Cullen and Rowan Hughes Mirror World Champs CREDIT Photolounge

Balmoral Sailing Club Duo WIN 2017 Mirror Worlds

After 12 races sailed Cullen & Rowan Hughes from Balmoral Sailing Club are the new Mirror World Champions and were applauded ashore and carried up the slipway in their boat.  Rowan is 10 years old and this is the first time since 1989 (Tom King) that Aussies have won the title.

Simon and Tyson Barwood from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club finished in third.

On the final day of the Gul Mirror Worlds, only one more race was sailed and the Cornish weather was a bit more like it with a moderate, but shifty wind and sunny intervals.  The first attempt at getting Race 12 away failed when, with about 2 minutes to go, a large hole developed near the Committee Boat, and the wind picked up & shifted hard left at the pin end.

The second attempt, under a 'U' flag, looked, to me, very biased towards the pin, but with seconds to go, it shifted back allowing a clean start. On the beat it paid to go right at first and 'Holy Sheet' sailed by Esme Shepherd & Max Phypers from Restronguet lead for the first lap, with the pack in hot pursuit. Esme & Max held a narrow lead at the end of the third beat,  but the pressure from behind was too much - Dave & Imogen Wade from Northampton SC got past to win with 'Hype', sailed by Archie Hawkins & Jack Stevens from Looe SC second.

Full results here.

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