3rd Wednesday Evening Race for May 2018
With a more or less flat calm as the crews prepared the 5 yachts for the race start at 18:30 there was a call from the OOD Wendy asking what we considered as a sensible course. It was agreed that we should just attempt to go to Clipera and back! The 5 yachts were accompanied by 2 Squibs and as they circled waiting for the countdown there was just enough breeze to move forward although negotiating the other racers and the moored boats was a distinct challenge. The northerly wind was, as usual, pretty fickle as the fleet moved out towards the Aluminium Jetty; Jetstream and Rhumbull being the lead boats with newcomer Hydrology getting ahead of Flair IV. Jetstream had already got to Clipera by the time the third, fourth and fifth yachts had reached the open waters of Holyhead Bay!
Rhumbull also made good progress as the remainder of the fleet struggled against the tide in almost flat calm as they approached Clipera with Jetstream and Rhumbull well on their way back into the harbour! Carpe Diem who had been in 3rd place dropped to last place with the current taking them down towards Penrhos! Flair followed Hydrology and they were relatively close as Flair tried to change head sail 4 times between the code zero and her overlap genoa; by the finish line they were getting pretty slick at this maneuver just leaving the thick coat of weed on her hull as the remaining issue.
As usual the weather gave us a great if challenging sail. The fleet for Wednesday Evening Races is growing again…. Come on all you Holyhead Sailors get out and support the club racing!
The series results for the tandem series are now available on the links below. Yachts with current IRC Certificates are in the Fast Cruisers Class and their results are on the IRC handicapping system whereas the non IRC certificate holders are in the NHC Cruisers Class. As can be seen the winner of the May NHC and IRC Classes this year is Jetstream with 3 points in each class.
2nd Wednesday Evening Race for May 2018
Well that weather forecast "The second race of this season's Wednesday evening races starts as normal at 18:30. High Water is 18:41 BST and the weather is set to be NE 11kt going E 12kt later" simply didn't work out!
With a favourable Northerly wind Wendy, our OOD, set a course for Bolivar, Meath and finish. We welcomed Carpe Diem back to the racing fleet but as the 4 yachts prepared for the start the wind became very fickle with almost nothing to drive them over the start line.
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HOLYHEAD – LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS 07/2018
Mooring of Pipeline
Today, May 22nd 2018, an operation will commence that involves towing in two pipelines to the New Harbour.
The first (176 meters) will be towed in at 0800 this morning and moored up alongside Soldiers Quay.
The second (610 meters) will be towed in on Thursday and anchored at the following positions [see map below]:
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Report on First Cruise of 2018 19th to 20th May Porthdinllaen
Meeting for the briefing in the committee room of Holyhead Sailing Club on the Friday evening – our
first task was to decide how early to start. With our destination being Porthdynllaen (PY to all
“yachtys”) and to give the boats a chance of getting as far South as possible before the tidal stream
turned North. With a 05:00 start decided upon, we all left the club early in anticipation of the next
With light southerly winds 5 boats left the harbour. New members and first time cruisers Steve and
Rachel Wroe on Cerwen; a big HSC welcome too them, David and Julie Bridges on Swansong their
Westley Discus, Steve and Sandra on Explore, Paul and Cath Bond on Hierro and myself on Madam
Wen with crew John Astley and Sue James (Vice Commodore). We were blessed with a glorious
sunrise and flat seas on our way to South Stack, photo courtesy of Sue James, and then a beat South in light 3 to 4. We were all
fairly close to PY before the tide turned against us and all safely anchored by 13:30
Some drinks at the Ty Coch on a lovely evening and shearing the beach with a wedding party who
had also picked this day, in common with Harry and Megan to “tie the knot.”
The return leg on Sunday with a slightly stronger force 4, still from the South proved to be a better
sailing day but with more overcast weather. The Stacks provided a more challenging scenario with the wind
accelerating up to 30kn off the North side of the mountain and catching many of us over canvased.
All safely back in Holyhead by mid-afternoon.
Thank you to all who took part.
Currently there are only 4 yachts registered for this weekend's cruise to Greystones and Dunlaoghaire but its not too late to enter! Weather forecast is promising! See the link below for more details.
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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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A quick update
While out on Sunday 2018-05-13 in Holyhead Bay I noted these pot buoys without flags
Photo taken from 53.359, -4.614
These have been reported to
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!
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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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