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Miracle National Championship 2022 at Dabchicks Sailing Club - Day 1

by Hannah Smith 22 Aug 2022 14:12 PDT 22-26 August 2022

The Miracle Nationals at Dabchicks Sailing Club started off with a short practice session on Sunday afternoon. This entailed learning to pick our way through the moorings and a review of the sailing area via practice starts and a windward/leeward.

The Miracles and Signets were welcomed by the Commodore of Dabchicks on Sunday evening with drinks and nibbles alongside a comprehensive briefing.

Race 1 started off on Monday morning, with sunshine and a light breeze and an eager fleet on the water and at the race area well ahead of the allotted start time. The first race got away on the first go with a line shy fleet. Graham Watts and Helen Jacks (4114) were first around the windward mark, closely followed by Ian and Ella Fryett (4011), the Willars (3834) and the Copseys.

This race also saw a welcome for the Fighting Lady (4020) sailed by Jon Tippett and Kathy Boulton after some damage in last years Nationals, securing 12th place and with some intense battles mid-fleet throughout the racing, with grandad and grandson duo Brian and Jago (4021) secured 9th place.

The race continued round the triangle with Graham and Helen dropping back into 3rd place, with Jon and Jess Willars coming in second and the Fryetts securing their first bullet of the Nationals.

The second race started with a more contested line and the pin-end proving to pay, the Fryett's reached the windward mark first once again, closely followed by the Willars, Wayne Atherton & Angela Sweeney (4121) and Nick and Carolynn Smith (2551).

With the racing tight throughout the fleet, the windward leg didn't present any reliable patterns to follow, with very little tide across the course. The front of the fleet failed to change positions throughout the two long laps, but the work going on in the middle proved to be more interesting with four boats coming up to the line together, fighting until to the last centimetre.

Some of the fleet stayed out for another race for the Youth Championship, whilst the remainder returned to the sailing club through the moorings on the outgoing tide.

Results after Day 1:

PosDivisionBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2Pts
1stGoldHocus Pocus4011Ian FryettElla Fryett 112
2ndGoldLittle Hootie3834Jon WillarsJessica Willars 224
3rdGoldBlackmagic4121Wayne AthertonAngela SweeneyDelph sc437
4thGoldPlons2007Marcel NeuteboomBella NeuteboomARZV5611
5thGoldNot Late2551Carolynn SmithNick SmithThornbury Sailing Club8412
6thSilverCrusoe4123Andrew RobinsonHannah MumfordWhitefriars SC / Downs SC6814
7thSilvertba4120Gerald copseyTanya copsey 71017
8thSilverATT4114Graham WattsHelen JacksStaunton Harold31518
9thGoldPamela3805Hannah Metcalfe‑SmithTom Metcalfe‑SmithThornbury SC13518
10thSilverBad Medicine4099Yvonne MumfordBrian MumfordDowns SC10919
11thSilverSplitting The Wind4110Paul RobinsonNathan RobinsonWhitefriars SC14721
12thSilverPuff4021Brian JonesJago Wightman SmithMaidenhead91423
13thSilverBlue line 34040Abbey MumfordTom HirstDowns SC111223
14thGoldFighting Lady4020John TippettKathy BoultonDraycote Water121325
15thBronzeLily Grace4100Louis MouldenLucas / Ryan SkehanDelph SC151126
16thBronze 4009William PowellWilliam MarfleetDabchicks sc161632
17thBronzeLilly Ann4098Ian BrownLilly BrownDelph Sailing Club171734
18thBronzeTip Top3461Andrew ClarkeNik AntoniadesWilsonian SC181836

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