Andy & Katie Smith's lead narrows to only three points after day 3

33 Mirrors are contesting the UK Mirror National Championships at Pembrokeshire YC. On day 3, all three scheduled races were held in a bright & sunny force 3-4 with a chop caused by the wind against the strengthing ebb tide for races 7 & 8. Courses were triangle, sausage triangle on all races.

Race 6 got away under a black flag after a couple postponements in the final minute of  the start sequence. Chris and Katie Jenkins made a fantastic port tack start by the pin and crossed the fleet. At the windward mark Rebecca Stephens & Niamh O'Neill were leading with Nigel Thomas & Ollie Leary 2nd and Nigel Wakefield & Emma Levison 3rd. Unfortuately one of the reporter's children capsized at the first windward mark requiring maltesers & sympathy to be administered, so I don't have any more mark rounding positions. At the finish it was Reg Grayson & George Stainforth first ahead of Rory Odell & Lewis Bowen second with Chris & Katy Jenkins third.

There was a long delay before race 7 got underway due to a shifting wind. By this stage the tide was ebbing more strongly and the chop was building. Eventually the race got away cleanly under a black flag. At At the windward mark Chris & Katie Jenkins were leading with Reg Grayson & George Stainforth 2nd and Rory Odell & Lewis Bowen 3rd. On the second round the wind dropped a bit. This time it was Reg & George, Chris & Katie and Rory & Lewis all rounding the mark together. There were some more place changes on the final round, but Reg & George held on to win ahead of Tom Cosier & Nick Pugh second with Chris & Katie 3rd.

For race 8 the wind had dropped to a steady 12-14 knots and this meant less chop. Once again the race  got away cleanly under a black flag. Oliver & Hannah Wilson made the best start on a very bias line and were rewarded by rounding the windward mark 6th behind Nigel Wakefield & Emma Levison first, Arran Holman & Lucy Offord second and Andy & Katie Smith third. Also going well were Harriet & Helena Watkins age 10 & 8 respectively- one of the youngest teams competing. At the windward mark on the sausage it was Arran & Lucy leading ahead of Andy & Katie with Tom Cosier & Nick Pugh 3rd. By the finish it was Andy & Katien first ahead of  Tom & Nick with Arran & Lucy 3rd. Harriet & Helena capsized on the final mark gybing their spinnaker,  but  did well to recover the boat and finish the race.

Overall leading positions after seven races

  Sail number   Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Nett
1st 70513 Gill Race Team Andy Smith Katie Smith (16) 1 1 3 4 13 5 1 28
2nd 70756 Little Britches Reg Grayson George Stainforth 6 10 5 4 (11) 1 1 4 31
3rd 70668 Wildcat Angus Hemmings Fraser Hemmings 3 (23) 4 6 1 4 11 9 38
4th 70655 Margot Rory Odell Lewis Bowen 5 12 7 1 9 2 4 (14) 40