Offshore Race

This weekend is our annual Offshore Race:
Start: 09:30 22 July
Start: 11:30 23 July (PROVISIONAL)
Start & Finish line (Portishead): an extension of the SE wall of Portishead pier (i.e. when looking straight down pier wall towards marina you are on the line)
Start & Finish line (Cardiff): an extension of the centre line of Penarth pier (i.e. when looking straight down the middle of the pier you are on the line)
Starting procedure: engines off 5 minutes before the start
Finishing procedure: note finish time using GPS time and send to me
Course (Sat): Start (Portishead) > Merkur (P) > East Culver (P) > Lavernock Spit (S) > Ranie (P) > Finish (Cardiff)
Distance (Sat): approx. 35nm
PROVISIONAL Course (Sun): Start (Cardiff) > Ranie (S) > Merkur (P) > Steep Holm (P) > Tail Patch (S) > S Middle Grounds (S) > Finish (Portishead)
Distance (Sun): approx. 32nm
Tides: slack water off Barry around 12:15 Sat, 13:15 Sun
Locks: suggested 09:00 lock out Sat am, first lock in Sun pm is 16:45
Overnight in Cardiff: most marina boats will take advantage of free berthing in Penarth Quays – crews are likely to be found in the Customs House, Pier 64 or The Pilot
VHF: CH37 / M1, CH12
Handicaps: down tide handicaps will be used (Byron with tidal adjustment)
Results: will be published on the website
All other details: as per Club Racing NOR / SIS

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PCC River Cruise

River Cruise August 13th. High Water is 11.35 am BST.

Cruise up the Avon and return to Pontoon ‘C’ for American Style Buffet provided by participating Boat Owners. £5.00 minimum asked of guests, all of which will go to “The Brohn Cancer Care Charity”.

The Club will provide tables on the pontoon. Should the weather be inclement the cruise will be cancelled.

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Crew Membership

This year we’re trialling the concept of Crew Membership. The majority of people participating in PCC activities aren’t members and our aim is to engage them in the club. The PCC committee therefore invites all active crew (cruising and racing) to become affiliate members for the 2017 season. There’s a form to complete here. Please share this with your crews. The outcome of this trial will be presented at the AGM in March, where a decision will be taken on whether to take this further.

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Holms Race

The Holms Race is on 9th Sept this year: the entry form and Notice of Race have now been published here.

A couple of things to note:
– the start and finish line this year is between the PYSC clubhouse in Sugar Loaf Bay (marked Kilkenny Bay on some charts) and the southern tip of Denny Island.
– HW is later than usual (unfortunately we can’t control the tides …) so the starting window doesn’t open until 11:00 and we’re expecting boats to finish between 17:30 and 20:30 local.

Don’t forget our next race is tomorrow: start is at 11:00 off Portishead pier – it’s part of the Festival on the Quay organised by the marina, which is always a great event (more info here).

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Regatta Race

Here are the details for the Regatta Race on Sat 1st July:
Course: Start > Cockburn (P) > Old Mans Head (S) > Old Severn Bridge > Old Mans Head (P) > Cockburn (S) > Finish
Old Mans Head: is a West Cardinal 0.4NM NE of the New Severn Bridge
Old Severn Bridge: turn at any point in the span, when the whole boat is upstream of the furthest extremity
Start / Finish Line: a transit of Denny Shoal and the end of Portishead pier, passing within 1 boat length of Denny Shoal, either side
Start Time: chose your own
Start Procedure: engines off 1 min before start, note the time that you cross the line
Finish Procedure: note finish time and forward to me, along with start time
Course Distance: approx. 15 miles
HW Beachley: 13:50
VHF: CH37 / M1, CH12
Handicaps: down tide handicaps will be used (Byron with tidal adjustment)
Results: will be published on the website
All other details: as per Club Racing NOR / SIS

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Lydney Rally – 24th, 25th June

Lydney Yacht Club’s annual rally is fast approaching, any boats planning to attend are asked to text Sarah on xxxxxxxx (number obtainable from a PCC committee member ) with Name and boat length to assist the Harbour Master.

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