Winter Series Gets Underway.

By Gordon - Last updated: Monday, October 3, 2011

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A good breeze of 15 knots welcomed the fleet for the first race of the PYC Winter Series, and all boded well for the race.  It was good to welcome back John Nuttall to the fleet in his 707, and to see Celeritas back out this year.  Also, the Davies family on White Lines was a welcome sight.  Unfortunately, Serifos was missing.  We all wish Maureen a swift return to full health.

Race officers Gordon Thompson and Bill Williams sent the fleet on a good course down to Al Kohr, then across to Sandy Haven, back to S1, then Behar, Chapel, Montreal, South Hook, Al Kohr and back to the Hakin Point ODM.  Once all the crew were aboard Double Trouble the race started, and everyone got away to a good start, with the 707 Double Trouble leading away hotly pursued by Carpe Diem, then Anna B with the rest in close attendance.  Rounding Al Kohr, Carpe Diem was hot on the heels of Double Trouble, but with spinnaker set, the 707 quickly pulled away, though there was an ominous light patch between Al Kohr and the South Hook LNG jetty.  Double Trouble had a big lead rounding Sandy Haven, and continued to pull further away on the zigzags across the haven.  Carpe Diem likewise opened up a good lead on the rest of the fleet, who were all scrapping away closely.  Rounding Montreal going out to South Hook, the wind got increasingly light and shifty, with massive lifts and headers causing everyone difficulty.  With Double Trouble disappearing over the horizon, Carpe Diem came to a standstill approaching Al Kohr, and had to watch in horror as the rest of the fleet crept up to her. However, the same fate awaited them all, and it was a case of one step forward and two back as the fleet sought to make some against the tide in little or no wind.  You could have virtually thrown a blanket over all the boats at one stage. After some considerable time, the fleet slowly succumbed to the inevitable, and first to retire was Egomania, followed by Carpe Diem, White Lines, Anna B and Celeritas.

Double Trouble alone had made the finish line, so it looks like a first race discard for the rest of the fleet.  Needless to say, Monday saw plenty of wind!  Everyone is looking forward to a better wind next week.

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Winter Cruiser Series Entry Forms and Instruction available online

By admin - Last updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sailing Instructions are now available for the Winter Series from the website:

Entry Form Cruiser Winter Series 2011
Sailing Instructions Winter Cruiser 2011

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Sailing Instructions Winter Cruiser Series

By Gordon - Last updated: Monday, September 26, 2011

Sailing Instructions are now available for the Winter Series from the Marina office. They should also soon be available to download from the club web site along with an entry form.

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Winter Cruiser Series Entry Forms

By Gordon - Last updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011

Entry forms are now available from the marina office.

Please complete and leave in the marina office with Eira.

Sailing instructions will be available from next week.

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We have Crew looking to sail the Winter Series

By Darrel_W - Last updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Any yacht in for the Winter Series and need a hand to crunch those winches etc, two guys have approach our Commodore expressing interest in become active crew for the winter series.

There details are :

Peter Louwerse 07440529884

Roman (no last name) can also be contacted on the above number

There are working out of the Mitec Building on Milford Marina, I believe they are trainee boat builder

Grab them quick if you need crew

Regards

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Winter Series Cruiser Races 2011

By Gordon - Last updated: Monday, September 19, 2011

The start of the Winter Series is nearly upon us, starting on Sunday 2nd. October and running up to Sunday 18th. December.  We are being sponsored by the Port Authority this year to the tune of £600 in Marina Mooring vouchers, and the club is also stumping up the glittering prize of an I-Pad to the overall winner.  Racing will be on the Byron James handicap system.

We are hoping that this will attract a good number of boats, both Marina based and from a wider area.  So please do your best to support this effort, and hopefully have some fun.

Anyone looking for crew, or wishing to crew, please contact me at nwilliams8@toucansurf.com, or tel.01646697099

Good Sailing,

Norman Williams

Commodore

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Digest of the Minutes of the September 2011 Meeting.

By Darrel_W - Last updated: Monday, September 19, 2011


 

We seem to be making progress in taking over the land to the west of the club. We will look at our costs to develop the land and then meet with PCC representatives.

August was the best month this year for bar takings. We are looking at electronic means of payments within the club, and will decide when we have more information.

Thanks goes to those who helped make the regatta a success. Letters of thanks will be sent to individuals directly involved.

Tetley beer that was not sold on regatta day has a limited shelf like, to avoid wastage it will be sold off at £2.00 per pint.

Friday will be the last of the dinghy races. Sunday we have the Dinghy Open, and the dinghy Winter Series will start on October 1st. at 14.30, running until Boxing Day.

We have our Laying Up Supper on Saturday 8th. October, please support it in great numbers.

We need to attract more major events during 2012.

For the Winter Series for both cruiser and dinghies we are having worthwhile prizes.

Our boat parking facility for big boats is now full.

Based on the figures we have been given, it makes good financial sense to have solar panels installed to generate electricity for us. We are getting together information so that a decision can be made.

We are looking at the composition of the committee for 2012. Do we need changes?

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Summer Series Nears Conclusion

By Gordon - Last updated: Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pivotal Win for Anna B in Race 7.

A good breeze awaited competitors as they exited the marina.  Unhinged made a welcome return to the fray, and the fleet were joined by a new boat. The MG Spring ‘Trivit’.  Race officer Henry Lloyd sent the fleet downriver to S1, Sandy Haven and Dakotian, before returning.  The fleet split up into three groups, with Unhinged and Serifos in close competition, Carpe Diem and Anna B duelling in the white sail fleet, and Ariel, Egomania and Trivit also close together in the slower spinnaker fleet.  In an unusual about-turn, Serifos managed to sail past Unhinged to leeward under spinnaker on the run back to the line to take line honours.  Anna B nearly passed an off-form Carpe Diem before they fought back somewhat, but the handicap results gave a very tight finish, with about a minute covering the first 5 boats.  Anna B claimed a very good victory, with Serifos second and Unhinged third.  This gives Anna B a virtually unassailable lead in the series, as they can discard all their poorer results.

 

Light Winds in Race 8.

In the penultimate series race, the winds turned really light, much to the liking of the smaller boats.  Crazy Horse, a Hunter 707 helmed by Alex Lloyd joined the fleet for the first time, and proved an ideal boat for the conditions, well crewed by dinghy specialists Chris Holman and Gareth Jones, walking away with first place.  Unhinged bucked the trend for the smaller boats, and held on to take second place, with Egomania third.  Serifos, Carpe Diem, Ariel and Anna B finished in that order after a long and painful drift.

With one race remaining, it is all to play for between Serifos and Carpe Diem for second place, with Anna B assured of first place.

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Contrasting Weather for PYC Dinghy and Cruiser Regattas

By Gordon - Last updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011


 

Great efforts had been put in to a revitalized dinghy regatta on Saturday, 20th. August, but these efforts were not blessed with the weather they deserved.  The morning dawned grey and drizzly, with winds at about 20 knots.  A good fleet of  13 dinghies assembled, however, and race officer Norman Williams sent them on a generally figure eight course, which was the best that could be done with the strong southerly wind.  Two races were held back-to-back in the morning  and  one race after lunch.  There was close racing throughout, with quite a few capsizes and breakages.  The runaway winner with three first places, was the hugely experienced Steve Rich, NYC, in his Laser.  Second place after a very close tussle was decided on the last lap of the last race, when Ross Prytherick, PYC,  got the breakthrough when his immediate opposition capsized.  Third place went to the consistently well-sailed RS400 of Richard Incledon of NYC.

Many thanks to all the helpers who put in so much effort in to the organization, led by Nicci and Julian.

 

Sunday morning in complete contrast dawned without a cloud in the sky, and light winds.  Patchy cloud did occasionally come through, but the day was mostly sunny.  17 yachts entered the cruiser regatta, and race officer Henry Lloyd set three courses for the different fleets of IOR, Byron James handicap, and Gentlemen’s White Sail fleet.   These courses all sent the fleets down to the harbour entrance.  However, the wind filled in quite strongly, with up to 25 knots recorded off  Thorne Island.  There were several retirements, but the superb sailing weather gave everyone a first class sail, though due to the strong winds meant that the boats finished earlier than had been expected.  However, the yachts anchored off Gelliswick Bay in the bright sunny afternoon made a great sight.

The IOR division was won by the perennial Inca with Fred Fisher (NYC) helming, with Moondust (Steve Badham,PCRC) second, and Trissie (Bob Blacksell, PYC) third.

In the Byron James fleet, first was Serifos (Richard Ayer, PYC)  with Spindrift (Jimmy Berry, PYC) second, and  Kia Ku third.

The White Sail fleet was led home by Carpe Diem (Darrel Walters, PYC)  in first place, Anna B (Trevor Owens, PYC) second and White Lines (John Davies, PYC) third.

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Special Thanks to our Main Sponsor!

By Julian_Owens - Last updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Our special thanks goes out to John & Sarah for supporting PYC in resurrecting the regatta for the people of Milford Haven!

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