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30 July 2013, 09:43 am
Three Teams Dominate on Day One Of The Mirror World Championships
Mirror Fleet
Mirror Fleet

Mirror World Championship
Tipperary, Ireland

182 sailors in 91 boats are competing on Lough Derg, Dromineer, Co. Tipperary in Ireland for the title of 2013 Mirror World Champion. Sailors have travelled to Lough Derg Yacht Club from the UK, Australia, the Philippines, South Africa, Canada, Sweden as well as parts of Ireland to compete in this highly respected two-man dinghy regatta.

This is the first time a world sailing championship has been held on the inland waters of Ireland. The biennial regatta was last held in Australia in 2011 and will be hosted by South Africa in 2015.

Racing began late morning in squally, rainy conditions with gusts reaching as high as 20 knots. The 91 boat fleet got off to a clear start for Race 1 but three teams in particular clearly dominated from the beginning. Leading around the first mark were David and Edward Coady (GBR) followed closely by mother and son duo Sarah and George Richards (GBR) and Ridgely Balladares and Rommel Chavez from the Philippines. Try as they might, none of the other sailors were able to catch the three pairings but competition for the prestige of first race win was fierce. Battling hard and coming up from behind, it was ultimately Balladares and Chavez who took the win followed by Richards and Richards in second with Coady and Coady third. Local Lough Derg Yacht Club sailors Alfie Wisdom and Sam Warren were the first Irish boat, finishing in fifth.

The breeze died down slightly, the clouds parted and the sun emerged for Race 2. As the fleet rounded the first mark it was the Irish that were dominating by taking the lead and also filling two more of the top five spots. Young Douglas Elmes and his crew Scott Levie from Cork made a break and left the rest of the fleet behind, all except for siblings Ryan and Michaela Robinson from South Africa who tailed them frantically. In a hotly fought game of skill and tactics is was eventually the Corkonians who reigned supreme winning Race 2 and finishing Day 1 in fourth overall and the highest placed Irish boat. Leading the pack after the day's two races are the Robinson siblings, in second overall are fellow Brits David and Edward Coady and in third are mother and son Sarah and George Richards. Racing will continue daily until Friday.

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Rachel Solon
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