An excellent day for racing Mirrors, with 36 boats on the water and a nice south westerly wind force 3-4, good food and good company.
All so exciting we hardly noticed the odd drop of rain, close racing all the way through the fleet, keen competition for every place. It was nice to see a high standard of sailing throughout the event, under the guidance of Race Officer Hugh Conway and his team.
In the three sailing races, we were competing for the Mirror Trophy, presented last year for the first time by Rolfe Kennard and Lapworth and won by Sidmouth.
This year the home club was pleased to win it for the first time, but only just with the close racing and results.
The crucial point was won in the last 100 metres of the second race, when Paul Irons and Roger Doglas took the lead from Howard Tear and Rachel Hoyland, who had won the first race and led for most of the second.
The rowing race, with an “L” shaped course, was well supported, with much encouragement from the shore for the eight rowing teams.
We were pleased to have good support of visiting boats from Sidmouth, Weston , Shearwater, Itchenor, Bishop Wordsworth School (BWS) and Reading. Please come again next year.
P.S. Nicholson, Mirror Class Captain
P.S. During the last 100 metres of the second race, first class tactics were involved when Paul and Roger sailed Howard and Rachel under the lee of the island on starboard sufficiently to slow them down a little, but not enough to let the third boat through. Last year’s winners, Miles and Neil Hapgood were just behind and a small windshift could have put them first — one minute separated the first three boats — an excellent close race.
Abbreviated Results - first 3 in each race only.
Youth prizes - under 19 on the day, Junior prizes - under 15 on the day.
|1||M 68302 - Penguin Pie||Paul Irons & Roger Douglas||Spinnaker||2||1||1|
|2||M 66600 - Waferdanos||Howard Tear & Rachel Hoyland||Weston||1||2||3|
|3||M 50593||Ian & Tom Campbell||Spinnaker||3||2|
|4||M 60100 - Super Sidewinder||Richard Baker & R. Vincent||Weston||1st Youth|
|5||M 59604||Miles & Neal Hapgood||Sidmouth||3|
|6||M 19691 - No Kiddin'||Peter & Michael Hewitt||Shearwater|
|7||M 46682||M. & T. Hughes||Spinnaker||2nd Youth|
|8||M 67676 - Lizzie Tonkin||N. & K. Mockford||Itchenor|
|9||M 68456||A. Narracott & M. Starkey||Reading|
|10||M 68206||D. Posta & J. Channing||Sidmouth|
|11||M 63174||J. Wiggington & J. Wardle||Weston|
|12||M 68207 - Miles Behind||A. Hapgood & D. Ruddle||Sidmouth||1st Junior|
|13||M 66550||A. Nicholson & S. Beresford||Spinnaker||2nd Junior|
|14||M 19418||T. & Y. Luetchford||Weston|
|15||M 67660||G. Bell & M. Channing||Weston|
|16||M 46770||J. Anderson & W. Arnold||Spinnaker|
|17||M 23016||J. & E. Clarke||Spinnaker|
|18||M 56684||P. Nicholson & C. Holland||Spinnaker|
|19||M 3386||M. Kiziriam & J. Hewitt||Spinnaker||3rd Youth|
|20||M 14664||C. & L. Sheppard||Spinnaker|
|21||M 32653||D. & J.Barratt||Spinnaker|
|22||M 28223||B. & D.Quinn||Spinnaker|
|23||M 63491||D. Martin & S. Gooddeer||Sidmouth|
|23||M 38182||M. & J. Holland||B.W.S.|
|23||M 26364||J. & M. Parry||Spinnaker|
|26||M 3116||J. Plumley & G. Richey||Spinnaker|
|27||M 68065||M. & J. Greenland||Spinnaker|
|28||M 39660||D. Warbey & J. Garton||Spinnaker|
|29||M 20342||T. Wade B. Harris||Spinnaker|
|30||M 66467 - Gandalf the Grey||C. & W. Swift||Weston|
|31||M 40132||B. & D.Allen||Spinnaker|
|31||M 24341||J. & A. Yogev||Spinnaker|
|31||M 68111||James & Andrew Hewitt||Shearwater|
|31||M 63454||Maddock Wardle||Weston|
|31||M 54013||J. & A. Whiteside||Spinnaker|
|31||M 59621||E. & M. Waite||Spinnaker|
1st M. Mockford and K. Mockford M 67676
2nd M. Greenland and J. Greenland M 68065
3rd M. Holland and H. Nicholson M 38182
Editors Note: This article is from Reflections No. 79 Winter 1988, page 10. It has been captured by OCR, so typos & errors are possible.