THE SCOTTISH Mirror Championship, part of the Northern Traveller Series, was held for the first time since 2014 on the Forth at Dalgety Bay Sailing Club.

21 eager Mirror sailors from across Scotland and further afield arrived at Dalgety on Saturday 22 June to a gentle breeze, sun and warmth. The majority of the fleet were parents sailing with their young children as crews. The youngest of which was four and some who had never raced or been afloat for more than 30 minutes at a time. The boats varied from the latest Winders to some boats which were probably older than the sailors, writes Emma Brisley.

The only junior pairing was made up of Ben Homer and Jamie McKeating (from the host club) who decided to give a borrowed family member’s boat a go, having not done much sailing together before and Jamie having never used a conventional spinnaker. Our only youth and single-handed sailor was Sandy Simpson from Bassenthwaite SC.

The racing was started promptly at 1pm in a 5-8 knot easterly breeze and the course set was a traditional triangle/sausage. The leaders of the fleet, Sandy Simpson and Fiona Spence with son George as her crew, quickly established themselves as the people to try to be near all weekend having a substantial lead over the rest of the fleet until the fourth and final race of the day when the tide had turned and being inland sailors forgot to take this into account. The local sailors had an advantage and stayed inshore out of the strong tide.

On Sunday again, overall winner Sandy and Fiona led the fleet around the course using the right hand side of the beat and tide to their advantage.

With an increase in wind the PRO Gavin Homer decided to give the fleet an extra sausage in the eighth and final race of the weekend.