Judith Massey fought off some hot competition to win the Datchet Water Merlin Rocket open meeting yesterday (2 September, 2001)
The Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller meeting at Datchet on 2 September was held in a shifty Force 2-3 with enough sunshine to cheer those who got the wrong side of the beat.
Judith Massey and The Philly Factor from Parkstone YC dominated the fleet, which included three of the top five from the recent national championship, from start to finish recording two firsts and a second in the three races.
The first race was led from the start by Massey and The Factor from Phil and Melanie Feibusch, who have recently made a welcome return to the class. Simon Blake and Linton Jenkins took third.
Race two was won by Will Rainey and Liese Ward, who worked hard to hold off Massey and The Factor on the final round. Blake and Jenkins, sailing consistently, were third again.
Going into the final race Rainey and Ward were still in with a shout but after challenging on the first round, they faded to finish fourth. Massey and The Factor were first, thereby clinching the meeting, with Blake and Jenkins second and Phil and Christina King third.
1st Judith Massey and The Philly Factor 2pts
2nd Will Rainey and Liese Ward 5 pts
3rd Simon Blake and Linton Jenkins 5 pts
4th Phil and Melanie Feibusch 7pts
5th Phil King and Christina King 7 pts