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Saturday 19 May 2018

Just before the closure of the cill at Deganwy Marina [05:00 hrs], an early morning start, to catch the last of the ebb to catch the flood shortly after passing the Gt. Orme. Two nobbies, ourselves, Phyllis from Deganwy and Comrades from Conwy, en-route to Liverpool to rendezvous with the Tall Ships over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

We managed a little sailing until we got to the Orme and we had to motor most of the way. Rhyl Flats and we crossed a massive algae bloom brought on no doubt by the nice warm weather. Not a single turbine blade turned on any of the windmills as we passed them by. A leisurely cruise to lose some passage time so we could enter the Mersey via Rock Channel which is only navigable typically a few hours either side of HW. New Brighton as expected was full of families enjoying the sunny day.

Finally on a berth at 14:20 hrs, after our lock-in. Then to catch up with other Nobby owners and share a few jars of liquid refreshment.

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After a winter of all the usual jobs and a good sailing day today, although a little cold with a northeasterly variable F3 it was time to shake out the cobwebs. Others were out too, to enjoy the blue skies and thanks to Peter Holt I can post these pics.

Joined by a great crew, Steven and Karen we enjoyed the day out.  Oops...! I forgot to drop the topping lift.  Another reason to blow away the cobwebs.

Hopefully, that is!  After dreadful winter months of rain after rain followed by the beast from the east temperatures are now starting to rise.

A maritime historical marker too this March.  The total loss of Holyhead Marina along with some 80 boats during the storm Emma with a force 10 northeasterly which brought disaster to Holyhead. Not only millions of £'s worth of boats lost and sunk but the work and income for many who relied on the income from visiting and permanent berthed yachts and working vessels in this deepwater port.

Storm surges of 5 metres totally wrecked the marina pontoons and virtually all the boats berthed in the harbour. Remarkably this disaster was not reported by UK mainstream media. Fortunately, Facebook and YouTube provided the evidence. For some upsetting scenes for any mariner check out the videos on YouTube.  Simply search Holyhead Marina storm, Emma.

With the weather steadily improving 'Phyllis', with just a couple of small jobs to complete her winter slumber, is raring to go. A visit this coming weekend to the Beaulieu Boat Jumble might just find an interesting item or two to fit on 'Phyllis'.

4 June 2017
Conwy Nobbies and Classics return from a day early from Liverpool, missing the 30th Anniversary River Mersey Nobby Race, due to an impending poor weather forecast that would have prevented the fleet from getting back home for several days.