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Miracle National Championship at Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy - Day 5

by Brian Jones 16 Aug 06:59 BST 11-16 August 2019

Grabbing the gap between the gales our fleets sailed after a two hour postponement to fit in the last three championship races. Could the Mifsuds hang on to their lead while being challenged by both the Fryetts and the Southwells?

It was a day with a few capsizes, individual recalls and hot competition through the fleet. Dave Butler was suffering from breaking his ribs trying to fix a spinnaker halyard so wasn't sailing. Hannah Smith and Tom Metcalfe had their best result of the week with a third in race 8 with Sam and Tom Donaldson 5th in the same race. Ian and Lilly Brown sailed well to win the bronze fleet and Carrolynn and Nick Smith took a fourth place in race 7 to win the Silver fleet.

Back at the sharp end Ian and Katie Fryett scored two firsts and a second to win the championship, Andrew and Michela Mifsud came second with a 1, 3, 2 and David and Ross Southwell third with a 3, 2, 4.

Huge thanks to Henry and his race team for running a good week in difficult weather and to the Welsh National Sailing Centre for hosting us.

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