Plas Heli

The Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre .


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Starting  September 2021


A popular and competative Series of Races in the Bay with  - more information here.

This is an open event for keel boats and sport boats.


Optimist Late Summer Championship - Bank Holiday event 28th to 30th August- to be confirmed

Details :- Via Optimist 

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The 2021 IRC Welsh National Championship will again be hosted at the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Event Centre in Pwllheli. 

The dates are Friday 13th August to Sunday 15th August 2021

The Notice of Race wil be available here shortly. More information here

Saturday 31st July to 6th August 2021

We welcome the Albacore UK National Championship and European Championship to Pwllheli on Saturday 31st July to Friday 6th August 2021

The Albacore is a great first boat for those who are just learning to sail and a very competitive racer for more advanced sailors. It is a fast and lively while being relatively easy to learn to sail and race. A fully adjustable rig and adjustable sail controls allow a crew to depower in high winds - enabling both light and heavy crews to race head to head.

A very versatile boat, it is often sailed by husband/wife and parent child combinations. Those looking for a simple to learn, yet high performance sailing dinghy can join the ranks of Albacore sailors who come from all walks of life and range in age from teenagers to masters pushing 80 years of experience. The Albacore is a boat that is both simple to get into at first, and one which will challenge your tuning and tactical skills for the rest of your life.

The Results will be published on this web site

More information about the Albacore here


Javelin Association of Great BritainJavelin National Championship 2021 - 24th - 26th July 2021

Proposed Schedule:


  • Saturday 24th July:              Measurement & practice
  • Sunday 25th July:                 3 Races  
  • Monday 26th July:               3 Races

More information on the Javelin web site here

The event date is shared with the UK Byte Class - see details here


UK Byte Class Association National Championship 2021 - 24th - 26th July 2021

Proposed Schedule: TBC

  • Saturday 24th July:              Measurement & practice
  • Sunday 25th July:                 3 Races  
  • Monday 26th July:               3 Races

More information about the Brite Class here

The event date is shared with the Javelin Europan Championship - see details here



Saturday 17th July 2021


A Town Regatta - and something for everyone

More information here


Drascombe RallySee the source image
2 July 2021, 08:30 – 7 July 2021,

More information here

Fri 2nd to Sun 4th will be based on the pontoons (SSD) with day sailing along the East coast of the Lleyn Peninsula to Criccieth/Abersoch/Llanbedrog/Pen Y Chain depending on the tide/wind. Mon 5th to Thurs 8th will be liveaboard on a cruise around Tremadog Bay - Porthmadog, Mochras Lagoon, Barmouth are options depending on wind and sea conditions. (Low tide is in the middle of the day)

The Drascombe story starts in the early 1960s with John Watkinson, a former Royal Navy officer, building a boat for himself and his family. John's requirements were for a daysailer, capable of being trailed, stable (to counterract his wife's tendency to seasickness), and safe; but capable of giving an experienced sailor a lively and exciting sail. The boat that John hand-built in a barn on his farm at Drascombe Barton was inspired by the working boats of England's North-East coast, which themselves can trace an ancestry back to the Vikings.

The first Drascombe Lugger was an immediate success and its obvious commercial potential prompted John to initiate production of the boats in GRP. Other models followed, but all following the original philosophy of safety, robustness, and fun.

Plans of Drascombe boats for amateur builders have not been available since the death of John Watkinson, the designer, in 1997.

Here we give a brief specification of various types of Drascombe. This does not claim to be a complete list.

Although most models are or were available in GRP, some types of boat were only ever build in wood.

Also included (where available) are pictures of members' boats (click on the thumbnail to see a larger version), and links to comments on the boats from actual owners. In time, we hope to have one of these for each type of boat.

Vital Statistics

Length Beam Weight Sail Area Production No. Built
21' 9" (6.63m) 6' 7" (2m) 1060lbs (480kg) 164 sq ft (15.22 sq m) 1979 - 300+


RYA logo wales3This is the flagship RYA Cymru Wales Event which is hosted in the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Event Centre in Pwllheli on 19th /20th June 2021

The event will feature multiple classes including Optimists, Topper and Lasers and more...

More information soon....

Contact Information

Plas Heli Cyf Glany Don, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 5YT

Bar:        01758 614 442
Office:   01758 613 343 - Please note: the telephone is not manned and your enquiries would be attended to more efficiently if you send an e-mail to the appropriate department see contact us here

Company Registration No. 08082514
VAT No. GB 164061430