Many thanks to Chris R for sending in this great old photo of a 1930’s sand yacht. Hoylake is of course a favoured location for land yachting and the sands have even hosted a european championship (I’ve got several photos somewhere). The Wirral Sand Yacht Club (official website) is based in Hoylake (at the Community Centre) too. You might think the sport is relatively new but as Chris says, it’s quite an old past time:
Basketball wasn’t the only “modern” sport around in the 1930’s (see this post) – my grandfather had a sand yacht at Meols at that time. I have attached a photo … which shows my late grandfather Roger Hughes and others (not quite sure if one is my grandmother or someone else in the family). The photo is mid to late 30’s we believe. My grandfather didn’t keep it for too long, after an occasion when it was very windy and it nearly blew him over the top of the embankment – he decided it wasn’t safe!
Next week I’ll be publishing some old photos taken around the promenade so do look out for them as I’ll have a question or two for you all! Also, if anybody has any photos of things like fishing boats off Hoylake (whereabouts were catches brought ashore for instance …or was it always at Meols?) or people fishing off the prom with a rod I’d love to see them. It’s easy to get in touch so please do.