Due to an issue with the email client programme, we were only able to publish last Fridays newsletter on the website, so have taken the decision to publish the weekly newsletter on the website only until further notice, whilst the email programme issues are resolved. Apologies for this, and normal service will hopefully be resumed soon!
With Welsh restrictions lifted on Monday November 9th, local members are now able to sail again, and we can plan and hold organised activity, such as racing for groups of up to 30. It's important that skippers enforce physical distancing and hygiene protocols on board, with mitigations include masks and other measures as previously advised by both CHPSC and RYA CW. CHPSC has issued an SI that "organised racing" crew numbers will be capped at 80% of the IRC rating crew number.
The latest RYA CW advice is here.
We recognise members living in England are in lockdown until Wednesday 2nd, and subsequntly face further travel restrictons if in tier 3, we hope we can provide some relief with a few more "boredom buster" sailing related videos, and reports on the Vendee Globe .
For the hardy racers there is still time to enter the last weekend of the "Winter Series" (detail and changes to SI's here) or complete the "Commodore's Challenge" and "Tremadog Triangle"
Adhoc racing can also be arranged with other boats- contact made with skippers via the CHPSC Racing "Whats App" group - Join using the QR code
The CHPSC Flag Officers and Management Committee continue to meet and attend RYA CW forums, and have also attended sailing rules seminars. Our Hon Secretary Stephen Tudor also attended the AGM of RYA Cymru Wales.
Relevant feedback will be posted in the Friday newsletters.
Reasons to be a member in 2021 -
The flag officers are often asked what the benefits and reasons are for being a club member, especially as our home "Plas Heli " is open to the public.
"Pwllheli Sailing Club offers something for everyone, casual boaters, a base for cruising, racing and motor boating together with being a great venue for events, training and importantly a fantastic meeting place, with views, for friends"
- In addition to all of the varied activities featured in this e-newsletter membership of the club provides:
Meeting place for likeminded people in a friendly environment
- Affiliated membership of the RYA who safeguard recreational boating in the UK
- Helps to support youth sailing (CHIPAC)
- Training and Development - RYA courses run by club members
- Dinghy and keelboat racing opportunities
- Cruises in company
- Great social events - club members have priority
- Discounted berthing at Plas Heli pontoons, and Dinghy storage in a secure compound
- Access to CHIPAC for members children to learn to sail with experienced instructors teaching in the medium of Welsh and English
- Members can gain RYA qualifications through volunteering experience at club events.
- Advertise your Holiday Accommodation to a target audience of visitors to the area during events
- Receive regular e-newsletters with useful information
- 10% discount at the Glan Don Beach Bar in Plas Heli
- Reduced racing fees via the skipper membership option
- Easy membership (application/renewal) process all on-line and starting from £65 for the year! - see below
In December we will publish a list of our 2020 champions, the winners of this year’s racing and cruising trophies and aim to have a bigger and better prize giving ball next year, to reward these worthy recipients.
This Incredible race started on Sunday the 8th November and is one we know many members like to follow.
At the time of writing the fleet have escaped the doldrums, having passed the equator and down through the trade winds, and past the coast of Brazil. This "circular" route is to escape the clutches of the "St Helena High" (similar to the Azores High) which necessitates the seemingly long curved leg towards Brazil before Gybing towards South Africa. This avoids being headed or becalmed mid ocean!
The latest race report can be seen below.
Boredom Buster Video series - week 2
Video 1 - Racing - Middle Sea Race
IRC WELSH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - UPDATE
Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Event Centre, has been awarded the venue rights for the 'IRC Welsh National Championships' for 2021 and 2022. The Championship is hosted by Plas Heli, and organised/managed by CHPSC and the RDYC.
We now are recruiting volunteers for event planning purposes and if you would like to contribute, or have any suggestions to enhance the event, please reply to this newsletter. Its intended to have the first planning meeting in December to agree the Notice of Race and proposed format of racing. This meeting will be open to all potential entrants and volunteers, and will be held using Zoom. Further details next month.
Coastal fleet - 2020 IRC Welsh National Championships
RNLI - Gorsaf Bad Achub Pwllheli - Boathouse Update
Wynne Construction of Bodelwyddan has completed work on the structure, which has been designed to be as sustainable and maintenance-free as possible. The family-firm also completed the RNLI Llandudno Lifeboat Station in 2017.
Photos Courtesy of RNLI/Tomos Moore
The building incorporates significant new services with features such as ground source heating , solar panel electrical generation and pumped washdown facilities which require familiarisation and the inductions are an integral part of the formal process adopted by the RNLI to ensure that the users are fully acquainted with the systems and working of the building.
Clive Moore, Coxswain at Pwllheli and Architect of the new Boathouse said:
‘Final stages of work are now being carried out, involving the external works, fitting out and commissioning of the various services and systems within the building. I’ve been fortunate enough to work on many boathouse projects for the RNLI over the years which I can honestly say, have all been a pleasure to work on but the excitement for our station to be completed is even greater.’
2021 Membership Rates
Membership of CHPSC for 2021 is now available from 1st October 2020 for new members - a person who has not been a member for the last three years
The membership year is from 1st January to 31st December, so a new member in November will benefit from 14 months of membership for the price of 12!
2021 Fee Structure
Primary Member - £65
Joint Membership - £115
Racing Skipper - £125
Joint Racing Skipper - £180
Associate Member - £75
Student Member - £30
Youth Member - £20
Small (Optimist/Topper) £55 (£48 early payment)
Medium (Laser) £65 £55 early payment)
Large (Merlin Rocket) £85 (£75 early payment)
Multi Hulls (Dart etc) £95 (£83 early payment)
Plas Heli re-opened on Thursday 12th November, with table service, a maximum of four people to a table (unless from the same household) and visitors are encouraged to pre-book a table, and provide contact information, including verification.
The new winter opening times are:
The December food menu also includes Beef or Chicken Curry, and Mushroom Risotto, in addition to the favourites pictured below.
"Pysgod a Sglodion" - fish and chips, plus the popular burger - offered as a special on Saturdays with a free beer
Future Plas Heli/PSC hosted Events:
Winter series 5/6th December
Thought for the Day:
"your attitude determines your direction "
For more information, membership links and the latest weather and webcam
Plas Heli Quayside Parking
The parking area on the Plas Heli Quayside is available for paid up CHPSC members and to authorised pontoon users.
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
NHS at Plas Heli
Many of you will have noticed a new porta-cabin located adjacent to the old club building - this is used by Betsi Cadwaladr National Health Trust Nursing staff for patient consultations in a secure covid-free environment.
Plas Heli is pleased to be able to assist the NHS with this facility and the use of the training rooms in Plas Heli