by Rob Cruse
Day three of the 2013 International Mirror Class National Championship saw the iconic red sails of the Mirror adding even more colour to Sydney's New Years eve celebrations. Racing in Rose Bay out of the Woollahra Sailing Club, the strongest nationals fleet in a number of years has already seen a wide range of conditions.
Always room for fun in the Mirror fleet. Photo: Rob Cruse.
The opening day of sailing was abandoned due to a 40 knot southerly buster, but the following day turned on some beautiful conditions with a classic north east sea breeze, starting light and building into a choppy 18 knot course.
Sydney Harbour action on day two in a perfect sea breeze. Photo: Melissa Brown
The invitation race was won by mother and son combination from Victoria, Anita Scott-Murphy and Ben Cruse sailing 'Bob'. They were also first across the line in heat one. Heats two and three were well both won convincingly by Douglas Raftesath and his daughter Charlotte in 'Waterborne at Last' from NSW.
'Waterborne at Last' approaches the top mark in race four. Photo: Rob Cruse
Onto day three, and it was lighter conditions with a challenging chop as Sydney prepared for the biggest night of the year. Two races were held and the father daughter combo of Mark and Maddison Nash from NSW in 'Mad Cat' was victorious in both heats.
The entrants from Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria have been treated to some classic Sydney Harbour conditions, with Manly ferries and cruse liners featuring in proceedings. After three days and five races the leaders are 'Mad Cat' from 'Waterborne at Last' and two Tasmanian teams; 'Sky III' (Marcus McKay and Ruby Smilie) and Carpe Diem (Jenny Graney and Ishka McKay). 'Bob' is carrying an OCS from heat 4 but should rejoin the leaders when a drop is included, to create an extremely tight tussle moving into the last two days racing.
'Jazze' enjoying the conditions in Rose Bay. Photo: Melissa Brown
Mark rounding action. Photo: Rob Cruse.
'Bob' and 'Mad Cat' leading the fleet in race four. Photo: Rob Cruse.