A clear blue sky and a chilly ten knot breeze greeted the forty two team racing squads competing in the 60th Wilson Trophy at West Kirby Sailing Club this morning. With the 2009 British Open Team Racing Championship title at stake there was a subtly serious edge to the otherwise convivial atmosphere which prevailed over the sailors’ alfresco breakfast of coffee and bacon sandwiches. With perfect team racing conditions on offer, the highly efficient West Kirby Sailing Club moved smoothly into gear and racing commenced bang on time.
With no clear favourite to take the title and the general clubhouse consensus being that this year’s event is one of the most open Wilson Trophies ever, there are a number of teams who must be thinking that, with a little luck, this might just be their year. Certainly it seems that in the 60th Anniversary year there are several teams making an appearance here after an absence of quite some time. Andy Green who won the Wilson Trophy ten years ago is back this year sailing for the Imperial Poona, explains the attraction ‘There is simply no other event like this. The organisation and the quality of the racing are second to none. The club put a huge amount of effort into getting this right and it shows. Primarily though we are here this year because the Wilson Trophy is just tremendous fun.’