Llandudno, the Queen of the
lies on a peninsula between
two limestone headlands, both great attractions
for tourists and naturalists alike, the Great Orme and
with the Irish Sea on one side and the
estuary of the River Conwy on the other.
Likewise between the headlands is Llandudno Bay offering fine sailing
especially for boats in the dinghy sailing classes.
The original Llandudno Sailing
Club existed for the latter part of the 1800’s and into
1900’s. A big northerly storm wrecked many boats in 1907 and
the First World
War finally saw its demise.
In 1962 a group of
enthusiastic local sailors decided to
start a club again. This officially came into existence in 1963 and
later in 1968 the present clubhouse alongside Venue Cymru was opened.
The club and the bay
rapidly gained an excellent reputation
among dinghy sailing classes as a venue for National Championships, the
first one being held in the new clubs inaugural year. Over the years
classes have returned time and again for their main event of the year
of the top UK sailors have competed on the waters of Llandudno Bay.
The Club has an extensive
domestic racing programme which
normally starts at the end of March and continues through till the end
November. Racing takes place on Sundays and Wednesday evenings. An
training programme is now part of the clubs activities. Recently the
Yachting Association (RYA) have awarded the club RTC (Recognised
Centre) status and also appointed the club as an ‘Onboard Centre’. Both
allow the club to run courses based on the RYA Training scheme. Details
found on the club website.
There is a
comprehensive social programme culminating in the
"Dinner Dance and Prize Giving" where the many trophies won during the
presented. The Easter Tankard, an old pewter pint pot, is probably the
sporting trophy in Llandudno, being first raced for in the bay in
This, along with a few other trophies, was inherited from the original
members have progressed into national
training squads and have been selected to represent either Wales or
Britain. The club also provides a number of officials for major events
the country the most prominent position being the appointment of Tony
as Chief Race Officer at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.