What a great event! The idea to run the 2015 Mirror National Championships alongside Abersoch Mirror Week was judged to be a great success, with 86 boats on the water, 43 in both fleets. Mirror Week is a great institution that has so often been the first event for many top sailors from the North West. and seeing Mike & Katie Budd and Craig & Gabriella Burlton, with a host of National and World Championships between them, was a great example of what a great little boat the Mirror is for introducing children into sailing and racing.
After the frustrations of 'Windy Wednesday' the Mirror Fleet had a long day on the water to catch up with the programme. A steady Southerly 10 to 15 kts breeze, in warm but largely overcast conditions, was ideal to crack in 4 quick races to claw back those missed earlier in the week.
What a difference a day makes. Having had 3 days of glorious sunshine, the forecast for Day Four was unfortunately accurate - rain, a force 5 south easterly wind and a substantial southerly swell onto the beach. Launching off the beach through the breakers was tricky, and the swell on the race course made for exciting sailing.
Waiting for the wind to fill in at Abersoch on day 3 - Photos by Rob Bellfield & Martin Egan
Déjà vu - well, almost, this time it's a three hour postponement. Abersoch Sailing School are giving a discount off doughnut rides, paddleboarding,..... to the Mirror sailors. Big risk of sunburn, sunstroke & heat exhaustion.
The day started with a two hour postponement due to lack of wind. Weather hot and sunny, so a good chance to relax on the beach and go for a swim. This was followed by racing being abandoned for the day.