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Global300x150Race 2 - Results and Report
Pwllheli Global Exhibitions Long Bay Race

By Vicky Ciox (Mojito)

ISORA race 2 was the Pwllheli Castle Race, the first of a three race coastal series within the full ISORA series, and sponsored by Global displays.

The sister race  to the Irish side's 'Dun Laoghaire to Wicklow' race also saw light winds and a fair weather forecast. On the pontoons the fleet saw an encouraging 12 kts on the instruments but heading out to the start line at Gimlet rock confirmed that the NW-NNW was going to make things interesting. With winds coming over the hills, flat seas were created but also very light, gusty and shifty conditions.


There had been much talk about code zeros at Plas Heli the night before but in reality the course was one big, 2, mile, windward-leeward starting with a short reach to Pwllheli Sailing Club (PSC) mark number 10, an 11 mile run down to the Sarn Badrig (Causeway buoy), an 11 mile beat back to PSC mark number 3 and another short reach to the PSC offshore finish line and all avoiding the racing areas used by the 120 competitors in the Welsh Youth Championships being hosted in Pwllheli

Mojito and Jackknife got off to a good start but Mojito fell into the wind of North Star, a first 40.7 and welcome newcomer to ISORA. Meanwhile last years winners Sgrech found clear air but the higher route meant they needed to cover more distance to the first mark. Jackknife rounded first followed by North Star and Mojito on their transom, up went the kites.

The the whole fleet enjoying the steady northerly breeze, sunshine, stunning views of both The Llyn Peninsula and the mountains of Snowdonia and dolphins! 

pwllhelilogoloresflagby Mark Thompson today at 8:10 pm
15-17 April 2017

With changeable weather forecast, a variety of racing formats were arranged to satisfy the differing boats entering the series, over the long weekend.

Day 1 was a 16 mile coastal course from Pwllheli to St Tudwal's West and down to Pen -Y-Chain, before returning on a dog leg via PSC6. Great sailing conditions and this race was won by Mojito with Aquaplane 2nd.

Day 2 had two 8 mile windward/leeward courses in a blustery and showery southwesterly, with fully crewed boats making the most of the conditions. Mojito won both races with Jackknife second.

Day 3, a triangular course was devised for both races, with champagne sailing in a shifty north westerly wind. Both races won by J80 Jac-Y-Do with Blue Sky 2nd.

This gave the series win to J109 Mojito (Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox) with 2nd place to Jac-Y-Do (Jack Thompson).

The Easter Racing results are available here

The latest Triangle Results are avauilable here

Next racing is the ISORA/CHPSC Coastal race, sponsored by Global Displays next Saturday

Follow this link here for a A QUICK OVERVIEW of the SIGNIFICANT RULE and GAME CHANGES  in the 2017-2020 RACING RULES OF SAILING by Dave Perry excerpted from Dave Perry’s Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing through 2020 available from the US Sailing Store (www.ussailing.org or 1-800 US SAIL-1)


MojitoRace1aWhat a super weekend of racing! The weather couldn't have been better so early in the year with possibly the first of the sun screen for many.

After an AP the wind filled in to 14kts and the fleet headed over to Abersoch for two windward-leeward legs separated by a trip around the Tudwalls and finishing amongst the toppers at the Fairway. Two super days of sailing in the April series.

Next racing is Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday with a 10am start.

Come and join in the fun..  

The date has now been set for the 2017 Spinlock IRC Welsh National Championship -  11th, 12th and 13th August 2017. Please put it in your diary now!

The Notice of Race will be published shortly and there are already indications of participation from all corners of the Irish Sea catchment area.


We are getting ready for the 2017 racing season and the CHPSC Race Pack has been updated- take a look here.

The Racing Chart has also been updated and you can download your copy from the Race Pack (or just click on this image). The new Chart incorporates the new racing mark - No. 10 (located 1.7NM east of the harbour entrance).

Remember - everything that you need for racing in Pwllheli can be found in the Race Pack.



ISORA Logo NewSmallerPwllheli Sailing Club has again won the ISORA Team Championship with 1st (Sgrech), 2nd (Mojito) and 5th (Jackknife) overall places for the 12 race series.

Sgrech won the last race from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 10th September which gave her the overall win for the season for the Woolf's Head which will be presented at the annual AGM and Dinner on 12th November.

The CHPSC team will also collect the Overall team trophy and team Aquaplane will collect the Silver Class Overall win

A great offshore season for all Pwllheli boats and the full report can be read here

Notice of Race here soon

SailwaveCongratulations Mojito - winners of the ISORA Race from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli - results available on the ISORA web site here


ISORA Logo NewSmallerThe results of the 8th 2016 AveryCrest ISORA race is available here

This was the night race from Abersoch to Pwllheli starting at 19.30hrs from the bridge of SCYC providing a spectacle for the hundreds gathered there for the start of Abersoch Dinghy Week.

The committee had decided on a course for the forecasted light winds which was a factor in the smaller than expected fleet size.

The first leg form the start  provided a close fetch to the St Tudwal's Islands and Mojito was the only competitor to try their code Zero. On rounding St Tudwal's Island West the fleet turned east on a run, in the mist, to Madog Fairway Buoy.

The next leg west was a 14 mile close fetch to the flashing lights of the Pwllheli mark 'O'. Sgrech managed to fly her Code Zero for most of this leg recording great speeds.

The last leg was a run to the finish - a line from the Plas Heli bridge, the National Sailing Academy to the Pwllheli Fairway Buoy. ISORA vice Chairman and former CHPSC Commodore Gerry Williams with assistance from Gwen recorded the competitors finishing times.

Andrew Hall's Jackknife took line honours followed by J109 Sgrech and then Mojito. Sgrech was the Class One winner and overall winner.

Silver fleet was won by the Aquaplane team, Mark, Jo and Jack Thompson, who are now strong contenders to become the Silver Class Champions.

The crews were all invited to the top deck at Plas Heli to a reception where local beer, Cwrw Llyn, was provided by our race sponsor, Tudor Estate Agents. The beer was gratefully consumed whilst comparing notes and discussing racing options and tactics. Ella Trout's Roger Fitzgerald, a regular on the Jester Challenge said he would be back for more ISORA racing.

RacingSeminarCalling all interested Sailors, Yachtsmen and Sailing Event Volunteers!

Racing Rules for Safety Crew and Mark Layers

Join us at Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club for another one of our winter seminars.

Speaker: David Battye - National Judge and National Umpire

Topics Covered: 

Fair sailing and gross misconduct

Outside help to redress

Sailing the course 

Touching a mark


When:   Iau , Gorffenaf  7 July Thursday  19:00 
Where:   Plas Heli



JUNE SERIES RACING WEEKEND incorporating the Pwllheli Shuffle 25/26th June 2016

Racing marks for "Pwllheli Shuffle" 25th June 2016

Start 7 2 3 4 10 Finish

Marks can be passed in any order ... Marks to be "rounded" as per normal racing rules! (No short cuts! )

Start any time before 2pm

Email elapsed time and boat name/model when completed to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Take a note of time past each Mark in case of disputes!


Mojito 1st Overall at 0645hrs Sunday 19th June - well done!


We all wish Mojito a safe and fast race in the 2016 Round Ireland Race.

May Bank Holiday Racing
29th May 2016
Race Report

6 Boats came to the line for a 6.45 mile triangular course, around the west end mark (2), to number 8, and to the new number 10 mark, just off Aberech beach (also known as Sam Buoy thanks to the effort of Sammo Jones who renovated and laid this mark earlier in the year).

A clean start was called by Robin Evans, and all 6 boats enjoyed a beat down towards the first mark, followed by a run to number 8, the decision then was whether to put a spinnaker up for the long leg  to number 10, “To me to you” was the first boat to attempt this, but had some issues!  “Jac y do”  rounded number 8 first, and elected to broad reach down to number 10, under white sails, as the wind was veering..

The whole fleet was making good progress, with fast  boat speeds in the smooth water and  glorious views of Snowdonia. For those able to look up! Sighting number 10 was tricky, blending into the beach! A tight beat towards the finish with “To me to you” taking line honours  and all boats got round in a very close timescale.



Sailwave results available here

Racing Sunday 29th at Pwllheli ….Midday start, spinnaker and white sails course.

Planning a triangle with two laps. 

PSC bridge start. Meet Plas Heli 1030 to decide course or call on channel 17 at 1145

Race Co-ordinator Mark Thompson - 07966490414 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

10OctPSC2 – Ynysoedd Gwylan - Causeway Buoy - PSC2

A view from Aquaplane!

A midday start was planned to cater  for both tides and the forecast, which showed a  northerly flow 10-15kts. Excellent sailing conditions in Cardigan bay.

The day dawned brightly, and the wind built as forecast, giving all 6 boats a decent start with a reach to PSC 2 West End mark. We like reaching legs on  Aquaplane….we can keep up! Round the  mark it was spinnakers up for a nice ride down to St Tuds..

The race will be approximately 35 miles and will start at 1200hrs
The course will be announced on Friday evening.
  • Start
  • PSC No. 2 (p)
  • 'Y' Gwylan Islands (p)
  • 'C' Causeway Buoy (p)
  • PSC No.2 (s)
  • Finish

(see new definition of Finish)

Marks are defined in the CHPSC Race Pack here.

psc flagTransparentThe results are published and available here

A great race starting from the traditional Pwllheli start line along the beach to PSC No.2 and then a coastal scenic course to Aberdaron Bay and around Gwylan Islands - then spinnakers up on the leg to Causeway Buoy. Then a hard beat back to PSC No. 2 and then to the new finish line using the Academy bridge.

Jackknife kept her early lead throughout the race for line honours and overall win.

A full race report will be published here when available.

The wind forecast for Easter Saturday and Sunday (gusting up to 45kts) crews will be spending their time preparing and fine tuning their boats.

Racing is, however, being arranged for Easter Monday. If you wouold like to join Mojito, Aquaplane, Just Jay (and possibly Jetstream too) please e-mail to let us know - or just turn up on the pontoons.

Racing will start at 1000(BST/local time) and the crews plab to be back in around 1400.

RacingShuffleIconThe date for the 'Pwllheli Sailing Shuffle' has been set - 25/26th June - put it in your calendar!

This is part of the new racing initiative for 2016 to attract new racers in a fun and friendly environment. Entry is available for anyone - you don't need to have your boat measured - just enter and race.

  • Each boat will start at a time to suit the crew and skipper - just record your own start time
  • Then proceed to round the racing marks - in any order you like - yes any order!
  • Then cross the finish line - take your own finish time
  • Text your start and finish time to the Race Officer
  • All elapsed times will be adjusted by applying the (free to use) NHC time correction factor.
  • The winner will be announced in the evening social gathering!

The above weekend racing is part of a number of measures being used this season to encourage more boats into racing.

Other ideas which wil be incorporated into the racing programme ar:

  • Pursuite Race, Ladies Race, Friday Racing and A Timed Lap Race.
  • Separate starts for NHC / white sails calss with more long legs and reaches.
  • Ad - Hoc racing as weather and availability of boats and crew dictate.
  • New Racing mark in Pen-yChain (Butlins) - racing can be seen from the Academy balcony
  • Crew Register - bringing boats and crew together
Please continue to 'Read More' for the Racing Committee Agenda and minutes and contact our Sailing Captain Vicky Cox by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you want to help with the CHPSC Racing.

Information for CHPSC racing is now published on the web site. We would be delighted to receive suggestions so that we can imnprove the racing experience for the 2016 season.
More details here and please look at the 'Racing Information Pack' and 'draft 2016 Race programme'.

The results for the Pwllheli Challenge (IRC and NHC) and Bart's Bash are all available here.



isora20logoClwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club has won the ISORA team trophy with Jackknife 2nd Overall, Mojito 3rd Overall and Sgrech 4th Overall.

This is a great acheivement for CHPSC to win this trophy in a fleet of 51 boats and this continues the great offshore tradition in the club.


Plas Heli, the operating company of the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre and Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club successfully hosted the IRC Welsh National Championship on 21st to 23rd August, with the assistance of The Royal Dee Yacht Club, building on the previous hosted Celtic Regatta.

The 2015 event was promoted in the yachting press, including the IRC year book, and received the attention of the Irish yachting press. The Championship was also promoted with attractive event flyers and by newsletters and flyers. We worked closely with ISORA (Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association) who also helped in the promotion.

The Notice of Race is now published and is available on the Chapmionship web site.


Flyer2015PlainWe hosted the Spinlock IRC Welsh National Championships on 21st to 23rd August and there are great images of the event on the Championship web-site.

You can also replay the races with the race tracking.

To obtain more information about the event please visit the Championship web site here.


The light and variable winds forecasted for Cardigan Bay caused problems for the Race Committee for the Pwllheli rendition of the ISORA Night Race.

The course was confirmed at 1730hrs on Friday and this took the fleet to Gwylan Islands in Aberdaron Bay and back to Pwllheli. The competitors were able to take advantage of the fantastic scenery of the coastline until it went dark and then the cloudless night provided a spectacular show of start and shooting stars.

Jackknife led the fleet and was first to round Gwylan Islands with Sgrech closing the gap and in contention.

The wind varied constantly and kept the crews on their toes with many sail changes and dodging windless traps on the way.

Plas Heli hosts the IRC Welsh National Championships from 21st to 23rd August with competitors entered from all corners of the Irish Sea catchment rea including Irish stars Jump Juice from Royal Cork Yacht Club and Fools Gold from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club.

There is a strong J boat challenge with Storm from Howth Yacht Club ready to do battle with the local Pwllheli J109 fleet; Sgrech, Jeepster and Jetstream. The Dún Laoghaire boats include Cri Cri, Gringo and Tsunami who return to Pwllheli again this year after enjoying their visit last year.

We also welcome competitors from South Wales; Forward Thinking from Cardiff and Dark Angel from Swansea.

Local contenders from neighbouring SCYC include Richard Fildes' Corby 'Imposter' and J97 'Ingenious' both usually on the podium.

Liverpool Yacht Club entries include Diva, Legless Again, Eazi Tiger, Badabing, Di Rich and Kerageous.

The resuts after the racing on Sunday 7th June are available here

The Racing Marks are now on station and ready for racing

The marks have been painted yellow to comply with the requirements of Trinity House.

Mark No. 8 shown in the photograph is now fitted with a mast for identification purposes.

The other marks are also painted yellow but are NOT fitted with a mast.


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