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The Mirror Book by Peter Aitken & Tim Davison

Mirror UK National Championship at Ullswater Yacht Club

by Martin Egan & Chris Fuller 30 Jul 2018 22:00 BST 24-27 July 2018

Ullswater Yacht Club in the Lake District provided the stunning holiday venue and excellent, family friendly, facilities for this years Mirror Nationals from Tuesday 24th to Friday 27th July. 44 boats entered, comprising 24 family teams and a staggering 62 related sailors.

A fantastic mixture of adult and child teams competing against teams of older children, and it was a close run thing. Terrific to have an international flavour with Eoghan Duffy & Cathal Langan from Ireland and Alle & Anna Roodbergen from the Netherlands racing. Great to see a spread of experience representing 18 clubs from across the UK from sailors competing in their first Nationals to seasoned hands such as Olympic medallist Simon Hiscocks sailing with his son Louis.

Sadly Tuesday's 'Swallows & Amazons' raid & picnic had to be cancelled due to rain and a lack of wind, however, it did clear up after lunch allowing the early arrivals a chance for some last minute practice and a chance to get a feel for the venue.

Wednesdays racing, scheduled to start after lunch was postponed for a while to allow the breeze to fill in. It did, and the boats launched, at which point it died again. For the next hour and a half it came and went, shifting around, but never enough to get a race underway. In the end the Race Officer sent the fleet ashore, and then postponed racing until Thursday.

Thursday was a bit more like it with moderate southerly shifty breeze and hot sunshine. It took a couple of attempts to start the first race, but after trying a 'P' and a 'U' start, it got away under a black flag. Racing was close throughout the fleet and getting a good start was vital. The race team got three good races in with minimal delay, and the fleet was back ashore in the early afternoon, leaving plenty of time for the younger sailors and some of the parents to play in and around the lake. Day 1 results showed there was only 1 point between 1st and 2nd boats with the rest of the fleet close behind. After sailing there was the AGM and a BBQ on the waterfront.

On Friday, there was a cracking breeze, from a similar direction to Thursday with hot sunshine - champagne sailing conditions, with plenty of gusts to keep everyone working hard. Once again three races were run with minimal delay, and the fleet was back ashore in the early afternoon, to pack up before the prizegiving. When the results were posted, it was Chris & daughter Daisy Fuller from Hayling Island SC who had won, 4 points ahead of under 15s Ed Coady & Abi Cowley from Derwent Reservoir SC. Ex-World Champion Chris Balding and his son Alex from Island Barn SC were third. The 4th, 5th & 6th boats were all equal on points showing how close the racing had been.

The Bronze fleet winners were Oscar Shilling & Patrick Beukenholdt from Derwent Reservoir SC. There were spot prizes for all the under 15s sailing at their first National Championship.

Overall Results:
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PosSail No - Boat NameHelm & CrewClubFleetR1R2R3R4R5R6Net
170915 ‑ RipplesChris & Daisy FullerHayling Island SCGold211‑11149
270805 ‑ MCA demo boatEdward Coady & Abi CowleyDerwent Reservoir SCGold1223‑9513
370810 ‑ YOLOChris & Alex BaldingIsland Barn SCGold5461‑8218
470883 (sailing as NED 7)Alle & Anna RoodbergenK.W.V.L. / KWVLGold783‑93122
570743 ‑ YetiSimon & Louis HiscocksWPNSA / Castle Cove SCGold‑385522822
670654 ‑ SmurfGeorge & Richard BullockItchenor SCGold3‑10754322
770472 ‑ Wild ThingDavid & Olivia CoadyDerwent Reservoir SCGold43‑846623
870840 ‑ Winder demo boat (sailing as 70791)Angus & Lou Lou Hemmings Gold67‑977734
970806 ‑ RascalSandy & Douglas SimpsonBassenthwaite SCGold‑1511465935
B170782 ‑ TridentOscar Shilling & Patrick BeukenholdtDerwent Reservoir SCBronze1111‑315
1070606 ‑ All The Right ReasonsPaul & Harrison SmalleyChew Valley Lake SCGold131310813‑1757
1170637 ‑ PlutoDavid & Tamara LeachCrawley Mariners YCGold1291510‑181460
1270819 ‑ RoosterEllie Clark & Daisy DesorgherRipon SCGold915‑2514141062
1370562 ‑ A Close ShaveEoghan Duffy & Cathal LanganLough Ree YC / Clontarf Y&BCGold10121416‑171163
1470739Katy & Rachael JenkinsBowmoor SCGold20‑221113101367
1570519 ‑ MCA demo boat (sailing as 7079)Luke Stewart & Sebastian ShillingDerwent Reservoir SCGold1614‑1815121269
B263193 ‑ ClarabelGeorge Stewart & Pete CowleyKielder Water SCBronze233‑41211
B370809 ‑ BrilliantDavid & Elizabeth ShillingDerwent Reservoir SCBronze‑32232312
1670673 ‑ Gone With The Wind IIIGeorge Lenney & Martin EganRestronguet SCGold1962220‑231885
1770703 ‑ Double TroubleTom Ewart Smith & Ollie Clifford BowlesItchenor SCGold141712‑28202386
1870620 ‑ AquacadabraTom Glaister & Fred LanghorneItchenor SCGold2623‑3112111587
1970549 ‑ Purple ReignNuala Sellwood & Oscar PhypersRestronguet SCGold8‑312031151690
2070587 ‑ HummingbirdAlice Bullock & Alice TurnerItchenor SCGold‑27161317212592
2170725 ‑ Grey HoundBella Cockwell & Tamsyn StaceyRestronguet SCGold23‑2516182520102
2270513 ‑ Gill Race TeamRon Vass & Levi Woodroffe‑VassReading SCGold1721‑32262419107
2370905 ‑ Big DippersPaul & Gabriel NicholsChew Valley Lake SCGold18182624‑2922108
2470785 ‑ Vegimite SandwichMaxwell Phypers & Emma SellwoodRestronguet SCGold2120192227‑31109
2570442 ‑ Filthy GorgeousBob Towler & Joshua ScottBeaver SCGold‑352724231621111
2670714 ‑ Peer PressureSteven & Joe BlandPoole YCGold2419‑29211928111
2770512 ‑ TangledHenry Jones & Anthony HarveyItchenor SCGold11282125‑3330115
B468099 ‑ RedwingGeorge & Rosie HarstonOxford & Cambridge SSBronze45‑625521
2870503Isabel & George MasseyItchenor SCGold2526172928‑32125
2970721John‑Paul & Daniel MarksCambridge University CCGold22‑3830192238131
3070190 ‑ Va Va VoomFreya Brown & Poppy LuxtonRestronguet SCGold2824272726‑35132
3170187 ‑ HeyHoEmma & Chloe BrisleyDalgety Bay SCGold312923‑333024137
B566787 ‑ HoneychuJulie Vass & Shiloh Woodroffe‑VassReading SCBronze544‑64623
B669992 ‑ Swan Lake (sailing as 69667)Barrie Phypers & Florence LuxtonRestronguet SCBronze‑66556426
3270447 ‑ FeverKyle & Torrunn BrownRestronguet SCGold33‑3434303226155
3367559 ‑ TigerellaErin Young & Erin TinklerScaling Dam SCGold30‑3333323129155
3470790 ‑ Ship‑A‑Dee‑Do‑DahHattie Glaister & Allegra MasseyItchenor SCGold293535‑383627162
B759254Richard & James TrevithickWhitefriars SCBronze77777‑835
3570624 ‑ Vitamin SeaEmilia House & Lottie GlaisterItchenor SCGold32‑39.528353433162
3615563 ‑ BlyskawicaWilliam & Tristan SellwoodRestronguet SCGold‑383236343834174
3770648 ‑ MCA demo boat (sailing as 70783)Polly Ewart‑Smith & Eleanor ThomasItchenor SCGold3436‑37363536177

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