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Abersoch Mirror Week 2018 delivers the F Factor

by John Edwards 28 Aug 2018 18:52 BST 13-17 August 2018
Abersoch Mirror Week 2018 © John Edwards

One of the more interesting YachtsandYachting.com articles this month was an interview with a certain sail loft manager and previous Mirror National Champion. Aside from business and class related discussion, firstly, the value of sailing with his daughter was made clear. Secondly, the interviewee was asked about the success of Salcombe Merlin Week, attracting regularly a vast fleet and selling out within three days of entry opening eight months before the event.

He mentioned its formula of a relatively short time (but intense) time on the water at a great venue, with time for fun, friends, and family ashore afterwards. Whilst the other annual South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club dinghy institution that is Abersoch Dinghy Week gained a mention, it is clear (to the cognoscenti) that Abersoch Mirror Week really does deliver the F-Factor in a similar way for Mirror sailors.

Fantastic Boats

It is beyond debate that the Mirror continues to provide a fantastic sailing experience, particularly for those who do not wish to spend a fortune on their craft. For many, Mirrors are a joy to be rescued and restored to as new condition, with plenty of support in the various Mirror social media groups (another F word...) and some very high quality refurbishments possible. Whilst, this year, there was a gradual increase in the number of grand prix FRP boats, the majority are still wooden hulls, which remain quick in the right hands.

Family Sailing

Inspection of the results confirms that almost all of the boats were sailed by members of the same family, with many parent-child, in addition to sibling and cousin, combinations. For some of us, your scribe included, there was the intense pleasure of stepping out of the boat after ten AMW's and watching the children grow each day on their own.

Fun

Like the Merlins in Salcombe, the two races each day back to back (supported by excellent on the water crew changes by Club launch and RIB, fuelled by exchanges of Haribos) allows the rest of the day for a leisurely lunch and afternoon shenanigans on the beach, cruising to the St Tudwal's Islands (or beyond), or time exploring Pen Llyn more widely. The ritual of the Mirror Drive, held after generous portions of great food in The Cove, was an instant sell out, with more capacity being gained once it was known that the weather would allow some to dine outside in the warm evening sun.

Fabulous conditions

Competitors and spectators alike were blessed again by great conditions this year. On Monday, a shifty north westerly allowed a windmark just off the yacht club, allowing those enjoying coffee in The Cove a grandstand view. The rest of the week saw the usual south-westerly winds, with the tides high enough to allow long courses predominantly inshore of the yacht moorings. The winds increased gradually through the week, with one day being lost to high wind and poor visibility, but even the youngest children coping admirably with sustained 20 knot winds by the end of the week.

Fifty three entries

Once again, there were more entries in AMW than at the National Championships a few weeks before, with visitors making up the majority of the fleet. It was especially pleasing to see new entries from beyond the home club and the north west of England, including from the Hamble, Sheffield, Reading and Chew Valley.

Fast sailing

In the strong winds and flat water, there was plenty of fast sailing. This was evident by the audible whoops of delight down the first screaming reach (yes, we know who you are and we knew you had a strong voice...)

First?

The results nearly speak for themselves. Returning multi-class champion Craig Burlton, crewed by daughter Hennie, looks as if he had everything his own way with a "picket fence" score, but he had to fight from behind (the equally consistent) Paul and Alfie Cullen in many of the races. Throughout the fleet, however, there were many personal firsts. AMW legend Tony Taylor again winning the most prestigious first prize, for the first gaff-rigged Mirror. Matthew and Harriet Waddington won the youth prize, but not for the first time but the third consecutive year. Gabriella Burlton and Katie Budd, were the first all female boat. There were at least nine boats crewed only by children, some for the first time together. First class, too, was the on and off the water management by PRO Pete Richards and the SCYC team.

So the ingredients were there, once again, to make Abersoch Mirror Week arguably the foremost, fantastic, fast, family fun regatta for fifty or more fabulous Mirror dinghies. Fancy coming next year? Pencil August 11th to 16th 2019 into your diary or contact the SCYC office at to express your interest.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameFleetHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
170633MinionsGCraig BurltonRoyal Southern11111116
270720 GPaul CullenWeirwood222222212
370816Man & BuoyGDave ShielSCYC333335318
470668WildcatGNick HoltLeigh & Lowton SC484644527
570574OrcaGHeather RossHamble River SC9754553432
670873Princess AnnaGAnna CowlishawSheffield Viking SC126810871049
770862 GMatthew WaddingtonDee SC101565228751
869123DottyGRichard BadmanBlackpool & Fleetwood691054615955
970222Captain BlueGTony TaylorBudworth SC749815561356
1070715Wonder WomanGHarvey WordenSCYC135157149856
1166507WizardGKitty PopeSCYC16147215161169
1266781 GRichard ThorougoodWest Lancs YC813131111131569
1370893OdinGMike BishopSheffield Viking SC511111321171471
142TenaciousGJames RossHamble River SC111216147121872
1569905Naughty NickGJay RowlandRoyal Southan XC17201891014674
16519 GJonny SinclairSCYC201712159101275
1770884Flat StanleyGJohn CallaghanRoyal Southern YC1416231916111793
1853395HoneychuGJulie VassReading SC1818141612181694
1966918Shove TooGBen HodgesSCYC1921211817619100
2070513 GRon VassReading SC22232012132125111
2170616Stop LookingSGabriella BurltonSCYC44101717352720126
2270861 SJonathan WaddingtonDee SC23192428182322129
2351511Red PlanetSBrian HollandSCYC21221954321921134
2469322Tilly MintSCharlie BallRossendale Valley SC31252220193827144
2567933TNTSElliot SprostonSCYC29262531292228159
2667493Little LSBen MillerSCYC35282923312824163
2758555SuperlambananaSHolly WrightWKSC27272724332930164
2838601BobSGeorge EdwardsASC55353022282426165
2967008Sea SwallowSAl MittonChew Valley Lake SC33323525272029166
3047159ReflectionsSEleanor KirkSCYC28293626262634169
3158625TopazSFfion WoodSCYC32343127242536173
3270713Captain AmericaSJames WrightSCYC41413229303323188
3369462Slow WhiteSGuy AckernleySCYC34382830235443196
3441719Bright SunSRichard OrrellSCYC25372634255456201
3562937HoisterSSally GallagherSCYC47333932563232215
3669618MintySKatie HodgesSCYC39393333363742217
3733726MattySArchie SpiersReading SC38403739345431219
3856851The Black PearlSJames Helme 56464035373041229
3970311 SCaroline Gavin 45424240433633236
4024388Mr FisherSJon Wyles 36454637423156237
4144525Incredible HullSElla DaytonSCYC54504436443438246
4261316KelpieSAlex KirkSCYC40433456403556248
4367710Blue MoonSMike AthertonSCYC30365656205456252
4470584BubblegumSFreddie CallaghanRoyal Southern YC15245456545654257
4569262Blue BabeSJames EllisSCYC37545456383937259
4644372Pink RainbowSAnnabel Rooker 26313856545656261
4766996Sea DuckSCallum Rooker 46474541395444262
4820218Fast BarrySTom Jenks 42444138465656267
4965889MarthaSSarah CaryReading SC48514856414040268
5068895SalahSGeorge HawkinsSCYC56304356565639280
5169062Venus 2SRachel RyanSCYC43485456545635290
5265983BananasSCameron WhittakerSCYC54494742455454291
5343122LuckySNeil LeachSCYC24545656565456300

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