SAILING: THE competing yachts made rapid progress in Wallasey Yacht Club's Offshore Challenge Trophy race over a course from the River Mersey to Puffin Island.
Neil Thomas from Liverpool Yacht Club aboard Mighty Max II completed the trip in four hours and 45 minutes to knock half-an-hour off the previous best time.
There was a favourable breeze for most of the trip although the yachts did finish up beating to the finishing line at the entrance to the Menai Strait.
Thomas took the IRC Group One prize and Group II was claimed by John Carrier from the host club aboard Ace of Hearts.
The LBSA section of the race formed part of the LBSA series for the season. Victory here went to John D'Henin from Liverpool sailing Quilla.
The Len Smith Memorial Trophy for Class II of the LBSA was claimed by the Brian Fogg/Hedley Rees owned Blue Moon from Wallasey.
The focus now switches to the Menai Strait for the annual Regattas Fortnight which starts on Monday of next week. All the Wirral classes including the Falcons, Hilbres, Stars, Operas, Seabirds and Mylnes will be taking part.
West Kirby Sailing Club host one of the events at Beaumaris on August 6 with Royal Mersey Yacht Club taking charge the following day.
Some Wirral competitors will also be involved in the Red Wharf Bay Sailing Club Anglesey Offshore Dinghy race from Beau-maris to Traeth Bychan this Sunday as the local programme becomes very limited.