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Mirror Nationals, July 24-27, 2018

Mirror Nationals, July 24-27, 2018

A mixture of adult and child teams competed against teams of older children, and it was a close-run thing. The event had an international flavour with boats from Ireland and the Netherlands racing.  There was also a spread of experience with racers representing 18 clubs from across the UK from sailors competing in their first Nationals to seasoned hands such as Olympic medallist Simon Hiscocks who was sailing with his son Louis.

Wednesday’s racing, scheduled to start after lunch was postponed for a while to allow the breeze to fill in. It did, and the boats launched, at which point it died again. For the next hour and a half it came and went, shifting around, but never enough to get a race underway. In the end the Race Officer sent the fleet ashore, and then postponed racing until Thursday.

Thursday was a bit more like it with moderate southerly shifty breeze and hot sunshine. Racing was close throughout the fleet and getting a good start was vital. The race team got three good races in with minimal delay, and the fleet was back ashore in the early afternoon, leaving plenty of time for the younger sailors and some of the parents to play in and around the lake. Day 1 results showed there was only 1 point between 1st and 2nd boats with the rest of the fleet close behind.

On Friday, there was a cracking breeze, from a similar direction to Thursday with hot sunshine - champagne sailing conditions, with plenty of gusts to keep everyone working hard. Once again three races were run with minimal delay, and the fleet was back ashore in the early afternoon, to pack up before the prizegiving. When the results were posted, it was Chris and his daughter Daisy Fuller from Hayling Island SC who had won, 4 points ahead of under 15s Ed Coady and Abi Cowley from Derwent Reservoir SC. Ex-World Champion Chris Balding and his son Alex from Island Barn SC were third. The 4th, 5th & 6th boats were all equal on points showing how close the racing had been.
Thanks to Martin Egan for the report
 Simon Hiscocks, Olympic medallist in the 49er class, sailing with his son Louis. They were fifth.

Posted on 01 August 2018 (Archive on 29 August 2018)
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