I learnt to sail in a Mirror, from about age 7, at the Lizard, in Cornwall. For the most Southerly village in the UK, it is, surprisingly, the windiest place in mainland Great Britain. It also has some pretty good tides... I graduated to Ocean Youth Club ketches (72 foot) via Sea Scouts, and spent many happy summers as a second mate, mostly on Falmouth Packet. I now live in the Lake District, and sail at South Windermere SC, where we have a fleet of 6 K1s, which I'm really pleased about. I look forward to welcoming K1 sailors at the Windermere Open in May.