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2023 Mirror World Championships at Sligo Yacht Club

by Martin Egan 15 Aug 2023 13:20 BST 23-29 July 2023

52 boats, including the reigning World Champion John & Beau Dransfield from Australia, UK National Champions, Ben & Keira McGrane, plus a host of other top sailors from Australia, South Africa & the UK, gathered at Sligo YC in the Republic of Ireland Mirror World Championships Nationals from 23rd to 29th July.

Racing was held in the mainly sheltered, if tidal, waters of Sligo Bay. The weather was perhaps typical for the west coast of Ireland with low pressure giving cool, mainly cloudy, often wet conditions, far from ideal for who opted to campervan or camp in the nearby site.

Competitors enjoyed great race management with Race Office Bill O'Hara and his team getting 11 of the 12 scheduled races in and an International Jury led by Charlotte Greppe afloat to keep an eye on rule compliance.

Racing started on Tuesday with a light westerly which disappeared entirely at one point, leaving a lot of boats unable to finish Race 1 inside the finishing window. The wind did re-appear, eventually, but it was only possible to run two races.

On Wednesday there was a bit more consistent moderate breeze from the south with some rain. Thursday was another moderate breeze day, but from the west, so more chop & swell.

Friday was a good deal windier with more swell and a forecast for the wind to build further, so racing started earlier allowing three races to be run. This left just one race scheduled for Saturday, but conditions in the morning were deemed too bad, so racing was abandoned, allowing everyone time to pack up and enjoy the prize-giving and Gala Dinner before heading home.

Adult helms with child crews dominated the top end of the fleet with GBR sailors very much to the fore. Ben McGrane with 9 year old Keira crewing, finished first, comfortably ahead of Stuart & Lizzie Hudson in second. Will & Isabelle Crocker were close behind, taking 3rd with Phil & 8 year old Oliver Smith 4th. Howard Leoto & Lisa Madlewa from the Izivunguvungu MSC Foundation in South Africa were top non-UK boat in 5th.

Top Australians were Douglas Raftesath & Luke Roberts in 7th closely followed by John & Beau Dransfield in 8th, who thrived in the windier conditions on Friday. Top Juniors were Max Phypers & Emma Sellwood from GBR in 11th.

Top Irish boat was Thomas & Ben Chaix, sailing a 1995 gaff rigged wooden boat, built by Chris Balding, in 12th. Top Irish youths were David Evans & Andrew Ryan from Sligo YC in 15th, just ahead of Jessica Greer & Myrtle Bamber, also from Sligo YC, in 17th. Mirrors built by Winder Boats with Bermuda rigs dominated, 17 of the top 18 boats were Winders.

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewRigClubAge GroupR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11Pts
1stGBR71038AnnaBen McGrane (M)Keira McGrane Netley SCHelm over 401(OCS)11111‑212211
2ndGBR70683HypermouseStuart Hudson (M)Lizzie Hudson Royal Lymington Yacht ClubHelm over 50426‑7‑732334532
3rdGBR70573Little Miss ChatterboxWill Crocker (M)Isabelle Crocker 1 Welton SC 615‑12325426‑834
4thGBR71013LamborbeaniePhil Smith (M)Oliver Smith Bassenthwaite Sailing ClubHelm over 4021145‑1353145(RET)40
5thRSA70844 Howard Leoto (M)Lisa Madlewa IZI MSC Izivunguvungu MSC Foundation 10‑191022647‑113347
6thGBR71014Bamm‑BammAdam Broughton (M)Arabella Broughton CVLSC Chew Valley Lake Sailing ClubHelm over 40‑15‑142649101157963
7thAUS70800Waterborne at LastDouglas Raftesath (M)Luke Roberts BalmoralHelm over 50541310‑1648913‑141278
8thAUS71041 John Dransfield (M)Beau Dransfield Manly 16SSCHelm over 50361616(UFD)1213‑19121180
9thGBR70989Fred the RedTerry Hunt (M)Charlie Hunt Netley SCHelm over 50(TLE)79136‑1471010111184
10thGBR70650BluebellAngus R Armstrong (M)Isla Patricia Armstrong West Kirby Sailing ClubHelm over 40‑179731511126‑1691587
11thGBR70785Veggiemite SandwichMax Phypers (M)Emma Sellwood Restronguet Sailing ClubCrew under 1613‑30178118‑18878787
12thIRL69659RenaissanceThomas Chaix (M)Ben ChaixGaffNYC National Yacht ClubHelm over 40(UFD)12345714(BFD)15151388
13thGBR70639Wind WhistlerAlex Taylor (M)Martha Newstead Taylor Leigh and Lowton Sailing ClubHelm over 4012‑2212178196(BFD)613497
14thAUS70600B2Jonathan Branch (M)Phoebe Branch Connells Point Sailing ClubHelm over 40751491417(SGP)(BFD)8216101
15thIRL70634Blue SteelDavid Evans (M)Andrew Ryan Sligo Yacht ClubCrew under 191115814‑2315‑22591814109
16thGBR70721Ruby PapaJP Marks (M)Ellie Clara Marks Dalgety Bay Sailing ClubHelm over 40141611‑21‑20131620141616136
17thIRL70646ready or knotJessica Greer (W)Myrtle Bamber SYC Sligo Yacht ClubCrew under 1918315‑261016202320(RET)17142
18thGBR70587HummingbirdLeighton King (M)Penny King Netley Sailing ClubHelm over 40191018‑2418189‑27191719147
19thIRL70172Bango IIBen Graf (M)Chloe Fenton LRYC 91722‑302223‑2614231010150
20thGBR70499Sea GlassPoppy Armstrong (W)Natasha Armstrong West Kirby Sailing Club TLE‑2820181210171618‑2421153
21stIRL70130 Juliet Ryan (W)Ella Rock RSGYC Royal St George Yacht ClubCrew under 16TLE(TLE)25119251512‑403222172
22ndIRL70562A Close ShaveEoghan Duffy (M)Conor Duffy Lough Ree Yacht Club 8202428‑312219172412(RET)174
23rdAUS70597B1Karen Branch (W)Annabelle Branch Connells Point Sailing ClubHelm over 4020‑261920‑25202418172323184
24thAUS70664Winder Demo BoatSarah Roberts (W)Benjamin Roberts CPSC CONNELLS POINT SAILING CLUBHelm over 40(UFD)826152721‑3321272020185
25thIRL70837 Caroline Coulter (W)Lucy Coulter SYC Sligo Yacht ClubHelm over 40TLE1327252124271321(RET)(DNC)192
26thGBR15563BlyskawicaMartin Egan (M)Felix HeffernanGaffRestronguet Sailing ClubHelm over 50TLE242319172621‑292926(RET)206
27thRSA70845Yellow Box ContainersCraig Latigan (M)Eoin Anglim Theewaterskloof Sports ClubHelm over 40162529(RET)(DNC)DNC2315251924229
28thIRL70529Smoke on the WaterMatthew Turner (M)Orla Turner LRYC Lough Ree Yacht ClubCrew under 19TLE29‑322930‑322524262525234
29thIRL70792WindroseTim O'Connor (M)Isobel O'Connor MBSC Monkstown Bay Sailing ClubHelm over 40TLE212139(NSC)3128(BFD)22SGP18239
30thRSA70846 Grant Ekermans (M)Kelly Moore TSC Theewater Sailing ClubHelm over 50TLE18343426293722‑48(OCS)27248
31stIRL70181Bandit BlueLucas Flynn (M)Freddie Nelson BLSC Blessington Sailing ClubCrew under 16TLETLE4022193335(RET)3028(RET)262
32ndAUS71012PaddingtonCaitlin Clippingdale (W)Rose Landon Deviot Sailing ClubCrew under 19TLETLE2823323032(BFD)36(RET)26262
33rdIRL562Blue AwayJoris Rooney (M)Annelies Rooney SYC Sligo Yacht ClubCrew under 19TLETLE313234(OCS)3030‑382731270
34thIRL70696The PriestEllie Byrne (W)Mae Byrne LRYC Lough Ree Yacht ClubCrew under 16TLETLE303528‑38‑4232283529272
35thIRL70304 Peter Brines (M)Emma Brines Lough Erne Yacht ClubCrew under 19TLETLE382724‑3938263538(RET)281
36thRSA70333 Kuba Miszewski (M)Daniel Tatt Theewater Sports ClubHelm over 50TLETLE37‑42352834363729(RET)291
37thIRL69116BIG REDDaniel Copithorne (M)Fionn KeoghGaffSchull Community College Sailing Club TLE313933(DNC)3436(BFD)393028291
38thIRL70032Just too hotJohn Zumerchik (M)Grace ZumerchikGaffMULLSC Mullingar Sailing Club TLE32353733‑43‑43403434TLE298
39thIRL70026OmaniserFred Dick (M)Olly Cains BLSC Blessington Sailing ClubCrew under 16TLE23(OCS)382937312841(RET)DNC301
40thIRL70428 Aoibhinn Martin (W)Amelie Dullea LRYC Lough Ree Yacht ClubCrew under 16TLE33433636‑484134‑4736TLE312
41stIRL67592Vasu‑ZinniaAndrewZinnia Gupta BLSC Blessington Sailing ClubCrew under 16TLE274140(DNS)‑464635433330316
42ndIRL70236Red Devil ‑ 69562Dave Maher (M)Sarah Maher LDYC Lough Derg Yacht ClubHelm over 50TLETLE42413741403332(RET)(DNC)321
43rdRSA70843 Athenkosi Mahlumba (M)Jordan Daniels IZI MSC Izivunguvungu MSC Foundation TLETLE(RET)(DNC)DNC27292531RETDNC326
44thIRL69513GhostriderJulia Dick (W)Zoe Hemsing‑Wolters BLSC Blessington Sailing ClubCrew under 16TLETLE‑4444384039314237(DNC)326
45thGBR70725GreyhoundTristan Sellwood (M)Sam Davis Restronguet Sailiing ClubCrew under 16TLETLE33(RET)(DNC)3548374431DNC336
46thIRL70143Chatty Chatty Bang BangCora McNaughton (W)Molly NelsonGaffBLSC Blessington Sailing ClubCrew under 16TLETLE3631(DNF)36(RET)RET33RETDNC350
47thIRL70006 Saoirse Evans (W)Daniel Evans LDYC Lough Derg Yacht ClubCrew under 19TLETLETLE(DNC)41454539(RET)RETDNC378
48thIRL67726Kiss My Aft ‑ 70340Emer Maher (W)Saoirse Morgan LDYC Lough Derg Yacht ClubCrew under 16TLE(DNS)45433947473845(RET)DNC378
49thIRL11twisk (69030)Ryan O Doherty (M)Joe Keane Sheehan LDYC Lough Derg Yacht Club TLE(DNS)46(DNC)4044494149TLEDNC382
50thIRL6980Red TideNiall O'Connor (M)Oisin O'Connor SYC Sligo Yacht Club TLETLE(RET)(DNC)DNC42RETRET46RETDNC408
51stIRL69471Sea ‑ 70309David Maher (M)Sean McAllister LDYC Lough Derg Yacht ClubCrew under 16TLETLE(DNS)(DNC)DNC4944BFDDNCDNCDNC413
52ndIRL69533Hot Chocolate Paddy McNaughtonGaffLough NeaghCrew under 16TLE(DNS)(DNS)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCRET445

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