The Spinlock IRC Welsh National Championships incorporating the Celtic Regatta, concluded last Sunday at Pwllheli, with the full scheduled programme of racing completed. To comply with Welsh Government Covid regulations, it was necessary to split the regatta into three separately managed events, and not organise any formal social activities.
J109 Mojito starting under spinnaker off Gimlet Rock
With light winds and a short start line, it was tricky for race management, but using the club fixed marks and one inflatable mark they gave a variety of competitive racing for the inshore fleets, with the coastal class enjoying more breeze off shore with three races over the regatta - 16 miles, 26 miles and finally 32 miles on the last day, with a trip round Gwylan Islands, via Tom buoy.
Crew enjoyed refreshments and snacks in Plas Heli after racing, with unusually warm weather for the Regatta, enjoying fine views of the bay and mountains from the deck
The IRC Coastal class managed by ISORA was won by Peter Dunlop and Victoria Cox (Mojito)
In the IRC Welsh Championships classes, managed by the Royal Dee Yacht Club, Class 1 was won by Richard Fildes (Imposter) and Class 2 by Dave Hughes (Legless Again).
The large NHC Cruiser Class, managed by CHPSC, was won by Wil Partington (Wil2Win)
Congratulations to our winners, and our IRC Welsh Champion - Dave Hughes ( PSC and LYC) pictured below with the red white and blue spinnaker in the IRC 2 Fleet
Planning has started for next years Regatta on the 13th-15th August 2021, and we hope to return with a bigger programme, and a more active social element should regulations allow. Many thanks to all our volunteers, and more information can be accessed at the championship website: www.ircwelshchamps.com
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, though this Fridays activities likely to be cancelled due to "Storm Ellen"
"Back to Boating" - Task Force Update
Vice Commodore Gerallt Williams, our Task Force leader reported as follows:
* 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:
A race for both NHC Cruisers and IRC rated boats is planned for Saturday August 29th to complement the ISORA coastal being held. Its envisaged the club race will be 2-3 hours and include an element of round the cans with some longer legs in the bay. More information next Friday and on the racing "Whats App" group (reply to this newsletter to be added)
The "Tremadog Triangle" and "Commodore’s Challenge" are available for members to attempt – see the website for details of both race-tracks here
IRC Fleets with Class 1 winner Imposter leading the fleet shortly after the start, in last weekends Regatta
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
There will be a "coffee and cake" fund raiser for Macmillan Cancer Support on August 29th between 12 and 2 pm hosted by Bar and Catering manager Sophie. Donations of cakes welcomed!
Future Plas Heli/PSC hosted Events:
CHIPAC - Friday Evenings
ISORA/PSC Night Race - 21st August - potentially postponed until Saturday 22nd
ISORA/PSC Coastal Race/ NHC + IRC Cruiser Race - 29th August
Regional Junior Championships – 26-27th September
RYA Youth Nationals – 24-27th October
Thought for the Day:
"Winning doesn't always mean being first..."
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