Mersey Tideway Sail for Gold
Members of Liverpool Sailing Club are out to prove that the Olympics can not only inspire sport, but revive it.
They are putting on a Tideway Cruise along ten miles of the River Mersey to help their plan to revive the Tideway Race that was a major sailing event during the 1970’s and 80’s.
The cruise, scheduled for Saturday 30 June is part of the RYA Sail for Gold initiative which aims to bring the excitement of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to sailing clubs and training centres across the country in the lead up to and during the Games.
The Tideway Race was started around 1961 and grew to rival events such as the 24 hour Race at Southport which is billed as one of those every sailor should aspire to enter during their life. It was keenly contested as it offered a long course in relatively protected waters. It declined and finished after the clubhouse was attacked by arsonists and membership dropped dramatically.
“There’s plenty of room to sail,” said Kev Foote, the Club Sailing Secretary and main organiser. “Where we are the river is two and a half miles across and about 70 feet deep and we have a fantastic slipway to launch from, as well as an impressive modern clubhouse. “
The club, based on the North Shore in the Garston Coastal Park, has invited sailors from across the North West to join them as they cruise down the Mersey to New Brighton for a beach BBQ, passing the historic waterfront of Liverpool, including landmarks such as the Liver Building. The flotilla will return in the afternoon.
Every kind of craft is expected, from dinghies to yachts and even powerboats and personal water craft (jet-skis). There is a £10 charge for boats taking part in order to cover the fuel costs of the safety boats that will be in attendance.
For more about Liverpool Sailing Club see their website www.liverpoolsailingclub.org