SAILING: ROYAL MERSEY Yacht Club and Hoylake Sailing Club will be among the hosts for the 2004 Menai Strait Regattas Fortnight which always attracts a big entry from Merseyside and Wirral.
The Fortnight will run from Monday August 2 to Saturday August 14 with the two Wirral clubs having their slots during the second week at Beaumaris.
There will be something of a new look to the first week. Olympic style courses are to be tried in the first two Regattas when there will be two races per day for each class instead of the normal one.
The total racing time is not expected to be extended. Classes will be started in groups to save time and arrangements will also be made for group prizes on handicap in addition to presentations for class results.
Consideration is also being given to running more than one race for the dinghies in the Port Dinorwic Regatta on the middle Saturday.
Plans are being put in hand to improve mooring facilities at Beaumaris for visiting craft as the Regattas Committee tries to attract more visitors.
"We are looking to please and we are prepared to listen to any new ideas," said Regattas chairman Mike Butterfield.
The Fortnight will have the usual Round Anglesey event for the Offshore yachts starting on Saturday whilst the popular Anglesey Off-shore Dinghy race run by Red Wharf Bay Sailing Club will this year be on the same day.
Incidentally the dates for 2005 have already been decided with the Fortnight starting a week earlier on July 25.
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