Newsletter from the Commodore

So this season is now started and the boats are coming back onto the moorings. Today there are 20 or so boats on the moorings. People have been asking about launching from the marina boatyard. The arrangements are that boats are being given launch dates, and once launched get an escort through the marina recovery area. Then the booms are opened for a short period to allow the launched boats out of the area.

We have appointed three launch drivers for the season – Sion Wyn Owens is back for another season and is joined by Dave Drury and Toby Brooksbank. Together with bosun Brett Barker, the staff are ready to welcome and help members on the moorings.

This year our moorings are full – with just a few available still for smaller craft. This gives us a problem in accommodating visitors to Holyhead. We are hoping to arrange with the harbourmaster for a designated anchoring area, [we will keep you updated on this as soon as we know] but in the meantime would ask that members inform the office or the bosun of any periods of time that they know they will not be using their mooring so that we can accommodate at least a few visitors.

Please note – those of you who have an attachment to a particular mooring space – it is a very difficult task to fit everyone in who has asked for moorings and therefore some of you will find that you have been given a different mooring. Please be tolerant!

We have extended the launch service hours for this season: They can be seen on this link:

Launch Times

Access to the Launch Service at low tide

With the marina no longer functioning fully, and the area of the sea bed and marina carpark being a work site, so we are no longer allowed to use the marina for accessing the launch so please call the launch drivers on Ch 37 (M1) from the vhf by the bosun locker to find out where to meet.

Please note that you must take care - it is a work zone and there may well be hazards to watch out for.

Our Launches

Some of you will have seen that Launch 1 is now sporting a vivid pink livery. This is because we are intending to support the local cancer unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Watch this space for further events around this.

Launch 2 was sadly lost in the marina disaster, but we have been paid by our insurers and have replaced it with a new workboat – a Cygnus 19, which came from West Kirby sailing Club.

Meet ‘n Greet

On April 28th, Saturday, we are holding the annual members’ Meet ‘n Greet event – an opportunity to meet up with people you’ve not met before and some you have. We hope to arrange for the RNLI to come and offer life jacket checks that day – but more info coming soon.

…… And finally

Don’t forget to let Brett know when you are coming on to your mooring – or you will find that it is mucky, dirty and slimy.

Wishing you all a good sailing season

Kim Argyle, Commodore

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