Day 4 of the Championships and the weather forecast for Lough Derg was more amenable that had been expected. Boats launched in incessant rain with a light southerly breeze. After a long previous day most competitors were hoping scheduled races were completed before expected strong winds kicked in later in the day.
The first race took three attempts as has become the norm for first race. The race was won by GBR Sarah Richards with Irelands Alfie Wisdom taking 3rd after a great race. Overnight leader Ryan Robinson sailed conservatively and finished in 6th while Douglas Elmes who had been 5th overall could only manage an 18th. Ireland’s Kerri-Ann Boylan had a storming race and took 9th to be second Irish boat home. The wind picked up at the end and a number of backmarkers capsized with a few retiring before the second race.
The second race got away the first time with wind steady but with the rain now belting down. Irelands Douglas Elmes had to happy with a 4th while series leader Ryan Robinson seemed happy to not get too engaged and finished 9th and with a second discard kicking in he still leads the event.
It was a quiet day for all the Sutton boats with exertions of previous day maybe accounting mid fleet across the board. Best results were a 39th and 40th for Sinead and David respectively in race 9. However with 2 races tomorrow Sinead 7 Eve are still in with a shout of a placing in Silver fleet.
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The Nations Night party was held with South African delegation making a presentation about their plans for the next Mirror Worlds in January 2015. This was followed by each country putting on some sort of show and sing song. It was a great night with a major rendition of Father Abrahams from the the now extended Irish singing party.