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Merlin Open Meeting - July 2nd, 2023

Blithfield sailing club hosted their round of the Midland Merlin Rocket circuit on the 2nd July, preceding this event on Saturday 1st the club hosted a Merlin training day attended by about 10 teams eager to hone their rigs & skills, unfortunately it was a bit windy so only the team of Rob Kennough & Andrew Prosser went for a sail. The rest of the teams spent time checking over rig settings & discussing all things, Merlin!

Sunday dawned and any hopes of a gentle sail soon diminished as it was again a bit windy. It was in fact so windy it was all a bit of a blur. Rob & Andrew got the shifts right in race 1 to take the win. Biggsy & Becca got race 2 right and won that one. Race 3 Rob & Andrew shot off into the distance to take the win, but this race will be remembered for two things, firstly the extra lap that no one except the race officer wanted and secondly at the end of said extra lap Biggsy chucking a gybe in on the run and tipping it in much to Becca’s amusement.

So, Rob and Andrew won, Becca didn’t have to make a speech but still got wine cos they came second, and we (Paul Keeling/Steve McCarthy) came third so got wine but had to write this!

Everyone had a great day with lots of smiles and tales to tell at the bar afterwards.

Many thanks to the Blithfield team for running a slick day both on & off the water.

Next Midland merlin open Banbury on the 23rd July.

1st Rob Kennough / Andrew Prosser

2nd Matt Biggs / Becca Jones

3rd Paul Keeling / Steve McCarthy

4th Mark Stockbridge/ Charlie Cotter

5th Colin / Sean Anderson

6th Paul Hollis / Paula Mason

7th Mark Reddington / Lewis Fowgil

8th Carl / Sam Whitehall

9th Mark Mckeever/Evan Base

9th Mike Colles / ?

9th Steve Leney / Gill Leney.

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