Christian Birell and Sam Brearey survived a final race show-down with Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby to regain their Salcombe Silver Tiller title.
Birell and Brearey (2,2) went into the final race one point behind Davis and Kilsby (2,1) after discards, and with Sam and Megan Pascoe (1,4), and Matt Biggs and Becka James (1,8) waiting to pounce on any errors by the two leading crews.
But there were no errors. It was Birell and Brearey who lead from the front and never looked back to regain their title, with Davis and Kilsby chasing them home.
Second to seventh was a good battle with boats switching places and ultimately deciding the overall standings, with Sam and Megan Pascoe clinching third, and Biggs and Becka James fourth tied on points with Tim Fells and Fran Gifford in fifth.
The Melin Rocket Silver Tiller bandwagon continues to defy gravity with 60 Merlins for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller Salcombe YC event. This year they enjoyed an Easterly wind ranging from 2 to 25 knots and cold.
Flat out reaching with the kite up to running to the leeward side of the boat and back again. It’s a long way across a Merlin. Whilst all this is happening there is always a boat right up the transom and you are about to head to a mark under Mill Bay where the last hours work can all be undone in 5 minutes.
But all incredibly challenging and fun. Sailors keep coming back year on year to see if they can get that magic race or series in a fleet where even if you are racing round in the teens you can be racing round with national champions.
And after racing the fleet can retire to the Yacht Club bar, which is one of the reasons why they come to Salcombe.
And this is just the taster for the main event . . . and if someone could turn up the heat and turn the wind back southerly for Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week (7 – 12 July) they will all be very happy. – Megan Pascoe
Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller – Final after 4 races (60 entries)
1st 3774 Christian Birell and Sam Brearey – – 5 pts
2nd 3684 Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby – – 5 pts
3rd 3759 Sam Pascoe and Megan Pascoe – – 10 pts
4th 3801 Matt Biggs and Becka James – – 13 pts
5th 3764 Tim Fells and Fran Gifford – – 13 pts
6th 3803 Chris Gould and Chris Kilsby – – 15 pts
7th 3726 Arthur Henderson and Will Henderson – – 17 pts
8th 3691 Mike Clavert and Jane Calvert – – 22 pts
9th 3673 Caroline Croft and Tom Lonsdale – – 27 pts
10th 3799 Paul Rayson and Christian Hill – – 28 pts
11th 3742 Pete Ballantine and Rob Allen – – 28 pts
12th 3658 Chris Jennings and John Hackett – – 31 pts
13th 3802 Simon Potts and Ally Potts – – 31 pts
14th 3611 Jenny Dodds and Chris Dodds – – 35 pts
15th 3776 Nick Craig and Kate Frost – – 36 pts
16th 3656 Oliver Turner and Sam Mottershead – – 36 pts
17th 3795 Alex Jackson and Mary Henderson – – 37 pts
18th 3703 Richard Whitworth and Jemima Scroggie – – 45 pts
19th 3796 William Warren and Alice Pappel – – 47 pts
20th 3730 Paul Hollis and Paula Mason – – 56 pts
Thanks to Salcombe YC for another great event, their sponsors of Salcombe Gin and Spinlock for the prize.