Please select your home edition
GJW Direct 2020

2021 Marblehead Mermaid Trophy at Guildford Model Yacht Club

by Roger Stollery 21 Jun 2021 12:40 BST 12 June 2021

Some of the best Marblehead sailors in the country from 3 districts entered this annual event for the famous bronze Mermaid.

A fleet of 12 took to the water in brilliant sunshine and a cantankerous breeze, which couldn't make its mind up whether it was northerly or north-westerly. RO Martin Crysell twice reset the 100 m windward/leeward course as the wind went gradually more westerly in the afternoon, with even more variable direction and strength. Despite this a total of 16 races were sailed.

During the early part of racing we were honoured by having a fly past of the Red Arrows directly overhead, on the return to their base having flown over Windsor Castle for Trooping the Colour.

From the start it was clear that Peter Stollery sailing his UPFRONT was going to be the boat to beat with 5 clear wins only interrupted by a 4th in Race 4, beaten by Phil Holliday & Darin Ballington sailing GRUNGEs and Rob Wilson racing a STARKERS. His dad, Roger beat him in Race 6 and then he lost the next 3 to Tony Edwards, who was sailing a GRUNGE.

The lunch break was enjoyed by all not just the break from racing, but as Darin put it "I enjoyed being out with my sailing 'buddies'." and a catch up on the lost months.

Unsurprisingly Peter was at the top of the Lunchtime Leaderboard with 11 points, followed by Phil with 25 & Darin with 26.

In the afternoon, Peter didn't have it all his own way as Darin beat him in Race 10, as did Rob in Races 11 and 13 & Phil in Race 12. Keith Parrott, who was scoring, observed that "Peter certainly gave a master class in picking the right course and spotting the wind shifts." Peter put his success down to "...good starts and balanced swing rig, which he altered very little from the totally slack 'sail bag trim', just tensioned with the last 50 mm of winch trim with the transmitter, as necessary when beating."

The prizewinners thanked the Guildford/Frensham race team for running another good event at Abbey Meads, despite the frustrating wind.

Overall Results:

1st Peter Stollery (Guildford) UP 19pts
2nd Rob Vice (Guildford) GRUNGE 39pts
3rd Darin Ballington (Manor Park) GRUNGE 45pts
4th Tony Edwards (Yeoville) GRUNGE 50pts
5th Phil Holliday (Datchet) GRUNGE 51pts
6th Roger Stollery (Guildford) UP 70pts
7th Rob Wilson (Lincoln) STARKERS 73pts
8th Michael Thomas (Eastleigh) STARK 86pts
9th Peter Jackson (Hollowell) UP 92pts
10th Peter Kirby (RSW) PRIME NUMBER 116pts
11th John Cleave (Ryde) GRUNGE 137pts
12th Geoffrey Bremner (Datchet) F5 161pts

Winner of Best Improver's prize & Vic Cooney Trophy - Tony Edwards

Related Articles

Marblehead Ranking Event at Keighley
A cracking weekend of wind, sun, rain, shifts and good company A northerly breeze and a bit of liquid Yorkshire sunshine kept most in their jackets for the early races, although shorts were still in view, mainly from those outside of Yorkshire. Posted on 13 Sep
Marblehead Vane Vintage and Classics at Fleetwood
Bill the Milk Trophy contested without radio control With 4 boats for the day, we had enough of us to do a small spell of racing. Six lengths of the lake would count as one full round, Derek was overly optimistic thinking two may be completed,. Posted on 26 Aug
Marblehead Vane Championships at Fleetwood
Anyone can sail a boat using radio gear, but try without Anyone can sail a boat using radio gear, but try without. The thumb twiddling with a vane boat seems to be all hands on the deck, rather than on a trusty transmitter. Peter Whiteside had posted out an invitation length and breadth of the country. Posted on 4 Jun
Marblehead Mermaid Trophy at Guildford
43rd running of the event, and 90th anniversary for the club The club and the Marblehead class both started in 1932 and this event on 28th May was the celebration of the 90th Anniversary in almost perfect conditions. The light variable northerly 'A' rig breeze blew straight down the lake. Posted on 2 Jun
M&S District Marblehead Championship at Abbey Mead
Absolutely everything that you might dream of in a radio racing This event showed Guildford Model Yacht Club's sailing water at Abbey Meads Lake at its best with the wind blowing from the north north-east straight down the lake. Posted on 9 May
2022 Marblehead RM Ranking 2 a Norwich
A strong breeze to start fades throughout the day Norwich Model Yacht Club hosted the second Marblehead ranking event of 2022 on Sunday 20th March with Vinnie Zammit again taking charge of the event with his team Graham Nelson, Andrew Francis, Barry Graver and Val Zammit. Posted on 21 Mar
Marblehead RM Ranking 1 at Norwich
Wall-to-wall sunshine, but a cold breeze Norwich Model Yacht Club hosted the first Marblehead ranking event of 2022 on Saturday 19th March with Vinnie Zammit, Graham Nelson and Val Zammit taking charge. Posted on 21 Mar
GAMES 2 Marblehead Open at Three Rivers
Luck played its part and allowed all but one of the competitors to win a race Despite the wind blowing across the lake at 90 degrees to the control area, the Three Rivers Race Team gave competitors eleven races, which were both frustrating and exciting at the same time. Posted on 2 Mar
GAMES 1 Marblehead Open at Chipstead
Conditions didn't look good on arrival Conditions didn't look good for competitors arriving for the first 2022 GAMES event at Chipstead on such a foggy, cold and windless morning. Posted on 24 Jan
Marblehead Brass Monkey at Guildford
Marbleheads, DF95s and BOTTLE boats take part This annual Christmas event was again a great success with 15 starts for both Marblehead and the 'small boat' fleet with DF 95s and BOTTLE boats racing together. Posted on 13 Dec 2021