Mirror Championship Report
2018 Victorian Mirror Dinghy Championship
An air of nostalgia greeted members last weekend as a small but eager fleet of ubiquitous
Mirror Dinghies descended upon BYS for the 2018 Victorian State Championships. Amongst
the entries were newly styled Bermudan rigged boats and a few of the traditional gunter
rigs familiar to devotees of the red sailed racers in a bygone era. BYS contributed four
entries with Hamish and Ellie Cowell teaming up in Tom Thumb, Sean and Fred O’Brien in
Stealth and the McIntyre clan plus Archie O’Brien in Prime Time and Ramukanji. Visitors
came from Albert Park Lake, Mordialloc and Williamstown.
Saturday dawned with heavy rain that cleared to a sparkling afternoon on the water with
two races completed. Race 1 honours went to Jaemie and Markus Wilson in No Chance
followed by Prime Time. 20 knot gusts tested competitors in Race 2 with spinnakers adding
both colour and thrills on the downwind legs. Prime Time crossed first followed by Tom
Thumb and Ramukanji.
Sunday brought light and fluky conditions with RO Doc Little and the mark laying boats put
to the test with numerous windshifts and the AP making a regular appearance as starts
were delayed to accommodate Huey’s cheeky temperament. It was a credit to the race
management team that all three scheduled races were completed, allowing many
competitors a much needed discard. Prime Time took the gun in heats 3 and 4 with No
Chance close astern. In heat 5 it was youngsters Angus Mac and Archie O’Brien in
Ramukanji proving the most fleet of hull with a runaway win from Prime Time and No
Prime Time was the overall victor with 10-year old Piper McIntyre doing a great job as
forward hand in her first regatta. No Chance took out 2nd place followed by Ramukanji and
Tom Thumb. Angus and Archie in Ramukanji secured the junior title followed by Hamish and
Ellie who got the very best out their older charter boat.
Sincere thanks to Doc Little, Gordon Hyde and the large team of support staff and
volunteers who contributed their time and expertise to make the regatta a great success.
Many long-standing members took the time to chat with the sailors and share their
memories of Mirror sailing at BYS over the years – something particularly special for our