Day 1 of the 2014 Mirror Eastern Championships concluded here in Sutton on a cold and windy Bank Holiday Saturday. With Junior and Leaving Cert exams coming shortly a smaller than expected fleet of 11 Mirrors launched in gusty 15-20kts conditions. While the field was small it included rising Sutton talent Shane McLoughlin and Conor Twohig, current National Champion Cian Hickey from Skerries as well as top Irish Mirror sailors Tiernan Dickson (L Ree) and Jack Maye (Sligo). With local sailor Sinead Dickson preparing for exams, brother Robert teamed up her young crew Meisha Johnston.
PRO Richard Kissane got 3 great races completed in the Bay in windy and lumpy conditions.
In Race 1, Mcloughlin/Langan took a very close race from Hickey/Hickey with T.Dickson/Leech in 3rd.
Race 2 saw R.Dickson/Johnston get into their stride and eventually take vistory in a close finish from Club mate McLoughlin/Langan with Sligos Maye/White in 3rd.
The final race of the day Twohig/Gibney had a super start and led for 3 legs holding off R.Dickson/Johnston and Hickey/Hickey. A broken mainsheet block on the second last leg gave R.Dickson/Johnston the chance to ease themselves in front. Twohig/Gibney did ever so well to hold off the Hickey brother from Skerries and take a superb 2nd.
Positions after 3 races: