Mirror World Championships 2013 – Team Sligo

Glorious Dromineer on Lough Derg played host to a lively and eventful 2013 Mirror World Championships from July 29 through to August 2nd.

One hundred and eighty two sailors in ninety one boats from seven countries spanning five continents participated in the mammoth event run over five days in varied but challenging conditions.

On Sunday July 28th, Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, Simon Coveney, himself a former Mirror Sailor, performed the official opening of the coveted World Mirror Championships amid a fanfare of celebration among Australian, South African, Philippine, Canadian, Swedish, British and Irish sailors and their support teams.

Sligo Yacht Club was well represented with eight boats travelling the relatively short distance to Dromineer to enjoy the hospitality of Lough Derg Yacht Club which itself had the honour of running a first ever World Championships on Irish inland waters.

Last year’s National Champions, Jack Maye and crew Sarah White led the charge for the Sligo brigade finishing a very credible 13th overall. Beth Armstrong and crew Samuel Wray had mixed fortunes finishing 25th with the fast improving Ronan Armstrong and crew Medbh Martin finishing 37th in what was a very competitive international fleet.

Sligo’s young guns put in some sterling performances in very challenging conditions throughout the week with Sarah Nicholson and crew Billy Dolan just pipping Helen Smith and crew Imogen Wray in the Bronze Fleet. These two were closely followed by Emilio Doran and crew Michael Broaders, Eanna Gallagher and crew Mathew White and Hannah Raftery and crew Max Van Der Grijnn. Sligo’s young guns are sure to have benefitted enormously from sailing in such a big fleet in very testing conditions.