CHPSC News: 

With Welsh restrictions lifted last Monday, local members are now able to sail with up  to four people from other households. Organised activity for  groups of 30 outdoors can also resume. The latest RYA CW advice  is  here.

We recognise members living in England are still in lockdown, and we hope we can provide some relief with the re-introduction of "boredom buster" sailing related videos.whatsappchpsc

For the hardy racers there is still time to complete the "Commodore's Challenge" and "Tremadog Triangle",

and I am sure that for those that can, there will be some magical winter sailing days in our fantastic bay!

Adhoc racing can also be arranged with other boats- contact made with skippers via the  CHPSC Racing

"Whats App" group.   Join using the QR code 


The CHPSC Flag Officers and Management Committee continue to attend RYA CW forums, and understand the interpretation of the rules. Feedback will be posted in the Friday newsletters


Reasons to be a member in 2021 - 

The flag officers are often asked what the benefits and reasons  are for being a club member, especially as our home  "Plas Heli " is open to the public.

"Pwllheli Sailing Club offers something for everyone, casual boaters, a base for cruising, racing and motor boating together with being a great venue for events, training and importantly a fantastic meeting place, with views, for friends" 

  • In addition to all of the varied activities featured in this e-newsletter membership of the club provides:
    Meeting place for likeminded people in a friendly environment
  • Affiliated membership of the RYA who safeguard recreational boating in the UK
  • Helps to support youth sailing (CHIPAC)
  • Training and Development - RYA courses run by club members
  • Dinghy and keelboat racing opportunities
  • Cruises in company
  • Great social events - club members have priority
  • Discounted berthing at Plas Heli pontoons, and Dinghy storage in a secure compound
  • Access to CHIPAC for members children to learn to sail with experienced instructors teaching in the medium of Welsh and English
  • Members can gain RYA qualifications through volunteering experience at club events.
  • Advertise your Holiday Accommodation to a target audience of visitors to the area during events
  • Receive regular e-newsletters with useful information
  • Easy membership (application/renewal) process all on-line and starting from £65 for the year! - see below

Award Winners

In December we will publish a list of our 2020 champions, the winners of this year’s racing and cruising trophies and aim to have a bigger and better prize giving ball next year, to reward these worthy recipients. 

RRS Sir David Attenborough

Club member Mathew Butterworth is one of the ships officers putting the "RRS Sir David Attenborough" (almost named Boaty McBoatface!) through its sea trials. Last weekend Matthew brought the ship down the Northern Pen Llyn coastline to Bardsey, before heading for Holyhead

This amazing photo taken by Rhiannon Jones captured the ship recently, with the Ty Coch at Porth Dinllaen in  shot.

The video clip below details the ship and its construction in Liverpool

2c517ee9 5ca3 480d 816e 4d841201b239



 Vendee Globe

vendee globe

This Incredible race started last Sunday the 8th November and is one we know many members like to follow. 

The race can be followed by accessing the event website here or downloading the app from the Apple app store or Google Play store

At the time of writing the leader  had sailed over 900 miles and the fleet are heading down the North Atlantic towards the West of the Cape Verde islands in good conditions having passed through an active front in the early hours of Thursday morning They should then benefit from  fast reaching angles towards South America as they hit the trade winds.



 Video 1 - Racing - 2015 Fastnet Race
A fascinating documentary of this iconic race in 2015. Of particular note in this race, was the performance of J109 "Mojito" (Peter Dunlop and Victoria Cox- our  club racing captain) who finished 17th out of over 300 entries in the overall IRC class, in a corrected time of 4 days 7hrs and 39minutes, a phenomenal result, and one our club was very proud of.
 Video 2 - Cruising - Boat Considerations
An interesting and informative  video for those looking at buying or upgrading a boat for cruising.



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 Championship is 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. Its intended to have the first planning meeting in December to agree the Notice of Race and proposed format of racing.  This meeting will be open to all potential entrants   and volunteers, and will be held using Zoom. Further details next month.


Dave Hughes "Legless Again" 2020 IRC Welsh National Champion

 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 November will benefit from 14 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)


Plas Heli will re-opened yesterday, Thursday 12th November, with table service,  a maximum of four people to a table (unless from the same household)  and visitors  are encouraged to pre-book a table,  and provide contact information, including verification.

The new winter opening times are:

Thursday  11-21:00

Friday 11-22:00

Saturday 11-2200

Sunday 11-19:00

IMG 0384

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


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:

"there is no wrong time to do the right thing "


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

go to:


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


1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Rating 0.00 (0 Votes)



Affiliates & Associates

  • ISORA_Logo_NewSmaller.jpg
  • pwllheli logo low res.jpg
  • Plas-Menai.jpg
  • RYAlogo.jpg
  • RYARCharter.jpg
  • MeirionDwyfor.jpg
  • swlogo66.jpg
  • PlasHeliLogo.jpg
  • RYA-logo-wales3.jpg
  • spinlock_irc_champs_logo2.jpg