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Miracle National Championship at Rutland Sailing Club - Day 2

by Hannah Metcalfe-Smith 9 Aug 2021 21:47 BST 8-13 August 2021
Miracle Nationals 2021 at Rutland © Jaq Donaldson

Points Race 2

Monday's racing started with a decent breeze and some sunshine, with Points Race 2 starting with a general recall as the fleet clustered around the committee boat.

After a short interlude whilst the course was re-jigged, 3805 decided the investigate the course. Upon seeing the windward mark dropped, 3805 turned around and started to make their way back to the starting area, where the start sequence was in progress. Arriving with less than a minute to spare at the pin end, 3805 turned around, crossed the line on starboard and sailed all the way up the best on the left hand side of the course, reaching the windward mark first. Behind 3805, following on from their best ever result yesterday was Paul and Nathan Robinson (4110).

On the second lap, Jeremy and Kitty (4023) fought back to 2nd place, following the leaders on the left hand side of the course. Wayne and Angela popped up in third place.

Points Race 3

Straight after the first race of the day, we went into the second, with the race officer moving the fleet further up the lake, closer to the club house. Just as we were about to start the wind got up significantly - a bit reminiscent of yesterday's extreme breeze.

Starting the race was more disciplined and the fleet on were away on the first go. The fleet was well spread along the line, and the first beat was a mixed bag with no clear route. First round the windward mark was Jeremy and Kitty, followed by Hannah and Tom.

Jon Tippett and Kathy Boulton (4020) from Draycote Sailing Club were in the mix with Wayne and Angela for 3rd place.

The breezy weather was soon joined by rain clouds, and a change of wind direction leaving the beat as a single tack, with the wind decreasing. After struggling with the reduced wind strength, Tom and Hannah were passed by Wayne and Angela to secure second place.

The rest of the finishers were close, Jon Tippett and Kathy Boulton coming fourth and fifth was Matthew Donaldson and Alison Mace (4022).

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