National Championships 2015 - SCYC, Abersoch

Dave & Imogen Wade win the Mirror Nationals

Daughter & father with some of their prizes

What a great event! The idea to run the 2015 Mirror National Championships alongside Abersoch Mirror Week was judged to be a great success, with 86 boats on the water, 43 in both fleets. Mirror Week is a great institution that has so often been the first event for many top sailors from the North West. and seeing Mike & Katie Budd and Craig & Gabriella Burlton, with a host of National and World Championships between them, was a great example of what a great little boat the Mirror is for introducing children into sailing and racing.

Mirror Nationals Day 5 - Four Races Achieved as the Race Officer plays Catch Up

A blue Mirror dinghy leads the fleet on a dull, grey day

After the frustrations of 'Windy Wednesday' the Mirror Fleet had a long day on the water to catch up with the programme. A steady Southerly 10 to 15 kts breeze, in warm but largely overcast conditions, was ideal to crack in 4 quick races to claw back those missed earlier in the week.

Mirror Nationals Day 4 - Windy Wednesday

What a difference a day makes. Having had 3 days of glorious sunshine, the forecast for Day Four was unfortunately accurate - rain, a force 5 south easterly wind and a substantial southerly swell onto the beach. Launching off the beach through the breakers was tricky, and the swell on the race course made for exciting sailing.

Mirror Nationals Day 3

Waiting for the wind to fill in at Abersoch on day 3 - Photos by Rob Bellfield & Martin Egan

Déjà vu - well, almost, this time it's a three hour postponement. Abersoch Sailing School are giving a discount off doughnut rides,  paddleboarding,..... to the Mirror sailors. Big risk of sunburn, sunstroke & heat exhaustion.

Mirror Nationals Day 2

panoramic view from SCYC on a hot, sunny windless day

The day started with a two hour postponement due to lack of wind. Weather hot and sunny, so a good chance to relax on the beach and go for a swim. This was followed by racing being abandoned for the day.

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