Bart’s Bash!

Our Bart’s Bash event will be held on Saturday the 15th of September this year, and the briefing will be on Friday 14th September at 21:00 in the NWCC clubhouse. The race is always well attended and our race has always been one of the top money raisers in the world so lets see if we can keep that up. Sign ups are made on the Barts Bash Website and the link is https://www.bartsbash.com/participant-sign-up and select North Wales Cruising Club as the Sailing Venue.

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Puffin Island Seal Spotting

The Puffin Island trip was scheduled to take place on Saturday the 31st of March but as the forecast was poor we rescheduled it for Sunday the 1st of April.  In contrast to the Saturday the weather on Sunday was dry with light easterly winds but spectacularly cold.  I believe there was actually a frost in the marina early in the morning.  2 boats braved the cold leaving Conwy to go on the trip – Myself Lorraine and Austin on Free Will and Trevor and Sue Wilson on Annica.  Meanwhile Steve and Yvonne Wade and their family left Caernarfon to rejoin us in Conwy after a winter in Victoria Dock.  On Free Will we took it as an opportunity to try out all the equipment.  The autohelm initially took us in circles but when we moved the electric dinghy pump out of the bulkhead locker to a locker further away from the autohelms’ compass, order was restored.  We then took advantage of the easterly winds and raised the Spinnaker in full view of the CYC boats who were having a race around the bay.  Although a bit rusty in our setting up we raised it the right way up and spared our blushes.  We then had a good sail all the way to Puffin Island where we met the Bay of Colwyn boats returning to Rhos after a weekend in Menai Bridge.

All in all it was a good trip out and we returned to the mooring closely followed by Steve and Yvonne Wade on Split Decision.

The winning boat with some splendid seal pictures was Split Decision and I’d like to welcome them back to Conwy.

It was a bit disappointing not to see more club boats out but given that it was a very early Easter and many club boats were still ashore it was understandable.  Hopefully there will be a bigger turnout for the next event.

Steve Gorst, Sailing Captain

Conwy River Festival 2018

We are delighted to announce that The Conwy River Festival (CRF) is going ahead again in 2018.  The Festival is taking place over two weekends with the LA-LA Rally being organised by the NWCC.:

  • Saturday 14th July: Racing and Quay Day
  • Sunday 15th July: Racing
  • Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd July: LA-LA Rally

The CRF website has been re-designed and relaunched and contains the full programme of events.  It will be updated regularly with all the latest information. You can also sign up for the CRF newsletter on the site, to keep up with the latest news: conwyriverfestival.org

Please put the CRF in your diary – if it is supported by the local club members, it will continue to be a key event in the Conwy Calendar.

August Pursuit Race

As the river festival racing was cancelled this year, we organised an impromptu race on Quay Day.

6 Boats took part in the race: Firecrest, Calva, Wednesday’s Child, Anastasia, Free Will and Pinch of Thyme. The course was C1-C2 start line followed by Puffin to Port and back to C1-C2.

The first boat Firecrest set off at 13:25 and the last boat Pinch of Thyme set off at 13:37 with the task of catching Firecrest before 15:25 » Read more

The Big One Weekend

The plan was to have a pursuit race in the bay followed by a BBQ on the Pontoon. The race was also open to non members but the cup could only be won by a member. Just to complicate matters the first test of the British Lions was being held that morning so the British Legion kindly opened up for us and served us some excellent breakfasts. It’s a shame the match didn’t go the way we hoped but the Lions did score at least one excellent try.

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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.

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

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