3rd Wednesday Evening Race for May 2018
With a more or less flat calm as the crews prepared the 5 yachts for the race start at 18:30 there was a call from the OOD Wendy asking what we considered as a sensible course. It was agreed that we should just attempt to go to Clipera and back! The 5 yachts were accompanied by 2 Squibs and as they circled waiting for the countdown there was just enough breeze to move forward although negotiating the other racers and the moored boats was a distinct challenge. The northerly wind was, as usual, pretty fickle as the fleet moved out towards the Aluminium Jetty; Jetstream and Rhumbull being the lead boats with newcomer Hydrology getting ahead of Flair IV. Jetstream had already got to Clipera by the time the third, fourth and fifth yachts had reached the open waters of Holyhead Bay!
Rhumbull also made good progress as the remainder of the fleet struggled against the tide in almost flat calm as they approached Clipera with Jetstream and Rhumbull well on their way back into the harbour! Carpe Diem who had been in 3rd place dropped to last place with the current taking them down towards Penrhos! Flair followed Hydrology and they were relatively close as Flair tried to change head sail 4 times between the code zero and her overlap genoa; by the finish line they were getting pretty slick at this maneuver just leaving the thick coat of weed on her hull as the remaining issue.
As usual the weather gave us a great if challenging sail. The fleet for Wednesday Evening Races is growing again…. Come on all you Holyhead Sailors get out and support the club racing!
The series results for the tandem series are now available on the links below. Yachts with current IRC Certificates are in the Fast Cruisers Class and their results are on the IRC handicapping system whereas the non IRC certificate holders are in the NHC Cruisers Class. As can be seen the winner of the May NHC and IRC Classes this year is Jetstream with 3 points in each class.
2nd Wednesday Evening Race for May 2018
Well that weather forecast "The second race of this season's Wednesday evening races starts as normal at 18:30. High Water is 18:41 BST and the weather is set to be NE 11kt going E 12kt later" simply didn't work out!
With a favourable Northerly wind Wendy, our OOD, set a course for Bolivar, Meath and finish. We welcomed Carpe Diem back to the racing fleet but as the 4 yachts prepared for the start the wind became very fickle with almost nothing to drive them over the start line.
Jetstream got the best start with the others chasing, looking for gusts to get some boat speed out of the harbour. Flair IV obviously struggling with a weedy hull was dead last as they approached the Aluminium Jetty but, at the harbour entrance there was a very strange wind and tide condition which almost stopped Jetstream and Rhumbull dead in their tracks out by the end of the breakwater. Carpe Diem and Flair stayed to the south and managed to get ahead of Rhumbull but Jetstream managed to esde clear as the competitors decided, due to the uncertain wind conditions on a course change to Clipera Penrhos and finish.
The light variable winds continued to cause problems with a very clear line between the areas of wind and no wind along the edge of the tidal current. With this condition the yachts had to bear away and tack to get to Clipera Jetstream rounding first and flying her kite down plastic the fuel ship at anchor. Carpe Diem was second with Flair and Rhumbull fighting for 3rd place. Flair tacked too early allowing Rhumbull to sneak in towards the mark but she struggled to round pinching to wind on the approach with inches to spare.
On the leg to Penrhos the wind continued to frustrate the skippers, one minute with 8kt wind the next with 1kt. After Penrhos the yachts headed back round towards the Aluminium Jetty. But Rhumbull and Flair retired due to the movement of the Irish Ferry leaving port.
Once again it was a great evening out on the water, a little frustrating for the lack of wind but glorious sunshine but a few complaints from crew when we were on the wrong tack putting them in the shade!
First Club Race of 2018
Three yachts signed up for the first race of this year on Wednesday 16th May, they were Jetstream (J 109), Rhumbull (Bull 7000) and Flair IV (Elan 40).
The race start was slightly delayed as access to the launch had been troublesome due to the very low spring tide. The course selected was Start to Bolivar, Meath, Bolivar Meath and finish all to port, giving us two up wind and 2 downwind legs in the northerly 3 to 4 wind.
The new yachts were across the start line in good order, especially for the first run out of the season! Jetstream gaining the initial advantage with Flair IV and Rhumbull battling it out up to the harbour entrance in some fickle winds under the breakwater. Rhumbull getting the better of Flair as they left the harbour. As the yachts reached Bolivar the wind was dropping and the first downwind leg saw the three yachts fly their spinnakers, asymmetrics on Jetstream and Rhumbull and a symmetric on Flair. Flair by this time had dropped back considerably and it was evident that we were not going to make the second upwind leg to Bolivar. The course was shortened to Bolivar, Meath, Clipera to starboard and finish.
The crews were learning lots about their new yachts and much banter as usual back in the club house. We look forward to seeing more of the club’s members out and about next week.
Results will be available shortly…