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Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Round 1 at Whitstable Yacht Club

by Steve Hall 8 Jun 09:37 BST 5-6 June 2021

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. The weekend was shared with the Tasar nationals, the only element missing from the weather forecast was wind!

After a one-hour postponement racing got under way in 3-5 knots coming from the north east, amazingly the fleet got away first time with the tide underneath them. Chris Gould/Caroline Croft lead around the first mark, followed by William Warren/Megan Pascoe and Mark Barnes/Josh Wilce. Warren/Pascoe got stuck underneath a Tasar on the first reach which forced them to gybe away, in hindsight this wasn't a good move. The wind slowly died causing the race to be shortened after one lap, Gould/Croft took the win followed by Barnes/Wilce and Steve Hall/Simon Haighton.

Day two started in a similar fashion, clear blue skies and not much wind, after a one-hour postponement a light sea breeze had filled in and racing got under way. Andy Davis and Becca Jones lead from start to finish, followed by Paul Rayson/Christian Hill and David Winder/Livvy Bell, sadly Winder/Bell had fallen foul of the black flag and were pulled out at the first gybe mark, this allowed Hall/Haighton into third, they slowly closed the gap on second and sneaked past Rayson/Hill on the last lap.

Race 3 and there was slightly more breeze, so the fleet were able to use their toe straps for the first time. Gould/Croft led early on from Davis/Jones only to catch a big lump of weed and fall back to second. They were followed by Barnes/Wilce into third.

Race 4, after a re shuffle of the course following a large windshift to the south. Pat Blake/Anna Blake started at the pin end on port and led the fleet around the first mark, it finished up with Gould/Croft wining from Ian Sharps/Alex Warren and William Warren/Megan Pascoe.

Overall, Chris Gould/Caroline Croft won from Andy Davis/Becca Jones in second with Steve Hall/Simon Haighton in third.

Thanks need to go to Whitstable Yacht Club for hosting the event and lots of credit to their race team for getting good racing in on a very tricky weekend.

Next up the Craftinsure Silver Tiller heads to Graham Water on the 12th to 13th June.

There is still time to sign up to the class training at Lymington Town Sailing Club on 26th and 27th June. This can be done via the website here.

In need of a new spinnaker? The HD Sails Spinnaker Auction is live until Friday 11th June, more information and how to submit your bid can be found here.

Overall Results:

PosSail No Boat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
13803 Chris GouldCaroline Croft 1‑5214
23735 Andy DavisBecca Jones ‑51157
33645 Steve HallSimon Haighton 325‑1210
43712 Ian SharpsAlex Warren ‑744210
53763 Mark BarnesJosh WilceWhitstable Yacht Club2‑73712
63799 Paul RaysonChristian Hill 63‑101019
73758 David HayesWill Crocker 496(DNF)19
83756 Sophie MackleyJames Ward 96‑11621
93796 William WarrenMegan Pascoe 11‑158322
103740 Patrick BlakeAnna Blake 108‑12826
113745 Paul DeanHannah Burt ‑16109928
123672BOLA BOLAJohn CooperHilary BradshawWhitstable Yacht Club(BFD)1114429
133781 David WinderLivvy Bell 8(BFD)7DSQ39
143692NEMOJames GoodfellowJulie NuttallWhitstable Yacht Club‑1513151139
153684 Tom LowEd LowQueen Mary SC‑1912161341
163633 Phil EmeryPhoebe PaineWhitstable Yacht Club221413(DNC)49
173704 Jemma HorwoodSel Shar ‑1716171649
183576 John GibbonsMartin AkersWhitstable Yacht Club13‑21201750
193723 Geoff KimberHelen Kimber 14(BFD)211550
203644MARLEENJon BloicePhilippa BloiceWhitstable Yacht Club‑2020181452
213751 Huw ReynoldsTBAWhitstable Yacht Club1218(DNC)DNF54
223774 Richard CoulterLouis Lappage 1817(DSQ)DSQ59
233600 Tim BarrHarry NewtonWhitstable Yacht Club211919(DNF)59

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