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.

The co-founder of Pwllheli-based Jones O Gymru Crisps is urging the North Wales business community to help leave a “legacy” after becoming the first local company to sign as an official partner to the 2015 Optimist European Championships in Pwllheli this summer.
Around 250 of the World’s top young sailors from over 45 countries will take to the waters for the first event at the new Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre from 17-24 July.

This summer was a very busy one for Mari Davies from Bethesda and her sailing partner Sarah Norbury, as they spent 6 weeks abroad competing in the international 420 fleet.

The first event of the summer was in Keiler Woche, Germany.  A massive international  regatta attended by thousands with racing across numerous fleets. Stormy weather and fickle wind meant that only four races were held in the two racing days.

Check out the progress on the Plas Heli building in this video:

Building work has started on a £4 million project to build the Pwllheli Sailing Academy building that will complete the package of recent capital investments in the town’s harbour area.DSC 5980

The first sod of turf has been broken on the site of Wales’ National Sailing Academy at Glan Don, Pwllheli. This building is a key part of the £8.3 million package secured by Gwynedd Council to strengthen the local maritime and sailing industry.

The Pwllheli National Sailing Academy and Events Centre has received financial support from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and Gwynedd Council. 

The iconic building will be a centre to host events and some of the world’s best sailing competitions. It will also be a central asset to the local community and the outdoor industry in Pwllheli and surrounding area.