20647

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Please add my 'new' Mirror to the roll call. I picked it up in Canton OH from what we believe to be the 3rd owner. This boat is named C Lark and is a play on the last name of we think the first owner (John?) Clark and the bird the Sea Lark. The boat has what looks like the US Coast Guard red blaze on each side of a white hull. The red spinnaker has a lark in flight sewed on it in white. I am told this boat was sailed mostly in Columbus OH and was active in US Mirror circles in its day, though I have found no records to confirm this. The boat is in great condition given its age (45 yrs by my count), with very old, now nearly orange sails. It is now based on Lake Lanier in Georgia USA.
If anyone has any anecdotes of reminiscences of this boat, I would be interested to hear of them.

erdavis's picture

I have no personal knowledge but I have a 1978-1979 Mirror Class Association book and 20647 was listed to a Jack Clark in Mansfield, OH.
He was also listed as the Commodore of Fleet No 6 the Mohican Sailing Club in Mansfield OH. Jack Clark is also listed as taking 2nd place in 1977 for Fleet 6.

It looks like he passed away in 2002.
https://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com/obituary/jack-willard-clark/

It mentions the US Mirror Class Association

f I find anything else I will let you know.

Ed

Ed, Thank you for your insights and the obvious research you undertook. It is great to get know a bit more about my boat.

Jollyboy's picture

I think your boat may be older than 45 years! My father and I bought 26465 Lucy Lastic in Febrruary 1971. Unless the original owner of 20647 held onto the kit for a few years before building it, it may well be a 1970 or even 1969 boat.
Best wishes
John Booth

John, you are correct. my math was out a bit. The paper work that I have indicates that it was built in 1970. (two years before I built my first Mirror!)

PuffinInTegel's picture

It's wonderful to see another boat emerging from storage and being put back into use instead of ending up on a dump or an illegal bonfire!
As you may have noticed, there are a few Mirrors around in the USA yet. Seeing that the kits/boats were manufactured in Ohio, there are probably more of them lying around in barns and garages.
I've taken the liberty of putting your details on the roll call.
Perhaps someone can revive the US Mirror dinghy association. In the meantime, I hope our forum can provide you with a meeting place / discussion channel that is a bit more focussed than the related Facebook groups.

Cheers;

Gernot H.

Gernot, Thank you for adding this boat to the list.
I did want to share with you and others how I went about finding it, but I will start a new string for this as I am sure there are other prospective Mirror resuscitators who could benefit from it.
Bill