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Photos by Barrie Phypers

The 2022 Mirror Western Area championships were held at Restronguet SC, Cornwall on 12th June. Sadly no sailors from any of the other Mirror clubs in Cornwall or the greater SW travelled, but Restronguet's fleet came up trumps with 9 entries. Conditions in the Carrick Roads were pretty well perfect with a force 3-4 from the North West, a flooding tide and sunshine.

Ben & Wilf Lloyd-King sailing 70447 'Fever' (sailing as 63392) led at the first mark of Race 1 with Huw & Beth Reyolds sailing 70790 'Te-feti' and Poppy Luxton & Lottie Tregaskes sailing 69667 'Bold Forester' in hot pursuit. Max Phypers & Emma Sellwood in 70785 'Vegemite Sandwich' (sailing as 70519) had made a rather indifferent start, but steadly moved up through the fleet, capitalizing on any errors in spinnaker handling by the younger, less practiced, crews ahead of them. By the third lap they had taken the lead and race 1 with Huw & Beth second & Ben & Wilf third. There was then a break for lunch ashore - very civilized.

For race 2 Max & Emma made a much better start. Martin Egan & Felix Heffernan in 15563 'Blyskiawica' were OCS and re-crossed the line. This time Max & Emma had a clear lead at the windward mark with Huw & Beth second. At this point Martin & Felix were third, but got the spinnaker retriver line caught under the boat after the gybe and had to retire. Max and Emma held their lead to the finish ahead of Huw & Beth with Poppy & Lottie third.

For race 3 it seemed to pay to go right, which enabled Huw & Beth to build a good lead over Max & Emma which they held to the finish. Poppy & Lottie were unlucky to break their tiller gybing on the final mark while lying third and had to retire. This allowed Ben & Wilf through to take third and Torrunn Brown & Murray Oakes in 70190 'Va Va Voom' up to 4th and 4th overall, there being no discard.

 It was lovely to see some familiar faces from the past - Steve & Kim Long from Q-Mark Sails travelled down from Devon to say 'hello' and watch the action. Thanks to Dave Hollingsworth & team for running the racing and to Kyle Brown for presenting the prizes.


Rank Boat Helm & Crew Club Age code R1 R2 R3 Total
1 70785 - Vegemite Sandwich (sailing as 70519) Max Phypers & Emma Sellwood Restronguet SC U14 1 1 2 4
2 70790 - Te-feti Huw & Beth Reyolds Restronguet SC O39 2 2 1 5
3 70447 - Fever (sailing as 63392) Ben & Wilf Lloyd-King Restronguet SC O19 3 4 3 10
4 70190 - Va Va Voom Torrunn Brown & Murray Oakes Restronguet SC U14 7 5 4 16
5 69667 - Bold Forester Poppy Luxton & Lottie Tregaskes Restronguet SC U16 4 3 RTD 17
6 70725 - Grey Hound Tristan Sellwood & Sam Davis Restronguet SC U13 9 DNF 5 24
7 70390 - Salty Dog Florence & Sally Luxton Restronguet SC O19 8 6 RTD 24
8 15563 - Blyskawica Martin Egan & Felix Heffernan Restronguet SC O49 5 RTD DNS 25
9 70303 - Sounds of Silence Paul & William Scullion Restronguet SC  O19 6 DNS DNS 26


MCA Trophies For Awarded to
Western Area Trophy Winner Overall Max Phypers & Emma Sellwood
Trelawney Tankard Best U15 other than the overall winner Not returned, so could not be awarded (to Torrunn Brown & Murray Oakes)
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