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SAILING: Record times posted
A NEW record time was posted as crews enjoyed an exhilarating passage across the Irish Sea in the annual Tranmere Sailing Club / Liverpool Yacht Club Isle of Man Midnight Race which started from the River Mersey on Friday evening.
Another Nods owned by Richard Booth crossed the finishing line off Douglas in a time of seven hours and forty one minutes which beat the previous best by a considerable margin as the fleet enjoyed favourable wind conditions.
Mighty Max owned by Neil Thomas was second home in seven hours and forty five minutes with Nick Ogden's Ulula third in seven hours and fifty eight minutes.
The three yachts took the top three positions in Class One with Another Nods lifting the 1894 Cup.
Class Two and the Milburn Tray went to the Steve Caruthers and Geoff Whittaker owned Ragtime IV which took nine hours and 31 minutes to complete.
There was a low turn out with a number of crews including all those from Class Three craft opting to stay ashore in view of an adverse weather forecast. Several other weekend events fell victim of the conditions in to date one of the worst seasons on record.
Local sailors will be hoping for improvement this coming weekend for the West Kirby Sailing Club and Dee Sailing Clubs Regattas on the Dee Estuary which have early afternoon starts.
The Junior Regattas are scheduled for West Kirby Marine Lake on Friday evening at 7pm.