The 2011 LandCorp Mirror World Championship was decided on the final day in great racing that saw the Irishman Ross Kearney claim his second Mirror World Championship with crew Max Odell. The Philippino team of Balladares and Chavez sailed into second place with the British girls Newmand and Rust in third.
2011 Mirror World Champions, Kearney and Odell
With only 5.2 points separating the top two boats at the start of the final day of the 2011 Mirror Worlds things got off with an air of expectation with the dinghy park buzzing about the battle that would commence shortly to determine the World Champion.
Lively conditions greeted the competitors again with the competitors growing to expect the fresh wind in Albany. The course was bathed in sunshine.
Race 14 go underway with the Black Flag which seems to have become the constant in the racing. The restart was an even start with the Philippinos, Balladares and Chavez at the boat with the competition leader mid-line sailing up the middle with the British girls trailing. By the top mark, Australian mother and son team Anita Scott-Murphy and Ben Cruse rounded first followed by Australians Lachlan and Finn Gilbert with the overmight leaders, Irishman Ross Kearney and team mate Max Odell in close pursuit with the GBR girls burried back in the fleet rounding around 20th position.
Great conditions for the final day
As usual, the Race Committee had set a perfect course which provided excellent entertainment for the spectator fleet which had congregated at the top of the course.
It was a great run down to the gate with the Scott-Murphy and Cruse flying and leading out to the right followed by the Gilberts with Kearney working hard in third with Australian Mark and Hugh Phillips fourth and Balladares and Chavez in fifth.
From that point, the Gilberts surged to the front around the outer loop and established a commanding lead winning to Scott-Murphy and Cruse with Kearney and Odell in third and appearing to have one hand on the World Championship. The British girls showed grit and determination to sail back into sixth position after being burried early.
Race 15 got away under the Blue Peter with Laclan and Finn Gilbert starting at the pin boat which paid big dividends as he rounded first followed by the young Australians Robbie Hunt and David McAully second and Simon Barwood third with the South Africas Ryan and Ricky Robinson fouth and the Philippinos Balladares and Chavez quick with the kite set as usual and immediately on the plane.
Kearney and Odell were eighth around the top mark with the GBR girls again burried in the chasing pack in the mid-teens.
The Gilberts had scooted to a 40 boat length lead went right at the gate with Balladares and Chavez with Kearney and Odell third and looking every bit World Champions.
By the finish, the Gilberts had won convincingly by over 40 boat lengths to Ross Kearney and Max Odell with Australia's John and Jesse Dransfield in third.
There were cheers of celebration from the large spectator fleet that had gathered as Kearney and Odell secured their World Championship win.
Kearney and Odell receiving their Championship trophies
1. Ross Kearney and Max Odell (IRL) 38.6
2. Ridgely Balladares and Rommel Chavez (PHI) 52
3. Millie Newman and Jessica Rust (GBR) 54
4. Ryan and Ricky Robinson (RSA) 67
5. Lachlan and Finn Gilbert (AUS) 68
Millie Newman and Jessica Rust (GBR)
Lachlan and Finn Gilbert (AUS)
Millie Newman and Jessica Rust (GBR)
Matthew and Benjamin Lulham-Robonson
1. Don Jhon Cabaries and Gabriel Fetizanan (PHI)
2. Alfie Wisdom and Harry Sutcliffe-Woelders (IRL)
3. Emma and Rachel Grayson (GBR)
Mother and son, Australians Scott-Murphy and Cruse
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