Race no 4 2019-06-23
Jetstream and Flair IV back from their time away at ISORA D2D and a long cruise respectively joined Phil’s new yacht, Passtime of Hamble, Jetstream and Shearwater. Many thanks to Dave Meacher for starting the race from his rib. The start was delayed due to the late departure of the Irish Ferry which gave all the skippers a good long time to prepare.
With a good start the fleet got away cleanly with all but Jetstream tacking onto port close to the wall end of the line. The new position of the IDM meant that all the yachts had a smaller area to start from so Jetstream took a long tack down towards the aluminium jetty with Flair IV heading the rest further north.
Flair IV tacked onto Starboard ahead of the approaching Jetstream and managed to stay ahead and hold a slightly higher line to windward. It was now very close with Jetstream being followed by Jaydreamer and Passtime of Hamble. Shearwater had avoided the rush at the start and was bringing up the rear of the fleet.
Flair IV’s heading was good for rounding Bolivar to starboard, the first mark of the course. She rounded the mark with Jetstream close behind both then deploying their code 0 foresails for the leg to Clipera. At Clipera the order remained the same and Flair unfurled her genoa and furled the code 0 for the leg to Penrhos, now in its revised position. Jetstream on the other hand continued with her code 0 but gained little or no advantage over Flair IV with the order remaining the same at the penultimate mark.
The race to the finish saw more close competition between Flair IV and Jetstream with the order remaining the same. Another great day sailing at Holyhead with some very close handicap times.
Photos courtesy of Kevin Wood, Becca Warren and Harry Tugwell.
Race no 1 2019-06-02
Due to the weather only two yachts turned out for what turned out to be an exciting and blustery race. Jetstream and Flair IV headed out but had to delay the start to allow the late departure of the ferry to clear the harbour entrance.
Wind speeds from 25kt - 32kt generally around 30kt were recorded and the two yachts achieved some pretty impressive speeds on the downwind first leg to Bolivar leaving it to starboard. Flair IV recording boat speed at 10.2kt, so needless to say neither yacht attempted to fly anything but their jib and reefed main, it was just too windy!
Turning at the mark Jetstream, with 8 on board, was in the lead and she headed south whereas Flair with only 5 onboard tacked and headed back west making a track just to the north of the breakwater. With several tacks towards Clipera she fell further behind as Jetstream tacked only 3 times before entering the harbour. As you can see at Clipera it was a little wild!
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2019-05-26 Race #4
A change from recent wind conditions with a gusty westerly blowing out of the harbour the course was set for a downwind start turning at the spit mark to sail up north to Langdon Ridge for the first time this season. The start time of 14:10 is working well as the fleet follow the Irish Ferry out of the harbour. Start today was provided by Jetstream as Flair IV had a few issues getting prepared and late arrival of crew.
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Wednesday evening 2019-05-29
A completely different aspect to the weather for this evening race with thick grey cloud and rain greeting the participants. Wind speeds from 14kt to 22kt from the west indicated a spinnaker start, however with shortage of crew on Flair IV, Incantation and Shearwater left just Houdini and Jetstream to fly their spinnakers from the knuckle.
Wendy started the race for the offshores setting course 1 from the old course card; Meath (s) Penrhos (p) Clipera (p) and finish. Houdini got the best start and had a considerable lead by the end of the breakwater with Jetstream, Flair IV, Shearwater and Incantation following in order behind.
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The forecast for Sunday published here was pretty accurate but no other boats turned out to join Flair on the race so it was abandoned. A big thanks to Kim and the launch team for repairing the bow of the pink launch damaged in the high winds over Friday night and into Saturday.
The pink launch had a significant hole worn in the bow stem and the metal protection strip has been lost. Kim informs us that this will be replaced when we can lift this launch out, once the blue launch is back in operation.
Sailing Instructions (These are still in draft awaiting confirmation from the Sailing Committee and therefore only available to website registered members)
With a lot of activity on moorings and the welcome return of Houdini to the waters of Holyhead we were hopeful of a few entries in the race on a beautiful day with Southerly 11kt to 17kt winds and wall to wall sunshine. However only the one new yacht to Holyhead, Shearwater, joined Flair IV for the afternoon race. The course was set to Clipera, Bolivar, Clipera Bolivar and finish giving a reach out of the harbour, a run down to Bloivar and then a windward leg back to Clipera.
A very polished start by both yachts saw Flair chase off into the lead flying her code 0 from the knuckle eastward. All was going well but as they passed Clipera the spinnaker preparations ran into difficulties. Meanwhile Shearwater had tacked away north with Flair running in close to the coastline before tacking downwind towards Bolivar. At the buoy Flair had a considerable lead but through continuing problems with the rigging she sailed without headsail for quite a way allowing Shearwater to close the gap and as the boats approached Clipera Shearwater took the lead.
More and more problems on Flair IV allowed Shearwater to gain a considerable lead before Flair got her act together and started to pull back the gap and as they entered the harbour Flair IV caught Shearwater to take the lead two tacks from the finish. So a poor performance by Flair IV gave Shearwater an easy start to her season with a handicap win by some 24 minutes.
Our first offshore race of 2019 was held on 2019-04-14 with 2 boats entered; Flair IV and Hellhound. The results system handicaps have been updated to the latest NHC Handicap numbers. These races for offshores are what is called a tandem series allowing both NHC Variable handicapping and IRC fixed, measurement handicaps.
Since only one yacht, Flair IV is in the IRC class the IRC class is not valid for today’s race, just the NHC Class results are available.
The start time of 14:05 is set to miss the Irish and Stena Ferry departure times. The course today was from the start line passing Clipera to port then Bolivar to starboard coming back to Clipera passing to starboard then finish.
Jim on Hellhound was sailing single handed and Flair had a crew of 5 with variable winds of 5kt to 15kt Flair was clearly at an advantage beyond her handicap with a 2 minute 20 second corrected lead at the finish.
As the yachts passed Clipera there was a spectator:
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