Author: Iain Millar

Recycled Mirror rudder

Recycled Mirror rudder

When we bought our Mirror, it came with a couple of old, virtually unrepairable parts, including a rudder. We wanted a number board for our house. And Coronavirus Lockdown was in effect and I was looking for things to do. The result: a new sign made out of the rudder, where the number was cut out of the old rudder head and screwed to the old blade – all suitably coated with marine finishes to ensure protection from the Scottish weather!

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Antique Mirror Sailors Association

Antique Mirror Sailors Association

Posted on behalf of Ian Brown:

The inaugural meeting of the St Mary’s branch of the Antique Mirror Sailors Association was held yesterday (7 July 2020) on a typical summers day – grey, cool (11 degrees C) but with pleasant light winds.  We plan to sail on gentle week days while Covid-19 does the rounds.  As usual there was a groupie camp follower who joined us.  Norman Ellis hopes to join us next week.  Sailing days are arranged by Ian Brown.  AMSA membership is for Antique (or retired) Mirror sailors who are avoiding contact with the younger members of the club.  Happy to sail with other aged members, but we do not want crowds.  This helps us remain socially distanced/isolated. 

Welcome also to the honorary member of the AMSA in the Solo!

Training – Kids Zone

Training – Kids Zone

For kids of all ages!

We have some great videos and other materials that have been produced to help everyone to learn a bit more about life on the water.

This video is all about navigation and buoyage – colours and shapes of things that tell you where it is safe to take a boat and avoid dangerous areas, especially on the sea or rivers.

The next video tells you about the tides. We don’t need to worry about the tide at St Mary’s Loch, but lots of our members also sail in other places where there are tides, and anyone sailing on the sea should know about the tide and how it affects the water that we are sailing on.

Now try an activity sheet to see what you know about tides: Click Here! (you’ll need to print this to fill it in.)

Clouds are really important when sailing, because they can help us to work out what the weather – and especially the wind – is going to do. That’s something that will help us when out on the water, whether at St Mary’s Loch or anywhere else.

You can Click Here for a printable activity sheet on Clouds.

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