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Miracle National Championship 2023 at Brixham Yacht Club - Day 5

by Hannah Metcalfe-Smith 17 Aug 2023 12:48 PDT 13-18 August 2023
Miracle Nationals at Brixham day 5 © Brian Jones

Day 5 of the Miracle Nationals saw an ambitious three races planned in to account for the race that wasn't able to be held due to lack of wind on Tuesday. The forecast was due for wind from the east with plenty of breeze.

Race 6 started in breezy conditions. There were some different faces at the front today with Baabii'o Flowers and Thomas Semmens taking first place. Graham Watts and Helen Jacks took a tumble at the first gybe mark which saw them washed down the fleet. Jon and Jess Willars were able to secure second place in the heavy breeze, with Ian and Ella Fryett claiming third.

By Race 7, the waves had built into a reasonably sized, but somewhat confused swell. The fleet failed to get away on the first go, with a general recall. The Race Officer restarted the sequence with a U-flag, which kept the fleet much more disciplined. Baabii'o Flowers and Thomas Semmens took another bullet, with Ian and Ella Fryett in second and Carolynn and Nick Smith in third.

Race 8 was less breezy but the swell was much the same, making it tricky to keep the wind in the sails. This saw a change in the front runners. Father and daughter duo, Simon and Vivienne Turnbull took their first win of the series, and despite leading a good portion of the race, Graham Watts and Helen Jacks managed to hold on to take second place. Ian and Ella Fryett took another third place.

Leading into the last day of the Nationals, Ian and Ella Fryett are on top of the series, with Baabii'o Flowers and Thomas Semmens in second, with Jon and Jess Willars in third.

Results after day 5: (Other categories at

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st4011Ian FryettElla FryettRYA2‑4122‑32312
2nd4010Baabii'o FlowerThomas SemmensPaignton SC1‑936‑1511416
3rd3834Jon WillarsJessica WillarsBeaver/Filey SC(NSC)3‑131124516
4th4115Carolynn SmithNicholas SmithThornbury SC424‑7553‑823
5th4050Simon TurnbullVivienne TurnbullPembrokeshire YC(NSC)6‑73465125
6th4121Wayne AthertonAngela SweeneyDelph SC(NSC)55534‑6628
7th2007Marcel NeuteboomGiulia NeuteboomARZV Netherlands(NSC)82467‑9936
8th4114Graham WattsHelen JacksStaunton Harold SC(NSC)16109‑1310238
9th3805Hannah Metcalf‑SmithThomas Metcalfe‑SmithThornbury SC(NSC)7‑1591198751
10th4098Lilly BrownIan BrownDelph SC5‑159‑14712131460
11th4110Paul RobinsonNathan RobinsonWhitefriars SC(NSC)11‑141113871060
12th3813Richard SmithTeddy SmithBroadwater(NSC)‑13881210121262
13th4120Gerald Copsey / James RobinsonTanya CopseyEly SC(NSC)‑1411131011111167
14th4020John TippettKathy BoultonDraycote Water SC(NSC)121012814(RET)DNC74
15th3461Andrew ClarkeStephanie ClarkeWilsonian SC6‑16‑16151415141377
16th4007Simon ReddecliffeMark AthertonDelph SC31012(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC79
17th4021Brian JonesJago Wightman SmithMaidenhead SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC108

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