Miracle Welsh Area Championship & Shotwick Lake Open Autumn Regatta

Shotwick Lake Sailing hosted the Miracle Welsh Area Championship on 10th and 11th September 2016, combined with the Shotwick Lake Open Handicap Autumn Regatta on the 11th.

Ten Miracle Dinghy sailors arrived for the event (with two arriving Friday evening) and were greeted and introduced to the club facility.
The surrounding club house grassed area had been mown and looked very tidy making it possible for visitors to conveniently pitch their tents.
Saturday arrived with blue skies and bacon baps for all. Ten competitors were rigged and ready for the 12.30 o’clock briefing. The course was set for the 13.00 start but little wind created a slow start. Two one hour races were sailed with a forty minutes interval.

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All contestants stayed Saturday at the sailing club and were presented with an early evening hot meal. The galley tables were set and laid for a banquet, serving twenty four people, of homemade steak pie and gravy, potatoes and assortment of vegetables, with an option of vegetable lasagne. This was followed by apple pie and custard to finish.
Sunday, blue skies with wind gusting to force 5. Three races were planned with separate starts for both the Nine Miracles and ten club boats.

Race 1, nineteen boats racing

Race 2, two Miracles retired, five club boats did not start.

Race 3, six Miracles started and finished, three club boats started and finished.

Miracle Welsh Area Championship Results:

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David Turtle and Zara Turtle (above) were presented with the Miracle Inlands Championship Shield, supplied by the Miracle Association, UK.

Position Club Sail No Helm Crew
1st Shotwick 4026 David Turtle Zara Turtle
2nd Delph 3383 Wayne Atherton Angela Sweeney
3rd Welton 4062 David Butler Ross Flemming

Shotwick lake Sailing Open Autumn Regatta Results:
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Shotwick Lake Sailing member Mark Heaton (above) in his Devoti D-Zero  took the honours in the Club’s Open Autumn Regatta.

Position Club Boat Sail No Helm
1st Shotwick Devoti D-Zero 151 Mark Heaton
2nd Shotwick Topper 16658 Neil Wallace
3rd Shotwick Devoti D-Zero 201 Andrew Jones

All in all the weekend provided exciting racing, and the safety craft was kept very busy on the Sunday.

The competitors were very grateful to all who made the weekend so successful –  The race officers, safety craft crew, galley girls (and the food they prepared!) – also the groundsmen for ensuring Shotwick Lake looked at its best for the event and the camping.

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Tony Forster