Hill Head SC - Mirror Open - Sunday 7 August

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For those looking for some practice prior to the Nationals at ISC, please join us and visit beautiful Hill Head for some great short chop wavey sailing on The Solent (PO14 3JT). Join our local fleet, watch the racing from the veranda, wifi available, all abilities welcome, first race 13:30, 3 races. NOR and SI available at http://www.hillheadsc.org.uk/event/mirror-open-3/

Please contact Nigel Thomas for more info - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 07443 651 641

Mirror Dinghy with Centreboard Conversion

Editors Note: needless to say, making this modification will take your Mirror dinghy outside the current class rules, however it may be of interest to those who don't want to race. Tim Glover from the Amateur Yacht Research Society describes his project looking at alternatives to the traditional daggerboard.

A description of the project - words and photos

Sailing fast with a daggerboard in shallow water maybe very hazardous. The father of the owner was doing just that when he ran aground. The boat stopped immediately but he did not. He was thrown forward and his shoulder collided with the starboard mast shrouds, causing: very spectacular bruise. So the first solution that we tried last year was to fit leeboards to the boat (pictures 1 and 2). These worked well but they did have to be changed over on each lack. There was some discussion as to whether they were better than a completely new centreboard. So this summer, because the daggerboard casing was leaking and a large area of the main hull was also rotten, it was decided to replace the bottom of the hull, and then replace the whole daggerboard system with a hinged centreboard instead.

So as can be seen from the pictures 1 to 12 this was done. The big question was whether or not to replace the thwart. It was decided to leave it in place so the (dagger) board had to be cut away to accommodate the seat in its standard position, Time will tell if this was a good idea.

The white Mirror dinghy in pictures 3 and 4 will also be modified using a full size daggerboard as a centreboard, but we will move the seat up about 3 inches to fit the board in at full-size as a comparator.

The pictures show all the stages from repairing the bottom of the hull to ftting a new centreboard casing. lt was all ready to test, but sadly we ran out of time. So the first test run will happen in the summer of 2015. Keep tuned.

Itchenor Junior Fortnight 2015

Mirrors 4 winners Edward Timberlake and Jack Hartly in 70632 'Billy Bones' - photos by Mary Pudney

Another bumper Mirror turnout  at this year's Itchenor Junior Fortnight  - 32 boats in Mirrors 2, 23 boats in Mirrors 1, 20 in Mirrors 3 and 16 in Mirrors 4.

Mirrors 1st & 2nd out of 88 in Bass Week Pursuit Race

Photos © Ben Unwin  www.benunwinphotography.co.uk

Having been placed 1st and 2nd in the Northern Travellers at the weekend, Robert Richardson & Sandy Simpson, along with the Shilling family, decided to stay on for the remainder of the Bass Regatta Week resulting in some good racing between the two boats.  But it was Wednesday’s pursuit race which caused all to take notice. 

Reg is 6th at the Endeavour Trophy

collecting prizes in front of the trophy table

The Endeavour Trophy is an annual event that brings together all the National Champions from the different fleets that compete in their own National Championships. This year Reg from Beaver SC won the Mirror National Championship at Brixham to qualify for this prestigious event. Twenty Champions came together sailing a new boat, the Topper Argo, so the ‘playing fields were level’! It was going to be down to the skills of the sailors in the conditions that presented themselves over the weekend. The forecast was for good winds on Saturday but heavy winds on the Sunday. It wasn’t wrong!

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