Circumnavigation of Anglesey
After a year of planning and then 3 months of strong winds, we managed
to set a GO date for the Circumnavigation of Anglesey record for
Sunday February 4th 2007.
We departed Beaumaris Pier at 10:30 on a clockwise run with two
RYA timekeepers clocking us off. The BBC had a film cameraman
the Daily Post
had a stills
photographer onboard another RIB just off the start/finish line.
The run through the Menai Straits was flat clam water and hardly any
other craft out. This allowed us 47 knots for the full length, even
through the Swellies. This was an experience!
After leaving the Straits at Caernarfon Bar we ran up the west coast
of the island. South Stack was clear and visible but as we approached
Holyhead the fog loomed ahead of us. The visibility in these fog banks
was good so we had no reduction in speed.
Next point was Skerries Lighthouse,
this was turned and then the fun began. All across the top of Anglesey
was rough. Not the roughest seas we get, but sufficient to slow us
down to 37 knots. This had an impact on the overall time.
Once approaching Puffin Island we could open up again
and entered the Straits at wide open throttle. The run past Beaumaris
Pier was great fun and a relief as my biggest concern on the day was
way round. What a waste of a year of planning and all the spectators
time if we didn’t make it.
So there it is! 1 hour, 35 minutes and 10 seconds (68nm
distance travelled). It is up there now for others to go for. Black
Jack isn’t the fastest boat in the world, but this record isn’t
just about speed. The planning is more important than putting the boat
in the water, so if you fancy a go, speak to HotRIBS.Com as the trophy
they supplied is housed within the clubhouse of the Royal Anglesey
Yacht Club and they must be involved in all attempts to beat me from
the early stages.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Kevin Goulding and Mike Deacon for
the support, publicity, sponsorship, help and advice they have given
me. This was my first
record attempt, somehow I don’t think it will be my last.
Editors Note: For any others who may be interested to
have a go, check out the requirements here!
6th February 2007