Speeds have been well up in all of the Silver Tiller open meetings so far, 9 of the top 15 are using Speeds.
Showing consistency already Matt Biggs & Ben Hollis top the series, there's still along way yet but we wish them the best of luck.
Hamble was the first event of the season, Andy & Tom came out on top. This is the third year in a row that Andy has won this event.
Salcombe was the next event and it didn't disappoint, it was certainly snakes and ladders going through the bag and the event was certainly won and lost in there. Stuart Bithell had a nice romantic weekend, sailing with his girlfriend they finished 2nd to Ian Dobson & Andy Tunnicliffe, Matt & Ben came home third.
Chichester followed Salcombe and shared the weekend with Midland. Matt & Ben were victorious at Chichester, Simon Blake second and Will Warren & Sophie Mackley third. On Sunday Mike Calvert & Ian Garwood won with Andy & Tom in second, Matt & Ben in third.
Beautiful sunshine greeted everyone to Banbury, unfortunately the wind didn't turn up. Andy stepped in for Ben Hollis to crew for Matt Biggs. Matt & Andy sniffed out the tricky shifts to win the first two races, Duncan Salmon and his new super crew Harriet Salmon won the last race to give them second spot. Simon Blake & Alex Jackson came home in third.
After Banbury the light winds followed to Cookham. With not much wind the boats to be in were the tricked up old boats, Duncan Salmon was the first modern Merlin finishing fourth. One crew to watch for in the future is young Jack Tosh, Jack finished 5th at the Banbury open with Richard Whitworth and then 2nd at Cookham sailing with Martin Hunter.
It certainly all changed around for the open at Rutland, with wind gusting upto 30 knots it proved testing for all. Andy this time sailing with of our young sailmakers Chris who won all three races. The battle for second ended up with Will Warren & Chris Robinson and Matt & Ben finishing third.
Brightlingsea brought a bit of everything, all wind conditions were seen in all the races, thankfully the sun was out all weekend. It was neck and neck between Andy & Tom Stewart. Tom came out on top with Andy second, Matt & Ben finished third.
Pictures courtesy of Pat Blake.