News 2020

CHPSC News:

Racing Captain Victoria Cox reports - As golden colours start to appear on the trees and crisp leaves crunch underfoot, it can only mean one thing....... it’s time for the Pwllheli Challenge "Autumn Series", 4 weekends of racing round the cans. And having lost our scheduled Spring Series racing due to Covid-19, we’ll make the most of any good weather and continue late into the year with the Pwllheli Winter Series too. I’m sure everyone is eager to continue on the water for as long as possible to make up for missed sailing earlier in the year.

 Both series will include several classes dependant on number of entries and will also include an NHC class for cruisers. Online entry is open and early entry is encouraged by the 18th September to allow class splits to be calculated prior to the series start. Why not take this opportunity to subscribe to the CHPSC Skippers membership if you haven’t already. 

 As we are all becoming accustomed to during these times, some changes have been applied, namely the number of crew allowed and as a result, the number of races scheduled per weekend. 

 All amendments, notice of race, SSIs and full details can be found here

 Please make note of the amendment to crew numbers and the responsibility of skippers to help limit the spread of Covid. There has been an immense amount of work and negotiations by our flag officers this year to enable us to enjoy the racing we have done. As none of us want to return to the restrictions imposed back in April where we weren’t even able to visit our boats, it is important that we all do our bit to comply.

 Pwllheli Sailing Club is ready -if you are we can’t wait to see you all out on the water for some fantastic racing.

Member Spotlight - Roger Fitzgerald 

Long time member Roger recently competed in the NHC cruiser event, part of the IRC Welsh Championships, and has been a great supporter of the cruiser class in recent years. Roger generally races with  his grandchildren on his Dehler 29 "Ella Trout III".

Roger is also a proflific solo racer, having completed many elements of the Jester Challenge, reresenting Pwllheli with aplomb.  We invite you to view an account of his solo atlantic crossing to Newport Rhode Island 10 years ago, this can be viewed here. 

We look forward to seeing Roger on the start line for many more years, and reading/watching his accounts.

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CHIPAC  (Clwb Hwylio Ieuenctid Pwllheli A'r Cylch) - our youth sailing section  continue their 2020 programme, and can be seen in actionon Friday evenings from the balcony.

Members holding RYA  Dinghy or Senior Instructor qualifications who would like to help out with CHIPAC, please reply to this email

  "Back to Boating" - Task Force Update 

 Vice Commodore Gerallt Williams, our Task Force leader reported as follows:

"Track and Trace" is an essential element of our back to boating protocol, and one that is mandated for the leisure sector by Welsh Government. We have two track and trace email addresses, one for the Bar as highlighted below (Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.) and one for the compound and pontoons (Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.) - it only takes a few seconds with a smart phone to record your visit, this helps us comply with COVID regulations, and you are assured we  operate strict data protection protocols.

* If you are, or intend being a user of the Plas Heli pontoons, please read and adhere to the pontoon protocols which are available here *

* If you are, or intend being a user of the Plas Heli compound for dinghy sailing, please read and adhere to the Plas Heli compound protocol - available here *

Read more about the work of the 'Back to Boating Task Force' here

 Club What’s On:

 The "Tremadog Triangle" and "Commodore’s Challenge" are available for members to attempt  – see the website for details of both race-tracks here   

Pwllheli Challenge starts tomorrow, 19th September. Any potential crew should meet the skippers in Plas Heli on Friday evening

Plas Heli:.

BAR - AMSERAU AGOR/OPENING TIMES 

Monday /Tuesday - Closed

Wednesday/Thursday 12:00 - 20:30   (food service 12-19:00)

Friday/Saturday 12:00 - 22:00  (food service 12-20:00)

Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

The email address for track and trace is Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.  it is a Welsh Government requirement that this protocol is  followed, so please record your visit to Plas Heli by sending a quick email.  Limited inside space is now available as 2m distancing must be maintained by different households unless in an extended household, and a maximum of 6 to a table (plus those aged 11 or younger)

 Outside space is also open, and less restrictive. It is crucial to not move furniture, to comply with distancing regulations.  In addition, exiting the bar should normally be via the deck and down the stairs to the beach carpark, to provide a one way flow. There are several sanitisation stations in the building.

Please help the bar/catering staff, Plas Heli management team, and club flag officers in complying with these requirements, 

 New codes on all gates - please don’t pass on these numbers. Anyone with a genuine need to access the pontoons, compounds or other gated areas will be provided with the code, combination or key. Email Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld. for details, or talk to one of your Flag Officers. The Plas Heli event car park  on the quay is also available for members parking, should the main Plas Heli car park fill up - for a parking permit see instructions below.

 Future Plas Heli/PSC hosted Events:

CHIPAC - Friday Evenings 

Autumn Series (Pwllheli Challenge) starts 19th September

Regional Junior Championships – 26-27th September

Thought for  the Day:

"Your direction is more important than your speed"

 

 

For more information, membership links and the latest weather and webcam

go to:
www.pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk

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Plas Heli Quayside Parking

The parking area on the Plas Heli Quayside is available for paid up CHPSC members and to authorised pontoon users.

To obtain a parking permit 

The parking area is accessed through the gate adjacent to the old club building

The code to the gate is changed regularly and can be obtained through the plasheli.org website  > Facilities> Parking.  For convenience follow this shortcut link here

Fill in the details – put a tick in the box to confirm that you are a CHPSC member (have your 2020 membership number ready)

Then in the payment bit – use ‘I am a paid up CHPSC member and request permit for parking’ - Then Submit

You will then get a return e-mail with instructions

Please make sure the gate is closed and locked at all times and that the padlock is never left open or with the code left on the dial


 

PROPOSED:

Membership of CHPSC for 2021 will be available from 1st October 2020 for new members - a person who has not been a member in th elast three years.😀

The membership year is from 1st January to 31st December so a new member in October will benefit from 15 months of membership for the price of 12 months - bargain.

The 2021 Fee structure (available from 1st October for new members) is as follows:

2021 Membership Categories:

Primary Membership -  £65

Joint Membership  - £115

Racing Skipper - £120 

Joint Racing Skipper -  £175

Associate membership - £75

Student Membership - £30

Youth Membership - £20

Dinghy Storage for 2021 – Early payment discount if paid before 1st March 2021 

Small dinghies (Optimist, Topper and Laser) £55 - (£48 early payment) 

Large dinghies (Merlin Rocket) £85 - (£75 early payment) 

Multi Hulls – Dart £95 - (£83 early payment)

updated 14th September 2020


 

 

 

On the weekend of 5th/6th September seven of the top 29ers in the UK including five Welsh boats came to Pwllheli for a weekend of coached racing on a full championship course using Plas Heli’s race equipment facilities.

Due to the COVID lockdown, for all seven boats this was the first time that they had raced on a championship course since February and so it was a great way to hone their skiff racing skills ready for the first Grand Prix of the year in late September. And Pwllheli did not disappoint: Day 1 delivered four tight races in glamour conditions of 15 to 21 kts with sunshine and plenty of waves to spice up the gybes.

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On Day 2 no sail rigging was needed thanks to 5-star indoor parking in the Plas Heli hanger, so the 29ers launched quickly and early, sailing out into a quiet bay with dramatic cloudy skies and a greeting from 3 dolphin pods having mackerel for breakfast! Four closely contested races were a0bc3cd0 cca7 4675 9de2 0773d6ade8eaheld to complete the series of 8 in an 11-17 kt breeze with testing shifts off the land.

Overall winners of the event were the Welsh/Scottish pairing of Elodie Edwards (Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli) and Ewan Wilson (Wormit Boating Club, Fife), 2nd and 3rd place went to two other Welsh squad boats, Aled Llewelyn-Jones/Ben Bradley and Tom Storey/Ben Willett.

The 29er sailors would like to express their thanks to CHP and Plas Heli for welcoming them again to the venue and for providing the championship race equipment. Many thanks also to RYA Cymru for their coach and rib support for the event.


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Updated 10th September 2020

CHPSC News:

Last Saturday saw a great deal of activity in the bay, with members taking advantage of fine weather for the club organised racing activity.

The Club and ISORA coastal race was the final "Global Displays Welsh Coastal Series"  race of 2020 (comprising of four races) and the penultimate race of the UK ISORA Offshore series, separated this year from the Irish programme  due to travel restrictions. The fleet embarked on a 38-mile race via Causeway and Madog Fairway, and recorded some impressive boat speeds on the run to the Causeway Buoy from PSC 10. " Jac Y Do" retired mid-way through the race with damage to the mast, with "Mojito" recording a fine win just ahead of "Jackknife" which confirmed  "Mojito" as the  2020 Global Displays Welsh  Coastal Series winner,  and recipient of the Midland Bowl. Let's hope it's filled up with something appropriate tomorrow night, following the last offshore race of the season and confirmation of the ISORA UK series winner.

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MOJITO Crew Led by Peter Dunlop and Victoria Cox prior to race one of the 2020 coastal series

The NHC Cruisers and IRC inshore boats sailed two races, including one lap of the Tremadog triangle. Race 1 was won by Steve Walmsley "Uii" and the second by Andrew Rosewarne "Diogi". The lap of the triangle by Rob and Sarah Smith - "Perfect Pitch" now leads the NHC leader board.  "Jackknife " leads the IRC leader board after a fast lap by Sam Hall last Saturday following the ISORA race

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Steve Walmsley -Uii - winner of race 1 NHC cruisers last Saturday

Congratulations to all the winners, and a reminder the Pwllheli Challenge - Autumn Series -starts on September the 19th - enter here

CHIPAC  (Clwb Hwylio Ieuenctid Pwllheli A'r Cylch) - our youth sailing section  continue their 2020 programme, and can be seen in action on Friday evenings from the balcony.

 AIS - Marine Traffic

Thanks to the work of CHPSC club members in conjunction with ISORA, the three "marine traffic" base stations (one in Plas Heli, one on a hill overlooking Tremadog Bay and the other at Porthdinllaen) which are managed by Mark Thompson, Peter Dunlop/Will Parry Jones and Ken Fitzpatrick - are giving almost 100% coverage in our sailing areas, certainly as far as Aberystwyth and all the  way to Dublin across the Irish Sea.

Recent communication from "Marine Traffic" congratulated us on our 100% reliability and area coverage. We thank the WiFi providers for hosting these stations, which as well as well as allowing shore supporters to follow the sailing activity, is a great safety enhancement and help to the RNLI/Coastguards.AISplot

 

AIS plot of a recent ISORA race down to the Patches cardinal buoy and return via Ynysoedd Gwylan,  Aberdaron.

 "Back to Boating" - Task Force Update 

 Vice Commodore Gerallt Williams, our Task Force leader reported as follows:

"Track and Trace" is an essential element of our back to boating protocol, and one that is mandated for the leisure sector by Welsh Government. We have two track and trace email addresses, one for the Bar as highlighted below (Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.) and one for the compound and pontoons (Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.) - it only takes a few seconds with a smart phone to record your visit, this helps us comply with COVID regulations, and you are assured we  operate strict data protection protocols.

* If you are, or intend being a user of the Plas Heli pontoons, please read and adhere to the pontoon protocols which are available here *

* If you are, or intend being a user of the Plas Heli compound for dinghy sailing, please read and adhere to the Plas Heli compound protocol - available here *

Read more about the work of the 'Back to Boating Task Force' here

 

Club What’s On:

ISORA Offshore race Saturday 5th September - final race of the UK series

Summer issue of “Codi Hwyl” is now being planned, anyone wishing to submit an article, please email: Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld. The last issue is here  Stories of previous cruises, regattas will be welcomed.

 The "Tremadog Triangle" and "Commodore’s Challenge" are available for members to attempt  – see the website for details of both race-tracks here   

Plas Heli:.

BAR - AMSERAU AGOR/OPENING TIMES

Dydd Llun/Monday - dydd Iau/Thursday 12:00 - 20:30

Dydd Gwener/Friday - dydd Sadwrn/Saturday 12:00 - 22:00

Dydd Sul/Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

The email address for track and trace is Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.  it is a Welsh Government requirement that this protocol is  followed, so please record your visit to Plas Heli by sending a quick email.  Limited inside space is now available as 2m distancing must be maintained by different households unless in an extended household.  Outside space is also open. It is crucial to not move furniture, to comply with distancing regulations.  In addition, exiting the bar should normally be via the deck and down the stairs to the beach carpark, to provide a one way flow. There are several sanitisation stations in the building.

Please help the bar/catering staff, Plas Heli management team, and club flag officers in complying with these requirements, 

There will be a "coffee and cake" fund raiser for Macmillan Cancer Support, tomorrow September the 5th  between 12 and 2 pm hosted by  Bar and Catering manager Sophie. Donations of cakes welcomed!

New codes on all gates - please don’t pass on these numbers. Anyone with a genuine need to access the pontoons, compounds or other gated areas will be provided with the code, combination or key. Email Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld. for details, or talk to one of your Flag Officers. The Plas Heli event car park  on the quay is also available for members parking, should the main Plas Heli car park fill up - for a parking permit see instructions below.

 

Future Plas Heli/PSC hosted Events:

CHIPAC - Friday Evenings 

ISORA offshore race - 5th September

Macmillan Cancer Support - Coffee and Cake - 5th September 12- 2pm

Autumn Series (Pwllheli Challenge) starts 19th September

Regional Junior Championships – 26-27th September

Thought for  the Day:

"Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation"

 

 

For more information, membership links and the latest weather and webcam

go to:
www.pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk

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Plas Heli Quayside Parking

The parking area on the Plas Heli Quayside is available for paid up CHPSC members and to authorised pontoon users.

To obtain a parking permit 

The parking area is accessed through the gate adjacent to the old club building

The code to the gate is changed regularly and can be obtained through the plasheli.org website  > Facilities> Parking.  For convenience follow this shortcut link here

Fill in the details – put a tick in the box to confirm that you are a CHPSC member (have your 2020 membership number ready)

Then in the payment bit – use ‘I am a paid up CHPSC member and request permit for parking’ - Then Submit

You will then get a return e-mail with instructions

Please make sure the gate is closed and locked at all times and that the padlock is never left open or with the code left on the dial


 

CHPSC News:

As the Autumn approaches, its seems reasonable to reflect on our year so far, and thank all our members and volunteers for their patience and understanding as we dealt with the changing regulations as a result of the pandemic. April started with the lockdown and the club having to hold its AGM via "Zoom", the first RYA CW affiliated club to do so, and also the disappointing decision, in conjunction with Plas Heli, to postpone thee RYA Youth Nationals, after a tremendous amount of preparation. A task force of enthusiastic members joined with Plas Heli directors to manage our pathway back to boating, with protocols devised to enable us to initially open the PH pontoons and compounds, and ultimately the centre, such that when lock down as eased we were able to start activities without delay.

Adhoc racing started in June, with fixed courses, followed by some gentle racing in July with no entry fees and an open invitation to local clubs to take part. Finally working with RYA CW, we were able to hold our IRC Welsh Nationals, in a different format. 

Members have also enjoyed the balcony and bar at Plas Heli with the ample space enabling fresh air and social distancing, and some basic catering offerings to complement the bar. Your Flag Officers work closely with Plas Heli to ensure that the facilities are appropriate for our needs including the service provided and opening hours, and it has been a highlight of the year how well this partnership has benefitted the club

CHPSC hosted the UK ISORA fleet, and we organised some NHC cruiser racing to complement the coastal racing, great to see new boats competing, and winning. Many members cruised the bay, enjoying some excellent sailing conditions and visited local harbours.

The Autumn series is planned to start on schedule, CHIPAC have resumed their activities on Friday evenings and welcome more volunteers, to help promote youth sailing. 

It is not clear whether an Autumn supper or Christmas Ball will take place, but rest assured we will continue to interpret regulations, and if it is possible, but crucially sensible we will organise as many activities as we can.

ISORA News

The final race of the  ISORA UK Eight race series was completed in champagne sailing conditions last Saturday, with Mojito finishing the 68 mile race just ahead of Jackknife, to confirm they have  become the Inaugural UK Series winners, to add to the coastal title awarded  the previous week. Congratulations to Peter and Vicky and the Mojito crew, and to all the crew and skippers who took part in this series, which had to be devised and adjusted at short notice as COVID restrictions continued to affect the original programme.

In Ireland, the series was won by Paul O'Higgins-  Rockabill VI

Let's hope our traditional format can resume next year, and we can welcome Irish boats into our home port and enjoy some Irish Craic both at home base, and in Ireland.

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MOJITO at the front of the UK ISORA fleet, off the start line at Gimlet rock

Club Racing

The Pwllheli Challenge and Autumn Series starts on September the 19th, with racing planed for both IRC and NHC Cruisers. It is planned that the NHC cruisers will start their first race 10 minutes after the IRC classes. To help our planning for the series, it would be helpful if those not holding skippers memberships could enter on line as early as possible (here) and if all potential Pwllheli Challenge entrants could register their intentions by email  at Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld. so we can work out the format ahead of race day 1 on the 19th September. 

CHIPAC  (Clwb Hwylio Ieuenctid Pwllheli A'r Cylch) - our youth sailing section  continue their 2020 programme, and can be seen in action on Friday evenings from the balcony.

Members holding RYA  Dinghy or Senior Instructor qualifications who would like to help out with CHIPAC, please reply to this email

  "Back to Boating" - Task Force Update 

 Vice Commodore Gerallt Williams, our Task Force leader reported as follows:

"Track and Trace" is an essential element of our back to boating protocol, and one that is mandated for the leisure sector by Welsh Government. We have two track and trace email addresses, one for the Bar as highlighted below (Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.) and one for the compound and pontoons (Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.) - it only takes a few seconds with a smart phone to record your visit, this helps us comply with COVID regulations, and you are assured we  operate strict data protection protocols.

* If you are, or intend being a user of the Plas Heli pontoons, please read and adhere to the pontoon protocols which are available here *

* If you are, or intend being a user of the Plas Heli compound for dinghy sailing, please read and adhere to the Plas Heli compound protocol - available here *

Read more about the work of the 'Back to Boating Task Force' here

 

Club What’s On:

 The "Tremadog Triangle" and "Commodore’s Challenge" are available for members to attempt  – see the website for details of both race-tracks here   

Plas Heli:.

BAR - AMSERAU AGOR/OPENING TIMES 

Monday /Tuesday - Closed

Wednesday/Thursday 12:00 - 20:30   (food service 12-19:00)

Friday/Saturday 12:00 - 22:00  (food service 12-20:00)

Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

The email address for track and trace is Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.  it is a Welsh Government requirement that this protocol is  followed, so please record your visit to Plas Heli by sending a quick email.  Limited inside space is now available as 2m distancing must be maintained by different households unless in an extended household.  Outside space is also open. It is crucial to not move furniture, to comply with distancing regulations.  In addition, exiting the bar should normally be via the deck and down the stairs to the beach carpark, to provide a one way flow. There are several sanitisation stations in the building.

Please help the bar/catering staff, Plas Heli management team, and club flag officers in complying with these requirements, 

The fund raiser for Macmillan Cancer Support, last Saturday September the 5th  hosted by  Bar and Catering manager Sophie raised over £110 Thankyou to the members donating cakes and for the donations.

 New codes on all gates - please don’t pass on these numbers. Anyone with a genuine need to access the pontoons, compounds or other gated areas will be provided with the code, combination or key. Email Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld. for details, or talk to one of your Flag Officers. The Plas Heli event car park  on the quay is also available for members parking, should the main Plas Heli car park fill up - for a parking permit see instructions below.

NHC Cruisers

NHC Cruiser Racing - Rob and Sarah Smith - "Perfect Pitch: - currently top of the Tremadog Triangle NHC Leaderboard leads the fleet 

Future Plas Heli/PSC hosted Events:

CHIPAC - Friday Evenings 

Autumn Series (Pwllheli Challenge) starts 19th September

Regional Junior Championships – 26-27th September

Thought for  the Day:

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

 

 

For more information, membership links and the latest weather and webcam

go to:
www.pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk

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Plas Heli Quayside Parking

The parking area on the Plas Heli Quayside is available for paid up CHPSC members and to authorised pontoon users.

To obtain a parking permit 

The parking area is accessed through the gate adjacent to the old club building

The code to the gate is changed regularly and can be obtained through the plasheli.org website  > Facilities> Parking.  For convenience follow this shortcut link here

Fill in the details – put a tick in the box to confirm that you are a CHPSC member (have your 2020 membership number ready)

Then in the payment bit – use ‘I am a paid up CHPSC member and request permit for parking’ - Then Submit

You will then get a return e-mail with instructions

Please make sure the gate is closed and locked at all times and that the padlock is never left open or with the code left on the dial


 

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