Scottish Mirror Championships 2002, St Mary’s Loch SC 19th-21st July

Three Mirror dinghies racing away from the leeward mark and away from the camera

Mirrors came to St Mary's Loch in the Scottish Borders from as far as Lancashire in the South and the Shetland Isles in the North, for the Scottish Champioinship on July 20/21, making up a fleet of seventeen boats.

There were flukey conditions all weekend, but a good variety of wind strengths from flat calm to 20 knots. At the front of the fleet there was plenty of competition among the Team GBR members especially, as they tuned up for the Mirror Europeans in Holland.

First race went to Stuart Bithell and Holly Scott, from Hollingworth Lake, before their fellow club members, Jonathan McGovern and Nicola Brook took the second race. Also close to the front were Katie and Anna Mackenzie, from Windermere, plus the leading singlehander, Andrew Greenhalgh, from nearby Annandale. The wind rose to 20 knots for the last race, and Blithell planed to a second win, ahead of McGovern in second.

On Sunday it was back to light, patchy winds, but a third win for Blithell in the fourth race left him well placed, before making sure of the Championship with a fourth win in the fifth race. McGovern and Mackenzie meanwhile, were having very close racing, both taking a second and a third in Sunday's first two races. In the last race, Blithell again underlined his credentials with a fifth win, and McGovern in second made sure of second overall, ahead of the Mackenzie sisters. Singlehander Andrew Greenhalgh continued to be up among the leaders, and took the top singlehander title with a string of top five places.

The event was well supported by local boats, of which six sailed, and the top local boat was sailed by Charles Willoughby, making his first outing in Mirrors for over twenty years, not to mention his first ever encounter with a Mirror spinnaker!

Results
1. Stuart Blithell & Holly Scott, Hollingworth Lake SC, 5pts
2. Jonathan McGovern & Nicola Brook, Hollingworth Lake SC, 10 pts
3. Katie & Anna Mackenzie, Royal Windermere YC, 14 pts
4. Andrew Greenhalgh, Annandale SC, 19 pts
5. Gerry & Luke McGill, Sunderland SC, 24 pts

Best team performance; Annandale SC.
First Singlehander; Andrew Greenhalgh
First Master; Gerry McGill
First St Mary's Loch boat; Charles Willoughby & Robert Wilson

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Overall Results

Sail No Helm S/H Crew Club Master Series Points Series Place Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6
70172 - 'Av It Stuart Bithell   Holly Scott Hollingworth Lake SC   5 1 1 2 1 1 1 1
69907 - Crianza Jonathan McGovern   Nicola Brook Hollingworth Lake SC   10 2 4 1 2 2 3 2
69683 - George Katie Mackenzie   Anna Mackenzie Royal Windermere YC   14 3 3 3 3 3 2 3
63224 Andrew Greenhalgh Y   Annandale SC   19 4 2 4 6 5 4 4
70010 - Woody Gerry McGill   Luke McGill Sunderland YC Y 24 5 6 5 4 4 5 6
69366 John Hugo   Allan Doyle Annandale SC Y 27 6 5 6 5 6 7 5
19636 - E.O.B. Duncan Greenhalgh Y   Annandale SC Y 34 7 9 7 7 7 6 7
54580 Charles Willoughby   Robert Wilson St Mary's Loch SC Y 39 8 7 8 8 8 8 8
10543 Ian Brown Y   St Mary's Loch SC Y 44 9 8 11 9 9 9 9
29751 Shelagh Brian   Kirsty Brian St Mary's Loch SC Y 55 10 11 10 10 12 12 15
907 Ernie Turpie   Kirsty Turpie Annandale SC Y 56 11 10 9 18 13 13 11
3959 - Lightning Claire Carroll   Lorna McLachlan Unattached   57 12 12 12 11 11 11 14
69525 - Knab James Stewart   Emma Inkster Shetland Sailing Centre   65 13 13 13 13 14 15 12
52284 Norman Ellis Y   St Mary's Loch SC Y 66 14 18 18 18 10 10 10
69524 Darren Forrest   Kirsten Gear Shetland Sailing Centre   69 15 14 14 12 18 16 13
4451 Stewart Wilson Y   St Mary's Loch SC Y 78 16 15 16 18 15 14 18
33096 Dave Parkhill   Sophie Parkhill St Mary's Loch SC Y 84 17 16 15 18 18 17 18


Youth Results

Youth/Junior Sail No Helm Crew Club Series Points Series Place Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
Y 69683 - George Katie Mackenzie Anna Mackenzie Royal Windermere YC 4 1 1 2 2 1
J 70172 - 'Av It Stuart Bithell Holly Scott Hollingworth Lake SC 4 2 2 1 1 2
Y 54580 Ali Morrish Fi Foulkes St Mary's Loch SC 10 3 4 3 4 3
Y 907 Johnny McGowan Robert Wilson Hollingworth Lake SC 10 4 3 4 3 4
J 69524 Darren Forrest Kirsten Gear Shetland Sailing Centre 16 5 6 8 5 5
J 69525 - Knab James Stewart Emma Inkster Shetland Sailing Centre 16 6 5 5 6 7
J 4491 Joan Wilson Iona Morrison St Mary's Loch SC 20 7 7 7 9 6
Y 52284 Sandy McSeveney Helen Fox St Mary's Loch SC 22 8 8 6 9 8

Class Association Prizes

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Scottish Area 1st Overall Helm
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