1. September 2011 01:10
The Merlins arrived at Hayling joint with the Solo's, unfortunately it was a bit two windy for the Merlins and sat it out, instead everyone watched the few Solo's race around in the harbour in the 25 knot plus wind.
Sunday began a different day and the first race was dinghy sailing at its best with the eighteen knot south westerly meaning lots of surfing and exciting downwind rides. Geoff Carveth and Graham Williamson led around the windward mark chased closely by Speed Sails sailors Andy & Tom, Andy & Tom managed to pass Geoff & Graham down wind to lead. John Gorringe & Toby Lewis gave a hard chase, Geoff and Graham managed to pass Andy & Tom up the last beat and held it until the finish.
For the second race of the day the wind had increased and despite following Chris Martin and Ben Hendon into the first mark, William Warren and Chris Robinson won, Gorringe/Lewis had worked their way up the fleet to second. Third place was taken by Simon Lytton and Jackie Lytton, newcomers to the fleet who sailed an absolute blinder closely followed by Andy & Tom on a late charge.
It was at this point that the RO Roger Palmer received a BrambleMet wind reading of thirty knots plus and wisely decided to abandon racing for the rest of the day. It was consistency that won the day; as Gorringe and Lewis, who hadn’t left the top three throughout the competition, came first overall. Warren and Robinson took second with Andy and Tom in third place tying on points.