The Jester Challenge fleet berthed at the Plas Heli visitor pontoons to prepare for their challenge from Pwllheli to Baltimore in south west Ireland on Sunday 14th June 2015.

The competitors had a great night in Plas Heli on Saturday night.

They were set on their way by former CHPSC Commodore, Richard Tudor at 1200 hrs on Sunday 14th June 2015.

The Jester Challenge fleet berthed at the Plas Heli visitor pontoons preparing for their challenge from Pwllheli to Baltimore in south west Ireland on Sunday 14th May 2015.

Read about the Challenge in the Afloat here.




Building work progresses only 4 weeks before moving in!!

On Sunday morning 130 cyclists from all over the UK gathered at Plas Heli in Pwllheli for the inaugural Llŷn Coastal Sportive. 

The sun was shining as the cyclist set off on the 50 mile route around the coast of the Llŷn Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty.  One of the first challenges facing the cyclist was the steep hill at Rhiw on which participants were timed and the fastest man, woman and junior crowned, King, Queen and Junior King/Queen of the Mountain.  Llŷn Coastal Sportive’s inaugural Junior King of the Mountain Rhiryd ab Owain, 17  from Y Ffôr, a member of Dwyfor Cycling Club said: “Today has been a great day, I will defnietly be doing it again next year!”

The work is progressing well for completion in early July

Photographs of the new building are available now on the Plas Heli Web site here

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.

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