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19 January 2007, 10:47 am
Final Day In Port Elizabeth
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Mirror World Championship 2007
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

The 2007 Mirror Worlds ended with a great day of racing as Nick DAVIS and John COLLOVA (AUS) wrapped up the silver medal, with gold already decided in the favour of the first ever female World Champions in the class, Anna MACKENZIE and Holly SCOTT (GBR). South Africans Sieraj JACOBS and Ashwin DANIELS ended with a bullet to take third place on their home waters.
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The final day of racing was the day that the weather gurus really got it wrong. We awoke to a fresh westerly as opposed to the predicted light southwester. True to form Principal Race Officer Viv JAMES left his moorings before 09:00, the D Flag was dropped at 09:05 and the boats started launching in a wind touching 22 knots.

One race was sailed today to bring the regatta series total to 12 races sailed.

The windward-leeward course was laid just north of the harbour entrance close to the Oyster Farm. The offshore wind which was 5 degrees to the south of true west abated slightly to 20 knots and the last and final race for the 2007 Mirror World Championships started under the I Flag at 10:10 in a light chop. Anna MACKENZIE and Holly SCOTT (GBR), the Mirror World Champions, were still aggressive as ever at the start, but this time too aggressive as they scored their first OCS and worst possible score for the regatta. The harder conditions resulted in a few breakages as well as Dale MILLER (AUS) being hit over the head with the boom, and only 72 finishers.

Great Finish For JACOBS And DANIELS

South African America's Cup Shosholoza team member and Isivunguvungu coach, Sieraj JACOBS sailing with the 2006 Optimist National Champion, Ashwin DANIELS sailed a faultless race to gain first position, followed by Nick DAVIS and John COLLOVA (AUS) and in third were 2005 World Champions Ross KEARNEY and Adam MCCULLOUGH (IRL)

Significant for South Africa is that JACOBS and DANIELS are the highest placed South Africans of colour in any Sailing World Championship event. JACOBS, the gentleman of sailing, commented as follows to that piece of news, 'We are all the same and Ashwin and I, just like all the other sailors, worked hard for our results.'

The last day of sailing in Port Elizabeth put a smile on many sailors faces as they cried out to the bridge boat for more sailing and for the triangle sausage course. What a great end to an incredible regatta.

Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Skipper Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Pts
1 GBR Anna MACKENZIE Holly SCOTT 2 16 6 1 1 1 6 5 2 1 3 (80) OCS 44
2 AUS Nick DAVIS John COLLOVA 1 7 14 7 (18) 5 1 6 1 3 1 2 48
3 RSA Sieraj JACOBS Ashwin DANIELS 24 2 1 (43) 5 6 3 1 8 5 4 1 60
4 GBR Juliet LONG Richard LONG 10 6 2 9 19 11 5 3 3 (20) 2 4 74
5 GBR John CLEMENTSON Jamie CLEMENTSON 11 (22) 4 5 3 2 10 2 9 8 13 9 76
6 IRL Doire SHIELS Graham DALY 9 9 (16) 15 2 4 16 4 6 2 16 6 89
7 RSA Ricky ROBINSON Ryan ROBINSON (33) 5 13 11 8 25 2 14 5 4 5 13 105
8 IRL Ross KEARNEY Adam MCCULLOUGH 15 14 23 (25) 6 8 7 9 4 18 9 3 116
9 GBR Craig BOND Michael CONLON 3 1 (45) 33 4 9 8 12 35 10 7 14 136
10 GBR Rebecca KALDERON Hannah MITCHELL 19 (26) 9 8 12 15 13 7 12 9 14 18 136
Alan W Straton (As Amended By ISAF). Image, New Mirror World Champions Holly SCOTT and Anna MACKENZIE:© Leon Hugo/www.hugostudios.co.za
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