Dinghy report October 9th 2016.

11 boats turned up to the first series of the year kindly sponsored by DC Evans.

Once they had found their boats in the long grass, and with Simon and Sue in the committee boat and Jim and Sarah in the safety boat, battle commenced.

5 Laser radials,4 Lasers full rigs, A Merlin Rocket and an RS Vario lined up at the start.

Race 1

This was a triangle sausage to make it fair for the spinnaker boats. It took 34 mins for DC to win by almost a minute in front of John Burnell - just goes to prove sailing a Laser in Trearddur Bay over the summer pays.

Flair IV bought by Mark Rosenthal in April 2018 following the sinking of S/Y Lily in the Holyhead Disaster.

She is an Elan 40 IRC Certificate: 11534 (2019)

Details of Hull:

Model: ELAN 40 2.40

LH: 11.9

LWP: 10.44

Draft: 2.4

Beam: 3.84

Weight: 7950

IRC Certificate 2019

Sail area:

Main: approx 36m2

No 1 Genoa: 38m2

Photos on Marine Traffic

Flair IV 2018 10

Meet The Launch Team

On Monday March 25th the new launch team started for the season so we thought we’d give you a quick update on who is who. Colin Davies (Senior Launch Driver), Kurt Williams and Becky Millar have all joined two  of the launch team from last year, Sion and Stretch.

Colin Davies


Sion Owens

Becky Millar

Kurt Williams


In the team’s induction we reviewed the Risk Assessments and new protocols in order to make sure that we have all foreseeable eventualities covered. As noted before we have assigned certain directors to areas of responsibility and the launch team will have jobs to do when they are not ferrying you all to and from your boats.

We have discussed issues about bad weather, intoxication and last launches and we will be presenting these protocols shortly to comply with our responsibilities as the club. Please remember that you should be courteous to the Launch team and respect any decisions they make with regard to your and their safety. We do recommend that you wear your lifejacket whenever getting into the launch or indeed one of the ribs.

My name is Jonathan Fox and I am the new owner of Mikki Finn. I will add more information to this over the Christmas period. 

Once again our moorings are fully subscribed for this year and we are currently contracting Caernarfon Harbour Trust to carry out maintenance on the club's swinging moorings. New for this year we have re-organised the allocation of moorings to ensure that similar vessels are moored on adjacent moorings to avoid differential swings. The allocation has been carried out by the moorings committee and all moorings holders have been advised of their new locations. We have placed motor vessels and multihulls at the ends of the trots as their swing areas are significantly different to keel boats. There are some moorings which have not been found. A review of these will be carried out and decisions made on their replacement. 

donut mooring buoyThis year we are trialing donut shaped mooring buoys for those yachts requiring bridals. If these prove to be satisfactory the intention is to upgrade all our moorings to donut buoys over the next couple years. An additional advantage of these types of moorings is that there will not be the floating lines to the pickup buoys which have caused a number of prop foulings. These mooring buoys are approximately 650mm in diameter and have a central connection point for the strop to the yacht. A chain runs through the centre of the buoy to a shackle connection to the strop or bridal. 

This year we have re-structured our launch drivers cohort and we have now appointing a senior Launch Driver and one new person along with Sion and Stretch who we are pleased to say are continuing with us this year.





Our Moorings Team is now:

  1. Colin Davies (Senior Launch Driver)
  2. David Drury (Stretch)
  3. Sion Owens
  4. Kurt Williams
  5. Rebecca Millar (Reserve Lauch Driver)

The launch drivers will have specific tasks to carry out when they are not busy and will report to one of the Directors, Mark, for oversight of the senior launch driver, covering rotas and moorings cleaning. Another one of the Directors, Wendy, will be overseeing the maintenance of the dinghy park, the car parking area and the cleaning of the slipway which will also use the spare time of the launch drivers. Kim has oversight of the running of the launches, and Nigel takes responsibility for the club ribs.