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Charlotte Fitzgerald and Annie Sibthorp lead the Mirror Worlds

Wednesday July 29th 2009, Author: Justin Chisholm, Location: United Kingdom
What a difference a day makes. The severe gales of the previous day, which had prevented any sailing at the 2009 Mirror World Championship, finally subsided in the early hours of this morning to be replaced by light and shifty breezes for day three. After a short delay to allow the breeze to settle in, the Race Committee were able to run two excellent races. The light and fickle breezes, which peaked at only eight knots, combined with a building southerly tide pushing the fleet up to the startline, made for a challenging day for all concerned. The race officer’s black flag was given a good airing but there were nonetheless several General Recalls on the starts of both races and around twenty competitors now have a BFD in their scores.

Overnight leader Chris Rust struggled a little in today’s lighter conditions and could only record an eleventh and a seventh, which dropped him down to second overall. Charlotte Fitzgerald and Annie Sibthorp were the most consistent team of the day with two fourth places to give them the overall lead tonight. Charlotte’s sister Izy Fitzgerald sailing with Emily Peters won the second race after an exciting race long three way battle with Will Parkinson & Emma Brown and Emma & Martina Barry. The second race of the day was an equally tight affair with Hugo Sloper and Emma Spruce eventually winning out over Irish entry Michael and Sarah Hill. Fellow countryman Cillian Dickson crewed by Peter Regan were also always in the mix and came home in third place. This evening the International Jury were pressed into action to deal with a stream of protests from the day's racing, some of which may have bearing on the top three overall results.

With so many recalled starts today the sailors did not get ashore until after six o’clock. Despite their long day on the water, they were soon revived by a fleet barbeque, which was quickly followed by a set of raucous sketches at Nations’ Night. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for sunshine and 14 knot breezes so there is a good chance that the race committee will be able to catch up with some of the races lost yesterday. Racing tomorrow is scheduled to start at eleven o’clock and the pressure will be on the leading pack to maintain their form as the 2009 Mirror World Championship begins to build to a climax.

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