33 boats including the reigning National Champions Chris & Daisy Fuller, ex-World champion Chris Balding & a two times ex-National Champion Dave Wade, gathered at Poole YC for the Rooster UK Mirror Nationals from 11th to 14th August. There was even an international presence from Alle & Floris Roodbergen (NED) with their World Championship winning boat, equipped with a very Dutch orange spinnaker. Great racing in the sheltered waters of Poole harbour's Top Triangle, and the club were very welcoming and accommodating.
New this year - What HAppened Today? (WHAT?). After everyone was changed and re-fuelled, a post-racing debrief by Chris Balding with input from Chris Fuller and Dave Wade in Poole YC's Acadamy training room.
The atmospheric conditions were very unstable, resulting in shifty, variable strength winds and a heavy shower during racing on both Monday & Tuesday. However, Poole YC put on some great race management with PRO Steve Thompson and his team working hard to move marks to keep true beats, races the correct length, with minimal delays between the races. I think that's the most times I've seen the 'C' flag used in a Championship.
The first attempt at race 1 was incident packed - it started in light, shifty conditions and following a left shift, the Windward mark was moved to keep the beat true. However a further left shift as the leaders turned the leeward mark meant it was now a reach to the "Windward" mark, so the race was abandoned and re-started. In the end all starts were made under a 'P' preparatory signal with one General, and a few Individual recalls.
Adult helms with child crews dominated the top end of the fleet and racing was close. Silver Fleet (i.e. U15) winners were a cluster of 3 boats led by Oliver Rayner & Imogen Wade in 9th, Esme Barraclough & Harriet Wade in 10th and Nuala Sellwood & Oscar Phypers in 11th. Best U13 boat was Max Phypers & Emma Sellwood in 15th. Best local boat U18 was River & Devon Green in 20th. Youngest crew was 6 year old Gabriel Nichols, youngest helm was 10 year old George Lenney in 21st place & Youngest combined ages were 11 year old Nick Cox with 9 year old Tristan Sellwood in 26th. The best (and biggest) fleet were Restronguet SC Pirates who brought 10 boats to the Championship. Prizes were kindly provided by Rooster and Pinnell & Bax.
33 photos (one of each boat) kindly taken by Alan Phypers, Kyle Brown & Robert Green. Boats appear in ranking order, so you should be able to find your boat quickly. I've had to heavily crop quite a few of these, so quality of some photos is not great.
Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 33, Scoring system: Appendix A
|Rank||Fleet||Boat||SailNo||Helm & Crew||Helm Age||Crew Age||Club||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||R6||Total||Nett|
|1st||Gold||Ripples||70915||Chris & Daisy Fuller||O39||U12||Hayling Island SC||1.0||1.0||2.0||1.0||3.0||(6.0)||14.0||8.0|
|2nd||Gold||YOLO||70810||Chris & Alex Balding||O39||U10||Island Barn SC||3.0||2.0||1.0||(4.0)||4.0||1.0||15.0||11.0|
|3rd||Gold||White Phantom||70966||David Wade & Tristan Mitchell||O39||U9||Northampton SC||(6.0)||4.0||5.0||3.0||1.0||2.0||21.0||15.0|
|4th||Gold||Snowy||70654||Richard & George Bullock||O39||U12||Itchenor SC||(5.0)||3.0||3.0||2.0||5.0||5.0||23.0||18.0|
|5th||Gold||Rumble Fish||70883||Alle & Floris Roodbergen||O39||U10||K.W.V.L. / KWVL||4.0||(5.0)||4.0||5.0||2.0||4.0||24.0||19.0|
|6th||Gold||70967||Paul & Alfie Cullen||O39||U11||Weirwood SC||2.0||(10.0)||10.0||7.0||6.0||3.0||38.0||28.0|
|7th||Gold||Te-feti||70790||Huw & Bethan Reynolds||O39||U8||Restronguet SC||7.0||7.0||11.0||(34.0 OCS)||7.0||7.0||73.0||39.0|
|8th||Gold||Pluto||70637||David & Daniel Leach||O39||U12||Crawley Mariners YC||12.0||9.0||7.0||6.0||(14.0)||11.0||59.0||45.0|
|9th||Silver||MCA Demo Boat||70923||Oliver Rayner & Imogen Wade||U15||U14||Yorkshire Dales SC||8.0||18.0||8.0||8.0||(19.0)||10.0||71.0||52.0|
|10th||Silver||Princess Cruises||70622||Esme Barraclough & Harriet Wade||U14||U13||Yorkshire Dales SC||10.0||6.0||13.0||(22.0)||9.0||16.0||76.0||54.0|
|11th||Silver||Purple Rain||70549||Nuala Sellwood & Oscar Phypers||U15||U14||Restronguet SC||(19.0)||17.0||6.0||16.0||12.0||8.0||78.0||59.0|
|12th||Gold||Scarlet Monkey||70505||Lloyd Williams & Roisin Mooney||U17||U13||Penzance SC||(17.0)||16.0||12.0||11.0||8.0||13.0||77.0||60.0|
|13th||Gold||Salty Dog||70390||Barrie Phypers & Torrunn Brown||O39||U11||Restronguet SC||(24.0)||8.0||9.0||14.0||21.0||9.0||85.0||61.0|
|14th||Gold||Blyskawica||15563||Martin Egan & Lottie Tregaskes||O49||U11||Restronguet SC||11.0||14.0||(18.0)||12.0||10.0||15.0||80.0||62.0|
|15th||Silver||Veggiemite Sandwich||70785||Maxwell Phypers & Emma Sellwood||U11||U13||Restronguet SC||13.0||15.0||19.0||10.0||13.0||(22.0)||92.0||70.0|
|16th||Gold||MCA Demo Boat||70840||Tristan & Harrison Webb||O39||U13||Poole YC||(22.0)||20.0||15.0||13.0||15.0||12.0||97.0||75.0|
|17th||Silver||Va Va Voom||70190||Freya Brown & Poppy Luxton||U14||U14||Restronguet SC||14.0||13.0||17.0||18.0||17.0||(25.0)||104.0||79.0|
|18th||Gold||Big Dippers||70905 sailing as 482||Paul & Gabriel Nichols||O49||U7||Chew Valley Lake SC||15.0||12.0||16.0||(34.0 OCS)||23.0||14.0||114.0||80.0|
|19th||Gold||Ruby||70721||JP & Ellie Marks||U39||U5||Cambridge University CC||9.0||11.0||(34.0 DNS)||17.0||11.0||34.0 DNS||116.0||82.0|
|20th||Silver||Spinnaker||70819 sailing as 7079||River & Devon Green||U14||U11||Poole YC||(21.0)||19.0||14.0||19.0||16.0||18.0||107.0||86.0|
|21st||Silver||Gone With The Wind 3||70673||George Lenney & Florence Luxton||U11||U11||Restronguet SC||16.0||23.0||(26.0)||15.0||20.0||20.0||120.0||94.0|
|22nd||Single Handed||MCA demo boat||70648||Tamara Leach||U14||Crawley Mariners YC||18.0||22.0||25.0||9.0||22.0||(27.0)||123.0||96.0|
|23rd||Gold||Peer Pressure||70714||Steven & Joe Bland||O49||U17||Poole YC||(27.0)||21.0||22.0||21.0||18.0||19.0||128.0||101.0|
|24th||Silver||Swan Lake||69992||Sam & James Cox||U15||U10||Restronguet SC||(25.0)||25.0||20.0||23.0||25.0||17.0||135.0||110.0|
|25th||Gold||Red Oktober||70361||Tom Cluett & Toby Griffen||U16||U15||Poole YC||23.0||24.0||21.0||25.0||(27.0)||21.0||141.0||114.0|
|26th||Silver||Fever||70447||Nicholas Cox & Tristan Sellwood||U12||U10||Restronguet SC||20.0||26.0||(27.0)||20.0||24.0||26.0||143.0||116.0|
|27th||Bronze||Tweed||70783||Josh Du Valle & Leo Burnet||U16||U16||Poole YC||26.0||27.0||23.0||26.0||(30.0)||23.0||155.0||125.0|
|28th||Silver||Small Fry||37922||Milly Tregaskes & Taryn Banks||U13||U13||Restronguet SC||29.0||28.0||24.0||24.0||(34.0 DNF)||24.0||163.0||129.0|
|29th||Bronze||Shaggy||70171||Isabella Webb & Grace Bland||U16||U18||Poole YC||28.0||(29.0)||28.0||28.0||26.0||29.0||168.0||139.0|
|30th||Bronze||Tea for Two||70799||Madeline Iyengar & Lucy Griffen||U16||U12||Poole YC||31.0||30.0||29.0||27.0||29.0||(34.0 DNS)||180.0||146.0|
|31st||Bronze||Magic Mirror||7058||Rebecca Russell & Ollie Stevens||U13||U11||Poole YC||30.0||(32.0)||31.0||29.0||28.0||30.0||180.0||148.0|
|32nd||Bronze||Moonshadow||70629||James Walker & Henry Hopley||U17||U13||Poole YC||(34.0 DNF)||31.0||30.0||30.0||31.0||31.0||187.0||153.0|
|33rd||Bronze||Chatterbox||63244||Ellie Joyce & Millie Whittaker||U15||U15||Poole YC||32.0||(33.0)||32.0||31.0||32.0||28.0||188.0||155.0|
Prizegiving photos by Kyle Brown