Monday, January 23, 2012

Dinghy Sports Boats Take First 4 Places in the Most Recent Mirror Nationals on Port Phillip Bay

Hugh (crew) and Mark(skipper) Phillips had a very successful campaign at Williamstown.  The first four places were won by Dinghy Sports Built Boats. Words and photos by Rob Cruse posted on world

Mirror Class Australian Championships – A Family Affair

'Anita Scott-Murphy and Ben Cruse in 'Bob' on their way to a clean sweep in the Mirror Nationals - Mirror Class Australian Championships' Rob Cruse Click Here to view large photo

The 46th National Championships for the International Mirror Class dinghy has been completed at Williamstown Sailing Club in Melbourne, with Victorian mother / son combination Anita Scott-Murphy and Ben Cruse in 'Bob' comfortably winning the regatta after taking out first place in each heat.

In a close tussle for second, another family team (this time father / son) Mark and Hugh Phillips from NSW sailing 'Sponge Bob Square Boat' took out second place overall, after a close final heat with eventual third place boat, Tara Foster and Celia May in 'Jazze' (also from NSW). Mark is also the class boatbuilder in Australia, with his Dinghy Sports hulls filling the first four places.

As always the Mirrors featured a huge range of ages amongst competitors, including three boats with junior skippers and adult crews. A shining example was Optimist sailor turned Mirror skipper Lucy Ede (10 years old) who had her father, Fireball regular Nick sailing up front in 'Hello Kitty'. They took out the Classic trophy (gaff rigged) to the delight of the crowd on presentation night.

Lucky Ede skippering 'Hello Kitty' with her father, Fireball regular Nick up front - Mirror Class Australian Championships - Rob Cruse Click Here to view large photo

Although Anita and Ben managed to record eight straight heat wins to take the National title, it wasn’t all plain sailing as Mark and Hugh Phillips were first over the finish line in Heat 2, only to be scored OCS. As Mark recounted on presentation night, when they crossed the line to a silent finish boat only to see 'Bob' cross behind them and receive the gun, it was 'one of life’s learning experiences' for his son Hugh (age 8). Although their hard work in that heat came to nil, they were still were rewarded for a very consistent regatta with the Frank Buxton family trophy in addition to second overall.

The Mirror class in Australia is now looking forward to the 2012/13 Nationals in Tasmania which will be the selection regatta for the Australian team to the next Mirror World Championships, to be held in Ireland on Lough Derg in July 2013.

Hugh and Mark Phillips in 'Sponge Bob Square Boat' - Mirror Class Australian Championships - Rob Cruse Click Here to view large photo

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Heron Nationals 2012

Hugh and Mark first to the top mark in the Invitation Race

Good start Heat1

'Stop eating lollies Hughie this is getting serious'

Beep Beep Beeping good speed here

Photography courtesy Melissa Yeomans

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Going For Gold at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat Victoria

The Dinghy Sports boys went for gold on Port Phillip Bay in the Mirror Nationals at Williamstown Victoria over the new year and found silver instead, but there's more than one way to skin a cat..

An afternoon spent panning for Gold at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat had the desired effect.

We probably earned more that day than we do in a whole day at the boat factory.  It was more fun too.

We found six or seven chips like this, which was very exciting.  Gold fever set in and we were there for the duration.

Despite the heat wave, we could cool down as it's very thirsty work.

The Beach House Brats loved the history oozing out of every corner of this place.

The streets cleared as these guys marched into the centre of town.

Hugh was chosen at the gold pouring demo to hold the gold bar worth $160,000.  A minute before this shot was taken the gold had been molten hot.  It was very pure as they had used the same gold in the demo, since the 70's.

We went underground to try our luck as well.

Everyone came away a winner.  Next up some great shots of the regatta.