Christmas Message from the Commodore

Dear Fellow Members,

Firstly Kath & I would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

I know that Covid has dramatically affected all our lives in many ways but during the next few days some of us may be more aware of this than ever before especially with the restrictions imposed in meeting friends and family from different households, bubbles and tiers. Christmas just won’t be.. well Christmas but I am sure you all, feel like me that we will have this virus beaten in the next year and that we can then resume some form of normality within our lives.

On the 30/12 we are still intending to run our Tinsel Star Race, with some special rules, which may be announced before during or even after the race. 2 of the rules which I can share with you now, are that points will be awarded for Fancy Dress of , both crew and boats.
It is unfortunate that due to the latest Tier system imposed on us, this event is only open to people from Tier 2 zones. But with luck we will all get some fresh air, have some fun and raise some much needed money for the RNLI. To donate, you should do so by paying directly into the clubs account and using the reference RNLI. I thank you in advance for your generosity and we will let you all know how much we have raised in due course.

In lieu of the sherry and mince pie night, I intend to try and run a virtual club night with a quiz. Hopefully it will be the evening of the Tinsel Star Race. An invitation to attend the meeting will be sent to you when we have finalised the details needed.

Next year, as we all know we will another obstacle to our Sailing, with the much needed repairs to the Lock. In order to keep your feet wet and maybe a bit more, Jan has been preparing the clubs Dingy’s and we will be running events for all members at Crosby. Please keep eye out for details.

We also have a full program to look forward to not least of which are the offshore events of the Midnight Race and the Lyver Trophy.
We have been able, with our colleagues in Royal Dee Yacht Club to ensure that the Lyver Trophy will start In Liverpool and is a RORC recognised race as well as an ISORA race and the 1st race for the Offshore fleet for the Dun Laoghaire Regatta. For those wishing to take part in this race I hope Santa knows what you need for your boat to qualify. If you haven’t asked yet, please send him a copy of world Sailings Category rules.
It is race that we could all aim to accomplish, but it is a hard race and requires proper preparation

Tonight I will be raising a glass to toast you all and also to the friends we have lost . I am really looking forward to seeing you all again in near future under more normal circumstances. But once again I wish you …

Merry Christmas!!

Paul Hampson

Commodore Liverpool Yacht Club