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Miracle National Championship at Bala Sailing Club - Day 5

by Brian Jones 10 Aug 2018 08:38 BST 5-10 August 2018

The Lake was again a sea of glass as the fleet prepared for the last two back-to-back races of the series. As usual the wind came on time, but took a while to settle down and was the lightest of the week.

The first start was a general recall followed by the U flag and then the fleet was clean away. The Southwell team were first round the windward mark with Dave and Rebecca leading Ian and Olivier. John Tippett and Cathy Boulton won the wooden spoon by managing the only capsize of the day, a bit like Simon Reddicliffe who just carelessly fell out of his boat yesterday!

Dave and Rebecca maintained the lead to the gun after a shortened course. The two other top contenders came 8th and 12th. It was good to see David Herbstritt and Josie Airns up in the top ten going well. David and Zara Turtle had taken the shoreside on the first downwind leg and gained several places to take them up to second.

The second race saw David and Zara out in the lead, managing tricky beats well as the wind filled, shifted and faded on a regular basis.

Graham Watts and Helen Jacks continued to sail consistently well with a fourth and a third today. With just four points between them Andrew and Michela Mifsud have to fight off a challenge from David and Rebecca Southwell in the final points race. just behind them the Turtles, Bramelds and Graham and Helen are all just one point apart vying for third place or maybe even the Championship?

Wil Hickman not content with rebuilding most of his boat during the week has blagged a nearly new set of sails to replace his damaged and rather worn ones for the last day.

The crews' race after lunch was held in much fresher conditions with Ross and Abigail Southwell in dads borrowed boat leading the other seven boats and beating Michela and Peter Mifsud over the line by a few boat lengths. Then to celebrate he threw his crew out into deep water just short of the jetty! That's gratitude for you or maybe just army training?

Results after Day 5:

PosSail NoFleetBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1st3825G Andrew MifsudMichela MifsudBirzebbuga SC1121622-8-915
2nd4010G Dave SouthwellRebeccaLeigh & Lowton SC25423-10(DNC)1219
3rd4026GIndyDavid TurtleZara TurtleShustoke SC3616-85-92124
4th4115GQueen BeeRichard BrameldTodd BrameldWelton SC103-113111-12625
5th3813GWattknotGraham WattsHelen JacksStaunton Harold SC-64352-854326
6th4016G E CuthbertThomas CuthbertLeigh & Lowton425-11-9365429
7th3805GPamelaHannah SmithThomas MetcalfeThornbury SC5-8844746-1338
8th2007SPlonsMarcel NeuteboomGuila NeuteboomARZV Netherlands-14-15141376371060
9th662GBreezeCathy GoodwinLeah MurphyPort Dinorwic SC-1379713-161210866
10th4020SFighting LadyJohn TippettKathy BoultonDraycote Water SC79-158101111(DNF)1167
11th4104SMilloviaIan SouthwellMolly / Olivia / MaxineLeigh & Lowton SC-161410141214-163572
12th4007G S RedcliffeMark AthertonDelph SC11-181210154713-1872
13th4021GCarbon CopyBrian JonesJohn GreenMaidenhead SC15127-18-1715109775
14th4100SLilly GraceLouis MaldenLuke TongeDelph SC810617513(DNF)(DNC)DNC84
15th3101BMiss AdventureAndrew RobinsonJames RobinsonWhitefriars SC12-16-181216128111687
16th4110SSplit the WindPaul RobinsonNathan RobinsonWhitefriars SC9-171616149(DNF)141290
17th3835S Peter MifsudRoss SouthwellBirzebbuga SC181313911-21(DNC)151594
18th4052BThe Woolfox RocketDavid ReedJean ReedGirton SC1711171518(DNC)(DNC)1621115
19th3770B David HerbtrittJosie AirnsShotwick SC-21-2020192018151714123
20th3592BWellwindyWil HitchmanWendy HitchmanBala SC1921-232121171318-22130
21st4098BLily AnnIan BrownLilly / Mia BrownDelph SC-201919201919(DNC)1917132
22nd4108S Geoffrey WeirAndrew DoncanShotwick SC-2222212222201421-23142
23rd4112B John CoultonGwynneth FranklinPennine SC(DNF)232423(DNF)DNCDNC2019159
24th3670BGreat ExpectationsGillian GibsonKenneth GibsonThornton Steward SC(DNF)24222423(DNC)DNC2220160

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