#isora – ISORA sailors are in bullish form after a strong turnout last night for the 97th race from Liverpool to Douglas in the Isle of Man. Organisers of the Offshore Racing Weekend are hoping hoping that the 25–boat fleet for the first race to Douglas will increase for the Douglas to Dún Laoghaire race tomorrow, Sunday.
The 75–mile race started last night at 18.30 and is sailed under the burgees of Tranmere Sailing Club and Liverpool Yacht Club.
The second offshore race starts on Sunday morning at 0900hrs from Douglas to Dun Lagohaire, a distance of approximately 80 miles.
The offshore weekend is a new Irish Sea initiative bringing together boats from across Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, England, Wales and Ireland. The venture has won the support of Hudson Wight who are providing prizes for the weekend offshore series.
This race is also a feeder race for the ICRA championships in Dun Lagohaire next weekend.