Chris & Daisy Fuller win 2018 Mirror National Championships

A Mirror dinghy racing to windward with the fleet visible to leeward

Ullswater Yacht Club in the Lake District provided the stunning holiday venue and excellent, family friendly, facilities for this years Mirror Nationals from Tuesday 24th to Friday 27th July. 44 boats entered, comprising 24 family teams and a staggering 62 related sailors. A fantastic mixture of adult + child teams competing against teams of older children, and it was a close run thing. Terrific to have an International flavour with Eoghan Duffy & Cathal Langan from Ireland and Alle & Anna Roodbergen from the Netherlands racing. Great to see a spread of experience representing 18 clubs from across the UK from sailors competing in their first Nationals to seasoned hands such as Olympic medallist Simon Hiscocks sailing with his son Louis.

Sadly Tuesday's 'Swallows & Amazons' raid & picnic had to be cancelled due to rain and a lack of wind, however, it did clear up after lunch allowing the early arrivals a chance for some last minute practice and a chance to get a feel for the venue.

Wednesdays 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. It took a couple of attempts to start the first race, but after trying a 'P' and a 'U' start, it got away under a black flag. 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. After sailing there was the AGM and a BBQ on the waterfront.

44 photos (one of each boat) kindly taken by Frank Stewart on Day 3. Boats appear in ranking order, so you should be able to find your boat quickly. All 228 photos  taken by Frank on Day 3 are on our Facebook group. Competitors who want a full size version of the original(s) should contact Martin Egan.

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 & daughter Daisy Fuller from Hayling Island SC who had won, 4 points ahead of under 15s Ed Coady & 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.

The Bronze fleet winners were Oscar Shilling & Patrick Beukenholdt from Derwent Reservoir SC

 Results in full (6 races sailed, one discard), showing Bronze fleet boats where they would have been (approx) had they been measured.

Rank Boat Helm & Crew Club Fleet Age R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Net
1 70915 - Ripples Chris & Daisy Fuller Hayling Island SC Gold   2 1 1 (11) 1 4 20 9
2 70805 - MCA demo boat Edward Coady & Abi Cowley Derwent Reservoir SC Gold U15 1 2 2 3 (9) 5 22 13
3 70810 - YOLO Chris & Alex Balding Island Barn SC Gold   5 4 6 1 (8) 2 26 18
4 70883 (sailing as NED 7) Alle & Anna Roodbergen K.W.V.L. / KWVL Gold   7 8 3 (9) 3 1 31 22
5 70743 - Yeti Simon & Louis Hiscocks WPNSA / Castle Cove SC Gold   (38) 5 5 2 2 8 60 22
6 70654 - Smurf George & Richard Bullock Itchenor SC Gold   3 (10) 7 5 4 3 32 22
7 70472 - Wild Thing David & Olivia Coady Derwent Reservoir SC Gold   4 3 (8) 4 6 6 31 23
8 70840 - Winder demo boat (sailing as 70791) Angus & Lou Lou Hemmings   Gold   6 7 (9) 7 7 7 43 34
9 70806 - Rascal Sandy & Douglas Simpson Bassenthwaite SC Gold U19 (15) 11 4 6 5 9 50 35
B1 70782 - Trident Oscar Shilling & Patrick Beukenholdt Derwent Reservoir SC Bronze U19 1 1 1 1 (3) 1 8 5
10 70606 - All The Right Reasons Paul & Harrison Smalley Chew Valley Lake SC Gold   13 13 10 8 13 (17) 74 57
11 70637 - Pluto David & Tamara Leach Crawley Mariners YC Gold   12 9 15 10 (18) 14 78 60
12 70819 - Rooster Ellie Clark & Daisy Desorgher Ripon SC Gold U19 9 15 (25) 14 14 10 87 62
13 70562 - A Close Shave Eoghan Duffy & Cathal Langan Lough Ree YC / Clontarf Y&BC Gold   10 12 14 16 (17) 11 80 63
14 70739 Katy & Rachael Jenkins Bowmoor SC Gold   20 (22) 11 13 10 13 89 67
15 70519 - MCA demo boat (sailing as 7079) Luke Stewart & Sebastian Shilling Derwent Reservoir SC Gold   16 14 (18) 15 12 12 87 69
B2 63193 - Clarabel George Stewart & Pete Cowley Kielder Water SC Bronze U15 2 3 3 (4) 1 2 15 11
B3 70809 - Brilliant David & Elizabeth Shilling Derwent Reservoir SC Bronze   (3) 2 2 3 2 3 15 12
16 70673 - Gone With The Wind III George Lenney & Martin Egan Restronguet SC Gold   19 6 22 20 (23) 18 108 85
17 70703 - Double Trouble Tom Ewart Smith & Ollie Clifford Bowles Itchenor SC Gold U15 14 17 12 (28) 20 23 114 86
18 70620 - Aquacadabra Tom Glaister & Fred Langhorne Itchenor SC Gold U15 26 23 (31) 12 11 15 118 87
19 70549 - Purple Reign Nuala Sellwood & Oscar Phypers Restronguet SC Gold U15 8 (31) 20 31 15 16 121 90
20 70587 - Hummingbird Alice Bullock & Alice Turner Itchenor SC Gold U15 (27) 16 13 17 21 25 119 92
21 70725 - Grey Hound Bella Cockwell & Tamsyn Stacey Restronguet SC Gold U15 23 (25) 16 18 25 20 127 102
22 70513 - Gill Race Team Ron Vass & Levi Woodroffe-Vass Reading SC Gold   17 21 (32) 26 24 19 139 107
23 70905 - Big Dippers Paul & Gabriel Nichols Chew Valley Lake SC Gold   18 18 26 24 (29) 22 137 108
24 70785 - Vegimite Sandwich Maxwell Phypers & Emma Sellwood Restronguet SC Gold U13 21 20 19 22 27 (31) 140 109
25 70442 - Filthy Gorgeous Bob Towler & Joshua Scott Beaver SC Gold   (35) 27 24 23 16 21 146 111
26 70714 - Peer Pressure Steven & Joe Bland Poole YC Gold   24 19 (29) 21 19 28 140 111
27 70512 - Tangled Henry Jones & Anthony Harvey Itchenor SC Gold U15 11 28 21 25 (33) 30 148 115
B4 68099 - Redwing George & Rosie Harston Oxford & Cambridge SS Bronze   4 5 (6) 2 5 5 27 21
28 70503 Isabel & George Massey Itchenor SC Gold U15 25 26 17 29 28 (32) 157 125
29 70721 John-Paul & Daniel Marks Cambridge University CC Gold   22 (38) 30 19 22 38 169 131
30 70190 - Va Va Voom Freya Brown & Poppy Luxton Restronguet SC Gold U13 28 24 27 27 26 (35) 167 132
31 70187 - HeyHo Emma & Chloe Brisley Dalgety Bay SC Gold   31 29 23 (33) 30 24 170 137
B5 66787 - Honeychu Julie Vass & Shiloh Woodroffe-Vass Reading SC Bronze   5 4 4 (6) 4 6 29 23
B6 69992 - Swan Lake (sailing as 69667) Barrie Phypers & Florence Luxton Restronguet SC Bronze   (6) 6 5 5 6 4 32 26
32 70447 - Fever Kyle & Torrunn Brown Restronguet SC Gold   33 (34) 34 30 32 26 189 155
33 67559 - Tigerella Erin Young & Erin Tinkler Scaling Dam SC Gold   30 (33) 33 32 31 29 188 155
34 70790 - Ship-A-Dee-Do-Dah Hattie Glaister & Allegra Massey Itchenor SC Gold U13 29 35 35 (38) 36 27 200 162
B7 59254 Richard & James Trevithick Whitefriars SC Bronze   7 7 7 7 7 (8) 43 35
35 70624 - Vitamin Sea Emilia House & Lottie Glaister Itchenor SC Gold U13 32 (39.5) 28 35 34 33 201.5 162
36 15563 - Blyskawica William & Tristan Sellwood Restronguet SC Gold   (38) 32 36 34 38 34 212 174
37 70648 - MCA demo boat (sailing as 70783) Polly Ewart-Smith & Eleanor Thomas Itchenor SC Gold U13 34 36 (37) 36 35 36 214 177

 

Prizegiving

Prizegiving photos were kindly taken by Steve Lenney & Jenny Clarke. Competitors who want a full size version of the original(s) should contact Martin Egan. Thanks to Ami Lenney for cleaning the trophies that were returned uncleaned, and for organising the prizegiving.

There were spot prizes for all the under 15s sailing at their first National Championships.

There were books on dinghy racing, kindly donated by Fernhurst Books, who also publish 'The Mirror Book'. These were awarded to:

Trophy Winners

Trophy Awarded for Winner
Marlow Rope Trophy Winners Race 1 Edward Coady & Abi Cowley
Cassandra's Cauldron Winners Race 2 Chris & Daisy Fuller

Jeckells Mirror Trophy

Winners Race 3 Chris & Daisy Fuller
Peter Wilson Trophy Winners Race 4 Chris & Alex Balding
City of Plymouth Trophy Winners Race 5 Chris & Daisy Fuller
40th Anniversary Trophy Winners Race 6 Alle & Anna Roodbergen
Proops Pot First Lady Helm Ellie Clark
Arthur Vine Trophy Leading Helm & Crew U19 other than overall winners Sandy & Douglas Simpson
Aberdeen Trophy Highest Placed Scottish Boat Sandy & Douglas Simpson
Harry Yule Smith Plate Leading Helm & Crew U15 other than overall winners Edward Coady & Abi Cowley
Abersoch Trophy Leading Helm & Crew U13 other than overall winners Freya Brown & Poppy Luxton
Fleet Shield Best Team of three boats entered from same Club Derwent Reservoir SC
Lucas Trophy (which appears to be lost, the Victor Shaw Trophy has been used instead recently) Leading helm over 39 Chris Fuller
1963 Trophy Leading helm over 49 would have been Angus Hemmings
Shavian Mug Last on points who completed every race Polly Ewart-Smith & Eleanor Thomas
Topaz Trophy Leading parent & offspring Chris & Daisy Fuller
Silver Jubilee Trophy 25th Boat Overall Steve & Joe Bland
Dyno-Rod Cup Best Devon or Cornwall Boat Helm & Crew U18 Nuala Sellwood & Oscar Phypers
Super Crew Cup Youngest Crew to complete all races Gabriel Nicholls
Ptwootle Trophy 1st Wooden Boat David & Olivia Coady
Jan Grieg-Gran Plate for Bronze fleet Winners Bronze Fleet Oscar Shilling & Patrick Beukenholdt
America Cup 3rd Overall Helm & Crew Chris & Alex Balding
Pioneer Cup 2nd Overall Helm & Crew Edward Coady & Abi Cowley
HL Twentyman Challange Cup (originally the Crew's Trophy was awarded, but this has been missing since 2008) 1st Overall Crew Daisy Fuller
Daily Mirror Trophy 1st Overall Helm Chris Fuller


(Trophies in strikethrough text were not returned)

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