Plas Heli

The Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre .


Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, attended the Welsh Youth and Junior Championships on 25th April and had an opportunity to visit the new Plas Heli building.

He could see how Plas Heli, the operating company for the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre, was placing Wales firmly on the World stage in international sailing events. He also saw how we are catering for grass roots entry to water sports, our excellent community engagement, how Plas Heli is embracing the Destination Management Plan and contrubuting substantially to the local economy.

He enthused about everything on offer and hopes to return for one of our international events in the summer.

He has a keen interest and experience with our sport that augurs well for the future.

Report - For the Pwllheli Harbour Consultative Committee

24th April 2015

By the following Stakeholders:

  • Partneriaeth Pwllheli Partnership
  • Plas Heli
  • Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club (CHPSC)
  • Pwllheli Chamber of Trade
  • Pwllheli Marine Traders Association
  • Pwllheli Mooring and Berth Holders’ Association (PMBHA)

Introduction and Background

The stakeholders were invited to a meeting at Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club to consider a joint response to the ‘Gwynedd Council Pwllheli Harbour maintenance dredging strategy’ prepared by consulting engineers ARUP and dated 25th March 2015.

Copies of the Draft Strategy had been circulated to the stakeholders with the meeting invitation.

Those present confirmed that they represented their respective organisations and it was concluded that we were all likeminded and approved a joint response to the report.


Stakeholders’ Response

The Strategy was welcomed and the stakeholders asked that the report’s conclusion could be implemented as soon as possible as a full suite of measures required to provide a credible maintenance dredging strategy for Pwllheli harbour.

The group concluded that the reports presentation and future usability would be improved if the conclusions on page 39 were repeated as part of an Executive Summary at the beginning of the document with an indication of a timetable for the actions outlined and to include the following bullets:

  • Remove Stockpile – immediately
  • Groyne Reinforced and raised – immediately
  • Depth and width of the Channel – adjusted to new design – as soon as practicable
  • Annual dredging of marina basin using procured machinery – winter 2015/16
  • Seek out and arrange offshore disposal – start as soon as practicable
  • Trial water injection and ploughing in the harbour approaches – immediately
  • Start work on a study for the construction of the sheltering structures (groynes) as soon as practicable

The stakeholders were also of the opinion that the suite of measures should also include the following:

  • a sand trap in the Harbour entrance – if there is a time lag in providing regular ploughing or water injection clearance of the harbour approaches
  • Consideration to widening the channel (to reduce flow rates) and methods of removing material without double handling and stockpiling on the harbour edge
  • that the harbour approaches (Channel) should be maintained by ploughing water injection at 1.5m
  • the marina basin should be maintained at -3.5m  CD instead of the 3.0m
  • Special consideration for the area of erosion on the north side of the newly created Academy basin

Attendees and Organisation (in the order of introductions)

Name Organisation/s Confirmed / Signature
Stephen Tudor Plas Heli and Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club Confirmed
Michael Parry Plas Heli and Partneriaeth Pwllheli Confirmed
Ruth James Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club and PMBHA Confirmed
Bohdan Borzykowski Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club and PMBHA Confirmed
Mark Thompson Pwllheli Mooring and Berth Holders’ Association Confirmed
Nan Langford Pwllheli Mooring and Berth Holders’ Association Confirmed
Paul Langford Pwllheli Mooring and Berth Holders’ Association Confirmed
Richard Tudor Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club and Plas Heli Confirmed
Andrew Picken Chamber of Trade Confirmed
Wil Partington Marine Traders Association Confirmed

Saturday 25th April - a site visit with the 29er World Championship Committee.

RYAAwardIn an awards ceremony last week at Plas Menai, RYA Cymru Wales presented Stephen Tudor with a Special Contribution Award for his work at Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club and the huge personal contribution he has made in the development of the new Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre at Pwllheli.

Stephen has been a member at Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club since the age of 8, has been on various committees since an early age , has been Honorary Secretary for many years and was Commdore between 2012 and 2014.

Plas Heli Cyf are looking for another member of staff.  Do you want to join our team and be part of this great development?



Plas Heli Cyf is offering an exciting opportunity for an office assistant.

Working as part of a team and assistant to the finance officer.  To support the efficient running of the organisation and its activities. 


Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Sage Accounting

Customer service experience

Confident outgoing persona, particularly on the telephone

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Closing date:  10 April 2015

Saturday 21st March - a site visit with the Optimist European Championship Committee.

The view from the new restaurant overlooking the balcony and with Snowdon in the distance

Looking down into the main Hall

The Large balcony looking towards Snowdonia

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Saturday 21st March - a site visit with the Optimist European Championship Committee.

Thursday Evening 5th March 2015 - experimenting with light effects on the new building.

Four-time Laser World Championship medalist Nick Thompson has hailed the Optimist European Championships as “the event that started it all for me” as Great Britain prepares to welcome the regatta for the first time ever this summer.Nick Opis

British Sailing Team star Thompson, the first Brit to ever win the Optimist Europeans title in Athens in 1999, was speaking as the Optimist Europeans prepare to make their debut on British waters at Pwllheli Sailing Club, North Wales from 17-24 July 2015. It will be the first event hosted by the new Plas Heli Welsh Sailing Academy.

Contact Information

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

Bar:        01758 614 442
Office:   01758 613 343

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VAT No. GB 164061430