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Black wooden Mirror dinghy sailing to windward in a light breeze on a rainy day

Nine Mirrors were part of the twenty-nine boats across three fleets that descended on Bassenthwaite Lake for a one day open meeting. The forecast was set for a strong breeze and some thunder and lightening.

However, the weather proved to be a very mixed bag ranging from bright and sunny to dull and drizzle/rain. The wind was very erratic and every time the Principal Race Officer set a line, the wind swung drastically. After about half an hour of delays, the line was set, the wind again swung, but the OD opted to get racing underway despite the challenge of a running start in light airs. The wind continued to swing and many boats had to beat on each leg of the triangular course!

After the first race there was a lunch break and the wind came in with fits and starts. It seemed that an earlier SE breeze was settling in, and race 2 got underway. It wasn't long before the wind swung again with Sale Fell partially shadowing the course, and turning the beat into a fetch.

After yet another wind swing to the west, the last race race wasn't looking promising when the wind faded for the Laser start, but it did freshen, settle in direction and resulted in the best sailing conditions of the event.

Although Henry and Jamie Rastrick from Ripon had a poor first race, they pulled it together and improved over the following races finishing with a net 3 pts, the same as David and Edward Coady from Derwent Reservoir. The tie was split in the Rastrick's favour on the last race.

A young girl crewing a Miirror dinghy with lifejacket and owl hat

Special mention has to go to two young mirror crews Erin Dawson aged 9 and Lily Smith aged 4 from Bassenthwaite who not only entered their first open meetings, but persevered despite the horrible weather.

Overall Results:

Pos Sail No Club Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 Pts
1st 70472 - Wild Thing Ripon SC Henry Rastrick Jamie Rastrick (7) 2 1 3
2nd 70726 - The Mystery Machine Derwent Reservoir SC David Coady Edward Coady (4) 1 2 3
3rd 70806 - Mischief Beaver / Ullswater YC Sarah Richards Sandy Simpson 1 3 (4) 4
4th 70525 - Warhorse Royal Windermere YC / Ullswater YC Robert Richardson Megan Thornley 2 (4) 3 5
5th 70618 - Tinytanic Beaver SC / Pennine SC George Richards Alex Baird 3 (DNC) 6 9
6th 70201 - What a Girl Wants Bass SC Robin Dawson Erin Dawson (6) 5 5 10
7th 70466 - Wen Bass SC Andy Smith Lily Smith 5 6 (DNC) 11
8th 70548 Bass SC Mik Chappell   (8) 7 7 14
9th 70532 Bass SC Eric Smith Daniel Coady (9) 8 8 16



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