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                               Charles Henry Ashley


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LAST UPDATED 29th July 2014



         The village of Cemaes Bay is proud to be the caretaker of the Charles Henry Ashley, a 38ft Watson designed lifeboat built in 1907 and stationed at the nearby ‘Porth yr Ogof’  lifeboat station by Wylfa Head until she was taken out of service in 1932.   After several years in private ownership, she was re-launched after total renovation in April 2009.  She is now a major attraction to visitors at her mooring in the harbour during the summer   months.


         A team of dedicated local enthusiasts now maintain and sail the vessel.  Membership of the Cemaes Boat Club is open to those who wish to share the enjoyment of this historic lifeboat.  For further information, contact the Club Membership Secretary (Mike Thompson) on 01407 710552.   On designated sailing days, visitors can, by taking up temporary membership, qualify to join the crew for a sail or row in Cemaes Bay.   She is also available for sail/rowing training and as a film and advertising set.  Contact the Boat Club Secretary for details.  (Please be aware that availability is totally weather dependent and the Coxswain of the day makes the final decisions)  

    

         The boat is not fitted with an engine, so faithfully reproduces the authentic practice of the early 20th century, being propelled from the harbour under oars and then hoisting her sails in open water.   She is rigged with a jib, a dipping lug mainsail, and a dipping lugsail on the mizzen mast.  These days, this is an unusual rig which can prove to be difficult to master.      However, she may be old, but in a breeze of wind she slips along at a very respectable speed and provides a rewarding sailing experience as can be appreciated in the video clip below.  There is always a core crew of trained sailors, with safety as their prime consideration, so novices are welcome.

CEMAES BAY


Cemaes Harbour, home to the restored Cemaes lifeboat, Charles Henry Ashley

OUR NEW BI-LINGUAL TRIFOLD INFORMATION LEAFLET.

Has been a great success and contributed towards our being able to place a full crew on each leg of the adventure.

We were also able to sell quite a few Christmas cards from the batch that was printed at the end of last year.  If anyone wants to buy early for this coming Christmas, please get in touch with our secretary.  (See contacts page)

  THE DIGITAL FILES OF THESE TWO PHOTOGRAPHS HAVE NOW BEEN DONATED TO THE CEMAES BOAT CLUB.

Copies are available at various sizes and as a framed item would look well on any wall.  Contact our secretary or Mac Ozanne..... (See contacts page)


THIS YEAR’S ANGLESEY ADVENTURE

 was a great success but tempered by the poor visibility on the second leg from Holyhead to Caernarfon.  It was however re-assuring to have up to five lifeboats with us for part of the leg.     Our sincere thanks go to the crews from Holyhead, Trearddur Bay and Porth Dinllaen.  We hope you enjoyed your escort duty as much as we enjoyed seeing you.  Thank you lads and lasses.

Also, thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way.  Organisers, contributors, and supporters,


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