Holyhead Sailing Club is currently looking for Moorings Assistants/Launch Drivers for this season April to October.
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Following discussions over the last few weeks the Management Committee have reached a decision on a new contract with Caernarfon Harbour Trust to service our club’s moorings for 2018.
We are still looking at options for the future but it was decided, during these discussions, that in order to achieve maximum use for our moorings for this season we would draw up a contract with the CHT. The work is anticipated to take about 3 - 4 days and is programmed to be completed during the first two weeks in March.
The options we have been considering include:
- The club obtaining a suitable craft for the Bosun to carry out this work in future years. A number of vessels have been considered but a full business benefit study will be required along with an analysis of how well the contract with Caernarfon Harbour Trust works.
- Possibility of contracts with other contractors who own suitable craft
In reviewing the options there are concerns over suitability, responsibility and insurance cover as well as costs and reliability.
The contract with CHT provides suitable insurance for the vessel and the planned works; our Bosun, Brett, will be tasked with checking and photographing the mooring risers and connections; the trots will be straightened and repositioned so that all our moorings are in the prescribed area.
We are looking forward to a great season with well spaced moorings!
Our heartfelt thanks to all involved in making this happen.
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Race 4 February 25th
Thanks to Paul Sutton for standing in as race organiser and reporter...
Wind varied 10-27 Kts generally easterly. Course: Langdon (S), Bolivar (S), finish. Even port tack start with Pipedreamer and Just Enough to windward. By end of breakwater, normal service resumed with Espresso leading, JJ second, JE third and Pipedreamer languishing in fourth. JJ and Pipedreamer flew their kites to Langdon, but with doubtful efficacy and the order did not change. Almost a beat to Bolivar and broad reach from there to finish. JJ and JE both flew kites from Bolivar, JE overtaking Pipedreamer again......once they had rescued their spinnaker halyard.
The real fun started in the marina, but that would be telling tales out of school![editor's note: Can't wait to hear Paul!]
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One of the club's directors, Mike Ripley, has asked for this information to be shared with all our members.
Mike said “We want to generate as much publicity as possible to assist HHCG by reducing CH16 to them for radio checks. You can find details of The National Coastwatch Institution on our national web site or those specific to Rhoscolyn NCI the Rhoscolyn Site”.
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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.
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