The season for the Mirrors got off to a great start today in Lough Ree Yacht Club with the Westerns . Great sailing was to be seen in the lake with 15 boats competing in the four races be sailed. Speaking to Graham Elmes, coach for the Mirror class, ‘There were testing conditions with shifts in the winds and varying wind speeds of 2 -8 knots, which will prepare the sailors for the Mirror Worlds being held in Lough Derg later this year’.
The four races were won by different sailors namely Tiarnan Dickson with his crew Alex Leech Lough Ree YC winning the 3rd race and lying first overall with 5 points. Cian Hickey Skerries S C is with Caolan Croasdell LRYC lying 2nd overall with 8 points and winning race four. Beth Armstrong Sligo YC and her crew Samuel Wray also has 8 points and she won the first race of the event. Peter Regan and Eugenie Dalby from Lough Ree YC is lying fourth and he won the second race. The wind shifts might have been the cause for the sailors’ failure to maintain consistency according to some of the onlookers from David Dickson’s barge. However, it should be pointed out that Tiarnan did have 1 first and 3 seconds – possibly local knowledge could have helped or maybe it might have resulted from all the air miles he is building up commuting from France to LRYC. Apparently there were some very excited parents viewing the race courtesy of David.
The most improved sailor according to Graham would be Shane McLoughlin (Bronze fleet) from Sutton DC who is sitting 6th overall with 17 points and who came 2nd in the third race. According to the OD Vincent Rafter the racing was good with a maximum of 6/7 minutes between the first and the last finisher.
Day 2 promises to be very exciting with 3 races scheduled