorship deal with Craftinsure
Long-standing support as Silver Tiller series title sponsor The Merlin Rocket Owners' Association is delighted to announce the continued support from Cratinsure, as it prepares for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller 2021. Posted on 25 Apr
Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Open
A very healthy fleet of 32 teams on an insanely beautiful spring day Salcombe Yacht Club, despite the privations of the recent past, has been lucky to host the Merlin Fleet as one of the last official events of 2020 and for SYC, the first permitted in 2021. Posted on 20 Apr