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North West Inter Club Keelboat Event in Etchells
at Royal Mersey Yacht Club - Saturday, 16th July 2011

A number of the regions top dinghy racing clubs were invited to race against each other in International Etchells on the Mersey off Rock Ferry and sponsored by Royal Mersey Yacht Club. Each Club provided two helms sharing the duties over two races with Royal Mersey pilots assisting with spinnaker handling in the very difficult conditions.

In the first race a close duel between Tom Ditchburn/Tom Hubbard of Budworth SC (1034) and Dave Bower/Glyn Sheffield of West Lancs YC (804) saw the Budworth team come out in front and lead for the whole race.        

Poor visibility, fluctuating winds and the departure of a super tanker forced race officer Paul Flower to set an inshore course for the second race. The first four boats were clear ahead at the top mark but Budworth went offshore for wind and tide leaving West Lancs, Trevor Tansey /Simon Shepherd of Royal Mersey YC (894) and Ian McLean and Vince McGrath of Dee SC (803) in a luffing match on the shorter inshore route. At the bottom mark Budworth were third but a tacking duel with West Lancs up the second beat took them to the front. On the second and third matches there were close matches between Dee and John Collingwood/Graham Ellis in the second Royal Mersey boat (463).

Tom Ditchburn and Tom Hubbard of Budworth Sailing Club were worthy winners and received the trophy from Commodore Phil Gilmour with West Lancs Yacht Club in second place.    
The Irish Sailing Association invited Clubs from Wales to a join them in a bi-annual inter club competition as part of the Dun Laoghaire Regatta, the invitation was subsequently extended to Liverpool  YC and Royal Mersey YC.

The Regatta hosted 420 boats with around 3000 sailors all invited to one big party at the four clubs on the waterfront.  

Our racing was held in J80’s with competition from Lough Derg YC  and Lough Swilly YC. The Irish challengers were well experienced national competition standard sailors.

 Off Dun Laoghaire - preparing to race 

The RMYC team comprised Trevor Tansey on the main and principal spinnaker flyer, Simon Shepherd the front man and spinnaker rope un-tangler, James Wright full time commentator, our muscle man on the jenny and Graham Ellis the fearless skipper with hat to match. Eleanor Tansey provided essential on shore support.

RMYC Vice-Commodore Trevor Tansey at the Helm

The competition was held over four days in mid July in winds starting on the first day peaking 33 knots. Needless to say the spinnaker was soon relegated to the hold while we quickly found our way around the boat in large waves. James likened it to throwing one self out of a first floor window then climbing the stairs to do it again and again. James collected a large bruise with a harken imprint .
The following three days were a complete contrast with winds hardly getting above force 2. However this gave us time to master the spinnaker ropes. The racing was very close with all four boats crossing the finish line with in a few minutes. The positions were closely contested and nail biting to the last seconds of each race. To give an example we picked up a joint 1st and a joint 3rd when the race officer couldn’t separate us. Two races were abandoned due to changing wind directions, both when we were leading the fleet. But after all that we finished last of the four. The Irish retained their trophy.

A long starting line!

The Regatta organisation deserves a very well done as all race organisation was of a championship standard; so efficient that our family back in the UK received our race results on Facebook before we arrived back at the marina.

The radio on board was a must, a source of entertainment, an insight into the detailed marker buoy positioning by GPS and very helpful information on wind directions, which became known as wind sniff reports.

Studied concentration - with plenty of yachts astern 

The RMYC team would like to thank the Irish for hosting such and event, and look forward to the next one in 2013.

Graham Ellis - 17th July 2011