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Craftinsure 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller Series Round 4 at Bartley Sailing Club

by Matt Biggs 5 Apr 18:05 BST 3 April 2022

23 Merlin rockets gathered at Bartley SC for round four of the Craftinsure Silver Tiller series 2022. A pretty pleasant day with a bit of sun and a nice 5 to 12 knots of STEADY breeze!

Race 1, was a short beat across the lake, leading at the first mark were Rob Kennaugh and George Bentley in 3700 followed by a gaggle of, well, all other 22 boats. Rob and George lead for most of the race until the last lap, where the STEADY breeze dumped them.

Taking advantage of this were Tom Gillard & Rach Gray and Mike & Jane Calvert, with Rob & George, unfortunately, dropping to third.

Race 2, was the same course with the left side of the first beat paying again. Tom & Rach lead from start to finish with Taxi Davis and James Dawes chasing hard. Matt Biggs & Beka Jones scraped third on the last beat from Simon Potts & Sam Mottishead, as had happened in the first race, THANKS Simon!

In for a fantastic lunch, put on by the Bartley catering team, then out for another 2 races.

Steve Ward (OOD) and his team, set a new course for race 3, as the STEADY breeze had shifted a little. First out the blocks this time was Simon and Sam, who nailed the first beat and didn't look back. Second and still chasing hard was Taxi & James, they couldn't quite catch the leading pair, probably due to keeping one eye on the fast-charging Tom & Rach.

Last race, Tom & Rach already pretty secure with a win overall, took their time on the first beat, maybe seventh around the first mark. Meanwhile, up-front Taxi & James, Simon & Sam, Mike & Jane, Matt & Beka were all having a little battle. I think we were all fairly consumed with our own PLAYTIME no one noticed the sneaky so-and-so Gilley sail past us all. Don't mean it, Tom! Anyway Tom/Rach lead at the finish, Matt/Beka 2nd Taxi/James 3rd. What a day!

First in the silver fleet, sailing really well and challenging quite a lot of the Gold fleet was Colin and Sean Anderson, with Richard Cooke & Russell Hall leading the charge for the bronze fleet. Bartley was also the first in the Vintage and Classic Series of 2022 with Ollie Houseman and Egle Tumosa winning the Vintage fleet and Peter and Tim Male the Classic fleet.

Thanks to Mark Reddington and all the team at Bartley for running a great event, hopefully, we will be back in 2023!

Next up the Craftinsure Silver Tiller heads to Salcombe Yacht Club on the 9th and 10th April.

Overall Results:

PosFleetHelmCrewSail NoBoat NameFleetClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stModernGILLARD TomGRAY Rachel3759Red MistressGoldSheffield Viking11‑313
2ndModernDAVIS AndyDAWES James3735Clone WarsGoldSouth Staffs SC‑92248
3rdModernBIGGS MattJONES Becka3801PokeyGoldBartley SC43‑629
4thModernCALVERT MikeCALVERT Jane3691Quick FixGoldAxe SC2‑7439
5thModernPOTTS SimonMOTTERSHEAD Sam3802KhaleesiGoldBurghfield‑541510
6thModernKENNAUGH RobBENTLEY George3700BrazilianGoldMidland SC3‑95614
7thModernWELLS JamesAYLWARD Anna3746Point n SquirtGoldRYA‑1368721
8thModernLENEY SteveLENEY Gillian3716Carbon FootprintGoldBlithfield SC6(OCS)71023
9thModernMARTIN ChrisTAILBY John3787QuicksilverGoldMidland SC1059‑1224
10thModernANDERSON ColinANDERSON Sean3749StanleySilverBlithfield SC710‑11825
11thModernSALMON DuncanHANSTATER Ruth3702Salmon en CrouteSilverWembley SC‑11810927
12thModernCOOKE RichardHALL Russell3715Truly ScumptiousBronzeWembley SC812‑131131
13thVintageHOUSEMAN OllieTUMOSA Egle3560LukaBronzeChew Valley Lake SC‑1614121440
14thModernHOLLIS PaulOATES Josh3730Blood Sweat and BeersSilverBlithfield SC151115(DNC)41
15thModernREDDINGTON MarkFEREDAY George3805NermalSilverBartley SC121316(DNF)41
16thModernBROWNE GuyMARTIN Greg3619Dark n StormyBronzeTrent Valley SC19(DNF)141346
17thModernEELES HowardBENNETT Gavin3742Speed MachineBronzeBartley SC14‑18171849
18thClassicMALE PeterMALE Tim3547Moondance AssasinBronzeBlithfield SC1715‑191749
19thModernHUDSON NigelHUDSON Freya3662Attack of the ClonesBronzeBartley SC18(OCS)181551
20thModernHARDIMAN SimonHARDIMAN Millie3624Stab in the DarkBronzeBartley SC‑2116201652
21stClassicSMITH MartinBESTON Karen3567Fat Boy SlimBronzeBlithfield SC2017‑211956
22ndVintageLAING IanHUNT Andrew2410Attila the HunBronzeHollingworth Lake SC221922(DNC)63
23rdClassicWHITEHILL CarlWHITEHILL Sam3449Wizard in BlueBronzeLlandegfed(DNF)DNCDNCDNC72

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