A quick report on the first Cruise in Company of 2016
Although a bit windy on Saturday, with the change of plan (later start and head North) we had a brisk downwind sail to Cemaes Bay for the first night at anchor. With the wind easing this turned out to be a very present night, helped in part by the hospitality of the landlord of the Stag in the village.
Sunday; glorious day with a little sailing and some engine to take us round to Menai Bridge on the tide, arriving just after lunch. With a very nice afternoon and evening on St. George’s pier. Monday morning and a 11:00 departure through the swellies at slack and a motor sail up the “afon menai” to Caernarfon Bay at 13:30 a little “wind over tide” just after Mussel Bank buoy but all over safely, followed by a beat in light winds back to Holyhead, with all home and safe by 20:00
May Cruiser Races 2016
NHC Race Series Cpt Copeland Trophy
The 4th race in the May series was contested by 6 yachts with a generally improved performance at the start with very close positioning as the yachts moved towards the start line. In a northerly 10 – 15kn wind Lily got the windward line of the leading yachts down to the harbour entrance. Just Enough was running slightly ahead and Houdini level but to leeward, using her normal windward ability to gradually close up on Lily.
Pipedreamer was the first to tack onto Starboard at the end of the wall followed by Lily both yachts loosing out eventually to Houdini as she kept her track across to the eastern side of the bay. With one long tack Houdini just failed to take the lead by the first mark Bolivar, Pipedreamer just making it round the mark first. The leg to Penrhos was a dead run but having to clear Clipera to seaward the initial spinnaker set on Port tack proved to be the wrong choice. Just Enough jybed and headed up to try to take benefit from the remaining current while Pipedreamer and Houdini were in very close contact both jybing to run to Clipera. Lily struggling with her new “Mr Motivator” spinnaker decided to reset the spinnaker to a Starboard tack before hoisting causing her foredeck crew a few issues. The subsequent delay to Lily's progress dropped her out of contention with the other leading boats. Carpe Diem was by now making significant progress and had an excellent spinnaker leg to Penrhos. At Clipera the yachts all had to jybe for the line to Penrhos, this was the first spinnaker jybe on Lily since her arrival on the racing scene in Holyhead and went remarkably smoothly!
Pipedreamer and Houdini were still at close quarters as they approached Penrhos with the two yachts taking different courses after the mark, Pipedreamer tacking early round the mark and Houdini running out to the east side of the course. Just Enough rounded Penrhos next well ahead of Lily with Carpe Diem running close enough to worry all the lead boats on handicap.
Incantation was not carrying a spinnaker and had a few issues early in the race, she retired as she was so far behind as she came towards the harbour entrance. The final positions over the water were Houdini, Pipedreamer, Just Enough, Lily and Carpe Diem.
This was the last race in the May series and with one discard the winners of both the IRC and the NHC series was Houdini with Carpe Diem taking second place in the NHC. The two sets of results can be seen on the following pages:
The third race in the series was the first with a spinnaker start, a light northwesterly wind instaead of the light to moderate northeasterly winds for the last two races.
The racing in the Club is now very closely contested with 7 boats competing in the series. The crews on Just Enough and Lily are beginning to get to grips with their new boats and giving the more established crews a run for their money. Houdini and Lily got the best starts with Incantation over the line, having to re-round the start line end. The two leading boats took different courses out of the harbour with Lily to the south and Houdini closer to the wall. Lily, chased by Just Enough, made the better progress out into the bay with Pipedreamer following Houdini. The two boats to the north made better progress once out of the harbour up to Bolivar but all 4 boats were very close at the mark with Lily just stealing back 3rd place over Just Enough as they dowsed their assymetric spinnaker. Carpe Diem making good progress compared to the leading boats on handicap.
As the yachts beat back into the harbour Pipedreamer lived up to the second part of her name heading straight in and, realising that they should be rounding Clippera to Starboard, suddenly changed course to head down to the mark. Lily was very slowly gaining on Houdini but could not make to windward as well once the two boats had rounded the mark and were tacking up to the finish.
Our thanks as usual go to Wendy Argyle and Sue James for their work on the Quarter Deck.
Your chance to crew on our racing yachts
Here at Holyhead Sailing Club we are always keen to get people to participate in this fantastic sport. Our yacht owners are often looking for crew, no experience necessary you will "learn on the job"! Come and join us on a Wednesday evening or at a weekend and give it a try.
HSC Cruise 21 st May to 23 May 2016
Saturday 21st May 2016: Holyhead to Porthdynllaen (all times are BST)
- 08:30 Skipper briefing at HSC
- 10.00 Start
- 10.55 BST High Water Holyhead
10:00 start will give slack water at the Stacks. Followed by an ebb flow south.
Afternoon and evening at Porthdynllaen.
Sunday 22th May 2016: Portdynllaen to Port Dinorwic
- 10.45 High Water Caernarfon
- 14.30 Slack at Swellies
- 07:30 Depart for Port Dinorwic
Dock at Port Dinorwic for Evening.
Monday 23 th May
- 09:30 Depart for Holyhead
- 11:00 Slack at Swellies
2016 April Cruiser Series Races
Following some pretty foul weather during the earlier part of Wednesday 27th April the race start saw sunshine and falling wind speeds. The new boats, especially Lily were struggling with trying out new sails and got the wrong selection, causing a mild panic on board to get the second hank on sail up, missing the start by a good 3 miunutes!
Experience the exhilaration of sailing
If you’re thinking about taking up sailing why not join us and take advantage of this free course for adult sailors (full Club membership required); A 4 Day Course being run on the following Saturdays Apr 16th, 23rd, 30th and May 7th.
Holyhead Sailing Club is running an "Introduction to sailing course", open to any new or existing full member of our club interested in learning more about sailing. (Full membership costs £146 per year.)
Holyhead Sailing Club members encouraged to become more involved in events
The club is keen to get its members more involved in events and to that end we are supporting the IRC Startup Scheme. Under this scheme boats with no IRC certificate in the last 5 years wishing to take part will get a 50% discount on their IRC certificate - Discounts will also be considered on revalidation for boats last rated over 2 years ago.