15th January 2021 Mudlark
MIRROR STATES WRAP-UP
Defending Champ Doug Pianta, with Haro Armstrong, in action at Albany last week
Four Maylands boats competed in the WA State Mirror Championships at Princess Royal Sailing Club at Albany last week - consisting of 10 heats that began Wednesday 6th and wrapped up on Friday 8th January.
A masterful display from Simon Barwood in Bulletproof helped claim the Championships, held in wildly varying conditions. Representing Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Simon Barwood and his crew Tyson Barwood were unstoppable on their way to a convincing State title win.
The 10 heats were conducted around a harbour course in very trying conditions. On Wednesday morning, two heats were sailed but as the winds picked up to 26 knots, sailing was abandoned for the day. The winds were favourable for sailing on Thursday, and knowing the easterly would pick up in the afternoon, it was decided to squeeze in four heats before lunch. It was hectic as the class raced back-to-back, but Bulletproof by this stage was the dominant boat in the championships - see pic below.
On Friday morning the winds were down to six knots and it was planned to again sail the last four heats before lunch. The racing in these four was the closest for the whole series and with most of the 12 Mirrors using spinnakers to make a colourful sight on the harbour. The Barwood duo proved too strong again, easily claiming victory in the final standings.
Take A Bite skippered by Ella Maesepp from Walpole Yacht Club with Marianne Perrie as crew finished in second place - pictured below.
Third went to 2Pudd skippered by Doug Pianta from MYC with Haro Armstrong as crew.
Above Report adapted from Des Beeck - Albany Advertiser
Hard on the strong easterly breeze at Albany .....
Rolna Stoeger and Nick Winterburn
Glenn and Duke Secco - Congratulations Duke - sub junior youngest skipper winner