Sail 4 Cancer Teams clean up at 24 Hour Race in Southport 13/9/06
The weather was kind for this year’s annual West Lancashire Yacht Club 24 hour race, with beautiful sunshine for the spectators and wind conditions to challenge the 70 teams participating, which was fitting as this was the event’s 40th anniversary.
Starting at midday on Saturday 9 August, the 25 knot gusts made for a rapid start and some interesting action. Sail 4 Cancer Lark took the lead for the first few hours being closely chased by the consistent winners of the event, Bolton SC. The wind was a constant Force 3-4 through to the finish at midday on Sunday 10th.
Racing with military precision and having been in the lead for most of the event, the highly competitive S4C Lark team, headed up by Simon Cox, sailed easily into first place. The team raised over £2,500 in sponsorship for Sail 4 Cancer.
Taking 4th place was Sail for Cancer – RYA, a youth team sailing an Enterprise which had been donated to them for the event. S4C Enterprise gave the S4C Lark team a run for their money, though after being forced to take a lap penalty for propulsion, first place was out of reach.
Despite the competitive nature of the event, it is also a great social occasion. Em Huddert from Sail 4 Cancer was very impressed commenting: “It can only be described as a sailing festival! It is a fantastic event and one that brings sailing to the spectators, something that is very rare in sailing – Sail 4 Cancer is proud to be associated with this unique event and is ecstatic that two of its teams ended up in the top five.”
The money raised for Sail 4 Cancer will not only go towards cancer treatment and research, but some will be used to fund sailing trips for cancer patients and their families, with the aim of improving their quality of life whilst living with this cruel disease.
1st Sail 4 Cancer – Lark
2nd Bolton Sailing Club
3rd South Staffs SC
4th Sail 4 Cancer – RYA
5th Papercourt SC