CHPSC Flag Officers attended an online seminar with RYA CW last Tuesday, and confirmed that  Welsh Government regulations imposed due to the Coronavirus Firebreak starting at 6pm today - Friday the 23rd October, mean that all club activities will be suspended, and Plas Heli closed until Monday November 9th. The Welsh Government restrictions to travel, hospitality and exercise are detailed here 

Working Party

Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with the Autumn layup of the club "protector" event committee boat,  which will now undertake a refurbishment, storage of event equipment and other important jobs in the compound last Saturday. The help was much appreciated by both the Directors of Plas Heli and Flag Officers of CHPSC, and thanks to the catering staff for the brunch!



















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  hosted by Plas Heli, and organised/managed by CHPSC and the RDYC.

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

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)

Member Spotlight - Rob and Sarah Smith

CHPSC management committee member and Director of Plas Heli Rob Smith writes : Sarah's early sailing adventures started here in Pwllheli in the late 1960s when her father bought her an "unsinkable" sailing dinghy to sail off the beach at the West End.  Mine started when my father bought a Heron dingy which we used to sail out of Mumbles, Swansea and on our annual summer holiday to New Quay just across the bay from here.

 We first became involved with Club Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club back in the late 1970s or early 1980s when I became a member under the windsurfing category which was a sport I greatly enjoyed both here in Pwllheli and on the Gower Peninsular.  When our children, Ben and Nia arrived, we bought a small dingy with a 2.5hp engine which we used to take on day trips to Llanbedrog. They, and their friends also used to anchor just off the West End and spent many happy hours swimming to and diving off the "yellow dingy". On one occasion, so my son Ben informed me some years later, the engine fell off the back and he had to dive down to retrieve it! In their teens, they both became proficient sailors participating in and helping out in CHPSC/RYA sailing events and crewing on boats in races and regattas.  


Quicksilver off the West End

Our first experience of "big boats"  came when 4 of us bought "Quicksilver", an Oyster 26 which we successfully sailed around the cans here in Pwllheli for many years. Highlights were always the King Constantine Cup and the annual race to Porthdinllaen. Subsequently, Sarah and I enjoyed many years chartering yachts in the Med and the BVIs until 2017, when we bought our Hanse 345, Perfect Pitch.  She is an ideal boat for us which we sailed to Ireland last year in the company of Gerallt and Pat "Pererin".   This year we planned to sail to the Firth of Clyde but Covid has meant that we have postponed until 2021. We also still enjoy the occasional club race around the cans, competing in the NHC cruiser class, and the Cruiser class of the IRC Welsh National Championships.

 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.

Plas Heli:

Plas Heli and the Bar facilities will be closed from Friday 23rd at 6pm until Monday November the 9th in line with Government regulations. Q and A relating to the Corona Virus Firebreak restrictions can be found here

The Plas Heli catering operation,  comprising all of the food and beverage offerings,  is managed  by Tom and Iwan and is branded as the "Glan Don Beach Bar and restaurant"  Tom and Iwan have worked very hard over the last few weeks to adapt and enhance the bar, re-designed the restaurant layout and brought in some replacement furniture, and are now providing an excellent and delicious  choice of good value meals, enhanced by  specials offers such as Friday curry night,  and of course the popular Sunday  Carvery. They have adjusted the  prices on many of the popular drinks, and offer some excellent  local beers, including beers from Y Bragdy Mws Piws (Purple Moose) Porthmadog and IPA from the Old Market Brewery,  Caernarfon. As always  any feedback to further enhance the service they provide to both the public and CHPSC members is welcomed, and look out for special offers for club members at weekends after the firebreak lockdown, when they will be welcoming us all back.

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 IMG 0383"Pysgod a Sglodion" - fish and chips, plus the popular burger - offered as a special on Saturdays with a free beer

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Selection of Sandwiches with Salad

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.

Track and Trace is a Government requirement, please record your details on the sheet provided at the entrance to the  bar, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It is a Welsh Government recommendation that you also use the NHS app, via the QR code below. 


Future Plas Heli/PSC hosted Events:

Winter series 21/22nd November

Thought for  the Day:

"try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud"


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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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