SAILING: Kay takes trophy after long wait.
CREWS competing in the Royal Mersey Yacht Club Regatta during the Menai Straight fortnight yesterday had a one and -a-half hour wait for the breeze.
Subsequently courses had to be drastically shortened in the very slow going but at least results were obtained in all classes and the competition was virtually all over when the thunder and lightning struck.
The Mersey Mylnes competed for the Charles Mack Trophy and Chris Kay in Meridian prevailed as the unbeaten run of Mercator ended.
Clive Hilton from Wallasey had double course for celebration. It was his 53rd birthday and not only were the tones of ``happy birthday'' ringing in his hears from colleagues on the water but also the echo from the winning gun which he claimed in the Sea Birds aboard Kittiwake.
Other new winners on the day included Roy Peacock in the Squib Rebound and Hugo Breen Turner in the Fife Tarka.
LEADING RESULTS: Cruiser Division One: 1st Eclat (J W Tickle, Royal Mersey). Division Two: 1st Blueduster (P Tarbuck, West Kirby) 2nd Beaver Hunter (D Grey, Royal Corinthian). Valcon: 1st Hawk (J Burthem) 2nd Lanner (A Whittle) 3rd Hawkeye (D Pilling) all West Kirby. Squib: 1st Rebound (R Peacock) 2nd Insatiable (J Bibb) 2nd Con Brio (B Mather) all Royal Anglesey. Mylne: 1st Meridian (C Kay) 2nd Mergansa (V Basil) both Royal Mersey. Fife: 1st Tarka (H Breen Turner) 2nd Signel (H Mattocks) 3rd Panache (E Parry) all Royal Anglesey. Conway OD: 1st Minnie (G Booth) 2nd Acushla (P Roberts) 3rd Margaret (P Kraus) all Conway.
Menai OD: 1st Britannia (M Wilson) 2nd Scottie (J Williams) 3rd Sudy (S Warburton) all Royal Anglesey. Hilbre: 1st Highwayman (R Glover) 2nd Hie (G Wright) 3rd Hisheriff (E Billington) all West Kirby. Sea Bird: 1st Kittiwake Hilton) 2nd Fulmar (K Parry) 3rd Skua (J Carrier) all Wallasey. Opera: 1st La Boheme (H Chapman) 2nd La Tosca (M Jones) both Hoylake. Star: 1st Vega (R Booth) 2nd Carina (P Willcock) 3rd Mars (A Sclater) all West Kirby. Handicap Dingy: Division One: 1st Sea Ya (Royal Angelsey YC). Division Two: 1st Misdemeanour (S Stratton, Hoylake).
Division Three: 1st Hippomus (W Jones, Royal Anglesey).