Mirror class winter training for 2018 was held over four weekends between January and April (13/14 Jan, 24/25 Feb, 24/25 Mar & 21/22 April) and all sessions were held on Lough Ree at Lough Ree Yacht Club with support of an Irish Sailing training grant, as Afloat.ie previously reported here.
Coaches for these weekends were Graham Grant, Sarah White and Conor Twohig.
In total there was 11 Mirrors involved in the training which included Bronze, Silver and Gold fleet sailors.
Clubs represented at the training were Sligo Yacht Club, Mullingar Sailing Club, Lough Ree Yacht Club, Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club and Blessington Sailing Club.
2017 finished for the Mirror fleet with a strong turnout at regional events. This was certainly a good sign going into the training period and this was true with 11 Mirrors committing to a period of 4 weekends over the winter.
These sailors included first timers to the Mirror fleet and many new partnerships being tried out for the racing season ahead.
Conditions on the whole were very suitable with the odd zero knots of wind to 25 knots of wind reminding us that it was still winter.
The training finished with a lot of enthusiasm and eagerness to put into practice now the knowledge gained and we expect a very good turnout for the Mirror Northerns event in Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club to be held May 5/6.