The Mirror family learned this morning of the death of Norm Deane. The notice in the Hobart Mercury records a loving family man, just shy of 95 years old, a Member of the Order of Australia. But we need to record publicly the debt we as Mirror sailors owe him. At the 4th World Mirror Championships in Sligo in 1987 a committee with Norm as President set about the task of making the Mirror a truly one design boat with International status, with a constitution and Rules of Measurement acceptable to the IYRU. International status was formally granted in November 1987. Norm remained active in the International executive until 2008.
This is a new Mirror dingy taking shape in Nelson, New Zealand. I located a kit in Wellington that had been imported by Hugh Blank and had been kicking around for a while. A retired boat builder is working on it. She should be ready for next NZ summer.
43 boats including the reigning National Champions Chris & Daisy Fuller, ex-Olympian Simon Hiscocks, ex-World champion Chris Balding & ex-National B14, Contender & RS800 Champion Ben McGrane plus a host of other top sailors, gathered at Restronguet SC for the Gul UK Mirror Nationals from 3rd to 6th June. Great racing in the sheltered waters of the Carrick Roads, cracking weather, (apart from Saturday), camping adjacent to the club and, despite the restrictions imposed by Covid-19, the club did their best to be welcoming and accommodating.
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