Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club is again proud to host the 2016 International Canoe UK Championships which is scheduled between 1st September and 4th September. The event will use the facilities of the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Event Centre PLAS HELI and will draw on the skill and experience of the Academy’s event team who have a long and excellent record of hosting World, European and UK National Championships.
The racing will take place on the world renowned sailing waters of Cardigan Bay with the dramatic scenery provided by the mountains of Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula and is only a short sail from the Marina. Minimal tidal influences and being open to the prevailing winds will provide superb championship quality racing conditions.
The Sailing Club and marina berths forms part of the excellent Hafan Pwllheli Marina complex with chandleries, boat yards, sail makers, parking and spaces for motorhomes - all you will need for a fabulous championship.
There is plenty to do ashore before or after the event (or for shore crew during the event). Please visit the great selection of boutique, shops and facilities in the market town and taste and experience the offerings of the new and refurbished bars, cafes and restaurants. A train ride to the Castle in Criccieth - or onwards to Porthmadog where you can catch the steam train to Caernarfon with the majestic castle or to the quarries in Blaenau Festiniog in the Snowdonia National park - all delightful experiences.
Whilst here with the boat why not explore the coastline and anchorages of Abersoch and an exploration sail up the river to Porthmadog.
The new £8.3M Academy facilities will be used for the Championships. This new facility will enhance and extend the events capacity in Pwllheli and will improve access to the Bay.
The iconic state of the art Academy building will incorporate a café/ restaurant and club house all of which will have views of the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia and mid Wales will provide a spectacular backdrop for all events.
I know you will have a memorable championship in Pwllheli – both on and off the water – and I look forward to greeting you all.
Chairman of Plas Heli