fbburgee.jpg (710125 bytes)

Port Dinorwic 1992

gibbon.jpg (10035 bytes)

A solo return from the rally to Howth

Irish Sea Folkboat Rally 1992

writes Mike Maguire

Fantastic! Incredible! Best Yet! The Menai Strait provided a marvellous venue for this 1992 Folkboat rally. Thanks are due to Ivor Jones of the Port Dinorwic Yacht Harbour, who allowed us free use of their facilities for the occasion. Also the Royal Welsh yacht Club for their race organisation, and their use of their historic clubhouse, the organisers Glynis and Martin Ellis, Rosa and Peter Jones who organised the barbecue in what can only be described as idyllic setting, the reception, Sunday’s Irish stew and the fantastic dinner with Irish music (in Wales!).

The weather was – well if it had been ordered for the occasion – it could not have been better.

I have certain memories of the week. The first one is having a radio conversation in the bus on the way to the reception on Saturday evening with Seamus who in company with two other Irish boats was just crossing Caernarfon Bar. They eventually arrived and were able to join in the occasion. The next was the return from the pub in Bangor under the bridges through the Swellies with the tide going full rip. Robin Pinner led the way whilst Christopher Jones in Bonito keeping us on the right course.

The beautiful, sheltered (from the south), horseshoe shaped bay at Porth Dinllaen and the enjoyable two hours spent before sailing back. The last of the races was on Wednesday, which started in a no wind situation ad finished in what felt like a force 6. Lots of excitement and the ever demanding tide to contend with.

I am sure that everybody who took part enjoyed it in spite of the tendency for things (eating Houses) to close up rather early in Wales.

To submit new information contact Eric Daniels

This page was last edited 15/01/02 10:34