News Update 1

Please note that following the First Minister's speech Friday 29th May the situation at Holyhead Sailing Club is unchanged.

We await clarification from RYA Cymru Wales once we have this the directors will review and advise members; hopefully it will be positive news. So just to reiterate:

Please to do not travel to Holyhead

Please do not come to the club.

However we will shortly be allowing My Way, a commercially registered fishing vessel, to use the mooring allocated to them. They will be using their own tender to gain access to the mooring and will then, when allowed, pick up their clients from the marina pontoons. This we have been assured does not contravene any regulations in force at this time. For the rest of us, with Recreational craft, we are still awaiting a change in the rules before we are allowed on the water. We want to stress that at this time the Club and all club activities remain under lockdown and you shouild not visit the club.



Our Bosun will continue to work - ALONE, to look after the club assets on behalf of us all. We have no launch in the water, but he is keeping an eye on the moorings, the club boats and the clubhouse. We are also actively planning how it may be safe to use our moorings later on if we are allowed to do so. We anticipate that we will need to introduce social distancing if the moorings are in use, and we ask you not to break rules on social distancing now if you see the bosun, because if it becomes impossible to comply then we will not be able to continue this work.

The office will respond to emails, and we will answer the phone on THURSDAYS only between 10 am and 1pm

We have taken the decision to refund 80% of the moorings fees to moorings holders, and this is currently being processed. Should we be allowed to launch boats, a pro-rata fee will be charged from the point of launching to the end of the season.

This is an unprecedented situation and the Directors are trying to protect the club so that we still have it once this is all over. 

Like everyone else, we are gutted at what is happening, and look forward to seeing you on the water at the earliest safe opportunity.


This is taken from the announcement from RYA Cymru Wales:

Following the UK Government announcement last night [Sunday, 10th May, 2020] on easing restrictions of lockdown, RYA Cymru Wales notes that watersports will be able to resume in England on Wednesday, 13th May 2020. RYA are waiting on further clarity on the level of boating that will be allowed in England ONLY. 

Welsh Government’s position [Announcement on Friday 8th May, 2020] hasn’t changed and therefore any boating activity, including access to boats, clubs, training centres, marinas, ports, harbours and inland waterways must remain suspended for now.

For further information see: RYA Cymru Wales


 The Sailing Events Planning 2020 meeting held yesterday 15th February was a really good event with a good turnout and some great work put in by all those attending. Sue (Commodore) introduced the meeting and made sure everyone knew who was who then split the audience into 2 groups one for racing and one for cruising. 

The discussions went on for slightly longer than planned but the outcomes from the two groups were presented by Marina and Becca. There will be a formal report on the meeting and planned strategy shortly. 

Many thanks to all those who gave their input... 

EU45 Anti Foul Member's Offer for 2020

News Update 1

We are please to inform the club that we have reached the minimum order to claim the maximum discount! 

Our order is now scheduled to be delivered during week commencing 17th February. We will provide more details once the delivery date has been confirmed. 



Following the success of the Member’s Anti-foul Offer from the last 3 years where we got to the maximum discount rate we are hoping to reach the same heights with this year’s offer. 

For more information go to EU45 website

The positive feedback from members has continued through this year even with the extra warmth due to climate change encouraging more weed growth. I found that I had insufficient boot stripe layers, which allowed some green growth to appear just above the water line. These came off easily by brushing down the hull sides. Reminder to self put on more boot stripe coats! If you are interested here is a link to an YouTube video on how to set the line for your boot stripe

My experience along with others who have reported recently is that there was no weed, fronds or barnacles just the brown slime. It would appear therefore that even though we are in a “high fouling” area the EU45 has worked well and I can state that this was much better than previous experience with International’s Micron 2 and Blake’s Hempel Tiger Extra both of which I had used on Mikki Finn.





Provided we get to the 40+ tins order threshold the discount will be 37.44% so a price of  £64.99 per 2.5ltr tin. Please see the email from Stuart from EU45 below to see why there is a significant increase in price this year. However as explained it still keeps this product extremely competitive. Currently we're almost at the maximum discount just 9 tins to go!

To help you to place your order for your EU45 for this year’s group discount bulk purchase please click on the button to place your oder:

Place an order

On this form you can order your main colour number of tins and a boot stripe in white or dark blue. You will get 1/3rd of a tin of boot stripe antifoul which should be enough for most yachts. You can also order printer, thinners and an application pack which includes trays, rollers and masking tape. 

Collections from the bosun’s locker. 

All the tins were labelled and left in the locker for members to collect. A fair number of tins were left a long time and had to be moved to the Quarterdeck. This we don’t want to have to do this year. So please make sure you collect your antifoul as soon as possible after delivery, likely at the beginning of February 2020. 


Once we have received your order and the discounts have been confirmed you will receive your invoice; this will include a £5 contribution per order for the management of this club offer. Payment can be made by bank transfer to Holyhead Sailing Club Sort code: 09-02-22 account no: 10727009 (Santander) or by cash or card in the office.

Email from Stuart Robinson EU45 Ltd. 

Dear Members,

We would like to express our gratitude to your Club and Members for your orders and support over the years. Sales of EU45 Antifoul have continue to grow as word spreads about the excellent quality and value for money that EU45 represents, indeed our intention is to continue to offer the best quality antifoul available at the best possible price. In spite of this operating for EU45 and indeed all other Antifouling Paint manufacturers continues to be difficult.

Firstly Brexit, in common with all antifoul manufacturers the price we pay for our copper oxide and other essential ingredients is directly linked to the exchange rate between the US Dollar and the Pound Sterling. Uncertainty causing a constant fall in the value of the pound continues to increase costs of production. Lets hope it is all sorted out very soon !!!

Secondly, New EU Legislation relating to the sale and use of antifouling paints, which are classed as pesticides, came into force on the 1st of January 2018. To comply with this legislation we had to submit our product for extensive laboratory testing and utilise the professional services of consultants to prepare and present a dossier for the consideration of the relevant authorities. The costs to us, which had to be paid before the end of the year, were well in excess of 100,000 Euros. You may have noticed the products that did not successfully comply with these requirements have been compulsorily withdrawn from sale in the EU, including the UK. Most small antifoul manufacturers have now disappeared. Remaining products have increased in price. International Micron is now over £150.00 per

2.5 Ltr. We have no option but to reluctantly increase our retail RRP to £103.85 . That said we have reviewed discounts to your Club below. We believe EU45 still represents the best possible value for money on a top quality antifouling paint available anywhere.

Club Members Discounts are as follows:-

No of tins Ordered


Price per 2.5ltr tin

Order Under 10 cans


£79.99 (Internet Price)

Initial Order 10-19 cans



Initial Order 20-29 cans



Initial Order 30-39 cans



Initial Order 40+ cans



Prices include Carriage on all orders for 10 or more cans. Subsequent orders at minimum discount of initial order.


Once again thank you for your support and all the best for 2020

It is with regret that we inform our members of the death of


Our flag is at half-mast for her.

Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday Feb 4 at 1.20 in Macclesfield Crematorium, and afterwards at the Rugby Club, Priory Park Lane, Macclesfield SK10 4AF.


Donations please to Breast Cancer Awareness or the British Heart Foundation.


A number of people will be going from the club and we will arrange transport. So if you want to be added to the list let the bar staff know.

Following consultation with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Association of Marine Electronic and Radio Colleges (AMERC), the RYA has issued revised guidance regarding the procedure for sending a ‘Distress Relay’.

In a relay situation, there is no longer a requirement to send a DSC ‘Urgency Announcement’.  The ‘Mayday Relay’ voice call remains unchanged and should still be transmitted as normal.

If a distress is received by DSC or voice, the skipper of a vessel should act as follows: 

  1. Wait five minutes for the distress to be acknowledged by the Coastguard or another vessel.
  2. If no acknowledgement or distress working is heard, send a ‘Received Mayday’ voice call to the station in distress, then:
  3. Relay the distress message to the nearest Coastguard, which may be by any means, but should primarily be sent using a ‘Mayday Relay’ voice call addressed to the specific Coastguard station followed by repetition of the original ‘Mayday message’.
  4. The Coastguard should respond and take over distress working and co-ordinate the assistance.
  5. If unable to contact a Coastguard station, send a ‘Mayday Relay’ call, addressed to ‘All Stations’, followed by the repetition of the original ‘Mayday message’. You should then prepare to co-ordinate the assistance to the vessel in distress between yourself and any other vessels in the vicinity.  

For the full article see this link from the RYA: Marine Radio Distress Relay Protocol