Remembering Lough Derg

Mirror dinghy from Ireland with tricolour spinnaker flying being righted in the middle of a heavy rain squall

For those who missed out on the 2013 World Championships at Lough Derg, and those whose memories are fading, here is a photo of one of those squalls.

Winning the Worlds – South African Mirror Champs Recall Lough Derg Victory

 After the recent Mirror Worlds on Lough Derg, Afloat.ie's Cormac Bradley made contact with Mike Robinson, the father of the winning combination, to get some backgroud to the "Team Robinson" win. While Ryan and Michaela won the 2013 version in Lough Derg, their siblings had finished in the top five in the previous Worlds in Australia, won by Northern Ireland's Ross Kearney.

Mike is an ex-Fireball dinghy sailor and the story he describes below proves that you don't have to have all the latest gear in order to win a Worlds. Given the problems the Irish Mirror Class perceived they had at the time of the ISA AGM (with respect to the Worlds and the support thereof), this story has more than one salutory lesson.

Ryan & Michaela Robinson from South Africa win Worlds

World Champions holding up South Africian flag

Congratulations to Ryan & Michaela Robinson from South Africa on winning the World Championships hosted by  Lough Derg YC, Ireland. Second overall was Sarah & George Richards from GBR, there were 3 GBR boats in the top five. Full details and reports on Yachts & Yachting, full results here (the event website http://mirrorworlds2013.com was deleted early in 2014), lots of photos on the fotoboat.com website.

Wolds - Discounted entry ends on Friday

The discounted entry prices for the 2013 Mirror Worlds & Irish Nationals at Lough Derg YC ends on Friday. Online entry and meal booking is available via the 2013 Mirror Worlds website.

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