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ROWING: West Kirby aim for home win in trophy.

Byline: ANDREW STRATTON

TOP dinghy helmsmen and women from Britain and much further afield will be in action on the West Kirby Marine Lake this weekend.

Racing promises to be fast and furious as West Kirby Sailing Club host their famous Smart-sponsoredWilson Team Racing Trophy Meeting for the British Open Championship.

The remarkably successful competition is now in its 55th year and once again there has been a waiting list as dinghy fanatics clamour to take part.

Competition in two-man Firefly dinghies gets under way at 8 am on Saturday with the final due late afternoon on Sunday. There will be 32 teams lining up with West Kirby, who have been winners several times. The main team is backed up by the West Kirby Trilogy and the Hilbre Highlanders.

There will be two all-female sides,Southampton Ladies and the Irish George's Summer Knights. While from America are New York Yacht Club,Silver Panda,Whishbone and the Ungrateful Colonists as well as Amsterdam from the Netherlands and RODOP from the Czech Republic.

Paul Kameen,Leo Dixon and Jamie Marston are the helms in West Kirby' s first team with team captain Angus Armstrong,Lucie Armstrong and Lisa Kennan taking the crewing roles.

West Kirby had a busy Dee Estuary programme at the weekend. John Corkhill and Peter Evans gained Falcon class victories. Joe Bethell scored twice in the Hilbres and Star successes went to Richard Booth and John Begley. A Hilbre team event between West Kirby and Hoylake ended with honours even with the second leg in Operas to come.

In Marine Lake events Owen Matthews in Turbulence met no trouble as he took the winning gun twice. Marion Armstrong headed the Handicap fleet in an RS200 and other winners were Jamie Marston in the Fireflies,Simon Johnson in the Lasers and Mal Jones and Richard Orrell in the two divisions of the GP14's.

p HMS Eaglet,as part of their Centenary celebrations, will compete in a special race on the Mersey on Sunday in conjunction with Liverpool Yacht Club. The yacht club is providing the craft and some crew members. Racing starts at 9am.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 12, 2004
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