Navigators & General Mirror Europeans - Day 5

A red Mirror dinghy with green spinnaker crossing the finish line ahead of a blue Mirror dinghy with blue spinnaker

There were deceptively sunny conditions in the boat park on day five of the Navigators & General Mirror European championships at Brixham Yacht Club. On arriving at the racecourse the competitors were greeted by black rain clouds and the first precipitation of the week!

A number of big shifts under the clouds resulted in the first 2 starts being postponed within the final minute. The fleet were too keen in start 3 with a general recall, so it was in the fourth start, under a black flag, that the fleet finally got away for the first race of the day.

The first beat was relatively square with the leaders coming from both sides of the course. Eleanor Keers & Izzy Pugh extended a massive lead to win from Celia Hansell & Jasper Ewart-Smith, whilst a third for Rachel Grayson, with substitute crew Alexander Baird, was enough to win the regatta with a race to spare.

A couple of last-minute left shifts meant AP in the start for race 2 which got away second time with Gemma Keers & Imogen Bellfield crossing the fleet following a brave pin-end start on port. Angus & Fraser Hemmings won the first beat pulling out a huge lead, followed by Esther Bowdler & Scarlett Crago with Gemma and Imogen in third. On the second beat the wind went very light for the leaders, but Esther & Scarlett read the shifts right to overtake the Hemmings and take the race win.

Rachel Grayson & Gemma Francis-Burnett sailed a great series and were deserving winners. While Rachel & Gemma had some spare capacity by winning with a race to spare the positions behind them were closely fought. The Irish fleet brought experience and a sharpness across the Irish Sea which made the UK boats sit up and focus but 2 Irish boats in the top 4 showed that they were on the pace. Tiaman Dickson & Luke Groake Donagh from Lough Rea YC were second overall and Gemma Keers & Imogen Bellfield from Itchenor SC were third and first Juniors.

On accepting their prizes Rachel thanked Brixham Yacht Club for running a good series of races in challenging conditions during both the National and European Championships. She also praised Gemma for continuing to crew until the end of the last race yesterday despite a torn calf muscle - an awesome and brave performance from an 11 year old!

The sponsorship from Navigators & General has been much appreciated in supporting both events and helping to maintain the development of Junior and Youth sailing in UK and Ireland.

A small seclection of photos from day 5 - photos © Gareth Fudge used with permission

All photos taken by Gareth from Day 5 are on www.boatographic.co.uk here http://gdjfudge.zenfolio.com/p851799586 , from where they can be purchased.

Overall results Mirror Europeans 2014

Entries: 34      Races Sailed: 13      Discard: 2

Place Tally Fleet Helm Crew Country Boat Series Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13
1 12 Gold Rachel Grayson Gemma Francis Burnett & Alex Braid GBR 70756 - Little Britches 35 2 2 7 2 1 6 (15) 2 1 1 8 3 (11)
2 41 Gold Tiarnan Dickson Luke Groarke Donagh IRL 70622 47 4 1 1 6 3 5 (32) (16) 2 6 3 9 7
3 7 Gold Gemma Keers Imogen Bellfield GBR 70715 59 1 5 3 4 6 2 (26) 5 7 (35) 13 10 3
4 31 Gold Shane McLoughlin Oscar Langan IRL 70428 - Q White Hot 81 3 11 14 5 7 10 2 7 3 7 (16) 12 (23)
5 23 Gold Scarlett Shepherd Harvey Martin GBR 70716 - The Bootle Bumtrinket 95 14 12 (19) 1 13 11 4 (19) 12 2 7 5 14
6 42 Gold Cian Hickey Eoin Hickey IRL 70507 - Point Blank 99 (28) 9 6 (23) 5 7 11 17 9 10 5 16 4
7 35 Gold Angus Hemmings Fraser Hemmings GBR 70668 - Wildcat 104 (13) 7 35 35 (9) 3 1 3 8 5 1 4 2
8 27 Gold Esther Bowdler Scarlet Crago GBR 70537 - Complete and Utter Chaos 106 (21) 6 11 20 14 1 8 8 16 13 (35) 8 1
9 8 Gold Eleanor Keers Izzy Pugh GBR 70713 - Peanut 111 15 (23) 17 7 2 17 9 1 6 16 20 1 (22)
10 16 Gold Henry Heath James Dickinson GBR 70714 116 20 3 8 11 11 8 (22) 20 4 4 9 (23) 18
11 22 Gold Harriet Watkins Helena Watkins GBR 70697 -Forget Me Knot 123 11 15 (26) 3 4 (19) 18 10 5 17 17 11 12
12 17 Silver Emily Heath Pippa Heath GBR 70504 - Swift 124 7 8 4 (18) 15 16 6 13 (20) 18 14 15 8
13 4 Silver Emma Clayton Faye Caswell GBR 70567 - Deal With It 138 22 10 10 (27) 12 15 (23) 4 13 15 2 20 15
14 40 Gold Jack Ryan Helen Smith IRL 70636 141 6 14 5 13 10 21 13 (23) 19 11 10 19 (26)
15 1 Silver Robert Richardson Megan Thornley GBR 70525 - Warhorse 143 (24) 11 15 21 8 (24) 10 12 15 3 13 22 13
16 30 Gold Martin Egan Freddie Martin GBR 69667 - Bold Forester 150 19 17 (32) 12 16 (32) 7 15 11 8 25 14 6
17 21 Gold Tom Weston Paddy Jefferies GBR 70821 168 16 19 12 22 19 14 16 14 (25) (24) 19 7 10
18 43 Silver Archie Grant Johnnie Law GBR 70182 -  Thunder & Lightning 172 8 25 20 26 18 18 14 6 17 12 22 17 20
19 38 Silver Caolan Croasdell Oisin McAllister IRL 70696 180 10 20 16 9 26 23 20 26 14 23 23 6 16
20 2 Silver Ollie Hawkins Archie Hawkins GBR 70810 - YOLO 196 23 24 21 14 17 26 21 28 18 9 12 13 24
21 24 Gold Richard Rowell Rosie Rowell AUS 70785 - Vegemite Sandwich 199 9 25 33 28 27 27 5 21 23 14 15 32 5
22 18 Gold Natasha Ewart Smith Sarah Ewart Smith GBR 70584 - Bubblegum 201 17 16 2 19 23 4 29 11 10 35 35 35 35
23 44 Silver Ben Hill Gabe Hill GBR 70675 - All The Gear, No Idea 212 18 13 23 17 24 22 17 27 21 19 11 28 28
24 11 Gold Edward Hansell Esme Shepherd GBR 70625 - Kiss My Rudder 220 12 21 22 8 21 20 30 9 32 28 35 30 19
25 20 Bronze Felix Jefferies Monty Heath GBR 70725 - Grey Hound 224 29 35 30 10 28 9 3 25 30 27 24 18 21
26 10 Gold Celia Hansell Jasper Ewart Smith GBR 70676 - Racing Demon 233 35 27 9 25 20 12 24 35 35 35 35 2 9
27 39 Gold Conor Twohig Jack Gibney IRL 70562 - Close Shave 244 26 35 31 15 22 31 31 18 22 20 4 25 30
28 36 Silver Samuel Wray Imogen Wray IRL 70444 - Dead On 252 27 35 18 16 25 13 27 22 28 26 35 21 29
29 3 Gold Oliver Wilson Hannah Wilson GBR 70703 - Double Trouble Too 254 25 18 27 33 29 29 12 24 24 21 18 27 35
30 28 Bronze Lauren Bowdler Brian Bowdler GBR 31809 - Floyd 287 30 26 24 31 30 30 19 32 27 22 21 31 27
31 19 Gold George Richards Alexander Baird GBR 70618 - Tinytanic 288 5 22 13 24 35 35 35 35 35 35 35 24 25
32 37 Bronze Rory McAllister Lughaidh Croasdell IRL 70036 - 2 Kúl 302 31 29 29 30 32 28 28 29 26 29 35 26 17
33 45 Silver James Taylor Maddie Hantrais GBR 70795 - Papa Smurf 310 33 30 25 29 33 25 25 31 29 30 26 29 31
34 6 Bronze Ollie Pugh Eleanor Bellfield GBR 70631 - Chips 342 32 28 28 32 31 35 35 30 31 25 35 35 35

Overall Results also at: http://www.brixhamyachtclub.com/racing/2014/results/mirroreuroos.html