Tamesis placings at Salcombe Merlin Week

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Pictures –  Headline – Carnage on the Sunday pm start line. The beached boat had been holed and was dragged out of the way for the start. The first start had half the fleet over the line and for the second start the fairway was reinstated so with the tide right out the line was extremely short adding to the chaos. The only alleviating factor was that quite a few boats had by that time sustained serious damage and were out of it at least for that race.

Above – John and Joe on a gentle spinny run on Wednesday morning (pale blue spinny) after overnight replacement of the main halyard (a fun job completed with Barry’s invaluable help) which broke under the stress of Tuesday afternoon’s strong blow. Some vicious gusts took out quite a number of  boats and there were only 22 finishers. Expensive sailing!       Rupert (red spinny) and Ken (blue one) in a close run race on Monday, Mill bay in the background.

Tamesis members achieved the following results at Salcombe Merlin Week:

Race 1 Sunday 5 July (wind 11-20 knots SW) – 3752 Andy Douglas crewing for Will Rainey 7; 3599 Ken Duffell & Brian Corking 42, 3479 Rupert Fletcher & Paul Jamieson 48;
Race 2 Sunday 5 July (wind 16-20 knots SW) – 3165 Dave & Abigail Croft 29; 3544 Barry Mourant crewing for David Downs 32; 3606 John Adams & Joe Woods 35; 3673 Caroline Croft crewing for Chris Gould DNF.
Race 3 Monday 6 July (wind 11-15 knots SW) – 3673 Caroline Croft crewing for Chris Gould 4; 3752 Andy Douglas crewing for Will Rainey 12.
Race 4 Monday 6 July (wind 5-10 knots SW and S) – 3165 Dave & Abigail Croft 23; 3606 John Adams & Joe Woods 42; 3599 Ken Duffell & Brian Corking 48; 3479 Rupert Fletcher & Paul Jamieson 51.
Race 5 Tuesday 7 July (wind 11-20 knots SW) – 3599 Ken Duffell & Brian Corking 45; 3479 Rupert Fletcher & Paul Jamieson 48; Caroline Croft crewing for Chris Gould OCS
Race 6 Tuesday 7 July (wind 20+ knots W) – 3752 Andy Douglas crewing for Will Rainey 11; 3165 Dave & Abigail Croft 18; 3544 Barry Mourant crewing for David Downs 20; 3606 John Adams & Joe Woods DNF.
Race 7 Wednesday 8 July (wind 11-15 knots W dropping to 0-5 knots NW) – 3673 Caroline Croft crewing for Chris Gould 12; 3165 Dave & Abigail Croft 24; 3544 Barry Mourant crewing for David Downs 44; 3606 John Adams & Joe Woods 45.
Race 8 Wednesday 8 July (wind 5-10 knots NW dropping to 0-5 knots NW) – 3752 Andy Douglas crewing for Will Rainey 11; 3599 Ken Duffell & Brian Corking 46; 3479 Rupert Fletcher & Paul Jamieson DSQ.
Race 9 Thursday 9 July (wind 0-5 knots SW) – 3165 Dave & Abigail Croft 10; 3599 Ken Duffell & Brian Corking 42; 3606 John Adams & Joe Woods 47; 3544 Barry Mourant crewing for David Downs 48; 3479 Rupert Fletcher & Paul Jamieson 49.
Race 10 Thursday 9 July (wind 5-10 knots SW) – 3673 Caroline Croft crewing for Chris Gould 1; 3752 Andy Douglas crewing for Will Rainey DNS.
Race 11 Friday 10 July (wind 5-10 knots SE) – 3165 Dave £ Abigail Croft 24; 3544 Barry Mourant crewing for David Downs 38; 3606 John Adams & Joe Woods 44; 3752 Andy Douglas crewing for Will Rainey DNS.
Race 12 Friday 10 July (wind 5-10 knots E becoming 0-5 knots NE) – 3673 Caroline Croft crewing for Chris Gould 1; 3599 Ken Duffell & Brian Corking 34; 3479 Rupert Fletcher & Paul Jamieson 44.
Overall (after 12 races, 5 to count) – 3673 Caroline Croft crewing for Chris Gould 16; 3165 Dave & Abigail Croft 38; 3752 Andy Douglas crewing for Will Rainey 39; 3544 Barry Mourant crewing for David Downs 76; 3599 Ken Duffell & Brian Corking 85; 3606 John Adams & Joe Woods 87; 3479 Rupert Fletcher & Paul Jamieson 107.