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40th Anniversary Mermaid Trophy report

The 2019 MERMAID Trophy
A beautiful sunny day at Abbey Meads was the scene for the 40th Mermaid Trophy celebration of Marblehead racing. The only thing missing was the forecast steady north-westerly breeze. Full of holes and variation from north to west, the unpredictable wind provided a real challenge for the 14 competitors.

Darin Ballington sailing his GRUNGE handled this brilliantly in the morning with an amazing scoreline of firsts, with Peter Stollery and his UPFRONT chasing.

After lunch the wind became stronger and more westerly and Peter copied Darin’s performance with 5 firsts and his overall consistency won the day and the beautiful Mermaid Trophy.

Other race winners included John Cleave, who like Peter was at the first Mermaid and Colin Walton, who was sailing his GRUNGE out of his skin to finish third and take the Vic Cooney Trophy, as the best veteran.

New radio racer, Phil Elford, who was sailing a Marblehead for the first time also won a race sailing Roger Stollery’s UP, which was quite a remarkable achievement in such company. He is a full-size sailor and thoroughly enjoyed the excitement of sailing 13 very competitive races.

Brief report by Race Officer Roger Stollery 2019-03-24

1st Peter Stollery Guildford UP 17
2nd Darin Ballington Manor Park GRUNGE 27
3rd Colin Walton Manor Park GRUNGE 42
4th John Cleave Ryde GRUNGE 55
5th Martin Crysell Guildford PRIME NUMBER 57
6th Phil Elford 3 Rivers UP 78
7th Roger Pearce Frensham Pond PRIME NUMBER 80
8th Les Thorn Hawley Lake PARADOX 92
9th Rob Vice Guildford UPROAR 88
10th Tim Townsend Medway RYC ROAR EDGE 89
11th Alan Viney Guildford PRIME NUMBER 92
12th David Coode Guildford PIRANHA 113
13th John Townsend Guildford ROK 117
14th Nick Royse Frensham Pond CRAZY TUBE FREE 123

Link to the full results 2019 Mermaid

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Result of RM Inter-club & GAMES 2 at 3 Rivers RYC.

Considering my mistake with the date we had a great turn out, 11 skippers from 4 different clubs.
We started out in bright sunshine but with very little wind with the very occasional gust.
We managed 8 races or drifts before deciding enough was enough and called it a day.
All 4 Datchet skippers won a race ,starting with Austin in race 1 ,Phil in race 5 John S in race7 And Terry in race 8,
Well done to Roger after a bad start went on to win the next 3 races, with Phil taking race 5 ,
There was 4 different skippers who managed a bullet with Terry taking the last race
All in all every one enjoyed the day pleasant sunshine great company little wind.
R/O Peter Popham
Scorer John Male
Boat man Tom Rodger
Line judge and finishing scorers, John Rance, John Keyworth, Oliver Bangham.

NEXT big event is at Guildford 40th anniversary of the Mermaid Trophy
No doubt Roger will have something special



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Games 8 and Guildford MYC Brass Monkey Results

BRASS MONKEY event and final GAMES 8

After a night of heavy rain the race team were lucky when arriving at Abbey Meads Lake that it was blue sky and sunshine. However, the wind did not arrive as the forecast 8 to 10 mph, although it was in a southerly direction giving a long beat and run course along the western control area. It was light and patchy and very frustrating at times. As well as the long course for the 12 Marbleheads, a shorter course was set for the 3 BOTTLE boats. 8 races were sailed with the BOTTLE boats setting off at 30 seconds before the Marbleheads, with the intention that they should finish together, which did happen as shown in the photograph with Steve Hill’s green sailed 72 out in front of Colin Goodman’s Marblehead 61 as they approached the finishing line.

The racing started in very little wind with Peter Stollery sailing his UPFRONT winning Race 1, whilst at the back of the fleet 8 year old Oliver Stollery, racing a Marblehead for the first time was delighted that his 20 year old ROAR EDGE was able to overtake 5 boats on the run down to the gate and finish in that position. Peter also took Race 2, but then let John Shorrock’s QUARK streak away into a big lead in Race 3 and was never challenged, although Trevor Binks sailing his PRIME NUMBER closed the gap towards the end of the race.

After a particularly quiet period, Martin Crysell called a stop for lunch, which included mulled wine, hot sausage rolls and mince pies provided by the club in the gazebo.

After lunch there was a little bit more wind, more from the south-east, which required a change of course to suit. After 3 podium finishes in the morning, Colin Goodman sailing a GRUNGE won Race 4 and was 2nd in Race 5 to Trevor. Then it was the turn of John again to take Race 6, before letting Phil Holliday racing his NIOUTRAM sail away into a big lead in Race 7. In the final Race 8 Colin came to the front again, with Trevor 2nd and Peter 3rd.

In the BOTTLE boat event the results were dominated by Steve Hill, as he counted 5 firsts in the 6 races sailed, being only beaten by 6-year-old Nathan Stollery in Race 3.

As is traditional at Guildford’s Christmas event there is no entry fee except a wrapped present and so at the prize giving everyone went away with something special and unknown, as well as the winners collecting their trophies. As well as the MONKEY and the BOTTLE trophies presented to Colin and Steve, the Midgley Memorial Mug was presented to Roger Stollery as the winner of the 8 event GAMES series.

Marblehead results:
1st Colin Goodman Chelmsford GRUNGE – 11 and winner of the BRASS MONKEY
2nd Trevor Binks Eastbourne PRIME NUMBER – 19
3rd Peter Stollery Guildford UP – 21
4th Roger Stollery Guildford UP – 21 and winner of the MIDGLEY MEMORIAL MUG for the GAMES series
5th John Shorrock Datchet QUARK – 23
6th Phil Holliday Datchet NIOUTRAM – 27
7th Nick Royse Frensham Pond CRAZY TUBE FREE – 34
8th Alan Viney Guildford PRIME NUMBER – 38
9th Les Thorn Hawley Lake PARADOX – 41
10th Oliver Stollery Guildford ROAR EDGE – 49
11th Peter Dunne Woking STARKERS – 51
12th Martin Crysell Guildford PRIME NUMBER – 63

BOTTLE boat results:
1st Steve Hill Frensham Pond – 4 and winner of the BRASS MONKEY BOTTLE
2nd Keith Parrott Frensham – 8
3rd Nathan Stollery Guildford – 9

2018-12-16 Brass Monkey scoresheet

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M&S Marblehead Interclub and GAMES 2 held at Three Rivers RYC on Sunday 18th February

A mirror calm greeted 11 competitors from five clubs for some frustrating racing when the variable light breeze eventually filled in from the south, blowing diagonally over the trees and the competitors’ left shoulders. The 3 Rivers’ extensive race team did a grand job in running 10 races around a windward leeward course.
In the very first race virtually the whole fleet were approaching the gate together and race officer, John Shepherd mustered all the observers at the potential incident, but as Marbleheads are considered to be sailed by gentlemen, they talked to each other and there were no collisions.
David Adam, sailing a PRIME NUMBER won this race from John Carter, sailing a STARKERS and Martin Crysell also sailing a PRIME NUMBER. The lead changed several times during the race and this was to set the scene for the day’s racing with isolated puffs letting some of the backmarkers get to the front.
The next two races belonged to Roger Stollery and his new UP design followed in Races 3 & 4 by Rob Vice, sailing an UPROAR taking the top podium finish.
After lunch, new recruit to Marblehead racing, Norwegian Odd Nordanger, sailing a STARKERS won Race 6, but then let Roger and David win again in Races 7 & 8. Unlike all the other competitors, Odd travels with his boat by train from the other side of London.
In Race 9 there was a very close finish between Roger and Alf Reynolds, who had been struggling with radio problems at the beginning of the event. He was sailing one of the earliest PARADOXs with a much modified bow and distinctive camouflage paintwork. He was absolutely delighted! It shows that designs from the early 1990s are still competitive against the very latest machines. The final race was won by Rob with Roger second and Peter Popham sailing a CREAM CRACKER in third place.
It was encouraging to see Max Lembke’s new Marblehead, which he designed and made himself from readily available carbon sheet to form a multi-chine hull. There were some teething problems which didn’t allow the MAXLEM design to show its full potential.
The prize winners thanked the 3 Rivers race team for running a good event despite the frustrating conditions. The latest GAMES results can be found on the website, with further information about Marblehead events on
1st Roger Stollery Guildford UP 14
2nd Rob Vice Guildford UPROAR 27
3rd David Adam 3 Rivers PRIME NUMBER 28
4th Martin Crysell Guildford PRIME NUMBER 33
5th John Shorrock Datchet QUARK 35.5
6th John Carter 3 Rivers STARKERS 36
7th Alf Reynolds Chelmsford PARADOX 47
8th Dick Grainge 3 Rivers STARKERS 52
9th Odd Nordanger 3 Rivers STARKERS 57.5
10th Peter Popham 3 Rivers CREAM CRACKER 58
11th Max Lembke 3 Rivers MAXLEM 74

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