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The Liverpool Bay Falcon is a 5.87 metre long, 3 man day boat
with a beam of 2.2m - it is an ideal sports racing or indeed estuary / lake cruising boat. As a class we regularly travel, not only to the kindred club regattas but away weekends such as The Lake District Boat Club on Windermere. There are presently fleets at West Kirby and Fidlers Ferry Sailing Club. We are actively looking for new members to join the fleet and are looking into building new boats for the more enthusiastic sailors.
3 sails, 2 crew, 1 boat full of fun and challenge. The GP14 has it all! This active fleet are competitive on the water enjoying both lake and tidal racing, and are also friendly and sociable in the bar. This class is great for all skill levels and age ranges offering everything from training, to cruising, to racing. Come and join us!
Built in the late 50’s to early 60’s the Hilbre is a UK designed wooden clinker racing yacht. The class provides a great platform for keen racing and attention to rigging, sail settings, boat speed and handling. It is now 60 years since the first Hilbre sailors “attempted to set their Diamonds correctly” and generations of Hilbre owners, helms and crews have enjoyed the sailing, socials, and shed-talk over wood fillers, paints and varnishes in those years.
Illusions are challenging single-handed miniature keel boats.
Winter and summer, the Fleet sails in close competitive races on the Marine Lake. Owners encourage sailors to borrow Illusions to enjoy the Corinthian spirit in the fleet, taking turns to win. For the last few years our boats have been borrowed by competitors for the prestigious WKSC Champion of Champions trophy and everyone has enjoyed the rather different experience. We have our own Regatta organised by West Kirby SC and usually have the whole fleet out sometimes with sailors from other fleets invited to helm Illusions.
The International Canoe (IC) is the oldest small boat racing class in the world and yet through development remains one of the fastest and challenging single handers in the world today. With the use of modern materials an exceptionally light and powerful sailing canoe has evolved. At WKSC One Design IC’s enable economic sailing yet still providing all the thrills and spills of canoe sailing.
Int. Canoe
As a one-design class the Lark offers very close racing in handicap sailing both on the lake and the tide. The class has a very enthusiastic committee who offer ‘the very best sailing and socials on the circuit’. As regular attendees at the Lark nationals and open meetings around the North West this vibrant group of sailors welcome anyone to join in!
The olympic single handed laser has been sailed at WKSC since 1973 and the sailors today form a thriving class of all ages, and abilities. With various rig sizes available to sail on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays this enthusiastic fleet enjoys reliably good turnouts, genuine boat to boat racing, and exciting training sessions.
The Laser class racing includes the Laser Radial and Laser 4.7, offering a great boat selection to all.
The limbo 6.6 is a rapid ‘mini-Tonner’ conforming IOR rules with a
swing keel offering a new opportunity at West Kirby for either ‘One Design’ or handicap racing if at multi-class events. The boat offers lively performance, exciting downwind legs with a large spinnaker and minimum crew of 2 providing opportunities for new faces to get involved. The fleet race regularly on the tide and enjoy occasional cruising to harbours along the North Wales coastline.
Limbo 6.6
Simply the best ever dinghy to get you going in sailing and
just generally ‘mucking about in boats. Light weight, easily built and maintained, inexpensive …. many thousands of them have given immense pleasure to now confirmed sailing addicts all over the world. Good racing is to be had throughout the UK and there are well organised holiday race weeks which can keep the family busy. Modern epoxy boats minimise maintenance but the original plywood Mirrors just can’t be beaten for value.
The National Solo is a classic, one-design, single handed dinghy. Designed by Jack Holt in 1956. The Class was started at West Kirby in 2005 and such was the growth in the Class was granted West Kirby Class status a couple of years later. Since then Solo’s have been enjoying Friendly yet competitive Class racing on a Tuesday and joining handicap racing on Wednesdays and Sunday.
West Kirby also hosts an Open meeting, usually sailing on the Estuary to which all- comers are very welcome.
The West Kirby Stars are pretty gaff rigged clinker built boats with red sails and are widely accepted as being the prettiest boats in the whole of the North West! Some of the boats are almost a hundred years old. The boats are very easy to sail but also very competitive and in most races there is only a very small gap between the first boat and the last. There are usually one or two boats available for loan or for sale and there is a very lively, friendly class association.