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.
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Sitting in the café looking out of the window with the rain bouncing in the puddles it looked like
another Saturday of dinghy racing would be binned.
Sue, Jim and Bernie were chomping at the bit to get on the water, the final pressure was seeing the
cadets rigging 420’s, then rain stopped and it was go go go.
5 Lasers rocked up and the cut and thrust began for the best position on the line with lots of up up
up being shouted.
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A quick update on the Club’s order for EU45 Antifoul paint. We have now reached our target order of 40+ tins! Thanks for all your orders...
Remember members of the club can still join in this order for this great product which has had outstanding reviews from those who used it last year. The price is now on the maximum discount of £59 per tin! (We will be asking each order to make a small donation to the club for admin).
If any of our members are interested in a free ticket for the London Boat Show then call Stuart from EU45 on 07738664038 today and he will book you in for tomorrow!
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For the second visit to the Holyhead Coastguard Station this year a small group from the club arrived and were welcomed by Paddy (Dave) Corcoran.
We were introduced to the inner workings of the building with the customary Safety Briefing so we all knew how to escape when the building catches fire!
It is a superb building with fabulous facilities which allow for the officers to join with other emergency services for disaster planning, to catch up on a bit of rest during their break periods and most importantly to manage their main areas of operation. Paddy explained that the area covered by the station here is huge, stretching from Mid Wales right up to past Blackpool with its western edge on the Irish/UK border.
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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.
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Sunday 26th November
Race results are ready! No report as yet as I was unable to take part...
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
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