Falcon Class

The Liverpool Bay Falcon One Design Class

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Class Captain John Corkhill 0151 625 3429 07894 233 044 johnfcorkhill@talktalk.net
Secretary Mike Jones  0151 625 7146   michael.jones31@hotmail.co.uk
Treasurer David Robinson  0151 625 5473   David@robinsonwestkirby.me.uk
Official Measurer David Kameen     eileenkameen@hotmail.co.uk
Peter Evans Committee Member  0151 625 6885   pevans55@talktalk.net
Kay Johnson, Committee Member  0151 625 9878   kay.eggleton@uren.com
Graham Pulford Committee Member   07818 425739 Graham.Pulford@speedmedical.com 
Bob Backhouse Committee Member(FFSC)  01925 810064  07885 431154 bob.backhouse@btinternet.com
Colin Howard Committee Member(FFSC)  01928 701989  07976 532753 rnolic@virginmedia.com
Karen Cummins Committee Member   07725 006373  

The Falcon Class (or to give it its official name The Liverpool Bay Falcon One Design Class ) was designed in 1952 by the late Harry Dennis ( a member of West Kirby Sailing Club )

The boat was designed along the following principles:-

o A strict one-design

o Capable of lying to exposed moorings at the mouth of the rivers Mersey and Dee

o Drying out without blowing over or damaging the boats

o Easy to sail without an acrobatic crew i.e. a family boat

o A performance good enough to appeal to the expert but not frighten off more inexperienced crew

o Positive Buoyancy

o Reasonable Cost

The Falcon was originally constructed in cold moulded ply and the prototype was launched in 1953.

The original sail plan was increased in 1990 with an additional panel in the Jib and Spinnaker the current major dimensions of the boat are as follows:-

  • Length overall 5.9 Metre ( 19ft 3in)
  • Waterline Length 4.9 Metre ( 16ft )
  • Beam 2.2 Metre ( 7ft 3in )
  • Draught 0.2 Metre ( 8in) Centre Plate up 1.4 Metre (4ft 9in ) C/P down
  • Sail Area 15.6 M2 (170 Sq ft ) Main & Jib 14.0 M2 (150 Sq ft ) Spinnaker

Whilst the Falcon was originally constructed in cold moulded ply, in 1977 the Class adopted construction in glass-fibre.

Current boats are built with an integral deck and side tank moulding, which is fully bonded to provide sealed buoyancy tanks.

The Falcon fleet at West Kirby consists of 25 boats and Falcons are also sailed at Fidlers Ferry S C ( on the upper reaches of the Mersey) with a fleet of 15+ boats.

The West Kirby fleet enjoys a full racing programme with tidal racing most weekends. Additionally the Class take part in all the local regattas on both the Mersey and the Dee and also travel to Angelsey for the Menai Strait Regatta fortnight.

Social Events that the class host (inc dates):-

  • 20th April 2013 – Spring Cocktail Party
  • 5th October 2013 – Fred’s Party. Theme chosen by the winner of Fred – a Falcon trophy sailed for at the Menai Strait Regattas
  • 7th December 2013 – Annual Dinner (following the AGM).

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The 2013 Falcon Championships (The 60th Anniversary event) will be sailed at West Kirby on 7th and 8th September.