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Miracle National Championship at Bala Sailing Club - Day 3

by Brian Jones 7 Aug 2018 23:22 PDT 5-10 August 2018

Tuesday greeted the fleet with a building wind and clouds over the mountains threatening rain. Richard Brameld said it always rained on his birthday! It did, but he also won Race 5 (crewed by Todd) by the narrowest of margins, just ahead of Graham Wattts/Helen Jacks and David and Rebecca Southwell. It was very close but still a brilliant birthday present. The Mifsuds had been out in the lead when gear failure on the clew outhaul put them back to midfleet eventually pulling through to 7th after a hasty repair.

The previous race (Race 4) had some tricky conditions, a few holes to fall into plus some good spinnaker reaches in the gusts. The port side of the course seemed to be paying the dividends. It was Louis Moulden's/ Luke Tonges turn to miss the gate and be awarded today's wooden spoon. Our birthday boy came 3rd. Peter Mifsud/Ross Southwell also in a borrowed boat have been steadily improving scoring a 9th and 11th. Wil and Wendy Hitchman using a Bala Club boat have been burning the midnight oil to bring it up to speck. This weeks modifications include a new boom, centre main and inboard sheeting using parts borrowed from othe boats!. Better results beckon!

The final Youth and Juniors race saw more competitors on the water and slightly less wind. Guillia Neuteboom, crewed by dad Marcel, continued the Dutch tradition of going swimming in any Welsh Lake or sea they compete in!! It was good to see a successful format for this event with good numbers competing. Congratulations to Andrew and Michela Mifsud first Youth and Leah Murphy/Cathy Goodwin first Junior.

Results after Day 3:

PosSail NoFleetBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st3825G Andrew MifsudMichela MifsudBirzebbuga SC1121611
2nd4010G Dave SouthwellRebecca / DanielleLeigh & Lowton SC2542316
3rd3813GWattknotGraham WattsHelen JacksStaunton Harold SC6435220
4th4026GIndyDavid TurtleZara TurtleShustoke SC3616824
5th4115GQueen BeeRichard BrameldTodd BrameldWelton SC103113128
6th3805GPamelaHannah SmithThomas MetcalfeThornbury SC5884429
7th4016G E CuthbertTBA 42511931
8th4100GLilly GraceLouis MaldenTBADelph SC810617546
9th662GBreezeCathy GoodwinLeah MurphyPort Dinorwic SC137971349
10th4020GFighting LadyJohn TippettKathy BoultonDraycote Water SC791581049
11th2007GPlonsMarcel NeuteboomGuila NeuteboomARZV Netherlands14151413763
12th3835S Peter MifsudTBABirzebbuga SC18131391164
13th4007G S RedcliffeTBA 111812101566
14th4104GMilloviaIan SouthwellMolly / Olivia / MaxineLeigh & Lowton SC161410141266
15th4021GCarbon CopyBrian JonesJohn GreenMaidenhead SC15127181769
16th4110GSplit the WindPaul RobinsonNathan RobinsonWhitefriars SC91716161472
17th3101BMiss AdventureAndrew RobinsonJames RobinsonWhitefriars SC121618121674
18th4052BThe Woolfox RocketDavid ReedJean ReedGirton SC171117151878
19th4098BLily AnnIan BrownLilly / Mia BrownDelph SC201919201997
20th3770B David HerbtrittJosie AirnsShotwick SC2120201920100
21st3592BWellwindyWil HitchmanTBABala SC1921232121105
22nd4108S Geoffrey WeirAndrew DoncanShotwick SC2222212222109
23rd3670BGreat ExpectationsGillian GibsonKenneth GibsonThornton Steward SCDNF24222423118
24th4112B John CoultonGwynneth FranklinPennine SCDNF232423DNF120

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