Walker steers young team to victory

John Merricks II takes RORC De Guingand Bowl overall

Monday May 19th 2008, Author: Louay Habib, Location: United Kingdom
This year’s De Guingand Bowl race was won by the Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme’s TP52, John Merricks II. Skipper Ian Walker, was highly impressed with the attitude and work ethos of the young crew.

The 161 mile course started on Saturday morning taking the boats west out of the Solent. The course was DZB, Needles Fairway, RORC, Ocean Safety, Nab Tower and a finish at Gilkicker.

Walker said of the race: “This is the second time I have sailed with the team and I am really impressed with the atmosphere on board, there are no prima donnas. The emphasis is on learning and the RORC set a course which was ideal for that purpose. We used just about every sail on the boat and did just about every manoeuvre. The crew was bolstered by the highly experienced Freddie Shanks on the bow and the crew learnt a huge amount from him during the race. Obviously, we are delighted to have won the race and perhaps the tidal gate at Ocean Safety was a big factor, but we will take the win and the young crew should be congratulated for their effort and their commitment.”

In Class Super zero, John Merricks II was the winner, Peter Harrison’s Farr 52, Chernikeeff 2 was in contention but a problem with their backstay resulted with them deciding to retire.

In Class Zero. The top three were all British Rolex Commodores’ Cup boats with Nick and Annie Haigh’s DK46, Dark and Steamy winning the class from Jerry Otter’s Ker 39, Erivale III and David Lancefield First 45, Poppy of Portland Marina was third.

Nick Haigh commented: “It was an interesting race, we very nearly had to pull out after a steering problem early on, then cheating the tide down the Dorset coast. I think some of the hill walkers thought we were going to join the National Trust! We were happy with our form and we could see the big boats ahead of us for much of the race which was psychologically rewarding, but the tidal gate at Ocean Safety was a big factor and that is where John Merricks II got away from us. Towards the finish, we had a marvellous night power reaching back to the Solent.”

In Class One, Phillipe Delaporte’s, J/122, Pen Azen won class for the second offshore in succession. In second place was The Army Sailing Association’s A40RS, British Soldier and Sailing Logic’s Reflex 38, Puma Logic was third.

In Class Two, Noel Racine’s JPK 9.60, Foggy Dew, enjoyed the lively conditions. In second place was British Rolex Commodores’ Cup entrant, Adrian Lowers J/109, Jaguar of Burnham. Michael Boyd & Niall Dowling J/105, Slingshot was third in class. An impressive result as they were sailing two handed. However debutants, Nick and Suzi Jones’ First 34.7, Astarte, won the two handed division beating Slingshot into second place with Simon Curwen’s J/105, Voador in third.

Class 3 saw triumph for the oldest boat in the fleet, Paul March’s S&S, Clarionet. David Lees’ High Tension 36, Hephzibah continued her consistent form with a second place and Astarte was third. Paul March commented, “What a superb race, especially the reach in the Channel back to the Solent, truly great sailing!”

Full results: http://www.rorc.org/content/view/310/

IRC Overall:


Sail No Boat Owner
Elapsed
Handicap
Corrected
1 GBR76R John Merricks II Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme
16:44:06
1.358
22:43:34
2 GBR95R Dark & Steamy Nick Haigh
19:56:56
1.21
1 - 00:08:17
3 NED56 Formidable3 Piet Vroon
17:36:56
1.372
1 - 00:10:07
4 FRA122 Pen Azen Philippe Delaporte
22:29:50
1.093
1 - 00:35:22
5 FRA28711 Foggy Dew Noel Racine
1 - 01:03:58
0.996
1 - 00:57:57
6 GBR236R Erivale III Jerry Otter
22:23:37
1.118
1 - 01:02:10
7 GBR1429L British Soldier Army Sailing Association
22:57:16
1.095
1 - 01:08:06
8 GBR1545R Poppy of Portland Marina John Dean
22:09:34
1.136
1 - 01:10:23
9 GBR195 Clarionet Paul March
1 - 03:42:49
0.917
1 - 01:24:48
10 GBR9570T Jaguar of Burnham Adrian Lower
1 - 00:39:53
1.031
1 - 01:25:46
11 GBR3851 Hephzibah David Lees
1 - 02:36:44
0.956
1 - 01:26:29
12 GBR993R Astarte Nick Jones
1 - 01:51:23
0.987
1 - 01:31:13
13 GBR4520 Sigress David Crawforth
1 - 04:11:21
0.915
1 - 01:47:35
14 GBR7383R Puma Logic Sailing Logic
1 - 00:11:36
1.068
1 - 01:50:19
15 GBR3921 Cosmic Dancer III Russell Walker
1 - 02:43:28
0.969
1 - 01:53:46
16 GBR7385R GYR Panther Global Yacht Racing
1 - 00:23:37
1.063
1 - 01:55:49
17 GBR9596R Slingshot Michael Boyd & Niall Dowling
1 - 01:34:12
1.015
1 - 01:57:13
18 GBR1381R Mostly Harmless Tom Hayhoe
1 - 00:05:57
1.08
1 - 02:01:38
19 GBR722R Voador Simon Curwen
1 - 01:38:50
1.015
1 - 02:01:55
20 GBR704R TFS Philosophie IV Nicolas Gaumont-Prat
1 - 00:36:56
1.064
1 - 02:11:27
21 GBR7707T Fay-J Paul Griffiths
1 - 01:48:58
1.018
1 - 02:16:51
22 GBR3936 British Beagle Marco Nannini
1 - 03:53:00
0.944
1 - 02:19:19
23 GBR7716R Psipsina John Loden
1 - 02:01:59
1.012
1 - 02:20:44
24 GBR8538R Solan Goose Peter Olden
1 - 02:37:12
0.996
1 - 02:30:49
25 GBR1221T Nightlife Tom Sperrey
1 - 03:47:25
0.967
1 - 02:52:24
26 GBR9405R Juliette Rod Knowles
1 - 02:57:59
1.014
1 - 03:20:38
27 GBR5407R Joopster Neil Kipling
1 - 02:04:19
1.066
1 - 03:47:34
28 GBR9354R Excape Jonathan Hamlyn
1 - 01:21:01
1.107
1 - 04:03:46
29 GBR4852R Gusilliam Mark Wynne-Smith
22:25:38
1.287
1 - 04:51:50
30 GBR6665R Cajou Mark Chatfield
1 - 02:29:01
1.091
1 - 04:53:37
31 GBR6652T Equilibrium Graham Whitehouse
1 - 06:12:47
0.972
1 - 05:22:02
32 GBR9070R Change of Course Keith Gibbs
1 - 04:20:38
1.055
1 - 05:54:10
GBR9319R Newton's Wonder Ian Carey
1.03
FRA17610 Mora II Christian Maria
1.057
GBR562R Floating Voter Jon Sanders
1.13
GBR52R Chernikeeff 2 Peter Harrison
1.311

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