2002 Western Areas at Chew Valley Lake SC 31st August & 1st September

A father and son sailing a grey wooden Mirror downwind with the crew concentrating on trimming the spinnaker

There was an excellent turnout of 59 Mirrors for the Western Area Championship held at Chew Valley Lake SC over the weekend 31st August & 1st September. Conditions were warm and sunny with a generally light, patchy and shifty breeze marking the blue water of the lake surface. The lush greens of the unspoilt Mendip hills formed a breathtaking backdrop to complete a picture postcard scene.

Being both a National Squad and South West Zone Squad qualifier as well as a Tasmania 2003 Worlds travel grants qualifier, the event attracted boats from as far away as Sunderland, Windermere, Penzance and Brightlingsea. The team at Chew Valley really know how to put on a good event and the race management was superb and ashore the boat parking and launching was easy and the clubhouse provided great spectating and good lunches and Saturday evening meal for both competitors and supporters. Although there was no camping on site, the local fruit farm was ideal, with a lovely secluded field with the tents and campervans all around the edge and the kids playing football in the middle and only £2 per pitch per night.

Four Mirror dinghies racing close together with spinnakers set, running towards a leeward mark

Daniel & James Ellis led race 1 for the first lap, but they were eventually overhauled by Guy and Joe Wilkins in the light shifty conditions with Stuart Bithell and Holly Scott lying 3rd when the course was shortened after 2 laps plus a beat. Race 2 was subject to a general recall, but the fleet got away on the 1st black flag start. Vince and Thomas Horey, just back from the Fireball Nationals, dominated the race with Craig and Mitchell Bond 2nd and Tim and Jenny Gray 3rd. Elena Bremer and Tom Kirkbright from Hollingsworth Lake SC initally led race 3, but were caught by the chasing pack at the gybe mark. Stuart Bithell went on to win with Tim Gray 2nd and Guy Wilkins lying 3rd when the race was shortened at the gybe mark on the 3rd lap.

A large fleet of Mirror dinghies about to start with a bit of a bunch at the pin end with the camera to leeward and ahead of the pin

On Saturday evening, a tree swing, being used by Stuart Bithell, who was leading overall, broke. Stuart was rushed off to casualty where it was found he had sustained two broken toes, bruising and a cut to the head. He appeared on Sunday morning with a crutch, his foot in plaster and stitches in his head wound (but alas, no parrot !). Sailing was out of the question so Holly Scott gamely took over, helming in race 4 with a stand in crew, but was some way off the pace.

Stuart was leading both the event and the Tasmania Grant selection and needed at least one good result from the Sunday to stay in the frame. Despite his leg in full plaster with broken toes and stitches in the gash to his head, Stuart was gently lifted into his boat for the final race and with superb crewing from Holly Scott who did all the moving, they came in third to give them second overall and 1st in the Tasmania Grant rankings.

A boy, with his foot in plaster, wrapped in a black binliner, in a Mirror dinghy and holding onto a pontoon, with his crew on the opposite side grinning

It was lovely to see so many new faces and Rob Grieg-Gran, one of the SW Zone Coaches, was out on the water on the Sunday talent spotting for both the SW Squad and the National Squad. See the Squad pages for the rankings. Kate MacGregor, 12, won the prize for youngest helm and prizes were awarded for the first twelve boats. A new permanent MCA Junior Trophy, the Trelawney Tankard, kindly donated by Martin Egan, was presented to top juniors Daniel & James Ellis from Plym YC.

Editors note: I have taken the liberty of combining Errol Edwards report on Yachts & Yachting with Jan Grieg-Gran's website report to create this article.

Boat No. Helm & Crew Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Discard Points Position
39508 - Norbert Guy & Joe Wilkins Chipstead SC 1 8 3 4 1 8 9 1
70172 - ‘Av It Stuart Bithell & Holly Scott Hollingworth Lake SC 3 5 1 51 3 51 12 2
70101 Tim & Jenny Gray Staunton Harold SC 13 3 2 3 8 13 16 3
70163 - Sven Vincent & Thomas Horey King George SC DNS 1 7 7 4 7 19 4
70132 - We Take Plastic Daniel & James Ellis Plym YC 2 7 21 6 7 21 22 5
69907 - Crianza Jonathan McGovern & Nicola Brook Hollingworth Lake SC 22 4 8 1 12 22 25 6
70091 - Trident-UK Josh & Judi Gebhard Derwent Reservoir SC 7 10 4 14 5 14 26 7
70154 - Passing Wind Craig & Mitchell Bond Brightlingsea SC 4 2 12 11 10 12 27 8
69164 - Be Realistic Niki & Christian Birrell Winsford Flash SC 12 6 20 9 2 20 29 9
69943 - Phourtle Ben Crompton & James Budd Budworth SC 43 14 6 16 6 43 42 10
70182 - Agamemnon Rosie Chapman & Josh Prichard Mount's Bay SC 6 12 9 22 23 23 49 11
70186 Peter Gray  & Helen Williamson Staunton Harold SC 16 13 33 10 13 33 52 12
69683 - George Katie & Anna Mackenzie Royal Windermere YC 17 11 22 17 11 22 56 13
70009 - Nik-Nak Darren Roach & Ed Grieg Gran Royal Plymouth Corinthian YC 10 15 14 18 20 20 57 14
70159 - Trident-UK Andrew Conn & Jake Gebhard Derwent Reservoir SC 14 16 18 13 16 18 59 15
23997 - Jessamine Lewis Crawford & Kyle Ruffell Penzance SC 26 9 24 12 15 26 60 16
69726 - Blew Ned McNulty & Tom Hodkinson Hill Head SC 9 17 16 27 21 27 63 17
70153 - No Patience III Gareth Hughes & Cameron Sharp Hollingworth Lake SC 21 41 29 2 18 41 70 18
69667 - Bold Forester Martin Egan & Sarah Burge Poole YC 27 23 17 8 22 27 70 19
69648 - Kaffufle Matt & Carly Burge Poole YC 8 19 31 15 60 60 73 20
69905 - Nauti Nick Nick Watson & Josh Laine Royal Plymouth Corinthian YC 11 37 5 45 25 45 78 21
70008 - CHaRISma Chris Doe & Alison Macgregor Poole YC 36 18 34 19 9 36 80 22
69972 - Plastic Poo Number 2 Becky Partridge & Emily Mackenzie Budworth SC 34 24 23 20 14 34 81 23
70002 - Magic Robert Struckett & George Yeoman Itchenor SC 18 27 13 26 36 36 84 24
70003 - Encore Une Fois Tom Robinson & Shaun Mason Warsash SC 24 20 15 39 26 39 85 25
69731 - Blizzard Tom Crompton& Will Edwards Budworth SC 20 22 19 29 37 37 90 26
69891 - TBB Gareth Evans & James Silcock Warsash SC 15 46 25 25 29 46 94 27
70133 - Whitewash Daniel Jacobs & James Beer Starcross YC 48 31 11 21 33 48 96 28
70055 - Female of the Species Kate Macgregor & Lucy Macgregor Poole YC 5 48 39 34 19 48 97 29
70151 - Fairground Attraction Oliver Turner & Charlotte Jones Starcross YC 45 35 48 5 17 48 102 30
69724 - Baptism Of Fire Natalie Roach & Carla Sheldon Royal Plymouth Corinthian YC 23 25 37 31 24 37 103 31
69906 - Boudicea Edward Redfearn & Steven Mann Brightlingsea SC 31 21 28 28 30 31 107 32
60005 Anna Row & Lindsey Cook Penzance SC 28 30 40 24 31 40 113 33
70024 - Nervania Nerissa Booth & Silvania Booth Poole YC 29 28 27 30 DSQ 60 54 34
69417 - Sharp Practice Elena Bremer & Tom Kirkbright Hollingworth Lake SC 38 32 10 47 39 47 119 35
70166 - One Step at a Time Ben Arscott & Andrew Hickman Royal Western YC 25 33 41 36 34 41 128 36
69439 - B-Czar Megan Baker & Will Mcgrath Starcross YC 42 26 36 40 27 42 129 37
1016 - Yogi Andrew Shaw & Jillian Darling Itchenor SC 41 29 30 43 32 43 132 38
69957 - Rock It Laura Hall & Natalie Attfield Plym YC 50 44 26 48 28 50 146 39
70141 - The Business Juliet & Richard Long Plym YC 47 39 32 38 40 47 149 40
69969 - Atomic Eel Selena & Sophie Knight Itchenor SC 35 34 45 37 44 45 150 41
64909 Lee Narkeous & Michael Stillman  Draycote Water SC 39 40 49 23 DSQ 60 91 42
47566 Eloise & Kayleigh Hansen Covenham SC 37 42 43 41 35 43 155 43
69182 Patrick & Emma Houlihan Royal Windermere YC 53 38 42 35 41 53 156 44
70125 - It’s a Girl Thing Victoria & Hannah Cobb Poole YC 32 36 44 52 45 52 157 45
70167 - Tactic Ewan Marshall & Daniel Dickens Plym YC 33 49 38 44 43 49 158 46
67979 - Firebolt Alice Darling & Jess Wigmore Itchenor SC 19 47 50 56 50 56 166 47
70155 - Tickle Crab Nick Ward & Tom Wright Hollowell SC 30 43 51 46 49 51 168 48
54331 - Kinda Magic Jonathan Rickard & Jonathan Hall Plym YC 55 52 46 33 38 55 169 49
44814 - No Excuses Jenny & Andy Macgregor Poole YC 40 45 53 32 60 60 170 50
67808 Paddy Adams & Andrew Rose Chew Valley Lake SC 46 53 35 57 51 57 185 51
69671 - Elemonentry Sally Gentry & Anneka Stephens Brightlingsea SC 51 51 52 42 47 52 191 52
67993 Peter Hooper & Luke Michale Saltash SC 49 54 56 49 42 56 194 53
69334 - Défonce-toi! Lewis Turner & Cary Turner Starcross YC 44 OCS 47 50 53 60 134 54
54539 - Starlight? Charlotte & Sophie Brett Looe SC 52 50 54 53 46 54 201 55
26550 Brian & George Kitching Frampton On Seven SC 54 56 58 54 48 58 212 56
68999 Benjamin & Joshua Williams Plym YC 57 55 55 58 52 58 219 57
29871 Mark Dinwoodie & Jenny/oliver Chew Valley Lake SC 56 57 57 55 60 60 225 58
99 Rebecca Brown & Hannah Williams Plym YC 58 58 59 RTD RTD 60 235 59

Class Association Prizes

Trophy: Year: For: Presented? Presented To: Should have been presented to: Held now by / In the care of:
Western Area Trophy
2002 1st Overall
Yes
Guy & Joe Wilkins . Guy Wilkins
Trelawney Tankard 2002 1st Juniors
Yes
Daniel & James Ellis . Daniel Ellis

 

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