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 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk .

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.

In the eights rowing race, eleven dinghies, each with eight people aboard, competed over a quarter-of-a-mile course. Brenda Williams, 11, of Villers avenue, Twickenham, Middlesex, steered the winning dinghy home.

In the Le Mans race, over a mile-long course, good seamanship by Graham Smith, 8, of Cloverdale gardens, Sidcup, Kent, enabled commercial artist John Carty, of Dale-road, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex, to win. In the balloon race, victory went to Mr. Bill Munday, of Twickenham Yacht Club, and his crewman, Mr. Leslie Everett, of Chalfont St. Peter, Bucks. They won the tag race, too.

World champion yachtsman John Parrington, of Adelaide, South Australia, presented prizes.