The Autumn Series, part of the Pwllheli Challenge, continued last weekend with some fast  sailing conditions on flat seas, in pedominantly Northerly winds.

Congratulations to Jackknife, Jeepster and Only Magic for the race wins. 


Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Event Centre, has been awarded the venue rights for the 'IRC Welsh National Championships' for 2021 and 2022.  The Championships are run and organised by CHPSC and RDYC.

We now are recruiting volunteers for event planning purposes andif you would like to contribute, or have any suggestions to enhance the event, please reply to this newsletter.

RacingPwllheli Challenge - Photo by David Williams

2021 Membership Rates


Membership of CHPSC for 2021 is now 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 - tomorrow -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 tomorrow , 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 - Tim Rouse

IMG 0365My first sailing expererience started over 50 years ago on a 16 foot sailing cruiser that my Father built for family holidays , this was moored in Pwllheli harbour behind Morfa’r Garreg

Soon my parents moved on to a 22 foot long keel ‘Itchen Ferry’ sailing cruiser ‘ Urticaria’ , some may remember her grey topsides and the legs she wore to keep he upright at low water .

Many memories of that boat moored in the inner harbour and the friends I met whose  parents also moored their boats there , it must have been the place for those boating on a budget .IMG 0367

I learnt to sail in the inner harbour sailing round and round the island (gone now) timing myself to see if I was getting better ( times don’t change I’m still doing it now with the Commodores Challenge and Tremadog Triangle) Going out to see will always bring back memories of motoring through the gap in the gantries from the old tidal gates and picking our way through the boats moored all over the outer harbour on swinging moorings

In 1992 I bought my first boat a Seamaster 29 ‘Fairway’ on which I did most of my sailing with my Father , taking us to south Wales , Anglesey and Ireland usually returning with a hangover and a howling gale behind us . 

My current boat is a Hunter Channel 31 ‘Theia’ which after the death of my Father I sailed single handed for years , a challenge which I really enjoy although it’s a bit of a workout racing on your own.

My teenage daughter has also been bitten by the sailing bug and loves to go sailing and racing it was her who encouraged me to join in with the Pwllheli sailing club racing challenges  One of my proudest moments was to crew for her as she helmed ‘Theia' round the cans in a club race.  

Next years challenge is to sail ‘Theia’ to Cardiff to visit Maddie in University



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 24th 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)

* Special food offererings over the weekend *

The email address for track and trace is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or record details with the staff. It is a Welsh Government requirement that this protocol is followed, so please record your visit to Plas Heli by sending a quick email, and/ 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. 

Summary of Conditions of Entry - Its the law!

> Wear a Mask

               > Sanitise your hands

       > Track and Trace

> Table Service

   > 10 pm Curfew 

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 4 - 24/25th  October

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

Thought for  the Day:

"Do what is right, not what is easy"


 For more information, membership links and the latest weather and webcam

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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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