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Miracle Inland Championship at Welton Sailing Club

by Ian Williamsoni on 13 Jun 2016 4-5 June 2016
Miracle Inlands at Welton © Kenneth Gibson

The welcoming smell of frying bacon wafted through the air as we arrived at Welton Sailing Club on Saturday morning. Gradually more and more people arrived and eventually there were 11 boats ready to race.

The wind was light and fickle for the first race. Everyone must have been so keen to get started that several boats were over the line before the start signal resulting in a general recall. After that everyone behaved themselves for the rest of the weekend. The first leg varied from a beat to a reach and back again. Graham Watts and Helen Jacks (38 - Staunton Harold SC) was in the lead at the end of the first lap, a lead he held on to to the end of the race. Second was Ben Williamson and Hannah Wharram (4009 – Welton SC) and third was Richard and Todd Brameld (3131 – Welton SC).

Lunch of pizza, chips and salad followed by strawberry meringue was much appreciated by all who partook.

The wind steadied a bit for race 2 and an Olympic course was set. Once again Graham and Helen took and maintained the lead, followed by Dave Butler and Emily Clixby (4060 – Welton SC) and Jon and Philpp Aldhous (3794 – Beaver SC).

Many people then retired to a local hostelry for an evening meal and camping for the night, arranged by Dave Butler.

The wind again was fickle for the first race on Sunday. A change in fortunes saw Richard and Max Wharram (4045 – Welton SC) lead the fleet all the way round and finish in first place. Second was Dave Butloer and Emily Clixby (4060 – Welton SC) and third was Dave Smith and Giles Therkelson-Smith (4031 – Welton SC).

After another wonderful lunch of chicken chasseur followed by fruit crumble or pie the wind had settled in to an easterly and picked up a little in strength. Races 4 and 5 followed a figure of eight course with two good beats and two good spinnaker reaches, a wonderful sight to see on the water. Jon and Phillip (3794 – Beaver SC) led throughout race 4 to a convincing victory with Ben and Hannah (4009 – Welton SC) second and Dave Butler (4060 – Welton SC) third.

In race 5 Ben and Hannah (4009 – Welton SC) took the lead for both laps and finished first, followed by Jon and Rachel Willars (3508 – Welton SC) in second place, just beating by a bosun's whisker Jon and Phillip (3794 – Beaver SC) who finished third.

The overall winners for the weekend were Ben Williamson and Hannah Wharram (4009 – Welton SC) with Graham Watts and Helen Jacks (38 - Staunton Harold SC) in second place and Jon and Phillip Aldhous (3794 – Beaver SC) in third.

Overall Results:

PosHelm & CrewClubSail NoR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1Ben Williamson & Hannah WharramWelton4009266215
2Graham Watts & Helen JacksStaunton Harold38131110577
3Jon & Phillip AldhousBeaver3794438137
4Dave Butler & Emily ClixbyWelton4060522347
5Jon & Rachel WillarsWelton40249494210
6Richard & Todd BrameldWelton31313576513
7Richard & Max WharramWelton4045712191317
8Louis Moulden & Gillan GibsonDelph410068481318
9Simon Reddecliffe & Mark AthertonDelph40078787620
10Dave Smith & Giles Therkelson‑SmithWelton4031DNSDNS3111327
11David & Jean ReedGirton40521191110827
12Stan Lubner & Lianne TherkelsonWelton4066101212121334

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