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Editors Note: I've not found a report of this event in an edition of Reflections (yet). However, the story was recorded in the Daily Mirror. Some of the International Fleet activity & socials are described in "The return of Chil-y-nik"

 

Here is a video of some amateur 8mm footage from the event kindly posted on Facebook by Willem Holle. (source was WHOriginal Fotografie)

A report from Peter Rusell's book 'Mirror Sailing in AUS' , Part 4, page 307 gives an idea of conditions: "The course ........ was excellent though some skippers had problems with weed brought about by the excellent European summer. Good 15 knot breezes on the first few days brought about a small, foot high chop, which should have suited Swan River skippers. But by Friday the wind had dropped to a faint breeze giving lighter crews a chance to get through."

Results (first 3 places) of race 2 appeared in the Daily Mirror, Wednesday 4th August 1976, page 26

The following appeared in the Daily Mirror, Thursday 5th August 1976, page 26, Daily Mirror report text is © Daily Mirror. Also thanks to the www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk .

Roy's on course for a glory win

BRITISH helmsmen are sweeping the board in the first World Mirror Dinghy championships. The week's sailing at Monnickendam, near Amsterdam, has attracted 144 boats from twelve countries. Overall leader after three world championship races is veteran Roy Partridge, a retired Soho grocer. He is closely followed by British teenagers Chris Owen, Mark Rushall and lan McDowell.

Results (first 3 places) of race 4 appeared in the Daily Mirror, Friday 6th August 1976, page 26

The following appeared in the Daily Mirror, Saturday 7th August 1976, page 22, with final results (first 3 places) on page 27

Britons lead In Mirror races

BRITISH helmsmen have led all the way in the first Mirror Class World Championships boat races in Holland this week. Red-sailed Mirror Class boats from all over the world are competing here near Amsterdam. Entries have come as far as Zaire, Hongkong, Canada and the USA. Over 55,000 Mirror dinghies have been built round the world since this newspaper first launched the little boat 14 years ago.

Wily

In a World Championship fleet of 50 boats Britons have dominated the leading positions each day. The top award of World Mirror Champion has gone to wily vetran Roy Partridge, 54, a retired Soho grocer.

And Britain's team of youngsters are battling for the remaining prizes.

Sailing with his son, Graham, 13 (Editors note: Graeme says he was just a few days shy of his 15th birthday) , as crew, he set up a lead which can't be challenged. After four races Roy. who was 1970 Mirror European Champion, gained two first places, a second and a third. Fighting for the other winning positions are his young British team mates.

Chris Owen. 18, from Warrington, Cheshire, has a first a second. a. third and a fifth. Mark Rushall, 18, from Rugby, sailing with his 13-year-old sister Ruth, has a second, two fourth places and a fifth. lan McDowell, 19, from Belfast, sailing with his sister Deirdre, 17, has a first, a third and a fourth.

Said the President of the Mirror Class International Association, Mr. Beecher Moore: " There could be a future Olympic helmsman among ou r competitors here this week. The standard of sailing is very high indeed."

Calm

The races were conducted under every type of weather ranging from rainstorms and gusting wind to near calm. Parallel with the world championships are a series of international races which are for reserve crews, their families and other boat owners. A total of 144 boats are taking part in the two series of races. If you want to know more about Mirror boats send me a stamped self-addressed envelope: Paul Hughes, Daily Mirror, 33, Holborn, London, EC1P 1DQ. Please mark your envelope "Mirror Dinghy".

FINAL RESULTS OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 6th AUGUST 1976 (using 1976 'Olympic' scoring I think - 1st = 0, 2nd = 3, 3rd = 5.7,.... )

Place Boat Helm & crew Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Final Points
1 60015  - Funderbird (sailing as 15000) Roy & Graeme Partridge U.K. (3) 1 2 1 1 3
2 42919 - Porpoise Chris & Gary Owen U.K.   2 1     16.7
3 48010 - Goldrush Mark & Ruth Rushall U.K.           29
4 10438 Ian & Deirdre McDowell Ireland 1   3     29.7
5 17342 Graham Ellis U.K.           41
6 46732 - Dajo Too David Derby U.K.       2   43.4
7 49418 Chris Rippard Malta           52.7
8 52747 Hank Ozinga Holland           53.7
9 53156 - Matchbox John Abela Malta           56
10 40740 Ivan Gibbons South Africa           63
11 9439 M. Norman Sweden   3       64.7
12 20473 J. Bay Denmark           67.7
13 36476 G. Pilling Canada           72
14 49934 P. Norman Sweden           75
15 16841 P. Lagneus Sweden           79
16 37244 C. Rankin South Africa           87
17 51507 F. Havik Holland           91.7
18 16487 M. Backstrom Sweden           97
19 43752 K. Payne South Africa           97
20 30588 David & Mary Lawry Australia           103
21 36495 P. Swanton Ireland           104
22 37073 S. Nieuwenhuijse Holland           106
23 35501 G. Aiken Ireland            
24 6902 Karin Johanssen Sweden           111
25 35981 Greg & Mark Willcock Australia           112
26 42261 S. O’Gorman Ireland           114
27 9269 P. Janssen Holland           116
28 31225 T-. Nordanus Holland           121
29 50458 G. Swanton Ireland           121
30 50602 I. MacIntosh South Africa           124
31 46533 Timothy Williams (? Camihlieri?) Malta           125
32 3063 J. Sochasky Canada           129
33 49700 Max Barcham & Denise White Australia           129
34 2852 Grant Nichols Australia           144
35 31470 J. Mathes Denmark           153
36 24568 J. Driscoll U.S.A.           159
37 36749 Micallef Malta           161
38 50754 C. Murray Hong Kong           162
39 37265 C. Shorn South Africa           163
40 46512 D. Vassallo Malta           172
41 51002 C. RyeIl Canada           173
42 25968 B. Saunders Canada           175
43 37379   Denmark           180
44 20474 E. Bay Denmark           180
45 31341 J. McCulloch Canada           180
46 41631   Denmark           181
47 15100 Carl Vorrath & Heather McDowell Australia           186
48 26018 Aart Vandermeer U.S.A.           192
49 29720 P. Gierosky U.S.A.           210
50 37141 D. Kiegler U.S.A.           210
51 41241 M Rodenburg Zaire           221

 

 International Mirror Week Regatta Results

1 51000 - Sidewinder Chris & Mark Sidey U.K. 8.7
2 12809 G. Kennett U.K. 16.7
3 41945 B. Moore U.K. 31.7
4 48235 A. Mcintyre U.K. 43
5 7241 - Little Audrey Stuart Bottoms U.K. 43.7
6 16822 M. West Sweden 50.7
7 47100 P. Fitton U.K. 55
8 50205 S. Hastings U.K. 60
9 42258     60
10 11944 A. Bowalda Holland 71
11 40602 H. W. Verwoerd Holland 74.7
12 40560 H. P. Bootsma Holland 79.4
13 39508 - Aquaforus Too Mark & Guy Wilkins U.K. 81
14 25307 J. Scholten Holland 81.7
15 28920 A. Swanton Ireland 82
16 38768 T. Rush U.K. 85
17 16941 M. Potlinger U.K. 85
18 44438 G. Foley U.K. 86
19 42324 Monique Janssen Holland 88
20 46695 H. Taylor U.K. 90
21 42000 - La Boti(?) A. Janssen U.K. 103
22 31057 D. Tinsley U.K. 107
23 12130 P. East U.K. 113.7
24 41477 B. Sunderstrand Sweden 114
25 28017 M. Pleeg Holland 118
26 18867 G. Hodgson U.K. 125
27 48956 S. Estie Holland 127
28 41588     132
29 37077 A. V. Walraven Holland 140
30 34606 T. Barrett U.K. 142
31 46941 P. Graham U.K. 145
32 10565 A. van den Broek Holland 146
33 35549 D. Sheahan U.K. 152
34 25691 - Chil-y-nik Graham Nicholls U.K. 153
35 7749 D. Wyeth U.K. 155
36 15115 T. Moull U.K. 157
37 7456 D. Wildy U.K. 157
38 38583 D. Webb U.K. 158
39 38086 N. Poelman Holland 163
40 39919 Peter Taylor U.K. 167
41 28609 J. Mansfield U.K. 168
42 40857 B. H. Fienkemars Holland 169
43 16468 J. Backlund Sn eden 177
44 27813 J. Krontrop Sweden 178
45 32503 J. Johnstone U.K. 181
46 46009     185
47 21687 F. Mitchell Ireland 187
48 52369 H. Rietkerk Holland 189
49 755 I. Kaper Holland 201
50 8616 P. Glover U.K. 203
51 41492 R. Sieswerda Holland 208
52 1879 J. Warson U.K. 210
53 49078 M. Gosling U.K. 210
54 10363 G. Jenkins Ireland 210
55 9360 B. Thompson U.K. 212
56 40608 M. Marcus Holland 215
57 45962 R. Blees Holland 217
58 43150 D. Coleman U.K. 217
59 44152 P. Juffermans Holland 218
60 41590     223
61 44914 R. Hillen Holland 234
62 11111 Sid Morriss U.K. 234
63 24992 K. Snelling U.K. 236
64 38088 K. Klein Holland 248
65 38341 E. Gowan Canada 253
66 47206 W. Pass U.K. 257
67 46487 J. O'Rourke U.K. 259
68 40854 - Henny Willem Holle Holland 265
69 46010 M. Smit Holland 265
70 41519 B. Schoo Holland 271
71 51342     276
72 46445 J. Earp U.K. 277
73 46983 A. Platt U. K. 286
74 41586     296
75 9608 C. Addle U.K. 305
76 30985 J. Kessler Canada 320
77 44523 L. Wildy U.K. 327
78 10843 R. Varian U.K. 340
79 19378 A Van Klissingen Holland 340
80 26018 A. Vandermeer U.S.A. 340
81 40536 J. Bensinck Holland 340
82 44231 P. Nvuist Sweden 340

 

The Mirror World Championship Trophies

The Mirror World Championship Prizegiving

 

Event Trophy Awarded for      
  Oldest Ever Mirror Prize   11111 (X11!) Sid Morriss United Kingdom
World Championship   Furthest Travelled 30588 David and Mary Lawry Australia
International Mirror Week   Furthest Travelled   Colin Jones Tasmania, Australia
World Championship American Transom Trailer Last on Points to Complete Every Race 26018 Aart Vandermeer U.S.A.
International Mirror Week   Last on Points to Complete Every Race 11111 Sid Morriss U.K.
World Championship Ladies Prize Best placed lady 6902 Karin Johansson Sweden
International Mirror Week Ladies Prize Best placed lady 42324 Monique Janssen Holland
World Championship Hope of the Nation Youngest Competitor 46533 Timothy Camihlieri (?) Malta
World Championship Irish Trophy Winner Practice Race (Sunday) 48010 Mark & Ruth Rushall

U.K

World Championship Australia Trophy Winner Race 1 (Monday) 10438 Ian & Deirdre McDowell Ireland
World Championship Africa Trophy Winner Race 2 (Tuesday) 15000 Roy & Graeme Partridge U.K.
World Championship Europe Trophy Winner Race 3 (Wednesday) 42919 Chris & Gary Owen U.K.
World Championship Asia Trophy Winner Race 4 (Thursday) 15000 Roy & Graeme Partridge U.K.
World Championship America Trophy Winner Race 5 (Friday) 15000 Roy & Graeme Partridge U.K.
World Championship Canada Trophy Runners up 42919 Chris & Gary Owen U.K.
World Championship United Kingdom Trophy World Champion 15000 Roy & Graeme Partridge U.K.


Editors Note: This article is from Reflections No. 26 October 1976, page 10. It has been captured by OCR, so typos & errors are possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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