There are two ‘National 18 Progress’ booklets on the Tamesis lounge tables. They are for all to enjoy and update themselves on ‘Things National 18’. They include the latest two newsletters on the development of the new Ultra Eighteen; lots of pictures of the prototype Ultra ‘Odyssey’ having fun off Lymington; a picture of the frames of the new Ultra Hull mould and a bit on Tamesis’ N18 UK Inlands Championship last September (Gloriana, 1: National 18, 0).
Well it’s great to see two qualifiers so far for the Black Mark Trophy, with Ken Duffell in first place on 53 points after 12 races averaging just under 4.5 points per race, and John Adams not far behind having qualified so far with 64 points, working out at just over five points per race. Peter Mason missed the last Sunday’s race on the 1st February (which had only three takers – Richard Harris, John Adams and Ken Duffell, finishing in that order), but has only one more to complete in order to qualify. Averaging a steady three points per race, this should take him and his brother Richard into overall lead.
It would be good to see a few more numbers on the water for the final eight races which, at this stage, could see a possible 11 boats qualify. Chief in this motivation I feel, aside from the varied sailing conditions on offer so far, has been Kaan Yargici’s excellent new website results page with updated race results pretty much EVERY Sunday. The results layout design, with those sailing the most races and achieving the lowest points prior to qualifying getting ranked first, has I hope encouraged more people to race, even though I, due to health reasons, haven’t been able to more recently.
So, let’s see if we can’t get a few more of those shiny Merlins of the Tamesis fleet out on the water for the final two months of February and March.
Merlin Rocket Class Captain