ISORA Race 7 and 8
Two yachts from our racing fleet took part in the ISORA races 7 and 8 from Liverpool to the Isle Of Man and back to a virtual finish line mid Irish Sea allowing the competitors to go to their destinations. Ruth takes first place overall - her first race win in the 2108 race series and Nigel Ingram's new J109 Jetstream from Holyhead came an impressive second place overall. Glyn Sheffield with his replacement Farr 40, Espresso Martini Too, came 5th overall so an excellent result for the members from Holyhead.
Results can be seen on this link: Sailwave Results
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LOCAL NOTICES TO MARINERS
Please be advised of the following update to LNtM_6_18
All unauthorised vessels are to keep out of the Marina area for the foreseeable future whilst pontoon recovery work is ongoing. The Marina are disconnecting tethers and buoying off - so the entire area will be dotted with pot buoy markers. There will be floating rope particularly at low water so there is a risk of vessels catching ropes in props if they navigate within the Marina area. Holyhead Port Control will advise visiting vessels to avoid the entire Marina area when they request access to the New harbour.
The Marina Salvage vessel has commenced removal of continuous float walkway units still tethered within the lease area. The Salvage vessel call sign is “Cloudy” and will be working on Vhf Ch. 37 and listening on Vhf Ch. 14.
The method of work involves winching the jointing module from each side, cutting the tether shackles, roping off and dropping the tether to the seabed marked with a pot buoy for retrieval and inspection later.
Grapple and retrieval operations will continue.
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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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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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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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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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