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BELOW IS A RESUME OF THE CLUB’S ACTIVITIES THIS YEAR AS COMPILED BY OUR SECRETARY, MRS MARILYN DOWNS AND SUBMITTED FOR PUBLICATION IN THE CEMAES VOICE.
For a lot of people, there is no greater pleasure than watching the sea and its constantly moving waves. But the sea can also be a difficult environment that can present many challenges to those who sail.
The Cemaes Boat Club has had to face some of these challenges over the 2015 season and it has definitely been a year of peaks and troughs for the 'Charles Henry Ashley'.
The Round the Island Adventure went ahead in July as planned and CHA sailed from Cemaes Bay, travelling around Point Linas and past Moelfre before finally taking a tow at Puffin Island from safety boat Kayotic to her overnight stay on Beaumaris pier. On the Friday, she was rowed along the Menai Strait, through both bridges with support from the Royal Anglesey and Royal Welsh Rowing Clubs. However, the trip was stalled when the boat reached Caernarfon due to very unfavourable winds.
Charles Henry Ashley was eventually towed around to Holyhead where she has remained safely until the August Bank Holiday and Old Gaffers' weekend. Whilst in Holyhead Marina, the sailing dates have still been fulfilled and members have enjoyed the opportunity to continue to develop their rowing and sailing skills in a different environment to Cemaes Bay.
Our thanks to the Beaumaris RNLI who supported the venture, but also thanks to the Holyhead RNLI, the Marina Launch, and all in the Marina Office for their ongoing support.
This is the main fundraising event of the season -
The Club would also like to thank Telbuoy’s Tackle for donating £200 following their fishing competition.
The difficult weather conditions were often a problem, but not insurmountable.
A much greater challenge has been the sad loss of two very significant members of the Club over this season.
Firstly, Peter Wain, who died on March 2nd. Peter was one of the founder members of the Boat Club who played a significant part in helping to secure the initial grant for the refurbishment of the Charles Henry Ashley. Peter will always be remembered as a real gentleman, whose intelligent advice and support was invaluable in helping the Club to achieve its current status. The Boat Club tender has been named ‘China Pete’ in his memory.
Then our wonderful lead Skipper and Coxwain, Ron Cox, who died on August 26th.
Ron was a true sea-
Charles Henry Ashley will return to Cemaes from Holyhead when the weather, wind and tides are favourable, before being taken out of the water in October for her winter maintenance at Peibron Farm. She will then be ready to face new challenges next year. The members are a fantastic team who want to carry on the tradition of the Charles Henry Ashley and to encourage a real community involvement. Please get in touch if you want to join the Club.