International Mirror Class Association of Tasmania.
IMCAT President presents his thoughts after this year’s Mid-Winter Madness day:
Port Cygnet Sailing Club rolled out the welcome mat to Mirror sailors for the second annual Mid-Winter Madness series run by the club on Sunday 10th July.
With beautiful weather and a good mix of breezes from light to moderate, some close racing between the various skill levels ensued, followed by a relaxing and sustaining "Taste of the Huon" lunch. And as a bonus, a pod of playful dolphins kept the crowd entertained after the presentations.
The focus of the event was on a casual and enjoyable time, with a slightly late start due to the famous Huonville fog delaying the arrival of some of the visitors.
Various trophies were awarded to all participants, including cash prizes and vouchers, a unique handicap trophy, and also the dreaded wooden spoons. A special President's Trophy was also presented. I received a large bag of sheep manure for my solo effort in one of the club's clunkers!
Fleet numbers were exceptional for this time of year with 16 Mirrors of various vintages and standards testing their luck. It was very encouraging to see the number of young sailors present, some with new crew combinations, some with a parent up front, and some with new boats.
The start lines were nice and short to keep sailors on their toes, with a good start proving crucial in the three short races. The feedback from all concerned was very good, with a repeat event already in planning for next year.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out with the event including all at Port Cygnet Sailing Club who helped with organisation, catering, race committee, pick up boats, trophies etc. We are extremely thankful to the Pullen family for their tireless work in organising and running the event, and look forward to their involvement again next year. If Daniel gets to 7-feet-tall by then we may be able to squeeze him into a Mirror with Lucy!
Reflections on Madness(Article written by Greg Pullen for The Huon Valley News)
Mirror magic was in evidence again on Sunday at Port Cygnet, when brilliant sailing weather set the stage for a great day of Mid-Winter Madness.
Sixteen Mirror sailing dinghies converged on the Port Cygnet Sailing Club for a three-race series, which saw the overall handicap trophy go to Thomas & Georgie Kennedy, sailing their dad’s boat, “TAG”.
The majority of skippers & crew were teenagers from southern clubs at Kingston, Montrose, Hobart Dover and Cygnet.
Everyone came prepared for a chilly winter outing, but the sun broke through early in the morning, accompanied by a north to north-westerly breeze which held steady at around 10 knots. This provided a colourful display for those on-shore until the racing finished about 1 p.m.
A hearty lunch was provided for more than 70 visitors, using Huon Valley produce at its best.
Expertise on the water included veterans with international ranking; the current State sub-junior champions, through to crews having their first competitive outing in Mirror dinghies.
Local sailors featured amongst the top boats. Daniel Pullen and Nick Adams combined in “The Edge” to pick up second place on handicap, conceding victory after a countback with the Kennedy team in “TAG”.
Division 2 winner was Jacob Smets, helming a Mirror for the first time, with his father Bert squeezed into the bow. Dan Parry swapped his usual place in the bow of “Carpe Diem” with Jenny Graney to pick up the third placing.
Port Esperance duo Hannah Foley and Maddie Rivett were the best all-girl crew in “Scotty J”.
The most enthusiastic junior crew award went to novice Joel Morrison, sailing his newly-acquired “Hot Tempered”, ably supported by crew Daniel Livingston. The repairs to a ripped spinnaker should be offset by his cash prize!
Thanks go to all the Port Cygnet Sailing Club members who provided support both on & off the water, and to the club for prize-money; to the local businesses who donated prizes or discounted catering items, and to the International Mirror Class Association of Tasmania who supported the event with $250.00 in gift vouchers, plus sailing manuals.
Last but not least, all sailors and spectators praised the culinary delights from the catering team, whose efforts put the “icing on the cake” to make it a truly perfect day.
Mid-Winter Madness 2005
Line honours: White Lightning (John & Georgia Penman).
1 st handicap: TAG (Thomas & Georgie Kennedy);2 nd hcp: The Edge (Daniel Pullen/Nick Adams);3 rd hcp: Kamikaze (Jessie Atherton/Seb.Gore);4 th hcp: White Lightning.
Division 2 - 1 st hcp: PC White (Jacob & Bert Smets);2nd hcp: SkyIII (Matthew Graney/Josh Johnston);3 rd hcp Carpe Diem (Dan Parry/ Jenny Graney).
Tail-end trophy: Bucket(Amy Joscelyn/Catherine Maher);Best all-girl crew: Scotty J (Hannah Foley/Maddie Rivett);Most improved helm: Kamikaze II(John Harvey with Mark Barrington);2-out-of-three-ain’t-bad encouragement award: Fantasmic (Dylan Gore with Peter Gore);Most enthusiastic junior crew :Hot Tempered (Joel Morrison/Daniel Livingston);Adult encouragement award: Rear View (Bruce & William Maher).
Special awards for single-handed exponents: PC Yellow (Grant Atherton);PC Blue (Mike Staples); Turnaround (Gavin Rigby).