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!!!

Gwennol’s Cruise, 2014

Our boat, Gwennol, is a 23 year old, 31 foot Jeaneau Sun Odyssey, with Yanmar 2GM20 engine. The fuel capacity is 10gall, plus a 5 gall jerry can, say 70 litres in all.

The crew, with main responsibilities were Pat Tyson-Jones (sails and chef), Pete Bland (electronic navigation), Gwyn Jones (engine, and general worrying). Three is the ideal crew for  this boat- four would cause too much congestion on a long trip

On this trip, unless conditions were ideal, we preferred to maintain at least 5 kts » Read more

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.

Rock Channel

The Rock Channel is a useful half tide access to Liverpool for small boats (which includes large yachts) as opposed to ships.  This route can cut 5 miles off the journey and can also be a lot calmer in my experience than the swell you can experience at the entrance to the main channel.

I’ve put the following two links in which you can choose between. The first link is older but has some nice chartlets and a historical article about the Rock channel.  I followed this route with success on the way back from the tall ships race and never had less than 4m under the boat 2 hours before high tide.  The depths were similar to our standard trip in and out of Conwy.

Liverpool Yacht Club Guide to the Rock Channel can be accessed from this link. Updated 2010.

Alternative guide at Chris Michael’s page on liv.ac.uk can be accessed from this link. Updated 2018.

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.

Trafalgar Reenactment Sailing Results

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.

French Fleet

Place Overall Boat Name Hcap Elapsed Corrected
1 Ruby 0.940 4950 s 4653 s
2 Viva 0.950 4920 s 4674 s
4 Hazel Ann 0.848 5760s 4884 s

Total Corrected Time for Fleet = 14211 seconds divided by 3 times 2 = 9474 seconds

English Fleet

Place Overall Boat Name Hcap Elapsed Corrected
3 Myfanwy 0.855 5670 s 4847 s
5 Harlequin 0.930 5400 s 5022 s
Seclusion 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!

Last Chance Saloon Rally

The results of a well contested race were:

Place Boat Name
1 Seren y Mor
2 Lazy C
3 Ruby
4 Myfanwy
5 Seclusion
DNF Promises
DNF Odyssey

Also out in the Bay for a sail and to take part in the experience were:

Lobo de Mar and Comrades

The conditions were good for a lively sail starting out at Force 4 and gradually easing.  The direction wasn’t as Southerly as forecast though which led to a couple of boats having trouble making The first mark.  Nonetheless a great sail was had by all.

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