Dee SC Mirror Open & Northern Travellers 4 + long distance race

Mirror dinghies being de-rigged on a lawn on a sunny day with wet clothing hung to dry

15 boats took part in the 3 race event on Saturday 14th June with 5 travellers coming to the Dee Estuary on Wirral – 1 family from as far as Scotland.

Saturday had been forecast for some sunshine with a light NW breeze. The race briefing was held under some ominous grey clouds but during the course of the day they gave way to dazzling sunshine that showed Dee SC and the views over the estuary to North Wales at their best.

In race one light winds and a strong incoming tide had an impact on the slower boats making progress at the start. In a shortened race first place was taken by Beaver SC’s single hander Matt Grayson who made best use of the fickle wind.

The wind was starting to freshen in Race Two race and a very close race involving the 6 Bermuda rigged boats ended up with a surprise victor. Dee’s James and Alison Douglas took their chance and got 1st place in gaff rigged Pomperdo nipping through on the line.

Before race 3 the wind strengthened significantly and the tide had now turned. Following a general recall caused by the tide sweeping boats over the line and an individual recall. The fleet enjoyed some real open sea sailing conditions and after a a race of nip and tuck Beaver SC’s Sarah Richards and Sandy Simpson took 1st place to secure the overall event win. Matt Grayson came 2nd for the event ahead of son Ed.

On Sunday 10 Mirrors competed in an informal long distance race that several travellers joined to make a weekend of it. While the wind had dropped to a very light breeze the bright sunshine helped to compensate and once again Sarah Richards and Sandy Simpson came away with first place.

Overall a great weekend of competitive racing was enjoyed by the whole fleet with 2 fantastic post race BBQ’s in glorious sunshine!

Overall Results: 3 races, 2 to count

Place Helm & Crew Boat Club R1 R2 R3 Nett Total
1 Sarah Richards & Sandy Simpson 70806 - Mischief Pennine SC & Annandale SC 2 (3) 1 6 3
2 Matt Grayson 70015 - B-Limey Somthing Different Beaver SC 1 (8) 3 12 4
3 Ed Grayson 70756 - Little Britches Beaver SC (3) 2 2 7 4
4 James & Alison Douglas 63672 - Pomperdo Dee SC 7 1 (RET) 24 8
5 A & D Simpson 70618 - Tinytanic Annandale SC 5 (10) 4 19 9
6 Robert Richardson & S Wilson 70525 - Warhorse Royal Windermere YC 4 (7) 5 16 9
7 S Moruzzi 31081 - Phoenix Dee SC (DNS) 4 7 27 11
8 J & T Hayley 70757 - Maverick Dee SC 6 (12) 6 24 12
9 J & M Waddington 34405 - Menace Dee SC (DNS) 5 8 29 13
10 C Weston & A Benitez 53888 - Little Demon Dee SC 8 6 (RET) 30 14
11 L & L Matthews 68323 - Crafty Fox Dee SC 9 9 (9) 27 18
12 D & M Ewing 65995 - Ronee Dee SC (DNF) 11 10 37 21
13 J Miller & B Thompson 25816 - The Green Mirror Dee SC (DNS) 5 8 29 13
14 J & H Waddington 50793 - Showaaddywaddy Dee SC (DNS) 13 12 41 25
15 M Feely 67994 - Jacsm Dee SC (DNS) 15 13 44 28

 

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