There are huge opportunities for young people who are interested in joining us on the water in Holyhead.
Our Thursday night cadets group now welcomes up to 15 young people each week. Their skills vary from beginner to advanced intermediates. They sail Toppers and Fevas and we are hoping to offer them Powerboat courses next year too. This year, some of the more experienced youngsters added another string to their bow when our instructor Dwynwen invited them to train as Assistant Instructors. Now the older cadets are responsible for land drills with the younger members; they assist and train the students in rigging and launching the boats and also offer one to one support to the children while they’re out on the water. This has proved a great all round confidence builder and it’s a scheme we intend to expand on in the future. Progression is important. We’re aware that not all sailors want to compete although there are plenty of opportunities should they wish to do so.
It’s been a struggle sometimes to provide instructor cover and we are indebted to Dwynwen, Jess, Ollie and Henry for their ongoing commitment to the children and to the club. They’re all brilliant instructors and an asset to HSC.
We must say a big thank you to Jim Paton and Conor Elwin who also trained as AI’s this year. They’ve provided great back up support on Thursday evenings along with our Sailing School Principal Paul Sutton. The club couldn’t run without the support and expertise of people like them.
Over the Winter we’re hoping to offer some Saturday sessions should the weather allow and with attempts to revive the Laser fleet there’s no reason why more competent cadets can’t join in there.
Please get in touch if you know anyone who would like to join us next year.
If you’d like to help as a volunteer with the cadets, we’d love to hear from you too.
Similarly if you’re a dinghy sailor looking to qualify as instructor or AI please get in touch.
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Preparation for the race
Race Day 9th September
We had been trying for some time to get a better set on the headsail but we could not seem to get out the creases on the luff and it wasn't until Luke pointed out that the roller furler had come adrift and had slipped up the forestay that we understood why! There was nothing we could do but some time was spent trying to understand why this had happened. With the winds backing under the weather front as it passed over we were being headed so we tried another tack onto port but again soon got headed and with the flood tide this was sending us way too far north. Tacking back onto starboard showed the effect of the reducing tide rate and eventually as the flood tide started to kick in we decided to go north leaving East Codling mark to port and a then having a tacking duel with yacht Windshift as we headed toward Kish Lighthouse. During this patch of the race we were listening to one of the competitors who was calling the Coastguard to get assistance as they had broken their forestay. Eventually we saw the Lifeboat going out past us to the south to go and render assistance. From Kish the sea was much calmer and some of the crew gained some rest down below while we navigated in the dark into Dun Laoghaire harbour. Inside the harbour we downed sails and made an effort to sort some of the mess inside the boat out as we motored round to SB09 on the Dun Laoghaire Marina, next but one to Pipedreamer who had got in some 30 minutes ahead of us. We had come to a decision that the state of the crew after such a long race and the current weather forecast that there was only one decision, to catch the ferry back later that morning. Once we had got organised, a little, we marched off to the National Yacht Club for food and a Guinness at 03:00 on the Sunday morning! Great effort by the NYC!
Back to the boat at around 04:00 and up again to meet the taxi to take us to the Dublin Ferry Port for our pre ordered ferry passage back to Holyhead. Soon there will be a photo album to add to this blog: Album
Time Start: 08:35:02
Time Finish: 03:07:46
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The club website on your mobile devices
[Please note: The website URL shown in the images is the temporary one the correct URL is www.holyheadsailingclub.co.uk ]
This guide has been compiled from feedback. Thanks to Ken (Incantation) for his feedback!
The following images are screenshots of what the site looks like on a mobile phone when you first visit.
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So there we were, 1300 on 18 Jun 2016, on the start line, just outside Wicklow, with 3 MOD 70s (Musandam, Concise and Phaedo 3, start 1310) Rambler 88 and 60 others, with a warship as the committee boat, ready to race round Ireland. But, of course, it did not really start there
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