David is the author of the popular Irish Sea Pilot, a guide that many of us use when cruising the area.
The evening of the 21st May was a great success, with a very full club (standing room only) to listen and watch David give a very interesting and well received talk about his sailing experiences, as well as advice and tips on sailing in the Irish Sea and the wider area.
Based on this success, we would like to continue to invite interesting speakers so if you have any ideas or would like to recommend someone, please get in touch at [email protected].
The second event of the year was the Shakedown Cruise, over the May Day Bank Holiday. Thanks to all the hardy sailors – Myfanwy, Pisces, Split Decision, Night Song, Mahalo, Sunya and Amanzi – for joining in with the annual attempt to go round Anglesey. Yet again the weather beat us as it was far too windy to cross the Caernarfon Bar on Sunday morning so we elected to sail to Caernarfon and back to Conwy instead, stopping at Dylans and Fu’s for refreshments as we went.
As it turned out both Saturday and Sunday were excellent sails and on Sunday we managed to sail all the way from Caernarfon back to Conwy under head-sail. See below for a compilation video of the weekend.
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The year book has now been published, pick up your copy from the clubhouse. Take an extra couple of copies if you like – give one to a friend to encourage them to join the club. An electronic version has also been published on the website, access it from here.
We’re already compiling the next edition, so if you have any stories, photographs or other interesting information, or if you have an idea for an article and would like to talk about it, please contact us on [email protected].
We have revamped the way we send out club emails, and have reinstated the monthly newsletter. We are using an online emailing system for these, and will also be using it for occasional ad-hoc emails about news and events so hopefully the style will be more consistent and the content will be clear and understandable.
After a postponement on Easter Saturday, 6 boats braved the blustery conditions on Easter Monday for a thrash around the Bay, according to sailing captain, Steve Gorst, conditions were a gentle force 8 on the Cemaes scale! The wind direction precluded a sail around Puffin Island, so no seal pictures this year. However, see below for a good video of Bob from Comrades helming Myfanwy that Steve took which gives some idea of the conditions.
The Fitting Out party took place on the Saturday evening in the Clubhouse with an Italian themed supper of lasagne and Italian trifle well laced with Amaretto. 12 members enjoyed the supper with many more joining for the music night organised by Mike Harrison. Seemingly bangers and mash would be a more popular choice for supper in the future – noted by the chefs 🙂
The next sailing event is the Shakedown Cruise on May Bank holiday weekend. The details of the event are on the website under sailing events.