The February series will start on Sunday 5th February
Race 5 Sunday 29th January
Again just two yachts competing as Just Jay was still undergoing mast work. The race start at 13:00 as normal with a steady SSE 10kt wind. The course selected was the same as the previous week, Clipera, Langdon Ridge, Clipera and finish. The weather forecast had been changing all week and the expected heavy rain and gusty conditions didn't materialise. Lily made a poor sail choice for the start allowing Just Enough to get away and although Lily was closing as they approached Just Enough made the turn first. Under spinnaker for leg 2 Just Enough with her asymmetric headed off towards Carmel Head while Lily ran a perfect line to Langdon Ridge allowing for tide but the wind fell away in the middle of the bay leaving Lily at times with no apparent wind. Just Enough had a big advantage as they approached Langdon but as she turned to make the mark she struggled in the light winds to get back against the current running NE-SW at the mark.
The beat back from Langdon to Clipera saw both yachts taking different strategies but Lily failed to make up anything on Just Enough leaving about a 5 minute gap at the mark. As they entered the harbour the wind was dying away and Lily lost even more up to the finish line.
It could be said that Lily's skipper was looking at too much added technology having just made the connection from original instruments to the Zeus2 chartplotter.
Congratulations to Phil on Just Enough for winning the series with a clean sweep on the IRC handicap.
Race 4 Wednesday December 28th
Race 4, the last race of 2016 was held in fantastic winter weather, clearing skies, southerly mild winds which were less than forecast and dropping down during the later stages of the race. The course selected for the race was ideal with two spinnaker legs, two beats and one fetch. As ever Just Jay was off the marina first, Just Enough second and Lily last, one day we will get out earlier!
The 3 yachts circled round to take a beam reach start on Starboard as they headed for the Knuckle where spinnakers could be hoisted, Just Jay taking a wider line with Just Enough getting a good line closer to the wall and overtaking Lily whose spinnaker problems persisted, failing to get her spinnaker rigged until she reached Clipera by which time the other two yachts had a significant advantage. Lily should have taken a deeper line from Clipera towards Bolivar than the J boats but the spinnaker the change of helm resulted in Lily following the other two boats thus loosing the advantage. Lily was so far behind that it was difficult to see who was leading but the two J's were sailing in close proximity for most of the race. Additional info from Cogger's FB post: Just Enough was right behind Just Jay until she caught a lobster pot on her keel forcing J 92 to fall off Just Jay's quarter wave.
Then rounding Langdon RIdge bouy Just Jay had problems taking her spinnaker down allowing Just Enough to retake the lead. Just Jay got line honours but Just Enough finished 2 minutes behind in the 2 hour 18 min race, to get the bullet by 1 min 36 seconds on corrected time.
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Here is a link to the new 2017 RRS so that you can all read up on what you SHOULD be doing on the water. You'll probably have plenty of time while you are suffering from over indulgence during your Christmas festivities. By the way we will also be holding a Cruiser Race over the holiday period.
This hefty volume is worth reading as it is valid till 2020!
We'll hold a test during the season to see how well you know your rules! Winner will be promoted to Rules Instructor!
It is broken down into Parts and Part 1 includes some exciting bits like "
- BETTING AND ANTI-CORRUPTION
- BETTING AND ANTI-CORRUPTION
So just you be careful we're watching you!
By the way if when you are reading Part 2 you might need to understand the definition of Overlap
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A big Thank you to OOD Geraint and Jane for crewing good ship committee boat Colibra..
With Mally off driving his new car he kindly lent Colibra to OOD Geraint and timekeeper Jane to be committee boat.
The harbour was looking good with 10 Oppies - the N Wales squad out training.
Malcolm D stepped up to the mark by driving the windward mark and safety boat.
The windward mark was laid right outside the Marina café window much to the enjoyment of Cogger
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For anyone interested in racing next year here are the details of the IRC Spinlock Discounts scheme. It would be really great if more of our Holyhead Yachts obtained valid IRC certificates and joined in some of the races both at Holyhead and at other venues. Remeber that if you renewed your certificate last year under the scheme then you can get 25% off the renewal for this year.
The RORC Rating Office is offering the following start up offer for the Spinlock IRC rating system
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Dinghy report 3rd December 2016.
5 Lasers turned up to be greeted by Geraint, Jane and Mal already on Calibre the committee boat and Efryn in the safety launch. A big Thank you for your support in the cold and lumpy conditions.
Cragie started the day by going to the top of Just Enough’s mast a J92 in the Marina. He was freezing wrapping his legs around that metal mast in the cold NE wind straight from Russia.
He was happier later when reacquainted with the watch he had inadvertently left in gents showers the week before.
Craigie spotted the port bias on the line and was heard chuckling to himself as he just cleared the bow of Capt Gareth who tacked and created mayhem in front of John B on starboard. There was a lot of screaming going on.
The first to capsize was Craigie as the wind started picking up with white horses and lumpy seas rolling down the harbour.
John was leading at the windward mark on the second beat but the red mist came down when he went to the wrong red mark (NE instead of NW) allowing Capt Gareth to sneak in and take line honours and the bullet in the 25 min 56 sec race.
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