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24 Hr Race Update!

Simon Cox - 08th February 2006

I know it's only February but this was posted on the Y&Y site this morning. This is particulary relevant to the Lark Class as we are severely handicapped by the weed compared to the hard chined GP and Ents.

"The hosts of the 24 Hour Race, West Lancashire Yacht Club, are pleased to announce that Mailspeed Marine have joined them in partnership to run this year’s event together with Sail4Cancer (the official charity). For many years, Mailspeed Marine have provided valuable chandlery facilities at this unique event. It’s a challenging race not just for the crews but also the dinghies! Many a race has been saved by the expert, speedy and convenient on-site support that Mailspeed Marine provide.

Plans for the 2006 24 Hour Race are well ahead. The event is a week earlier than recent years - 9/10 September - the weekend before the start of the Southampton Boat Show. The venue as always will be the Marine Lake at Southport - relatively safe waters for this challenging endurance event. In recent years competitors have expressed concerns about the lake gradually silting up (as well as an increasing problem with weed), this winter the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton have skimmed 17,000 tons of sediment out of the lake! Furthermore they are planning significant steps to keep the weed in check throughout the coming sailing season.

Clubs and associations are invited to enter teams racing GP14s, Enterprises or Larks. This year being the 40th race the event really has become “a classic race for classic dinghies”. WLYC expect a massive turn out; however, for practical and safety reasons the total number of teams has to be limited to 97; therefore, go to the club website www.wlyc.org.uk soonest to view the Notice of Race or contact / email the Race Secretary (01704 541507, 24-hour-race@wlyc.org.uk) to register interest."

So the news is good. Get cajouling your club/friends, put together a team of about 8-10 people plus a shore manager (or two), bring a Lark and come and compete at the 2006 24hr Race in September!