Click on the photo to view the album of photos taken of the 420 Race Training event for the forthcoming Irish nationals
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Race 3 2018-06-20
After a few days of strong winds there was pretty much nothing at all when we arrived to prepare for the race but as we hoisted our mains on the swinging moorings a faint breeze was encouraging us to prepare another evening of tense racing.
6 yachts lined up for the start which being a westerly was a downwind leg so a number of yachts started with spinnakers, always entertaining around the moorings in the pre start area! Everyone got away safely and with the wind strength at around 2 - 3kt we crept towards the Aluminium Jetty on a short course called by Race Officer Wendy of Start, Penrhos and Finish.
Rhumbull had the advantage of the downwind leg and remained ahead of Flair and Carpe Diem who were at close quarters with a little bit of banter. Hydrology being sailed single handed Madam Wen and Vision following on. Carpe Diem was forcing Flair up towards the knuckle where the wind would be more fickle while Rhumbull decided to gybe and sail down towards Mackenzie Pier which put her on Starboard across the bows of Carpe Diem and Flair, who both retained their port tack and managed with the slight increase in wind speed to bear away down to the end of the Aluminium Jetty.
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Holyhead Sailing Club welcomes the CYRC event on the 23rd June at Holyhead SC. The Club is looking forward to hosting this event.
Club Youth Racing Circuit (CYRC) Notice of Race (NOR) and the Sailing Instructions (SI) are shown below.
For the following classes:
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ISORA Race 7 and 8
Two yachts from our racing fleet took part in the ISORA races 7 and 8 from Liverpool to the Isle Of Man and back to a virtual finish line mid Irish Sea allowing the competitors to go to their destinations. Ruth takes first place overall - her first race win in the 2108 race series and Nigel Ingram's new J109 Jetstream from Holyhead came an impressive second place overall. Glyn Sheffield with his replacement Farr 40, Espresso Martini Too, came 5th overall so an excellent result for the members from Holyhead.
Results can be seen on this link: Sailwave Results
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Being father’s day the fleet turnout was again diminished with just two yachts competing, Rhumbull and Flair IV. The course set for this blustery SSW wind gusting from 18kt to 25kt was Bolivar, Penrhos, Clipera and finish all marks to port. [Note again Clipera must be passed to seaward if not specifically a mark of the course]
As the yachts set off the and raced towards the harbour entrance we checked with Port control but were not given clearance to pass across the TSS. The 14:00 start was therefore cancelled and we agreed a side by side re-start at the Aluminium Jetty; where there was a large cruise ship.
From the restart it was a dead run up to Bolivar but with the tide on the ebb it was better to head on a bearing well south of the mark. Flair stayed on a very broad reach with her, as yet, untested No 4 headsail while Rhumbull took a more direct approach flying her spinnaker which gave her a considerable downwind advantage. At the mark Rhumbull had a significant lead but the crew on Flair were confident in these windy conditions that she would gain the advantage on the upwind leg.
Both Rhumbull and Flair stayed on port tack as they beat back towards Clipera but Rhumbull tacked early leaving Flair on a longer port tack.
After tacking onto the layline to pass Clipera to starboard, i.e. seaward, Flair had passed Rhumbull as they tacked several times on the upwind leg. Flair had a good line down towards Penrhos and tacked again to starboard in good time to pass Penrhos to port; now with a good lead over Rhumbull. The return to Clipera was again almost a dead run during which Rhumbull started to claw back some of the gap to Flair. However Flair maintained a good lead at Clipera and with just two tacks back to the finish line had a well earned first win over the water.
OK so this wasn’t quite a Holymed day but a really REALLY good sail… As can be seen from the results Flair just piped it over both the NHC and the IRC class handicaps on this race. In the IRC it was a mere 1 minute and 18 seconds...
Photos courtesy Rebbeca Warren.
The Sunday race didn’t look like it was going to happen with a thick sea mist and very little wind in the harbour. However the sun was breaking through as we prepared for the 14:00 start and we confidently agreed a course of Bolivar, Meath, Bolivar, Penrhos, Clipera and finish as the forecast was for a steady 10kt Northerly winds out in the bay.
4 yachts lined up for the start with Rhumbull getting a good start in the fickle light airs, confirmed by the Port Control calls to the ferries. Hydrology in second place stayed windward of Flair as they headed out into the mist with Vision following. The visibility was around 2 cables so the fog horns were blasting accompanied by the horns on the ferry leaving port. The ghostly images of Northwestern buoy then the Aluminum Jetty appeared out of the mist and the competitors were clear to cross out of the harbour. Now there was no sign, from Flair, of Rhumbull and Hydrology was also slowly disappearing into the mist.
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LOCAL NOTICES TO MARINERS
Please be advised of the following update to LNtM_6_18
All unauthorised vessels are to keep out of the Marina area for the foreseeable future whilst pontoon recovery work is ongoing. The Marina are disconnecting tethers and buoying off - so the entire area will be dotted with pot buoy markers. There will be floating rope particularly at low water so there is a risk of vessels catching ropes in props if they navigate within the Marina area. Holyhead Port Control will advise visiting vessels to avoid the entire Marina area when they request access to the New harbour.
The Marina Salvage vessel has commenced removal of continuous float walkway units still tethered within the lease area. The Salvage vessel call sign is “Cloudy” and will be working on Vhf Ch. 37 and listening on Vhf Ch. 14.
The method of work involves winching the jointing module from each side, cutting the tether shackles, roping off and dropping the tether to the seabed marked with a pot buoy for retrieval and inspection later.
Grapple and retrieval operations will continue.
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