Race 4 February 25th

Thanks to Paul Sutton for standing in as race organiser and reporter...

Wind varied 10-27 Kts generally easterly.  Course: Langdon (S), Bolivar (S), finish.  Even port tack start with Pipedreamer and Just Enough to windward.  By end of breakwater, normal service resumed with Espresso leading, JJ second, JE third and Pipedreamer languishing in fourth.  JJ and Pipedreamer flew their kites to Langdon, but with doubtful efficacy and the order did not change.  Almost a beat to Bolivar and broad reach from there to finish.  JJ and JE both flew kites from Bolivar, JE overtaking Pipedreamer again......once they had rescued their spinnaker halyard.

The real fun started in the marina, but that would be telling tales out of school!

[editor's note: Can't wait to hear Paul!]

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Race No 4 28th January 2018

Once again the forecast was for blustery SW winds 21 gusting 30kt. With Pipedreamer deciding not to race, Espresso Martini on maintenance duties and Just Jay out due to a Youth Squad event in Cardiff the field was cut to just Lily and Just Enough.

As usual the start was a downwind affair with Just Enough flying her spinnaker from a few meters beyond the start line. Lily, on the other hand, decided not to fly her spinnaker as it was likely that they would need to gybe at, or shortly after, the knuckle. INdeed they were proved right as Just enough broached on her attempt at a gybe before leaving the harbour. However Just Enough pulled out a fair lead as they headed out of the harbour with Lily flying goosewing before gybing early to hold a port broad reach on the leg to Bolivar. The tidal current was fairly strong considering the low tidal range and Lily recovered some of the gap to Just Enough as she rounded Bolivar.


 

 

The leg from Bolivar, to our favourite destination, Langdon Ridge, was its normal guesswork on currents and wind with Lily overhauling Just Enough sailing a fetch to leeward. At the mark Lily had a narrow lead and a bit of a buttock clenching moment with the normal very strong current running SW NE pushing her very close to the large yellow Cardinal Mark!

Having successfully cleared the mark Lily held a higher line on the next leg to Meath which paid off as the current as they neared Meath was running West to East and even Lily was a few 10’s of metres off the buoy.  

Race 3 17th December

With a WSW wind 12kt gusting up to 18kt at the start of the race the 3 yachts were all out early for the 13:50 revised start time to avoid clashing with the ferry schedule. Lily got a bit out of place in the melee around the Porth Y Felin moorings and started behind the two J’s but got a reasonably good spinnaker hoist taking advantage of the dead downwind leg out of the harbour. The two J’s bore away to facilitate their asymmetrics but with the winds gusting as the racers approached the Aluminium Jetty they all suffered broaches with Lily heading horribly close to the jetty and still on starboard pole! At the very last minute Lily’s crew managed to release the pole and drop the spinnaker but, having just got back to within spitting distance of the other two yachts, lost a lot of time in the subsequent broach.

Following discussions with our local Coastguard Station we have the following guidelines to help you to dispose of your out-of-date or damaged flares. The Holyhead Coastguard Station can take flares for disposal but you MUST telephone them to make arrangements as only certain officers are certified to handle these “Time Expired Pyrotechnics” (TEP) .

Call Holyhead Coastguard Station on 01407 762 051/763 911

You'll need to tell the Maritime and Coastguard Agency operation centre:

  • how many flares you have to dispose of
  • how old they are
  • what condition they are in

Sunday 26th November

Race results are ready! No report as yet as I was unable to take part... 

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Sunday 19th November

With winds gradually building from the mid morning flat calm the race start at 1400hrs saw 4 yachts mustering for position. Just Jay