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7 January 2011, 12:36 pm
2011 Mirror Worlds Wide Open
2011 Mirror Worlds
Downwind action at the 2011 Mirror World Championships

2011 Mirror World Championships
Albany, Australia

Day four of the 2011 LandCorp Mirror Worlds started with a fresh sou-westerly with the fleet bathed in sunshine. Hard work was the motto of the day for sailors in the 15-18 knot breeze and three more races were completed.
Championship leaders, Millie Newman and Jessica Rust (GBR) made a solid start to the day finishing race eleven in second place behind the Ridgely Balladares and Rommel Chavez from the Philippines.

Race 12 got away after a Black Flag with most of the fleet punching out to the left with GBR girls Newman and Rust first, the Philippinos second and Australians Lachlan and Finn Gilbert third. Newman and Rust maintained their lead to take another race win with another all girl crew, Jessie Atherton and Katherine Maher (AUS) finishing second and the Irish team of Ross Kearney and Max Odell (IRL) third.

Results
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Race 13 followed after a lunch break with the breeze still consistent at 15 knots and the sun still providing ideal conditions. The fleet got away under the Blue Peter with Balladares and Chavez taking the lead with a chase group including Atherton, Newman, Robinson, Kearney and former Fireball hotshot, John Dransfield.

Close to the finish of the reach Newman and Rust were called under Rule 42 for pumping by the Jury and did a penalty. They managed to stay with the pack and managed to finish the race in third place behind Balladares and Atherton.

However, just as it appeared that the British girls were marching towards a World Championship victory, drama unfolded as they were disqualified for not completing their penalty properly. They had only completed one circle out of a two-circle penalty and all their efforts resulted in a 62 point DSQ. This changed the race results and the complexion of the World Championship. There are two races left to sail and the World Championship is wide open.

With 13 races and two discards the results are:

1. Ross Kearney and Max Odell (IRL) 34.8
2. Millie Newman and Jessica Rust (GBR) 40
3. Ridgely Balladares and Rommel Chavez (PHI) 43
4. Ryan and Ricky Robinson (RSA) 46
5. Paul and Austin Taylor (AUS) 66

Follow the event blog and results at http://www.mirrorworlds2011.com/ and some great shots of Mirror crews tackling some big breezes at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mirrorworlds2011/

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