A big Holyhead Sailing Club welcome for the competitors on the ISORA Race No 3
Saturday 13th May 2017
The 3rd race in the 2017 series sees the fleet race from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire with a fleet of some 36 yacht entries. We're lookiing forward to seeing you all in the club on Friday to collect your trackers and to meet up with colleagues and competitors.
The club restaurant run by Sochyn Crimp will be open on Friday evening as usual and specially for the benefit of all the competitors breakfast on Saturday from 06:00. Full English including bread and butter for £5!
For any spectators who wish to see the start it will be from the end of the breakwater:
TIME OF START FOR ALL CLASSES
07.55 Warning signal - Class flags (Numerals 1 & 2) hoisted
07.56 Preparatory Signal - Blue Peter hoisted
07.59 Blue Peter down
08.00 Start – Class flags down
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7th May 2017 Sunday Cruiser Race
We only had two entries for the race today; Just Jay and Lily. The winds were light and a bit fickle in the harbour but Northerly ranging from 5kt to 12kt. The start was delayed for Nigel getting away from Optimist Sailing and Mark having to get crew member Matt to the mast head to remove the block on the spinnaker halyard. The start time was set for 13:25 and the two yachts got good starts with Just Jay marginally ahead of Lily. Course 4, the same as last Wednesday was chosen with a chance that we might shorten at Clipera if the wind didn't freshen.
It was a beautiful day for sailing with the winds from last week having lessened and as the yachts reached Clipera Just Jay had gained a good lead. Rounding Clipera Lily had a really good spinnaker hoist to dispell all doubts following last Wednesday's race. The leg from Clipera to Penrhos was dead downwind with a bit of tidal effect and Lily managed a deeper line than Just Jay but she still rounded Penrhos well ahead of Lily.
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Race 4 Wednesday Evening Cruiser April 2017
This week we welcomed Houdini and Beck IV back into the racing fleet. Wendy, OOD, set course 3 and re-stated the correct rounding for Lily's benefit. Winds were northerly and very gusty as the yachts started with large holes in the wind appearing on the section between the nuckle and the harbour entrance. Lily got off to a flying start and lead all the way to the entrance with Just Jay just catching her as they headed out towards Bolivar. Houdini following closely behind and, as usual making excellent progress to windward. Lily made a tactical error tacking away to port to try and get a tidal advantage but this backfired and left Just Jay and Houdini pushing Lily to 3rd place as they rounded Bolivar. Madam Wen in 4th and then Just Enough and Beck IV.
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At Holyhead Sailing Club we are trying to get more yacht owners involved in our club events and to increase the visibility of our club in the IRC Racing Scene by entering events organised by other bodies such as ISORA and the IRC Welsh National Championships in Pwllheli. The club runs what are known as tandem race results system where races are scored under both NHC and IRC handicaps. Two trophies are awarded for each month's series across the year and although the presentation at the AGM was very confusing, your chances of silverware are increased, so come on get registered...
The NHC handicap is a varaible handicap, like a golf handicap, which changes depending on each result in a series and aggregated over the year. The IRC handicap is based on an algorithm with data from the boat design, rigging and sails allowing your results to be compared to the theoretical performance of the yacht; this system does not change over the year, unless you make changes to the sails or rigging.
The NHC handicap is to encourage variation in the results and the IRC lets you see how your crew's performance is improving over the year. The IRC certificate varies from year to year based on a variety of different details and consequently we require a valid IRC Certificate for 2017 for anyone intending to compete in the IRC Fast Cruiser Class. Currently the club has the following yachts registered or applying for their 2017 certificates.
- Just Enough
- Just Jay
- Pipedreamer VI
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Race 3 - 16th April
Just 2 yachts competing in race 3 as Lily was resting for some maintenance before going to Pwllheli for the first ISORA race on 22nd April. However as Lily is on Mooring A2 she is pretty well perfectly aligned along the start line and Mark as OD gave the two yachts a count down for the start.
Just Enough got a good start close to the wall and managed to keep ahead of Just Jay as they left the harbour. What happened next is anyone's guess but I hear that Just Enough went trawling with her kite and Just Jay had to make way for the ferry.
As the yachts raced back into the harbour Just Enough was a fair way back and on corrected time was some 3 minutes behind.
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Due to the weather conditions on Sunday 19th March race was cancelled
There are no more races planned for March but we are intending to continue weekend racing over the spring, summer and autumn before restarting the winter series. Our next weekend race will be 2nd April 2017 so get your yacths back in asap!
We are hoping that the three yachts will soon be joined by others....
Race 2 Sunday 12th March
Weather conditions as the teams prepared for the race were improving, a break or two in the clouds and by 12:00 the rain had ceased. The holyhead Port weather station was showing F4 gusting F5 at 275° as the winds gradually veered to WNW. The start was again delayed to allow late coming crews from the Manchester area due to the roadworks on the A55. Phil and Mark had discussed course selection for the race and this course was agreed:
- Meath (P)
- Langdon Ridge (S)
- Bolivar (S)
- Meath (S)
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