Jon Goringe and Toby Lewis won the Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller open meeting at the Wembley SC, sponsored by Craftinsure and MF Products.
Arctic conditions greeted the 24 boats, 15 visitors making the trip to North London, with good turn outs from Parkstone, Blithfield and Ranelagh, with representatives from Lyme Regis, Snetisham Beach, Papercourt and Upper Thames.
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Race 1 got underway promptly with Jon Goringe and Toby Lewis showing the fleet around chased by Matt Biggs crewed by John Hackett and Andy Davis with Tom Pygall in third.
The warning for Race 2 was sounded shortly after the last boat had finished and the fleet was off again. With a show of exuberance Toby threw himself out of the toe straps and went for a swim in the freezing Harp at the windward mark, Jon Turner - despite his RNLI connections - sailed straight by with a cheery wave into second place. Jon with the soggy Toby back on board worked his way back to win the race, with Biggs and Hackett and Davis with Tom Pygall in second and third again.
In Race 3, Goringe and Lewis had decided to head for the bar and Davis and Pygall led at the windward mark followed by Jasper Barnham crewed by Graham Sexton and Duncan and Harriet Salmon. It took Biggs and Hackett the windy run and subsequent flat out reach to get into second place chased hard by Matt's former crew Ben Hollis crewed by Ben Hendon.
Overall Jon Goringe and Toby Lewis were the Silver Tiller winners, second Andy Davis with Tom Pygall and third Matt Biggs and John Hackett.
Jon Turner and Richard won the Century Cup for the fourth time and there were various other Merlin themed clothing prizes generously supplied by MF Products.
27 March 2013 23:39