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Good Evening/ Noswaith dda
Racing update 2021
It has been a long winter and I know we are all desperate to go racing again although the wind and rain over the last few weeks have not been conducive to thoughts of sailing.
We, the admin team, at CHPSC Racing have used the winter months constructively to improve the racing information on the website.
Hopefully, so that competitors do not get lost on the water or on the web site!
We are now pleased to report that all information required for your racing in 2021 is now ready and published but we must now wait for relaxation of regulations so that we can go racing again. so for now we must all play our part in combating this virus and please take the time to absorb the information that is now available for you.
Hwyl - Happy Sailing but keep safe.
Hon. Secretary CHPSC
Changes to the Web site and to the Racing Pages
For 2021 we have changed the format of the 'Race Information Pack'. The information from the pack is now available on all pages of the Racing Section on this website.
You will notice that the Top Menu has been simplified with all club sections under one heading 'CLUB SECTIONS'
From this page click on the 'Racing Section' - There is no need to log-in for this information.
The first thing you will notice is that the Racing Section Pages look different to other sections of the website. This is deliberate so that you know that you are in the 'Racing Section'.
The 'Race Information Pack' has now been replaced with the 'Racing Dash-Board' and this appears on every page of the 'Racing Section' and on a PC it will appear as shown below.
It will be slightly different on a mobile phone or tablet but works equally as well!
From the 'Race Information Dash-Board' you can access the full library of useful information with charts, list of marks, the list of fixed courses, and the Rules.
Below is a summary of what is available:
Race Mark Matrix
New for 2021 is the ' Race Mark Matrix. This provides a course and distance from and to every mark.
This is available as a printable copy - so get the laminator out!
This chartlet provides an easy to view location of marks.
Top-tip - the mark numbers run anti-clockwise from the start line!
List Of Marks
This is a schedule providing a list of all of our racing marks - noting the position and description of the mark.
List of Fixed Courses and Other Options
We have developed a series of 68 predefined courses, with options for every wind direction and strength. These are on a windward/leeward basis.
The courses are guaranteed to provide fun, excitement and great competitive racing!
Our Race Officer can also set a variable course - and the rounding marks will be displayed on the bridge and announced on the radio - so have a pen at the ready to list the marks (and the rounding (port or starboard) denoted by the colour of the respective mark board.
There is also a 'Windward/Leeward chartlet listed in the pack - if numbers and conditions allow for a committee boat start.
Top-tip Don' leave the dock without this and have it laminated!
We have prepared a course card for all 68 predefined courses.
Below is an example of Course No.68 which has been set for a SW wind and a course length of 10.1 miles!
Some competitors have printed all courses in a booklet, others just use them as a reference - but this is a valuable tool for our Race Officers!
When and How
Now will look at when the racing is scheduled, and how to find the dates, how to enter, and the race specific 'Supplemental Sailing Instructions'.
Racing is set out in the 2021 Race Programme - also available in the Dash-Board.
Alternatively you can obtain the dates from the Activity Calendar or the racing specific calendar here
Enter the Race
Entry is easy - on line just follow the link from the Dash-Board and pay as you go.
Top-tip - upgrade your membership to a Skipper Member and no need to pay for each race.
All racing is governed by the 'Racing Rules of Sailing' These are published by 'World Sailing'.
CHPSC also publish General Sailing Instructions every year - these set the general rules to be applied.
For each Race we publish the 'Supplemental Sailing Instructions ' This is the document that sets the start time and other important race specific information.
All of the above are available as easy links form our 'Racing Dash-Board'.
If this all sounds complicated - do not worry we are here to help!
PUTTING THE ABOVE INTO PRACTICE
You will be reminded about the up-and-coming racing in the usual club newsletters - follow the links to the SSIs and watch out for notifications on WhatsApp! (have you joined the group?)
When the racing has finished - check out the results on the web site
RYa Racing Charter
Club Racing at CHPSC is arranged under the guidelines of the RYA/RYA Cymru Wales and the latest charter is reproduced below.
Other Useful Links and Information
Pontoon Berths - are available on the Plas Heli Pontoons or Hafan Marina
Details about the Plas Heli berths available here or just send a reply to this newsletter!
Quayside parking and Box trailer Storage are available as part of the CHPSC membership process, just tick the 'extra' required.
The parking facility is very convenient esspecially if the boat is based on the Plas Heli Pontoons.
Membership of CHPSC is easy and on-line - just click on the red button.
Top Tip - Join as a racing skipper to get the benefit of mass booking of racing.
IRC WELSH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - UPDATE
The IRC Welsh National Championships 2021 is scheduled to take place from Friday August 13th to Sunday August 15th. Despite the current restrictions, work is continuing from home on all of the organisational aspects of the championships, and we remain committed to running the event if at all possible.
Stephen Tudor - Championship Secretary said - “We continue to move forward with plans for the event and remain hopeful that by the time we get to mid-August - still seven months' away - the necessity to socially distance ourselves will have reduced sufficiently so that we can run some great boat racing in Pwllheli, following an ISORA race over from Dún Laoghaire“.
We will be running both the IRC 1 and 2 class plus the popular NHC cruisers. This year the IRC class will race a mixture of windward/leeward, fixed marks and a short coastal race, which will also be a club coastal race, and attract a big fleet.
This programme of racing is the new suggested format by the IRC congress and matches the style used for the IRC European and World Championship events
Should Government restrictions and guidance restrict our activities, we can adapt some our classes and racetrack styles, switching on or off various components with the minimum of lead time, and allowing us significant leeway, like last year and it’s not until mid-July before we need to make any big decisions.
The safety of participants and volunteers working behind the scenes is foremost in our minds of course, but providing that we can run an event that complies with all guidance in place at the time, then we fully intend to do so.
Notice of Race (NOR)
The Notice of Race is published here and online at the championship website www.ircwelshchamps.com and the Sailing Instructions is scheduled to be published by July.
The entry procedure is open for all classes, and camper-van bookings can be made via the Plas Heli website. See Camping booking details here.
Any boat owners requiring accommodation locally, or who have any questions or suggestions relating to the planning of the championships, please reply to this newsletter or contact firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the event team would be delighted to help in anyway.
We have a great social plan arranged, with a hog roast and local live bands on the deck as we come off the water, and this will be tweaked as we get a better idea of how the event will look.
We all look forward to a great long weekend of racing on Tremadog Bay and to welcoming you all to our sailing club and event centre.
The Notice of Race is now published - please subscribe to receive the Event Notices and messages by following this link
CHPSC Membership - 2021
The 2021 membership form is now available just - follow the red button!
On-Line Membership Form and Payment - Payment and form completing is easy and all on-line. Click the red button to get to the CHPSC web site, choose the correct membership category, add any extras (calendar posting, burgee or dinghy storage, then log in (or create a new account). Then proceed to the payment page - make the payment with your bank card (via our PayPal account) and that's it. Easy!