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The North Wales Cruising Club was founded in 1928 for yachtsmen and boat owners who enjoy sailing to the beautiful anchorages and marinas of Anglesey and the Irish Sea.

On the water events are arranged throughout the year, including weekend trips to the Menai Strait and around Anglesey as well as longer trips which take advantage of the expansive sailing area to the Isle of Man, Ireland and the West Coast of Scotland.

We offer classroom and online RYA training courses at very competitive rates which are cheaper than many of the sailing schools in the area.

The Club has its own launch for ferrying members, crew and visitors to and from boats on Conwy River swinging moorings, pontoons, and the marinas at Conwy and Deganwy.

Visiting Conwy by boat? If you arrange to pick up a mooring in the harbour, the launch will take you ashore and the Club is just a 2 minute walk. All visiting yachtsmen are very welcome.

We welcome visitors to the clubhouse which is conveniently located near the town quay, inside the Conwy town walls and just behind the “Liverpool Arms” public house. The clubhouse is open to members for access to showers and utility facilities and to visitors during bar opening hours.

Visitors can gain access by ringing the bell. A key-card may be hired by visitors staying longer than a day for £5.00 returnable at the end of the stay, in order to gain access to showers and facilities.

We have a comfortable lounge bar, coffee machine, showers, washing machine, tumble drier and kitchen, as well as the chart room which is used for our training programme and social events.

The club has a great social scene with an extensive programme of traditional and modern social events throughout the year.


Club Launch – Summer to 30th September

Monday – Thursday 09:00 – 17:00
Friday – Saturday 09:00 – 23:30
Sunday 09:00 – 18:00 (23:30 on Bank Holidays only)

All the above are start and finish times from the Conwy Jetty and may be subject to change due to accessibility because of the tide. For full operating details, including costs and restrictions, please click here.

Where are we?

Trinity House Notice to Mariners 14/2020

Trwyn Du Lighthouse

Latitude 53º 18.777’N., Longitude 004º 02.440’W.

Date: On or about 17th August, 2020.


  1. Nominal range of navigation light to be reduced to 9 nautical miles. Characteristics and composition remain unaltered.
  2. New Fog signal to be exhibited giving 1 blast of 3 seconds duration every 30 seconds.

No further notice will be given.

By Order,

Captain R.H.Barker,
Director of Navigational Requirements.

Trinity House,
21st July, 2020.

Caernarfon Notice to Mariners 18/2020

Aid to navigation Starboard No C1 Fl G 5s is not on its appropriate station.

APPROPRIATE STATION – 53° 07’.212 N 004° 24’.491 W
PRESENT POSITION – 53° 07’.287 N 004° 24’.427 W

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in this area.

David John O’Neill
Caernarfon Harbour Master

Caernarfon Notice to Mariners 17/2020

Aid to navigation Port No C8 Fl R 3s is on its appropriate station.

Present position 53° 07’.62 N 004° 19’.42 W
Previous position 53° 07’.62 N 004° 19’.519 W

David John O’Neill
Caernarfon Harbour Master

Caernarfon Notice to Mariners 16/2020

Aid to navigation Port No C6 Fl R 5s is on its appropriate station.

Present position 53° 07’.15 N 004° 21’.96 W
Previous position 53° 07’.165 N 004° 21’.918 W

David John O’Neill
Caernarfon Harbour Master

Caernarfon Notice to Mariners 14/2020

Y Fenai – Siart 1464 – Menai Strait – Chart 1464

Amendment to temporary change to current operational procedures at the Aber Swing Bridge dated 08/04/20

The bridge will be open to pedestrians, closed to Navigating vessels from 07:00 until 23:00 each day until further notice.

In the event the bridge requires opening to Allow Navigating vessels to freely pass. Mariners are advised to request a gate operation through the numbers below.

We have three trained members of the Gwynedd Councils Bridge operating team available to respond to requests to open the bridge – please provide a minimum half hour notice, more wherever possible.

  1. William Derek Jones on 01286 676689 or 07836 360616
  2. Eryl Bryn Davies on 07747 013477
  3. Dafydd Roberts on 01286 831521 or 07903 586937

In the very unlikely scenario a response has not been received from the above, please contact Gerallt Hughes on 07970 975519 who can contact and mobilise maintenance engineers to attend to open the bridge.

David John O’Neill
Harbwr Feistr

Caernarfon Harbour Master

Caernarfon Notice to Mariners 13/2020

Aid to navigation Llanddwyn Island “South West Rock” South Cardinal Y.B is not on its appropriate station.

53° 07.810’ N 004° 25.060 W

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in this area.

David John O’Neill
Harbwr Feistr Caernarfon Harbour Master

Conwy Notice to Mariners 05/2020

Mariners are advised that from 00:01 on Monday 1st June 2020, recreational boat owners are permitted to use their boats within Conwy Harbour for recreational purposes, as part of their local daily exercise and recreation away from their homes, but not for overnight accommodation. Mariners must follow Welsh Government Guidelines and only be accompanied by persons permanently residing at the same address or, where the vessel is of a sufficient size and design to maintain social distancing, with persons from a different household subject to the current regulations. The rules regarding ‘Staying Local’ apply and as such Mariners must consider the amended regulations when deciding to travel to their vessels.

Mariners based within Conwy and Deganwy Marinas should consult with their berth provider regarding the level of access to their vessels currently permitted and comply with any instructions to ensure the safety of Staff and other users.

Mariners are reminded of the following requirement regarding travel as announced by Welsh Government on Friday 28th May:

To allow more outdoor activity we are also amending the requirement to ‘stay at home’ to one to ‘stay local’. This means that as long as you are within your local geographical area and are outside, you will no longer be subject to the numerous restrictions that apply today.

The same restrictions as now will apply when a person wants to travel outside their local area. We will provide guidance to help people to understand how to interpret ‘local’ in this context, using five miles as a guide but recognising this is a flexible concept which can vary depending on people’s circumstances.

Many vessels within the Harbour will not have been used for a considerable time. In order to minimise the need for the emergency services to be mobilised, potentially placing them and you at risk, the following conditions should apply:

  • The latest weather forecast should be obtained and vessels are to be checked and inspected thoroughly before leaving the berth. This should include ensuring that all boat systems and engines are operating correctly and all equipment is in date and operating as it should.
  • Lifejackets or buoyancy aids should be worn by all on-board for your own safety.
  • Mariners are urged to exercise good seamanship, courtesy, patience and common sense as they begin to move around the Harbour.
  • The skipper and crew of all vessels are required to follow government guidance in relation to Covid-19 to protect themselves and others they may come into contact with.

Please note that the advice contained here is very new and Conwy Harbour Authority and other marine businesses, Marinas and Clubs around the Harbour will need to adjust their routines and ensure that the risk from infection of Covid-19 can be reduced by adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Please be considerate and allow staff time to assess the level of service they are able to provide. This is for your safety and that of the emergency services and the NHS.

Conwy Harbour Authority will continue to review the situation and any new Welsh Government guidance. We appreciate your continued support in maintaining safe and efficient Harbour operations whilst being able to enjoy the benefits of getting afloat.

Matthew Forbes
MSc LLB (hons) BSc MNI
Conwy Harbour Master

Launch Operations Re-Commence

In line with the latest announcements from the Welsh Government, the launch will be running for passenger service again from 1st June, with the following restrictions in force:

  1. Only one “Household” may be taken on the launch at any one time. This can be any number from a single household living together.
  2. Social distancing must be adhered to, keeping a 2m gap between the launch operator and the passengers.
  3. Nobody exhibiting COVID symptoms will be permitted to board.
  4. Surfaces on the launch will be disinfected after every passenger trip.
  5. Hand sanitiser will be provided for passenger use on board.
  6. Pre-bookings by phone only. The launch operators will NOT be taking bookings by VHF.
  7. ONLY LOCAL BOAT OWNERS PERMITTED. If visiting your boat, you must live within 5 miles of Conwy to conform to the Government restrictions.

Please be sensible and courteous when using the launch, take personal precautions to avoid infection and be patient – because the launch can only take one household at a time, you may not be able to get a pick-up at exactly the time you request.

I hope you all stay safe and well.

Austin Goudge
NWCC Commodore

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