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Welcome to Holyhead Sailing Club. This thriving sailing Club, based in the historic Holyhead harbour, Anglesey, was founded in 1905 as the Porth-y-Felin Sailing Club. Since then its range of racing and cruising yachts has steadily expanded. The Holyhead Sailing Club's stated aim is simply to "support & encourage sailing" and with over 600 members and moorings for up to 170 boats we are well placed to support those aims. Sailing: Club Racing- The Club has one of the most extensive racing programmes in North Wales, with a programme of events running throughout the season from April to September. Club racing on Wednesday evenings is usually well supported with 3 fleets out most weeks. Dinghy races are normally restricted to the waters within the New Harbour, providing ample opportunity to develop skills whilst at the same time being in sheltered and tide free conditions. The Squib fleet also uses New Harbour, but its marks are often set outside its confines, in Penrhos Bay. Races for the Offshore yachts typically start in Penrhos Bay and may use marks such as Chicken Rock (Isle of Man) before returning to the Harbour. Cruising- The Club maintains a programme of events for cruising yachts, incorporating both races and 'cruising in company'. For details of the specifically racing events, see the RACING PROGRAMME page on the Sailing Club website. Clubhouse: The Clubhouse is normally open from 0900 to 1700 and 1900 to 2300. Outside of these hours, the premises are alarmed and access is provided via keyfobs for members. There is a restaurant available at certain time of the year. Visitors MUST sign in (the Visitors Book is in the foyer). The Club can be in trouble with the bureaucrats if any non-members are on the premises without being signed in. There is ample space outside of the bar area for children, with a pool table and television. Stowage space is available in the Heads for foul weather gear and overalls, which we prefer not to see in the bar. The Club bar is open to members and their visitors, together with any visitors using the Club moorings and those from RYA affiliated Clubs. Restaurant- Though small and inevitably restricted in its facilities, Stan, our restauranteur, is able to offer a range of food from light bar snacks to full meals which make up for any limitations in space - Sunday lunch being a particular favourite. The restaurant occupies the upper floor of the premises and has fine views across Holyhead Bay to the Skerries. Whilst booking is not usually necessary (if the restaurant is full, there's frequently a table available in the bar) it is recommended to avoid disappointment. Showers- Both Men's and Women's heads were refurbished over the 2005/6 winter and are available throughout normal Club opening hours. They have the usual facilities but occasionally get busy when weekly races have been completed. During the day when the Bar is closed, access to the Heads is via a 'Wet Door'. Club members (but not visitors) are issued with Key Fobs which operate the door locks(Jean Williams). No charge is made for the use of the showers and there is ample changing facility. Fuel and Water: There are two external water taps, one on the side of the building near the Bosun's Locker, the other is on the railings at the top of the groyne. This latter tap has a hose attached and boats may lay alongside to top up. However, since the launch also uses the groyne, stay only as long as necessary to take on the water. MAKE SURE YOU TURN OFF THE TAP BEFORE LEAVING !! Red diesel may be obtained from the boatman, either when ashore or by giving fuel cans to the launch. The Club DOES NOT have a supply of fuel cans and each skipper is expected to supply his own. Visiting Holyhead Sailing Club: The Club is always delighted to welcome visitors to its facilities - whether they berth in the marina or use the Club's moorings.
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