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Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Round 2 at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by James Goss 15 Jun 09:27 BST 12-13 June 2021
Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Round 2 at Grafham © Paul Sanwell / OPP

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. Due to the lack of wind forecast for the Sunday, the PRO Peter Saxton, ran 4 races on the Saturday.

In race 1 Andy 'Taxi' Davies and Pippa Kilsby found a nice band of pressure on the right at the top of the first beat to set-up a commanding lead which they held for the rest of the race. A sausage, triangle course with a leeward gate kept the race open with lots of opportunities to make or lose places on the first lap. Tom Gillard and Rach Rhodes took 2nd with Matt Biggs and Beka Jones in 3rd.

At the end of race 1, Taxi and Pippa had to head into shore to make some emergency repairs to their pole systems meaning that they would unfortunately miss the next race. In race 2 Tom and Rach led around the windward mark followed by James Goss and Chris White. Dave Wade and Ben Rayner as well as Duncan and Harriet Salmon put together a strong 2nd beat leading out to the pressure on the right. At the finish it was Tom and Rach, followed by Dave and Ben with Duncan and Harriet in 3rd.

Race 3 saw James and Chris leading around the windward mark with the rest of the fleet close behind. At the leeward gate the fleet was compacted with a very open race. The 2nd beat saw Chris Jennings and Rick Cornes pick-up some nice shifts to establish a dominant lead. At the 3rd and final windward mark Taxi and Pippa were round in 2nd however with the pressure down to almost nothing a nervous last downwind leg ensued trying to guess where the wind was going to fill from. The wind eventually came back enabling Tom and Rach to pull through into 2nd with James and Chris in 3rd.

Race 4 saw Tom and Rach establish a lead on the first beat which they held confidently to the finish. Coming in from the left of the course on the first beat were Matt and Beka, and Ian Dobson and Charlotte Fildes, who managed to get across before the pressure and shift came in from the right. At the finish it was Matt and Beka in 2nd with Ian and Charlotte in 3rd.

Sunday dawned with warmth and sunshine, unfortunately however the forecast was correct with hardly any wind on the lake. We waited until 10:30 to see if anything might happen before packing up and heading home.

Many thanks to Grafham Water SC, the race officer, and the rest of the race committee for putting on a great event and excellent day of racing!

Next up the Craftinsure Silver Tiller heads to Starcross Yacht Club on 19th and 20th June with the class training the following weekend at Lymington Town Sailing Club, book your spot via the website,

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Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st3759Thomas GillardRach RhodesSheffield Viking SC/ Staunton‑21214
2nd3801Matt BiggsBeka JonesBartley SC3‑105210
3rd3814James GossChris WhitreSouth Staffs SC4‑53512
4th3735Andy DavisPippa KilsbySouth Staffs SC1(DNC)6714
5th3804Ian DobsonCharlotte FildesBurwain SC67‑8316
6th3758David HayesWill CrockerLTSC/ HISC‑947617
7th3658Chris JenningsRick CornesBurghfield Sailing Club‑1781918
8th3702Duncan SalmonHarriet SalmonWembley Sailing Club‑13341320
9th3786Dave WadeBen RaynerDraycote/ YDSC‑14291122
10th3795Alex JacksonChris KilsbyShoreham711‑13422
11th3781David WinderOliver RaynerHollingworth Lake5914‑1728
12th3763Mark BarnesJosh WilceWhitstable YC / Rutland Sc8‑15101028
13th3716Steve LeneyGill LeneyBlithfield‑161211831
14th3746James WellsAnna AylwardStarcross‑156121432
15th3802Simon PottsPeter GrayBurghfield Sailing Club1113‑171236
16th3749Colin AndersonSean AndersonBlithfield101416‑1940
17th3715Richard CookeRussell HallWembley Sailing Club12‑16151542
18th3774Richard CoulterChris HillFishers Green‑1817181651
19th3730Paul HollisMichelle EvansBartley SC‑1919191856
20th3463Jon CowperAbby FreelyHunts SC2020‑222161
21st3792Alistair McdonaldKirsti PotterBerwick‑upon‑Tweed21(DNC)232064
22nd3583Ben EavesRob KennaughMidland(DNC)1820DNC65
23rd3368Ian LaingAndrew HuntHollingworth Lake(DNC)21BFD2270
24th2037Richard BurtonNicola and MariellaMedley22(DNC)21DNC70
25th3662Nigel HudsonFreya HudsonBartley SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC81
25th3723Geoff KimberHelen KimberStone S C(DNC)DNCDNCDNC81

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