The Spinlock IRC Welsh National Championships incorporating the Celtic Regatta,  concluded last Sunday at Pwllheli, with the full scheduled programme of racing completed. To comply with Welsh Government Covid regulations, it was necessary to split the regatta into three separately managed events, and not organise any formal social activities.


J109 Mojito starting under spinnaker off Gimlet Rock

With light winds and a short start line,  it was tricky for race management, but using the club fixed marks and one inflatable mark they gave a variety of competitive racing for the inshore fleets, with the coastal class enjoying more breeze off shore with  three races over the regatta  - 16 miles, 26 miles and finally 32 miles on the last day, with  a trip round Gwylan Islands, via Tom buoy.

Crew enjoyed refreshments and snacks in Plas Heli after racing, with unusually warm weather for the Regatta, enjoying fine views of the bay and mountains  from the deck



The IRC Coastal class managed by ISORA was won by Peter Dunlop and Victoria Cox (Mojito)

In the IRC Welsh Championships classes, managed by the Royal Dee Yacht Club, Class 1 was won by Richard Fildes (Imposter) and Class 2 by Dave Hughes (Legless Again).


The large NHC Cruiser Class, managed by CHPSC,  was won by Wil Partington (Wil2Win)                                                                                                                  

Congratulations to our winners, and our IRC Welsh Champion - Dave Hughes ( PSC and LYC) pictured below with the red white and blue spinnaker  in the IRC 2 Fleet


Planning has started for next years Regatta on the 13th-15th August 2021, and we hope to return with a bigger programme, and  a more active social element should  regulations allow. Many thanks to all our volunteers, and more  information can be accessed at the championship website:

 CHIPAC  (Clwb Hwylio Ieuenctid Pwllheli A'r Cylch) - our youth sailing section  continue their 2020 programme, and can be seen in action on Friday evenings from the balcony, though this Fridays activities likely to be  cancelled due to "Storm Ellen"

 "Back to Boating" - Task Force Update 

  Vice Commodore Gerallt Williams, our Task Force leader reported as follows:

"Track and Trace" is an essential element of our back to boating protocol, and one that is mandated for the leisure sector by Welsh Government. We have two track and trace email addresses, one for the Bar as highlighted below (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and one for the compound and pontoons (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - it only takes a few seconds with a smart phone to record your visit, this helps us comply with COVID regulations, and you are assured we  operate strict data protection protocols.

* If you are, or intend being a user of the Plas Heli pontoons, please read and adhere to the pontoon protocols which are available here *

* If you are, or intend being a user of the Plas Heli compound for dinghy sailing, please read and adhere to the Plas Heli compound protocol - available here *

Read more about the work of the 'Back to Boating Task Force' here


Club What’s On:

A race for both NHC Cruisers and IRC rated boats is planned for Saturday August 29th to complement the ISORA coastal being held. Its envisaged the club race will be 2-3 hours and include an element of round the cans with some longer legs in the bay. More information next Friday and on the racing "Whats App" group (reply to this newsletter to be added)

Summer issue of “Codi Hwyl” is now being planned, anyone wishing to submit an article, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The last issue is here  Stories of previous cruises, regattas will be welcomed.

 The "Tremadog Triangle" and "Commodore’s Challenge" are available for members to attempt  – see the website for details of both race-tracks here   



IRC Fleets with Class 1 winner Imposter leading the fleet shortly after the start, in last weekends Regatta

Plas Heli:.


Dydd Llun/Monday - dydd Iau/Thursday 12:00 - 20:30

Dydd Gwener/Friday - dydd Sadwrn/Saturday 12:00 - 22:00

Dydd Sul/Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

The email address for track and trace is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  it is a Welsh Government requirement that this protocol is  followed, so please record your visit to Plas Heli by sending a quick email.  Limited inside space is now available as 2m distancing must be maintained by different households unless in an extended household.  Outside space is also open. It's crucial to not move furniture, to comply with distancing regulations. 

There will be a "coffee and cake" fund raiser for Macmillan Cancer Support on August 29th between 12 and 2 pm hosted by  Bar and Catering manager Sophie. Donations of cakes welcomed!

New codes on all gates - please don’t pass on these numbers. Anyone with a genuine need to access the pontoons, compounds or other gated areas will be provided with the code, combination or key. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details, or talk to one of your Flag Officers. The Plas Heli event car park  on the quay is also available for members parking, should the main Plas Heli car park fill up - for a parking permit reply to this newsletter.

Future Plas Heli/PSC  hosted Events:

CHIPAC - Friday Evenings 

ISORA/PSC Night  Race - 21st August  - potentially postponed until Saturday 22nd

ISORA/PSC Coastal Race/ NHC + IRC  Cruiser Race - 29th August

Regional Junior Championships – 26-27th September

RYA Youth Nationals – 24-27th October

Thought for  the Day:

"Winning doesn't always mean being first..."



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