Race 3 February 18th
A quick update on the weather... We're all set for another Sunday race with the winds looking much more favourable at 13kt gusting 17kt Southerly. So now we may not get a spinnaker start but who will be the first to lauch theirs after the knuckle?
Come along and watch start with a fleet of 6 yachts incluing the very impressive Espresso Martini (Farr 45)...
Race 2 February 11th 2018
Race Cancelled duee to contiuing high winds...
Race 1 February 4th 2018
The first race for ages without a J boats! Four yachts lined up for the start with a NE 12 wind gusting to 18kt. The course set for a first long beat to Bolivar with a spring tide and strong currents it proved an interesting leg!
Espresso Martini approached the start from on a starboard track parallel to the start line from the IDM buoy with Lily and Pipedreamer VI already on port tack from close to the wall. Lily was first over the line with Pipedreamer to leaward and Espresso Martini a having tacked and now chasing Lily down and overtaking as they approached the knuckle. More Madness was seen struggling to get to the start line. As Espresso Martini passed Lily Lily tacked to avoid the blanketing by the windward boat. With a short tack and back onto port Lily and Pipedreamer were running neck and neck down towards the Aluminium Jetty and they exchanged places as they crossed each other on their way out of the harbour. Espresso Martini followed by Lily took a line to the end of the wall but Lily, seeing how the leader was getting pushed to the west, tacked onto port to head towards Clipera and the eddy running anticlockwise round the bay.
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One of the club's directors, Mike Ripley, has asked for this information to be shared with all our members.
Mike said “We want to generate as much publicity as possible to assist HHCG by reducing CH16 to them for radio checks. You can find details of The National Coastwatch Institution on our national web site or those specific to Rhoscolyn NCI the Rhoscolyn Site”.
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Sitting in the café looking out of the window with the rain bouncing in the puddles it looked like
another Saturday of dinghy racing would be binned.
Sue, Jim and Bernie were chomping at the bit to get on the water, the final pressure was seeing the
cadets rigging 420’s, then rain stopped and it was go go go.
5 Lasers rocked up and the cut and thrust began for the best position on the line with lots of up up
up being shouted.
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Race No 4 28th January 2018
Once again the forecast was for blustery SW winds 21 gusting 30kt. With Pipedreamer deciding not to race, Espresso Martini on maintenance duties and Just Jay out due to a Youth Squad event in Cardiff the field was cut to just Lily and Just Enough.
As usual the start was a downwind affair with Just Enough flying her spinnaker from a few meters beyond the start line. Lily, on the other hand, decided not to fly her spinnaker as it was likely that they would need to gybe at, or shortly after, the knuckle. INdeed they were proved right as Just enough broached on her attempt at a gybe before leaving the harbour. However Just Enough pulled out a fair lead as they headed out of the harbour with Lily flying goosewing before gybing early to hold a port broad reach on the leg to Bolivar. The tidal current was fairly strong considering the low tidal range and Lily recovered some of the gap to Just Enough as she rounded Bolivar.
The leg from Bolivar, to our favourite destination, Langdon Ridge, was its normal guesswork on currents and wind with Lily overhauling Just Enough sailing a fetch to leeward. At the mark Lily had a narrow lead and a bit of a buttock clenching moment with the normal very strong current running SW NE pushing her very close to the large yellow Cardinal Mark!
Having successfully cleared the mark Lily held a higher line on the next leg to Meath which paid off as the current as they neared Meath was running West to East and even Lily was a few 10’s of metres off the buoy.
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CA Lobster pots campaign – the petition is live![Thanks to Paul and Cath Bond for bringing this to our attention once again.]
This video was launched at the London Boat Show with a special mention in it of Holyhead and sailing round the top of the Island!
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