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The Mirror Dinghy

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The Mirror Dinghy

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The Mirror Dinghy

Introduced in 1962, since which over 70,000 have been built, the Mirror Dinghy has been responsible for introducing more people to sailing than any other boat. Its cheap and simple kit build allowed those who couldn't previously afford a boat the chance to own one. Still actively sailed these days.

simon lovesey


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I helped my brother build one about 40 years ago, now I am expecting a grand-daughter and would like her to experience the elation and fun that we all experienced.
Sue Collins

The Mirror dinghy probably reflects (excuse the pun) the expansion in leisure activities, post war, more than any other product. Suddenly the elite world of sailing was open to the masses, 100 of thousands if not millions must have sailed a Mirror. Without this ubiquitous craft the majority would not have experienced the sport. Personally, coming from a non sailing family, it was the Mirror that got me hooked. Forty years since its launch the design has stood the test of time, and is still popular as ever. Despite many attempts no one has bettered the design to produce a small lightweight dinghy that is roomy, seaworthy and a delight to sail.
Dave Meeken

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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

Ian Baldry