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Issue Date:- 7 April 2008

Liverpool 08 says “Aloha” to Hawaii as Race 8 to Santa Cruz gets underway in Clipper 07-08
Photos and Report with thanks Clipper Ventures Plc.

RACE 8 in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race series is underway after a start in 15 knots of breeze off Honolulu on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

Nova Scotia was the first of eight internationally-backed yachts to cross the start line at the western end of the world-famous Waikiki Beach, before racing along the shore towards Diamond Head and out into the Pacific Ocean at the beginning of the 2,080-mile race to Santa Cruz, California. Durban 2010 and Beyond and did not make the start line as work continues on their new masts.

The Canadian entry and Uniquely Singapore were followed by Jamaica, the only yacht to start on a starboard tack, and Qingdao
who squeezed out rivals Hull & Humber forcing them round again. New York, Liverpool 08, Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper and Hull & Humber completed the order over the line, approximately two minutes after the start horn was sounded at 1130 local (2130 GMT).

The start was postponed 30 minutes from the advertised time due to a final rig inspection and a new gas sensor being fitted on Hull & Humber.

The crews have had a longer than expected stopover in Honolulu after race organiser, Clipper Ventures, took the decision to replace some rigging fittings across the rest of the fleet following the dismasting of two yachts, and Durban 2010 and Beyond, during the Pacific Ocean race from Qingdao, China. The work was completed yesterday and all eight teams headed out of the Ala Wai Harbor for short test sails to check their rigs and to get back into an ocean racing frame of mind.

Having been surfing, diving, shopping, climbing Diamond Head, flying Maui and to the Big Island to witness the volcanic activity there, the crews have taken advantage of all Oahu and the Neighbour Islands have to offer. They said their farewells and mahalo, (Hawaiian for ‘thank you’) to their hosts, Hawaii Yacht Club, Waikiki Yacht Club and Magic Island Fuel Dock, for the aloha they received during their stay in the Ala Wai. There were tears from the staff at the Fuel Dock as the yachts slipped their moorings and headed out of the harbour to the start line.

Liverpool 08 skipper, Ben Galloway, says:- “I’m looking forward to getting back out there. We’ve had a good time in Hawaii, been out for a sail yesterday to test the rig and have a little shake down and everyone’s keen now to get on with the race to Santa Cruz. We’re pretty keen to get another pennant, when I look over at Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper over there they’ve got a few more than us so we’re hoping to change that on this race.”

Race Director Joff Bailey says:- “It’s great to see these yachts racing again. The entire Clipper team both here and back home in the UK has worked flat out to get them back to sea within the delay we announced when they arrived here. Our thanks goes to the manufacturers who delivered the new parts to us within such a tight timeframe and to the specialist riggers and mast builder who have flown out to work with our own highly skilled maintenance team to ensure we succeeded.”

Waikiki Yacht Club and Hawaii Yacht Club’s Commodores, Michael Roth and Frank E. Lang, respectively, assisted the Race
Director for this morning’s start.

Joff says:- “My sincere appreciation goes to Waikiki Yacht Club and Hawaii Yacht Club who provided boats for the race officials and media team during the start, in particular Principal Race Officer Ted Miller and 5-year-old Maxwell Roth, the Commodore’s son, who sounded the start horn.”

Clipper Race founder and legendary solo sailor, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston says:- “We expect the race to Santa Cruz to take about 14 days so the ETA is 19 April 2008. We are asking all Leg 6 crew to be available in Santa Cruz for a crew changeover on or before 1000 local time on 21 April 2008. The actual re-start date will depend upon the arrival date and the race duration but is likely to be 23 April 2008. The Santa Cruz stopover will be no longer than 5 days.

Of course, the times are weather dependent. The boats need to get north out of the easterly trade winds which means crossing the variables to get into the westerly trades, then it is a spinnaker run to California. The extent of the variables is, well, variable! Our plan remains to try to get back on schedule for departure from Jamaica.

Durban 2010 and Beyond followed the eight yachts out of the Ala Wai to wave farewell to the teams who set off on Race 8.

Watching from the quayside was’s skipper Martin Silk along with several of his crew. Round the worlder, John Kimber said:- “This is weird, watching them go and being left behind.”

Progress on the masts has been excellent and the shipment containing the spreaders arrived yesterday. The team will work through the weekend to ensure the task of getting and Durban 2010 and Beyond on their way to Santa Cruz is completed as quickly as possible.

This is the sixth edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the brainchild of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who wanted to give ordinary people access to the exhilaration of ocean racing. Ten months after they set off, at the end of their 35,000-mile circumnavigation, the teams will arrive back in Liverpool, England, on 5 July 2008 during the city’s European Capital of Culture 2008 celebrations.

The welcome in Hawaii has been enthusiastic and there will undoubtedly be many more people following the race on  where the yachts’ positions are updated every six hours and where visitors to the site can feel they are part of the challenge of a lifetime by reading the blogs and watching the videos sent back by the crews during the race.

Berths are now available for the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. For more information on applying to become a crew
member email or call the Crew Recruitment Manager on +44 (0) 2392 526000. The Clipper Race is open to anyone over the age of 18 and there is no upper age limit.

A message from Sefton Crime Prevention Office

WITH the rise in value of most types of metal could members please be aware of any suspicious activity where people are seen
stripping lead off porches or roofs on residential, church or business premises.

The workman you see working on a property near you may be genuine, but if you feel there are any suspicious activities please
contact the police on 0151 709 6010.

If you are having workmen to repair your property it may be an idea to let your neighbours know, so they are aware the men
working at your address are genuine.


Around 10.35am on Friday 28 March 2008, a resident in Holmedale Avenue, Southport, reported two youths walked down the road and smashing the wing mirrors off a number of parked vehicles. It transpires that 10 vehicles in total were targeted by these youths.  Extra attention will be afforded to that area but the police are appealing to any witnesses or information as to who is responsible.  Please phone:- 0151 709 6010.

Tax warning over Open golf property rentals

SOUTHPORT residents planning on renting out their homes during the Open Golf 2008 Championships in Birkdale need to beware of tax rules, warns accountants Mitchell Charlesworth.

Tax experts at the Liverpool office say that the Inland Revenue is well aware of the huge amounts of money people can make.

More than 200,000 fans are expected to attend the world’s most famous golf tournament at Royal Birkdale, pumping more than £70 million into the region’s economy.

Many homeowners in the Southport area are planning to get their share of the massive financial windfall by renting out their houses during the July event.

However, Tim Adcock, Mitchell Charlesworth’s tax partner, is urging people to seek advice from financial professionals or run the risk of a visit from the taxman and a hefty fine.

He said:- “Major events like the Open Golf Championships at Royal Birkdale present lucrative opportunities for residents who let out their homes and benefit from that extra short-term source of revenue.

However, this could also attract the attention of HMRC, which may launch an inquiry to see if the income has been declared in the owner’s tax return. The Revenue has made it clear that it will pursue those who do not declare income from short-term lets. Any undeclared income could result in a substantial fine.

Good advice will ensure that the income is reported correctly and all available reliefs and expenses are claimed in order to mitigate the resulting tax liability."

Rental prices for a typical nine day let in Southport during the Open range from £1,500 for a one bedroom apartment to more than £28,000 for a five bedroom house in the town. One detached property four miles from the course with landing space for a helicopter is reportedly being marketed for £70,000.

Tim added:- “Unfortunately, although most of the world will be concentrating on the golf in the summer, the taxman will be focusing on all the extra income being generated at that time.

The Revenue keeps a watchful eye on the internet and in newspapers and magazines for adverts for short-term lets and follows them up to make sure tax has been paid, so be warned.”

Letters to the editor:- "ONE MONTH TO GO?"

"WELL, maybe not exactly one month. There is a bit longer than a month to go until the Walk itself, but there is definitely a bit less than a month to go if you want to take advantage of our special discounted entry fees!

We've been busy, beavering away in the background, planning the details of the Walk.

It's surprising just how much has to be done, these days.

Risk assessments, briefing the Emergency Services, volunteering all the Stewards and so on.

Did I say volunteering?

Volunteering is what charity fundraising is all about, after all, and we are happy to do what we can to help YOU raise money for YOUR favourite charity or good cause.

The Annual Charity Walk is a brilliant opportunity for any and every small Charity and support group to raise funds through its own sponsored efforts, without needing to spend time and trouble organising the event.

Everything you collect from your sponsors goes directly, one hundred percent, to your own chosen recipients.

The only money Southport Rotary collects comes from the entry fees, and if there is anything left over this goes to our own Rotary charities.

Information about the Walk is now on our website.

Just follow the links to 'Charity Walk' and everything will follow along. The necessary forms are there to download, and there is a Walk Poster which would look good on any notice board!

This year, there will be prizes for the best individual costume, and the best group uniform, £100 in each category, to be spent as you wish, and to help with the preparations, the Inner Wheel Club will be offering some very artistic face painting, their booth will be in the grounds of the Heatons Bridge Inn, at the Start.

If you have any questions, enquiries, suggestions, or would just like a chat, you can via sending us an email to our email address

If you would rather speak to a real person, you can call us on the helpline at 07906 594144.

If we can't take your call directly, please leave your name and contact number and a brief message, and we will phone you back." Southport Rotary Club.

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