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Merlin Rocket Nationals in Disarray on day 1

It seems that down in deepest Cornwall things were not quite what they seemed on day 1 of the Merlin Rocket Championships.

After a long, slow first race for the fleet in Penzance in which Stu Bithell and Tom Pygall had pulled out a decent lead.

The final stages apparently required that the windward mark needed to be rounded to port on the final beat to the line.

This resulted in a number of the leaders being advised, contrary to the rules of sailing, to turn around and go back down the course.

The finishing order, absent of outside assistance, was Bithell and Pygall, Taxi Davis and Alex Warren, followed by Caroline Croft and Bekka Jones getting their first every podium.

Solo star Mike Simms with Richard Brown secured a strong fourth ahead of Jon Gorringe with Tobytastic Lewis, and then Nick Craig with Alan Roberts.

1st, 5th and 6th were all told to go back!

So, the Penzance club house is currently seeing protest forms flying around like confetti and the protest team look like they will have a long and challenging night resolving what results, if any, should stand !

Monday morning Update....

Following a difficult day at the office, the race committee has abandoned race one which will now be scheduled to be re-sailed later in the week.

Conditions for race two today look perfect with a building ESE and clear skies. Good enough to put a smile back on everyone's faces.