by Vicky Cox 17 Sep 14:53 BST
The ever popular Pwllheli Challenge Series kicked off on Saturday. This year's challenge has had a bit of a shake up by popular demand, so as not to miss out on any good autumn weather and mild winter days. As a result the series now encompasses four weekends of the Autumn Series plus four further weekends which make up the new Winter series, altogether producing a possible 26 races over eight weekends and finishing mid-December. Those competitors not interested in the full challenge series can chose to compete in the Autumn Series or Winter series as stand-alone events.
The new format also saw the introduction of some extra races, so the schedule for the first day was for three races. The fleet saw between 10 and 15 kts SW on the course for the first race but wind gradually built throughout the day and by the third race winds between 15 and 20 kts were seen with the odd gust of 22kt on the instruments.
The 2018 ISORA Offshore Championship was decided in a nail biting finish to the last race on Saturday. Reigning ISORA Offshore Champion, “Mojito” (Peter Dunlop & Vicky Cox), had lead the series for much of the season but Chris Power-Smith’s “Aurelia” just had to win the last race to snatch the coveted Wolf’s Head trophy back from “Mojito”.
Mojito's Overall win helped Pwllheli Sailing Club win the ISORA 2018 Club Team Trophy - (Mojito 1st, Jackknife 3rd and Sgrech 8th out of a total of 60 competing boats!)
The race was the annual James Eadie Race from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire, a distance of 80 miles. There were 27 entries for the race but only 15 were confirmed starters. Of these only 13 managed to get the Pwllheli for the start.
The forecast for the race was strong South-West winds backing to South later in the day. The forecast also indicated no winds in Dublin Bay for the finish. As well as the strong winds at the start, driving rain made the exit from Pwllheli challenging. The strong winds had whipped up big seas on the beat from the start to Bardsey, with mountainous overfalls at St Tudwals islands.
Race 14 was the final race of the Welsh coastal series, which would decide the Global Displays Welsh Coastal Series. With 23 boat competing in Ireland for the Viking Marine Coastal Series, and 7 in Pwllheli, both coastal series have been well supported this year.
The Optimist National Championship is being hosted in Plas Heli with the assistance of CHPSC
Our Commodore, Eifion Owen, addressed the competitors in the main hall during the opening ceremony on Saturday afternoon.
We hope that all competitors have a great time on and off the water.
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Entries are still invited for the IRC Welsh National Championships, in Pwllheli 17th-19th August 2018.
This flagship event is being hosted by Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre, and managed by Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club and the Royal Dee Yacht club. Racing is planned for Two IRC classes and a Cruiser class on two racetracks, in a commercial traffic free environment. Cardigan bay has weak tides and provides a safe and fair racing area, for windward/leeward, coastal or round the cans racing, with stunning views of Snowdonia and the Llyn peninsula as a backdrop.
CONGRATULATIONS - Peter, Vicky and the Mojito team - Overall IRC Class 2 winners!
This is a fantastic result for the CHPSC boat - we are all very proud of their success.
ALSO - WRECKS IRC Overall Winner out of a very competative 50 boat fleet!
ALSO - ECHO Class 2 Overall Winner
ALSO - Inshore Racing IRC Class Overall Winner
ALSO - Inshore Racing 2nd ECHO Class
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