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Legal seadogs claim race victory
Legal seadogs claim race victory

Legal seadogs claim race victory

A seafaring team from Weightmans sailed to victory - in a yacht race sponsored by their firm.

Company partner Charlie Jones tasted victory in the Weightmans Lyver Trophy yacht race in the yacht in the Irish sea from Crosby to Howth, near Dublin.

The crew of Deliverence 2, one of 15 to take part, reached land in first place after just 19 hours at sea, arriving more than three and a half hours ahead of the next finisher.

The Lyver Trophy yacht race was established 1997 and is held every two years by both Liverpool Yacht Club and the Royal Dee Yacht Club.

This year is the first time Weghtmans, which has a specialist marine and transit team, has sponsored the event.

Mr Jones saud: "The crew and I are delighted to have won - it took a lot of hard work and effort and was uncomfortable and wet at times, but well worth it.

"It was a brilliant race and a really prestigious event"

All those who finished the race have qualified for the Fastnet Yacht Race on August 12.

The winning trophy was presented at Crosby Marina 18/07/2007

Daily Post 17/7/2007



Cowper delivers
Cowper delivers

Cowper delivers

Sailing: There was an uncomfortable Irish Sea trip for the crews in a fresh north westerly wind in Liverpool Yacht Club's Lyver Trophy race from the Mersey to Howth.

The start was delayed 12 hours because of the conditions and there were later six retirements. Guy Cowper's Deliverence 2 took the overall award and IRC Class One in an event which acts as a qualifier for the Fastnet Tace and Round Ireland Race.

July 2007

Lyver Trophy Race from Liverpool Yacht Club

Lyver Trophy Race from Liverpool Yacht Club
Lyver Trophy Race from Liverpool Yacht Club

When they say that the Lyver Trophy Race is a qualifier for the Fastnet race, they mean it is a preparation for dealing with heavy weather, as well as the sailing...

Out of the twelve boats which left Liverpool on Sunday 8th July 2001, only eight completed the race. A Sigma 38, Enigmatic, struggled back into Liverpool Marina only two hours after setting off, after its mast snapped in high winds off New Brighton. The crew were rescued by the local lifeboat, who escorted the boat back to the Marina.

Another two boats (Bare Necessity, and Young Eagle) retired due to the severe conditions along the North Wales Coast, and ‘Jackhammer’ suffered damage to her rigging. For the sake of contrast, Value at Risk retired off the Welsh coast due to the absence of wind, after 16 hours.

The bi-annual race was founded in 1997 by Gordon Dewar from Liverpool Yacht Club, as a joint initiative with the Royal Dee Yacht Club. The aim was to provide a Fastnet qualifying race for boats based in ports around North West, including Liverpool, Blackpool, Isle of Man, Fleetwood, Pwllheli, Holyhead and the Irish ports. The first race in 1997 started in Liverpool and ended in Pwllheli, and the race in 1999 went from Liverpool to Howth via Isle of Man.

The course for this year’s race took the boats to the Irish coast near to Dublin, before returning to Pwllheli, where the prize-giving was held on the Tuesday evening. The overall winner, Flash II (a Hunter Formula 28) completed the race in just over 37 hours (adjusted time), and the last boat crossed the finishing line 42 hours after the start. Second place went to Vixen, and Skukusa took third place overall. Vixen and Flash II also won their class races (class 2 and 3, respectively) and Jackhammer was the class 1 winner.

In a race of such length, it is incredible that the adjusted time difference between the first and second boats was only 94 seconds. According to the Skipper of ‘Flash II’, their secret was a combination of effective tactical manoeuvres (such as sailing close to the North Wales coast rather than the off-shore course that most boats took), good team spirit and good sailors. At times, only one out of the team of 6 went down below, to keep the boat as flat as possible. Speeds of up to 10-12 knots were reached, as boat planed on the last leg towards Pwllheli under spinnaker.

The Lyver Trophy itself is made of Waterford crystal glass, and it is kept by the overall winner for two years. Prizes of sculptured Scandinavian glassware were given to all finishers, who will also receive medallions from RORC. The glassware was provided by the main sponsors, Crew Clothing and other assistance towards the costs of the race was provided by Groves, John & Westrup (marine insurers), Mailspeed Marine (yachting chandlers) and Jaguar House.

Whether or not the Lyver Trophy competitors go on to take part in the Fastnet race, they all found it a challenging and satisfying venture.

Yachts and Yachting July 2001

'Cracklin' for Lyver

'Cracklin' for Lyver - April 99

One of the best known racing yachts of recent years, the John Corby-designed 40-footer 'Craclin Rosie' is the first confirmed entry for this year's Lyver Trophy which will be held between July 2 and 4.

The Lyver Trophy is the 190-mile Irish Sea day and night race from Liverpool to Howth near Dublin. Under her sponsored name, 'Barlo Plastics' this yacht dominated the 700-yacht Cork regatta last season, so she looks like giving the other Lyver fleet crews something to think about.

Since its inception in 1997 the Lyver Trophy has grown is stature. This year organisers are hoping that with interest already being shown by many Irish Sea clubs, the home club and nearby Sigmas the event will be a record breaker.

Yachts and Yachting April 1999

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