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Mirror Nationals at Itchenor Sailing Club supported by Strutt and Parker

by Rebecca Oldfield on 31 Aug 2016 21-25 August 2016
Bertie Fisher and Felix Kent, winners of the Mirror Nationals © Mary Pudney

With 56 boats signed up including Dave Wade, multi National and European champion, Simon Hiscocks, Olympic silver medallist, and Martin Jones, International 14 winner among them, the Mirror National Championships is always a popular, competitive sailing event.

Teams came from Cornwall, Scotland and all places in between. Ages ranged from 6 to 60, highlighting the versatility of the boat. Event Director Tom Trevelyan said, "The Mirror is the best boat you can sail to develop all round racing skills. A thoroughbred."

There were all combinations of age and gender including this year's winners, a 13-year-old National champion team. Stiff competition and strength in depth meant little room for error.

Day 1 started off bright and sunny with a nice breeze blowing in from the East. After the daily briefing and a brief pause the fleet set off down towards East Head with spinnakers up making it quite a sight to see. The first race had a general recall, but was soon underway on a very true course with neither side showing much bias. A leader was quickly established, as Tim Rush led the fleet round the rest of the course and went on to win the race with his crew, Ellie Rush. In second was Melissa Heppell and Amelie Hiscocks, and third went to Angus and Florence Hemmings.

The second race started off with another general recall, after which the Race committee decided to put up the Black Flag, which did its job and the fleet stayed back off the line. The race started fairly smoothly, but the Itchenor tide had other ideas causing many, including locals, to overstand the windward mark. First place was strongly contested by many with Melissa Heppell and Amelie Hiscocks coming out victorious, David and Imogen Wade second, and Angus and Florence in third.

The third race was preceded by a trek down to Hayling Island as the Winner bank was no longer a major threat. This time the fleet was set a windward-leeward course, with a leeward gate and constant place changing creating much excitement as the race was fought out. After some great tactical decisions, Bertie Fisher and Felix Kent went on to win the race with a clear lead leaving the rest of the fleet to battle it out. The next places were taken by Archie Grant and Maddie Hantrais followed by David and Imogen Wade.

By 11am on day 2 there was no wind, nowhere to go. Everyone hoping for a breeze later, boats are rigged and ready. A last minute windshift caused a delay but following 2 general recalls and a Black Flag, the racing began.

First windward mark it is Martin and Henry Jones, Melissa Heppel and Amelie Hiscocks from Wpnsa, third is Chris and Alex Balding from Tamesis. Left side of the beat the only way to go, the only way to get tidal shelter. Second windward mark, first Martin and Henry Jones. And so it ended with Jones in first, followed by Heppell and then Baldwin.

The final day began without any breeze. Imagine the mixed feelings of over 100 competitors, not to mention 40 race, safety boat and shore team members. Bravely, race officer Peter Taylor called for the fleet to come, and was rewarded with a stable 5-8 knot breeze.

After another two generals, the black flag got them away. Again, left was the way to go and first at the top was 13 year old Bertie Fisher and Felix Kent. And so it continued. Never headed, they led all the way for two slow rounds before a welcome S flag gave them the race. Not far behind was Nigel Thomas and Sam Jones from Hill Head, and then Tim and Ellie Rush.

No sooner had the last boat finished than the wind went away. Moving to the now well covered Pilsey Sands, the wind faltered up and down. Race 6 got away but after over an hour no one had reached the first wing mark and the welcome N flag appeared. Back to Itchenor's splendid regatta tea and prizegiving.

So ended a wonderful 4 days, a worthy UK Mirror National Championships, and a very worthy 2016 National Champion team, Bertie Fisher and Felix Kent.

Itchenor Sailing Club is no stranger to world-class sailing, boasting National, International and Olympic medallists among its members including Ian Walker, winner of the 2014-15 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, double Olympic silver medallist, double Mirror European Champion and National Champion in 2012.

Other members include Ben Saxton and Sophie Ainsworth who both attended Rio this year, and George Yeoman and Tim Saxton, with others, won the RYA Team Racing championships in March. Add in excellent race management, super socials, and a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and you have a super club to host the International Mirror Class National Championships for 2016.

Overall Results:
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PosFleetBoat NameSail NoHelm NameCrew NameClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stGoldLady Dashalot70791Bertie FISHERFelix KENTISC441‑11110
2ndGold 70739Melissa HEPPELLAmelie HISCOCKSWpnsa21‑72611
3rdGold 70806Tim RUSHEllie RUSHRYA195‑22318
4thGoldWildcat70668Angus HEMMINGSFlorence HEMMINGSStokes Bay SC33‑86820
5thGoldThunder and Lightning 370738Archie GRANTMaddie HANTRAISISC5727(BFD)21
6thGold 70852David WADEImogen WADENorthampton‑192315424
7thGoldArthur Lambchop70784Nigel THOMASSam JONESHill Head SC1356‑19226
8thGoldForget me Knot70697Martin JONESHenry JONESISC68121(BFD)27
9thGoldthe hound70725Emily HEATHLucy MCCREERYISC‑1210941033
10thGoldDon't Know Yet7079Chris BALDINGAlex BALDINGTamesis1112‑1731238
11thGoldtbc70720Paul CULLENAlfie CULLENWeirwood811420(BFD)43
12thGolddouble trouble70703Tom EWART SMITHEllie SPROULISC1013‑2413945
13thGoldBilly Bones70632Hugo FISHERIsobel FISHERISC9‑2114121550
14thGoldSnowdrop70688David LEACHTamara LEACHCrawley Mariners76(DNC)251351
15thGoldArtic Donkeez70534Joe JACKMANJack SARGENTLooe SC17‑3115101153
16thGoldHype70810Ollie HAWKINSArchie HAWKINSLooe SC141511‑211959
17thGoldSmurf70654Richard BULLOCKZara BULLOCKISC1522(DNC)28570
18thGoldBubblegum70584Michael EWART SMITH ISC20191318(BFD)70
19thGoldTinytanic70618Thomas CROOKDaniel CROOKTrearddur Bay SC33‑38229771
20thGoldSeventh Heaven70547Alice LAWLucy PUGHISC24‑2716261480
21stGoldTigerella67559Andy YOUNGErin YOUNGSCaling Dam SC1626‑29172887
22ndGoldsimply dvine70712David VINES ??‑381628301791
23rdGoldPurple Reign70549Laura PARTRIDGELaura HANTRAISISC18‑3218243191
24thGoldHummingbird70587Emily TURNERSkye BACKHOUSEISC25241923‑2691
25thGoldSir Bashalot70370Charlotte FISHERFraser HEMMINGSISC212021‑372991
26thBronzeSandfire70760Hattie GLAISTERMalcolm GLAISTERISC222823‑322295
27thBronzeFlat Stanley70563Grace YEOMANLily AINSLEIGH JONESISC‑342325341698
28thGoldpeer pressure70714Steven BLANDJoe BLANDPoole Yacht Club2814‑432733102
29thGoldSurreal69664Philip GOODWINFelix GOODWINISC4318(DNF)1625102
30thGoldKiss My Rudder70625Bryony JONESCelia HANSELLISC303320(DNC)24107
31stGoldCool Running70698Iona TURNERAliceTURNERISC3517(DNC)2930111
33rdGoldPluto70637Roger HEATHBarnaby MCCREERYISC‑3725303327115
34thGoldSnowy70520Alice BULLOCKIzzy MASSEYISC312935‑4423118
35thGoldGone With The Wind III70673George LENNEYMartin EGANRestronguet SC32‑45313620119
36thGoldSwift70504Monty HEATHJames BARNESISC29303231(BFD)122
37thGoldChikepe70512Sally LORIMERPippa JONESISC233410(DNC)DNC124
38thBronzeSea Horse70815Sam PATTERSONEdward JONESISC‑3937383521131
39thGoldWind Whisper70500Sienna PUDNEYAnnabel TURNERISC363536‑4334141
40thGoldAllen Fittings70713Vince. HOREYFrancesca ASTONKing George SC26(DNC)DNC8BFD148
41stGoldRunning Bear70103Emily MACGREGORAilbhe BARNESISC40‑41274041148
42ndGoldPoint Blank70507Julie THORPEKatie SHILLAKERHill Head SC‑4839343937149
43rdGoldDavid Brent70819Mia THREAPLETONIsabella LUDWICKISC42‑43334136152
44thBronzeVitamin Sea70624Charles HOUSEEdward HOUSEISC‑4636394635156
45thGoldHeyHo70187Richard BLAND ??41403738(BFD)156
46thBronzeAnother Blond Moment70499Sophia MACKIELottie GLAISTERISC‑4944414532162
47thBronze/??Whatever!70222Hannah STAFFBethan GUMMOWLooe SC444240‑5039165
48thBronzeStingray70652Amelia MACKIEAmelia HOLLOWAYISC474742‑5138174
49thBronzeLittle Miss Attitude70638Douglas PATTISONArchie PATTISONISC(DNC)DNCDNC5DNC176
50thBronzeElectric Eel69168Emilia HOUSEPolly EWART SMITHISC‑5049444840181
52ndBronzeDulcibella70647Isabelle ASTONZac SHEPHERDISC5146(OCS)4942188
53rdBronzeAotea70175Oscar HENSHAWCassian RATTRAYISC4548(DNC)DNCBFD207
56thBronzeInstant Custard70667Dee FLEMINGThomas KELSALLStaunton Harold SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC228

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