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Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Blithfield Sailing Club

by Matt Biggs & Rachel Gray 19 Nov 2021 02:27 NZDT 14 November 2021
Rachael Gray (helm Tom Gillard not pictured) wins the Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Blithfield © Pippa Kilsby

17 boats gathered at Blithfield Sailing Club for the latest round of the Craftinsure sponsored Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller 2021. Unfortunately, the wind forgot to come and play, 0 to 2 knots!

Race one, what wind there was, swung, so, a nice fetch to the first mark. After 20 mins sailing the first boat rounded and headed to the second mark. Exciting stuff! Anyway, leading at the finish was Tom Gillard and Rachael Gray, followed by Matt Biggs and Beka Jones with Rob Kennaugh and Andy Posser just behind.

Race Two, and first start abandoned four seconds before the start. Restart - Tim and Peter Male leads to the first mark, with spinnaker flying, just. There was a bit of uncertainty to the rounding, some went to port others went to starboard. After the first few boats unwound themselves, should have been rounded to port, the leader, Chris Martin and Sam Bailey, led to the second with Taxi Davis and Pip Kilsby hot on their heels. It was Taxi and Pip first to finish, followed by Chris and Sam with Matt and Beka in third.

Race three, was a really light beat, Taxi and Pip led followed by Tom and Rach then Colin and Sean Anderson. On the run, Tom and Rach gybed out and took the lead and held onto the end whilst Taxi and Pip stayed on the back side and got caught by a pack who came downwind in a puff of breeze. Steve Leney and Paul Keeling came through to second with Phil and Paula in third.

After 'sailing' Blithfield put on some great food and beer, which I think we all needed, well I did!

Overall Results:

PosBoat nameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1Red Mistress3759Tom GillardRachel GrayStaunton Harold/Sheff Viking1412
2TCW3735Andy DavisPippa KilsbySouth Staffs SC4145
3Pokey3801Matt BiggsBeca JonesBartley SC2385
4Carbon Footprint3716Steve LeneyPaul KeelingBlithfield SC7729
5QuickSilver3787Chris MartinSamuel BaileyMidlland SC122911
6Stanley3749Colin AndersonSean AndersonBlithfield SC69511
7Stab in the Dark3624Phil MasonPaula MasonBlithfield SC1018313
8Blood Sweat & Beers3730Paul HollisBen HollisBlithfield SC/ Bartley SC581813
9 3786Tom LongsdaleJames DawesWOSESC146713
10Moondance Assassin3547Tim MalePeter MaleOutlaws951014
11Truly Scrumptious3715Richard CookeRussell HallWembly SC1110616
12Shiny Happy People3695Peter SlackImmy BrownBlithfield SC8121820
13Brazilian3700Rob KennaughAndrew ProsserMidlland SC3181821
14Dark and Stormy3619Guy BrowneGreg MartinTrent Valley SC16111827
15Myolo Xylotol3744Chris LuscombeKaren LuscombeBlithfield SC13181831
16Wet Spice3541R SwinnockEster SwinnockBlithfield SC15181833
17 3805Mark ReddingtonGeorge ForedayBartley SC18181836

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