National Inland Championship Reports

2019 National Inland, Youth & Junior and Singlehanded Championships at Bassenthwaite

Mirror Inland Championship at Bassenthwaite SC - photos by William Carruthers

There was an entry of twenty boats of which seventeen took to the water. The less than expected numbers are likely to have been due to the forecast of extremely light winds over the two days. Five crews had travelled from other northern clubs.

Yes, there was a short postponement prior to the first race but the breeze built allowing three good races to be completed by late afternoon. Taking account of the forecast for the following day the race officer decided to extend the first day’s racing by adding a fourth start. This made sense but a number of helms felt their young crews had endured enough exercise for one day and didn’t take the start.

2017 P&B Mirror Inlands, Youth & Juniors and Single Handed Championship

Shustoke Sailing Club hosted the Mirror Inlands on the weekend of 30th September to 1st October. Conditions were favourable all weekend with building winds through-out.

Race 1 saw juniors Sandy and Douglas Simpson lead the way with hot favourites Chris and Daisy Fuller having to make a massive recovery. Sandy and Douglas held their own whilst the Fullers managed to squeeze in a last minute second place ahead of local single hander Malcom Coombes right on the line.

2003 40th Anniversary Inland Championships

A fleet of Mirror dinghies racing on a small lake

Wraysbury Lake Sailing Club hosted the 40th anniversary Inland Championship of the Mirror Dinghy Class Association, on Saturday 7th & 8th June.

Following the launch of the Mirror dinghy at the 1963 Boat Show, the first open competition for the class was held at Wraysbury Lake Sailing Club on Friday 12th April that year.

The 2003 Inland Championship returned to the club to celebrate the 40th anniversary. 36 boats competed during the two days of racing, including number 3 'Dingbat III', one of the first prototypes, and number 14 'Mimi' the winning boat in 1963.

2002 Inland Championships Hollingworth Lake SC 13th & 14th April

A boy and a girl holding their trophies

The attractive sunlit setting of Hollingworth Lake welcomed a fleet of 44 Mirrors to their Inland Championship. With visitors coming from as far as Penzance, Plymouth, Poole, Brightlingsea and Sunderland (and many places in between), it was sure to be a competitive event.  The weather stayed fine until the prize-giving, though the wind was light and highly variable. Jonathan McGovern and Nicola Brook were comfortable winners, but the next few places in particular were closely contested.

Inland Championships 2001 30 June & 1 July at Queen Mary SC

Many thanks to Heather Davies from QMSC for compiling this report and for taking such lovely photos, which hopefully will appear shortly in Yachts & Yachting.

Mirror sailors travelled from far and wide for the Inland Championship at Queen Mary Sailing Club, with competitors from Plymouth and Penzance to the north of England. Thirty nine boats were on the start line for the 5 race series in ideal conditions - sunshine, warm temperatures and a force 4 breeze. It was noticeable the high number of youth and junior teams competing in the championship, hardly surprising with this being the second of four qualifiers for entry to the National Youth Squad. This year entry to the 20 boat squad is wide open, as only 6 of last years members still qualify on age.

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