IT'S all plain sailing for clubs right across the region as they compete in Chorley's very own regatta.

For this Sunday will see the llth annual North West Water Regatta at the Lower Rivington reservoir in Chorley.

The contest, involving scores of competitors, will be based at the Anderton Outdoor Education and Activities Centre which was officially opened earlier this year.

Run by North West Water in partnership with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, the facility offers people the chance the sample everything from rockclimbing and orienteering to various water sports.

The sailing clubs who are competing on Sunday September 19 will be brought together to test their skills out on the water against each other.

Peter Sharples, North West Water's area team manager, said: "This is an annual competition which allows all the different clubs who operate on our waters across the North West region to come together for a little friendly sporting competition.

"Lower Rivington reservoir offers an ideal location for the event and with its facilities for family and friends to spectate, always guarantees a good turnout.

"We hope that local people will also come along and enjoy the colour and spectacle of the occasion."

He added: "North West Water actively tries to encourage use of the resources that we own and manage. This occurs in many and varied ways with sailing just yet another example."

The competitors on Sunday will be fighting it out for a number of trophies. In addition to a junior event, there will also be three races for senior sailors. The first of the events will get under way at 11am.

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