Club Race and Club Cruise to Porthdinllaen
Saturday 2nd June 2018 with a return race /cruise on Sunday 3rd June
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There are now two boats going on this cruise: Hummingbird 2 and Brival, a Moody 346 and the following is Tony's latest plans.
“June is traditionally the best month to visit Scotland for weather - and the month when the days are longest - in some parts of Scotland you can still read a newspaper outside at midnight.”
OK. I’m trying to sell the trip to you. Why? Because I care about sharing the good fortune of owning a boat and the enjoyment it brings.
This year’s SOY sail can be broken down into four stages really.
First stage (10 days) is starting from Pwllheli on Saturday 2nd June heading for Ardglass, making use of the great wodge of slack water on the west side of the Irish Sea. This is a ninety mile sail, well in excess of a qualifying passage for the RYA and if you choose to act as skipper (speak up early so you can influence the planning) a really good day/night sail where COLREGS mean something with the north south large ship traffic.
After Ardglass we make use of the tide to sail up to Bangor. We could anchor in the lee of Copeland Island at the mouth of Belfast Lough but if the wind is from the SW it is better to anchor in the sheltered bay next to Bangor marina.
From there we head north across to Lough and up past Larne, the Maiden light house, the impressive cliffs of NE Ireland and enter the North Passage to Rathlin Island where timing is crucial so as not to be swept backwards or round to Ballycastle.
As we come to the closing weeks of 2017, prize giving complete and many CHPSC trophies presented, as we sip our mulled wine, all cosy amid Christmas decorations, parties and presents, it’s time to contemplate next year’s program. And in 2018 there is something for everyone, whether cruising to Ireland, racing inshore or offshore, or planning to stay in the bay.
The season starts early with a chance to tune up with other boats readying themselves for the season and once ready why not see how you fair in the Easter Series races on Easter Sunday and bank holiday Monday.
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