A group of six young Shetland sailors recently travelled to Loch Ard in the Trossachs to compete in the Scottish Mirror Championships.
Five races were sailed over two days in what can only be described as very frustrating conditions, with the wind very light at 0 to 5 knots and swinging up to 45 degrees during the period of a race. These conditions were the same for both days of the competition.
Craig Forrest and Callum Mustard, sailing O’Hoy had the best results of the Shetland boats over the five races with two thirds, two fourths and a fifth place, giving them fourth place overall and the Scottish Junior Trophy.
Rory Goodlad and Fraser McKenzie sailing Leiraness finished in sixth position and Daniel Jamieson and David Spence sailing Knab finished in seventh position. These results gave the Shetland team the Scottish Mirror Team Trophy. The Scottish Champions this year, winning every race, were brothers Matthew and Benjamin Lulham-Robinson from Yeadon Sailing Club in Leeds.
The Single Handed Champion was the sprightly 73-year-old John Hugo from Annandale. Youth Champion was John Peterson from Whitstable Yacht Club in Surrey and the Masters Trophy for over 40s went to Mike Heath from Aberdeen and Stonehaven Sailing Club.
Participation in this event would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship of Northlink Ferries, the Malakoff Ltd and Bolts Car Hire, to whom the Shetland Sailing Centre is indebted.
Sponsorship in any form is now being sought for the forthcoming trip to the UK Mirror Nationals and Mirror Worlds being held in Wales.