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18th Mirror World Championship at Woollahra Sailing Club

by Khiem Tran 11 Jan 01:31 PST 31 December 2018 - 6 January 2019
18th Mirror Worlds in Sydney © Robert Owe-Young

John and Tyler Dransfield won the 18th Mirror World Championship on Sunday, sailing on behalf of the Netherlands in a borrowed boat. Australians John and Tyler had not intended to sail in the Mirror Worlds, hosted by Woollahra Sailing Club, but when Dutch boat Rumble Fish became available after an eye injury to owner Alle Roodbergen, they stepped in with style.

The six day regatta began with light winds which saw only one race completed on the first day, with two-time National Champion Damian Carey taking an early lead with crew Austin Freer in Bob. The second day saw Wave Catcher (2017 World Champion Cullen Hughes and crew James Hughes) make their move with two bullets to jump to the top of the table. The Dransfields in Rumble Fish started slowly, but by the third day they made their mark. Rumble Fish claimed two wins out of three to move to within a point of Wave Catcher.

The scene was set for a crucial Day Four, and Sydney turned up the drama with a full blown Southerly Buster, combined with an afternoon thunderstorm. With great sailing in strong winds, Rumble Fish claimed the first race to move into the lead for the first time in the regatta. Britain's David and Imogen Wade in Blue won the second race before racing was called off, but a third place to Rumble Fish was enough to give them a seven point lead over newly crowned National Champions McMissle (Campbell and Stirling McKay), with Wave Catcher four more points adrift.

For the final day, Sydney Harbour reverted to back to light winds, and with three races to go we were set for a tantalising finish.

The first race on the final day was won by Jonathan and Phoebe Branch in B2, claiming their first win for the Worlds. Wave Catcher came second, but Rumble Fish came third, preserving their lead.

In the second race, Rumble Fish came first to pull further away on the leader board, with B2 second and Wave Catcher third. With one race to go, and a second drop now applying, only a disaster could stop Rumble Fish now.

As the leaders crossed the line, it was Bob (Damian Carey and Austin Freer), ending as they had begun with yet another race win. Second was Bulletproof (Simon and Tyson Barwood), with Rumble Fish in third to clinch the title in emphatic style.

For photos, video and race updates see the New South Wales Mirror Class Association Facebook page (@MirrorSailingNSW).

At the Prize-Giving Ceremony, Olympic gold medallist and America's Cup winner, Tom Slingsby, and Wendy Tuck, Clipper Round the World skipper and the first woman to win a Round the World Race, were on hand to help celebrate and hand out the prizes. Tom, who lives in the area, said he had seen the Mirrors out during the week and was thinking of them during the big winds on Day Four. Wendy said she was sailing a 30 ft yacht at the time and she didn't want to be out sailing, let alone in a Mirror.

John, a three-times Fireball World Champion, said he began sailing Mirrors at Albert Sailing Club in Melbourne and won his first State Title at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron and gave some words of encouragement to the young sailors in the room. "We were scared too!" he said, as he congratulated them on sailing the Southerly Buster.

Rumble Fish's owner, Alle Roodbergen, was also on hand to celebrate the win, and John thanked him for preparing a fast boat. John's advice to new sailors was to get a good boat and a good crew, and he said with Rumble Fish and Tyler, he had both.

Second place went to Wave Catcher (Cullen and James Hughes), and third place to McMissile (Campbell and Stirling McKay). Wave Catcher also picked up the prize for Best Home Boat, as the Dransfields were sailing for the Netherlands in Rumble Fish.

Fourth place went to Bob (Damian Carey and Austin Freer); fifth place to Waterborne At Last (Douglas Raftesath and Spencer McKay); sixth place to Ripples (reigning British National Champions, Chris and Daisy Fuller); and seventh to Blue (David and Imogen Wade).

The Ireland Trophy for the Invitation Race went to Bulletproof (Simon and Tyson Barwood). The Seafort Trophy for the highest ranked female helm went to Foxy Lady III (Jessie Andrewartha and Grant Atherton). The Under 19 prize went to Dash (Charlotte Raftesath and Benedict McKay). And the Junior prize went to the courageous Irish team of Eoghan Duffy and Cathal Langan in A Close Shave.

The Master's Trophy (helm over 40) went to Bob (Damian Carey and Austin Freer), and the Veteran's Trophy went to Waterborne At Last (Douglas Raftesath and Spencer McKay).

In the Classic Division, the winner was Blistering Barnacles (Sarah and Tika MacMaster) who did extremely well to place 30th overall.

Full prize list available here.

With the prizes given out, the penultimate act of the 2019 Worlds was to hand the Mirror flag over to the next host, Sligo YC, represented by Emmet Duffy. The flag was handed over by Douglas Raftesath, the newly elected President of the International Mirror Class Association, with Kuba Miszewski stepping down after three successful terms.

The final act of the night was a special thank you to Stan Bland, President of the New South Wales Mirror Class Association, who was the driving force behind the bringing the Worlds to Woollahra Sailing Club, and an indispensable contributor to the success of the 2019 Worlds.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameNatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
1stRumble FishNED70883John DransfieldTyler DransfieldKWVL‑94‑1232111331322
2ndWave CatcherAUS70854Cullen HughesJames HughesBSC4311‑9737‑923536
3rdMcMissileAUS70951Campbell McKayStirling McKayRSYS5‑72‑85523257440
4thBobAUS70662Damian CareyAustin FreerHSC15‑11712857‑136143
5thWaterborne at LastAUS70800Douglas RaftesathSpencer McKayBSC‑1326648(SCP)91049765
6thRipplesGBR70915Chris FullerDaisy FullerHISC36‑2314334‑181478870
7thBlueGBR70852David WadeImogen WadeNSC1110‑3324(BFD)6521841182
8thBulletproofAUS70599Simon BarwoodTyson BarwoodRFBYC‑14131010‑37107441112283
9thFoxy Lady IIIAUS70146Jessie AndrewarthaGrant AthertonKBSC8851211‑3712.5‑136611685.5
10thB2AUS70600Jonathan BranchPhoebe BranchCPSC212915109(RET)17‑21121592
11thMadCatAUS70666Mark NashCaitlin NashHHSC151432‑20‑18146816139100
12thChoppaAUS70592Stan BlandPearl TwomeyWSC1015‑1851212151011‑181410114
13thGirra GirraAUS70812Paul PlowmanTess PlowmanHHSC61161181518(DNF)(DNC)101713115
14thLittle Ripper 2AUS70918Joe HancockIris HancockWSC17118177‑30‑20161919518137
15thGroverAUS70811Anthony FreemanAngela FreemanHHSC‑3117422232016151820‑3012167
16thMCA demo boatGBR70840Martin EganMikko SunRSC716219241436(DNF)(DNC)121617172
17thDashAUS70594Charlotte RaftesathBenedict McKayBSC2224‑26417229212017‑3319175
18thTransom NoteAUS70602Peter DeanRohan DeanRFBYC1618721212124‑28(DNF)151814175
19thFireflyAUS70813Gavin CookeOliver CookeBSC27‑3314‑2915261085282025178
20thB1AUS70597Karen BranchAnnabelle BranchCPSC(DNC)917166419(DNF)DNC142116182
21stJumpin' Jack FlashAUS70825Andy McIntyreFred O'BrienBYS1922301330286(DNF)(DNC)91923199
22ndA Close ShaveIRL70562Eoghan DuffyCathal LanganLRYC122625‑3213112623TLE‑351027199
23rdFIZZAUS70177David GraneyArlo StratingKBSC2032291814‑33172522‑421520212
24thSpeedy BeeAUS70952Rick BakerCharlie BakerWSC3719‑41383332‑411113242321251
25thSandyAUS70588Benjamin LaneSamuel HoffmannRFBYC3336‑47‑482216212715342734265
26thTigers TalesAUS67151Derek HadwenDaniel HadwenBSC38432820311723(DNF)(DNC)222622270
27thGame onAUS70660Alex OBeirneCharlotte ObeirneRFBYC(TLE)38‑46402631281212302931277
28thCarpe DiemAUS68678Jenny GraneyZoe CowlesKBSC26203523283627(DNF)(DNC)262433278
29thNo ChanceAUS70065Jaemie WilsonMarkus WilsonASC39372730‑45192219(DNF)363426289
30thBlistering BarnaclesAUS41489Sarah MacMasterTika MacMasterWSC(4129222819274030TLE3838‑42297
31stBlueNZL69230Yves SteningMolly SteningWSCTLE‑5144251829‑461423274040301
32ndCelia MayAUS70804Caitlin JeffriesGarth BickfordHHSC36‑50‑48274743303216252824308
33rdJazzeAUS70595Tara WilsonRowan HughesBSC21251519(RET)(DNC)25DNFDNC213630312
34thSalty Sea DogAUS70661Diane VukelicSaxon DeanWSC34271342322435TLE(DNF)‑443543319
35thYenda LeeRSA64600Kuba MiszewskiSylvia DeansTSCTLE31‑434134‑472926TLE313239330
36thHive EmpireAUS70596Michael JudgeDaniel JudgeRFBYCTLE‑46423543423120173231‑44334
37thWoodyAUS70169Kevin JarvisRose JarvisDPSSTLE39(DSQ)36(BFD)231122DNS2922DNS343
38thBondoAUS57993Ross BarrattOlivia BarrattWSC28‑53313125‑5047TLETLE394735343
39thEclipseAUS69446Loki BirdPippa BirdKBSC35283834274838(DNF)(DNC)333732350
40thCactusAUS63806Charlotte Armstrong Rose LandonKBSC3221(RET)26294933(DNF)DNC372541353
41stMolly MAUS70917Lewis ThatcherVida ThatcherBSC(DNS)4919(DNC)393437TLETLE454328354
42ndFrappe Forte 2AUS70919Tomas SimpsonTyler SimpsonDOSC18352052161334(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC368
43rdRamukanjiAUS70855Angus McIntyreArchie O'BrienBYSTLE523437404632(DNF)(DNC)234138384
44thBomboraAUS70546Peter JudgeJanine JudgeRFBYC24‑56454638414524TLE(RET)4847384
45thSea LionAUS69763Khiem TranLiem TranWSCTLE4432334838‑54TLE(DNF)414637394
46thUDDAUS70853Rolna StoegerDoug PiantaMYC29404945444444312450‑52(TLE)400
47thCrescendoAUS69870Duke SeccoGlenn SeccoMYCTLE303949‑523549TLE(DNF)405036403
48thBLACKADDERAUS69133Paul CornwellHannah CornwellMYCTLE45245341‑5643TLE(DNS)494948427
49thAll Fired UpAUS69538Caitlin ClippingdaleAndrew ClippingdaleDSC(DNF)424047363950(DNF)DNC463929428
50thBelloAUS7059Jonnie VigarMarley VigarWSC232336(DNC)462539(DNF)DNFDNCDNCDNC432
51stFast GlassAUS70191Andrew DentJackson DentBSCTLE483739494048(DNF)(DNF)514245440
52ndPotemkinAUS45291Geoff WinestockLouise NeweyHHSCTLE‑55545153534229TLE4351(DNC)443
53rdStorefreshAUS70591Steve DoolanWilliam JohnsonHSC25415143545153(DNC)(DNC)474446455
54thJukeboxAUS11400Glenn PoyntonSam PoyntonWSC30345044355251(DNF)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC476
55thBlack SwanAUS69201Thomas S MckinleyElla J MckinleyNYC41575350424552(DNF)(DNC)484549482
56thSpiegelAUS67800Steve MaloneTony MandlBSCTLE475255515456(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC536
57thGold seekerAUS67833Thomas M McKinleyDonna AshwoodNYCTLE545654505555(DNF)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC545
58thOutnumberedJPN63075Shinichi SonodaSatoshi AkitaMCAJTLE595557(DNF)TLETLE(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNC568
59thSea JouleJPN594Hiroshi KatoYoshinori TakaishiMCAJ(UFD)58575655TLETLE(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNC582

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