You are hereby invited to the 50th birthday of the International Mirror Dinghy.
The gathering of friends and family is to be held in the Sligo YC clubhouse on the 28th of September this year.
The Mirror Dinghy was first produced in 1963 when the Daily Mirror commissioned the design of a boat that would revolutionise small boat sailing. Little did the Daily Mirror know that the new design would become one of the World’s greatest and most popular racing dinghies. Since 1963, over 70,000 Mirror dinghies have been built worldwide and the Mirror has been dubbed the boat that launched a thousand Olympic dreams.
Ireland’s own Olympian Annalise Murphy honed her skills in a Mirror Dinghy. Round the world yachtsman and double Olympic silver medalist Ian Walker claims he owes his career to the Mirror. Walker together with his daughter Zoe won the Mirror British National Championships as recently as 2012.
Last year’s British Olympic medalist Stuart Bithell was a very successful Mirror sailor in the early 2000’s as were fellow British Olympians, Lucy and Kate Macgregor.
The much decorated Dame Ellen Mac Arthur who recorded the fastest solo circumnavigation of the World in 2005 and Denise “Dee” Caffari, the first woman to sail solo, non-stop around the World in both directions are both loud in their praise of the Mirror.
The list goes on and on.
Good serviceable Mirror dinghies can be purchased for as little as €400-€500. Any member of Sligo Yacht Club will be more than happy to help and advise any family that would like to get started in a Mirror.