Report on First Cruise of 2018 19th to 20th May Porthdinllaen
Meeting for the briefing in the committee room of Holyhead Sailing Club on the Friday evening – our
first task was to decide how early to start. With our destination being Porthdynllaen (PY to all
“yachtys”) and to give the boats a chance of getting as far South as possible before the tidal stream
turned North. With a 05:00 start decided upon, we all left the club early in anticipation of the next
With light southerly winds 5 boats left the harbour. New members and first time cruisers Steve and
Rachel Wroe on Cerwen; a big HSC welcome too them, David and Julie Bridges on Swansong their
Westley Discus, Steve and Sandra on Explore, Paul and Cath Bond on Hierro and myself on Madam
Wen with crew John Astley and Sue James (Vice Commodore). We were blessed with a glorious
sunrise and flat seas on our way to South Stack, photo courtesy of Sue James, and then a beat South in light 3 to 4. We were all
fairly close to PY before the tide turned against us and all safely anchored by 13:30
Some drinks at the Ty Coch on a lovely evening and shearing the beach with a wedding party who
had also picked this day, in common with Harry and Megan to “tie the knot.”
The return leg on Sunday with a slightly stronger force 4, still from the South proved to be a better
sailing day but with more overcast weather. The Stacks provided a more challenging scenario with the wind
accelerating up to 30kn off the North side of the mountain and catching many of us over canvased.
All safely back in Holyhead by mid-afternoon.
Thank you to all who took part.
Currently there are only 4 yachts registered for this weekend's cruise to Greystones and Dunlaoghaire but its not too late to enter! Weather forecast is promising! See the link below for more details.
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A quick update
While out on Sunday 2018-05-13 in Holyhead Bay I noted these pot buoys without flags
Photo taken from 53.359, -4.614
These have been reported to
CA Lobster pots campaign – the petition is live![Thanks to Paul and Cath Bond for bringing this to our attention once again.]
This video was launched at the London Boat Show with a special mention in it of Holyhead and sailing round the top of the Island!
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Notice of Race - 2018-05-16
During the last week we have seen the return of 3 more of our racing fleet; welcome back one and all! Following the losses on March 2nd 2018 we now have 3 new yachts contesting at the club: Rumbull, Phil Livingston’s yacht, Jetstream, Nigel Ingram’s yacht and Flair IV, Mark Rosenthal’s yacht all ready to race! We are planning hold our first Wednesday race of 2018 this coming week with a normal start time of 18:30.
If you intend to take part please let us know as soon as possible but remember to check out the latest HOLYHEAD LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS - currently the latest is 6/2018 which determines the areas we are advised against entering.
Last minute amendments are being made to our SI’s. These will be posted asap.
Our course card, mark coordinates can be found on this link: Course Card
Current Weather Forecasts and other useful information is available on this link; Useful Information
Low Water 17:46 Wind direction N 12kt
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A quick reminder that the Isle Of Man Race is now less than 3 weeks away on SATURDAY 26 MAY 2018.
Get your entry forms in asap.
ISLE OF MAN YACHT CLUB
NOTICE OF RACE
O F F S H O R E R A C E
SATURDAY 26 MAY 2018
START TIME 0800 hrs BST, Port St Mary
Time of high water (PSM) 1000 hrs BST approx.
COURSE: Round the Isle of Man Port St Mary to Port St Mary clockwise leaving the Calf of Man to starboard.
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Stena Line Ports Ltd
Holyhead Port Authority
Mariners are advised that two Special Mark buoys have been placed at:
53,19.35N 004,38.63W and 53,19.25N 004,38.46W
As the containment boom has now been removed, the position of these marks now outlines the extremities of the Holyhead Marina area.
If navigating beyond these marks, please be aware that although vessel wrecks have been removed, there is still some debris on the seabed. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution if navigating in this area, and to contact Holyhead Marina on:
Office: 01407 764 242 Mob: 07714 292 990
Holyhead Marina use VHF CH37
Anchoring in this area is temporarily prohibited.
Assistant Harbour Master
Port of Holyhead
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Low tide access to Moorings
Due to the marina's insurance restrictions, we have been informed that no-one other than marina staff can access the marina pontoon for the next few weeks. You are advised that this may cause delays in getting on and off the club launch to access your boat on the moorings around low water. As normal please use channel 37 (M1) to find out where to meet.
Please bear with us as we work around the changed situation following the marina devastation.
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