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Sailors hoping good weather finally turns up for September events
LOCAL sailors are hoping for some good weather during September to help salvage something from a very disappointing season.
Conditions were certainly favourable last Saturday and Sunday.
Hoylake Sailing Club with Mike Jones helm and Huw Chapman crew won the Liverpool Yacht Club/Tranmere Sailing Club Invitation Race on the Mersey and with it the Commodore’s Cup.
At Hoylake Gemma Melling in Silvana claimed the annual Ladies race with the Cadets event going to John Watt in Aida.
Series wins were gained by Andrew Stratton in Silvana and Gavin Melling in La Tosca with Melling lifting the John Chapman Memorial Trophy for the best two results.
Sadly the Falcon Championship scheduled for Red Wharf Bay had to be called off due to a lack of support but West Kirby resumed series racing and also put on an open meeting for the Solo class with competition on the Dee Estuary Hoylake will be taking part in the West Lancashire Twenty Four Hour race in the middle of the month and round off their 125th year of racing with inshore events on September 29 and September 30.
West Kirby stage a ten-hour charity marathon on September 22 and wind-up their tidal programme for Hilbres and Stars at the end of the month.
In the recent Menai Regattas Fortnight reduced to nine races from the original twelve due to strong winds series winners included John Burthem in the Falcon Hawk, Peter Bramley in the Hilbre Hicotee, Steve Stratton in the Opera Fidelio, David Mayhew in the Star Jupiter and John Walsby-Tickle in the Mersey Mylne Mercantile.