The Autumn Series, part of the Pwllheli Challenge, continued last weekend with some great sailing conditions, starting with shifty moderate  Northerly winds Saturday and lighter winds Sunday. Congratulations to Jackknife for the four race wins. 

2021 Membership Rates


Membership of CHPSC for 2021 will be available from 1st October 2020 for new members- a person who has not been a member for the last three years

The membership year is from 1st January to 31st December, so a new member in October will benefit from 15 months of membership for the price of 12!

2021 Fee Structure 

Primary Member - £65

Joint Membership - £115

Racing Skipper - £125

Joint Racing Skipper - £180

Associate Member - £75

Student Member - £30

Youth Member - £20

Dinghy Storage

Small (Optimist/Topper) £55 (£48 early payment)

Medium (Laser) £65 £55 early payment)

Large (Merlin Rocket) £85 (£75 early payment)

Multi Hulls (Dart etc) £95 (£83 early payment)

Autumn Layup - working party - 17th October

A working party is being arranged to take out the protector and winterise the ribs, and bring some of the event equipment up from the versa dock, and generally tidy the hall and audit the Club and Plas Heli event equipment.

Anyone able to help on Saturday 17th October, please reply to the newsletter or let a Flag Officer know. Complimentary coffee and bacon rolls for willing volunteers!  Turn up at 10 am at Plas Heli and socially distanced groups will be allocated tasks! 

  Member Spotlight - Richard Tudor

Former CHPSC commodore, current club management committee member and Plas Heli director, Richard is a two times round the world yachtsman, skippering twice during the Chay Blyth managed "British Steel Challenge" round the world yacht race, with largely amateur crews and a professional skipper; racing west about (against the prevailing wind). The race was  known as "the worlds toughest yacht race" for very good reasons!

A former professional yachtsman, Richard  remains a current inshore and offshore sailor competing in everything from club fun races to ISORA and RORC offshore events, approaching each with the same level of skill  experience and dedication, and always encouraging those around him.

British Steel skipperschall 67


Photos - British Steel challenge skippers in their "day job" outfits, and a challenge 67 yacht on sea trials

 In December 1992, having had one leg win to Rio De Janeiro and seriously challenging for the 1992 round the world race podium, Richards 67' maxi "British Steel II" was dismasted in the cruel Southern Pacific Ocean. Below is an account from the Independent newspaper, demonstrating Richards skills in getting his yacht and crew safely to port, and able to continue the race.

"The charmed life of the 10 amateur-crewed yachts sailing round the world in the British Steel Challenge was given a severe jolt yesterday when the sponsor's own yacht, British Steel II, was dismasted deep in the southern Pacific Ocean. None of the crew were injured as the rigging screw on the starboard lower shroud failed, causing the 85ft mast to break at deck level.

Most of the rigging had to be cut away and the mast with the mainsail and headsails still attached dumped in the water, as the crew also coped with big seas and strong westerly winds.

The skipper, Richard Tudor, was able to salvage the boom and, as he began to turn north away from the dangers of icebergs, he reported that they required no assistance, although other yachts had offered to go to their aid or to donate food for what will now be a much longer passage at sea. He feels he has enough food, and enough diesel to run the fresh-water maker for the three to four weeks before reaching port.

Tudor is fortunate that his communications have not been wrecked as he was able, via the duty yacht, to contact race control in England within 12 minutes of the incident. He rejected the option of returning to Chile and plans to set up a jury rig, possibly using a spinnaker pole aa mast, and to use the storm trysail and jib to begin the long slog to New Zealand 2,400 miles away.

In 1998  Richard also skippered a Trimaran in the incredible "Three Peaks Yacht Race", setting a record time  of 2 days 3 hours and 4 minutes that still stands today.  The  video of this race can be viewed here


 March 2000,  Richard was also a crew member on "Team Phillips" - Pete Goss's round the word record challenging Trimaran, for sure a forerunner of todays huge record breaking Ultims - Richard again demonstrating incredible seamanship when the trimaran suffered structural failure during the Atlantic during sea trials . The video about Team Phillips can be seen here



Team Phillips 


CHIPAC  (Clwb Hwylio Ieuenctid Pwllheli A'r Cylch) - our youth sailing section  have completed their 2020 programme. 

Current and previous CHIPAC members, have represented Wales in sailing events all the way from regional races to the Olympics and Americas Cup - a credit to the hard work by the young sailors, volunteers and instructors.  Members holding RYA  Dinghy or Senior Instructor qualifications who would like to help out with CHIPAC, or those looking to help out and gain qualifications, please reply to this email, so planning for 2021 can start now.

"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:

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

Pwllheli Challenge continues next weekend 10th October.  Any potential crew should meet the skippers in Plas Heli on Friday evening or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Plas Heli:.


Monday - Closed

Tuesday  11:00 -17:00  (lunch service 12-16:00)

Wednesday/Thursday 12:00 - 21:00  (food service 12-19:00)

Friday/Saturday 12:00 - 22:00  (food service 12-20:00)

Sunday 12:00 - 20:00  (Carvery from 4th October)

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, or use the NHS app. If you have this the QR code is below. Limited inside space is now available as 2m distancing must be maintained by different households unless in an extended household, and a maximum of 6 to a table (plus those aged 11 or younger). All service is now at the table, and masks must be worn when arriving, departing and moving around. 

Outside space is also open, and less restrictive. It is crucial to not move furniture, to comply with distancing regulations.  In addition, exiting the bar should normally be via the deck and down the stairs to the beach carpark, to provide a one way flow. There are several sanitisation stations in the building.

Please help the bar/catering staff, Plas Heli management team, and club flag officers in complying with these requirements, 

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 see instructions below.

QRFuture Plas Heli/PSC hosted Events:

Autumn Series (Pwllheli Challenge)  weekend 3 10/11th October

Autum Lay up - working party: Saturday 17th October 10am

Thought for  the Day:

"Your best teacher is your last mistake!"


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Plas Heli Quayside Parking

The parking area on the Plas Heli Quayside is available for paid up CHPSC members and to authorised pontoon users.

The parking area is accessed through the gate adjacent to the old club building

The code to the gate is changed regularly and can be obtained through the website  > Facilities> Parking.  For convenience follow this shortcut link here

Fill in the details – put a tick in the box to confirm that you are a CHPSC member (have your 2020 membership number ready)

Then in the payment bit – use ‘I am a paid up CHPSC member and request permit for parking’ - Then Submit

You will then get a return e-mail with instructions

Please make sure the gate is closed and locked at all times and that the padlock is never left open or with the code left on the dial

NHS at Plas Heli

Many of you will have noticed a new porta-cabin located adjacent to the old club building - this is used by Betsi Cadwaladr National Health Trust Nursing staff for patient consultations in a secure covid-free environment.

Plas Heli is pleased to be able to assist the NHS with this facility and the use of the training rooms in Plas Heli


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