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Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller Round 5 at Whitstable Yacht Club

by Tim Saxton 24 Jun 16:12 BST 22-23 June 2024
Gybe mark during the Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller and Allen SE Series event at Whitstable YC © Neil Reynolds

The Merlin Rocket class headed to Whitstable Yacht Club on the 22nd and 23rd June for the fifth Crafinsure Silver Tiller of the year combined with the fifth Allen South East Series event.

The forecast looked perfect for a weekend by the sea, less perfect for those hoping for some last-minute practice before Salcombe Week. Nonetheless 18 boats turned up to race at Whitstable this weekend.

Setting a theme for the rest of the weekend, what wind there was had already begun to disappear by the start of the first race on Saturday. Mark Barnes & Sophie Mackley won the biased end of the line and led to mark one closely followed by Alex Jackson & Pippa Kilsby in their brand new boat.

Unfortunately, the wind carried on decreasing, before returning from 90 degrees further right. Places changed a fair amount, but Alex & Pippa held on to win, with Tom Gillard & Rachael Gray sneaking into second with Mark & Sophie Third. Tim Saxton & Holly McArthur led the rest home to finish 4th.

Race 2 was started very promptly, with a tight battle up the first beat seeing Tom & Rachael sneak ahead at mark 1 never to be seen again. As the wind died on lap two, Alex & Pippa snuck through into second, Alex Warren & Jonty Freeman sailed a great race and dodged the weed to finish 3rd just ahead of Mark Stockbridge & Charlie Cotter.

Unfortunately, Sunday's forecast turned out correct and we never saw enough wind to make racing possible in a spring tide, so the overnight results stood. Tom & Rachael won on count back from Alex & Pippa with Tim & Holly's consistency earning them third.

Thanks to all of the club volunteers for their brilliant hosting & making the best out of a very tricky, light wind weekend.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2Pts
13759Thomas GillardRachael GraySheffield Viking SC213
23823Alex JacksonPippa KilsbyShoreham123
33807Tim SaxtonHolly McArthurItchenor459
43696Alex WarrenJonty FreemanShoreham7310
53763Mark BarnesSophie Mackley Whitstable YC3811
63804Ian MartinArron HolmanBurghfield SC5712
73801Matt BiggsBeka JonesBartley SC6612
83812Tom StewartRob AllenSalcombe YC81018
93727Mark StockbridgeCharlie CotterUpper Thames SC15419
103749Colin AndersonSean AndersonBartley SC91120
113796William WarrenCharlotte FildesShoreham SC13922
123816Phil EmeryPheobe PaineWhitstable YC101323
133746James WellsAnna AylwardRYA121224
143720Dave ChisholmAndy PrinceRoyal Burnham YC111627
153677Timonth BarrMark SkipperTamesis 161430
163736Jon BloicePhilippa BloiceWhitstable YC141731
173752Huw ReynoldsJon DennisWhitstable YC171532
183576John GibbonsMartin AkersWhitstable YC181836

The next Craftinsure Silver Tiller is at Shoreham Sailing Club on 20th and 21st July. The next SE Series is at Shoreham Sailing Club on 19th October for the series grand finale and prize-giving.

First up, 120 Merlin Rockets will be making their way to Salcombe Yacht Club for Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week 2024 also supported by CraftInsure, Creation Covers.

Keep an eye on the Merlin Rocket Facebook page for live coverage of the starts at 1030 and 1430 from Sunday 30th June to Friday 5th July.

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