Race 4 Wednesday Evening Cruiser April 2017

This week we welcomed Houdini and Beck IV back into the racing fleet. Wendy, OOD, set course 3 and re-stated the correct rounding for Lily's benefit. Winds were northerly and very gusty as the yachts started with large holes in the wind appearing on the section between the nuckle and the harbour entrance. Lily got off to a flying start and lead all the way to the entrance with Just Jay just catching her as they headed out towards Bolivar. Houdini following closely behind and, as usual making excellent progress to windward. Lily made a tactical error tacking away to port to try and get a tidal advantage but this backfired and left Just Jay and Houdini pushing Lily to 3rd place as they rounded Bolivar. Madam Wen in 4th and then Just Enough and Beck IV.

Race 3 - 16th April

Just 2 yachts competing in race 3 as Lily was resting for some maintenance before going to Pwllheli for the first ISORA race on 22nd April. However as Lily is on Mooring A2 she is pretty well perfectly aligned along the start line and Mark as OD gave the two yachts a count down for the start. 

Just Enough got a good start close to the wall and managed to keep ahead of Just Jay as they left the harbour. What happened next is anyone's guess but I hear that Just Enough went trawling with her kite and Just Jay had to make way for the ferry.

As the yachts raced back into the harbour Just Enough was a fair way back and on corrected time was some 3 minutes behind. 

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Due to the weather conditions on Sunday 19th March race was cancelled

There are no more races planned for March but we are intending to continue weekend racing over the spring, summer and autumn before restarting the winter series. Our next weekend race will be 2nd April 2017 so get your yacths back in asap!

We are hoping that the three yachts will soon be joined by others.... 

Race 2 Sunday 12th March

2017 03 12 Lily1Weather conditions as the teams prepared for the race were improving, a break or two in the clouds and by 12:00 the rain had ceased. The holyhead Port weather station was showing F4 gusting F5 at 275° as the winds gradually veered to WNW. The start was again delayed to allow late coming crews from the Manchester area due to the roadworks on the A55. Phil and Mark had discussed course selection for the race and this course was agreed:

  1. Start
  2. Meath (P)
  3. Langdon Ridge (S)
  4. Bolivar (S)
  5. Meath (S)
  6. Finish

At Holyhead Sailing Club we are trying to get more yacht owners involved in our club events and to increase the visibility of our club in the IRC Racing Scene by entering events organised by other bodies such as ISORA and the IRC Welsh National Championships in Pwllheli. The club runs what are known as tandem race results system where races are scored under both NHC and IRC handicaps. Two trophies are awarded for each month's series across the year and although the presentation at the AGM was very confusing, your chances of silverware are increased, so come on get registered...

The NHC handicap is a varaible handicap, like a golf handicap, which changes depending on each result in a series and aggregated over the year. The IRC handicap is based on an algorithm with data from the boat design, rigging and sails allowing your results to be compared to the theoretical performance of the yacht; this system does not change over the year, unless you make changes to the sails or rigging.

The NHC handicap is to encourage variation in the results and the IRC lets you see how your crew's performance is improving over the year. The IRC certificate varies from year to year based on a variety of different details and consequently we require a valid IRC Certificate for 2017 for anyone intending to compete in the IRC Fast Cruiser Class. Currently the club has the following yachts registered or applying for their 2017 certificates. 

  • Hierro
  • Houdini
  • Just Enough
  • Just Jay
  • Lily
  • Pipedreamer VI

Last year, the first year of the IRC Startup Scheme we also had 6 yachts who registered for the first time with the substantial discount offered by RORC/Spinlock, out of our total of 9 IRC registered yachts in the club, This year we are struggling to get the required minimum number, 5 to re-validate or register, to get the 25% discount. Please spread the word and get your yacht owning colleagues to get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quickly so that we can get as many yachts as possible registered. 

The next race scheduled for Sunday 26th Feb was cancelled due to bad weather... 

Race 2 February 19th

The weather forecast was for low visibility and as we set off mist shroweded the harbour wall. Just Enough and Lily were racing as Just Jay was still awaiting the return of her rigging. The winds however was SW 12 - 15 kt, ideal for the race. A course was set to suit the blue screen issue of Just Enough's GPS and Bolivar was selected rather than Langdon Ridge.