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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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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HOLYHEAD – LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS 07/2018
Mooring of Pipeline
Today, May 22nd 2018, an operation will commence that involves towing in two pipelines to the New Harbour.
The first (176 meters) will be towed in at 0800 this morning and moored up alongside Soldiers Quay.
The second (610 meters) will be towed in on Thursday and anchored at the following positions [see map below]:
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Low tide access to Moorings
Due to the marina's insurance restrictions, we have been informed that no-one other than marina staff can access the marina pontoon for the next few weeks. You are advised that this may cause delays in getting on and off the club launch to access your boat on the moorings around low water. As normal please use channel 37 (M1) to find out where to meet.
Please bear with us as we work around the changed situation following the marina devastation.
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Stena Line Ports Ltd
Holyhead Port Authority
Mariners are advised that two Special Mark buoys have been placed at:
53,19.35N 004,38.63W and 53,19.25N 004,38.46W
As the containment boom has now been removed, the position of these marks now outlines the extremities of the Holyhead Marina area.
If navigating beyond these marks, please be aware that although vessel wrecks have been removed, there is still some debris on the seabed. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution if navigating in this area, and to contact Holyhead Marina on:
Office: 01407 764 242 Mob: 07714 292 990
Holyhead Marina use VHF CH37
Anchoring in this area is temporarily prohibited.
Assistant Harbour Master
Port of Holyhead
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Newsletter from the Commodore
So this season is now started and the boats are coming back onto the moorings. Today there are 20 or so boats on the moorings. People have been asking about launching from the marina boatyard. The arrangements are that boats are being given launch dates, and once launched get an escort through the marina recovery area. Then the booms are opened for a short period to allow the launched boats out of the area.
We have appointed three launch drivers for the season – Sion Wyn Owens is back for another season and is joined by Dave Drury and Toby Brooksbank. Together with bosun Brett Barker, the staff are ready to welcome and help members on the moorings.
This year our moorings are full – with just a few available still for smaller craft. This gives us a problem in accommodating visitors to Holyhead. We are hoping to arrange with the harbourmaster for a designated anchoring area, [we will keep you updated on this as soon as we know] but in the meantime would ask that members inform the office or the bosun of any periods of time that they know they will not be using their mooring so that we can accommodate at least a few visitors.
Please note – those of you who have an attachment to a particular mooring space – it is a very difficult task to fit everyone in who has asked for moorings and therefore some of you will find that you have been given a different mooring. Please be tolerant!
We have extended the launch service hours for this season: They can be seen on this link:
Access to the Launch Service at low tide
With the marina no longer functioning fully, and the area of the sea bed and marina carpark being a work site, so we are no longer allowed to use the marina for accessing the launch so please call the launch drivers on Ch 37 (M1) from the vhf by the bosun locker to find out where to meet.
Please note that you must take care - it is a work zone and there may well be hazards to watch out for.
Some of you will have seen that Launch 1 is now sporting a vivid pink livery. This is because we are intending to support the local cancer unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Watch this space for further events around this.
Launch 2 was sadly lost in the marina disaster, but we have been paid by our insurers and have replaced it with a new workboat – a Cygnus 19, which came from West Kirby sailing Club.
Meet ‘n Greet
On April 28th, Saturday, we are holding the annual members’ Meet ‘n Greet event – an opportunity to meet up with people you’ve not met before and some you have. We hope to arrange for the RNLI to come and offer life jacket checks that day – but more info coming soon.
…… And finally
Don’t forget to let Brett know when you are coming on to your mooring – or you will find that it is mucky, dirty and slimy.
Wishing you all a good sailing season
Kim Argyle, Commodore
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