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Sharps Doom Bar Salcombe Merlin Week – Day 2 - Davis and Warren on form

Sharps Doom Bar Salcombe Merlin Week – Day 2

Day 2 of the Merlin Rocket Salcombe Week dawned cloudy with a solid F3-4 blowing down the harbour, with more Southerly in it than on Sunday. After two more races for everyone, Andy Davis and Alex Warren have the lead with second Richard Whitworth and Sam Mottershead, third Olly Turner and Hamish Kilburn and fourth Jon Gorringe and Nikki Bass. Winners Monday were, Whitworth and Mottershead, and Simon Potts and Ally Martin.

Blue v Red flights. Course 1,6,5,8,7,1,3

Starting pretty much at the top of the tide, the fleet got away cleanly and were able to use the full width of the harbour on the beat to Blackstone. Those who played the east shore after Mill Bay benefited from a good left hander. Taxi and Alex again bossed the beat to round first ahead of Richard Whitworth and Sam Mottershead.

As the leaders ran down the Portlemouth shore Tim Fells and Oli Wells had moved into third. Further back a number of boats gybed across the tide to the town side and started to make good gains. Prominent amongst them were Matt Biggs and John Hackett who joined the leaders as they entered The Bag. Those who held onto the Portlemouth shore lost out badly.

The run down to Frogmore was a minefield of gusts and holes and Chris Gould and Caroline Croft made the most to also join the leading bunch.

After the run down to Balcombe and the long beat back to the town Richard and Sam had taken the lead and managed to navigate the tricky final stage down to Crossways to take a well-earned bullet from Taxi and Alex. Tom Stewart and Phil Dalby had been moving forward on every leg and snatched third from Chris and Caroline.

Green v Black flights. Course 1,7,1,7

Following the excitement of the Sunday afternoon race, much was expected with a similar forecast. However, rather than a building Southwester, the breeze died a bit and swung to the Southeast.

With the main force of the ebb starting to decline, the fleet managed a clean start with Roger and Jane Gilbert getting a peach in the middle of the line. After a hectic first beat with much ducking and diving to try and find a clean lane, Simon Potts and Ali Martin led around Blackstone. Jon Gorringe and Nikki Bass were chasing along with Olly Turner and Hamish Kilburn who were sporting a not inconsiderable hole in their kite.Sharps Doom Bar Salcombe Merlin Week – Day 2 - Davis and Warren on form

In what was to prove a very long race (2’15 for the leaders), Simon and Ali sailed beautifully to defend against all comers and hold on for their first bullet. Olly and Hamish seemed unaffected by their sail damage and were able to catch Simon and Ali downwind at times, but ultimately had to settle for second.

Dave Winder and Pippa Taylor were back into the groove and recovered from a cautious start to slowly work their way up through the fleet to third ahead of the consistent Mike Calvert and Ian Garwood, posting another (though much less eventful) fourth. John and Nikki maintained their good form with a fifth.

Overall Taxi and Alex have taken a strong early lead, but there is plenty of sailing to go and a lot of breeze in the forecast.

Merlin-Rocket – Sharps Doom Bar Salcombe Merlin Week (120 entries)
1 Merlin-Rocket 3684 Andy Davis/Alex Warren 1 [121] 2 [121] 245 3 pts
2 Merlin-Rocket 3703 Richard Whitworth/Sam Mottershead 5 [121] 1 [121] 248 6 pts
3 Merlin-Rocket 3656 Olly Turner/Hamish Kilburn 4 [121] [121] 2 248 6 pts
4 Merlin-Rocket 3754 Jon Gorringe/Nikki Bass 2 [121] [121] 5 249 7 pts
5 Merlin-Rocket 3691 Mike Calvert/Ian Garwood [121] 4 [121] 4 250 8 pts
6 Merlin-Rocket 3743 Matt Biggs/John Hackett [121] 2 7 [121] 251 9 pts
7 Merlin-Rocket 3759 Sam Pascoe/Megan Pascoe 3 [121] [121] 6 251 9 pts
8 Merlin-Rocket 3753 Simon Potts/Ally Martin [121] 9 [121] 1 252 10 pts
9 Merlin-Rocket 3764 Tim Fells/Oli Wells [121] 1 9 [121] 252 10 pts
10 Merlin-Rocket 3774 Jon Turner/Richard Parslow [121] 6 5 [121] 253 11 pts
11 Merlin-Rocket 3733 Tom Stewart/Phil Dalby 10 [121] 3 [121] 255 13 pts
12 Merlin-Rocket 3611 Jen Dodds/Chris Dodds 6 [121] 10 [121] 258 16 pts
13 Merlin-Rocket 3685 Sophie Mackley/James Warren 8 [121] 8 [121] 258 16 pts
14 Merlin-Rocket 3658 Chris Jennings/Pete Horn [121] 5 [121] 12 259 17 pts
15 Merlin-Rocket 3645 Steve Hall/Ally Hall [121] 7 [121] 10 259 17 pts
16 Merlin-Rocket 3707 Alex Jackson/Fran Gifford 12 [121] 6 [121] 260 18 pts
17 Merlin-Rocket 3679 Nick Heginbotham/Becky Jones [121] 11 [121] 7 260 18 pts
18 Merlin-Rocket 3752 Will Rainey/Andy Douglas 7 [121] 12 [121] 261 19 pts
19 Merlin-Rocket 3710 Jon Ibbotson/Chris Kilsby [121] 8 [121] 11 261 19 pts
20 Merlin-Rocket 3770 David Hayes/Jonny Ratcliffe [121] 3 17 [121] 262 20 pts
21 Merlin-Rocket 3766 Andy Dalby/Andrea Downham 14 [121] [121] 8 264 22 pts
22 Merlin-Rocket 3564 Rob Kennaugh/Abi Spurr [121] 10 15 [121] 267 25 pts
23 Merlin-Rocket 3539 Dan Alsop/Jennie King 13 [121] 14 [121] 269 27 pts
24 Merlin-Rocket 3675 Mike Fenwick/Penny Fenwick [121] 17 11 [121] 270 28 pts
25 Merlin-Rocket 3715 Paul Rayson/Julie Rayson 20 [121] [121] 9 271 29 pts
26 Merlin-Rocket 3678 Steve Crook/Jo Marlow [121] 14 [121] 20 276 34 pts
27 Merlin-Rocket 3709 Tom Lonsdale/Alice Markham [121] 18 [121] 17 277 35 pts
28 Merlin-Rocket 3615 Stuart Bates/Andrew Milton [121] 16 20 [121] 278 36 pts
29 Merlin-Rocket 3690 Tim Harridge/Lucy Burn 11 [121] [121] 26 279 37 pts
30 Merlin-Rocket 3702 Duncan Salmon/Harriet Salmon 15 [121] [121] 22 279 37 pts

by sailweb.co.uk

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