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 Chance.
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 Ramujanki 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 junior competitors.