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The Race

The race this year was on the middle Saturday of the Menai Strait Regatta to help act as a feeder race for the Welsh IRC National Championships the following week in Pwllheli.

There was very nasty weather in the week before the race, and this impacted on the number of starters arriving at the line.

The low start number came to the line in a building SW wind and the starts were uneventful and the fleet was off.

A boat retired into the dock at Caernarfon, and later one retired into Holyhead. The wind continued to rise.

The largest boat in the fleet Predator called to the Race office to say they had recorded 50kts across the deck in Red Wharf Bay, and were retiring rather than face the beat up the Menai Strait.

Bada Bing despite suffering damage completed the course to take the IRC Race, and Sea Breeze showed considerable seamanship to take the PY side of the race to win this class.

The date of the 2017 race is being considered and will be advised shortly.

Mike Butterfield

2016 Race Officer (

Spinlock IRC Welsh Championships 1st – 3rd August 2014

The inaugural ‘Spinlock IRC Welsh Championships’ is only a few weeks away and is hosted by Pwllheli Sailing Club (PSC) on 1st to 3rd August.

The event has used the successful 2013 J Cup hosted by PSC as a spring board with the added award of the ‘Spinlock IRC’ regional title. PSC Commodore Stephen Tudor said: ‘The Club is very proud to be offered the opportunity to host the first Welsh IRC Championships and is delighted to see competitors already entered from Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland and Liverpool in addition to the local competitive fleet. Entries are still being received and we still have free berths available for the event on the new Academy pontoons’.

The event will use the recently completed visitor and event pontoons which form part of the £8.3M investment in the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Event Centre. The project has been supported by the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government. Continue reading Spinlock IRC Welsh Championships 1st – 3rd August 2014

Competed 1969-1982

I competed in the round Anglesey race from about 1969 to 1982 when it took place the Saturday before the Menai Straits regatta. Do you have a list of past winners as I remember collecting the rather fine salver in about 1979 or 1980 the name of the yacht was Voodoo. I have many fond memories of the race. My first memory would have been 1969 or 1970, I think the race was won that year by Mr Squires in his Arperge 30 called Kibalina (Maroon coloured hull if I remember. On another occasion the same yacht went aground on the sandbanks between Port Dinorwic and Caernafon. At this time we were sailing in a Kingfisher 26 (bilge keel) called Orontium, and fleets were rarely more than a half dozen yachts. On my first race at the age of eight I remember the boat being knocked flat off South Stack a very scary introduction to offshore racing! In those days the race stared at Menai Bridge and ended at Penmon Point on the Royal Dee line which used to exist up there. You had to take your own finishing and as there was no outer distance marker this was a little tricky. One year we lost out to a Dufaur 26 called Papillon by 2 seconds on corrected time have taken our own times, I remember this being very galling and subsequently my mother took it on herself to take the times of finishers. In later years stiff competition came from Urban Taylor’s Prospect of Puffin (Farr 36 with bright yellow hull and black mast). Later I suspect urban contested in his later yacht Megalopolis.

Hugh Myott, Shropshire, Mon 05/08/2013

Can you confirm the record time?

The record is 9 hours and 40 minutes and this year’s race will be held on Saturday 3rd August so whether this will be beaten remains to be seen! This, I believe, is not the record. The record is held by Papagena, skippered by John Flack. The boat is a F5 trimaran which completed the race in 2011 in just over 8 hours, also I attach a extract from BBC News in 2008 BBC News Sunday 3rd August 2008 A new record has been set for sailing around the coast off Anglesey. Neil Thomas cut around 15 minutes off the long-standing record when he circumnavigated the island in nine hours, 16 minutes and 59 seconds. Mr Thomas, of Liverpool Yacht Club, was at the helm of his 38ft yacht Mighty Max 2 when he won on Saturday when he won the annual Round Anglesey Race. The previous single-hull record – of around nine-and-a-half-hours – had stood for more than a decade. The race, organised by the Menai Bridge Boat Club, has been held every year since the 1960s and is notorious because of the lack of safe anchorages along the route. ‘Fastest position’ A total of 17 boats took part in the race this year which started at 1100 BST to suit the local tides. Race officer Garth Griffiths congratulated the Mr Thomas on his achievement in beating such a long-standing record. “He tried for it last year and he got very, very close and I think he was about 10 minutes over the limit,” said Mr Griffiths. “So this year, he put the boat in its upright, fastest position and really went for it. “The record stood for a long time and I think it’ll be a long time before it’s broken again.” Multi-hulled craft also took part in the race for the fourth year running, with the trimaran Papagena finishing in a record time of eight hours 38 minutes. Craig Leitch Sent: 30 July 2013 14:10