Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Open Meeting
Published 16:28 on 10 Dec 2021
Saturday 4th December morning dawned at Itchenor sailing club for the last silver tiller event of the year. 13 boats arrived to rig with the sun shining and a chill to the air. All the boats launched and headed to find the committee boat which was just around the corner. The line-up was similar to the Endeavour with Olympians, World and National champions making up the majority. Much discussion was going on in the changing rooms before the fleet launched about the competition and who would come out on top!
The first start was a general recall with everyone just a bit too eager to start racing. Second start got away cleanly, Caroline Croft and Chris Gould won the pin after bailing out on the line at the last minute and managed to tack across the fleet. There was a 50/50 split of the fleet as several boats decided to cross the channel straight after the start. Those who went up the left side found out the shallows very quickly, with a number of rudders pinging up and centreboards in the cases in order to get over the mud flats. At the first mark, Caroline and Chris led the left bunch and the fleet, whilst George Yeoman and Pete Grey lead the right side and came in second to the windward mark. Continued in next window.
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