Sunderland Yacht Club hosts Phantom National Championships

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SAILORS will take to the waves for a major competition on Wearside.

Sunderland Yacht Club will host the Phantom National Championships which starts on Thursday.

The event, from September 6-9, will see up to 50 competitors battle it out on a course in Seaburn Bay, between the North Pier and Whitburn.

Originally designed in 1971, The Phantom is a high-performance, single-handed boat with a lightweight hull and large sail.

Alan Dixon, commodore of the club, said: “We are delighted that the Phantom Class has chosen Sunderland as a venue for their national championships.

“It is a pleasure and honour to host the event.

“This is the first time since Filey in 1999 that the class has held the championships in the North of England.

“They will be given a very warm welcome at the club.

“We wish them good sailing, fair winds and good weather for the event.”

The event starts on September 6 with an open practice race, allowing competitors to experience the challenging conditions in the North Sea.

Between 15 and 20 dinghies will take to the water on the afternoon accompanied by safety boats.

The first two championship races will start at 1.30pm on September 7.

There will be three races at 11am on September 8 and two the following day at 10am.

The event will use 12 safety and support vessels and volunteer club members, both ashore and afloat.

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