Southport 12 and 24 hour races

For many years MSC has sent a potty group of intrepid sailors to the Southport 24 hour race and to the Southport 12 hour race.


Clubs from around the UK congregate on Southport in the middle of September and somehow organise themselves to sail round and round a small lake just inland of the sea, with helms and crew taking it in turns in order to last the full 24 hours of the race.  To say that it's usually quite windy is an understatement.

The race is a major social event for Midland Sailing Club and each year, members pile up the M6 and work themseves into dizzy spirals of joy.  

Southport 24 hour race

Southport 2003

Southport 2004

Southport 2007

Southport 2009

Southport 2010

Southport 2013

Southport 2015




Southport 12 hour race

Southport Juniors 12hr 2009 

Southport Juniors 12hr 2010

Southport Juniors 12hr 2011

Southport Juniors 12hr 2012

Southport Juniors 12hr 2014 photos and report

Southport Juniors 12hr 2016 Report and Southport Juniors 12hr Photos


This event is a MUST! If you've never tried it - go for it! When you have, you'll want to return every year until your liver packs up!
Paul Leather - Ex Commodore

Bar Duty
Nick Taylor
Bar Duty
Julian Harms
Angela Daniels
Race Officer
Keith Garrett
Asst. Race Officer
Trevor Pearson
Asst. Safety
Safety Boat Driver
Stephen Nicholson
Bar Duty
Stuart Jones
Bar Duty
Lawrence Bowbanks
Sarah Crabtree
Race Officer
John Couperthwaite
Asst. Race Officer
Evan Base
Asst. Safety
Douglas Bridger
Safety Boat Driver
George Douthwaite
Coached Practice Lead
Oliver Mason

Weather Forecast

  • Wednesday Feb 20, 2019
    14 knots, SW
    25 knots

    — Met Office