As we come to the closing weeks of 2017, prize giving complete and many CHPSC trophies presented, as we sip our mulled wine, all cosy amid Christmas decorations, parties and presents, it’s time to contemplate next year’s program. And in 2018 there is something for everyone, whether cruising to Ireland, racing inshore or offshore, or planning to stay in the bay.
The season starts early with a chance to tune up with other boats readying themselves for the season and once ready why not see how you fair in the Easter Series races on Easter Sunday and bank holiday Monday.
For those looking to race offshore, ISORA (Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association) will again be using Pwllheli and the Welsh coast to host 4 of its Global Displays coastal races throughout the season, finishing its series with the traditional Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire race for the James Eadie Trophy. Mid-season, ISORA also have a race from Dun Laoghaire in August, acting as a feeder race to the prestigious Welsh IRC National Championships in Pwllheli.
Not in to offshore? Why not stay and enjoy the spring and summer in the bay with two great racing series scheduled, both over four weekends – two in April and two in May for the spring series and for the Summer series, two in June and one in both July and August. The ideal time to get your practice in for both the Welsh IRC National Championships and Abersoch Keelboat week the week after.
Don’t forget that the racing marks are also ideal for practicing sailing manoeuvres for cruising too. Why not head out and do the Tremadog Triangle (TT), head out whenever you feel comfortable, without pressure of other competing boats, take your own start and finish times and send them in to the club for a chance to win a trophy while practicing your moves. You can do the TT course at any time but why not join others on the Spring bank holiday weekend at the end of May, for a ‘TT weekend’ dedicated to the triangle.
Skills perfected, why not join us for a race from Pwllheli to Porthdinllaen on the first Saturday in June, returning Sunday. For those wishing to venture further afield to cruise Ireland’s South coast or for those heading for the Cork Week regatta (15th – 21st July), why not join Pwllheli’s own Cork Week Flotilla making its way to Crosshaven and returning to Pwllheli at the end of Cork week. A superb opportunity to cruise in company over to Ireland and explore to the excellent cruising ground of Irelands southwest coast.
All of that looks like an exciting year all round but let’s not forget Pwllheli’s own regatta on the first Saturday in July. Join us out on the water for a pursuit race around the bay before an entertaining evening and prizegiving at the Summer ball.
Don’t forget to renew your Pwllheli Sailing Club membership at £50 for the year or why not go for the Racing skippers’ membership for £150 for the year. This includes the normal Sailing Club membership but removes the need for repeated form filling and includes free entry into the Easter Series, Spring Series, Summer Series and September series (worth £185).
Separate entry will be needed for CHPSC stared events (the Pwllheli Autumn and Winter Series, and the Welsh IRC National Championships), and for ISORA races.