Last weekend Chris and I attended the Island of Anglesey Offshore Race. This race is for all classes of dinghy either mono hull or multi hull and runs from Beaumaris on the Menai straits through Penman point and then on to Traeth Bychan some 15 miles away. It is an area of stunning beauty and is a fantastic place to sail.
|Team Chester enjoy a few drinks and a social chat the night before the race|
|RS Vision nearly ready to launch|
The Vision is a great boat to sail and we were really looking forward to it. Unfortunately over the preceding week my right shoulder has developed Tendinitis that is really painful so I had to step down and Chris sailed with Andy, one of our other instructors instead.
|Our friends Mike and Kathy launch their RS 400 in the storm|
|The really light winds make for slow progress.|
Andy and Chris (on right of photo) work hard to keep the boat moving
|Rounding the buoy at Pennam Point|
The island in the photo above is Puffin island, home to a large colony of Puffins. It is a bird sanctuary now and you can only see the birds by boat. There are regular boat trips from Beaumaris to see the Puffins and you can probably make out some in the photo if you look close enough.
Eventually the rain stopped, the sun peeked through the clouds and the fleet started to pick up some wind all be it a zephyr of a breeze. After 4 hours of sailing Chris eventually made it to Traeth Bychan and enjoyed a good meal and drink. Whilst they won no prises they did enjoy the sailing.
|Coming ashore at the end of the race|
|Steve decides its Sausage time, this is a rare sight indeed|
|Nothing like a Full English to quell the hunger|
|Now I DO LOVE CUSTARD says Lorraine and gets stuck in|
|Its hard graft all the sailing mlarky - Our Amy restoring energy reserves|
|Its morning and yours truly is helped out of his sleeping pit by Lorraine|
Quick update on AmyJo. Spoke with Jim at Alexander boats and he is finishing off a hull over the couple of weeks. AmyJo will be next and he will let me know when the base plate will be laid so we can be present. So hopefully we should have something tangible to show you of the build soon.
Well thats all for now, hope you are all enjoying what little summer we seem to be having. Hopefully the weather forecasters are right and the promised warm weather turns up at the end of the week.