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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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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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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Race 2 Squib report Fri 8th Sept 2017
Reports by Cogger
Facebook was buzzing with the report of the silver fox returning to the fleet after his Kestrel campaign at their national.
Silver fox is Riccardo Roberts the most competitive person you will ever meet.
With Craig taking radio calls re the course from numerous boats all having an idea or the perfect one it was decided to have windward mark to leeward mark all marks to port only for the wind to shift 45 degrees minutes before the start.
Plan B was pathfinder
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First Pre Winter Sunday Race 2017
Following the cancellation of the penultimate Wednesday Evening race of 2017 two yachts assembled for a race starting at 14:00hrs
Crews for Just Enough and Lily met at the club for a chate about the race and then took to the launch and prepared for the race start, however Lily had a problem getting her engine started and so the start time was delayed to 14:10.
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As Lily was not competing last night I do not have a report on the race, however here are the results and well done to Ken on Incantation in the NHC Class. If anyone can write a bit of a narative that would great... Since you won Ken how about a story from Incantation.
More videos will be available when I get back from the ISORA race this weekend.
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