2015 Youth and Junior National Championships at Carsington SC

Photos by Hawkins family

Tricky, shifty conditions greeted the competitors this weekend at Carsington for the Youth and Junior National Championships. Carsington has always been a great venue for the Mirror class, a personal favourite of my own because of it’s welcoming attitude towards the sailors and the good wind. The wind was of medium strength which suited all sailors and allowed some fantastic, competitive sailing to kick off the racing season with a bang. The event was combined with squad training so the weekend began with about an hours worth of pre-event practicing where all boats got a feel for the water. This time gave an opportunity to figure out the wind bends and areas of land that would affect the race course in the afternoon. 

1988 Youth & Junior Championship at Southport S.C.

An orange Mirror dinghy with an elephant outline on the rear quarter running downwind with spinnaker set

The Mirror Youth and Junior Championship was held at Southport S.C. over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Four races were held, with three to count for the championship.

Race One was held in bright sunshine and a steady force four southwesterly. Adrian Lynham, Mick Wright and Mike Preston all made good starts. However, fortunes changed dramatically on the first beat. Luke Turnbull recovered from an indifferent start to take the starboard side of the course and arrive at the windward mark in the lead.

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