South Open Meeting Reports

Mirror Dinghy Day at Hastings 30th August 1964

A fleet of Mirror dinghies launching and sailing away from a pebble beach

The following story appeared in the Daily Mirror, Monday 31st August 1964, page 5 so the report text is © Daily Mirror. Also thanks to the .

A great day for the dinghies

There they go, smoothly and silently over sparkling waters, at the start of a memorably happy day. They are Mirror Class Sailing Dinghies and they are pictured above during a fun-packed and thrilling Mirror Dinghy Day held at Hastings, Sussex, at the weekend. Perfect weather made the day ideal for the seventy competitors and the spectators.

1963 Medway Mirror Open 25th & 26th May

A young lady coiling a rope with Mirror dinghies resting on some grass in the background  being sailed on a lake

The story was recorded in the Daily Mirror so the following report text is © Daily Mirror. Also thanks to the .

The following story appeared in the Daily Mirror, Monday 27th May 1963, page 17

Shipshape Ann Ahoy

What a glorious SUNday it was for sailing in the Super Daily Mirror dinghy. Attractive Ann Will, 20 (above), was one of the competitors who sailed in the first open meeting for Mirror class dinghies (editors note: this was actually the second, Wraysbury Lake SC on 12 April was the first) held on Saturday and yesterday.

Ann, of Welwyn . Garden City, Herts, skimmed her dinghy,"Willow", into into third place in one race.

Bill Jermy, 57, of Eversley, Hants, became the Mirror dinghy champion after scudding into the lead in every race yesterday, on the River Medway


Bill said : "My Mirror is just the thing. It’s so easy to cart around on my van." Twelve-year-old Christopher Scoble. of Hoo, Kent, was runner-up and miner Brian Taylor. 26, was third.

You can build a Mirror dinghy —it's 10ft. 10in. long and only weighs 90lb.— for just £63 11s.


Editors note: We only know the first three places

RankBoatHelm & CrewClubR1
1st 96 - 'Appy 'Arry Bill Jermy          
2nd   Christopher Scoble          
3rd   Brian Taylor          
    Other boats which took part in sail number order          
  63 - Willow Ann Will          

Medway Open Meeting 31st May 1964

The following story appeared in the Daily Mirror, Monday 1st June 1964, page 2 so the report text is © Daily Mirror. Also thanks to the .

Tailor Alf beats dinghy veterans

Tailor Alf Buxton beat the sailing veterans yesterday to win a series of races on points in the biggest-ever race meeting for Mirror Class dinghies. Alf, from Canvey Island, Essex, was sailing with his wife Terry on the River Medway, Kent. He has been, sailing for only just over a year. Last year he was third in the Mirror Class National Championships. This year's championships will be held at Plymouth from August 10th -15th. Already more than forty boats have entered.

Editors Note: I assume Alf & Terry Buxton were sailing 101 - First Attempt

2004 Poole YC Mirror Open

17 Mirrors, mainly from the Poole YC Squadron with a couple of visitors from the West Country contested the Poole YC open over the weekend 22nd/23rd May. Saturday was a pleasant sunny day with a very shifty & variable force 2 to 4 Easterly and a neap tide.

The fleet got away cleanly at the start of Race 1. There were lots of place changes on the 1st beat as the shifts and gusts came and went. Eventually Ania Booth and Jenny House in “Festino Lente” climbed they way out of the pack to lead at the first mark from Matt & Ben Mills in “Chalk N Cheeze” followed by Charlotte Hine & Jenny Llewelyn in “The Immaculate Contraption”.

1963 Wraysbury Lake SC Mirror Open

A white Mirror dinghy being sailed on a lake

 On Good Friday 1963, twenty-two hopefuls gathered at Wraybury Lake S.C. for the first meeting for Mirrors ever to be held. The weather
was perfect for the occasion - warm and sunny with perhaps a force three breeze. Some of the competitors had, of course, some racing experience, but subsequent events were to suggest that they were in the minority. For some of the others it seems likely that this was the first time afloat for boats or their crews. Be that as it may, at least one was observed earnestly consulting his instruction booklet to find how to rig it.

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