Rally Dates for 2017
Please make a note in your diaries for the following rallies with more firm details to come a little nearer the time: Sat 29th April to Mon 1st May Something like Conwy Saturday night and Moelfre, Anglesey Sunday night. Thurs 3rd to Monday 7th August Pwllheli and back or possibly Greystones, near Dublin and back.
Joint RWYC/SSOA cruise in company 7/8th May
5 boats joined in the cruise postponed from the previous weekend as follows:
Sadler 25 Sassa
Sadler 29 Aslan
Sadler 29 Kiwi
Sadler 34 Dawn Waters
Westerly Discus – Joint Venture
Nobody had told the weather that it was meant to be a “heatwave” and there was 100% cloud cover and showers of light rain on Saturday morning – the wind still stubbornly stayed NE, despite being forecast to veer E and then SE by lunchtime so the decision was made at 1000 to change destination from Porth Dinllaen (where it is “grim” in NE’lies) to Rhosneigr so the 4 boats from the river at Caernarfon left at 1045 and met up with Sassa in the Straits. We enjoyed a good sail to Rhosneigr in a fairly steady 10 knot NE breeze with the odd spot of rain. From offshore Rhosneigr can look a bit of a daunting prospect, as there are lots of ugly reefs visible and plenty more lurking under the water, but there’s actually a reasonable amount of space in Crigyll Bay, even at LW Springs (which was at chart datum on Saturday afternoon) with shelter from N round to SE and good holding on a fairly flat sandy bottom – the other boats had not visited before so followed “Aslan” in.
Crews met ashore for a pint at the “Y Morfa” pub before returning on board to eat and some met up later on “Joint Venture” for drinks and a chat.
The wind finally veered round to the SE around dawn on Sunday and brought with it murky conditions and periods of rain. The 5 boats left at around 0745 and, with the wind bang on the nose, motored or motor sailed back to the Straits arriving back in Caernarfon around 1030 – Sassa continued back up to her moorings at Felinheli.
So, all in all, an interesting little cruise to a new destination for most – thanks to all those who came along.
After a number of false starts this season due to strong winds the weather was kinder for the joint RWYC and Sadler Owners rally held from Friday to Sunday 18-20th September – the sun mainly shone and there were fair winds for at least part of the time.
Sadler 25 Sassa
Sadler 29 Aslan
Sadler 32 Anarchy
Sadler 34 Simo
Cobra 1050 – Stormbird
Collins 38 – Danny Jo
5 of the boats left soon after lunch on Friday and crossed the Caernarfon Bar around high water with the intended destination Rhoscolyn at the South end of Holyhead Island however, once over the Bar and into Caernarfon Bay, there was quite an unpleasant chop and the wind was bang on the nose and quite fresh so the decision was made to change plan and spend the night anchored at Llanddwyn Island where it was calm and really very pleasant anchored off Gun Cliff between Pilots and Mermaid Cove. It was a beautiful clear night with a near perfect view of the stars – definitely one to remember.
With the next destination being Porth Dinllaen, half way down the Lleyn Peninsular and a planned departure time of around noon it was a relaxing Saturday morning with plenty of time for a stroll ashore, fishing and even for one brave skipper to go for a swim (well done Mark from Danny Jo, you put the rest of us to shame!)
A light SW breeze developing in the early afternoon giving most of the boats a pleasant sail down to Porth Dinllaen where there were enough vacant moorings this late in the season to allow all the boats to lie to these rather than anchor. Anarchy arrived around 1700 after their sail down from Victoria Dock, Caernarfon. Most crews met ashore at the Ty Coch Inn around 1700 for a couple of beers before returning aboard to eat at about 1900. It was another calm and peaceful starlit night.
Sunday morning was overcast with a Southerly breeze – the forecast was predicting SW 5/6 and rain later but, as we needed to be back over the Bar by early afternoon, this was not going to bother us. All boats enjoyed a good sail back into the Straits – the rain was never far away but, luckily, the clouds stuck to the hills of the Lleyn Peninsular so we stayed dry for our passages back.
Thanks to all those who came on the rally – we really are very lucky to have such delightful spots “on our doorstep” – it’s little wonder that both Llanddwtn Island and Porth Dinllaen regularly feature high up the “Top 10” anchorages in the Yachting Press!
North Wales Branch Chairman