Navigators & General Mirror Europeans - Day 2

Mirror dinghy 70716 crossing the finish line to win with the committee boat and smoke from the cannon in the background

Torbay delivered another challenging day today, the second day of the Navigators & General Mirror European Championships. Brixham Yacht Club’s race committee dealt with the conditions well to complete three good races in the shifty north-westerly wind.

It was a case of third time lucky in race one with a big right shift causing a general recall in the first start, a left shift in the second. The third start got away with an individual recall. Tash & Sarah Ewart-Smith reached the windward mark first closely followed by Tiernan Dickson & Luke Groake Donagh. The leaders managed to pull away downwind which allowed them to defend a shifty second beat with the Irish pairing choosing the correct final left shift to pull ahead of the British sisters. Gemma Keers & Imogen Bellfield sailed a safe race to finish third. The Judges' yellow flags were getting some action with Angus & Fraser Hemmings getting peanalised twice for illegal propulsion resulting in a DSQ.

Race two was a more stable affair, with the wind building to 9-14knots but a difficult chop. Scarlett Shepherd & Harvey Martin made the most of an excellent start to lead Rachel Grayson & Gemma Francis Burnett and the rest of the fleet. The top two boats had a good tussle up the second beat however Scarlett & Harvey extended at the top of the beat to win the race from Rachel & Gemma, with Harriet & Helena Watkins securing third. For Angus & Fraser it was déjà vu with another two yellow flags and a DSQ.

Race three delivered more of the same shifty conditions, with the fleet becoming more accustomed to the offshore breeze coming from the Devon hills. Rachel Grayson & Gemma Burnett played the shifts perfectly to round the top mark with a convincing lead which they extended along the first reaches. Eleanor Keers & Izzy Pugh worked extremely hard, as one of the smallest crews in the fleet, to consolidate a strong pin end start with a safe second place. There were changes in position in the rest of the fleet up the second beat, with a significant left shift, Tiernan Dickson & Luke Groake Donagh continued to string together a strong set of results with a third place finish.

The sailors will be pleased to have got three races in, with light winds forecast for tomorrow.

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A small seclection of photos from day 2 - photos © Gareth Fudge used with permission

All photos taken by Gareth from Day 2 are on www.boatographic.co.uk here http://gdjfudge.zenfolio.com/p984543703 , from where they can be purchased.

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