Well, it is Saturday the 5th May 2018, I am sat on the newly acquired Green Goose, and at 03:45am it was with great trepidation that we started the engine… would the cooling system work? After the whole club rallying around us helping to fix a slightly embarrassing overheating problem (that was over-heating and not overeating!!!) gained by us newbie onboard engine users…
well she started and she pumped water through her exhaust, after we danced a jig and 1 hour of sleep we excitedly left Rhos Marina along with Magic Dragon and Asha M. Once we sailed around the Great Orme we were in the wake of Diego and Sea Ma Chilli, who we joined at anchor in Moelfre for a late breakfast. Soon after midday we cruised around to Red Wharf Bay where we have been joined by Eira, Penny Diamond and Joie de Vivre.
The sun is shining and Bay of colwyn Sailing Club are out en masse! Fantastic…. Here are some pics…
Our avian visitor below!
We are all off for a meal and then the local sailing club for the evening, I’m sure it will – as is very usual – be a night to remember!!
We love having new members to join us sailing, our next planned cruise is Spring Bank Holiday weekend, if you would like to join us get in touch…
March is fast approaching, with our AGM happening on the 4th. In these cold days it has been only the intrepid who have been venturing out to sea and we long for the new sailing season which we are in the process of agreeing.
Once the weather warms a little, our members will be busy preparing their boats in order to make the most of our British summer on the beautiful North Coast of Wales.
We encourage anyone to join us in any of our cruising and dinghy activities.
Our activity dates will appear soon… watch this space… Joy
Today at our AGM we had the privilege of presenting one of our Officers with a plaque for 35 years service as he is stepping down as our Treasurer.
So a massive thank you to John Moore (seen here with Nigel Bailey, Commodore) for all of the time and commitment he has givento Bay of Colwyn Sailing Club. We really do appreciate it.
The 1st March is fast approaching, with our AGM happening later on today and a new sailing season soon to start.
Club members are busy preparing their boats in order to make the most of our British summer on the beautiful North Coast of Wales.
We encourage anyone to join us in any of our cruising and dinghy activities.
Comet Duo, GRP Sailing Dinghy, Sail number 147, finished in pine green/silver white. Demonstration model at the 1998 London Boat show, original registration docs., only 3 owners from new, and still looking really good!.
Lightly used, and in good condition, good set of sails, furling reefing jib and slab reefing main, with extras comprising of paddle, jib stick, outboard motor pad, stainless steel self-bailers, rowlocks, Hawk wind vane (+ spare), front storage compartment, round rear hatch and storage bin, plus Bramber combi trailer, mast-up boat cover.
Can be viewed in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.
Contact Paul Lyon, firstname.lastname@example.org or 07977602137
I am now looking for a Mirror Dinghy (GRP Preferred) and would be interested in a part- exchange / cash adjustment.
Well it has been an interesting Spring so far here on the Great Orme, the weather has been quite unpredictable, sun, rain, hail, wind, rain again, and yet more hail! This has meant that not all of our boats have been launched yet which has delayed our social sailing but there is hope for better weather on the horizon and then the sailing season can truly begin… Don’t forget to get in touch with us if you would like to join us in our adventures, you are very welcome…
Saddler Sea Wich 19′ bilge keel 4 berth sailing cruiser on a 1 tonne 2 wheeled trailer.
Complete with 5hp Honda 4 stroke engine, charger, and 4 gallon tank
Inflatable tender with 2.3 hp engine,
Echo sounder, VHF radio, compass, GPS, battery, 2 x automatic life jackets, anchor and lots of warp.
Interior lined,and has lighting throughout, includes 2 burner gas stove and grille, sink and drainer, gas heater,
Lots of extras, chandlery, engine spares and warp.
Ready to sail with a little TLC. (failing health forces sale)
Ashore at Rhos on Sea, North Wales.
Offers around £999..Tel: 01492 545863
My name is Nigel Bailey and I am the Commodore of Bay of Colwyn Sailing Club, I took over the helm in February 2016. I am married to Sandra and live in Rhos-on-Sea.
I am now in my 6th year as a member of the club, until 2 years ago I was involved with the Scout association as a Scout/Explorer leader for 17 years. This was where I began to take an interest in sailing. The year prior to my retirement from scouting I was awarded with the Chief Scout Commendation Award for Services to Scouting – which I am quite proud of.
I enjoy sailing as often as I can (weather and work permitting).
If you are interested in joining us or even tagging along on one of our cruises you would be very welcome.
So all I can say is ‘fair winds to you all and may the sailing seasons be good to you’.
The following year he placed an advert in the North Wales Weekly News requesting for likeminded people to contact him. Very quickly a group of 20 enthusiasts started meeting in Mike’s Café in Colwyn Bay and the club was born.Colwyn Council was approached and the present boat park was rented at a peppercorn rent of £50 per annum. On site was the old wooden structured Puppet Theatre, this was used as the club H.Q. for the next 18 months.With support growing quickly the council was again approached and a 10 year lease was given on Beach Cliff House, Rhos Promenade which became the Club House.
The glorious summer of 1959 saw a menagerie of boats on the water which formed the basis of the clubs fleet with GP14, Enterprise, Firefly and Albacore dinghies and an odd 505, Solo and Heron. The GP14s and Enterprises were soon racing as class fleets with Fireballs following. Racing was arranged every Sunday from Easter until the end of October with midweek point’s races on Wednesday evenings.
From then onwards enthusiasm grew. Soon more and more members were recruited, for somehow the formation of the club had captured the imagination of would-be-sailors who had cherished a dream and never thought it would become reality were now eager to join and take part in this exhilarating sport.
Membership grew to such an extent that in 1963 there were some 15 major trophies to race for.By the nineteen- eighties 30 major trophies were competed for annually and the club had a membership of 150. During these heady days the club also had an
active powerboat section and organised a 60 boat and skier marathon event. In the nineties club membership was declining and the club house lease was transferred to the Colwyn Sea Sports Associations.
Dinghy sailing was also becoming less popular and by the turn of the last century Sunday racing began to decline and eventually stopped.At the same time yacht cruising was becoming popular and the clubs sailing activities have now become mainly cruising. Organised cruising weekend events take place throughout the season visiting major local ports such as Liverpool and Holyhead and favourite spots around the Anglesey coast. Last year 2 boats went off on a fortnights cruise to Ireland and it is likely that this year more boats will be accompanying them .
There are still a number of dinghies in the club and dinghy sailing events are still organised jointly with Rydal Penrhos School. Over the years the Powerboat/Fishing boat section has remained active. The Boat Park has recently undergone major improvements and now has a new 21 year lease from Conwy County Borough Council. It is now a more secure site with a 2 metre high fence, a new roadway, a new concrete boat shed and a larger tractor has been purchased to cope with launching and recovery of the bigger yachts.
The boat yard is now virtually full to capacity and a hive of activity throughout the year and supports many BBQS during the sailing season. 3 years ago we celebrated our 50th anniversary and we are now looking forward with great confidence to our next 50 years.
Paul Lyon. Rear Commodore.