The Club and ISORA Night race was delayed for 24 hours due to storm Ellen, but finally started in the dark at 21:30 last Saturday, with three boats coming to the line for the 36 mile course around St Tudwal's, Causeway and Madog Fairway.
The race started in 20-25kt westerly winds, forecast to moderate as the night progressed. "Jackknife" and "Mojito" made good starts with "Jac Y Do" a few minutes behind, with a slight delay due to sorting out a mainsail issue. The fetch to the islands was straight forward, but hard on the mainsails with some gusts causing sail flogging to those over canvassed. Easing sheets behind the Islands into a building sea, gave a fast reach to the Causeway, with a great breeze but (for Cardigan bay) some big waves to contend with, which were not easy to read in the darkness. One wave caused Phil "Flatly" Jackson on "Jac Y Do" to disappear down the companionway - a lá "Only Fools and Horses" - sorry Phil didn't mean to laugh - probably best not to lean on a sliding hatch!
Rounding Causeway, a fast reach on port with "Jackknife" seeing 20 kts boat speed and "Jac Y Do" 13-16kts at times. It was great fun surfing down the waves, with a steady 22-24kt breeze and the odd 30kt gust. Rounding Madog Fairway Buoy for the beat home, mercifully the sea flattened out and the wind started to ease, with the last boat to finish ("Jac Y Do") only seeing 5-6kts after Criccieth. A challenging race with "Jackknife" winning the ISORA and club King Constantine cup, and "Mojito" now leading the series by a few points, with one coastal race tomorrow, followed by an offshore race - potentially to Holyhead on the 5th September, to complete the 8 race series.
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.
"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 tomorrow, Saturday August 29th, to complement the ISORA coastal race. There will be two club races around the cans, with the first start at 09:30 All racing information can be accessed via the club website here
The course will be announced on CH 17 and displayed on the boards - entry procedure (if not holding a skippers membership) here
The "Tremadog Triangle" and "Commodore’s Challenge" are available for members to attempt – see the website for details of both race-tracks here
Pwllheli based ISORA fleet competing in the Global Displays Welsh Coastal Series
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 September the 5th between 12 and 2 pm hosted by Bar and Catering manager Sophie. Donations of cakes welcomed! (note this is a re-scheduled date)
Future Plas Heli/PSC hosted Events:
CHIPAC - Friday Evenings
ISORA Coastal Race/ NHC + IRC Cruiser Race - 29th August
ISORA offshore race - 5th September
Autum Series (Pwllheli Challenge) starts 19th September
Regional Junior Championships – 26-27th September
Thought for the Day:
"He who leans on sliding hatches, may fall through!"
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