Notice of Race - 2018-05-16
During the last week we have seen the return of 3 more of our racing fleet; welcome back one and all! Following the losses on March 2nd 2018 we now have 3 new yachts contesting at the club: Rumbull, Phil Livingston’s yacht, Jetstream, Nigel Ingram’s yacht and Flair IV, Mark Rosenthal’s yacht all ready to race! We are planning hold our first Wednesday race of 2018 this coming week with a normal start time of 18:30.
If you intend to take part please let us know as soon as possible but remember to check out the latest HOLYHEAD LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS - currently the latest is 6/2018 which determines the areas we are advised against entering.
Last minute amendments are being made to our SI’s. These will be posted asap.
Our course card, mark coordinates can be found on this link: Course Card
Current Weather Forecasts and other useful information is available on this link; Useful Information
Low Water 17:46 Wind direction N 12kt
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Stena Line Ports Ltd
Holyhead Port Authority
Mariners are advised that two Special Mark buoys have been placed at:
53,19.35N 004,38.63W and 53,19.25N 004,38.46W
As the containment boom has now been removed, the position of these marks now outlines the extremities of the Holyhead Marina area.
If navigating beyond these marks, please be aware that although vessel wrecks have been removed, there is still some debris on the seabed. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution if navigating in this area, and to contact Holyhead Marina on:
Office: 01407 764 242 Mob: 07714 292 990
Holyhead Marina use VHF CH37
Anchoring in this area is temporarily prohibited.
Assistant Harbour Master
Port of Holyhead
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A quick reminder that the Isle Of Man Race is now less than 3 weeks away on SATURDAY 26 MAY 2018.
Get your entry forms in asap.
ISLE OF MAN YACHT CLUB
NOTICE OF RACE
O F F S H O R E R A C E
SATURDAY 26 MAY 2018
START TIME 0800 hrs BST, Port St Mary
Time of high water (PSM) 1000 hrs BST approx.
COURSE: Round the Isle of Man Port St Mary to Port St Mary clockwise leaving the Calf of Man to starboard.
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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:
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.
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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Low tide access to Moorings
Due to the marina's insurance restrictions, we have been informed that no-one other than marina staff can access the marina pontoon for the next few weeks. You are advised that this may cause delays in getting on and off the club launch to access your boat on the moorings around low water. As normal please use channel 37 (M1) to find out where to meet.
Please bear with us as we work around the changed situation following the marina devastation.
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We have now finished the work on the moorings - so all trots are in service. We still have a number of moorings that have been lost/sunk over the winter - and these are scattered throughout the trots. Work on retrieving these will start on April 23rd.
It is essential that you let the office or the bosun know when you intend to return as we may need to put you on a temporary mooring for the time being. Also, if you do not let us know you will most likely find that your mooring is dirty.
There are also some issues regarding access to the launch service at low water. We are now able to use the marina landing pontoon, but only in accordance with the Marina's risk assessment, because this is a work site. Therefore, HSC members are only allowed past the fence by the car park barrier if they are escorted by HSC staff. Wait for the launch driver by the cafe, or call them on ch 37 from the vhf by the bosun locker door.
Follow these links for information on:
We will be updating the situation as we get more information but for now here is a video taken 2018-03-30; one full month from the disaster.
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