As I had volunteered to deliver the Marcon Trophy to Ian Atkinson, this year’s winner, my brother and I rode our BMW motorbikes to Lancashire for the event.
Blundellsands Sailing Club very generously allowed us to use their premises to hold a little presentation ceremony on the Sunday afternoon. Blundellsands SC is an interesting and friendly club on Liverpool Bay at the mouth of the River Alt. It includes several TOA members among its members. On arrival, we were welcomed by the Commodore Phil Wright and Ian Atkinson, at which time, the sun came out.
We passed through a very pleasant clubroom and stood outside in the sunshine viewing the moorings in the river being made ready for a new season.
We were soon joined by TOA members Bob Chamberlain, Martin Dooley, David Blackburn, Glyn Wright (also a BMW rider) Cliff Yates and ex members Geoff Gorman, Ian Cowley and John Lorentz. So it was a lively little gathering of the TOA North Western Division.
On returning to the clubhouse, the presentation of the Marcon Trophy was made to Ian Atkinson for his winning log for 2010 “North Wales Circular” which is reproduced in the May 2011 isue of Trident News.
Although Ian is a member of the Glasson Sailing Club, Blundellsands was chosen for the presentation as the most convenient venue for the membership on this part of the coast. Before we left, we popped in to the club’s own yard, a little further up stream where boats are hauled out for winter.
I’m sure that Ian was rightfully proud to receive the Trophy for a second time and it was a pleasure for us all to meet up with other NW members of the Association. Many thanks to all those present and to the Blundellsands Sailing Club for providing us with tea and coffee and such a warm welcome.
Ian Atkinson’s trophy-winning cruise round North Wales in Orla can be read here