Inland Championships 2002 Hollingworth Lake SC 13th & 14th April

A boy and a girl holding their trophies

The attractive sunlit setting of Hollingworth Lake welcomed a fleet of 44 Mirrors to their Inland Championship. With visitors coming from as far as Penzance, Plymouth, Poole, Brightlingsea and Sunderland (and many places in between), it was sure to be a competitive event.  The weather stayed fine until the prize-giving, though the wind was light and highly variable. Jonathan McGovern and Nicola Brook were comfortable winners, but the next few places in particular were closely contested.

The first race saw an opening bid by Ian Dobson and Andrew Hall, having a small advantage at the first mark from McGovern, with Craig Bond and son Mitchell in 3rd place and Mirror expert Guy Wilkins (crewed by son Ben) in fourth. On the second beat, McGovern got through Dobson and gained a good lead to the finish. Bond came in third, but there was a close finish for the next four boats.

After a short break, the next two races were sailed back to back. Race 2 started with a general recall, followed by the raising of the Black Flag. On the restart, Dobson and McGovern got away to a clear lead over the others after the 1st mark. The McKenzie sisters were in 3rd, with Stuart Bithell and Holly Scott in 5th, but challenging fourth.  McGovern soon gained the lead, which he held to the finish, while the McKenzie girls broke through Dobson, with Bithell in fourth. Then the wind dropped away and veered to the north. Bithell took advantage and came in second, ahead of Dobson, the McKenzies and the Birrells who had climbed to fifth. It looked as if no further racing would be possible, but the wind freshened and filled in from the northwest and Race Officer Nick Brook moved to a new area for a start, but the wind swung back again. After 2 General recalls, the fleet was away and this time Josh and Judi Gebhard took the lead. The Birrells were well placed and overtook on a port approach to a windward mark and were never headed. McGovern climbed through the fleet, with Dobson close behind and, in an exciting finish, McGovern gained second.

At this stage, McGovern clearly had the overall advantage and it looked as if Dobson would be the only challenger, but Sunday was to see some changes of fortune. The wind was lighter still and very patchy on the water. Wilkins took the lead early and the Gebhards were fortunate to lie in second at the first mark from a poor start. McGovern was in fifth at this stage but climbed through to third, while Darren and Natalie Roach found form for fourth. The Birrells could make no progress and finished 13th, while Dobson had a useful 6th place.

McGovern could not be beaten to the title in the fifth race but other places were still to be decided. This time the Birrells were again on form and quickly built up a strong lead, which they held to the finish. The Gebhards and Wilkins were the chasing boats, but changed places as the race wore on, while McGovern again worked his way through to 4th, with Clubmate Bithell in fifth. Dobson was now in trouble for a good place overall and would be discarding his 15th place. Thus the Birrells took runner-up place overall, behind McGovern, with the Gebhards in third.

RESULTS

Rank` Boat Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total  
1st 69907 - Crianza Jonny McGovern Nicola Brook HLSC 1 1 2 3 -4 7 NW Travellers
2nd 69164 - Be Realistic Niki Birrell Christian Birrell Winsford Flash SClash 5 5 1 -13 1 12 NW Travellers
3rd 69975 Josh Gebhard Judi Gebhard DRSC -8 8 3 2 3 16 .
4th 70000 Stuart Bithell Holly Scott HLSC 6 2 4 -9 5 17 NW Travellers
5th 39508 - Norbert Guy Wilkins Ben Wilkins Chipstead SC S C 4 -11 11 1 2 18 .
6th 69821 - Green Machine 2 Ian Dobson Andrew Hall Burwain 2 3 7 6 -15 18 NW Travellers
7th 69683 - George Katie McKenzie Anna McKenzie Royal Windermere YCdermere 7 6 -9 5 7 25 Lady/NW Travellers
8th 68997 Tim Gray Simon Foskett Staunton Harold SC Harold 10 4 6 7 -13 27 Com/NW Travellers
9th 70154 - Passing Wind Craig Bond Mitchell Bond Brightlingsea SCea 3 -16 5 11 10 29 Committee
10th 69724 - Baptism of Fire Darren Roach Natalie Roach R.P.C.Y.C 12 10 (DNF) 4 9 35 .
11th 70045 - Peanuts 4 Paul Williamson Craig Williamson Staunton Harold SC Harold -15 9 8 14 8 39 NW Travellers
12th 70010 - Woody Gerry McGill Luke McGill Sunderland SCd 17 14 13 8 (DNF) 52 Com/NW Travellers
13th 70101 Peter Gray Helen Williamson Staunton Harold 13 -17 15 12 12 52 NW Travellers
14th 69891 - TBB Andrew Blundell Katrina Evans Warsash S C 24 12 12 -26 6 54 .
15th 70132 - We Take Plastic Daniel Ellis James Ellis R.P.C.Y.C 20 15 10 -21 11 56 .
16th 70151 - Fairground Attraction Oliver Turner Charlotte Jones Starcross YC 11 (DSQ) 17 15 14 57 .
17th 70115 - Aqua Fusion Jenny Saker Joe Adams BSC/CYC 14 13 16 -19 19 62 Lady
18th 70153 - No Patience III Gareth Hughes Neil Evans HLSC -30 20 14 18 16 68 NW Travellers
19th 40984 - Ginga Ninja Tim Gatti William Partington Yeadon S C 19 19 -32 10 21 69 NW Travellers
20th 70141 Steve Long Juliet Long Plym Y C 23 7 20 -25 22 72 .
21st 70009 - Nik Nak Ed Grieg-Gran Giles Walker Lympstone SC (DNF) 18 21 16 18 73 .
22nd 69731 - Blizzard Tom Crompton Ben Close Budworth 9 -24 22 23 20 74 NW Travellers
23rd 69726 - Blew Ned McNulty Gareth Evans Hill Head SC -33 30 25 17 17 89 .
24th 69972 - Plastic Poo Number 2 Becky Partridge Milly Cowan Budworth 16 22 -33 22 31 91 Lady/NW Travellers
25th 53962 - Trial and Error! Rosie Chapman Josh Prichard Mounts Bay S C 25 23 23 (DNC) 25 96 Lady
26th 69648 - Kaffufle Carly Burge Kelly Hunter Poole YC 18 29 18 34 -39 99 Lady
27th 70103 - Running Bear Anna Perkins Jane Turner Bosham S C 21 -31 28 28 24 101 Lady
28th 69943 - Phourtle Ben Crompton James Budd Budworth 34 -35 19 24 27 104 NW Travellers
29th 68736 Ben Arscott Nick Watson R.P.C.Y.C 22 25 29 -32 29 105 .
30th 69439 - B-Czar Megan Baker William McGrath Starcross YC 27 26 24 -36 30 107 Lady
31st 39970 - Desparate Measures Dave Hughes Amanda Partington HLSC (OCS) 38 30 20 23 111 NW Travellers
32nd 12480 Robbie Cwik Rhiannan McKeown HLSC 26 28 26 31 -32 111 NW Travellers
33rd 58800 Andrew McKee Rhianedd Pierce Dovestone S C 35 21 31 33 -36 120 NW Travellers
34th 69182 Patrick Houlihan Julian Haigh Royal Windermere YCdermere 28 32 (DSQ) 27 33 120 NW Travellers
35th 70003 - Encore Une Fois Tom Robinson Shaun Mason Warsash SCHill Head 31 33 27 29 -34 120 .
36th 69334 - Defense-Toi Carly Turner Lewis Turner Starcross YC YC 29 -36 36 30 28 123 Lady
37th 69417 - Sharp Practice Elena Bremer Cameron Sharp HLSC 32 27 34 -35 35 128 Lady/NW Travellers
38th 68724 Ewan Marshall Daniel Dickens Plym YC / R.P.C.Y.C.C.Y.C. 37 37 35 -39 37 146 .
39th 69727 Emma Houlihan Emily MacKenzie Royal Windermere YCdermere 38 39 (DNF) 37 40 154 Lady/NW Travellers
40th 67504 - Aperitif Edward Redfearn Stephen Mann Brightlingsea SCea S C (DSQ) 34 37 40 DNF 156 .
41st 57050 Timothy Needham Sophie Lowndes S C Staunton Harold SCHarold 39 (DNF) 38 DNF 38 160 .
42nd 47566 Eloise Hanson Kayleigh Hanson Barton S C (DSQ) DNF DNF DNC 26 161 .
43rd 70155 - Tickle Crab? Nick Ward Tom Wright Hollowell S C 36 (DNF) DNF 38 DNF 164 .
44th 59851 Lewis Penson Liam Benson Hornsea S C (DNF) DNF DNS DNS DNS 180 .
                       

 

Class Association Prizes

Trophy: For: Presented? Presented To: Should have been presented to: Held now by / In the care of:
George Over Trophy 1st Overall Helm
YES
Jonny McGovern & Nicola Brook   Jonny McGovern
Commodore's Bowl 1st U19
YES
Jonny McGovern & Nicola Brook   Jonny McGovern
Anchor Trophy 1st U17
YES
Jonny McGovern & Nicola Brook   Jonny McGovern
Sailing the Mirror Trophy 1st Over 39 (Other that the overall winner)
NO
  Guy Wilkins Tim Gray (Damaged, needs replacing)
Apple Trophy
1st Commitee Member Helm
YES
Tim Gray   Tim Gray
G & C Sheward Trophy 1st Lady
YES
Katy McKenzie   Katy McKenzie
Derwent Cup 1st Race 1
YES
Jonny McGovern & Nicola Brook   Jonny McGovern
Techno Sunley Trophy
1st Race 2
YES
Jonny McGovern & Nicola Brook   Jonny McGovern
Fox and Hounds Marine Trophy 1st Race 3
YES
Niki Birrell   Niki Birrell
Peter Drysdale Trophy 1st Race 4
YES
Guy Wilkins   Guy Wilkins
Directors Trophy 1st Race 5
NO
  Niki Birrell Found! Liz Cooke

Last Update 09/05/02 by JGG

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