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Miracle National Championship 2022 at Dabchicks Sailing Club - Day 3

by Hannah Metcalfe-Smith 24 Aug 2022 10:11 PDT 22-26 August 2022

Day 3 of the Miracle Nationals at Dabchicks Sailing Club got off to a slow start with an hour postponement, and then after launching, a bit more waiting whilst the wind settled into a strong breeze.

Race 5 turned out to be one full of surprises. Gerald and Tanya Copsey had a port end flyer and cleared the fleet with ease. The Neuteboom's (2007), our visitors from the Netherlands, however were first around the windward mark. The drama continued with a capsize for Abbey Mumford and Tom Hirst (4040) due to a communication error.

The bigger breeze meant that it was tough for the lighter crews to make headway upwind. On the second lap, Andrew Robinson and Hannah Mumford (4123) were making good headway and launched themselves into 3rd place after Brian and Yvonne Mumford (4099) who were leading the race, ahead of the Fryetts in 2nd.

After an excellent blast down the first side of the triangle for the third lap, the Metcalfe-Smith's (3805) were looking to catch Andrew and Hannah for a strong finish in 4th place.

The biggest surprise of the day arrived when the results were published with the Mumford's, the Fryett's and the Smith's (2551) were all On Course Side (OCS) at the start, had failed to return and were disqualified, leaving Andrew and Hannah with their first ever Nationals Race victory!

Special mention goes to Ian and Lilly Brown (4098) for their best result this Nationals, with a 13th place, after some boat tuning work with Ian Fryett this morning. With a recent change to their jib sheeting angle in line with the newest class rules, Andrew Clarke and Nik Antioniades (3461) secured a 14th place in the breezier weather.

Paul and Nathan Robinson secured another 7th place today and stayed out for some more racing in the Youth Championship.

For Race 6 it was all change at the top again, with the Willars (3834) working fast to get to the windward mark.

On the sausage, the Metcalfe-Smith's made the decision to gybe and gybe again, which brought the Fryetts right back up to the Metcalfe-Smith's, making the final beat even closer. The Metcalfe-Smith's managed to sneak around the mark just in front and took off down the triangle, following the Willars and the Mumford's.

It was really tight at the top, the Mumford's and the Willars were closely matched. However, at the final gybe mark, the Mumford's capsized, causing the Willars to take avoiding action and going into first place. In addition to the Metcalfe-Smith's, the Fryett's snuck past whilst the Mumford's quickly got their boat back upright and on the move again, cementing the top four results.

William Powell and William Marfleet (4009) from Dabchicks Sailing Club, took another good result with 9th place, looking to cement their place at the head of the Bronze Fleet.

All in all, an excellent day's racing! To be followed by the annual quiz, courtesy of legendary quizmaster Brian Jones!

Results after Day 3:

PosDivisionBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stGoldLittle Hootie3834Jon WillarsJessica Willars 22224113
2ndGoldHocus Pocus4011Ian FryettElla Fryett 1111OCS326
3rdGoldBlackmagic4121Wayne AthertonAngela SweeneyDelph sc43933527
4thGoldPamela3805Hannah Metcalfe‑SmithTom Metcalfe‑SmithThornbury SC135582235
5thGoldPlons2007Marcel NeuteboomBella NeuteboomARZV561558645
6thSilverBlue line 34040Abbey MumfordTom HirstDowns SC11123751149
7thSilverBad Medicine4099Yvonne MumfordBrian MumfordDowns SC10964OCS452
8thSilverCrusoe4123Andrew RobinsonHannah MumfordWhitefriars SC / Downs SC68111511253
9thSilverATT4114Graham WattsHelen JacksStaunton Harold31510116853
10thSilverPuff4021Brian JonesJago Wightman SmithMaidenhead9144991560
11thGoldFighting Lady4020John TippettKathy BoultonDraycote Water121376101361
12thSilverSplitting The Wind4110Paul RobinsonNathan RobinsonWhitefriars SC147131071061
13thGoldNot Late2551Carolynn SmithNick SmithThornbury Sailing Club841212OCS762
14thBronze 4009William PowellWilliam MarfleetDabchicks sc161681411974
15thSilvertba4120Gerald copseyTanya copsey 710141312RET75
16thBronzeLilly Ann4098Ian BrownLilly BrownDelph Sailing Club17171816131495
17thBronzeLily Grace4100Louis MouldenLucas / Ryan SkehanDelph SC15111617RETDNC97
18thBronzeTip Top3461Andrew ClarkeNik AntoniadesWilsonian SC181817181416101

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