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Royal Perth Mini Series Feb 8/9

Posted by Rik on December 30, 2013 at 6:10 AM

Mirrors will again be represented at the 2014 Royal Perth Mini Series on February 8 and 9.  For more information consult the Mirror Calendar on this website.

2015 Worlds to be held in South Africa

Posted by Rik on December 3, 2013 at 8:05 AM

The 2015 World Championships will be held at Theewater Sports Club in South Africa from 5 - 15 January 2015.  Planning is already underway for a number of WA Mirrors to make the trip.

The sailing will be held on Theewaterskloof Dam about 90 minutes drive from Cape Town.

Mirror States on YouTube & Flickr

Posted by Rik on October 31, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Visit YouTube for highlights of round 1 of the 2013/14 State Championships.

Click HERE.

Click HERE for heaps of pics on Flickr as well.

2013/14 States Round 1 (Races 1-4)

Posted by Rik on October 30, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Seventeen Mirrors contested the first heat of the 2013-14 State Championships at Maylands Yacht Club on Sunday 17th October. The warm weather was a welcome change but the very light conditions in the morning made for an interesting first race. Half the fleet got away in a 'gust' of 1 or 2 knots while the rest were left wallowing in dead calm. The fickle patchy wind meant that the second half of the fleet were timed out finishing more that 15 minutes after the first boat.

A long early lunch followed but by 1pm the south westerly had arrived. Three races were sailed in the afternoon's 8-15 knots of gusty and shifty breeze and saw some close and exciting racing. After four races father and son teams David and Timothy Pilbeam and Simon and Tyson Barwood are both on 10 points but Liam Wilson and Dylan Holthouse made the most of the afternoon conditions to score two wins and a second after a DNF in the first race. There is also plenty of interest mid fleet with close contests in the sub junior, junior and ladies divisions with a special mention to Sidonia Barwood (13) and Rosie Rowell (11) who set a few tongues wagging after finishing 4th in their very first race together. 

There will be a wait to see how this all plays out as races 5 to 8 to complete the series are to be sailed on 30th March 2014 at Safety Bay Yacht Club. Many thanks to Maylands Yacht Club for organising a very enjoyable day's racing and to all the Mirror sailors for supporting the different format this season.

See the results (States2013-2014Race1to4.pdf) in the Downloads section.

View highlights on YouTube HERE.

2013/14 State Championships Dates Announced

Posted by Rik on July 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM

A creative approach has seen the next State Championships split over two weekends at 2 different clubs.  Will ensure great exposure for Mirrors at two of the emerging clubs who have caught the Mirror bug.  We hope it will also make it easier for many to commit to the States.  Pencil the following dates in your diary now.

Day 1 - Sunday 27 October 2013 - Maylands YC

Day 2 - Sunday 30 March 2014 - Safety Bay YC


Mirrorsail 2013

Posted by Rik on July 17, 2013 at 3:15 AM

The hugely popular Mirrorsail training weekend is on again 7/8 September.  Check out our calendar for more details.

State Championships Declared a Winner

Posted by Rik on June 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM

The 2013 State Championships were declared a huge success by all involved.  Congratulations to Simon (new MCAWA President) and Sidonia Barwood for being crowned State Champions.     View the results HERE.         Thanks to Simon for the following report.

It’s sods law; when a championship regatta is scheduled the weather will be unusual as it was for the March long weekend thanks to Cyclone Rusty however this didn’t dampen the spirits of the 17 boats representing six sailing clubs at this year’s Mirror States which were the most successful for several years.

The highlight of the weekend was the awarding of a well deserved MCAWA Honorary Life Membership to Mark Pitt for his extensive contribution to Mirror sailing in WA over many decades. Although not sailing in this regatta Mark had generously lent Aussie Larrikin to Alexandra Utley & Aaron Todd from Sun City who won the Rookie Trophy for best performance in a first State Championship finishing a creditable 11th overall.

Racing was close and exciting with five different heat winners and despite the unfavorable forecast the sailing conditions turned out to be close to perfect. The Mirror fleet enjoys a unique mix of sailors aged from 7 to 70 with teams of junior, parent/child and adult combinations. The relaxed fun family atmosphere both on and off the water added to the enjoyment of the regatta for everyone involved.

With 12 races scheduled over two days RO Geoff Brown was keen to get started but shortly after the first boats left the beach the AP was raised. The fleet assembled less than an hour later in a shifty 3 – 6 knot sou’westerly, conditions that the lightweight crews of Annaliese Bryant & Thomas Hume in Vigilante IX and team Pilbeam in V8 revelled in crossing the line in first and second place respectively. The second race was similar until V8, in the lead approaching the final mark, rounded and inexplicably headed again for the top paddock with the herd in hot pursuit. Recognising the opportunity for redemption this presented Simon & Sidonia Barwood on Bulletproof carried on toward the finish line only to have a quick 180 degree turn and dive for the pin by the most alert of the followers, Jahne & Orlando Rees on Fully Sick, deny them the win by the narrowest of margins. The breeze freshened for the third race which allowed Bulletproof to get home in front of V8 with Geoff Wilson & Adam Bridge sailing Game On crossing in third.

The breeze continued to build over lunch and the RO flagged his intention to bank races and make the most of a now steady 12 -18 knots of sea breeze given Sundays dire outlook. The heavier crews were relishing the hiking conditions in the subsequent four races with Bulletproof recording three consecutive wins, Richard & Matilda Rowell on Lollyhead scoring a second and two fourths and Game On recording a first and a second placing. Team Pilbeam were consistently competitive with two seconds and a third despite David’s repeated complaint of “I hate it when the wind blows”. Junior sibling combination Daniel & Michael Judge had the hard luck story of the regatta when their tiller parted company with Poseidon’s rudder while coming second in race four. At the end of the day with seven races completed Bulletproof was leading on 9 points from V8 on 16 and Game On with 25.

On Sunday morning wind was without consistency so the adults conducted the MCAWA AGM while the kids jumped from jetties and paddled around in semi-submersed Oppies. Geoff Brown told the fleet to expect to stay on the water for the final five races back to back. The breeze fluctuated between 4 – 12 knots and despite shifting progressively toward the south the day was reasonably steady. V8 needed to beat Bulletproof consistently to retain her title but if Bulletproof could stay in front she would be safe. Game On was 6 points clear in third but the next five boats were close enough to challenge. In the eighth race Geoff Wilson capitalised on his superior local knowledge to take Game On over the line well clear of Lollyhead while Bulletproof was focussed only on keeping in front of V8 with them crossing third and fourth respectively. Bulletproof took race nine ahead of V8 and Game On while Race 10 was won by Vigilante IX followed by Bulletproof with third place going to Rik Thornton & Sam Weight on Transom Note and V8 finishing in fourth.

Lunch was delivered to competitors on the water while the course was reset to allow some reaching legs in the last two races. V8 slipped away from Bulletproof’s tight cover in the penultimate race to record their first win for the regatta. The positions were reversed as Bulletproof celebrated with a win in the final race finishing the regatta with 15 points after two drops. V8 came in second on 25 and Game On had a consistent Sunday with all top four finishes to claim third place overall on 38 points. Lollyhead was fourth overall on 42 and Transom Note, also having sailed very consistently, finished fifth on 47.

The Sub-Junior Trophy was won by Mick Mallawarachi & James Hartley sailing Maglia Rosa finishing 10th. First place in the Silver Fleet and 8th place overall was taken by Jahne & Orlando Rees in the gunter rigged and beautifully repainted Fully Sick. The Junior Trophy was won by brothers Daniel & Michael Judge on Poseidon who finished 7th overall. First female skipper was Annaleise Bryant with Thomas Hume on Vigilante IX finishing 6th overall. In 5th place overall and winning the Veteran division was Rik Thornton & Sam Weight sailing Transom Note. The Cruiserweight Trophy was won by Richard & Matilda Rowell on Lollyhead coming in 4th overall, a result Richard was pleased with as it equaled last year’s achieved with daughter Rosie and so avoided any sibling rivalry issues.

Third place overall and winners of the Grand Master Trophy were Geoff Wilson & Adam Bridge sailing Game On. Second place overall and taking home the Blockey ‘Family’ Cup were David & Timothy Pilbeam on V8. First place overall and State Champions for 2012-13 were Simon & Sidonia Barwood on Bulletproof.


State Championships March 2nd and 3rd

Posted by Rik on January 31, 2013 at 8:25 PM

The 2013 Mirror Class State Championships will be at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March.

Entry is only $65 per boat which includes the presentation BBQ dinner for both skipper and crew.  Plus there are heaps of trophies on offer including the Rookie Trophy for the best first time entrants in a States.

It will be a fun weekend both on and off the water.  Volunteers are most welcome as well to assist both on and off the water. The association can also assist with finding boats, crew etc for those keen to enter.

The Notice of Race is now in the Downloads section of the website.  All entries received before 15th Feb pay only $65 (a $10 discount).

For any other information contact Rik Thornton 0419 912475 or rik@wastationery.com.au

Radical new mainsail for the Mirror?

Posted by Rik on December 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Geoff Wilson has been working with Hill Sails in Perth on a radical design of the mainsail.

The modern design based on 49ers NS 14’s etc will help keep the class thoroughly modern as well as keeping it attractive to younger sailors.   The prominent roach will assist in square run speed. In a recent test in only 4 knots of breeze the boat reached 2.5 knots.

It will rock the traditionalists as did the Bermuda rig did but that change probably saved the class.  The more discussion the better so people can get their heads around it.  The new design will discussed at the IMCAA AGM in Tasmania in December.  We look forward to the global feedback.

You can see pictures of the sail by clicking https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=adc95ef54327df47&id=ADC95EF54327DF47%21198&Bsrc=SkyMail&Bpub=SDX.SkyDrive&sc=Photos" target="_blank">HERE.

Comments from RFBYC junior mirror sailor after testing the new sail ......

On Saturday 16th December we raced at RFBYC with the experimental sail (E1) to see how it performed. We were given a 5 min introduction to how it worked by Geoff. What was clear was that when you pulled on the various adjustment ropes you could see the sail shape change, something that doesn’t happen with the normal sail.

In the first race we got swamped on the line by 420’s & 29ers and were quite a long way behind the lead boats going around the top mark, our usual position. By the time we got to the top mark the second time we were in the lead by 20 meters or so having made up around 70m in the short up wind leg.

In the second race at the start we were below one of the boats that usually beats us. Before long we ahead of them, going faster and pointing higher and by the first mark we were around 100m ahead of the fleet, a position we had never been in before.

We found with the experimental sail we could sail both faster and higher than the other boats and was a huge performance lift to our boat. With an old wooden boat we usually can’t compete upwind but these sails really made a difference.


47th Nationals Getting Closer

Posted by Rik on October 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The 47th Mirror Class Australian Championships get underway at the start of November.  A number of WA crews are travelling to Tasmania and welcome anyone who would like to join them.

For more information see our Upcoming Events Calendar and also the Downloads section.


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