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Issue:- 12 September 2013

47th WLYC 24 Hour Race
Photograph by Patrick Trollope.

THE 47th West Lancashire Yacht Club's 24 Hour Race  took place on the relatively safe waters of the Marine Lake, Southport, Merseyside; starting 7 September 2013 and ending at 12 noon, on 8 September 2013. It was extremely well attended and highly competitive. This year's event, as usual, attracted teams from all over the UK, and again received visitors from Eire, France and even the USA... From the outside the event may look very boring, but for the teams it is certainly no gentle pastime! It is now regarded as one of the hardest endurance races in the world for the sport, in craft that are not designed to sail for that long. It is no wonder that it has, in the past, attracted Team GB members who used it for training. In fact, this year it was officially rated in the sailing community and is in the top 10 events in world for sailing! Taking to the water were Enterprise and GP14, Lark class craft, but this year also saw the return of the Firefly class.

This year's crews though, had to deal with extremely changeable weather conditions, keeping them guessing as to what the weather would throw at them. Surprisingly, this year there were not as many capsized craft though out the race, but the safety boats and marshals, provided by Southport Offshore Rescue Trust (S.O.R.T.) along with the Southport District Scouts were always present. The Scouts also provided additional camping facilities and hot food at the District Scout Headquarters, Waterside Lodge. Most teams who take part do not have crews who sail the full 24 hours, as crew members on the 2 man boats, can be relieved and change over, as can the dinghy's equipment and sails, but only in a specially designated docking area. But some teams taking part did not have any changeover of crews! Those craft's crews had had to battle not only with the monotonous circuit and the changing conditions, the damp and cold, but also with sleep deprivation!

The overall winners of this year's unique dinghy endurance race were South Staffs S.C. (angel), whose large team took shifts throughout the full 24 hours. But a massive well done should go to two of the newest members of an elite 24hr Race Club, Sam and Ed, who completed the full 24hr Race without a change over. The sailors from Wolverhampton had done it to raise funds for the RNLI and now join the ranks of the few who have managed to successfully complete this test of endurance.

To see Part 1 of our photographic coverage please click on here and for video footage please click on here.

If you took part or have any views on this race please email our newsroom to:- news24@southportreporter.com and let us know your thoughts.

To find out more about the race and to get the results go to:- 24-hour-race.wlyc.org.uk 

 

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12 Anniversary of 9 – 11

IT is hard to forget the images of 11 September 2001, when the deadly terror attacks on American soil happened. The effects of the Al Qaeda attack can still be felt today throughout the World. On Merseyside, it touched local communities, as it was not hard to find someone connected to those lost in the attack. This week we to pay tribute to those killed on that fateful day and we offer our thoughts to those who lost loved ones.. 
 
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