Mirror Fleet Captain’s Report 2012
When I first took over the Mirror Fleet Captainship, I knew what a versatile boat the Mirror was. So it has proved this year. Events, training and work have had a detrimental effect on the time Team Grayson have spent at the club this last year, however, that has done nothing to affect the number of Mirrors turning out to race, because there are more of us! The dynamic nature of the boat allows any combination of sailor, from mature adults to young kids, as helm and crew. This is exactly what we have within the fleet, but also single handers, who are up there competing in the thick of it; absolutely brilliant. I have said it more than once, for those in single sail boats, why not show off your sailing talents by not just sailing one sail, but three instead!
What happened in the year 2012? Team Burnett won the Spring and Summer points and Early Bird 3. I have always said that points win prizes and the family were down most weekends so well done (not forgetting the Winder boat!!). The Autumn points went to Reg Grayson and George Stainforth. Watch out for this new combination they are going to be good! Emma Grayson and Reg Grayson won the Trophy race, Plough Cup and the Spring Regatta, with Ed Grayson and George Stainforth second in this event. Bob Towler featured in the top three in both Wednesday Points. The RAF Cup was won by Tom Dean. Eddie and George won the Golden Jubilee Trophy. So yet again the class showed how competitive the Mirror is if sailed well.
Away from the club the class had the Europeans and National at Poole Yacht Club and Itchenor Sailing Club respectively. Beaver sailing club had three boats in the Europeans and all finished in the top fifteen, Sarah Richards coming an impressive second. Seven helms from Beaver sailed at the Nationals with two finishing in the top ten (Eddie seventh and Sarah eighth) and Rob Dean was crowned National single hander Champion. The Mirror Northern Travellers was won by Emma and Reg. Emma won the Inlands sailing Single handed. The Nationwide series was won by Sarah and George Richards, with Emma placed second, proving what a talent we have at the club.
Many thanks to all the Mirror families that have kept the Mirror Fleet so strong this year, you know who you are.
What’s new for the 2013 season? It is the Mirror dinghy’s 50th birthday and there will be specific events to participate in. The MIRROR WORLDS are at Lough Derg, Ireland. This is an open entry, so any standard of sailor or boat can enter. It is on our doorstep and it will make a cracking summer holiday and the Mirror Northern Travellers 2013. So no excuses, grease your bearings and come and join the fun, at the club and on the circuit!
Fleet Captain, Mirror 23003