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Fireball leads home finishers at Starcross Steamer

From Sailweb..

A record entry for the Starcross for the Streamer was greeted by a southeast wind of 20 – 30 knots. Victory went to the Fireball of Colin and Derek Jarvis who led home the 26 finishers after completeing six laps in the 150 minute time limit.

Second place went to the Merlin Rocket of Jon Gorringe and Toby Lewis, with third the 420 of David Herbert and Samantha Herbert. Notable is the age of the designs taking part. The Merlins are a development class and the one designs (apart from the RS desins) are all over thirty years old. The only really recent one designs to finish were the RS100 and the D-One single handers.

Starcross Steamer Pursuit - Finishers (109 starters)
1. Fireball 14708 Colin Jarvis / Derek Jarvis 975 6 1 
2. Merlin 3712 Jon Gorringe / Toby Lewis 994 6 2 
3. 420 48938 David Herbert / Samantha Herbert 1081 6 3 
4. Merlin 3691 Mike Calvet / Jane Calvert 994 5 4 
5. Fireball 14430 Hannah Showell / Barry Smith 975 5 5 
6. Merlin 3703 Richard Whitworth / ??? 994 5 6 
7. Osprey 1349 Mark Weston / Simon Hawkes 940 5 7 
8. Scorpion 2014 Tim Parsons / Alex Hayman 1053 5 8 
9. Albacore 8128 J T Rook / Peter Thomas 1064 5 9 
10. Osprey 1337 Paddy Lewis / Tom Holland 940 5 10 
11. Hornet 2154 Richard Garry / Matt Mcgrath 973 5 11 
12. RS200 565 James Taylor / William Marshall 1055 5 12 
13. Fireball 14928 Anthony Willcocks 975 5 13 
14. Merlin 3473 Vyv Game / Mike Tucket 994 4 14 
15. RS400 619 Nathan Muggeridge / Anita Lecocq 949 4 15 
16. RS100 - 8.4 122 Chris Cunningham 1003 4 16 
17. RS400 411 Richard Cain / Steve Hocking-thompson 949 4 17 
18. Laser 195107 Jack Sanderson 1119 4 18 
19. Merlin 3544 David Downs / Ros Downs 994 4 19 
20. D-one 105 Andy Couch 971 4 20
21. RS600 630 Chris Tilbrook 920 4 21 
22. Mirror 70697 Midge Watkins / Harriet Watkins 1385 4 22 
23. Merlin 3400 James Middleton-Stewart 994 4 23 
24. Laser 2000 21819 Ian Fitter / Martin Gilmore 1095 3 24 
25. Laser Radial 198310 Alex Hutchings 1140 3 25 
26. Laser Radial 201641 Tom Bittle 1140 2 26

Full Report - John Donovan

On the Monday before the Steamer I was concerned; the long range forecast showed a blocking high over the country for the week with no change for the weekend. By Wednesday I was worried. Visiting Plymouth I walked to the Hoe and looked out to the breakwater and there wasn’t a ripple on the water – not even one. But by Sunday when I arrived at Starcross Yacht Club for the 21st running of the annual Starcross Steamer two and a half hour pursuit race, I was greeted by wind, plenty of it perhaps too much for some. It was blowing about 20 to 25 knots, from the South East, fairly steady but already kicking up quite a chop even though the wind and tide were in the same direction.

Due to the early high water, the first start had to be brought forward to 10:00. With the strong wind, the course had to be carefully set to avoid the danger of high speed boats with dagger boards crashing into the shallows. Luckily the deep water is fairly close to the clubhouse so those who decided not to venture out could be well entertained watching the inevitable capsizes and retirements.

A new departure this year was to use the SailJuice rather that the established RYA published Portsmouth Handicap numbers. The analysis of over 8000 of our club records has shown that our results bear a very close relation to the SailJuice numbers and as we have boats sailing in the Steamer that do not regularly sail at Starcross we decided it was right to make the change.

A record number of 98 entries were received this year, although not all ventured onto the water. This was probably the windiest Steamer for many years and may have been the windiest ever. The first start this year was for a solitary Mirror helmed by juniors Midge and Harriet Watkins, who superbly handled the conditions that made many adults shy away and check that their own boats were securely tied down – a fantastic effort. The Mirror had the race course to themselves for the first ten minutes and had reached the windward mark by the time the 5 Toppers started, again all helmed by juniors. The largest classes this year were 17 Lasers, 13 Merlins, 8 RS200 and 6 Phantoms. The Mirror was able to hold their lead up until just before the start of the third lap, being overtaken by an RS200 who retired shortly afterwards. Inevitably the faster boats were making serious inroads into the slower boats that started earlier, notably the Fireballs and Merlins were really powering through the fleet.

Another first this year was the appearance of a Foiling Moth crewed (or flown) by Peter Barton. Before his start time of 11:20 (giving him only 70 minutes of racing) Pete sailed downwind past the club house in front of a vast audience lining the bank, only to pitch pole in a load of spray. Unfortunately the wind and chop proved too much for the moth retiring without completing a round. After coming ashore Peter, smiling from ear to ear, declared that he reached 25.9 knots before the splash. We look forward to Peter returning next year to complete the course.

At the end of the race the stronger winds favoured the faster boats, the winning combination of Colin and Derek Jarvis in their Fireball proved to be the masters of the windy conditions, they were closely followed by Jon Gorringe in a Merlin. Although the number of finishers was low, the change to the SailJuice numbers proved to be successful with 7 different classes in the top 10.

Thanks as always must go to the competitors who travel to Starcross every year to make the event so memorable, the galley for producing vast quantities of hot food and drink, the rescue boat crews from the home club, plus crews from Exe and Lympstone Sailing clubs and not forgetting the multihull fleet who organize and man the event. We must also thank Fotoboat for taking some cracking shots of the event this year. One camera was based on shore and another in the Exe safety boat so all the action, both good and embarrassing, has been recorded. See them at www.fotoboat.com . Next year’s Steamer will be on Sunday 20th January 2013, with the first start at 11:00. Planning has already started and we look forward to welcoming both old and new faces to the event.

PosBoat TypeSail NoHelm/CrewPYLaps
1 Fireball 14708 Colin Jarvis / Derek Jarvis 975 6
2 Merlin 3712 Jon Gorringe / Toby Lewis 994 6
3 420 48938 David Herbert / Samantha Herbert 1081 6
4 Merlin 3691 Mike Calvet / Jane Calvert 994 5
5 Fireball 14430 Hannah Showell / Barry Smith 975 5
6 Merlin 3703 Richard Whitworth / ??? 994 5
7 Osprey 1349 Mark Weston / Simon Hawkes 940 5
8 Scorpion 2014 Tim Parsons / Alex Hayman 1053 5
9 Albacore 8128 J T Rook / Peter Thomas 1064 5
10 Osprey 1337 Paddy Lewis / Tom Holland 940 5
11 Hornet 2154 Richard Garry / Matt Mcgrath 973 5
12 RS200 565 James Taylor / William Marshall 1055 5
13 Fireball 14928 Anthony Willcocks 975 5
14 Merlin 3473 Vyv Game / Mike Tucket 994 4
15 RS400 619 Nathan Muggeridge / Anita Lecocq 949 4
16 RS100 - 8.4 122 Chris Cunningham 1003 4
17 RS400 411 Richard Cain / Steve Hocking-thompson 949 4
18 Laser 195107 Jack Sanderson 1119 4
19 Merlin 3544 David Downs / Ros Downs 994 4
20 D-one 105 Andy Couch 971 4
21 RS600 630 Chris Tilbrook 920 4
22 Mirror 70697 Midge Watkins / Harriet Watkins 1385 4
23 Merlin 3400 James Middleton-Stewart 994 4
24 Laser 2000 21819 Ian Fitter / Martin Gilmore 1095 3
25 Laser Radial 198310 Alex Hutchings 1140 3
26 Laser Radial 201641 Tom Bittle 1140 2
DNF Laser Radial 201857 Charlie Maunder 1140 0
DNF RS200 960 Jayne Johnson / Nicki McIlroy 1055 2
DNF Laser Radial 186827 Charlie Greenslade 1140 0
DNF B14 631 Michael Commander / Andrew Commander 864 0
DNF Comet Trio 490 Richard Salliss / Jane Higgins 1093 0
DNF Albacore 8155 Nev Herbert / Mark Fowler 1064 0
DNF D-one gbr 15 Charlie Cumbley 971 3
DNF B14 789 Steve Hollingsworth / Chris Murphy 864 1
DNF Blaze 545 Nick Ripley 1036 0
DNF Laser 195185 David Stockton 1119 0
DNF Comet Trio 368 Nick Webber / Sue Davis 1093 0
DNF B14 788 Barnsie / Dan Hare 864 2
DNF Finn 603 Grant Simmons 1062 0
DNF Laser Radial 130115 Tim Graham 1140 0
DNF Laser Radial 191701 Robert Dyer 1140 1
DNF Laser Radial 175624 A. Bath 1140 0
DNF Laser 4.7 166594 Tim Pearce 1190 0
DNF Streaker 1617 Ian Smith 1167 0
DNF Laser 192498 Brian Hutchings 1119 0
DNF Laser Radial 184963 Jamie Roberts 1140 1
DNF Merlin 3661 Graham Scroggie / Ben Scroggie 994 3
DNF Topper 47028 Emma Phillips 1297 0
DNF Wayfarer 4286 Robin Barker / June Barker 1093 1
DNF Merlin 3610 Richard Dee / Chris Gould 994 1
DNF Wayfarer 10740 Liam Mcgrath / Sue Mcgrath 1093 0
DNF Merlin 3613 Tim Laws / Scott Hampton 994 0
DNF Laser Radial 128798 Theo Greenslade 1140 0
DNF RS200 1364 Simon Greenslade / Phoebe Graham 1055 3
DNF Topper 44750 Jamie Barker 1297 0
DNF RS700 715 Steve McDonald 864 0
DNF GP 14 8730 Brett Candy / Colin Dawson 1129 0
DNF RS400 607 Leon Ward / Pete Muskett 949 0
DNF Phantom 1384 Robin Hobson 1010 2
DNF Phantom 1383 Nick Orman 1010 1
DNF Moth (foiler) 3795 Peter Barton 645 1
DNF National 12 3291 Tom Ballantine / Nikki Bass 1076 2
DNF National 12 3316 Ian Smith / Jenny Chen 1076 0
DNF Osprey 11 Jeremy Williams / Mike Greggs 940 3
DNF Phantom 1112 Alex Fastnedge 1010 1
DNF RS400 423 Chris Mulholland / Catherine Mulholland 949 0
DNF RS300 411 Steve Bolland 1000 0
DNF RS200 798 Amy Fitter / Ben 1055 0
DNS Kestrel 964 Martin Wark / Faye Wark 1040 0
DNF Laser 122512 Steve Tostevin 1119 0
DNF Laser 166604 Nick Anderson 1119 0
DNF Osprey 1348 Mike Pickering / Peter Frith 940 0
DNF RS Vision 355 Martyn Stubbs / Yvonne Smith 1085 0
DNF RS200 395 Peter Middleton 1055 2
DNF RS200 465 Orkun Soyer 1055 0
DNF RS200 797 Natalie Roach / Alex Pickles 1055 2
DNF Phantom 1194 Ian Jay 1010 1
DNF Phantom 1300 Chris Dyen 1010 0
DNF Phantom 1313 Tony Fastnedge 1010 0
DNF Topper 46149 Ben Hawkes 1297 0
DNF Tasar 2507 Tim Martin / Owen Martin 1023 1
DSQ Solo 508 Richard Coleman 1158 0
DNF RS800 1166 Ralph Singleton / Ollie Singleton 815 0
DNF Merlin 3713 Steve Harling / Eleanor Thomas 994 1
DNF Laser 200906 Craig Williamson 1119 0
DNS RS400 598 Ralph Wogan / Franco Marenco 949 0
DNF Topper 45059 Alec Gladstone 1297 0
DNF Topper 45847 Jacob Hutchings 1297 1
DNF RS700 746 Tim Greenwood 864 0
DNF Merlin 3628 Robin Charles / Dave Parry 994 1
DNF Laser Radial 164572 Jonathan Newall 1140 0
DNF Laser Radial 184310 Will Greenslade 1140 1
DNF Streaker 1776 David Bartlett 1167 0
DNS RS200 1048 Mark Elkington / Rebecca Elkington 1055 0
DNF B14 764 Tony Blackmore / Char Jones 864 1
DNF Merlin 3580 Mike Mackie / Roger Nutall 994 3
DNF RS400 1287 James Bowman / Sarah Roberts 949 0
DNF B14 762 Crispin Taylor / Guy Harrill 864 0
DNF Merlin 3660 John Buckley / William Anderson 994 1

1st Lady, Samantha Herbert (Portishead SC)
Furthest Travelled, Mark Weston (West Riding SC)
1st Starcross Boat, Richard Garry & Matt McGrath
1st Junior, Midge & Harriet Watkins (Poole YC)

 



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