About the Mirror
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The Mirror Dinghy originated from England in 1963, and was the result of a newspaper competition run by the Daily Mirror newspaper. The winner of this competition was Jack Holt, who was already a well known dinghy designer. Jack and his colleague Barry Bicknell's winning design used marine ply and a new method called stich-and-glue to hold it all together.
This competition was to design a sailing craft that would be popular for all ages, easy to build and easy to transport.
Over 70,000 Mirrors have been built since their launch by Jack Holt in 1963.
The Mirror can be sailed by anyone from 10 to 70, male or female and hence it has very broad appeal as both a training dinghy for those fairly new to sailing as well as a competitive and fun class for racing. It is popular for children to sail together as well as adult and child combinations, especially parent and child. The Mirror plays an important role in helping young sailors transition successfully from single-handed training junior dinghies (such as the Optimist ) to larger yachts such as the Laser, 420 and 29er.
The Mirror is a sailing dinghy of 3.1m length with a one piece tapered alloy mast and boom carrying a full suite of sails (mainsail, jib and spinnaker). Traditionally they were made of timber but for the last decade or more fibreglass (GRP) has become the normal construction material. It carries 2 people ie a skipper and a crew.
The Mark 3 Mirror is the latest redesign of the Mirror which has resulted in an even more appealing yacht. The major change is to the design of the deck which is of modern sleek design. It also has a subtle change to the hull shape which appears to offer a slight performance advantage. However the older design remains extremely competitive with the Mark 3.
To read a recent article about the Mark 3 go to Downloads and select the Mark 3 Article.
You can buy an old timber Mirror for under a $1000 but beware - it most likely will be heavy and slow. So the association recommends you look at spending a bit more. A competitive timber boat will cost around $1500-2000 and a GRP boat in good condition will be priced from around $3500. More competitive GRP boats are around $5000 and second-hand Mark 3 boats are still quite rare and will likely cost more than $8000. We suggest that you contact the manufacturers for pricing of new Mark 3 boats (look in the site "Directory").
The association is happy to help advise you when you are looking to buy a Mirror.
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The strength of Mirror sailing in Western Australia is entirely dependant upon its people. The association is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers and focused on ensuring the development of Mirror sailing in WA. The modest annual membership gives you access to championship events, social events, advice, the quarterly newsletter and much more. Join by downloading the form in the Download section.
Most clubs with a Mirror fleet are more than happy to arrange a boat for you to try out to see if it's for you. You'll find a list of clubs where the Mirror is sailed and the relevant contact details on the Contacts page of the website