Onwards and upwards at Pwllheli Sailing Club

The recent developments at the famous Welsh club have attracted a host of major sailing events to North Wales in 2001, Gerald New reports
Tucked away in North Wales, Pwllheli SC has long been a favourite dinghy championship venue. Originally a small and unpretentious holiday resort, it was brought to prominence by the arrival of the railway and - more importantly for the dinghy associations - a Butlins holiday camp! It was this facility that made it attractive to the dinghy classes of the 60's and 70's, who were experiencing huge growth in numbers at their Championships and needed accommodation that the traditional venues found difficult to provide. The club had existed for many years in a wooden hut at the harbour entrance. It moved in 1957 to a purpose built clubhouse next to the prominent Gimblet Rock, on the south side of the harbour overlooking Tremadoc Bay. From here it held many National and European dinghy championships including the Optimist Worlds. When the four hundred berth marina was developed in 1994, the center of activity moved to the north side of the harbour and Pwllheli SC soon discovered that this was where it also needed to be. The Club eventually received a £20,000 grant from the Welsh Office to provide temporary club room facilities at the marina administration building, but the lease included a requirement for them to have their own clubhouse within five years. Alan Jones, the Commodore during the 1995/96 period, recalled that the expansion of the club to its present splendid building had depended on the enthusiasm of the members - and no shortage of luck with their grant applications. This perhaps glosses over the amount of midnight oil that must have been burnt in preparing the vast amount of paperwork that these grant applications require, and the attendance at many committee meetings. Welsh Yachting picked Pwllheli as a National Events Centre and as a possible location for the sailing regatta if