Jim Saltonstall looks at Pwllheli, a major North Wales venue
Pwllheli has a lot to offer with superb racing waters at the northern end of Cardigan Bay. A great deal of development has taken place in the area over the past five years. There is a brand new clubhouse and marina facilities; good parking for both boats and cars; and great hospitality from the club members. Access to Pwllheli has improved greatly in recent months, with the A55 dual carriageway open all the way to the Menai straights from the M6 and M56, substantially cutting the journey time. We have had some excellent times at Pwllheli, who have always been excellent hosts, running major events in a very professional manner. Accommodation needs to be booked in good time (especially during school holidays), as it is a popular venue. There is also a holiday camp on the eastern side of the town, and plenty of caravan and campsites nearby. Plus - Pwllheli serves some of the best fish and chips in the country! Race Area The sailing happens just to the south and west of the town, and Pwllheli can offer more than one race area if required. The main race area is relatively close to the harbour, so there is not far to travel once you clear the beach or harbour entrance. With Mount Snowden in the background, the setting is really pretty. Wind Direction 250-60 degrees (through north): The venue is land locked within this sector, and the bay is exposed to everything that the Atlantic can throw at it from the south-west. 330-050 degrees: Wind blowing from anywhere in this sector has travelled over relatively high ground. So it is important to know the high and low numbers on the compass, as wind shifts are the order of the day. The wind shifts in the starting area can be as much