2015 Mirror State Championships Report

Simon and Tyson Barwood, representing RFBYC, successfully defended their Mirror State Champion title in light and shifty conditions on Koombana Bay over the Labour Day long weekend. Seven of the eight races scheduled were completed, a testament to PRO Warren Drew’s patience and persistence in the tricky conditions. Simon and eight year old son Tyson sailed ‘Dash’ to six race wins and dropped a second for a perfect regatta score.

Second place and the ‘Veteran’ trophy went to local KBSC legend David Pilbeam with new crew Kate Mellet in ‘Vigilante 8’. David and Kate had a heat win in Race 5, dropped a fourth and came second five times. Annaliese Bryant sailing ‘Vigilante 9’ with crew Thomas Hume finished third and wrested back the Lady Skipper’s trophy from Alex Thornton in ‘Transom Note’ after a count back to break the tie on 24 points.

Sidonia Barwood only completed Race 1 in ‘Game Over’ before crew Maria had to take her daughter (and Alex’s crew Millie) to hospital for an injured finger, both were unable to sail again in the regatta. Leave was granted for Sidonia to crew for Alex and the girls finished fourth overall. Finishing in fifth place and taking out the Junior Trophy was Daniel Judge and Jonty Binet sailing ‘Bombora’.

Two boats competed for the first time at a State Championships, ‘Rabbit’ sailed by daughter and father Ella and Grahame Maesepp scored a third in Race 3 and finished in sixth place overall winning the ‘Family’ trophy. Father and son team Robert and seven year old Mackenzie Fleming sailing Sandpiper were awarded the ‘Rookie’ trophy.

Rex Henderson took out the ‘Grand Master’ award in Vasco III with wife Debbie crewing while at the other end of the age spectrum Michael Judge and Farrah Corrigan won the ‘Sub-Junior’ category sailing ‘Posiedon’.

The fleet looks forward with much anticipation to the Mirror Nationals are being held at RFBYC in December 2015/ January 2016.

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