A guide to TBSC racing 2019

In Public News by TBSC

Local people and visitors to Trearddur Bay often ask about the sailing club and its races. How the club began 100 years ago is explained on another page as is the meaning of the flags flown at the flagstaff on the headland. The club only races in August during the four weeks which end on the Bank Holiday weekend. It has over 1,000 members and there is currently a long waiting list to join as it has limited moorings, space for boats and sail training places. Opposite is a list of races for spectators’ guidance together with events that non-members of the Club are very welcome to attend, highlighted in light blue.

Races are scheduled at morning, afternoon or evening times. The Cup, Novice and Centenary races are three separate linked series in which points are earned during the whole month. The Cup races in particular are usually very well supported and quite a spectacle at the start. Seabird Half Raters will race to and from Holyhead on 9th August and can be seen battling it out in the waves off South and North Stacks. In the hotly contested Memorial Cup Races classes compete for cups which have been presented in memory of a club member.

On our Regatta Day on 10th August there are two cup races which count towards the series but there are also cups for the races held on that day and competition is always keen. These races are open to non-members, apply to sailingsec@tbsc.org.uk To celebrate the centenary, every boat in the club, including some which have not raced or even been afloat for years, will be sailing from the main bay out

in front of the flagstaff in procession with the oldest leading the fleet. There will be further celebration in the evening with a firework display across the whole bay.

The Seabird Interstation Race is on Monday 12th August. This year it is TBSC’s turn to host crews from Abersoch and Wallasey.

The prize for the Allcomers Race (open to non-members, apply to sailingsec@tbsc.org) on 16th August is called the Llewellyn Burgee which is in fact a silver plate presented in memory of Llewellyn Price-Jones. He was employed as club boatman from 1946 until the 60s and was a familiar sight in his navy sweater rowing around the courses. It is a handicap pursuit race in which every different type of boat is given its own start time. This year, participants are asked to wear what would have been appropriate in 1919!

This year, to celebrate the centenary, TBSC is hosting a Classic Boat regatta on 31st August and 1st September and this will involve classic boats from other clubs. It is planned that there will be five Mersey Mylnes, five Fifes, five Menai One Designs and five Dublin Bay Waterwags in addition to our own Seabird Half Raters and Myths. This is very much a one- off for the centenary and racing will take place morning and afternoon on Saturday and on Sunday morning, weather permitting.

All races are subject to postponement if the weather is unsuitable.