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HSC offshore cruise 27 th to 29 th August.

 
Come and join us on a mystery cruise on the Irish Sea
 
Destination and itinerary to be revealed at briefing; probably Ireland.
 
Open to boats 30’ and over.
 
Briefing at HSC on Friday 26 th August 19:00hrs BST
 
More details: contact John Jones 07774107088

Another successful Try a Sail event.

 
The last weekend in July saw a total of 5 club boats take part in our annual Try a Sail event - timed to
 
coincide with the Holyhead Festival weekend. This is designed to provide an opportunity for anyone
 
who wants to experience the magic of sailing. As in previous years we took out a variety of people;
 
some had never gone on a sailing boat before, some had got experience in a different kind of boat,
 
and some were old hands.
 
We hope that the experience will grab some of the participants sufficiently that they follow it up
 
with further sailing activity. Our own Introduction to Sailing course, which will take place in April
 
2017 –at the start of next year’s sailing season- was of interest to some of those who participated.
 
Thanks to the skippers and crew of Pipedreamer VI, Black Velvet, Good Faith, Jura Haze and Lily for
 
their hospitality and making it a fun day.

IOM Cruise 2016

Here is a report from John Jones about the cruise, sorry for the late publication.

Light winds from the North East gave a close reach all the way, with boats doing some sailing but most of the fleet motor sailing to make Douglas by last bridge lift at 19:00.

No major issues, but we lost Cygnet, who diverted to Castletown with an engine problem. The rest of the fleet where safely in Douglas by 18:00 which left a full evening to enjoy the town; we all meet up for a “de-brief”  at Douglas Bay Sailing Club who were most welcoming.

Sunday; free day on the Isle of Man to enjoy the sights in glorious weather. With some crews visiting Laxey and the famous Wheel, some enjoying the TT preparations in the “paddock” and others just “enjoying”. Cockpits fully utilised for entertaining in lovely sunshine.

Monday; early start for most with a 04:45 bridge lift to exit the marina. Again, very nice conditions for our return with N to NNE winds of about 10kn with slight seas and bright sunshine but again a day for the engine, with only few spinnakers deployed for a token sail. An issue with the main sail on Mirandae quickly sorted out with help from Ken off Incantation showing how a little mutual support can help take the stress out of sailing.   All boats safely home mid-afternoon.

Many thanks to Douglas Harbour and Marina, 

 For more photos click hereIOM Cruise in company 2016

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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

See more on this storyReport on Cruise in Company 23rd May