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Rooster Mirror National Championships at Poole Yacht Club

by Martin Egan 19 Aug 14:10 BST 11-14 August 2019

33 boats including the reigning National Champions Chris & Daisy Fuller, ex-World champion Chris Balding and a two times ex-National Champion Dave Wade, gathered at Poole YC for the Rooster UK Mirror Nationals from 11th to 14th August.

There was even an international presence from Alle & Floris Roodbergen (NED) with their World Championship winning boat, equipped with a very Dutch orange spinnaker. Great racing in the sheltered waters of Poole harbour's Top Triangle, and the club were very welcoming and accommodating.

New this year: What HAppened Today? (WHAT?). After everyone was changed and re-fuelled, a post-racing debrief by Chris Balding with input from Chris Fuller and Dave Wade in Poole YC's Academy training room.

The atmospheric conditions were very unstable, resulting in shifty, variable strength winds and a heavy shower during racing on both Monday and Tuesday. However, Poole YC put on some great race management with PRO Steve Thompson and his team working hard to move marks to keep true beats, races the correct length, with minimal delays between the races. I think that's the most times I've seen the 'C' flag used in a Championship.

The first attempt at race 1 was incident packed - it started in light, shifty conditions and following a left shift, the windward mark was moved to keep the beat true. However a further left shift as the leaders turned the leeward mark meant it was now a reach to the "windward" mark, so the race was abandoned and re-started. In the end all starts were made under a 'P' preparatory signal with one general, and a few individual recalls.

Adult helms with child crews dominated the top end of the fleet and racing was close. Silver Fleet (i.e. U15) winners were a cluster of three boats led by Oliver Rayner & Imogen Wade in ninth, Esme Barraclough & Harriet Wade in tenth and Nuala Sellwood & Oscar Phypers in eleventh. Best U13 boat was Max Phypers & Emma Sellwood in 15th. Best local boat U18 was River & Devon Green in 20th.

Youngest crew was 6 year old Gabriel Nichols, youngest helm was 10 year old George Lenney in 21st place and Youngest combined ages were 11 year old Nick Cox with 9 year old Tristan Sellwood in 26th. The best (and biggest) fleet were Restronguet SC Pirates who brought ten boats to the Championship.

Prizes were kindly provided by Rooster and Pinnell & Bax.

Overall Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelm & CrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stRipples70915Chris & Daisy FullerHayling Island SC11213‑68
2ndYOLO70810Chris & Alex BaldingIsland Barn SC321‑44111
3rdWhite Phantom70966David Wade & Tristan MitchellNorthampton SC‑64531215
4thSnowy70654Richard & George BullockItchenor SC‑53325518
5thRumble Fish70883Alle & Floris Roodbergen K.W.V.L. / KWVL4‑5452419
6th 70967Paul & Alfie Cullen Weirwood SC2‑101076328
7thTe‑feti70790Huw & Bethan ReynoldsRestronguet SC7711(OCS)7739
8thPluto70637David & Daniel LeachCrawley Mariners YC12976‑141145
9thMCA Demo Boat70923Oliver Rayner & Imogen WadeYorkshire Dales SC81888‑191052
10thPrincess Cruises70622Esme Barraclough & Harriet WadeYorkshire Dales SC10613‑2291654
11thPurple Rain70549Nuala Sellwood & Oscar PhypersRestronguet SC‑191761612859
12thScarlet Monkey70505Lloyd Williams & Roisin MooneyPenzance SC‑1716121181360
13thSalty Dog70390Barrie Phypers & Torrunn BrownRestronguet SC‑24891421961
14thBlyskawica15563Martin Egan & Lottie TregaskesRestronguet SC1114‑1812101562
15thVeggiemite Sandwich70785Maxwell Phypers & Emma SellwoodRestronguet SC1315191013‑2270
16thMCA Demo Boat70840Tristan & Harrison WebbPoole YC‑22201513151275
17thVa Va Voom70190Freya Brown & Poppy LuxtonRestronguet SC1413171817‑2579
18thBig Dippers70905 sailing as 482Paul & Gabriel NicholsChew Valley Lake SC151216(OCS)231480
19thRuby70721JP & Ellie MarksCambridge University CC911(DNS)1711DNS82
20thSpinnaker70819 sailing as 7079River & Devon Green Poole YC‑21191419161886
21stGone With The Wind 370673George Lenney & Florence LuxtonRestronguet SC1623‑2615202094
22ndMCA demo boat70648Tamara Leach  Crawley Mariners YC182225922‑2796
23rdPeer Pressure70714Steven & Joe BlandPoole YC‑272122211819101
24thSwan Lake69992Sam & James CoxRestronguet SC‑252520232517110
25thRed Oktober70361Tom Cluett & Toby GriffenPoole YC23242125‑2721114
26thFever70447Nicholas Cox & Tristan SellwoodRestronguet SC2026‑27202426116
27thTweed70783Josh Du Valle & Leo BurnetPoole YC26272326‑3023125
28thSmall Fry37922Milly Tregaskes & Taryn BanksRestronguet SC29282424(DNF)24129
29thShaggy70171Isabella Webb & Grace BlandPoole YC28‑2928282629139
30thTea for Two70799Madeline Iyengar & Lucy GriffenPoole YC3130292729(DNS)146
31stMagic Mirror7058Rebecca Russell & Ollie StevensPoole YC30‑3231292830148
32ndMoonshadow70629James Walker & Henry HopleyPoole YC(DNF)3130303131153
33rdChatterbox63244Ellie Joyce & Millie WhittakerPoole YC32‑3332313228155

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