Introduction and News
Traditionally, at this time of the year, we look back at the highlights of the past twelve months before ringing in the New Year and looking forward with great hope and anticipation for what the new year will bring.
I’m sure that nobody needs reminding that 2020 has been the most remarkable year that any of us could possibly have imagined. We have seen restrictions to our movements and lifestyles, been separated for months from our friends and families and many people have lost loved ones to this deadly virus. Our first thought should be for those people who were taken from us and with the families they leave behind.
Despite being the worst year that most of us can remember there have been moments of inspiration which we must also never forget. We will never forget the nation going out of their front doors at 8pm every Thursday night and “clapping for the NHS”, the thousands of rainbows painted by children and proudly displayed in windows and gardens up and down the country and of course, who could ever forget the exploits of Captain Tom Moore - the World War II veteran who in his 99th year decided to walk laps of his garden with a goal of raising £1,000 before his hundredth birthday. His exploits touched all our hearts and at the last count his efforts had raised in excess of £32 million for NHS charities.
As 2020 came to an end, the short period that we were promised over Christmas to meet with friends and family was cruelly taken away from us due to a sudden increase in the infection rate as a new strain of the virus began to circulate.
As we were approaching the new year however, we were given a ray of hope as the MHRA approved the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine for use in the UK.
This week has seen the NHS begin its immunisation programme and also the announcement of further extended lock-downs in England and Scotland. We must all do our bit to prevent the NHS being overwhelmed and hopefully by the Spring we may see some signs of improvements and a gradual return to normality.
May I take this opportunity on behalf of The Flag Officers and Management Committee of CHPSC, to wish you a very Happy New Year. I am confident that if we all continue to comply stringently to Government guidelines, we will beat this pandemic and look forward to a great summer both on and off the water.
Gerallt Williams – Commodore CHPSC.
Welsh Government Restrictions (announced 18th December) and RYA Cymru Wales interpretation.
Alert Level 4 was applied at Midnight December 19th - Level 4 has no end date and will be reviewed every three weeks;
- Outdoor individual exercise and professional, elite and designated sports and training permitted- if you have access to water local to you.
- Essential travel into and within Tier 4 only- this has implications for clubs and centres.
- Organised outdoor activities not allowed; this has implications for Club and Centre activities.
- Organised indoor activities not allowed (limited to specific public and voluntary services)
- Organisations delivering either workplace learning or adult learning should continue with online learning. RYA Training Centre seeking guidance on running virtual learning should read relevant section Current guidance for RYA Training Centres in Wales
- Community facilities, sports courts, golf courses, enclosed pitches to be closed; this includes Clubs and RYA Training Centres.
Alert Level 4 restrictions apply from midnight on the 19 December. Level 4 has no end date and will be reviewed every three weeks. Therefore recreational boating activities will have to cease.
BREXIT - RYA Guidance
There will be a new relationship between the UK and the EU in 2021 with the changes in effect as of 2300 hours UTC on 31 December 2020 when the transition period ends.
What we know now
Brexit - what happens next? outlines what the end of the transition period means for recreational boating and what we currently understand the arrangements will be from 1 January 2021. This is of course a fluid situation, given that in mid December 2020 it was still undecided whether there or not there would be a future relationship deal. Further information on the RYA website here which will continue to be updated as arrangements are finalised
Border force (customs) requirements for recreational boats leaving UK waters (for example visiting Ireland) are listed here with links to the forms etc
Boredom Buster Video - Thriller
In a change from racing videos, this week a "thriller". Just when things can't get any worse we present "Sea of Terror" - enjoy!
2021 Membership renewal process
Last week a bespoke membership renewal email was sent out, which we hope simplifies the renewal process, with much of the user data populated when logging onto the members area. This process also includes an option to collect the new and fantastic club calendar, or for a small fee we can post it out to you. The calendars have arrived and the collection times for local members when a Flag Officer will be in attendance at Plas Heli are published below- We will be using the external door of the middle ground floor training room (to the right of the main entrance) - this will be signposted as the main doors and internal facilities will be closed. Please don't make a special journey, but we recognise many local members pass by as part of their exercise so an opportunity exists to collect the calendar.
2021 Membership Rates
Membership of CHPSC for 2021
The membership year is from 1st January to 31st December.
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)
Reasons to be a member in 2021
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,
- Dinghy storage in the refurbished and 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 (small fee applies)
- Receive regular e-newsletters with useful information
- 10% discount at the bar in Plas Heli
- Easy membership (application/renewal) process all on-line and starting from £65 for the year!
- Racing Skipper membership includes all racing entry fees, except the IRC Champs and the ISORA element of coastal races.
Flag Officers will be at Plas Heli on the following dates, for those local members who would like to collect their calendars (within the limitations of Alert level 4 restrictions)
Saturday 9th January 11-12:00
Sunday 10th January 11-12:00
Member Spotlight Peter Ryan - ISORA Chairman and CHPSC Honorary Member
Congratulations to Peter on being Awarded Afloat.ie “Sailor Of The Month” for December 2020
Peter Ryan at the Helm of Pwllheli J109 "Mojito" - 2013 Fastnet Race
2021 started with the announcement on Friday that Peter Ryan has been awarded “Sailor of the Month” by Afloat.ie – the voice of all things nautical and marine in Ireland.
Peter and his in -laws, the Horgans, have given decades of service to the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, but this award was made to acknowledge his great leadership of the ISORA (Irish Sea Offshore Racing Assoc.) during 2020, which encompasses racing on both sides of the Irish Sea.
NYC Commodore Martin McCarthy commented: “Peter richly deserves this award. He has been incredibly innovative is designing and executing an exciting series of ISORA races – within the guidelines and needs of the Irish Cruiser Racers who partook. Peter was also very instrumental in the Fastnet 450 race – our biggest offshore celebration of the NYC's 150th , which was a joint SCORA / ISORA / RCYC and NYC event.”
Mark Thompson (Vice Commodore CHPSC) added, "Peter continues to drive forward ISORA and is particularly encouraging towards the entrants on the UK side of the Irish Sea, including those of us from Pwllheli where Peter is a regular visitor and club member, and for many years an integral member of the J109 Pwllheli based "Sgrech" team which won the the "Wolf's Head" trophy three times"
Full details of the award are here
The centre is closed in line with Welsh Government Alert Level 4 restrictions. New opening hours will be posted as soon as restrictions are eased, and our bar and catering partner's have assessed what they can offer.
In order that the club and centre can open re-promptly, there is some essential maintenance work being undertaken on the infrastructure and equipment by the Directors and Flag Officers, in line with Welsh Government Regulations. When restrictions are eased a little we will be looking for additional volunteers, more about this in subsequent newsletters.
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 January 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.
Thought for the Day:
"the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
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 2021 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