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    SALCOMBE GIN MERLIN ROCKET WEEK DAY FIVE

    Wednesday evening saw a lovely celebration of Spud Rowsells life with humorous recollections from Alan Warren, Barry Dunning, Jon Turner, Keith Callaghan, Pat Blake and Scotty. A life well lived. RACE 9: GREEN v BLACK Flights, COURSE 2,7,2,3,2,3 Thursday dawned with a light North-westerly that was struggling to find its way down to the start line.  As if on queue a South-westerly found its way down the harbour to arrive

    Published 09:57 on 9 Jul 2021

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    SALCOMBE GIN MERLIN ROCKET WEEK DAY FOUR

    Following the excitement of Tuesdays racing, conditions for Wednesday were close to perfect. A force 3-4 South-westerly was blowing up the harbour with enough shifts and gusts to make for interesting racing. RACE 7: BLUE v BLACK Flights, COURSE 1,3,1,7,1,3 With the last of the ebb tide flowing the fleet lined up with a few boats getting high and early to fall foul of the black flag.  None of the leading

    Published 18:26 on 7 Jul 2021

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    SALCOMBE GIN MERLIN ROCKET WEEK DAY THREE

    All eyes had been on the forecast for Tuesday since the start of the week and it did not disappoint.  The storm had passed through overnight and by the morning the sun was out and the wind was ripping down through the harbour with some vicious gusts. Conditions were sailable but managing the gusts and finding the right opportunity to gybe were going to be key to success. RACE 5: GREEN v BLUE Flights,

    Published 17:57 on 6 Jul 2021

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    SALCOMBE GIN MERLIN ROCKET WEEK DAY TWO

    In contrast to the first morning rain, competitors at Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week were greeted by a morning of sunshine though precious little wind. RACE 3: RED v BLUE Flights, COURSE 1,3,1,3 With the start of the flood tide holding the fleet back and what little wind there was seeming to be on the Portlemouth shore, most of the fleet favoured that end of the line. However, it was those

    Published 11:11 on 6 Jul 2021

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    SALCOMBE GIN MERLIN ROCKET WEEK DAY ONE

    Two years have passed since the Merlin fleet last descended on Salcombe for the Salcombe Gin sponsored Merlin Week, so it was with much excitement that the morning fleet set about the ritual of crossing the estuary to Mill Bay to prepare for the morning race. Unfortunately, the weather gods were not in the same mood and delivered rain and little to no wind for the start. RACE 1: RED v GREEN Flights, COURSE

    Published 19:00 on 4 Jul 2021

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    Salcombe Yacht Club Summer Series Race 1

    Saturday 26 th June saw the kick off of the Salcombe Yacht Club Summer Series, with a light East South Easterly breeze over a low flood tide.  Race Officer Malcolm Mackley set a course seeking to maximise windward opportunities, to Crossways then to O positioned off Lambery Point, followed by an X mark off the Ferry Inn, followed by a short loop of the harbour. In the fast Handicap Fleet, Graham and

    Published 13:57 on 1 Jul 2021

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    Spud Rowsell

    From Jonathan Britton Salcombe Yawl Owners Association  It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Spud Rowsell passed away earlier today after a long illness.   Those of us fortunate to have known Spud will know that he was an outstanding sailor and highly skilled boat builder. He won the prestigious Merlin Rocket National Championships twice in the 1970s in boats built by him and designed by his long

    Published 19:25 on 24 Jun 2021

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    Salcombe Sailing Club Series 19th June 2021

    This day we were blessed with a SE 10 knot breeze on neap high water.  SE is a sub-optimal wind direction in Salcombe.  However the windward mark at South Pool produced a decent beat. Thereafter the fleets were tasked with a run and reach to Gerston; thence, a close reach to either Saltstone or in the case of Fast Handicap, back through the Bag to Snapes. This was followed by a

    Published 00:00 on 20 Jun 2021

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    Salcombe Yacht Club racing. Topper open. 12th 13th June 2021

    Salcombe Yacht Club racing 12/13 th  June 2021 Sailing club series/Topper open meeting    Saturday 12 th  June.    After weeks of dreich weather, finally, finally, a sailing day arrived in June with conditions corresponding to the time of year and worthy of the noun: summer. Glorious. 

    Published 00:00 on 14 Jun 2021

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    Salcombe Yacht Club 2021 Sailing Club Series Race 3

    The third race of the Salcombe Yacht Club Sailing Club Series took place on Saturday 5 th June under the watchful eye of PRO Andrew Stirling.  There was a gentle breeze from the southern quadrant over a neap low tide. The Junior Handicap fleet opened proceedings with a Millbay to Crossways twice course, contested between the Toppers of Issy Wood and Freddie Reynolds, with Issy taking the winning bell. The

    Published 11:40 on 9 Jun 2021

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