Access to the Lake – 16th/17th & 24th November
Access to the lake will be impacted for the next two weekends.
Wales Rally GB is the 11th and final round of the World Rally Championship. Previously known as the RAC or Lombard rally it will have stages taking place throughout North and Mid Wales from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th November, but the heart of the rally is the service park and this will be located adjacent to the Toyota Manufacturing Plant just off 10th Avenue in Zone 3 of the Deeside Industrial Park. The rally cars will be at Toyota between Stages and is open to the public, so the roads will potentially be much busier than normal so allow extra time to get down to the lake.
On Sunday 24th November the A548 on the Deeside Industrial Park will be shut all day (as shown on the picture below) and access to the club will be via the new Dee crossing only.
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I started messing about in boats at school, did my National Elementary Dayboat Certificate (a predecessor of the current level 2) in 1980 and have carried on ever since. My first sail at Shotwick Lake was back in '91 and I've been a member for the majority of the years since.
My boat owning history is very simple; I don't do "narrow" as testified to by an International Moth, 2 Merlin Rockets and 2 RS300's, all of which are between 6' 7" (2m) & 7' 5" (2.25m) wide! But that said I'll sail almost anything and have in most cases, including the Laser, Laser 2000, Topper, Solo, Wanderer, Albacore, Wayfarer, RS400, RS100, RS700, 59er, Pico, Laser 4000, RS Vareo, Enterprise, Scorpion .....
Racing is very much my thing in all its forms, whether it is around the cans at Shotwick, the Merlin Rocket nationals around Olympic triangle courses with 1 1/2 mile beats, the Lord Birkett on Ullswater (200 boats; 19 miles) or the Round the Isle of Sheppey race (32 miles) with the unique feature of having to capsize the boat to get it under the bridge. I've even managed to fit in team racing in Pico's too!
And as I advance in age I've even ventured in to yachting, doing the round the Island race on a couple of occasions. This is an annual race around the Isle of Wight with up to 1,500 yachts of all shapes and size participating.