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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May 28th – Conwy to Lynas
Split 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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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
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!
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!!!
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.
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
Since my last missive a lot has been going on both at the Club and onshore/on the water with us all getting ready for the season.
To start at the beginning we held our planned Cadets Evening on Saturday 15 March with invited young people from the Llandrillo College Marine Skills Course attending. The event was successful with 5 new Cadets joining the Club all looking for Sailing and Working on Boats experience, the evening was also well attended by Members and the Bar Trade was, to say the least, brisk. Thank you all for taking the time to support this new initiative.Following the event I have also received several other enquiries from the students who wish to join. To continue the development of this initiative we are planning to invite the new Cadets to sail with us on Members Boats during our Puffin Island Picnic Rally on Saturday 19 April, so if you are planning to participate in this event and would like to take a Cadet Member as crew then please do either let Steve Gorst (Sailing Captain) know by email or indicate your willingness to do so on the booking form that will be posted in the club.
Saturday 22 March was the date of our annual fitting out party and buffet supper. The evening was fully booked and without doubt thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. The supper was fantastic and John Broadhead entertained us in great style with his unique musical/vocal skills and literally had everyone (almost) dancing in the isles. Once again a very profitable and enjoyable night for the club.
Saturday 29 March was big Terry Hughes 75th birthday party and another great evening with an enormous bar take and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. A really big thank you to Terry for holding his party at the club and by doing so helping us to make it both busy and profitable.
As I have already mentioned above our Summer Sailing Programme kicks off with the Puffin Island Picnic Rally on Saturday 19 April so please do look out for the notices and booking forms for it and lets all go if we can and get the Sailing Year off to a good start. As the rally is a daysail event we are going to hold a social event for the entertainment of everyone in the club the same evening commencing at 2000, this is an open event so you do not need to book for it just come along and join in the fun! There will certainly be plenty of this because we are going to make it a Memorably Musical Evening. This will be based on a performance by a highly regarded lady country/folk musician/singer, Mandy, who has only recently moved to Conwy with her family. In addition to Mandy John Broadhead will also be performing and I am anticipating that perhaps Dave Pullan, Tony Barlow and Andy Gallacher will also play and sing for our entertainment. This should be some event! Don’t forget that with our new Bar Food facility you can also have your dinner at the club at a really reasonable cost. I look forward to as many of you as possible supporting the day either on the water, in the club, or both. Anyone can play or sing!
Finally, for now, please do all look at the ongoing Sailing and Social Programmes for the summer, both of which are on the website, they are organised for the benefit and enjoyment of you the Members. Come and join us in support of your Club as often as you can, you won’t be disappointed I promise.
Yours in Sailing
The French Fleet under the Command of Acting Admiral Mike Allen won a great and glorious victory over the English Fleet under the Command of Temporary Admiral Steve Gorst (Acting Admiral absent from place of duty!).
The details are: The Battle Commenced at 1035 by the Chronometer of The Admiral of the Day – Terry Worthington.
Total Corrected Time for Fleet = 14211 seconds divided by 3 times 2 = 9474 seconds
||Did not join the Line of Battle
Total Corrected Time for Fleet = 9869 seconds
Winning Fleet is that with the lowest corrected time for the engagement = French with 9474 seconds
Vive La France!
The Summer cruise has been a great success. We have visited many new ports to us including Fleetwood, Glasson dock, Piel Island and Whitehaven. We have put a selection of pictures on the club Facebook site.
We had a great evening. Thanks to everyone that came. Lets hope we get a chance for another one!