Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club september 2017 update e-Newsletter...
Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli newyddion medi 2017...
Blink and you missed it. That seems to be general feeling for the summer weather that we did not have much of this year. But when the weather played ball, there has been some excellent champagne sailing days here at Pwllheli.
The IRC Welsh Championships was a success again this year, and the recent International Canoe World Championships has had some excellent coverage in the media, the overall championships report is available here.
Congratulations to Mojito, who completed the Fastnet race and were 12th in their class. The racing boats have been taking part in all of the ISORA races. Last Fridays night race was very technical in very light airs but reports of people taking advantage of the long bar hours from 02.30 to 08:30 is totally true. Hangovers starting at 13:00 are very unusual!!
A Barts Bash dinghy race is being held on September 17th at the club. More details here. We do live in hope that an adult dinghy section will grow in the club. Maybe this years Barts Bash will prove to be the catalyst.
The Pwllheli challenge series is starting on September 23rd and again should be a very enjoyable racing series. If anybody who is new to racing wishes to take part, some members with racing experience have volunteered themselves to help out on any boats that would like any assistance to help them into racing. Anyone interested in the Medi Series on the 9th/10th and 16th/17th September - please send an e-mail by following this link..
The Summer Ball was a great success and the evening was enjoyed by all who attended.
There is an Autumn supper organised at the Club on October 28th. Please buy your tickets before the 24th so we can organise the entertainment etc.
Could I also thank Ruth and Bohdan for keeping the Pwllheli Sailing Club Cruising section going. The number of emails and communications they send out puts my 1 monthly newsletter to shame. It is pleasing to hear about the welcome that our members get in the many different sailing clubs that our members visit. It is one of the advantages of being a member of Pwllheli Sailing Club is that we are allowed into other sailing clubs under the reciprocal understanding that we have with all other sailing clubs.
David Hughes has also left Plas Heli and we wish him well. Davis was instrumental in helping lots of club volunteers achieve RYA certification in powerboating and sailing.
Happy sailing and I will see you hopefully on the water, but more likely in the bar.
Eifion Morlywydd ~ Commodore
Racing Update - An Awesome Fun Packed August!!
What an awesome month of keelboat racing Pwllheli Sailing Club has had!
The beginning of August saw Mojito sail off to the south coast in preparation for the Fastnet race. They had an excellent start to the race, reported to have been the first in class out of the Solent, a position that they maintained at the rock meaning they were 9th overall at the rock out of the 350 boats entered in IRC
The summer season 2017 has been remarkably successful in the circumstances – the International Topper UK National championships had an entry of over 225 sailors, the Merlin Rocket Nationals attracted 76 sailors and the International Canoe World championships 58 sailors from three continents.
There has been excellent media coverage through social media, on-line reporting in Yachts and Yachting.com link here - (and this one) and its embedded videos produced by VRSport.tv. see here
The season has now concluded with the Laser 4.7 Ladder event over two days that had an entry of 40 young sailors competing for UK squad honours.
Cruising Update ...
The Cruising section have had a good season. Many groups, and individual boats enjoying their cruising.
Aberystwyth has been visited by numerous boats both power and sail and 'The Open Day' was exceptional. Greystones another favourite, Howth, Malahide, Dun Leoghaire, Arklow, IOM,Milford Haven, some crossing the Irish Sea for the first time.
Abersoch SCYC have had a few visits which have always been pleasurable where power boaters have joined in on the sailing boats, when the weather was not favourable.
Having had a great Bank Hols weekend, blessed with nice weather for a change and people enjoying cruises as far as Ireland, Isle of Man, Barmouth, Aberystwyth and others BBQ on Quarry Beach.
It has been suggested a Cruise to Aberystwyth September the 15th-17th as the tides look favourable.
As usual we intend to finish the season with 'Boat to 'Boat'
Barts Bash - more here including Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and Entry / Registration details.
CHIPAC News - Vice Commodore On Saturday 9 September the North Wales Schools Championship 2017 will be taking place at Llyn Brenig Sailing Club. Registration opens at 8.45 am and competitors briefing is at 9.45 with the first race at 10.30am. This is an ideal event to represent your school. The entry fee is £5 per boat. For more information please either contact Jane Butterworth or Abi Watson
On 15 September there will be another opportunity to have an evening on a J80. Mark has kindly offered his boat so that we can have the opportunity for 12 sailors to have a taster experience at keel boat sailing. There is a limit in numbers again so please let me know asap if you are interested in taking part.
If you know of anybody between the ages of 8 and 18 who would like to start to learn to sail then please contact Gwyndaf Hughes or Jane Butterworth or email email@example.com to register their interest for the 2018 season. The courses will start in April/May and limited places are available. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Message from our Rear Commodore
“BUMBLE AHOY” On the 29th August Pat and I were fortunate and honoured to meet a truly remarkable person at Hafan Pwllheli.
Peter Matherson is circumnavigating Britain in his 51year old, 22ft, “Westerly” Yacht called “Wait and Hope” and his only companion on the epic journey is his 14-month-old sheep dog bitch Elsa.
Peter embarked on this epic and gruelling journey in an effort to raise money for Petal Childhood Cancer Research and Cancer Research UK. You can follow Peter and Elsa’s journey on Facebook at Bumble Ahoy and you can donate to this cause by visiting his web site here:-
Pwllheli was not one of his scheduled stops but he called in at Hafan Pwllheli due to two of the three outboard engines he was carrying breaking down.
Peter started his Journey from Wick on the 1st of March this year and at the time of writing he was having a short break in Fleetwood
Dates for your Diary:
This Friday 8th Sept - The Commonwealth Baton The Commonwealth Batton will arrive in Plas Heli at 16.30hrs by Lifeboat from Criccieth
This Friday 8th Sept - ISORA sailors arrive from all ports in the Irish Sea 31 boats are expected for the start of the last ISORA race in the 2017 series - from Pwllheli to DunLaoghaire - start 0830hrs Satyurday 9th.
September 17th Barts Bash (see above)
September 23rd - Start of Popular Pwllheli Challenge - are you up for it?
October 28th - Autumn Supper - a great evening is planned - book early
Take a look at this video on the CHPSC web site here
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