A visual treat will be in store for visitors to the Wirall area next week as Dee Sailing Club are hosts to the Dart 18 National Championships, a class that can reach speeds of 20 knots.
The event, which runs from Thursday 24 August till Sunday (27) has already attracted 69 entries which is the biggest turnout for a catamaran national event many years and compares well against other dinghy classes.
Boats have been entered from all over the UK plus Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The entry list includes a number of ex national and world champions.
Racing will take place each afternoon (no start earlier than noon). Entried can be seen on the website http://dartnationals.dee-sc.co
Dee SC is the largest catamaran club outside of the south coast of England and a major centre in the North West. It is a RYA affiliated club and actively engaged with the RYA programmes supported by Sport England to get people sailing and retain people when they do start.
The Dart 18 fleet has growth from 15 boats to 25 boats in the last 2 years. The majority of the new owners/sailors come from the over 35 age group. The size of the local is a factor in securing the national event.
The club has a fleet of four Dart 16 catamarans used to introduce youth sailors to catamaran sailing.
The club has developed links with the local sea scouts and explorer scouts and indeed youth sailors from West Kirby Sailing Club.Some of the youth sailors will be taking part in the nationals event.
Dee SC has an active group of day-sailing cruisers that are owned by sailors who are mainly retired. These members complement the catamaran racers and are the lifeblood of volunteering at the club. Indeed they have been busy with all aspects of preparation for the National Championships and the good state of readiness is a tribute to the organising team.
The club is based on Station Road, Thurstaston, Wirral, Merseyside, CH61 0HN.
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