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2009 Merlin Open

Photos from the Merlin Open on 22nd March 2009. A testing day, but excellent fun. Winners were Matt Biggs and Midland's own Rob Kennaugh (sailing under the Blithfield burgee). Richard Whitworth and Sally Townend were second, and Mike Calvert and Chris Robinson third.

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Midland sailors pay attention at the briefing

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Start of race 1

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Leaders approaching no. 7 towards the end of the 1st lap

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The venerable "Magician" helmed by Dave Trott and crewed by Colin Gilbert - two modern Merlins finished behind "Magician" in the first race.

The venerable "Magician" helmed by Dave Trott and crewed by Colin Gilbert - two modern Merlins finished behind "Magician" in the first race. - thumbnail The venerable "Magician" helmed by Dave Trott and crewed by Colin Gilbert - two modern Merlins finished behind "Magician" in the first race. - small

A tad line-shy at the committe boat end at the start of the second race

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Tight racing all the way through the fleet: coping with the vil shifts beating into no.6 and hoisting the spinnaker for the reach to no. 5

Tight racing all the way through the fleet: coping with the vil shifts beating into no.6 and hoisting the spinnaker for the reach to no. 5 - thumbnail Tight racing all the way through the fleet: coping with the vil shifts beating into no.6 and hoisting the spinnaker for the reach to no. 5 - small

Midland's Martin Weatherstone crewing with Andy "Taxi" Davis - leading Richard Whitworth at this stage of race 2

Midland's Martin Weatherstone crewing with Andy "Taxi" Davis - leading Richard Whitworth at this stage of race 2 - thumbnail Midland's Martin Weatherstone crewing with Andy "Taxi" Davis - leading Richard Whitworth at this stage of race 2 - small

"Magician" leads event winners Matt Biggs and Rob Kennaugh

"Magician" leads event winners Matt Biggs and Rob Kennaugh - thumbnail "Magician" leads event winners Matt Biggs and Rob Kennaugh - small

Two Midland Merlins' private battle (1)

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Two Midland Merlins' private battle (2)

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Two Midland Merlins' private battle (3)

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Two Midland Merlins' private battle (4)

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Start of race 3

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Heavy traffic at the windward mark

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Matt Biggs and Rob Kennaugh approach the windward mark

Matt Biggs and Rob Kennaugh approach the windward mark - thumbnail Matt Biggs and Rob Kennaugh approach the windward mark - small

Youth v. experience (1)

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Youth v. experience (2)

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Experience wins... "Competitive fleet, these Merlins"

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Commodore Chris Homer presents the "Old Boat" prize

Commodore Chris Homer presents the "Old Boat" prize - thumbnail Commodore Chris Homer presents the "Old Boat" prize - small

Matt and Rob discuss whose going to look after the Midland Mug

Matt and Rob discuss whose going to look after the Midland Mug - thumbnail Matt and Rob discuss whose going to look after the Midland Mug - small
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