2005 Southern Area Championships at Itchenor

A fleet of Mirrors running close together with spinnakers flying sailing towards the camera and the leeward mark (out of shot) while others race past them to windward

It was Saturday the 17th of September, and Itchenor was looking at its best in the bright (if slightly cold) sunshine for the first day of the Mirror Southerns. As Itchenor had only hosted two Mirror open meetings before this, and never a championship as large as the Southerns, this was by no means an easy task for the class captain, Sarah FitzGerald and the many other people who helped to make the event happen.

With a forecast for light winds and roaring tides, the sailing was never going to be easy, but this didn't put off the forty-seven mirrors that entered, Peter Gray even turning up to the event without a crew or a place to stay!

With a first race at 11.15, it wasn't long before the mirrors were setting off down the harbour, navigating carefully past the thirty-odd oppies that were setting out from Bosham.

A wooden Mirror dinghy approaching the windward mark (out of shot) with the helm & crew standing up, preparing to hoist the spinnaker

The first race was won by John and Jamie Clementson, who came third place in the recent World Championships in Sweden, and who NARROWLY beat ex-national squad sailors Eloise and Kayleigh Hanson. Jack Yeoman did extremely well with a 5th place, his best of the series but six other boats, including Peter Gray, despite having managed to find a crew in Jo Kalderon, sailed the wrong course and so had to retire or else be disqualified.

With the tides getting stronger the second race was sailed around lunch time, this also won by the Clementsons, from Chipstead Sailing Club, with Hector and Ben Cisneros taking second place.

A fleet of Mirrors manouvering into position ready to start on starboard tack with the pin end mark in shot

The last race of the day began in good winds, with both Peter Gray and Shaun Mason getting good starts. However, as Shaun stayed out of the tide until the last possible moment, he had achieved a strong lead by the windward mark. During the second beat, however, the wind began to drop and fell almost completely as the majority of the fleet approached the windward mark. Despite the wind eventually picking up, many boats didn't finish within the 20 minutes after the first boat time limit and so were scored DNF. Jack Yeoman, Jack Pudney and Tom Sandsberg were amongst the Itchenor boats that didn't finish, with Jilli Darling and Jake Woolfenden the last Itchenor boats to finish, with less than two minutes until the time limit was up! With Chris Darling as Senior Race Officer, it was a nerve-wracking finish on the Committee boat. Emma Houlihan and Emily Mackenzie handled the conditions extremely well to win the race, with Hector Cisneros in second place. Rebecca Kalderon and Olivia Peacock also sailed well to come third, their best result.

Back to the club and Itchenor's very own Olympic Sailor, Christina Bassedone, was there to give a talk to the Mirror sailors, on her journey from Itchenor Mirror sailing to 470 at Athens and on hopefully to Bejing. This was followed by drinks and supper in the club.

The next day dawned as if it was still summer, with a warm sun and very light winds. Many of the competitors didn't think at first that any races would be held!

However, the race officers didn't agree and so... it was decided to tow all 47 boats down harbour. Something of an achievement for the rescue boat crews organised by Andy FitzGerald. As the boats neared the race area the sea breeze arrived to give perfect high tide harbour sailing. Peter Gray and Jo Kalderon one the 4th race ahead of Hector and Ben Cisneros with The Barry sisters from Brighlingsea in third. In the sparkling sunshine and 8 knots of breeze race 5 was won by National Champions the Cisneros ahead of Emma Houlihan with local sailer Ed FitzGerald and James Wallace in third. The race win secured the event for Hector and this left the last race to decide the runner up places.

Sean Mason secured a fine win, leading from the start with Peter Gray second and Ed Fitz again third, this giving Ed the best Itchenor boat prize ahead of Rebecca Kalderon in 7th and 8 th places overall.

Sun, tide, close racing and partying - just another Itchenor weekend!

Photos of all the boats in ranking order 1 to 45, except 38th (not photographed), photos are © Nick Bottomley www.ocean-pictures.co.uk, there are some more Nick Bottomley photos here.

Sailed: 6  Discards: 1  To count: 5  Entries: 47
RankSail NoHelm & CrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Nett
1 69912 - Benina Milkshake Hector & Ben Cisneros Reading SC 8.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 DNF 15.0
2 70347 - Logical Peter Gray & Jo Kalderon Staunton Harold SC DNF 4.0 7.0 1.0 4.0 2.0 18.0
3 70346 - Rush Emma Houlihan & Emily Mackenzie  (aka m 'n' m which appeared on the transom) Royal Windermere YC DNF 9.0 1.0 5.0 2.0 4.0 21.0
4 70055 - Female of the Species Sean Mason & Ed Hampton-Matthews Hilhead SC 7.0 5.0 4.0 16.0 5.0 1.0 22.0
5 70222 - Whatever! John & Jamie Clementson Chipstead SC 1.0 1.0 8.0 OCS 6.0 7.0 23.0
6 69776 - Pthreetle Emma & Martina Barry Brightlingsea YC 3.0 6.0 5.0 3.0 7.0 13.0 24.0
7 70361 - Simply Red Edward FitzGerald & James Wallace Itchenor SC 4.0 3.0 19.0 20.0 3.0 3.0 32.0
8 70274 - Illiswilgig (sailing as 70373) Rebecca Kalderon & Olivia Peacock Itchenor SC 18.0 8.0 3.0 4.0 18.0 5.0 38.0
9 70223 - Eat My Shorts Liam Arrowsmith & Richard Long Royal Plymouth YC 6.0 10.0 13.0 6.0 9.0 BFD 44.0
10 70176 - Double Trouble Eloise & Kayleigh Hansen Covenhan SC 2.0 14.0 11.0 12.0 12.0 10.0 47.0
11 70258 - Checkmate Jamie Knill & Lewis Rumbol Poole YC 9.0 15.0 15.0 14.0 21.0 6.0 59.0
12 70155 - Tickle Crab Graham & James Griffen CYC 13.0 7.0 16.0 9.0 23.0 19.0 64.0
13 70356 - Mission Impossible David Conlon & Mitchell Bond Brightlingsea YC 21.0 16.0 6.0 OCS 15.0 9.0 67.0
14 70354 - Blue Tack Helena Newell & Charlotte FitzGerald Itchenor SC 17.0 11.0 10.0 8.0 35.0 22.0 68.0
15 39970 - Desparate Measure Inge-Lisa Hansen & Hannah Mitchell Covenhan SC 15.0 21.0 DNF 15.0 10.0 21.0 82.0
16 70253 - Breathless Jilli Darling & Emma Spruce Itchenor SC 12.0 26.0 25.0 13.0 11.0 BFD 87.0
17 69907 - Crianza William Field & Joshua Barrow Mounts Bay SC 10.0 13.0 17.0 28.0 36.0 27.0 95.0
18 70362 - Utter Chaos Chris Rust & Alex Lloyd Brightlingsea YC 24.0 23.0 12.0 23.0 17.0 20.0 95.0
19 70370 - Sir Bashalot Jack Yeoman & Chantal Crane Itchenor SC 5.0 18.0 DNF OCS 22.0 8.0 101.0
20 70153 - No Patience III Philip Benn & Oliver Townsend Ripon SC 16.0 19.0 29.0 25.0 29.0 12.0 101.0
21 70184 - Take Two Henry & George Spreckley Itchenor SC 27.0 27.0 18.0 18.0 31.0 16.0 106.0
22 67493 - Aquavento David & Jack Moore Blithfield SC 20.0 29.0 26.0 17.0 34.0 17.0 109.0
23 70324 - Soilmec Lilly Carlisle  & Becky Wallbank Ripon SC 11.0 30.0 24.0 22.0 41.0 23.0 110.0
24 70008 - CHaRISma Rosie Sibthorp  & Lisa McDanell Itchenor SC 26.0 17.0 30.0 10.0 28.0 30.0 111.0
25 70366 - Great White Charlie Hartley  & Hugo Sloper Itchenor SC 22.0 32.0 14.0 DSQ 33.0 14.0 115.0
26 70154 - Passing Wind Tom & James Lovesey Warsash SC 19.0 24.0 22.0 OCS 25.0 29.0 119.0
27 70190 - Va Va Voom James Wilkinson & Beth White Mounts Bay SC 23.0 34.0 DNF 21.0 14.0 28.0 120.0
28 70167 - Rooster Henry Westropp  & Jeremy Williamson Royal Windermere YC OCS 20.0 9.0 19.0 27.0 DSQ 123.0
29 69334 - Défonce-toi! Sean & Emily Hampton-Matthews Warsash SC 28.0 25.0 33.0 24.0 20.0 26.0 123.0
30 70133 - Whitewash Carla & Katy Sheldon Royal Plymouth YC 31.0 31.0 20.0 27.0 16.0 33.0 125.0
31 70280 - The Other Half George Yeoman & Anna MacKenzie Itchenor SC DNC DNC DNC 7.0 13.0 11.0 127.0
32 69943 - Phourtle John Harvey & James Brant Mounts Bay SC 29.0 12.0 32.0 29.0 32.0 25.0 127.0
33 70292 - Speedy Weed Jake Woolfenden & Charlie Birkett Itchenor SC DNF 35.0 27.0 26.0 30.0 18.0 136.0
34 70341 - On the Huh! Christopher Matthews & Michael Conlon Brightlingsea YC 14.0 33.0 23.0 OCS 19.0 DNF 137.0
35 70364 - Mega Wind Megan Pudney & Angus Peacock Itchenor SC 25.0 37.0 28.0 31.0 24.0 31.0 139.0
36 7559 Alexander Lindsey & Matt Slater Itchenor SC DNC 22.0 21.0 30.0 39.0 37.0 149.0
37 69966 - Little Wind Jack Pudney & Nicholas Britton Itchenor SC 35.0 28.0 DNF 35.0 40.0 24.0 162.0
38 70166 - Mr Blobby Chris & Christopher Swinchatt Chipstead SC DNC DNC DNC OCS 8.0 15.0 167.0
39 30792 Angus Carlisle & Ian Wallbank Ripon SC 30.0 38.0 31.0 OCS BFD 32.0 179.0
40 70189 - Conker James Grant & Isabelle Howells Penzance 32.0 39.0 DNF 32.0 42.0 36.0 181.0
41 70185 Tom Sandberg & Will Reid Itchenor SC DNF 40.0 DNF 11.0 BFD 38.0 185.0
42 69339 - Shufti Shufti Katharine Marsden & Millie Maudsley Itchenor SC DNF 43.0 DNF 36.0 26.0 35.0 188.0
43 34330 Olivia Bottomley & Oliver Britton Itchenor SC DNF 41.0 DNF 34.0 37.0 34.0 194.0
44 69969 - Atomic Eel Sienna Murdoch & Tara Bottomley Itchenor SC DNF 42.0 DNF 33.0 38.0 BFD 209.0
45 70228? - Speedflea? (sailing as 67979 - Firebolt) Isabel FitzGerald & Lucy Hartley Itchenor SC 33.0 DNF DNC 37.0 DNF DNF 214.0
46 43013 - Lightning Grace Spreckley & Annie Thorpe Itchenor SC 34.0 36.0 DNF DSQ DSQ DSQ 214.0
47 69202 - C U Later /Knight Warrior Charlie Crane & Harriet Marsden Itchenor SC DNC DNC DNC DNF DNC DNC 240.0

 

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