The Mirror Northerns at Bass on 14th & 15th May had Seventeen entries this year. Five races were scheduled, three on Saturday and a final two on Sunday. The former day’s wind was westerly with adequate strength to keep boats moving but without any overpowering gusts. It was a bright and sunny day which suited competitors and spectators alike.
The first two races were held back to back, with a good westerly wind making the windward legs tactical. In race one it was past National Champion Phil Smith with son Oliver (Bass) who took the win from Alex Taylor with Rory Newstead-Taylor (Leigh & Lowton SC).
In race two Phil Smith’s brother Andy with young Lily as crew narrowly took the win following considerable inter-sibling rivalry. Bass’ Alex & Saskia Leonard took third in the smart craft refurbished by Ginger Boats.
The breeze dropped a little for the final race of the day, with some good opportunities to overtake for those who chose the right side. Phil & Oliver took the win with Naomi with Lucy Smith second and Alex and Rory third.
The following morning started with a calm lake and a postponement flag. But, within the hour the wind was filing in from the south east allowing a course to be set to a mark halfway down the lake. Soon after the start sequence, the wind had strengthened to force 5 with whitecaps throughout. Some of the younger sailors found the wind and the waves a bit scary and headed to shore. In race 1, Alex Taylor and Rory Newstead Taylor revelled in the conditions, finishing ahead of the overnight leaders Phil & Smith, who assessed the situation and concluded that they had sufficient points including their discard to win the Meeting without a final sortie so there were only seven boats contesting the final race. To their great credit that number included Toby Kidd & Charlie Rowell (Ripon) and George Spence / Oliver Bramwell (Hollingworth Lake) both crews realising that the Under 18 Award was now within their grasp.
In a shortened race, and with somewhat improved conditions, the win went to Andy & Lily from Alex & Rory and the Kemp family. Overall, they finished the Championship in those three positions behind outright winners Phil & Oliver.
|1st||Mirror||71013||Bassenthwaite||Phil Smith||Oliver Smith||1.0||2.0||1.0||2.0||24.0||6.0|
|2nd||Mirror||71012||Bassenthwaite||Andy Smith||Lily Smith||3.0||1.0||3.0||1.0||13.0||8.0|
|3rd||Mirror||70639||Leigh and Lowton SC||Alex Taylor||Rory Newstead Taylor||2.0||3.0||1.0||2.0||16.0||8.0|
|4th||Mirror||70960||ASC||J Kemp||Blaise Kemp||4.0||4.0||4.0||3.0||21.0||15.0|
|5th||Mirror||69820||Bassenthwaite||Alex Leonard||Saskia Leonard||4.0||3.0||5.0||5.0||25.0||17.0|
|6th||Mirror||70748||Bassenthwaite||Phil Davenport||Oscar /Rory Davenport||9.0||10.0||6.0||4.0||40.0||29.0|
|7th||Mirror||70142||Bassenthwaite||Naomi Smith||Lucy Smith||7.0||6.0||2.0||DNC||51.0||33.0|
|8th||Mirror||Under 18s||69663||Ripon SC / Hollingworth Lake SC||George Spence||Jasper Bramwell||10.0||12.0||8.0||6.0||48.0||36.0|
|9th||Mirror||Under 18s||69960||Bassenthwaite||Matthew Somerville||Henry Bullen||5.0||9.0||9.0||DNF||59.0||41.0|
|10th||Mirror||70921||Ripon SC||Fiona Spence||Barnaby Kemp||8.0||11.0||6.0||DNC||61.0||43.0|
|11th||Mirror||Under 18s||70961||Bass SC/ DRSC||Toby Kidd||Charlie Rowell||12.0||15.0||10.0||7.0||62.0||44.0|
|12th||Mirror||Under 18s||70391||Bassenthwaite||Henry Kirkpatrick||Cameron Somerville||16.0||14.0||9.0||8.0||65.0||47.0|
|13th||Mirror||70608||Bassenthwaite||Tim Smith||Phoebe Smith||5.0||7.0||DNC||DNC||66.0||48.0|
|14th||Mirror||7241||Bassenthwaite||Paul Clark||Evie or William Clark||11.0||16.0||7.0||DNC||70.0||52.0|
|16th||Mirror||70567||Bassenthwaite||Paul & Jude Allen||Grace & Reuben||15.0||7.0||DNC||DNC||76.0||58.0|
|17th||Mirror||Under 18s||70201||Bassenthwaite||James Reekie||Andrew Reekie||14.0||17.0||DNC||DNC||85.0||67.0|