Next Race will be Sunday 22nd January
Here is a screenshot of the XCWeather forecast for Sunday 22nd from 17:00 on 15th Jan. Looking a good bit better!
As of Friday 20th at 11:00 the forecast is showing another change:
Race 3 cancelled due to high wind conditions
Race 2 Sunday 8th January
The two yachts racing, Lily and Just Enough managed to get ready foir a start early and a revised start time of 12:50 was agreed. Just Jay was not available again this weekend and may not be available until mid February.
The winds F2 to F3 SSW meant that we were on a spinnaker start. Lily managed a good spinnaker hoist but were slightly late to the line whereas Just Enough got a better start with a slightly delayed spinnaker joist. The visibility was a little obscured with some sea mist but that didn't deter the racers.
The course selected Start, Cliper (P) Bolivar (P), Clipera (S), Meath (S), Clipera (S) finish now labeled as Course 11, gave us a dead run from Clipera to Bolivar. Lily never caught Just Enough but did manage a little reduction of the lead with the asymmetric needing to take a broad reech rather than the dead run. Lily then has an issue with the genoa halyard getting jammed at the masthead which took a few minutes to resolve. Just Enough therefore got a huge lead and were returning to Clipera from Meath as Lily approached Clipera on her way to Meath.
It is quite remarkable how good the sailing has been this winter, good winds, fair wather and great camaradary between the yachts.
Race 1 Monday January 2nd 2017
For the first race of 2017 what a spectacular day, once again sunshine and great sailing winds!
There was almost no wind in the marina as we started preparation for the race but as we approached the start time the two yachts had a steady 12kt Northerly wind. The course selected, course 10, was the same as the last race but with the wind approximately 180 degrees different giving a fetch on port tack to start.
Just Enough got the better start and headed down towards the Aluminium Jetty while Lily held a direct course to Clipera fighting some strong gusts over the wall but giving her the lead by the first mark.
From there it was a beat to Bolivar and Just Enough caught and overtook Lily just before the mark. From Bolivar it was a spinnaker leg back to Clipera. Just Enough extended her lead and rounded Clipera a good distance ahead of Lily.
On the leg to Langdon Ridge Just Enough tacked early onto a port tack heading back towards, and in fact, rounding Bolivar before tacking back onto starboard to attempt to lay Langdon Ridge. Lily took a longer initial starboard tack tacking later as one of the ferries sailed out of the harbour. On port tack of around 0 to 8 degrees with a strong tide beginning to run Lily noticed her VMG (Velocity made good) to Course was equivalent to her SOG (Speed over the ground) a big ferry glide towards the mark! As the yachts approached Langdon Ridge Lily had made up some ground but the tide running at Langdon was getting up to 3 kt. and Lily again lost some time getting to and finally rounding the markn allowing Just Enough to extend her lead again.
Just Enough got a quick spinnaker hoist on the run back to Clipera and was making 10kt with winds of around 18 to 22 kt and her small asymmetric spinnaker. When Lily finally got her spinnaker hoisted she was making around 9kt and surfing on 1 to 1.5m waves. Back at Clipera Just Enough managed to round the buoy and hold her spinnaker to the platters but Lily got in an awful mess gybing her spinnaker and ended up on a small diversion down towards Penrhos to dowse the inverted spinnaker!
Photos coutesey of Matthias Ruttiman of Ruttiman Design
Congratulations to Phil and crew on Just Enough who won easily both over the water and on handicap.
Lily approaching Langdon Ridge,
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Race 4 Wednesday December 28th
Race 4, the last race of 2016 was held in fantastic winter weather, clearing skies, southerly mild winds which were less than forecast and dropping down during the later stages of the race. The course selected for the race was ideal with two spinnaker legs, two beats and one fetch. As ever Just Jay was off the marina first, Just Enough second and Lily last, one day we will get out earlier!
The 3 yachts circled round to take a beam reach start on Starboard as they headed for the Knuckle where spinnakers could be hoisted, Just Jay taking a wider line with Just Enough getting a good line closer to the wall and overtaking Lily whose spinnaker problems persisted, failing to get her spinnaker rigged until she reached Clipera by which time the other two yachts had a significant advantage. Lily should have taken a deeper line from Clipera towards Bolivar than the J boats but the spinnaker the change of helm resulted in Lily following the other two boats thus loosing the advantage. Lily was so far behind that it was difficult to see who was leading but the two J's were sailing in close proximity for most of the race. Additional info from Cogger's FB post: Just Enough was right behind Just Jay until she caught a lobster pot on her keel forcing J 92 to fall off Just Jay's quarter wave.
Then rounding Langdon RIdge bouy Just Jay had problems taking her spinnaker down allowing Just Enough to retake the lead. Just Jay got line honours but Just Enough finished 2 minutes behind in the 2 hour 18 min race, to get the bullet by 1 min 36 seconds on corrected time.
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Here is a link to the new 2017 RRS so that you can all read up on what you SHOULD be doing on the water. You'll probably have plenty of time while you are suffering from over indulgence during your Christmas festivities. By the way we will also be holding a Cruiser Race over the holiday period.
This hefty volume is worth reading as it is valid till 2020!
We'll hold a test during the season to see how well you know your rules! Winner will be promoted to Rules Instructor!
It is broken down into Parts and Part 1 includes some exciting bits like "
- BETTING AND ANTI-CORRUPTION
- BETTING AND ANTI-CORRUPTION
So just you be careful we're watching you!
By the way if when you are reading Part 2 you might need to understand the definition of Overlap
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A big Thank you to OOD Geraint and Jane for crewing good ship committee boat Colibra..
With Mally off driving his new car he kindly lent Colibra to OOD Geraint and timekeeper Jane to be committee boat.
The harbour was looking good with 10 Oppies - the N Wales squad out training.
Malcolm D stepped up to the mark by driving the windward mark and safety boat.
The windward mark was laid right outside the Marina café window much to the enjoyment of Cogger
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For anyone interested in racing next year here are the details of the IRC Spinlock Discounts scheme. It would be really great if more of our Holyhead Yachts obtained valid IRC certificates and joined in some of the races both at Holyhead and at other venues. Remeber that if you renewed your certificate last year under the scheme then you can get 25% off the renewal for this year.
The RORC Rating Office is offering the following start up offer for the Spinlock IRC rating system
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Dinghy report 3rd December 2016.
5 Lasers turned up to be greeted by Geraint, Jane and Mal already on Calibre the committee boat and Efryn in the safety launch. A big Thank you for your support in the cold and lumpy conditions.
Cragie started the day by going to the top of Just Enough’s mast a J92 in the Marina. He was freezing wrapping his legs around that metal mast in the cold NE wind straight from Russia.
He was happier later when reacquainted with the watch he had inadvertently left in gents showers the week before.
Craigie spotted the port bias on the line and was heard chuckling to himself as he just cleared the bow of Capt Gareth who tacked and created mayhem in front of John B on starboard. There was a lot of screaming going on.
The first to capsize was Craigie as the wind started picking up with white horses and lumpy seas rolling down the harbour.
John was leading at the windward mark on the second beat but the red mist came down when he went to the wrong red mark (NE instead of NW) allowing Capt Gareth to sneak in and take line honours and the bullet in the 25 min 56 sec race.
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