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Aspire Merlin Rocket National Championships at East Lothian Yacht Club - Day 3

by Charlotte Fildes 18 Aug 09:34 BST 14-19 August 2021

Day three of the Aspire Merlin Rocket Championships at East Lothian Yacht Club was another stunner with yet more sunshine and a solid 15-18knots of breeze from the East. Scotland is really spoiling us.

With a port biased line, and the left side looking best, it was quite busy at the pin end for race five, but the fleet managed to start on the first attempt. This time it was Christian & Sam who had gear failure with a broken boom as well as having to do spins for rear ending Ben & George at the start, which meant it was game over for them today.

Ben & George rang the bell on the left and came in strong to round first ahead of Stu Bithell & Tom Pygall. Rounding third was Ian Dobson & Charlotte Fildes, but they hit the mark and took a spin which allowed Andy Dalby & Mark Oakey to sail into third, followed by Tim Saxton & Mary Henderson in fourth.

Down the first run Tim & Mary and Ian & Charlotte sailed past Andy & Mark, and by the third upwind leg Stu & Tom fought their way through Ben & George and held the lead to the finish for the Silent World trophy. Second was Ben & George, third was Ian & Charlotte who overtook Tim & Mary in fourth. Ian Sharps & Alex Warren came home in fifth with Dave & Vicky Lenz in sixth.

First Silver fleet was Chris Martin & Sam Bailey, and first bronze fleet was Pat & Jilly Blake.

Next up and arguably the main event of the Nationals, was the crews race. With scores not counting for the overall results, several teams decided to head in to save their hiking legs for Big Wednesday. With a much more relaxed start line, fewer boats and probably a better standard of sailing, the battle for the coveted crews race trophy begun.

First to the windward mark was Fran Gifford & Tim Fells, second was George Yeoman & Ben Saxton, third was Alex Warren & Ian Sharps, fourth was Oliver Rayner & Dave Winder. Fran & Tim held on to the lead for the duration to take the victory with George & Ben in second and Alex & Ian in third.

There looked to be a real battle for fourth place which was Ollie Meadowcroft & Sophie Mackley, followed by Oliver Rayner & Dave Winder in fifth and Chris Kilsby & Alex Jackson in sixth.

Crews Race:

PosSail NoCrew (Helming)Helm (crewing)Points
13764Frances GIFFORDTim FELLS1
23777George YEOMANBen SAXTON2
53781Oliver RAYNERDavid WINDER5
63795Chris KILSBYAlex JACKSON6
73766Mark OAKEYAndy DALBY7
93539Ben ALSOPDan ALSOP9
103787Samuel BAILEYChris MARTIN10
113684Ed LOWTom LOW11
123772Tom GURNEYDan HEATON12

With the discard now in play, the overall results have switched up again with Stu & Tom in pole position, Christian & Sam in second, and Taxi & Pippa third. Full results below.

Many thanks to our sponsors HD sails, SSE, NB Distillery, Fernhurst Books, Triggernaught Sportsglasses and our title sponsor Aspire Financial Advisers.

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Results after day 3:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st3811Stuart BithellTom PygallParkstone YC211(BFD)15
2nd3788Christian BirrelSam BrearyParkstone YC1221(DNF)6
3rd3735Andy DavisPippa KilsbySouth Staffs SC33‑102715
4th3777Ben SaxtonGeorge YeomanItchenor SC6(DNF)74219
5th3807Tim SaxtonMary HendersonItchenor SC75‑99425
6th3803Caroline CroftChris GouldLymington Town SC9656‑1026
7th3778David LenzVictoia LenzLymington Town SC5153(BFD)629
8th3795Alex JacksonChris KilsbyShoreham SC‑131345830
9th3712Ian SharpsAlex WarrenBurghfield SC412‑1912533
10th3781David WinderOliver RaynerHollingworth Lake SC114‑1881134
11th3764Tim FellsFran GiffordSalcombe YC‑1571331235
12th3804Ian DobsonCharlotte FildesBosham Hoe SC(BFD)17810338
13th3758Dave HayesWill CrockerLymington Town SC1211‑2071444
14th3756Sophie MackleyOllie MeadowcroftShoreham SC10186‑191852
15th3746James WellsAnna AylwardStarcross YC8201113‑2252
16th3766Andy DalbyMark OakeyBurghfield SC209‑2216954
17th3539Dan AlsopBen AlsopLyme Regis SC17141211‑2654
18th3786David WadeBen RaynerNorthampton SC‑19817151757
19th3814James GossChris WhiteSouth Staffs SC1410‑21181557
20th3763Mark BarnesJosh WilceWhitstable YC16‑1914141660
21st3796William WarrenMegan PascoeShoreham SC18161517‑2366
22nd3775Dan WilletPete NicholsonBrightlingsea SC(BFD)2124201984
23rd3784Mark BarwellLouise JohnsonLymington Town SC2225‑27212088
24th3787Chris MartinSamuel BaileyMidland SC(BFD)2433221392
25th3641Mark WaterhlouseIsobel StewartSalcombe YC212323‑262592
26th3757Tim ParsonsSarah ParsonsLyme Regis SC(BFD)2616272897
27th3772Dan HeatonTom GurneyMountbatten SC2327(UFD)2921100
28th3684Tom LowEd LowWest Hoe SC‑2929262324102
29th3666John MeadowcroftImogen WadeUpper Thames SC24283024‑33106
30th3745Paul DeanHannah BurtWembley SC‑3222283227109
31st3710Jon IbbotsonRobbie StewartBurghfield SC25‑39252831109
32nd3767Ben ArcherOlivia BelliniParkstone YC30332925‑34117
33rd3790Colin BrockbankSue Broughwembley SC2830‑353130119
34th3751Phil EmeryPhoebe PaineWhitstable YC27323133‑37123
35th3723Geoff KimberHelen KimberStone SC2634‑363036126
36th3774Richard CoulterLouis LappageFishers Green SC31313234‑35128
37th3662Nigel HudsonFreya HudsonBartley SC(BFD)35343632137
38th2663Chris HowarthMike HamiltonBlackpool & Fleetwood SC34‑40373540146
39th3695Pete SlackImmy BrownBlithfield SC33374238(DNC)150
40th3619Guy BrowneGreg MartinTrent Valley SC35‑41403738150
41st3740Pat BlakeJilly BlakeCookham Reach SC(BFD)36DNFDNF29157
42nd3800Richard BramleyPaul WalkerShoreham SC38‑42413939157
43rd3561Joe ShawParicia HickeyWembley SC37433840(DNF)158
44th3449Carl WhitehillSam WhitehillRYA363839(DNF)DNC159
45th3792Alistair McDonaldLydia BourneBerwick Upon Tweed SC394443(DNF)DNF172

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