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Some photos from last weekends racing in Conwy.  Well hardly racing really!   Following a delay of more than an hour and then a course which meant we could not return back to our marinas resulted in our race event being cancelled.   Not to worry though everyone seemed to enjoy themselves in the very warm sunshine.  These pictures, show the milling around of the boats prior to a late start.

The first six (6) pictures are from our new member Tanya, who was enjoying her first race with our association.

The cheap period for signing up to the Conwy River Festival expires on Saturday, including £10/night marina berthing during the festival. The easy way to sign up is on the home page of the website There is a racing weekend of the 14/15th July and a cruising weekend 21/22 July called the LaLa Rally. Generous prizes to be handed out to placed boats in the racing weekend.

Nobby & Classics on Sat 14th July.

The following NOA / OGA gaff rigged boats have committed to the Liverpool Tall Ships Regatta this weekend and will be in the Albert Dock on Sunday 27th May 2018.
Anna Ellidi
Tir na n'Og of Howth
Naoma Cronan
Hellen 111
Hearts of Oak
Master Frank
Should be some party. Be there or be square!

Saturday 19 May 2018

Just before the closure of the sill at Deganwy Marina [05:00 hrs], an early morning start, on the last of the ebb to catch the flood shortly after passing the Gt. Orme. Two nobbies, ourselves, Phyllis from Deganwy and Comrades from Conwy, en-route to Liverpool to rendezvous with the Tall Ships over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

We managed a little sailing until we got to the Orme and we had to motor sail most of the way. Rhyl Flats and we crossed a massive algae bloom brought on no doubt by the nice warm weather. Not a single turbine blade turned on any of the windmills as we passed them by. A leisurely cruise to lose some passage time so we could enter the Mersey via Rock Channel which is only navigable typically a few hours either side of HW. New Brighton, as expected, was full of families enjoying the sunny day.

Finally on a berth at 14:20 hrs, after our lock-in. Then to catch up with other Nobby owners and share a few jars of liquid refreshment.

Bryan helms PHYLLIS while I take some pics & get breakfast on.
Bob & Clive - COMRADES - Time for a Brew..!
COMRADES cruising towards the early morning sunrise.

JULY 2016
Conwy River Festival - Sun 17th - Sat 23rd July.

Saturday 23 July 2016 and the Conwy River Festival saw five boats compete for honours in the ‘Nobbies, Gaffers and Classics’ race. ‘Comrades’ and ‘Anna Ellidi’ the local boats were joined by ‘Spray’ from Liverpool, ’Master Frank’ and ‘Phyllis’ who voyaged over from Ramsey and Peel IOM respectively.

Comrades: 27ft fishing Nobby built at Crossfields of Arnside in 1908, owned by Bob Angell.
Anna Ellidi: 39ft Morecambe Bay Yacht built by William Anderson's of Millom in 1912, owned by Cole Manson.
Spray: 32ft built in 1908 by Crossfields of Arnside, she fished Morecambe Bay until the early 1960's then on the River Dee, finally renovated in 1992, owned by Tom Middlebrook. Spray is a regular competitor in the Liverpool and Conway Nobby races.
Phyllis: 26ft Royal Mersey Restricted Class yacht built 1913 and fully restored. Phyllis is the last remaining example of this class afloat using the Lancashire Nobby hull design, owned by Kevin Goulding.
Master Frank: 40ft Isle of Man longliner once used to fish for cod. Launched in 1896 and continued to fish commercially until 1978. Following an extensive restoration by her current owner she is still found sailing off the Isle of Man coast, renovated and owned by Jo Pennington.

The small fleet assembled, after motor sailing against the ebb out of the river into Conwy Bay. The day’s OOD Pam MacDonald’s dilemma was that there was hardly a breath of wind to be found from the bridge of the committee boat appropriately named ‘Rest A While’. The flat calm day was to present a particular challenge to the large heavy work boats in the race as they struggled to make any way. A fresh breeze ensures that once these giants start to move they take some stopping and their inertia can master the idiosyncrasies of any fickle wind. But alas not today.

Comrades was spotted reverting to her heritage, a crew member fishing from the beam, such was the pace of the race. Phyllis chose to try a different strategy and headed in an opposite direction. As the afternoon’s ebb turned to flood the OOD had no option other than to shorten the course. This resulted in Phyllis being treated to a ‘jibe’ which resulted in her turned to face the fleet. Another little pirouette and then she was being closely chased albeit in slow motion action towards the finishing line. High drama at 1 1/2 knots!

Tom has highlighted the fact we lost a majority of the Irish and Isle of Man membership of the Association a number of years ago. This occurred due to the fact Nobby owners in Ireland and in the Isle of Man were unable to attend our events on a regular basis, and as a result, there was no real benefit in remaining a member either to the individual or the Association.

Coincidently Rupert Cottrell resident in the Isle of Man and previous owner of ESK, has contacted Tom to ask if he could assist in some way in promoting the Nobby Owners Association both in the Isle of Man and Ireland. Rupert said he would be more than happy to be the Association representative in the Isle of Man and hopefully be able to regenerate interest, and in particular, convince some of our previous members it is worth rejoining.

Your President agreed this was an excellent idea and is grateful to Rupert for suggesting it, and all agreed Tom should liaise with Rupert to establish a way forward.