2011 Crewsaver Mirror Nationwide & Southern Areas at Itchenor Sailing Club

A close up of two teenage boys sailing their white GRP Mirror wearing very cool sunglasses

The event took place at Itchenor Sailing Club over the weekend 2nd/3rd July. Jonathan Davies, the Mirror Class Captain, and his team made everyone welcome on a gloriously sunny day with light winds. Over a third of the competitors were local with many juniors participating.

The first race saw the tide still coming in which made it tricky getting out to the start line and then a challenge not to be swept too far behind the start line. Kim May-Papailiou and Amy Sparks got to the windward mark 1st and held their lead throughout the race. The tide changed direction towards the end of the first race which called for some new tactics. 2nd place was taken by Rosie and Madeleine Watkins. 3rd was awarded to Nigel Thomas and 6yr old Helena Watkins.

A fleet of Mirrors lined up at the very start of a race

After a general recall the 2nd race got underway and there was a close battle along the 2 reaches of the 1st triangle. The position of the top 5 boats was constantly changing with Matt and Ben Lulham-Robinson finally taking the win with Millie and Nick Pugh taking 2nd place and Sarah and George Richards 3rd.

The 3rd and final race of the day finally started after 2 recalls and, once again the top places positions were closely fought with Matt and Ben pipping Helena Pugh and Libby Courage to the post and Sarah and George once again taking 3rd.

Itchenor SC hosted a BBQ in the warm evening sun.

Sunday morning offered more sunshine but very little wind at first.

However, as we were making our way to the sailing area a moderate sea breeze began to build. The tide was still going in which, again, made it difficult to maintain position on the start line. Sarah and George Richards got into the lead and attained an impressive lead throughout. A spectacular performance by Itchenor juniors Grace Yeoman and Annabel Fisk secured them 2nd place. With 3rd taken by Nigel Thomas and Helena Watkins.

The water was slackening by the start of the final race of the event although it still paid to go left in order get into shallower water and less tide. Matt and Ben Lulham-Robinson went left off the start line and took a respectable lead which they maintained throughout. Nigel and Helena took 2nd with Rosie and Madeleine 3rd.

Some photos taken on day one. Boats appear in ranking order (apart from 20th place who didn't sail on day one), so you should be able to find your boat quickly. Photos kindly taken by Mary Pudney

Loads more exciting Mary Pudney Pictures here. 

Overall Results:

Rank SailNo Helm  & Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Nett Total
1 70658 - Arctic Donkeez - The Sequel Matthew & Benjamin Lulham-Robinson YOYD SC -11 1 1 5 1 8 19
2 70563 - Flat Stanley Nigel Thomas  & Helena Watkins Hamble River SC 3 (31.0 OCS) 5 3 2 13 44
3 70618 - Tinytanic Sarah & George Richards Pennine SC 7 3 3 1 -11 14 25
4 70582 - Blue Belle Rosie & Madeleine Watkins Poole YC 2 7 7 -8 3 19 27
5 70462 - Benina Split (sailing as 70518) Helena Pugh  & Libby Courage Poole YC -13 5 2 10 5 22 35
6 70668 - Wildcat (sailing as 70426) Milly & Nick Pugh Poole YC 8 2 4 9 (31.0 RAF) 23 54
7 70673 - Gone With The Wind III Kim May-Papailiou  & Amy Sparks Poole YC 1 4 10 -13 9 24 37
8 70606 - All The Right Reasons James Wilkinson  & Esmé Shepherd Restronguet SC -9 6 8 6 4 24 33
9 70190 - Va Va Voom Tom Cosier & Niamh O'Neill Restronguet 4 10 6 11 -13 31 44
10 70549 - Purple Reign Mali & Drystan Harnett Whitstable YC 10 8 11 -14 6 35 49
11 70624 - Blonde Moments Grace Yeoman & Annabel Fisk Itchenor SC 5 16 -20 2 15 38 58
12 70182 - Thunder & Lightning Archie & Bruce Grant Itchenor SC 6 12 14 -21 10 42 63
13 70520 - Fish Katie Davies & Gemma Keers Itchenor SC 12 -19 13 7 12 44 63
14 70639 - Puffin' Along (sailing as 70274) Joanna Kalderon & Ottilie Spruit Itchenor SC 15 11 12 12 -18 50 68
15 70575 Will & Millie Moss Itchenor SC 20 9 19 -24 7 55 79
16 70631 - Chips Isabel Davies & Rebecca Addison Itchenor SC 14 14 -22 15 16 59 81
17

70347 - Poppy Blue (sailing as 7058)

Anna & Harriet Watkins Poole YC (31.0 RAF) 15 9 20 17 61 92
18 70442 - Filthy Gorgeous Bob Towler  Beaver SC 16 13 16 16 -23 61 84
19 70362 - Utter Chaos Oliver & James King Brightlingsea SC 17 17 -18 18 14 66 84
20 70519 - MCA demo boat Alex Heyman & Alice Courage Sidmouth SC (31.0 DNC) 31.0 DNC 31.0 DNC 4 8 74 105
21 70505 - Scarlett Monkey Eleanor Bellfield & Alice Buchanan Warsash SC -21 20 15 19 20 74 95
22 70676 - Racing Demon Celia Hansell & Tallulah Comins Itchenor SC 19 21 17 -23 21 78 101
23 70560 - Phoenix Jenny Lorimer & Rosie Daniels Warsash SC 22 18 21 -25 22 83 108
24 70644 Paddy Jefferies  & Edward Hansell Itchenor SC 23 22 (31.0 RAF) 27 26 98 129
25 70583 - Polar Bear Harriet & Adrian Fisk Itchenor 18 23 (31.0 DNC) 28 31.0 DNF 100 131
26 70584 - Bubblegum Felix Jeffries & Natasha Ewart-Smith Itchenor SC (31.0 DNC) 31.0 DNC 31.0 DNC 17 24 103 134
27 70502 - World Of Its Own Will Kalderon & Eleanor Keers   (31.0 DNC) 31.0 DNC 31.0 DNC 22 19 103 134
28 70003 - Encore Une Fois Jack Bonsor & Harvey Ashworth   (31.0 DNC) 31.0 DNC 31.0 DNC 26 25 113 144
29 2468 Isabel & Mike Harris   (31.0 DNC) 31.0 DNC 31.0 DNC 31.0 DNF 31.0 DNF 124 155
29 70504 - Swift Emily & Pippa Heath Itchenor SC (31.0 DNC) 31.0 DNC 31.0 DNC 31.0 DNF 31.0 DNC 124 155

 

A grey GRP Mirror capsizing by a mark with the helm & crew hanging onto the windward gunwale 

In addition to providing very generous prizes for the first 3 positions Crewsaver also supplied 10 spot prizes which were awarded for “special acheivements” including the only capsize!

Grace Yeoman and Annabel Fisk were awarded the 1st Itchenor Boat Trophy coming 11th overall.

Matt and Ben Lulham-Robinson took the Mirror Southern Championship Trophy. Rosie and Midge Watkins took the junior prize.

Everyone is now looking forward to August 2012 when Itchenor host the Mirror Nationals.

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