Northern Traveller 3 at Hollingworth Lake SC, Saturday 20th April

At last, Mirror sailors might have said, we have a day of sunshine and a pleasant wind for racing. Hollingworth Lake welcomed 9 visitors to the Open Meeting on Saturday, 20th April. The event was dominated by 3 boats from Beaver SC, with Emma Grayson and Ben Settle taking the win, with a particularly clear margin in the third race.

The south-westerly breeze, with occasional strong gusts, arrived an hour before the start. The wind direction gave the opportunity for good downwind spinnaker legs. Tom Dean and Ellie Ben held off Club rivals to take the first race.

The second race again saw the leading Beaver boats well ahead of the competition. At times, they were so close together downwind that any one of them could have gained the lead. However, as the wind shifted from time to time, it was Emma Grayson and Ben Settle who met the challenge and took the win.

The third race was sailed back to back with a change of  course. This time Emma Grayson started at the port end of the line on starboard then tacked top cross the fleet on port making clear who was in charge and so built a strong lead from the first mark. Now Emma Clayton and Faye Caswell joined in the fun and battled with Tom Dean and Ellie Ben, and took the second place in a close finish.

There were two single-handed sailors racing and David Hughes's local experience gained him consistent fourth place in all races. Thanks to Winder Boats for prizes.

Report by Graham

Latest forum posts

    • Old suit of sails - free
    • Alan Britten has an old suit of Jeckell Mirror dinghy sails, number 23153, measured 1981, in good condition for cruising, no battens, free to anyone who covers postage (about £10 I guess). Please contact via . Alan can send more pictures if required.
    • Mast up & flat (mast down) covers for sale
    • Gerard Barron has 2 Mirror covers for sale (1 – mast up, 1 mast down). The mast up cover is a Trident cover in good condition, there are no splits and all straps are present. The mast down cover is pretty battered with a number of splits that have been patched. It is not great but would be better than nothing. £35 for both Please call 01366 502252 or 07909 524077 or email with any questions Collect from Downham Market, Norfolk (or Cambridge) or packing and postage could be arranged at additional cost.
    • Full Bermuda rig (spars, sails) for sale
    • Alle Roodbergen from the Netherlands has a full Bermuda rig for sale. * Superspars Bermuda mast and boom in good condition, fully rigged and new shrouds * Superspars spinnaker pole * Flyaway pole system * Full set P&P sails: main, jib and blue spinnaker Price: GBP 600. Delivery in April 2019 in the UK Please contact Alle Roodbergen at or Tel. +31641321250

More Topics »