Plas Heli

The Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre .


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.

Spinlock IRC Welsh Championships 1st – 3rd August 2014

IRC 30 years logo 2014We are only a few weeks from the inaugural ‘Spinlock IRC Welsh Championships’ hosted this year by Pwllheli Sailing Club on 1st to 3rd August.

The event has used the successful 2013 J Cup hosted by PSC as a spring board with the added award of the ‘Spinlock IRC’ regional title for Wales. PSC Commodore Stephen Tudor said: ‘The Club is very proud to be offered the opportunity to host the first Welsh IRC Championships and is delighted to see competitors already entered from Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland and Liverpool in addition to the local competitive fleet. Entries are still being received and we still have free berths available for the event on the new Academy pontoons’.

Mae Mari Davies, aelod o Glwb Hwylio Pwllheli yn hedfan allan i Tavira ym Mhortiwgal heno i gynrychioli Prydain ym Mhencampwriaeth Hwylio Ieuenctid y Byd ISAF.

Dewisiwyd Mari, sydd yn 17 oed ac yn chweched dosbarth Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen, Bethesda, a’i phartner hwylio Sarah Norbury i gynrychioli Prydain yn y dosbarth 420 wedi iddynt ddod yn fuddugol ym Mhencampwriaeth Ieuenctid Prydain gan roi perfformiadau cryf mewn fflyd gystadleuol iawn yn Weymouth a Phortland ym mis Ebrill.

Pencampwriaeth Hwylio Ieuenctid y Byd ISAF yw’r gystadleuaeth fwyaf ac uchaf ei pharch i ieuenctid yn y byd hwylio gyda dros 350 o hwylwyr ifanc o dros 60 gwlad yn gobeithio gwneud eu marc.  Mae Mari yn un o 12 aelod o garfan gryf Prydain sy’n gobeithio cipio’r brif wobr oddi ar yr Eidal.  Genir ser Gemau Olympaidd y dyfodol ym Mhencampwriaeth Hwylio Ieuenctid y Byd ISAF gyda’r rhestr o gyn-enillwyr yn cynnwys Russell Couts a Ben Ainslie ymysg lawer o enwau adnabyddus eraill y byd hwylio.

caws a gwinBu'r noson yn llwyddiant mawr drwy gydol gyda nifer yn dod draw o'r clybiau yn ogystal â chynrychiolaeth o Welsh Yachting a 'r Welsh Youth oedd yn paratoi am y cystadlu dros y penwythnos. 
Hoffem estyn diolch diffuant i Hufenfa De Arfon am y caws gwych, Y Bwtri am y Picl Cymysg a oedd yn gweddu yn wych efo'r caws a Cwrw Llyn am gyflenwi'r cwrw i olchi y cyfan i lawr!! ac yn olaf i Glwb Hwylio Pwllheli am gynnal y digwyddiad. Diolch hefyd i Iestyn Tyne am ein diddanu ni drwy gydol y nos efo'i ffidil. 
Cododd y Grŵp Awyr Agored oddeutu £ 400 a fydd yn mynd tuag at y Grant Chwaraeon Cymru i brynu offer er lles y clybiau unigol a'r gymuned leol.



The date for the 2014 Hwyl yr Heli is Saturday 16th of August 2014.

The day will be organised by Plas Heli's Community Development Officer David Hughes. The event was a great success last year and we hope to grow the event this year by further developing the established themes.

Pen Llyn Outdoor Group invites you to a night of Beer, Wine and Cheese on the 25th of April at the Pwllheli Sailing Club. The evening starts at 7pm.

Proceeds will go towards acquiring new resources for the benefit of the club and the local community.

Please come along to support and enjoy!!

Tickets are available at Pwllheli Sailing Club or £8 each. 


Arwel Jones from Asda presenting David Hughes Community Development Officer for Plas Heli Cyf with biscuits and chutney in aid of the "Grwp Awyr Agored" Pen Llyn Outdoor Clubs Beer, Cheese & Wine night this Friday at the Pwllheli Sailing Club starting 7pm.

Tickets are available from the Club or email, or you are welcome to come along on the evening and buy tickets at the door. There will be entertainment, local cheese with a selection of local chutney(s), biscuits, wine and various local Guest Beers on tap. The Clubs will also be showing a selection of films that have been made recently showcasing what they have to offer for local people and visitors alike.

Hope to see you on Friday!!

We are delighted to report that the marine works has started - the bund on the west side of the harbour has been constructed and the dredging is on-going and should be completed before Easter - although the dredging of the new area for the dedicated visitor and events berths, to the north of the marina, may take a little longer.

The whole of the marine works including the new quay will be completed in June this year. This photograph shows the construction of the new quay wall which will form part of the access to the new pontoons.

We are very pleased to inform you that the main contractor for the iconic academy building has been appointed - The following is a Gwynedd Council Press Release:

Wynne Construction to build the National Sailing Academy and Events Centre at Pwllheli

logogwyneddA north Wales company has been appointed by Gwynedd Council to construct the iconic National Sailing Academy and Events Centre building at Pwllheli.

The contract between Gwynedd Council and Wynne Construction allows the work on site to begin in April 2014 with the construction period to last 12 months.

This latest contract completes the package of contracts associated with the £8.3 million National Sailing Academy and Events Centre project, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. The road development is completed and the marine works is currently underway within the harbour.

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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