Southern Area Championships 2001 23/24 June at Hill Head SC

A fleet of Mirror dinghies, rather strung out, in the distance

Hillhead SC welcomed a huge turnout of 43 boats most of whom dared to brave the F6 winds and the large 'Solent chop' to start the first race. Locals John Pink and Tom Weeks, ex Mirror sailors, now 29er European Champions, took the best start of the fleet but having not sailed a Mirror for a few years were soon overtaken by Rob Grieg-Gran and Jonny Telford. Lucy Macgregor and Nerissa Booth followed with Guy and Ben Wilkins also chasing. On the second beat, Matt Burge and Chris Doe in their brand new boat moved up through the fleet, as unfortunately both John Pink and Lucy Macgregor were forced to retire due to gear failure.

The second race saw the wind ease slightly, but a huge shift to port just before the start meant that you now could not even lay the start line. Guy and Ben Wilkins made the best of the first beat and were round the buoy first, closely followed by Elliot Jago and Ben Arscott from Plymouth. Craig and Mitchell Bond came round third and with massively superior downwind speed soon caught the leaders. The next beat saw Rob Grieg-Gran tacking up the shifts on the right hand side of the course while Craig Bond following a local tip-off banged left. Craig Bond went round the mark a long way ahead while Rob Grieg-Gran now led the rest of the pack.

Third race saw Rob Grieg-Gran again in the lead this time with Will Glanville and Ed Grieg-Gran following him. But soon Matt Burge and Elliot Jago had taken second and third place. Niki and Christian Birrell followed closely behind, certainly favouring the lighter winds following a capsize in the first race. The positions stayed similar throughout the race, but only 100 yards from the finish line, Elliot Jago's gaff came down forcing him to retire from the race. Matt Burge finished second, Will Glanville third.

Sunday brought totally different winds; from the opposite direction and a lot lighter. General recalls were inevitable as a huge tide pushed boats over the line. Tim Gray and Simon Foskett came off best from the start and led the fleet, closely followed by Craig and Mitchell Bond and Rachel Wigmore and Selena Knight. But when the foot of the sail came undone from the boom at the bottom mark, this put the girls out of contention for the top places. Rob Grieg-Gran followed in forth place, but with good upwind speed came round the windward mark just behind Tim Gray who still led. But the next beat was enough for Rob Grieg-Gran to take first place in the race and he now had the championship in the bag.

Race 5 saw Matt Burge pulling out a huge lead over the rest of the fleet while Tim Gray led the rest of the pack. This was also a good race for Andrew Blundell and Kate Evans who were third at one point. As Rob Grieg-Gran limped into shore following a collision just after the start, Matt Burge won the race with a 2 minute lead with Tim Gray second. Ben Haughton and Darren Roach came in third.

Tea was then enjoyed by all in the clubhouse. Thank you to Hillhead SC for putting on such a great event.

A white GRP composite Mirror dinghy being towed with mainsail down

Results

Sail No
Helm
Crew
Club
Race 1
Race 2
Race 3
Race 4
Race 5
Total points
Pos.
UK Ranking
70009 - Nik Nak
Rob Grieg-Gran Jonny Telford Lympstone SC 1 2 1 1 RTD 5 1st
20
70002 - Black Magic
Craig Bond Mitchell Bond Brightlingsea SC 12 1 6 2 4 13 2nd
19
70072 - The Immaculate Contraption
Matt Burge Chris Doe Poole YC 2 11 2 10 1 15 3rd
18
Rachel Wigmore Selena Knight Itchenor SC 5 5 5 14 9 24 4th
17
Guy Wilkins Ben Wilkins Chipstead SC 3 4 RTD 6 12 25 5th
16
Tom Cload Danielle Hollett Plym YC 4 9 RTD 7 5 25 6th
15
70100 - The Golden Snitch
Tim Gray Simon Foskett Staunton Harold SC
16 17 7 3 2 28 7th
14
69971 - Who’s Blue
Ben Houghton Darren Roach Royal Plymouth Corinthian YC
9 10 8 9 3 29 8th
13
69164 - Be Realistic
Niki Birrell Christian Birrell Winsford Flash SC
14 15 4 4 8 30 9th
12
70024 - As Good As It Gets
Will Glanville Ed Grieg-Gran Starcross 11 12 3 5 13 31 10th
11
69339 - Shufti Shufti
Elliot Jago Ben Arscott Royal Plymouth Corinthian YC
10 3 RTD 16 6 35 11th
10
70003 - Encore Une Fois
Steve Long Juliet Long Plym YC 8 7 12 8 14 35 12th
9
69891
Andrew Blundell Kate Evans Warsash SC RTD 16 9 12 7 44 13th
8
69910 - Screamer
Gemma Glanville Nick Tippett Starcross 7 13 10 15 15 45 14th
7
70055 - Female of the Species
Lucy Macgregor Nerissa Booth PooleYC RTD 8 16 13 11 48 15th
6
70037 - Sorcerer's Apprentice
Thomas Wallis Michelle Ledger Castle Cove SC
13 14 14 11 10 48 16th
5
Ryan Crawford Lewis Crawford Penzance SC 6 RTD 13 17 16 52 17th
4
46388 - La Jamais Contente
Gary Aiken C Carrington Hill Head SC
15 RTD 15 20 20 70 18th
3
44814
Nicola Macgregor Alison Macgregor Poole YC 17 19 17 22 23 75 19th
2
55556
Mick Lee Gary Jackson Hardway SC 18 18 22 25 25 83 20th
1
69726 - Blew
Ned NcNulty Gareth Evans Warsash SC 23 23 20 21 21 85 21st
0
56565
James Morland Christopher Rees Warsash SC
22 21 18 27 26 87 22nd
0
69960 - Eclipse
Nick Hollett Rob Tippett Plym YC
RTD DNS 11 18 17 90 23rd
0
13586 - Magic Mirror
Emma Foster Hannah Cobb Poole YC 19 22 RTD 32 28 101 24th
0
48756 - Popalong Too
Jim Macgregor Kate Macgregor Poole YC
RTD RTD 19 24 18 105 25th
0
69424 - Zen Master
Clare Wallis Joy Wallis Castle Cove SC
RTD 20 21 33 31 105 26th
0
1016
Andrew Shaw Jessica Wigmore Itchenor SC
DNF 26 24 26 30 106 27th
0
53230
Bob McManus Laura Aiken Hill Head SC
21 DNS DNS 28 24 117 28th
0
10986
Terry Hunt Christopher Vine Hardway SC 20 DNS DNS 29 27 120 29th
0
35501
Paul Drew Laura Drew Hill Head SC
DNS 27 23 36 35 121 30th
0
58266
And. Blackburn Charlotte Chase Hill Head SC
DNF 28 25 35 34 122 31st
0
28603 - Jet Black
Carly Burge Tom Edge Poole YC RTD DNS DNS 19 19 126 32nd
0
Margaret Hyde Clare Blackburn Hill Head SC
DNF 24 DNS 30 29 127 33rd
0
56887
Peter Hallswell Nick Gibbs Bosham SC DNF 25 26 DNS 32 127 34th
0
Peter Gray James Foskett Staunton Harold SC
RTD DNS DNS 23 22 133 35th
0
60847
Val Blackburn Carol Terry Hill Head SC
DNF 29 27 37 RTD 137 36th
0
54145
John Pink Tom Weeks Hill Head SC RTD 6 RTD DNS DNS 138 37th
0
55557 - Can Go, Will Go
Gemma Knill Emma Hine Poole YC
RTD DNS DNS 34 33 155 38th
0
4027
Michael Stephens Jamie Knill Hill Head SC/ Poole YC
DNS DNS DNS 38 36 162 39th
0
56485
T Biddlecombe Tom Hodkinson Hill Head SC
RTD DNS DNS 31 RTD 163 40th
0
4715
Richard Whiteley Peter Whiteley Hill Head SC
RTD DNS DNS 39 RTD 171 41st
0
Sue Vines Joanne Newton Hill Head SC
RTD DNS DNS RTD DNS 176 42nd
0
67250
Jim McIntosh Sandie McIntosh Hill Head SC
RTD DNS DNS DNS DNS 176 43rd
0

Class Association Prizes

Trophy:
For:
Presented?
Presented To:
Should have been presented to:
Held now by / In the care of:
Southern Area Trophy 1st Overall Helm
YES
Rob Grieg-Gran
.
Rob Grieg-Gran
Crew's Plate 1st Overall Crew
YES
Jonny Telford
.
Jonny Telford
Youth Challenge Trophy 1st U19
NO
.
Rob Grieg-Gran
MISSING
Smithick Cup 1st U16
YES
Rachel Wigmore
.
Rachel Wigmore

Entry Fee £12.50

Briefing 11am Saturday

First Race on Saturday at 11.45 (Three races)

First Race on Sunday at 12.45 (Two races)

Hill Head is tidal and race start will be delayed if there insufficient depth of water for the committee boat.

Racing will take place on opentidal waters immediately to the south of the Club. The Clubhouse comprises a lounge with balcony overlooking the Solent, bar, changing rooms and showers. Food will be available for competitors and spectators during the day.

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