On Saturday afternoon 1st June Holyhead Sailing Club hosted a try-a-sail day for people interested in yacht sailing.
The rain that blighted the morning cleared by 1pm and by the time we got out on the water the winds were just perfect – gentle enough to not be scary but plenty enough to fill our sails. Most of the try-a-sailors were novices with a few having a little prior experience. We sailed around the bay, one boat running some training drills for crewing with the try-a-sailors up on the rail, tacking around the boats in the harbour before heading out. The last boat cruised back in around 6pm.
A fun afternoon was had by all with some great feedback from both the sailors and the skippers. Thank you to all who took part. If you are interested in future try-a-sail days or any suggestions on promoting sailing please click on the button below to send an email and we’ll contact you with further opportunities for joining us here at Holyhead Sailing Club.
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With thanks to Tony at Holyhead Lifeboat Station for forwarding this info.
Stena Line Ports Ltd January 2018
Holyhead Port Authority
HOLYHEAD – LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS 2/2018
A 30 foot vessel with super structure has sunk in Holyhead Marina.
Position: 53* 19” 219 N – 004*38*723 W
Mariners are advised that the sunken vessel shows at low water springs, and is just below the water on
At present there are buoys marking the wreck but nothing substantial at this time.
Assistant Harbour Master
Port of Holyhead
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Race 1 2019-08-04
Flair IV was not competing in this race as I was away at another engagement. Phil has sent me the results for the two yachts which turned out to race; Passtime and Shearwater.
The two yachts are set in different classes but the start reverted to the old style single countdown with the start at 14:20. The course sailed was Start, Clipera, Penrhos, Clipera, Penrhos, Clipera and Finish. Phil reports that Shearwater flying her asymmetric on all the downwind legs was showing good speed.
Looking forward to this Wednesday evening for another race before a number of our racing fleet are setting off for Pwllheli for the IRC National Championships over the weekend of 9th to 11th of August with the Round Anglesey Race over the weekend of 17th August.
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Wednesday August 14th
A much smaller fleet came out for this race although we welcomed back Carpe Diem after a few weeks away. The conditions appeared good for the race with a 12 - 14kt WSW wind giving a spinnaker start and Wendy the race officer had selected a great course of Start, Clipera (s), Penrhos (s), Clipera (s), Penrhos (s), Meath (p) and finish. The class 2 boats, Shearwater and Carpe Diem, started at 18:30 with the Squibs starting at 18:35 and the Class 1 boats at 18:40. Both the squibs and the offshore yacht courses were to Clipera on their first leg so it looked a bit confusing as the class 1 yachts approached.
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Race 2 July 2019
Only two yachts turned out for this race, Shearwater and Flair IV. Many of our racers and crew were competing in other events, Here is a link to the Dun Laoghaire Regatta results where Jetstream and Jaydreamer were competing... Well done guys!
In light NW winds the two yachts set out on the same course, course 3, Start, Bolivar, Clipera, Penrhos, Clipera and finish. It was discovered that the IDM mark is rather too close to the breakwater and in light winds the effects of the breakwater cause significant areas of very little wind and changes in direction. We have asked for this mark to be moved further south towards the club house. The two yachts struggled with the oddities in the wind and then the wake of two ribs leaving the moorings area, but once away to the south to find some wind they modified their courses to point to Bolivar.
The fine beat suited Flair IV and she had a significant lead by the first mark. Once round Bolivar Flair set her spinnaker and headed at a fairly tight reach towards Clipera a leg which slightly favoured Shearwater with her asymmetric. Once round Clipera Flair benefitted from the deep broad reach with her symmetric spinnaker and again had a significant lead over Shearwater at Penrhos.
Sailing back into the harbour ahead of the Irish Ferry Jonathan Swift and over the finish line Flair IV circled around to get a record of the finish time for Shearwater and an opportunity to discuss with two new recruits for the club who were on a follow up to the Try a Sail Day.
Back off the two yachts we all met up for a pint in the Clubhouse. Another beautiful afternoon’s sailing here at Holyhead just a shame we are not getting more of you yacht owners to come out with us on these friendly fun races!
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