Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

2011 Mirror Worlds day 5 - A win for the Irish

by Anthony Galante on 8 Jan 2011
2011 Mirror World Champions, Kearney and Odell Trina Merrick
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.

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.


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.



Overall results:

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

Youth
Millie Newman and Jessica Rust (GBR)

Masters
Lachlan and Finn Gilbert (AUS)

Ladies
Millie Newman and Jessica Rust (GBR)

Junior
Matthew and Benjamin Lulham-Robonson

Silver Fleet
1. Don Jhon Cabaries and Gabriel Fetizanan (PHI)
2. Alfie Wisdom and Harry Sutcliffe-Woelders (IRL)
3. Emma and Rachel Grayson (GBR)



Event website click here
Blog click here

Barz Optics - Kids rangeAncasta Ker 33 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Landcorp 2011 Mirror Worlds - Gear used by the top ten
A quick review of the gear used by the top ten finished in the Landcorp 2011 Mirror Worlds held in Albany WA. With five different nations filling the top five positions in the Landcorp 2011 Mirror Worlds, it is interesting to see what different gear preferences exist. Naturally the biggest determinant of success is the human factor, but for those wishing to emulate their heroes, here is a potted summary of the top ten finishes.
Posted on 18 Jan 2011
Mirror Worlds - Perfect Conditions but drama on day 4
15 knots and sunshine provided sailors with perfect conditions as drama unfolded at the top on Day 4. Day 4 of the 2011 Landcorp Mirror Worlds started with a fresh sou-westerly with the fleet bathed in sunshine. Hard work was the motto of the day for sailors in the 15 knot breeze. The day ended in drama following the disqualification of the Championship leader after completing only one circle in a two-circle penalty for pumping under Rule 42.
Posted on 7 Jan 2011
Mirror Worlds Day 2 - Sailing in Paradise
LandCorp Mirror World Champions 2011 Day 2 was sailed in spectacular Albany conditions. LandCorp Mirror World Champions 2011 Day 2 started in ideal conditions with warm weather and an easterly of 15-18 knots as the fleet was treated to the best that Albany could offer.
Posted on 4 Jan 2011
2011 LandCorp Mirror Worlds underway in 20-25 knots
The 2011 Worlds began in a strong breeze of 18-22 kts with 30 kt gusts presenting challenges for the entire fleet. Race 1 was a great start, with the fleet not wanting to repeat the Black Flag Affair of the Australian Championships. The Philippino pair of Balladares and Chavez got away boat end with great speed. The new Australian Champions, Paul and Austin Taylor, threw immediately to port from their boat end start and were one of only 17 boats to go right.
Posted on 3 Jan 2011
International Mirror Class World Championships countdown
Princess Royal Sailing Club in Albany is ready to host the World Mirror Sailing Championships With only the decks to be cleared, quite literally for varnishing in the next days, Princess Royal Sailing Club in Albany is ready to host the World Mirror Sailing Championship.
Posted on 15 Dec 2010