While the rest of the United Kingdom was enjoying really high temperatures it was overcast Pwllheli. That didn’t stop the toppers getting out onto the water over the weekend. Their colourful sails makes a great spectacle of the water of Cardigan Bay. The topper is one of those wonderful dinghies that children can learn not so easily. The topper is easy to manage, can be transported around without any difficulty for the parents and provides just the right direction for kids learning to sail. Although the topper doesn’t have a compass the wot-tac does. Every youngster sailing in a topper needs to understand where we start line bias lies and that’s where the wot-tac comes into its own. It not only provides a compass that the youngsters can use on the topper but it also tells them where they start line bias lies. It makes it so much easier for them when they are moving on from there topper to a larger dinghy.
Three Peaks Race
There were lots of the yachts competing in the three Peaks race in Pwllheli Marina recently. Three Peaks race is a very competitive event whereby teams compete to sail from Barmouth and then on to Caernarfon were runners from each yacht race to the top of Snowdon. After that the yacht sales up the Menai Strait and then up to Whitehaven where the runners race to the top of Scafell Pike before returning to the yacht which deals to Fort William and then the runners race up to the top of Ben Nevis.
There were five Beneteau yachts competing this year and a number of Sigmas so the competition will be tough and the race usually finishes in about 2 1/2 days. The sailing be very competitive and tough. The sailing from Whitehaven to Fort William takes the competitors through the wildest of the Scottish scenery.
The next regatta in Abersoch at the South Caernarfonshire yacht club will be dinghy week. In the past this has had some 400 dinghies attending the mixture of all sorts of different dinghies from toppers to enterprises and lasers at RS dinghies. It really can be a mixture of different dinghies that compete at this open meeting. In the past it has put the South Caernarfonshire yacht club on the sailing map and hopefully with the development of the sailing Academy in Pwllheli this part of the world will have a far higher profile in the sailing world and attract lots more sailors to events here.