SAILING: WALLASEY YACHT CLUB Commodore Peter Sutton commented on a successful and eventful Centenary Year at a sell-out annual dinner at the weekend.
On the down side he reported that five of the Seabird Half-Raters were lost on the moorings but all were recovered thanks to a lot of outside help and a re-building programme is under way.
The Commodore said the Wallasey troubles paled into insignificance compared to neighbouring West Cheshire Sailing Club whose headquarters were wrecked by an arson attack.
West Cheshire are working on a re-building programme and a special fund raising buffet dinner is planned for Friday week. All the Merseyside and Wirral clubs have taken 10 tickets each for what promises to be a sell-out occasion.
Meanwhile West Kirby Sailing Club handed out nearly 60 trophies when they held their annual prizegiving at the weekend.
The highly successful north west club stages racing each year on the Dee Estuary and the Marine Lake for no fewer than eight classes in addition to handicap events and turns outs remain high.
John Burthem was chief recipient in the Falcon Class awards with successes also earned by Mike Hartley and Phil Cheshire.
Ian Eccles and Richard Booth shared the Star trophies and in the highly competitive Hilbres winners included Peter Bramley, Gerald Riley, Joe Bethell and Roger Glover.
Will Shepherd carried all before him in the Cadets and John Dixon was a prolific winner in the GP 14s.
The Fireflies used for team championships still make their mark at the club for members. Seties successes were gained by Jamie Marston, Chris Kameen, Marion Armstrong and Andrew Cornah.
Lake racing for handicap dinghies continues at West Kirby until the end of the year. The newly aquired Illusions modelled on 12 metre yachts have also now joined the weekend action.
Dee Sailing Club had a fifteen strong turn out for racing on the Estuary on Sunday.