Sunday, 5 May 2013

Wilson Trophy : What does it take to run the world’s largest team racing event?

Action from day one of the Wilson Trophy 2013. Image copyright Tim Piper-Juice

by Georgie Corlett

This year’s British Open Team Racing Championship for the Wilson Trophy (3-5 May) is the 64th edition of the event. This incredible sailing competition takes place every year on West Kirby’s marine lake, drawing top sailors from around the world, and spectators from far and wide. Run entirely by volunteers, it is a massive undertaking to provide food, entertainment, accommodation and of course, expertly-run racing for over 200 sailors over three days. It’s a phenomenal feat.

Take a look at some of the statistics involved in making this year’s event happen...

10 nations - represented by competitors and officials

320 races

20 hours of racing

204 competitors

2 Olympic medallists

5000 spectators

300 organisers and officials

350 hours of preparation by WKSC volunteers

36 equally-matched Firefly dinghies - the concept of colour-coded boats was pioneered by WKSC

550 bacon butties

1000 sandwiches

5000 pints of beer consumed

2000 cups of tea

800 metres of cable for PA systems on the promenade

15 hours of race commentary

300 seat grandstand – provided free to spectators

26 umpires – no other sailing event in the world uses this many umpires!

12 umpire boats

20 race officials

42 VHF radios

16 – the number of times the event has been won by WKSC teams – will they make it 17 this year?

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