June Open Meetings Postponed

Please note that our vane sailing secretary has regrettably announced that the Pugwash and Northern District 36r events scheduled for Llandudno in June will have to be postponed until later in the year.

MYA Vane 36r National Championships

Two Vane 36r’s from Llandudno contested the vane 36r national championships at Birkenhead lake.  This is the first vane race held at Birkenhead in approximately 20 years and it was a pleasure to sail on this excellent water with a convenient and well appointed clubhouse.

  • Gecko Sailed by Dave and Rob Bell
  • Koorah Sailed by Alan and Marg Bell

A total of 9 entries contested the trophy over the weekend 9th – 10th April.

On Saturday a complete round of 9 heats was sailed.  Initially conditions were light and variable, however a breeze moved in with the tide from the NW end  to provide excellent competition in top and later second suit sails.  conditions gradually eased as the tide receded back to a top suit.  Gecko finished the day 7 points clear at the top of the table.

On Sunday the wind freshened from the SE end of the lake providing racing in a gusty  second and third suit breeze.  Some spectacular broaches were seen by competitors flying excessively tall spinnakers.

The final summing of the boards sailed resulted in a win for Gecko (co-skippered by Dave Bell/Rob Bell).  Chris Harris and Sam Roberts chased hard but were unable to catch up and had to settle for second.


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Sailing Report Thurs April 7th 2016

An excellent night’s sailing and a good range of craft on the water:-
  • 2 Dragonforce 65’s
  • 2 Dragonflite 95’s
  • 2 Vane 36r’s
It was nice and kind of members to allow two young visitors to’ have a go’  at sailing their
Dragon 65’s.  Actions like this will hopefully encourage new and younger members to join the club.
I hope we can continue to expand the fleet as the season progresses.  John Brierley is going to arrange races for Dragon 65’s and 95’s in the near future. Please get your batteries charged in eager anticipation!
(From Michael Smee’s Email 8.4.16)

Sailing Report Thurs March 31st 2016

Last Thursday we had  :-
  • 3 Dragonforce 65’s
  • 1 Dragonflite 95
  • 1 Vane 36r

sailing down at the West Shore Lake.

A good start to the season, but, can we please try and improve on this tally?
Please come down to our beautiful lake, after all, we have one of prettiest lakes in the country, and enjoy an evening sailing. Even better bring along a friend who might be interested in joining us!
Looking forward to seeing you all.
(From Michael Smee’s Email 5.4.2016)

2016 Season Begins

Michael has confirmed that the West Shore lake is being filled.  A big thank you to Michael for his considerable efforts in contacting the council to provide sailing waters for us to enjoy.

Sailing Report: 1st Dec 2013 – WEST SHORE

A light to moderate wind from the Orme end of the lake, the threatening rain clouds held off for the morning and the temperature was a relatively tolerable 7C, fingers were notably a bit stiff today.

The West Shore lake was busy today with both LlMYC and Colwyn Bay Model Boat Club using the lake. Classes sailed by LLMYC included 2 x dragon force, 3x v36r, 1 x R36r, an IOM with reduced draught.

Vane A Class

International Vane A Class Beating to Windward at West Shore

Vane Sailing:  A number of 3 boat heats were undertaken with Dave’s Batman “Skimma” being notably fast to windward and Gareth’s “rrrRed”  (Mike Dann Design) sailing well downwind.  Nicks beautifully restored classic 36r was somewhat off the pace today, some adjustments were made to the set of the sails and his performance seemed to be a little better.  Gareth’s upwind problems were traced in part to a problem with the guy spring on his vane gear preventing the vane from toggling to the correct sailing angles.  This had been the cause of very inconsistent sailing performance.  Removal of the spring in question confirmed the hypothesis.

Radio Sailing:  Alan’s two Dragon Force – one with standard sails and the other with Alan’s own sails both took to the water for the first time today.  The standard sails were found to be a little fluttery, and did not produce the same power or stability as the new sails.  No formal racing was undertaken on this shakedown/maiden voyage.  Alan also brought his John Simpson designed IOM which he has modified with a very short fin, problems with rigging and rudder control limited the days activities.  Eric brought down his recently acquired Vic Smeed designed R36r, which with it’s strong hard chines will be interesting to see sailing as he gets chance to finesse the rigging somewhat .

Next Meeting 09:30hrs – WEST SHORE LAKE – Sunday 15th December 2013 – Bring a boat and have a sail, or come on down and have a go.