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Miracle National Championship 2023 at Brixham Yacht Club - Day 3

by Hannah Metcalfe-Smith 15 Aug 2023 12:15 PDT 13-18 August 2023

The Miracles were greeted by sunshine for the third day of the 2023 Miracle Nationals, sponsored by Sailing Chandlery.

The fleet were out to the start line on time today. The race started with little wind, and the beat was tough going, but Lilly and Ian Brown were going well and got to the windward mark first, with Jon and Jess Willars following in second, Hannah and Tom Metcalfe-Smith in third. After the gybe mark, the racing was tight with the lighter crews doing well. The fleet got around the leeward mark only for the wind to die to nothing for a while.

With the wind spinning around, some brave souls decided to put their kites up as the wind had gone far enough round for the beat to become a spinnaker leg. The wind filled in from the right-hand side of the course and got the fleet moving slowly again, after some time bobbing around. With the course now back to front, a change in positions occurred, with the Fryetts coming from the middle of the fleet to the front to take the gun, our visitors from the Netherlands; father and daughter duo Marcel and Giulia Neuteboom took 2nd, with Baabii'o Flowers and Thomas Semmens in 3rd. Jon & Jess Willars ended up in 13th place and the Metcalfe-Smith's suffered a significant collapse down the fleet to 15th.

The racing was abandoned for the day after a period of time bobbing around with very little wind to speak of.

Results after Day 3:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st4011lan FryettElla FryettRYA2417
2nd4115Carolynn SmithNicholas SmithThornbury SC42410
3rd4010Baabii'o FlowerThomas SemmensPaignton SC19313
4th4114Graham WattsHelen JacksStaunton Harold SCNSC1625
5th4007Simon ReddecliffeMark AthertonDelph SC3101225
6th2007Marcel NeuteboomGiulia NeuteboomARZV NetherlandsNSC8228
7th4121Wayne AthertonAngela SweeneyDelph SCNSC5528
8th4098Lilly Brownlan BrownDelph SC515929
9th4050Simon TurnbullVivienne TurnbullPembrokeshire YCNSC6731
10th3834Jon WillarsJessica WillarsBeaver/Filey SCNSC31334
11th3461Andrew ClarkeStephanie ClarkeWilsonian SC6161638
12th3813Richard SmithTeddy SmithBroadwaterNSC13839
13th3805Hannah Metcalf‑ SmithThomas Metcalfe‑ SmithThornbury SCNSC71540
14th4020John TippettKathy BoultonDraycote Water SCNSC121040
15th4120James RobinsonTanya CopseyEly SCNSC141143
16th4110Paul RobinsonNathan RobinsonWhitefriars SCNSC111443
17th4021Brian JonesJago Wightman SmithMaidenhead SCDNCDNCDNC54

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