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31 July 2013, 11:54 am
Tough Conditions On Day Two At The Mirror Worlds
Day 2 Mirror Worlds
Day 2 Mirror Worlds

Mirror World Championship
Tipperary, Ireland

Katie Davies and Gemma Keers (GBR) posted a first and a second on day two of the 2013 Mirror World Championships in Tipperary but it's Ryan and Michaela Robinson who top the leaderboard after four races.

Day 2 of the Mirror World Championships on Lough Derg, Dromineer, Co. Tipperary got off to a tricky start. Race 3, the first race of the day, began with a total of three general recalls and two race abandonments due to severely quick shifting winds. Eventually, sixth time lucky, the fleet were clear and the race finally got underway. Finishing Monday in third overall, Sarah Richards and her son George (GBR) took the race win followed by Katie Davies and Gemma Keers (GBR) in second and father and daughter team Jeremy and Lauren Stephens (GBR) in third.

Race 2 got off first time under a black flag. Up the middle seemed to be the optimum tactic in the steady 18 knots breeze. First to weather mark were Davies and Keers followed closely by Nigel Thomas and Felix Jefferies (GBR), Ridgeley Ballardes and Rommel Chavez (PHI) and first Irish boat, 15 year olds Dougie Elmes and Scott Levie. With less squalls than earlier but wind of around 20 knots, the leading pack swapped places down to the leeward mark.

Up the second beat with the wind gusting 25 knots Ireland's Elmes and Levie fought their way into second place just rounding the weather mark ahead of Ballardes and Chavez. Davies and Keers had extended their lead at the second weather mark and chose not to fly the spinnaker on the reaching leg. One of the leading GBR boats Sarah Richards and her son George were not far behind the leading pack, and having won the first race of the day, are major contenders for this championship.

Only four or five boats in the top 30 flew spinnakers on the reach. With a lot of capsized back markers this may have been a wise move. Dougie Elmes fought hard to maintain his second place spot but was caught by his Pilipino rivals before the finish. The Richards' consolidated a strong start to the event to finish 15th following their victory in Race 3.

South Africa's brother and sister duo, Ryan and Michaela Robinson, also found themselves in the pack in race four and are a team to watch over the week. Leaders after Day 1, Ryan arrived at this event straight from the ISAF Youth Worlds where he competed in the 420 class, a sixth and a tenth on day two is enough to keep them at the top of the leaderboard.

With wind constantly between 20 and 25 knots and quite a few retirees, the PRO called the fleet temporarily ashore after the second race of the day. However with no reduction in wind the fleet did not venture out for a third race.

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Rachel Solon
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