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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All mariners are advised that diving operations will be taking place up the Conwy River, near the Tal y Cafn bridge in position 53° 14.6’N 003° 48.6’W from 31/08/2018 until 10/09/2018. The vessel Jac y Do will be moored on station. Mariners are requested to slow speed when approaching the area and wait for instructions to pass if the alpha flag is on display.
MSc LLB (hons) BSc MNI
Conwy Harbour Master
The Caernarfon harbour master has just published the latest buoy positions. For the latest information and downloadable versions, please visit their website.
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We are delighted to announce the release of AnchorBuddy – an app for mobile devices to assist when calculating the depth to anchor and scope to use.
It has been developed by two Club members – Stephen Gorst and Austin Goudge – and is completely free to use. It doesn’t require an Internet connection once it’s downloaded and is available for both iOS and Android (phone and tablet).
The Club even gets a mention in the credits!
Download it from the following links:
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
NWCC is currently in equal 2nd place in the world for participants in the Bart’s Bash league table!
Let’s keep us up there – Sign up by clicking here.
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
I went to Port St Mary over the weekend single handed and even though I had a great trip it was beyond my endurance levels so I suffered a bit.
I left Port Penrhyn at 0730 on Saturday and total time to Port St Mary was 13.5hrs. I raised the sails off Gallows Point, Beaumaris, and had a great days’ sailing up to 11 miles off IOM. » Read more
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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Our 2017 Spring Cruise took place over the week of 27th May to 2nd June, including the bank holiday Monday. Five boats took part:
- Free Will
- Happy Daze
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