Merseyside & Lancashire

By: Jackie Swainbank

A small number of members enjoyed the hospitality of the West Cheshire Sailing Club on Sunday 26th May for a barbecue and an afternoon of entertainment by the Liverpool Shanty Kings.  Many thanks to our NOA members Craig Beaufort-Dysart (WCSC Commodore) and Kenny Hall (WCSC Vice-President) for their stirling efforts and support to the association.

By: Kevin Goulding
Annual Nobby Race 8 June 2014

Some five boats took part in this years event, Sarah Ann, Spray, Polly, Comrades and Phyllis.  An early start for this low water race ensured that sobriety was the key word at the pre-race party the evening before at the Coburg pub. An event which was well supported and enjoyed by almost fifty members.

The course set was quite simple:  start line Dukes Buoy at Albert Dock and then the only turn point being the Liverpool Bar, some 15 miles down the river, making for a course of approx 30 miles.

A delayed start due to some sail hosting problems on one of the craft resulted in Phyllis who was exceptionally well placed to be first across the start line having to motor back up river to reconnect with the outgoing tide.  This resulted in Phyllis being placed fourth across the starting line.

As the fleet passed BRAZIL everyone except Phyllis kept to the river buoyage, Phyllis still in fourth position then chose to take the outbound Rock Channel route and finally caught up with the rest of the fleet at Liverpool Bar.

Four boats went round the Bar in very close company with Phyllis still  in fourth position.  All boats returned using the inbound river bouyage, some choosing port side while others starboard. Within 3/4 of an hour Phyllis was way out in front of the whole fleet!  A position to enjoy until approaching New Brighton where Sarah Ann who had chosen to raise a topsail began to make good progress and Spray had recovered from a broken shroud.  Sarah Ann took the lead just prior to the cruise terminal while Spray caught the best of the incoming tide and a heavenly bestowed wind to quite literally steam past Phyllis and then Sarah Ann to take line honours all within the space of less than a nautical mile.

What a close fought race and what a remarkable finish to what must have been one of the best events on the river for the Nobbies in many a year.  Congratulations to Tom and the crew of Jimmy & Casey for a wonderfully exciting finish.

Final results were:
1st Nobby - SPRAY
2nd Nobby - PHYLLIS
1st Small Nobby - PHYLLIS
3rd Nobby - POLLY
4th Nobby - COMRADES

Don Griffiths has advised that another four Nobbies should be on the water for next years race which should make the event even more exciting.

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