Ullswater Yacht Club in the Lake District provided the stunning holiday venue and excellent, family friendly, facilities for this years Mirror Nationals from Tuesday 24th to Friday 27th July. 44 boats entered, comprising 24 family teams and a staggering 62 related sailors. A fantastic mixture of adult + child teams competing against teams of older children, and it was a close run thing. Terrific to have an International flavour with Eoghan Duffy & Cathal Langan from Ireland and Alle & Anna Roodbergen from the Netherlands racing. Great to see a spread of experience representing 18 clubs from across the UK from sailors competing in their first Nationals to seasoned hands such as Olympic medallist Simon Hiscocks sailing with his son Louis.
Sadly Tuesday's 'Swallows & Amazons' raid & picnic had to be cancelled due to rain and a lack of wind, however, it did clear up after lunch allowing the early arrivals a chance for some last minute practice and a chance to get a feel for the venue.
Wednesdays racing, scheduled to start after lunch was postponed for a while to allow the breeze to fill in. It did, and the boats launched, at which point it died again. For the next hour and a half it came and went, shifting around, but never enough to get a race underway. In the end the Race Officer sent the fleet ashore, and then postponed racing until Thursday.
Thursday was a bit more like it with moderate southerly shifty breeze and hot sunshine. It took a couple of attempts to start the first race, but after trying a 'P' and a 'U' start, it got away under a black flag. Racing was close throughout the fleet and getting a good start was vital. The race team got three good races in with minimal delay, and the fleet was back ashore in the early afternoon, leaving plenty of time for the younger sailors and some of the parents to play in and around the lake. Day 1 results showed there was only 1 point between 1st and 2nd boats with the rest of the fleet close behind. After sailing there was the AGM and a BBQ on the waterfront.
44 photos (one of each boat) kindly taken by Frank Stewart on Day 3. Boats appear in ranking order, so you should be able to find your boat quickly. All 228 photos taken by Frank on Day 3 are on our Facebook group. Competitors who want a full size version of the original(s) should contact Martin Egan.
On Friday, there was a cracking breeze, from a similar direction to Thursday with hot sunshine - champagne sailing conditions, with plenty of gusts to keep everyone working hard. Once again three races were run with minimal delay, and the fleet was back ashore in the early afternoon, to pack up before the prizegiving. When the results were posted, it was Chris & daughter Daisy Fuller from Hayling Island SC who had won, 4 points ahead of under 15s Ed Coady & Abi Cowley from Derwent Reservoir SC. Ex-World Champion Chris Balding and his son Alex from Island Barn SC were third. The 4th, 5th & 6th boats were all equal on points showing how close the racing had been.
The Bronze fleet winners were Oscar Shilling & Patrick Beukenholdt from Derwent Reservoir SC
Results in full (6 races sailed, one discard), showing Bronze fleet boats where they would have been (approx) had they been measured.
|Rank||Boat||Helm & Crew||Club||Fleet||Age||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||R6||Total||Net|
|1||70915 - Ripples||Chris & Daisy Fuller||Hayling Island SC||Gold||2||1||1||(11)||1||4||20||9|
|2||70805 - MCA demo boat||Edward Coady & Abi Cowley||Derwent Reservoir SC||Gold||U15||1||2||2||3||(9)||5||22||13|
|3||70810 - YOLO||Chris & Alex Balding||Island Barn SC||Gold||5||4||6||1||(8)||2||26||18|
|4||70883 (sailing as NED 7)||Alle & Anna Roodbergen||K.W.V.L. / KWVL||Gold||7||8||3||(9)||3||1||31||22|
|5||70743 - Yeti||Simon & Louis Hiscocks||WPNSA / Castle Cove SC||Gold||(38)||5||5||2||2||8||60||22|
|6||70654 - Smurf||George & Richard Bullock||Itchenor SC||Gold||3||(10)||7||5||4||3||32||22|
|7||70472 - Wild Thing||David & Olivia Coady||Derwent Reservoir SC||Gold||4||3||(8)||4||6||6||31||23|
|8||70840 - Winder demo boat (sailing as 70791)||Angus & Lou Lou Hemmings||Gold||6||7||(9)||7||7||7||43||34|
|9||70806 - Rascal||Sandy & Douglas Simpson||Bassenthwaite SC||Gold||U19||(15)||11||4||6||5||9||50||35|
|B1||70782 - Trident||Oscar Shilling & Patrick Beukenholdt||Derwent Reservoir SC||Bronze||U19||1||1||1||1||(3)||1||8||5|
|10||70606 - All The Right Reasons||Paul & Harrison Smalley||Chew Valley Lake SC||Gold||13||13||10||8||13||(17)||74||57|
|11||70637 - Pluto||David & Tamara Leach||Crawley Mariners YC||Gold||12||9||15||10||(18)||14||78||60|
|12||70819 - Rooster||Ellie Clark & Daisy Desorgher||Ripon SC||Gold||U19||9||15||(25)||14||14||10||87||62|
|13||70562 - A Close Shave||Eoghan Duffy & Cathal Langan||Lough Ree YC / Clontarf Y&BC||Gold||10||12||14||16||(17)||11||80||63|
|14||70739||Katy & Rachael Jenkins||Bowmoor SC||Gold||20||(22)||11||13||10||13||89||67|
|15||70519 - MCA demo boat (sailing as 7079)||Luke Stewart & Sebastian Shilling||Derwent Reservoir SC||Gold||16||14||(18)||15||12||12||87||69|
|B2||63193 - Clarabel||George Stewart & Pete Cowley||Kielder Water SC||Bronze||U15||2||3||3||(4)||1||2||15||11|
|B3||70809 - Brilliant||David & Elizabeth Shilling||Derwent Reservoir SC||Bronze||(3)||2||2||3||2||3||15||12|
|16||70673 - Gone With The Wind III||George Lenney & Martin Egan||Restronguet SC||Gold||19||6||22||20||(23)||18||108||85|
|17||70703 - Double Trouble||Tom Ewart Smith & Ollie Clifford Bowles||Itchenor SC||Gold||U15||14||17||12||(28)||20||23||114||86|
|18||70620 - Aquacadabra||Tom Glaister & Fred Langhorne||Itchenor SC||Gold||U15||26||23||(31)||12||11||15||118||87|
|19||70549 - Purple Reign||Nuala Sellwood & Oscar Phypers||Restronguet SC||Gold||U15||8||(31)||20||31||15||16||121||90|
|20||70587 - Hummingbird||Alice Bullock & Alice Turner||Itchenor SC||Gold||U15||(27)||16||13||17||21||25||119||92|
|21||70725 - Grey Hound||Bella Cockwell & Tamsyn Stacey||Restronguet SC||Gold||U15||23||(25)||16||18||25||20||127||102|
|22||70513 - Gill Race Team||Ron Vass & Levi Woodroffe-Vass||Reading SC||Gold||17||21||(32)||26||24||19||139||107|
|23||70905 - Big Dippers||Paul & Gabriel Nichols||Chew Valley Lake SC||Gold||18||18||26||24||(29)||22||137||108|
|24||70785 - Vegimite Sandwich||Maxwell Phypers & Emma Sellwood||Restronguet SC||Gold||U13||21||20||19||22||27||(31)||140||109|
|25||70442 - Filthy Gorgeous||Bob Towler & Joshua Scott||Beaver SC||Gold||(35)||27||24||23||16||21||146||111|
|26||70714 - Peer Pressure||Steven & Joe Bland||Poole YC||Gold||24||19||(29)||21||19||28||140||111|
|27||70512 - Tangled||Henry Jones & Anthony Harvey||Itchenor SC||Gold||U15||11||28||21||25||(33)||30||148||115|
|B4||68099 - Redwing||George & Rosie Harston||Oxford & Cambridge SS||Bronze||4||5||(6)||2||5||5||27||21|
|28||70503||Isabel & George Massey||Itchenor SC||Gold||U15||25||26||17||29||28||(32)||157||125|
|29||70721||John-Paul & Daniel Marks||Cambridge University CC||Gold||22||(38)||30||19||22||38||169||131|
|30||70190 - Va Va Voom||Freya Brown & Poppy Luxton||Restronguet SC||Gold||U13||28||24||27||27||26||(35)||167||132|
|31||70187 - HeyHo||Emma & Chloe Brisley||Dalgety Bay SC||Gold||31||29||23||(33)||30||24||170||137|
|B5||66787 - Honeychu||Julie Vass & Shiloh Woodroffe-Vass||Reading SC||Bronze||5||4||4||(6)||4||6||29||23|
|B6||69992 - Swan Lake (sailing as 69667)||Barrie Phypers & Florence Luxton||Restronguet SC||Bronze||(6)||6||5||5||6||4||32||26|
|32||70447 - Fever||Kyle & Torrunn Brown||Restronguet SC||Gold||33||(34)||34||30||32||26||189||155|
|33||67559 - Tigerella||Erin Young & Erin Tinkler||Scaling Dam SC||Gold||30||(33)||33||32||31||29||188||155|
|34||70790 - Ship-A-Dee-Do-Dah||Hattie Glaister & Allegra Massey||Itchenor SC||Gold||U13||29||35||35||(38)||36||27||200||162|
|B7||59254||Richard & James Trevithick||Whitefriars SC||Bronze||7||7||7||7||7||(8)||43||35|
|35||70624 - Vitamin Sea||Emilia House & Lottie Glaister||Itchenor SC||Gold||U13||32||(39.5)||28||35||34||33||201.5||162|
|36||15563 - Blyskawica||William & Tristan Sellwood||Restronguet SC||Gold||(38)||32||36||34||38||34||212||174|
|37||70648 - MCA demo boat (sailing as 70783)||Polly Ewart-Smith & Eleanor Thomas||Itchenor SC||Gold||U13||34||36||(37)||36||35||36||214||177|
Prizegiving photos were kindly taken by Steve Lenney & Jenny Clarke. Competitors who want a full size version of the original(s) should contact Martin Egan. Thanks to Ami Lenney for cleaning the trophies that were returned uncleaned, and for organising the prizegiving.
There were spot prizes for all the under 15s sailing at their first National Championships.
There were books on dinghy racing, kindly donated by Fernhurst Books, who also publish 'The Mirror Book'. These were awarded to:
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