Round Anglesey Cruise

The club’s round Anglesey cruise took place over the May bank holiday weekend this year, and thirteen club boats joined in.  About half the fleet headed off to Menai Bridge on Friday and spent the night there, while the other half left Conwy on Saturday morning, navigated the Swatch and went straight through the Swellies on the flood tide.

On the way across, boats on both days were accompanied by a large pod of dolphins which have taken up residence in the bay – take a look at the videos below, taken from Free Will and Pisces, to see a spectacular show, including fully airborne dolphins!

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Trafalgar Day

The morning started un-promisingly with rain and poor visibility, with some debate over whether it’s all worth it, but we decided to trust the weather forecast.  The live rain radar looked like the rain would sweep through.

So we headed out in full oilies.

By the time the fleet got to C6 there were signs of the sun trying to appear.  By the time we got to the start line at C1/C2, the sun was shining and there were reports of a fully costumed admiral being spotted on Mahalo.

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Though apparently the admiral wasn’t aware of the correct way to wear his hat.

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2016 Spring Cruise

May 28th – Conwy to Lynas

d80cdd1f-8d50-4146-9462-421b8c74f742Split Decision, Myfanwy, Deva, Tessa and Pisces departed from Conwy early afternoon in sunshine and sailed straight into a very heavy shower.  By the time we had reached Lynas it was back in to sunshine and Myfanwy, Deva, Tessa and Pisces settled down for the night at anchor in light North Easterly winds.  I have never been in to the bay myself and it was a pleasant surprise to find how sheltered it was although there seemed to be a bit of a swell at times, possibly as the tide turned.  Tessa was well photographed as the sun set behind her before we all turned in for the night.

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Trafalgar Sailing 25/10/14

Don’t forget the Trafalgar sailing event is coming up in a couple of weeks.

This year we are thinking of a new format to encourage active engagement of the enemy.  Any ideas on how to implement this are welcome.

If you want to take part in this event please use the usual methods ie sign up on the website send me an email or put your name on the list in the club.

Steve Gorst fighting for the French

Steve Gorst fighting for the French

This event has been won by the French for several years now so if you have a British boat come forward, your country needs you!

Update 15/10/14

The following boats have put their names forward

Ruby – French
Viva – French
Harlequin – British
Myfanwy – French
Nightsong – British
Joie de Vivre – French
Lindos – British
Anyway – British
Promises – British
Pinch of Thyme – British

Now we need more Frenchies!!!

Midsummer Cup Results

We had another good turnout for the Midsummer Pursuit Race last Saturday 14th of June.  The conditions started off as very light winds but a better breeze developed during the afternoon and we enjoyed some good sailing conditions.

The winds were NNW 1 and we sailed C2a to FWY and on to the Long outfall buoy and back to the FWY.  Two boat rounded the FWY and headed back to Long Outfall.

The winner for the first time was Mahalo,  crewed by Austin and Mary Goudge.  Congratulations to them.

Second place was Pinch of Thyme crewed by Mike and Sally Ousby.  Still looking for their first win but always in the mix at the end.

Third was My Cloud making a guest appearance crewed by John Broadhead.

The current positions for the Commodores Cup are now

Myfanwy 68 points
Pinch of Thyme 50 points
Joie de Vivre 40 points

The next event is the Cemaes Bay BBQ.

All the best and hope to see you on the water next time.

Puffin Picnic Rally and Evening Party

Dear Members

Just a quick missive to let you all know what a great day we all had last Saturday. The Puffin Picnic Rally ran on schedule with the briefing on Friday evening at 2100 in the Club. Steve Gorst, our Sailing Captain, delivered the briefing to a good audience of boat skippers that intended to participate and took the names of volunteers! that were happy to host our Cadet Members that planned to sail with the fleet. The turnout of boats was extremely good with several new Members joining in which was fantastic to see. The bar take during the evening was gratifying to say the least although I am sure that any consequent thick heads the next morning were probably regretted. Saturday morning turned out to largely be as forecast, for a change, and the fleet got underway at approx 1130, as instructed by Steve, and made its way to seaward pushing a strong flood tide. Once out in the bay the breeze turned out to actually be fairly fresh from the east and although a number of us had contemplated the possibility of a wonderful cruising chute/spinnaker run over to puffin, none were actually hoisted. Irrespective of this we all made good passage in the stiff breeze arriving off Puffin at approx 1330. Several boats anchored as briefed on the Anglesey shore close to Trwyn Ddu Lighthouse for lunch with a few electing not to do so who made their way gently back to Conwy for a late lunch on their harbour berths. All in all a really good sail and an excellent check out for our boats prior to the longer passages ahead of us as the sailing programme really gets going in earnest with the Round Anglesey Rally on the Bank Holiday weekend 3 – 5 May. Well done Steve and thank you.

The Post Puffin Picnic Party took place that evening commencing at 2000 in the Club. All I can really say is that if you were not there then you really did miss a musical treat of some considerable magnitude. Hazel Sopalthwaite was our principal artiste for the evening and entertained us with country/folk music and song of an extraordinarily high quality. Hazels voice is simply superb and her talent with her quitar of the highest order. Hazel was wonderfully supported throughout the evening by Big John Broadhead, whose music we all appreciate so much, and , Andy Gallacher who so kindly brought his guitar with him and performed a whole series of country songs for our enjoyment. Thank you all so very much from all of us that were there, we really did have a great time and truly appreciated not only your talent but also your generosity of spirit by giving your time to entertain us so very well. The evening was really well attended by over 40 members including the majority of those that had sailed in the rally earlier in the day and also by a considerable number of others that had not been able to do so but came in support of the event.

Nibbles, German sausage Rolls, prepared by Jean were served during the evening. Thank you all for attending in support of our club, it really does make the effort that our musicians and everyone else contributed to the evening worthwhile.

That’s all for now. Don’t forget to sign up for the Round Anglesey Rally 3-5 May. I look forward to seeing you all soon, be it either afloat, in the club or hopefully both.

Yours in Sailing

Tony Mead
Commodore.

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