2008 National Championships at Llandudno Sailing Club & Poole Yacht Club

photos of racing at Poole YC by Mike Millard - click to expand

The 2008 English broke several records, with the first ever lady national champion in the form of Emma Barry and secondly it is believed this is the first National Championship to be completed over two different venues and in fact two different countries.

2005 National Championships at Poole YC

With 91 entries, record numbers for recent years, the Poole Yacht Club Mirror Nationals 2005 was set to be an extraordinary event and with the previous two times National Champion Dan Ellis not attending a new Champion would be named. The standard of entry was none the less exceptionally high, with champions from other classes competing and the 1978 National Champion returning in the Bronze Fleet.

2002 National Championships at Brightlingsea SC 4th to 6th May

Mirrors racing on a run with spinnakers flying

Brightlingsea Sailing Club hosted the Mirror National Championships over the May Bank Holiday weekend. A large entry of 72 mirrors from all over the UK and Ireland were treated to some exhilarating sailing with gusts on the Sunday registering 30 knots. Seven out of the eight scheduled races were sailed with one discard allowed.

2001 National Championships, 26-28 May at Weston SC

Photos by Jan Grieg-Gran?

The Nationals of 2001 will be remembered as a fantastic event run extremely well by Weston SC. The weather was good and it was one of the first nationals where sailing was possible on all three days, even though it took a while arriving on Saturday. It soon became clear, that numbers for the event were up, partly due to the RYA Youth Squads (National and Regional) which brought many new sailors to the championship.

Jan Grieg-Gran

1988 Silver Jubilee Mirror Nationals and World Open Championship at Sidmouth SC

A fleet of Mirror dinghies racing to windward in a light wind

The Jubilee Nationals at Sidmouth, Principal Sponsor The Daily Mirror, attracted a very good entry of 136 competitors and many famous guest visitors, including Jack Holt, Barry Bucknell, Victor Shaw, Arthur Sidey and former World Champion Dave Sherwin.

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