Mirror News

Waiting for the wind at the Mirror Nationals. Image Julian Hantrais

Posted 28th November 2017

ISC Junior Classes Xmas Party and Mirror Prize Giving, Saturday 16th December

Dress code - Xmas Jumpers
Timings - 6pm - 10pm
Venue - ISC

Its party time! The 2017 ISC Junior Classes Xmas Party is being held on Saturday 16th December. Start time is 6pm for the Mirror class prize giving and drinks in the bar (not included in the price), kids dinner from 6.30pm and adults to follow. There will be separate entertainment and a disco in the members room after dinner. It promises to be a fun evening and a great start to the Christmas festivities and end to the 2017 sailing season. Tickets are £10 for children and £15 for adults and cover the entertainment and 2 courses. It is open to all junior classes and their parents and tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis, please ring the club to book in and pay This is also a Winter Training weekend for those of you taking part in winter training.

It would be great if you could let me know if you are thinking of coming so that Kendall and I know how many people and kids we are catering for!

Hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Mirror Nationals 2018, 25-27 July, Ullswater Yacht Club

The dates for the 2018 Mirror Nationals have now been confirmed and they will be held at Ullswater Yacht Club in the beautiful Lake District the week before JF. If you have never been to a Nationals but would like to come and give it a go this would be the perfect opportunity, in a relatively sheltered location and is the ideal warm up for JF. Last year's Mirrors 1 and 2 winners both attended the Nationals the week before!

We had a team of 7 boats from ISC last year and it would be great if we could get similar or better numbers this year, especially as we have the largest Mirror fleet at ISC. The Bullocks will be taking 2 or 3 boats again this year, anyone else want to come and join us? It's a great introduction to sailing outside of Itchenor, different venue and conditions and a chance to meet other sailors from around the country.

If you are interested and would like to know more please contact Milly Bullock, Mirror Class Captain.

Posted 9th August 2017

Just 2 days left of Junior Fortnight but don't worry because there is still lots more sailing to do this summer holidays!

Sunday, 20 August - 10am Mirror racing 2 races b2b

Bank Holiday weekend there is lots of racing to be done - 

Saturday 26 August - Bosham Regatta
Sunday 27 August - Itchenor Regatta

Monday 28 August - Itchenor Youth and Junior Regatta.
1st start for the Mirrors will be 11am with 4 races, probably coming in for lunch and finishing by 3pm.  There will be all sorts of prizes up for grabs so please come along and join in, a great end to the summer holidays!

Winter Training 2017
Application forms for this year's Winter Training will be live on the website shortly.  For those who haven't done it before it is aimed at school years 6-9 (11+ years old) and is a great way to improve your racing skills and keep your eye in over the winter months. It is a step up from Mirror Training Weeks. If you are interested in taking part this year please can you let me know so that we have a rough idea how many coaches to get in.
Provisional dates are as follows:
Sept 23/24
Oct 21/22
Dec 16/17 (also the youth classes xmas party and Mirror prize giving)
March 10/11
April 7 / 8
May 27/28 

For those doing Junior Fortnight hope you enjoy the last couple of days.


2017 Mirror Nationals, Restronguet, Cornwall

Posted 31st July 2017

The victorious team from Itchenor have just returned from a fantastic week’s sailing at the 2017 Mirror Nationals in Restronguet, Cornwall. 50 boats had entered and there was an international flavour to the Nationals this year with Australian and South African teams competing, over here for the Mirror Worlds that start next week, and it was good to be able to race against not only people from other British clubs but those from abroad as well. The race team laid on 10 races over 3 days with a mixture of windward/leeward and triangle courses. We had a lot of wind and waves to surf on with some exhilarating spinnaker reaches to the finish and as you can see from the photo everyone has come home smiling! It was a really fun weeks holiday and we’ve all come back looking forward to next year’s Nationals, maybe some more of the Itchenor fleet would like to come and join us?

On to the results, congratulations go to Richard and George Bullock who sailed a very consistent regatta to finish 3rd overall. Maddie Hantrais and Emilia House were 10th overall and 1st under 19, Tom Ewart-Smith and Monty Heath were just behind them in 11th. Milly Bullock with a mixture of Zara Bullock and Clare Hantrais (who said Mirrors were just for kids!) came 16th. Alice Bullock and Laura Hantrais came 31st and won the trophy for Endeavour and Charlie and Edward House came 42nd and got a special prize for politeness to the race officer. Itchenor once again had the best team and we have brought home the Fleet Shield for the 8th time.

The Mirror Worlds are starting on Monday 31 July and Philip and Felix Goodwin are flying the flag for Itchenor, best of luck to them.

Mirror News 8th June 2017

Hi all,

Learn To Sail, Saturday 10 May 1-4pm
We are still planning on running the Learn to Sail session this Saturday afternoon as the forecast is continually changing but currently the breeze is dropping throughout the day.  Start time is 1pm and we may start shore based before heading out.  If you would like to come along but haven't yet signed up please do so on the club website so we know to expect you.

Mirror club racing, Sunday 11 May
We've got 2 back to back races on Sunday morning, 1st start at 11.05am.  Current wind forecast is 12 - 14knts. This is a great opportunity to come and have a go at racing if you haven't already and if you have, come and get some practice in before JF!

Mirror Mast needed for Worlds this summer
If anyone has a Mirror mast they want to sell please can you let me know as the MCA is looking for one to replace a broken one in one of their loan boats.

Mirror Worlds 2019, Sydney
I've been asked by the MCA to canvass opinion amongst the ISC Mirror fleet on the dates for the Mirror Worlds in Sydney 2019.  Currently they are planning on the last day of the event being Sunday 6 Jan 2019.  If anyone is planning on going but this clashes with beginning of term and so would therefore stop them from attending please can you let me know and I will pass on.

Hope to see some of you at the weekend.


Mirror News 2nd June 2017

Amazingly for half term the weather has been fantastic the last couple of days and its been great to see some of you out in your Mirrors this week making the most of it.

Max Mirror Mission last Saturday
Well, the forecast wasn't quite what we were expecting but as it turns out we had the best of the weather last Saturday.  We had 24 Mirrors, 49 kids, 15 helpers and numerous parents in ribs on what was a pretty full on trip to the beach in a lot more wind than was forecast (topping out at 25kts on the way up!).  The sailors did really well, it was a fairly long sail, a couple of capsizes and several people ran aground trying to stay out of the tide, but spirits remained high and were revived by a picnic lunch provided by Nick and his team at the club and some games on the beach - thank you Immy Pudney and Pippa Jones.  The sail home was far less eventful, the breeze had died off and it was downwind the whole way.  Once the boats were packed up and children dried off we had tea and cake on the lawn in the sun which finally decided to make an appearance!  A big thank you to James & Cesca Leaver, Barnie & Amanda Hartley and Annabel Timberlake who all helped to make the day a success.  Thank you also to all the other parents who helped out on the water and as trolley dollies on land and finally to all the teenagers who came to help sail the younger ones to the beach.  

Learn to Sail, Saturday, 10 June, 1pm
The next Learn to Sail session will be Saturday 10 June.  Start time is 1pm, in sailing kit, covers off.  Hopefully we'll get weather like this week! We'll probably be finished 5pm I would have thought depending on the weather.  Sunday, 11 June we have 2 back 2 back races in the morning so would be lovely if you wanted to come and join in those as well.

Enjoy the rest of half term and good luck next week for those of you with CE or exams!


Mirror News 16th May 2017

Max Mirror Mission, Saturday 27 May
If you haven't signed up for Max Mirror Mission but want to come and join in please can you do so asap.  We are trying to sort out logistics and are aiming at doing the pairings this coming weekend so would be good to know who is planning on coming along so you don't get left out on the day!

Revision Regatta and last Winter Training, 28/29 May
Typo error on my last email - the last Winter Training and the Revision Regatta will be on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 May.  Plan is for winter training squad to have a coached session in the am followed by the Revision Regatta in the afternoon and on Monday.  Exact timings tbc.  Revision Regatta is open to all so if you are around over the bank holiday weekend would be great if you came to join in.

Mirror Open Meeting 
We had a windy weekend this weekend, luckily as I ended up crewing with Bully in the last race on Saturday - who said it was a kids boat!!  Conditions were great, sunshine, wind and we had 10 boats out on the water each day not necessarily the same crews.  Andy Fitzgerald did great job as race officer banging off 3 back to back races each day in the growing south westerly.  The weekend was won by Bertie and Charlotte Fisher, with Richard Bullock and various crews in 2nd and Annabel Turner and Emmy Walker in 3rd.  Thank you to all who came along to support our class.  I'm hoping to put some photos up on the ISC Mirror news page for you all to see and for those who didn't come what you missed out on!!


Mirror News 11th May 2017

Mirror Open this weekend 13/14 May
Weather looking great for the Open meeting this weekend, sunshine bit of breeze, so would be great to see as many as possible coming out to support this event.  Racing is open to everyone, adults and kids alike and you can do either whole weekend or just one day.  There will be a Mirror supper in the evening at 6.30pm with a kids menu and an adult menu, everyone eating together, all welcome to come to the supper even if you aren't racing.  Registration is from 9am on Saturday and you can sign up in advance on the ISC website home page.  If you would just like to come for the supper please phone the office to book in.

Learn to Sail weekend
We had our first Learn to Sail weekend and despite the strong winds we managed to get out on the water and practice our tacking techniques.  A big thank you to the parent volunteers and to all those who came to take part, it was great to get you all on the water.  Next Learn to Sail is on 10 June 1-4pm.  If you haven't already signed up for this but would like to come along the sign up form is on the Mirror News page of the ISC website.  

Max Mirror Mission Saturday 27 May
Sign up for Max Mirror Mission is on the ISC website.  If you haven't already signed up for this please do so, spaces are limited.  This is a great fun sail to the beach for games, picnic and a chance to make new friends.

Revision Regatta 28-29 May
The Revision Regatta this year will be held on the last winter training weekend.  The regatta is open to everyone, not just those who have done the winter training.  Plan is for the winter training squad to have some coaching on the Saturday morning, followed by the regatta in the afternoon and on Monday.  If you haven't been on the water yet this year and want a break from end of year exam revision come along!

Hope to see you all this weekend.


Mirror News 2nd May 2017

Learn to Sail 6 May 1-4pm

It's our first Mirror "Learn to Sail" training this weekend (Saturday 1-4pm).  We have a few victims but would welcome some more so if your children would like to come along and join in please sign up on the ISC website.  If your child would like to come along but would like to sail with you, you are just as welcome as if they would like to sail with another child.  These sessions are all about getting the kids on the water, learning or enhancing their skills in a non racing environment and hopefully having some fun!  Open to all those not involved in Winter Training.

Mirror Open Meeting and Southern Traveller - 13/14 May

If you are thinking of doing this event please can you let me know as it would be good to get an indication of roughly how many home boats are planning on entering.  This is a great event to start racing in a more formal setting than club racing without the hassle of towing your boat around the country as its in our home water!

Hope to see you all on the water soon, hopefully some of you this Saturday afternoon - be gentle with us!


MIRROR NEWS 26th April 2017

The summer term has started and brought with it some fantastic weather.  We have already had a busy start to the season and the following are some dates for your diaries.
Sunday, 30 April 11am Back to Back Mirror race from Transit
16+ knts forecast with some sunshine so would be great to see some of you out sailing.
Learn to Sail sessions – 6 May, 10 June, 24 June
A group of kind volunteer parents and I attended an Assistant Dinghy Instructors course last weekend and we are now ready to run our Learn to Sail weekends, the first one is on Saturday, 6th May 1-4pm.  The sessions are aimed at the 7yrs and over sailors who have not done the Winter Training and are aiming at Mirrors 3 or 4.  Some knowledge of being in a boat would be good as this is not a complete beginners session unless accompanied by a competent sailor, who could be a parent. The aim is to improve basic sailing skills so that when they venture out for Junior Fortnight and Mirror Training Weeks sailing is less daunting and more fun.  The sessions are not drop off, we will need some participation from parents or a designated adult either on shore or on the water.  Please don’t forget to indicate on the online sign up form, which you would be happy to do.  This is entirely run by volunteers who are giving up their time freely.  Sign up forms are on the ISC website, either on the left hand bar or under the Mirror News page.  Or click here Please note there is no charge for the training.
Mirror Open Meeting  - 13 -14 May
We are holding the Southern Areas Traveller aka the Mirror Open Meeting on 13 - 14  May.  This is a great opportunity to spend a weekend racing in a more formal setting, we will have our own committee boat and 3 back to back races a day.  It is also a chance to race against visitors from other clubs and a good introduction to what racing is like on the circuit as opposed to club racing but with the comfort of sailing in your home club.  Entry forms be live from tomorrow on the website for this and it would be great to see as many of you out there supporting Itchenor as possible.  A particularly good opportunity for the Winter Training sailors to put what they have learnt into practice.  There will be an option to just sail one of the days if you cannot make the whole weekend.
There will be a Mirror dinner in the evening for parents and children.
Max Mirror Mission – Saturday 28 May
Max Mirror Mission is the Mirror fleets annual raid to the beach for games and a picnic.  It is great fun and a good way to meet other kids at the club and have some fun with your friends.  The entry form is now live on the website so if you would like to enter your child for this please sign up asap as spaces are limited.   This year we are not going to have a dinner in the evening but instead will be doing a good old Itchenor tea on our return.  We have a good number of teenage helpers to assist in the trip to the beach and back but are in need of volunteers, preferably with RIB’s to act as safety cover and support boats.  I think we will need about 10 in total. Please let me know if you can volunteer for this.
That's it for now.

MIRROR NEWS 6th March 2017

For those doing Winter Training the next session is this weekend coming and the club is also running their Ready to Race day on Sunday for those who are interested. More info on the ISC website about that.

Junior Fortnight
I have had a few people looking for helms and crews for Junior Fortnight. If anyone is planning on doing it and hasn't got anyone to sail with yet and is looking for someone then please let me know name and age, which event you want to do and whether you are helming or crewing and I will keep a list going which will hopefully mean people can pair up.

Maybe see some of you this weekend.


MIRROR NEWS 21st February 2017

Dear All

The weather is starting to warm up and the sailing season is round the corner. We have our next winter training sessions on the weekends of the 11/12 March and 14/15 April. The 11th March co-incides with a very interesting talk by Phillipa Sutton Squire on he Open 40 'round the world' campaign of a few years ago. As matters stand we aren’t planning a dedicated social on the weekend of the 11/12 March but there is expected to be supper available for those who want it alongside attending the talk.
Also the club is holding the “Ready to Race” day on Saturday 12th March. This year there is an added reason to attend. There is a session on the new Sailing Instructions being used this season. These will make the racing better, hopefully safer and allow us to utilise more or the harbour. Make sure you attend so you don’t get caught out when leading your first race of the season.

The next big Winter training social is planned for the April / Easter event - details to follow.

There is a social programme on the ISC website for those that are interested up until April. If you would like to attend any of the events then please book with the club direct.


MIRROR NEWS 19th December 2016

Hi Everyone,

It was great to see some of you this weekend at the Xmas party. A big thank you to Louise Wilson and Claire Hantrais for all their hard work in making it such a great night.

The 2017 dates for Mirror activities are now finalised and are as follows so please put in your diaries. This year we will be racing at the same time as the Toppers and the Lasers so hopefully we can make it a real family affair and get as many people on the water as possible. Racing will be on Sundays and will be 2 races back to back. There are a host of trophies up for grabs, not just for race winners!

This year we are re-introducing the Mirror beginners learn to sail sessions. These are mainly aimed at the kids who haven't done Winter Training and will be run by parents (you know who you are!). These will be run on Saturday afternoons so hopefully will not clash with school matches etc.

If anyone has any older kids who are interested in helping out at Max Mirror Mission at the beginning of summer half term please let me know.

Finally hope you all have a lovely Christmas and New Year and looking forward to seeing you all on the water in 2017!!


11 - 12 March Winter Training
2 April 11am Mirror b2b race
14-15 April Winter Training
16 April 11am Mirror b2b race
22-23 April Parent coaching course
30 April 11am Mirror b2b race
6 May 12ish Mirror beginners coaching
7 May ISC Club day and Mirror b2b race (time to be advised)
13 - 14 May ISC Mirror Open Meeting
27 May Max Mirror Mission
28-29 May Winter Training and Revision Regatta
10 June 12ish Mirror beginners coaching
11 June 11.05am Mirror b2b race
24 June 12ish Mirror beginners coaching
25 June 11.05 Mirror b2b race
8 July spare Mirrors beginners coaching afternoon
9 July 1.05pm Mirror b2b race
17-21 July Mirror Training Week 1
24-28 July Mirror Training Week 2
26-28 July Mirror Nationals, Restronguet, Cornwall
31-4 August Mirror Worlds, Restronguet, Cornwall
31-11 August Junior Fortnight
20 August 10.00am Mirror b2b race
26 August Bosham SC Regatta
27 August ISC Regatta
28 August ISC Youth & Junior Regatta
10 September 11.05am Mirror b2b race
17 September Barts Bash pursuit race
23-24 September Winter Training (prov)
8 October 10.30am Mirror b2b race
21-22 October Winter Training (prov)
16-17 December Winter Training (prov)
16 December evening Youth classes Xmas party!!


Hi all,

For those of you who are interested and enjoyed the Nationals in ISC this summer and those who wished they had done it, 2017's Nationals and Worlds are being held at Restronguet SC in Falmouth Harbour at the end of July. See www.restronguetsc.org/index.php/2017-mirror-worlds for details.

There are a number of us going down from Itchenor for the Nationals already and it would be great to have a good turn out if you fancy coming and joining us. Houses to rent get booked up so if you are planning on coming along it might be worth checking out the accommodation sooner rather than later.

The Nationals is being held Weds - Fri
(26-28 July), with the Worlds being held the following week Mon-Fri (annoyingly the same time as 1st week of Junior Fortnight), but you can go and just do the Nationals, just do the Worlds or do both.


MIRROR NEWS 17th October 2016

Winter Training 22/23 October

Its winter training this weekend for those who have signed up. If you can't make it please can you let George in the ISC office know. George will be sending out the list of parent helpers shortly.
If anyone is looking for someone to sail with, Iona Slatter is short a crew for the weekend, get in touch with Deborah or Ben if you are also looking for someone to sail with!

Social on Saturday night:
The plan is to just do a supper as there is no-one up for organising any entertainment. Instead we are going to have a fab xmas party instead for all the junior classes so please put 17 December in your diaries!!

If you are planning on coming to the club for supper on Saturday night please can you sign up with the office.

Kids 6.30pm
Scary pork skeleton ribs with potato skin topped with cheese served with bar b q beans.
Sticky Toffee Pudding with caramel and fudge sauce.

Adults 7.30pm
Sole Roulade with sticky lemon sauce and seasonal vegetable.
Sticky toffee Pudding with bonfire caramel & fudge Sauce.

Film in the Members Room (if someone can bring a selection of children’s DVDs).


MIRROR NEWS 11th October

Hi everyone,
I'm in the process of planning the sailing programme for the Mirrors for next year and I would really like to reinstate the Learn to Sail coaching sessions that we did a few years ago for the inexperienced kids who aren't up for the winter training to help them to learn to sail. Would anyone be interested in helping out with this? It will be run entirely by parents and we will have to do an assistant instructors course (unless you already have this) which the club will run for us (probably in late March or April).

Please can you let me know if you would like to get involved asap, sailing experience would be useful! It really is reliant on us otherwise it won't happen.

Also Mirror Xmas party and Prize-giving will be on Saturday 17 December at the Club.

Although this is a winter training weekend the party will be open to all the Mirror fleet so please come along if you around.

MIRROR NEWS - 21st September 2016

Barts Bash
40 boats turned up last Sunday for Barts Bash, of which I think one of the largest fleets were the Mirrors with 10 entries, so well done to everyone who came along. We had very light winds and a ripping tide but managed to get a race in before the tide changed and we were swept off to the Isle of Wight! It was great to see so many of you out there.

Winter Training starting this weekend

Its the first weekend of Winter Training this weekend so for those taking part you need to be at the club by 9am rigged and ready in Saturday morning. Social in the evening is as follows and is open to all the Mirror fleet not just those taking part if you fancy coming along as well.

Kids supper, 6.30pm - £10 per head (Spaghetti bolognese and ice cream).

Adult supper, 7.30pm - £16.50 per head (Breast of chicken on a wild mushroom risotto & vanilla crème brûlée and berries).

Entertainment (Film night in the Members Hall). Please bring your own video!

Please book directly with the office.

Mirror National Development Squad

For those who maybe interested the MCA is planning on running a National development squad this winter with the aim towards next years worlds, and then to continue from there. Please see post on MCA website for further details.

If you are interested in taking part please can you send your sailing cv's in to Al Simpson, Bosun of the MCA, at al.simpson1@yahoo.com

Applications must be in by the 30th of September and can be from any combined team who are under the age of 16 on the 31st December 2017. The committee will then decide who the successful applicant's will be. Dates, venues and costs will be published afterwards.

The association will make their boats available for training if necessary.


MIRROR NEWS - 9th September 2016

Hi all,

Barts Bash, 18 Sept
No racing for the Mirrors this weekend but next weekend Barts Bash is happening at 11.30 on Sunday, HW at 13.10 so tide will be coming in for the race. This is a pursuit race being held at clubs all over the world in aid of the Andrew Simpson Foundation. Further details to follow but it would be great to have a good turnout from the Mirrors!

Winter Training
If you are considering doing winter training but have not yet signed up, please can you do so with the office asap so we can arrange for the appropriate number of coaches.
I have a helm looking for a crew so if anyone is looking for someone to sail with please let me know and I'll put you in touch.

Hope back to school hasn't been to bad for you all! Still plenty of sailing to be done this year. Don't forget you can still go sailing even if nothing formal organised!!


MIRROR NEWS - 1st September 2016

Winter Training and sailing this weekend - September 3rd and 4th

Winter Training
Application forms are now on the ISC website to download and fill in for this winters training programme. These need to be printed off and returned to the club hard copy, its not online entry! Please can you let me know if you are thinking of doing the winter training as it would be useful to gauge how many coaches we need for the different classes. If your kids have enjoyed their sailing this summer and are keen to do more then this is a really good thing to come and do to keep the interest going. There are socials on all the weekends as well so they get to hang out with their mates as well as learn!

Sailing this weekend
There is Mirror racing on this weekend, starting at Transit which will be somewhere around the Galleon line or Wear depending on the weather.
Saturday - 14.30 start with 2 races back to back (high water 13.36)
Sunday - 11.05 start with 2 races back to back (high water 14.11)
The race officer for the weekend would like to know how many Mirrors are planning on racing this weekend so please can you let me know if you are planning on going out. We will probably have 2 boats going on Sunday but are not around Saturday. Forecast looking good so far, hope to see as many of you as possible, summer not over yet!!


Mirror Nationals 2016 winners

Posted 1st September 2016

The Mirror Nationals have happened and been a very successful few days for our Itchenor sailors. I'd like to say congratulations to our new National Champions Bertie Fisher and his crew Felix Kent who won with a score of 1,1,4,4! We had 53 boats competing, tricky light winds but plenty of sunshine and Itchenor had a strong showing. The following were also prize winners and congratulations to all of you too:

Archie Grant & Maddie Hantrais - Practice Race Winners, Leading Helm & Crew under 19, 5th overall.
Martin & Henry Jones - Winners Race 4, 8th overall.
Emily Heath & Lucy McCreery - 1st local under 19 not placed overall.
Tom Ewart-Smith & Ellie Sproul - Leading helm & crew under 15 other than overall winner.
Charlotte Fisher & Fraser Hemmings - 25th boat overall (mid fleet prize)
Hattie & Malcolm Glaister - Bronze fleet winners
Emelia House & Polly Ewart-Smith - last on points to complete all races.
Isabelle Aston & Zach Shepherd - Youngest combined age to start all races.
Itchenor Sailing Club - Fleet shield for best team of three or more boats entered from the same club.
Mike Ewart-Smith who won the hotly contested single handed prize at the Nationals last week!

It was a great event and it was fantastic to see so many of our kids competing in their first nationals, long may it continue!


Junior and Youth Winter Training 2016/17

Posted 29th August 2016

Further details and how to enter this winter’s junior and youth winter training programme are available from this link. Just a reminder that the training dates are:

Session 1 - 24th & 25th September - all classes (Mirror, Topper, 420’s)
Session 2 - 22nd & 23rd October - all classes
Session 3 - 17th & 18th December - all classes
Session 4 - 11th & 12th March - all classes
Session 5 - 14th 7 15th April - all classes
Session 6 - 28th & 29th May - Mirror and Toppers OnlyYouth and Junior Winter training programme 2016/17

Posted 17th August 2016

Following on from the success of the first combined Youth and Junior Winter training programme in 2015/16 we are pleased to confirm that the programme for 2016/17 has now been agreed. Consequently we will shortly be inviting all youth and junior sailors who want improve their skills to apply for the 2016/17 training. For those that took part in the training last year the benefits were clearly seen at JF, with a very strong showing from many of the sailors who participated.

The format of the training for 2016/2017 will be very similar to that of last year. We are currently in the process of agreeing the coaching line up but we expect to see some familiar faces re-appear - line up to be confirmed. We intend to run 6 sessions for Mirrors and Toppers from September through to May. The final session, in May, will take the form of a coached Revision Regatta. Hopefully this will be a great event to showcase all of the skills learnt over the Winter and Spring!

The proposed dates are as follows and have been set, we hope, to work with as many school ‘break’ dates as possible so that the training is available to as many as possible.

Session 1 - 24th & 25th September - all classes (Mirror, Topper, 420’s)
Session 2 - 22nd & 23rd October - all classes
Session 3 - 17th & 18th December - all classes
Session 4 - 11th & 12th March - all classes
Session 5 - 14th 7 15th April - all classes
Session 6 - 28th & 29th May - Mirror and Toppers Only

in order that we can commit to coaches and ensure that we can confirm rib requirements / availability with the club we ask that sailors commit to all sessions. In 2016/17 we won’t be offering one-off / adhoc access to training sessions. We have taken this decision to ensure that those sailors that attend regularly continue to build on the skills learnt in prior sessions. Costs will be advised once budgets have been confirmed.

We are hoping to have the following boats per class:

12-18 Mirrors - 2/3 trains groups based on experience
12 Toppers - 2 groups based on experience
6-12 420’s - 1/2 groups dependent on both skill and numbers

With respect to both the Mirror and Topper classes we have also decided this year (based on last year’s experiences) to set a minimum age for sailors. We want to make sure that all sailors are both willing and able to spend relatively long periods on the water in most conditions. Consequently all sailors applying must be in school year 6 or above - i.e. 10 years or older.

As ever these programmes only take place with much support from parents. We ask that all parents who have children participating commit to a minimum of one and hopefully a maximum of two duties. Our experience from last year suggest that these duties will be advised approximately 2 weeks before each session and parents will be drawn from those who confirm they are attending the session. Typically we will be looking to man between 6-9 ribs with a combination of coaches and safety crew. Where possible this year we will be looking to minimise the use of parent ribs given that many are out of the water for the winter however if you will be keeping a rib in or around the water and are happy for us to use it please let me know.

Last, but by no means least, we are also hoping to replicate the success of the socials that we held to coincide with the weekend. Mixing and matching with wider club socials we plan to have something for all ages to enjoy!

Watch this space and/or your class news for further information.

George Rice
Sailing Manager
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Max Mirror Mission 2016

Posted 1st June 2016

Take 2 for Max Mirror Mission was on Saturday 28 May, our first attempt having been postponed from a rather chilly early May bank holiday. Luckily the day dawned warm and sunny with a gentle north easterly breeze and ebbing tide boding well for our raid to East Head and back. 25 Mirrors took part, with 50 kids aged between 7 - 12 years old ably abetted by some of the older kids from the club to assist those either a bit to young to sail on their own or a bit nervous. The format was to sail to East Head beach in 4 groups, taking the last of the ebb tide, with parental support afloat shouting words of encouragement and lobbying sugary encouragement into the boats as they sailed along. On arrival at the beach we kept a close eye on the boats as the tide had now turned and was coming in while the kids ate their packed lunch provided by the club and then played beach games like Capture the Flag, British Bulldogs and Football organised by the teenage helpers.

When it was time to go home, it was an upwind sail, made shorter by the incoming tide, back to Itchenor. The day finished off with supper for kids and adults at the club. A great day was had by all, new friendships made and some new enthusiasts in sailing Mirrors.

Looking forward to next year's event!