Red Wharf Bay Sailing & Water Sports Club
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty in North Wales, we are a friendly, family club. Situated in a small bay, our sailing area is safe for juniors and inexperienced sailors and yet challenging for experts.
We run all types of events from Sail Training for our youngest members to one of the country's premier long distance dinghy races, the Anglesey Offshore Dinghy Race. Cruising and an active social calendar are also included in our programme.
Founded in 1952
Red Wharf Bay Sailing Club was founded in 1952 by a small group of like-minded individuals during a meeting at The Ship Inn Red Wharf Bay. In 1956 after several years in the bar, the club relocated to Traeth Bychan, which provides better sailing waters. The aim of the club has from the start been to promote dinghy and catamaran sailing. More recently club activities have expanded to cover all forms of water sport, hence the name change in 2006. We have a fleet of club dinghies for members to use if they do not possess a craft of their own.
During the early 1960's the original clubhouse burnt down and from the ashes rose our present building. We have changing facilities, a galley (which enables gourmet evenings to be held as well cake baking and after sailing food to be prepared) and a large room for members to meet, chat, explain how the race was lost or use the wi-fi system. During 2010 the changing, shower and toilet area was completely rebuilt and now provides a warm and comfortable facility.
Over the years our club members have achieved great things in the sailing world which include National and World champions in various dinghy classes. To ensure continued success in the future, Junior Sail Training takes place throughout the August holiday supervised by qualified instructors lead by a RYA qualified Senior Instructor.
The Offshore Race
In 1966 when sitting on the club veranda enjoying the spectacular vista towards Puffin Island with the Snowdonia mountain range in the background an idea of an Offshore Race was germinated.
The race continues today and is held every August when mono-hulls and catamarans race from Beaumaris to Traeth Bychan via Puffin Sound and the Moelfre Lifeboat marks, a distance of 15 miles for the mono-hulls and up to 30 miles for the catamarans.
Throughout the season there are numerous social events, get togethers, sailaways with picnics and cruises to the Ship Inn to reconnect with our roots.
If any of this is of interest to you or members of your family have a look at our web cam, come along and meet us, or make contact via email or phone. All levels of ability can be accommodated from non-sailors to potential world champions.
We look forward to meeting you.
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