With Dawn setup on the quarterdeck with the new timing clock but as yet no flag pole the race was started over VHF Ch 37(M1) with confirmation of course 12.[Note: later it was noted that the course listed as 12 on the website does not appear on the new Race Course Cards handed out by Dawn. A note will be placed on the website version.]
A downwind start allowed Jaydreamer to lead off the line with Houdini in second place, Flair IV third and then Passtime. Once Passtime had settled her asymmetric spinnaker she quickly overtook Flair running on a symmetric as Flair overhauled Houdini also on a symmetric. Meanwhile Jaydreamer was well ahead as they left the harbour towards Clipera.
At Clipera as they rounded the mark and headed for Bolivar Jaydreamer held her lead with Passtime in close pursuit both still flying their asymmetrics leaving Flair and Houdini further behind on just their genoas in the light quartering winds.
As Jaydreamer rounded Bolivar it was clear there was a problem with her spinnaker but she still maintained her lead on the fetch to Meath with Passtime dropping back a little and Flair now beginning to catch up a little. With her spinnaker still causing problems Jaydreamer had to tack twice to round Meath losing time to the rest of the fleet but again still staying in the lead. The short broad reach and fetch between Meath, Clipera and back to Meath allowed Flair to get close to Passtime and eventually as they rounded Clipera to starboard to return to the harbour Flair sneaked inside Passtime and eased away from her on the beat back to the finish. The finish, always awkward since the moving on the line meant that all the yachts had to tack back onto port tack to cross the line.
Welcome back to the Race Results for Holyhead Sailing Club 2021
3 yachts were scheduled to race with a start time of 12:30 on Sunday May 2nd 2021 but only 2 made it to the start line on time, with Flair IV unable to start her engine until much later.
Phil Livingston took over responsibility for the start as Mark Rosenthal was below deck working on the problem on Flair. Jaydreamer welcoming a new crew member onboard and Passtime started on the set course of Clipera, Langdon Ridge, Bolivar, Meath, Clipera and finish. Once the work on Flair had been completed she sailed out to meet the racers and followed Passtime back in.
As expected Jaydreamer had a good lead over the water by this time but it wasn't enough to beat Passtime on handicap.
Great to be back to racing and we look forward to more entries on Wednesday evening and next Sunday.
The first Wednesday evening unofficial race of 2021:
Warning Signal: 17:50 Race Start 18:00
Course will be selected from the course card which can be seen on this link
HW Holyhead 17:07
Wind firecast (2021-04-20 07:00) 12kt NE
Covid Regulations are now allowing up to 6 people to meet outdoorsand in organised sailing events the total crew can be upto 80% of your IRC crew setting. Please note this is effective from 26th April.
Skippers should see 6/80% as a limit and not a target, but it at least allows some latitude to have an effective and competitive crew number.
Early in the week it didn’t look likely that we would be racing at all on the weekend of the 10/11 of October but on Sunday 11th just two yachts, Incantation and Flair IV prepared for a race in, what looked like, really good conditions.
The race start was delayed as Flair IV had a mast climb to retrieve the Genoa halyard after the last evening race on September 30th. Having checked for commercial traffic the race was started to allow the competitors to cross the shipping lane between the two incoming ferries with a start time of close to 11:20.
As the racers set off, Pastime of Hamble was setting off on her way to her winter destination of Doc Victoria, Caernarfon. See you next season!
Flair IV and Incantation set off abreast over the start line and soon Flair IV had a reasonable lead on the way to Clipera.
Our penultimate evening race for 2020. Again this will be a shorty with last light at 19:47 and sunset at 19:13. We therefore need to back on moorings around 19:30 latest.
Willy Weather Synoptic Chart based on Holyhead. The screenshot is for tomorrow at 19:00
This is the link to Windy.com for tomorrow evening at 19:00:
Basically the wind forecast is for light NNW winds 10kt dropping to 5kt gusting 14kt so we will have to make decisions on likely duration on the evening.
Start sequence run from Flair IV
10min Warning (VHF CH 8)
5min Start of Autohoot sequence
1min (long signal)
Channel Marker east of Harbour entrance (P)
A distance of approx 7.2Nm
As normal comms will be on VHF Ch 8 after 17:40
Prior to 17:40 use WhatsApp HSC Offshore Racing group to register for the race.
Round the Skerries 2020-09-06
In our efforts to keep sailing active as we move into the autumn we decided to run a different style of race. This race was planned to allow an interesting but shorter race than East Mouse and back. To organise the various starts for this race we asked the skippers to test their navigational skills and decide when they should start, providing start and finish times so that we could use the calculated elapsed times for the race results. The race course was set as follows:
There was a big queue for the launch which meant that some of the racers didn’t get to their vessels as early as they had intended, I hope this didn’t affect their planned start times!