Three local sailors were placed in the first top 10 finishers at this year’s World Mirror Sailing Championships that were held on Lough Derg. Scott Levie, a member of Lough Derg Yacht Club, came in sixth place with Douglas Elmes from the Royal Cork Yacht Club, while Alfie Wisdom and Sam Warren finished in tenth place.
The overall winners were Ryan and Michaela Robinson from South Africa, who defeated comeptitors from Australia, Canada, Sweden, the Philippines, Britain and Ireland to take the title.
Altogether, 182 people took part in 91 boats, and with several hundred family members and friends, it provided a boost to the local economy, with competitors using their free time to visit places such as the Rock of Cashel, Birr and Nenagh.
Accompanied by Charles Lawn, Lt Cdr, Inspector of Navigation, Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, was delighted to visit the club to congratulate the new Mirror world champions, Ryan and Michaela Robinson, and met them just as they were returning to shore after the last race of the Championships.
Lough Derg Yacht Club (LDYC) has a long association with the Mirror Class; club members Peter Bayly and his cousin William Atkinson won the Mirror World Championships held at Howth in 2001.
In 2011 LDYC sailors Alfie Wisdom and his crew Sam Warren won the Mirror Nationals, and with his Australian crew Harry Sutcliffe-Woelders, Alfie finished 24th in the World Championship in Australia earlier that year.
Our current Olympic sailor, Annalise Murphy, competed in the Waterways Ireland Mirror European Championships when they were held on Lough Derg in 2004.
Lough Derg Yacht Club hosts its own regatta from August 11 to 17.