Miracle Nationals at Plas Heli - Day 3
by Brian Jones on 9 Aug 2016
7-12 August 2016
Ideal sailing again with a repeat of yesterday's conditions. The beat was towards the land with shifts of up to 20 degrees. With three back-to-back races to sail the fleet settled down for a long haul.
Race 4 started cleanly with the pin the favoured end. The sea state was choppier but that gave the opportunity for some fast surfing on the downwind legs. Dave Butler with Ross Fleming crewing took the gun in their first sail of the championships. Jon and Philip Aldhous continued their excellent form in second.
Last year's champion Hannah Smith crewed by dad Nick was third but then went on to win the next two races putting her in first place overall. Wayne Atherton and Angela Sweeney were back on form with a 4th, 5th and and a third.
Two different Simons, Evans and Reddicliffe, gained a second and third in race 5 which started with a general recall followed by the black flag (but no disqualifications!). Yvonne and Brian Mumford, while leading the pack, decided to capsize on the wing mark thereby making it a much larger obstruction, and our one international visitor, Marcel and Giulia Neuteboom, from the Netherlands, had a brilliant race 4 coming in 6th.
A great day - lots of tired but very happy sailors. Rain and light winds forecast for tomorrow, YUCK!