Top 20 spots for Staunton sailors in Merlin Rocket National Champs

Congratulations to Staunton sailors in Merlin Rocket Champs

Well done to Staunton’s Pete Gray and Rachael Rhodes, sailing in last week’s Aspire Merlin Rocket National Championships (19th-24th August). Pete Gray crewing for Paul Gorringe to finish 12th overall and Rachael Rhodes crewing for David Wade finishing 19th overall. 

A truly epic week was enjoyed by one and all. Lyme Regis delivered a fantastic week of superb racing conditions. The last day was no exception with clear blue skies and a F4-6 Westerly with great waves and screaming toenail reaches.

Daily snippets

To read the full reports courtesy of Yachts and Yachting please click on the links below:-

Day 1 

The sky was blue, the wind was a Force 4-5 Southwesterly and the waves were sizeable with breaking crests. Plenty of opportunities to surf the waves, with two races. Jon Gorringe/Pete Gray and David Wade/ Rachael Rhodes finished 7th and 18th respectively.

Day 2

Great conditions for tight racing, and the first day with a General Recall. Jon Gorringe/Pete Gray and David Wade/Rachael Rhodes finished 12th and 21st respectively.

Day 3

Another day of great sailing SSW Force 3  and wall-to-wall sunshine. Jon Gorringe/Pete Gray and David Wade/Rachael Rhodes finished 13th and 15th respectively.

Day 4

A light SSW with very variable and patchy pressure along with irregular shifts. Jon Gorringe/Pete Gray were black flagged and finished 14th overall. David Wade/Rachael Rhodes finished the day in 19th. 

Day 5

Featuring the Ranelagh Trophy, a longer distance race where the first 21 boats get a bottle of Champagne. Both Staunton teams took home bottles on the day! Jon Gorringe/Pete Gray finished 13th whilst David Wade/Rachael Rhodes finished the day in 19th.

Overall

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