Race 3 February 18th

Due to changes in the Ferry Schedule the race start was postponed until 14:00 and all 6 contestants were notified over channel M1(37).

With 17kt gusting 22kt southerly winds the fleet set off in fine style on a reach pipedreamer closest to the wall, Just Enough, Cacalou then Lily all pretty much in a line.

Race 3 Feb 2018 Start

The photo was taken from Espresso Martini who sailing close to the IDM as she crossed the start line forced Just Jay to restart. However it didn’t take long for Just Jay, with her asymmetric set to catch the others and by the exit from the harbour the order was Espresso Martini, Pipedreamer, Just Jay, Just Enough, Lily, Cacalou and More Madness bringing up the rear.

There was some very close spinnaker racing  up to Bolivar with the order changing several times and teams taking avoiding action at the mark.

Espresso Martini made a last minute decision to keep her spinnaker flying sailing on past the buoy while Just Jay, closely followed by Just Enough crept inside Lily at the mark and Pipedreamer followed Espresso Martini. Lily failed in her jibe and had to stall to recover the sail, before heading for Langdon.

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.  

Following discussions with our local Coastguard Station we have the following guidelines to help you to dispose of your out-of-date or damaged flares. The Holyhead Coastguard Station can take flares for disposal but you MUST telephone them to make arrangements as only certain officers are certified to handle these “Time Expired Pyrotechnics” (TEP) .

Call Holyhead Coastguard Station on 01407 762 051/763 911

You'll need to tell the Maritime and Coastguard Agency operation centre:

  • how many flares you have to dispose of
  • how old they are
  • what condition they are in

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!


Race 3 17th December

With a WSW wind 12kt gusting up to 18kt at the start of the race the 3 yachts were all out early for the 13:50 revised start time to avoid clashing with the ferry schedule. Lily got a bit out of place in the melee around the Porth Y Felin moorings and started behind the two J’s but got a reasonably good spinnaker hoist taking advantage of the dead downwind leg out of the harbour. The two J’s bore away to facilitate their asymmetrics but with the winds gusting as the racers approached the Aluminium Jetty they all suffered broaches with Lily heading horribly close to the jetty and still on starboard pole! At the very last minute Lily’s crew managed to release the pole and drop the spinnaker but, having just got back to within spitting distance of the other two yachts, lost a lot of time in the subsequent broach.