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
Lawrence Bowbanks
Race Officer
Peter Storey
Safety Boat Driver
Mike Colles
Asst. Race Officer
Anna Matthews
Asst. Safety
Dean Jung
Bar Duty
Mike Anslow
Bar Duty
Mark McKeever
Race Officer
Lawrence Bowbanks
Safety Boat Driver
David Eltringham
Asst. Race Officer
Jared Lewis
Asst. Safety
George Crabtree

Weather Forecast

  • Saturday Jan 20, 2018
    3 knots, NNE
    8 knots
    Light snow

    — Met Office