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International Etchells Northern Championship July 2012
The International Etchells Northern Championship sponsored by RMYC was held on the River Mersey over the weekend of 29th and 29th July. On the Saturday for once the sun was shining at first and with a variable W’ly wind of force 3 to 4 but falling right away at times the Etchells competitors had a running start on the falling tide at low water. The triangular course proved suitably challenging and a close race ensued. With weather conditions changing rapidly, dark clouds gathering and the W’ly wind strengthening the second race over the same course was quite a contrast to the first and equally challenging with squalls and rain the wind reaching about 25 knots at times. The first race was won by ‘Impulse’ and the second by ‘Faldetta’.
Sunday saw a similar W’ly direction wind, with a fairly constant 16 to 18 knots and a fair amount of rain. The same triangular course was used again for the two races with similar ebb tide conditions nearing low water. Good close racing followed in both races with ‘Impulse’ winning on each occasion. So, ‘Impulse’ was the series winner, with ‘Disco Volante’ in second place. Full results can be viewed by Clicking the the Link below:
Silver Salver & RNLI Races
On a rather wet, misty and miserable evening, coincidentally Friday 13th July, a commendable group of stalwart sailors turned out for the delayed Silver Salver races combined with the RNLI pennant races. Despite the persistent rain there was good racing and the winners of the Silver Salver and RNLI pennants were: Mersey Mylne ‘Mercator’, International Etchells ‘Invader’ and International Squib ‘Tar Baby’. RMYC were pleased to entertain representatives of the RNLI New Brighton Station and to present them with a cheque.
RMYC Commodore and RNLI New Brighton Station representatives
New International Etchells yacht on the Mersey
It was good to see the - new to RMYC - International Etchells yacht ‘Ragtime’ in her first race on the Mersey last Wednesday evening (in June). Bought as a replacement for ‘Roc’ by her syndicate, after she was lost from the moorings in 2011 in stormy weather. ‘Ragtime ‘ joins the other ten International Etchells in the RMYC fleet.
Two Regatta days this weekend, West Cheshire SC on Saturday and Wallasey YC on Sunday. The weather on Saturday was atrocious 25 knot winds and rain for hours. No sailing from RMYC because of the conditions. Saturday looking hopeful, but it was not to be. The exact opposite, absolutely no wind. With an 0700 muster at the Club House this was doubly frustrating. But, ever hopeful, we all went out to the moorings and when a zephyr of wind did arrive an Etchell and a Mylne tested the possibilities. After drifting on the still strong ebb tide, the Boatman in the new and faster RIB chased after them and brought them back to the moorings. The art of placing towed boats in exactly the right place for them to pick up their moorings was very ably and skilfully demonstrated by the RMYC boatman. Huge disappointment all round that we couldn’t go sailing, but boat maintenance was undertaken so it wasn’t a complete waste of time. Apologies to WCSC and WYC for our not being able to compete, we look forward to welcoming them next weekend for the RMYC Mersey Regatta when hopefully good sailing weather may appear.
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