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                               Charles Henry Ashley


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LAST UPDATED 9th April 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      (Keith Downs) on 01407 710333 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

COMING TO AN INFORMATION CENTRE NEAR YOU.

OUR NEW BI-LINGUAL TRIFOLD INFORMATION LEAFLET.

Currently passing through the last edit stage before going to print,

It will be distributed to tourist information centres throughout Anglesey

  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)


CEMAES BOAT CLUB NEEDS YOU!

We are a club comprising predominantly older volunteers and we need you to join us in the preservation and use of this unique village asset, particularly if you are young, fit and want to become fitter.  

Rowing is universally recognised as an excellent fitness regime.  Charles Henry Ashley is a rowing machine like no other.

 We promise you.. YOU WILL GET FIT.

Sailing will also enhance your skills at organising and decision making.  It will teach you co-ordination and how to deal with sometimes uncomfortable situations.  Charles Henry Ashley is a sailing boat like few others.    Her traditional dipping lugsail rig takes a bit of getting used to, but the thrill of flying along at nearly ten knots by the power of the wind alone is unforgettable.  

We promise you  YOU WILL FEEL A BETTER PERSON.

Socially, we’re a friendly group with a common interest.  The Charles Henry Ashley is a most interesting boat, and....

We promise you  YOU WILL ENJOY THE CRAIC.

 Sorry you can’t read the text, but these images are only rough JPEG copy files from the original Publisher fiLe.

Anyway, that would be giving too much away and you would have nothing to look forward to.