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Craftinsure 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week - Day 4

by Tim Fells 7 Jul 18:10 BST 4-9 July 2021

Following the excitement of Tuesday's racing, conditions for Wednesday were close to perfect. A force 3-4 South-westerly was blowing up the harbour with enough shifts and gusts to make for interesting racing.

RACE 7: BLUE v BLACK Flights, COURSE 1,3,1,7,1,3

With the last of the ebb tide flowing the fleet lined up with a few boats getting high and early to fall foul of the black flag. None of the leading contenders were caught out and again it was Tom Gillard and Aaron Holman who popped out to take the lead around Blackstone. Close behind and recovering their mojo after a messy Tuesday were Chris Gould and Caroline Croft.

The two leaders slowly extended as the race progressed, becoming locked into a personal match race a long way clear of the chasing pack. No matter what Chris and Caroline threw at them, Tom and Aaron had the answer and with rarely more than a few boat lengths between them came home for their second bullet of the week and to take a strong hold on the leader's position.

Behind these two, Mike and Jane Calvert worked their way up through the leading group to move into third on the third beat but Christian Birrell and Ali Potts were able to ride a gust down below them on the run to get the upper hand at Crossways and hold the advantage back to the line.

Simon Potts and Holy McArthur maintained a steady fifth all around the course with Matt Biggs and Beka Jones taking their second top six result.

RACE 8: RED v GREEN Flights, Course 1,4,6,5,8,1,3

A glorious Salcombe afternoon! Sunny, healthy breeze and enough tide for a tour of the harbour including a rare visit to Balcombe up near Kingsbridge which was a screaming mile long reach.

The start was quite heavily Portlemouth shore biased with the flood time making it a very favoured end of the line. Taxi and Pippa set their stall out early, positioning to win the beach position. They were immediately onto port, crossing the fleet and leading up to Blackstone. However, they had been just a bit too punchy and were pulled out on the run under the black flag.

This left Richard Whitworth and Jemima Scroggie in the lead heading down to Yalton, chased by Tuesday afternoon winners Peter Ballentine and Rob Allen. With the pack coming up on pressure behind they just got around Yalton clear and were able to stretch away. Behind them there was a mighty battle between six boats that carried on all the way down to Frogmore and back to Saltstone and was only resolved on the flying reach out to Balcombe.

Tim Fells and Fran Gifford took the low route two sailing while the bunch went high before popping their kites. This proved rather too ambitious with Roger and Jane Gilbert heading off in the direction of Frogmore before capsizing and breaking a pole. Tim and Fran delayed their hoist and were up to third for the long trip back up to Blackstone.

At the front Richard and Jemima continued to lead and had an answer for whatever Peter and Rob tried, completing the long course for their second bullet of the week with a comfortable lead. Behind them, William Warren and Megan Pascoe found the fast buttons to find a way past Tim and Fran to take third, as did Rob Henderson and Alice Markham taking fourth on the final beat to the finish. In sixth, Tim Saxton and Mary Henderson kept their consistent series on track.

With Taxi's black flag and the continued almost flawless sailing of Tom and Aaron, they have one hand on the trophy but will be focussed on keeping it clean tomorrow.

On a sadder note, just before Merlin Week the class lost one of its legends, the much-loved Spud Rowsell; superb sailor, master-craftsman boat builder, passionate about the sport and an all round friendly, helpful and entertaining character. His great rival and friend Alan Warren will be hosting a celebration of Spud's life in Jubilee Gardens at 8.30pm. Everyone who was touched by Spud's spirit are welcome and that will be just about everyone!

Results after day 4:

PosSail NoFlightBoat nameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8
1st3759BlackRed MistressThomas GillardAaron HolmanSheffield Viking SC 1 2 21 
2nd3788BlueBlue my mindChristian BirrellAli PottsWeymouth and Portland Sailing Academy 71 2 3 
3rd3691BlackQuick FixMike CalvertJane CalvertAxe 6 1 44 
4th3722RedStealthRoger GilbertJane GilbertFrensham Pond4 2  3 10
5th3726BlueArwenWill HendersonArthur HendersonSalcombe 53 4 7 
6th3703GreenFaithlessRichard WhitworthJemima ScroggieParkstone1  810  1
7th3795BlueGoonAlex JacksonChris KilsbyShoreham 46 3 8 
8th3804GreenRockatrossIan Dobson**Charlotte FildesRYA7  35  7
9th3812RedMaumaharaPeter BallantineRob AllenSalcombe9 13  1 2
10th3807GreenBalooTim SaxtonMary HendersonItchenor5  116  6
11th3678BlackNoraSteve CrookSally TownendHollingworth Lake 8 6 712 
12th3764RedFancy LiquorTim FellsFrances GiffordSalcombeSCP 4  5 5
13th3803BlueBlack SwanChris GouldCaroline CroftLymington Town 314 16 2 
14th3801BlackPokeyMatt BiggsBeka JonesBlithfield 14 9 66 
15th3645GreenBlue VelvetSteve HallAlison HallRoyal Corinthian12  1011  9
16th3611RedThe Phantom MenaceJenny DoddsChris DoddsNottingham8 11  8 17
17th3641BluePuff the magic dragonMark WaterhouseMat CurrelSalcombe 165 12 14 
18th3679BlueDaddy's BoatNicholas HeginbothamWill SmithHollingworth Lake 1117 9 13 
19th3676GreenHot TottyAntony GiffordJo GiffordRoyal Tay6  1415  16
20th3796RedROBERTAWilliam WarrenMegan PascoeShoreham28 9  12 3
21st3749BlackStanleyColin AndersonSean AndersonBlithfield 9 21 1018 
22nd3787GreenQuicksilverChris MartinSamuel BaileyMidland11  2614  8
23rd3690BlackGeneral LeeTim HarridgeLucy HarridgeHampton 13 25 1115 
24th3696GreenTiger TigerAlex WarrenJonty FreemanShoreham16  1322  14
25th3746BlackPoint 'n' squirtJames Wells Starcross 12 27 1810 
26th3735GreenAttack of the ClonesAndy DavisPippa KilsbySouth Staffs3  51  BFD
27th3799BlueSimply ScrumptiousPaul RaysonChristian HillSalcombe 1023 8 29 
28th3802BlackKhalessiSimon PottsHolly McArthurBurghfield 2 4 (DNF)5DNC
29th3702GreenSalmon en crouteDuncan SalmonHarriet SalmonSalcombe13  1520  25
30th3659RedZenoJulian ParryJohn BurnHollingworth Lake21 16  21 20
31st3665BlueStill not overRoss JacksonDave ReidShoreham 1712 25 25 
32nd3756GreenROBERTSophie MackleyJames WardShoreham32  2218  11
33rd3563Black David HallClaire MillsBlackwater 21 35 1416 
34th3598RedBar HumbugRobert SmithLuke MoorsSalcombe20 15  22 30
35th3709GreenWild at heartRob HendersonAlice MarkhamLymington Town15  12(DNF) DNC4
36th3715BlueTruly ScrumptiousRichard CookeRussell HallWembley 1534 17 26 
37th3745BlackOutnumberedPaul DeanHannah BurtWembley 24 33 1524 
38th3692BlackNemoAndy Dalby*Julie NuttallThames 30 29 1720 
39th3731BlueMayhemAndy Jones Burghfield 1838 21 22 
40th3658BlueBernardChris JenningsRich CornesBurghfield (DSQ)24 7 9DNC
41st3687GreenMellow YellowMatt GreenfieldHannah GreenfieldChew Valley Lake10  18(DNF) DNC12
42nd3622RedThe EdgeChristian HamiltonJacintha Hamilton‑LoveDatchet Sailing Clab22 27  13 40
43rd3657BlackRevolutionAnthony LoftsFrancesca RolinSalcombe 27 38 2017 
44th3716RedCarbon FootprintSteve LeneyGill LeneyBlithfield14 7   DNC22
45th3757GreenSpace HopperTim ParsonsAlan RitchieLyme Regis34  3713  21
46th3769BlackThe Mighty DiscipleGraham Cranford SmithFiona Cranford SmithSalcombe 22 23 3030 
47th3569GreenTime ZuluBen LulhamSamantha LulhamRutland Water31  3224  19
48th3725BlackIsland GirlAndrew SquireLiz NorthSalcombe 25 34 1632 
49th3707RedSuperfast JellyfishPhil Dalby**Oliver JenkinsCookham Reach /RYC30 29  25 23
50th3794RedIcthysJulian HarmsTimothy HarmsMidland18 43  19 28
51st3683GreenBlue BirdAlex HaymenChloe GeorgeLymington Town29  17(OCS) DNC13
52nd3790BluePointerColin BrockbankVana VlastakiWembley (DNF)10 28 23DNC
53rd3761BlueBeast QuestDavid BurseyFrances BurseyParkstone 2942 23 28 
54th3607BlueFifth ElementSteve ConroyAnna RaysonFishers Green 3226 27 39 
55th3724RedSublimeJoe MclaughlinSean RobertsTamesis Club25 8  (DNF)DNC32
56th3675BlueWhite Sauce er erDavid CroftRosemary CroftRYA 3435 26 31 
57th3652GreenTime and tideJohn BellSuzi BellHampton19  16  DNC31
58th3784GreenStrung alongTony JohnsonLou JohnsonLymington Town24  19(DNF) DNC24
59th3705RedTwo pints of lagerGeoff WrightKatie NkugwaBlithfield17 18   DNC33
60th3625BlackPoint BreakAndrew HarrisSarah WarrenTamesis Club 26 (BFD) 2921DNC
61st3805BlackNermalDavid WinderLiv BellHollingworth Lake (DNF) 7 9BFDDNC
62nd3773BlackNumber 34.Alan K WarrenWilliam CarrollShoreham 20 36  27DNC
63rd3583GreenBack to the futureBen EavesOliie MacleanRedditch44  4819  35
64th3647BlackLiquid dreamsHywel Bowen PerkinsTBCSalcombe 38 39 2841 
65th3730BlackBlood sweat and beersPaul HollisMichelle EvansBlithfield 19 44 23(DNF)DNC
66th3740RedWhy AskPatrick BlakeJilly BlakeCookham Reach23 36   DNC27
67th3789GreenOff‑pisteNick ScroggieEdward ScroggieParkstone39  30(DNF) DNC18
68th3697BlackToo dark and stormyRichard PageLucy CooperHampton 23 42 24 DNC
69th3710BlackParadigm ShiftJon IbbotsonIsobel StewartBurghfield 35 28 26(BFD)DNC
70th3753RedAppetite for destructionAndy BinesRebecca BinesBrightlingsea40 25   DNC26
71st3602GreenAmbienceMartin EvansChris EvansCookham Reach27  5029  46
72nd3539BlackGansta ParadiseDan AlsopTBCLyme Regis (DNF) 20 DNC11DNC
73rd3698RedTwinkle ToesDavid DownsEmily TaylorTata Steel33 44  32 44
74th3714RedKevinAlan MarkhamSue MarkhamUpper Thames35 22   DNC36
75th3578BlueWhite RabbitGodfrey ClarkTim WilliamsFishers Green  32 31 33DNC
76th3485BlueAshlingBarry DunningJerry RookRoyal Lymington 3745 32 43 
77th3706RedMonkey PuzzleKevin AndersonSadie AndersonSalcombe38 46  31 43
78th3748RedWhite TigerNigel BrookeLou HoskenLymington Town36 28   DNC34
79th3734RedThe Black BoatPhilip AshworthAlison AshworthWeymouth43 41  34 41
80th3727GreenFragileMark StockbridgeJames GiffordRanelagh(BFD)  24(OCS)DNCDNC15
81st3463RedSmoke on the waterJonathan CowperTBCHunts47 33  33 49
82nd3813RedPacemakerSteve HarlingSam WillsStarcross46 19   DNC38
83rd2663RedTyrannosaurus RexChris HowarthMichael HamiltonBlackpool and Fleetwood26 40  (DNF)DNC37
84th3648BlueBang TidyAntonia WrightJamie WrightShoreham 3137 (OCS) 35DNC
85th3770BlackShinyJon StewardAnnabel StewardFishers Green (DNF) 43 2737DNC
86th3751GreenNarniaPhil EmeryPhoebe PayneWhitstable48  31  DNC29
87th3704BlackFactory maidJemma HorwoodNikki BassThames 28 40  42DNC
88th3806BlueBlue TitBen JonesHelen HilditchShoreham  31  DNC19DNC
89th3547BlackMoondance AssasinPeter MaleTim MaleBlithfield 33 41  38DNC
90th3767BlueOne LoveBen ArcherOlivia BelliniParkstone  30  DNC34DNC
91st3548RedFirestarterKevin RoseTim WilliamsUpper Thames42 47   DNC39
92nd3511BlueHeaven SentAndrew MillsEllie MillsHampton 3648   45DNC
93rd3644GreenMarleenJon BloicePhilippa BloiceWhitstable45  45  DNC45
94th3589GreenFat bottom girlJohn HollandsAlexandra ParkerHampton37  54  DNC48
95th3587BlueMistralHenry MasonJack ToshBlithfield (DNF)50 30 BFDDNC
96th3747BlueNedJason AndrewsSandy RamusEastbourne (WAY)20 (DNF)DNCBFDDNC
97th3567BlueFat Boy SlimMartin SmithKaren BestonBlithfield 3952   51DNC
98th3797RedFata MorganMark ElkingtonSarah RobertsStarcross(DNF) 21  DNCDNCOCS
99th3333GreenPreciousJohn AdamsZoe AdamsTamesis Club   (DSQ)33DNCDNC51
100th3750BlackIndiscretionNeal LillywhiteFreya LillywhiteBurghfield (DNF) 49 DNC36DNC
101st3673GreenThe OldieEddy AtkinsJack NortonChew Valley Lake(WAY)  47(OCS)DNCDNC42
102nd3621BlackRaunchyTristram SquirePeter SlackSalcombe (DNF) 46 DNC44DNC
103rd1097BlackFlinkidinkStuart JenkinsImogen JenkinsHampton (DNF) 51 DNC40DNC
104th3672GreenBola BolaJohn CooperHilary BradshawWhitstable41  52  DNCOCS
105th3561BlueSnortingJoe ShawPatricia HickeyWembley  51  DNC46DNC
106th2604BlueSatisfactionJeremy SteinSarah PercivalUpper Thames  49  DNC50DNC
107th3771RedSkipLaurie SmartAlex PauseyUpper Thames  39  DNCDNCDNF
108th3530GreenSir TopazMike CollesNigel DenchfieldMidland(DNF)  53 DNCDNC47
109th3586BlueShadowplayKieron MasonGeorge MasonBlithfield (DNF)53  DNC49DNC
110th3800BlueBramblesRichard BramleyTony ChealShoreham (DNF)56  DNC47DNC
111th3341BlackAvalancheJohn HeathNicola ScaddonHampton (DNF) (DNF)DNCDNC48DNC
112th3368RedDebutantIan LaingAndrew HuntHollingworth Lake(DNF)   DNCDNCDNC50
113th3650RedHead CaseGareth GriffithsKrysti GalpinLymington Town(DNF) 54  DNCDNCWAY
114th3599BlueHarryNigel CooperAnnabel CooperHampton (DNF)55  DNCWAYDNC
115th3502GreenShindigScott SmithChristopher SmithUpper Thames    DNFDNCDNCDNC
115th3654RedTales of AcapulcoGeoffrey CoxTBCParkstone(DNF)   DNCDNCDNCDNC

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