Newsletter from the Commodore
So this season is now started and the boats are coming back onto the moorings. Today there are 20 or so boats on the moorings. People have been asking about launching from the marina boatyard. The arrangements are that boats are being given launch dates, and once launched get an escort through the marina recovery area. Then the booms are opened for a short period to allow the launched boats out of the area.
We have appointed three launch drivers for the season – Sion Wyn Owens is back for another season and is joined by Dave Drury and Toby Brooksbank. Together with bosun Brett Barker, the staff are ready to welcome and help members on the moorings.
This year our moorings are full – with just a few available still for smaller craft. This gives us a problem in accommodating visitors to Holyhead. We are hoping to arrange with the harbourmaster for a designated anchoring area, [we will keep you updated on this as soon as we know] but in the meantime would ask that members inform the office or the bosun of any periods of time that they know they will not be using their mooring so that we can accommodate at least a few visitors.
Please note – those of you who have an attachment to a particular mooring space – it is a very difficult task to fit everyone in who has asked for moorings and therefore some of you will find that you have been given a different mooring. Please be tolerant!
We have extended the launch service hours for this season: They can be seen on this link:
Access to the Launch Service at low tide
With the marina no longer functioning fully, and the area of the sea bed and marina carpark being a work site, so we are no longer allowed to use the marina for accessing the launch so please call the launch drivers on Ch 37 (M1) from the vhf by the bosun locker to find out where to meet.
Please note that you must take care - it is a work zone and there may well be hazards to watch out for.
Some of you will have seen that Launch 1 is now sporting a vivid pink livery. This is because we are intending to support the local cancer unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Watch this space for further events around this.
Launch 2 was sadly lost in the marina disaster, but we have been paid by our insurers and have replaced it with a new workboat – a Cygnus 19, which came from West Kirby sailing Club.
Meet ‘n Greet
On April 28th, Saturday, we are holding the annual members’ Meet ‘n Greet event – an opportunity to meet up with people you’ve not met before and some you have. We hope to arrange for the RNLI to come and offer life jacket checks that day – but more info coming soon.
…… And finally
Don’t forget to let Brett know when you are coming on to your mooring – or you will find that it is mucky, dirty and slimy.
Wishing you all a good sailing season
Kim Argyle, Commodore
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We have now finished the work on the moorings - so all trots are in service. We still have a number of moorings that have been lost/sunk over the winter - and these are scattered throughout the trots. Work on retrieving these will start on April 23rd.
It is essential that you let the office or the bosun know when you intend to return as we may need to put you on a temporary mooring for the time being. Also, if you do not let us know you will most likely find that your mooring is dirty.
There are also some issues regarding access to the launch service at low water. We are now able to use the marina landing pontoon, but only in accordance with the Marina's risk assessment, because this is a work site. Therefore, HSC members are only allowed past the fence by the car park barrier if they are escorted by HSC staff. Wait for the launch driver by the cafe, or call them on ch 37 from the vhf by the bosun locker door.
Follow these links for information on:
We will be updating the situation as we get more information but for now here is a video taken 2018-03-30; one full month from the disaster.
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Marine Safety and Information Circular 1/2018
This Marine Safety and Information Circular is in support of and an update to LNtM 4_2018 (Holyhead Marina)
Ongoing efforts are being made to recover wrecks from the seabed. This will mean that divers will be operating in the boomed area and beyond on occasions.
Dive Support Vessels will be contactable on VHF Ch14.
Ongoing surveys of the seabed are continuing in the New Harbour.
Mariners are reminded that care should be taken when navigating in the New Harbour.
Jet Skis and similar craft are asked to avoid this area completely while diving operations are in progress.
Assistant Harbour Master
Stena Line Ports Limited, Stena House, Port Control, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 1DQ
Phone: +44 (0)1407 606775 Mobile: +44 (0) 7540 540545
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Update as of 2018-03-09 15:47
The Sailing Club has received this update from Rhian Pritchard on behalf of Dylan Williams – Head of Regulation and Economic Development, Anglesey County Council.
As you aware, it was agreed during the Multi Agency Strategy Meeting yesterday (Thursday 8th March) that the Control & Co-ordination response will now be led by Port of Holyhead (Stena Line Ports) and the Isle of Anglesey County Council.
The Statutory Organisations involved in this incident will be meeting on Monday 12th March (Incident Control & Co-ordination Group).
Whilst recognising your interest in the ongoing efforts, and eagerness to support, attendance will now be limited to the organisations with a statutory responsibility in the response effort.
The statutory organisations will consider and agree on appropriate arrangements to keep you and other interested parties informed of progress.
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Newsletter from the Commodore
It is now a couple of weeks on from Storm Emma, and it is probably time to give some update to the wider membership of how this has impacted on us all here.
Firstly we have identified at least 20 boats belonging to members that have been lost or damaged – and some of those were members’ homes. The tragedy of this, the heartache and the incredible disruption to people’s lives is immeasurable. Our hearts go out to them.
The scale of the disaster in ‘official’ terms is very big, and the complications with insurance companies, people affected, government bodies and other officials, plus the growing number of official contractors appointed to resolve different bits of the mess, has made the recovery process appear to be slow to start off. But thankfully, there is some visible progress happening now.
The environmental damage needs to be contained and this has been underway for most of the week. The next stage is for the boats to be recovered.
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