Falcon Class

The Liverpool Bay Falcon One Design Class

 

Contacts                                                                                          Telephone                   Email

Class Captain           Kay Eggleton LBFA President                 07789 176763            kayeggleton1@gmail.com

 

Other Contacts        

John Corkhill, LBFA Vice President                                          07894 233044           johnfcorkhill@talktalk.net

Sue Corkhill,  Sailing Secretary (and WKSC Class Captain) 07717 707826            sue.cheshire@hotmail.co.uk

Mike Jones, Secretary                                                                   07803 263015           michael.jones31@hotmail.co.uk

 

Additional LBFA Officers

David Robinson, Treasurer
David Kameen, Official Measurer
Adrian Dodd, Committee Member
Mike Mayhew, Committee Member
Martyn Mayhew, Committee Member
Karen Cummins, Committee Member
Gaynor Owen, Committee Member
Bob Backhouse, Committee Member(FFSC)
Colin Howard, Committee Member (FFSC)

Information about the Class
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:
o     Length overall 5.9 Metre (19ft 3in)
o     Waterline Length 4.9 Metre (16ft )
o     Beam 2.2 Metre (7ft 3in )
o     Draught 0.2 Metre (8in)
o     Centre Plate down 1.4 Metre (4ft 9in )
o     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 21 boats and there are 16 boats at Fidlers Ferry SC (on the upper reaches of the River Mersey).

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 Anglesey for the Menai Strait Regatta fortnight.

Falcons are very gregarious and like to sail and play hard. Social events and camaraderie is as important as the very competitive racing !
The Falcon Association welcomes new members. If you are interested in trying a Falcon please contact any of the Committee Members.

Social Events – 2017
Saturday, 1st April 2017 – Spring Cocktail Party
Sunday, 30th July 2017 – Straits Cocktail Party at The Bulkeley Hotel, Beaumaris.
Saturday, 14th October 2017 – Fred’s Party at WKSC dancing to The Beatmasters. Theme chosen by the winner of Fred – a Falcon trophy sailed for at the Menai Strait Regattas. This year “Fred Goes to the Movies”. Dress as Movie Characters. Everyone welcome. Tickets £12 per head from WKSC/FFSC or any committee member

Saturday, 2nd December 2017 – AGM & Annual Dinner

Sailing Events – 2017
The annual Falcon Championships generally alternates between the Dee Estuary and an away venue – recently Wallasey Yacht Club has been the away venue. This year the Championships is hosted by West Kirby Sailing Club on 9th/10th September 2017.

Besides the Menai Straits Regattas we try to have a fun weekend away at some time during each sailing season. In 2016 we went to Bala, 2017 to Conway and in 2018, we are planning a weekend away in the Lake District if we can find a suitable date.