Olympic gold medallist and America's Cup winner, Tom Slingsby, and Wendy Tuck, Clipper Round the World skipper and the first woman to win a Round the World Race, were on hand to help celebrate and hand out the prizes. Tom, who lives in the area, said he had seen the Mirrors out during the week and was thinking of them during the big winds on Day Four. Wendy said she was sailing a 30 ft yacht at the time and she didn't want to be out sailing, let alone in a Mirror.
The newly crowned World Champions were Rumble Fish, sailed by John and Tyler Dransfield. John, a three-times Fireball World Champion, said he began sailing Mirrors at Albert Sailing Club in Melbourne and won his first State Title at Blairgowrie Sailing Club and gave some words of encouragement to the young sailors in the room. "We were scared too!" he said, as he congratulated them on sailing the Southerly Buster.
2nd place went to Wave Catcher (Cullen and James Hughes), and 3rd place to McMissile (Campbell and Stirling McKay). Wave Catcher also picked up the prize for Best Home Boat, as the Dransfields were sailing for the Netherlands in Rumble Fish. Rumble Fish's owner, Alle Roodbergen, who unfortunately couldn't compete in the Worlds due to an eye injury, was also on hand to celebrate the win, and John thanked him for preparing a fast boat. John's advice to new sailors was to get a good boat and a good crew, and he said with Rumble Fish and Tyler, he had both.
The Ireland Trophy for the Invitation Race went to Bulletproof (Simon and Tyson Barwood). The Seafort Trophy for the highest ranked female helm went to Foxy Lady III (Jessie Andrewartha and Grant Atherton). The Under 19 prize went to Dash (Charlotte Raftesath and Benedict McKay). And the Junior prize went to the courageous Irish team of Eoghan Duffy and Cathal Langan.
The Master's Trophy (helm over 40) went to Bob (Damian Carey and Austin Freer), and the Veteran's Trophy went to Waterborne At Last (Douglas Raftesath and Spencer McKay).
In the Classic Division, the winner was Blistering Barnacles (Sarah and Tika MacMaster) who did extremely well to place 30th overall.
Full prize list available here: http://www.imcansw.org/worlds-results.html
With the prizes given out, the penultimate act of the 2019 Worlds was to hand the Mirror flag over to the next host, Sligo YC, represented by Emmet Duffy. The flag was handed over by Douglas Raftesath, the newly elected President of the International Mirror Class Association, with Kuba Miszewski stepping down after three successful terms.
The final act of the night was a special thank you to Stan Bland, who was the driving force behind the bringing the Worlds to Woollahra Sailing Club, and an indispensible contributor to the success of the 2019 Worlds.
All the photos below are thanks to Robert Owe-Young. For more photos of the night, go here: https://robertowe-young.smugmug.com/2019-Mirror-Worlds/Presentation-Night/
So, that's it for the 2019 Worlds... Best of luck to Sligo YC for 2021! #MirrorWorlds2019