Paddy Corcoran Senior Maritime Operations Officer
(SMOO) at HM Coastguard, Holyhead
In the first of the Winter Talks at Holyhead Sailing Club on Thursday Evening Paddy gave a valuable insight to the structure and procedures of H M Coastguard. The Coastguard encourage visits at Holyhead CGOC, however Holyhead CGOC is a government controlled building and therefore all visits must be arranged in advance.
Paddy stressed that the SAR side of the Coastguard was a heavily regulated process and this at times may seem a little slow but he stressed that this was to ensure that the planning and methods used within the rescue were correct and competent.
In preparing SAR plans for the extensive area covered by the Holyhead Station he explained the various partner organisations which they use for different types of rescues, how the location and diversity of the situations required different types of emergency responders.
Things we ‘yachties’ can do to help:
- Make sure your CG66 IS up-to-date, you can do this on line.
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Following the very high wind conditions at Holyhead Monday evening and overnight into the morning of Tuesday 17th October I am pleased to inform you that only minor damage to sail covers and furled jibs was caused to yachts on the moorings. A great confirmation of the benefits of our moorings here at Holyhead Sailing Club.
Brett is keeping me informed and we will be notifying the owners who have incurred some damage during the course of today.
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There are two upcoming event notices for you to look at:
WInter Talks taking place on Thursdays through the winter.
Our first event is 19th October at 20:00hrs with Paddy Corcoran talking about The Coastguard.
Our second event notice is for Halloween; there are two parties, one for the kids (not including Cogger) and the other for the rest of us...
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Race 1 6th September 2017
Report by Cogger with small modifications by Mark
The first action of the evening was Craigie forgetting his New Jib and having to rush home in his hire car (Tors Volvo poorly) to get it. This seems to be a weekly occurrence as Capt Tudur Roberts tried to start race last week with two mains on board. Craigie managed to get back quicker than Tudur and race was started on time.
First to the race course for the second week in a row was Sundancer crewed by George and George.
Mark on yacht Lilly who was preparing for the Pwllheli Dublin race on Saturday kindly video’d the start.
There was a bit of normal Holymed banter on the run to the knuckle in the breakwater.
It went on about the weight of paint used on Con Brio crewed by Bill and Roger how they achieve the quality finish,Pint of water is pound and a quarter but they did win the pretties boat on the water award it sparkled in the sun light. With the tide coming in Granit with Jas and Steve on board went out to catch it, Unfortunately they didn't gain anything and slipped down the fleet.
In the lead at the first buoy, Clippera, was the Cracker team of Tim and Dave, second Patriot crewed by Pat and Cogger then Bobonski crewed by new blood and youth on his side Harri and Cragie.
The long beat was back to IDM (inner distance mark) the fleet split on which way to go with Cracker and Patriot going to Tinto jetty with the others tacking up the breakwater for the tide.
First to the windward mark was Patriot with Pat working his sock off. Closely followed by Cracker.
This was spotted by Alkypops whose crew were sitting in the bar having a pint. Gareth and Steve even used binoculars to try and work out what was going on. Should have gone to spec savers!
The antics on the run between Cracker and Patriot enabled Kachina Too crewed by rockstar Richard Date and international judge (sailing) David Battye to catch up Pat who was gutted to get rolled a hundred yards from the downwind leg to the breakwater mark.
Cracker covered Bobonski up the beat to the finish with Kachina Too just getting through to leeward and lee bowing Patriot into 3rd by 2 feet.
First Cracker, 2nd Kachina Too, 3rd Patriot.
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Second Pre Winter Race 2017
Due to the forecast for Sunday 1st October it was decided to run the second race on Saturday 30th September. Only two yachts managed to get crew at this short notice and Just Enough disappeared into the marina to allow Phil to dive and scrub the bottom after the performance issue last week.
Lily without her new North Sail, following the discovery of a split at one of the batten pockets, had a late addition of crew making it an all female crew assisting Mark to get out for the start. The two yachts managed to get to the start for 14:00 following
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As we approach the end of the traditional season here at Holyhead we are organising the second of our winter series cruiser races. The club will also be organising the usual dinghy races over the winter. Please encourage all your skipper colleagues to sign up and join in.
Input from Cogger: Dinghy racing Starts 7th Oct 12:00 start 4 races, back to back
Last year we had some fantastic weather for sailing with only 3 Sundays missed due to inclement weather.It now looks like the Offshores will be racing on Sundays with anticipated start time of 14:00 to run for around 2 - 3 hours. It would be great if the various skippers would sign up their yachts so that we have a better idea of who will be joining in this year.
As the club moorings are not available over the period from the end of October through to the end of March next year we will be berthing our participating yachts in Holyhead Marina.
So far we have interest from:
- Pipedreamer VI
- Just Enough
- Just Jay
- Mikki Finn
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