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.
The General Lighthouse Authorities are planning to shut down the Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) from 31st March 2022. The DGPS service is a land-based enhancement to GPS which was designed to increase the accuracy of the system during the period when an intentional location error was introduced into GPS to make it less accurate. This error was removed in 2000.
Mariners are advised that a significant danger to navigation exists in the area noted below and possible the wider area both Northeast and Southwest given the anchor line may fail at any time. A submerged vessel is believed to still be in position:
53° 13.113′ N 004° 10.660′ W
Mariners are advised to navigate with extreme caution throughout the Harbour Limits until the vessels location and security can be established.
We are happy to announce that providing the COVID situation and rules don’t change over the next two weeks, the NWCC bar will be reopening on the evening of Saturday 5th September.
The clubhouse will then be accessible by members with access cards from Sunday 6th September for access to the facilities (washers, dryers, showers and toilets).
We are putting procedures and measures in place to ensure a safe working and socialising environment for both Elaine our steward and all members and visitors, and I hope you will all do your part to follow these measures and behave responsibly.
By virtue of the provisions of Sec. 52 Harbour, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847, Port and harbour of Caernarfon Harbour Master has made the following General Direction:
This Direction is given to Masters 1 and persons having command or charge of any vessel 2 other than those vessels listed in paragraph 4(i) to 4(v)
This Direction applies at all times and in the area north of the existing and active speed limit at Y Felinheli. (Now known as the “Y Felinheli to Garreg Ginnog” Area of General Direction). The “Y Felinheli to Garreg Ginnog” means the area below the level of mean high water spring tides bounded by a line drawn along the northern extent of the existing charted speed limit at Y Felinheli and through to a new line drawn from a point 53 ̊12. 30’N 004 ̊12. 44’W to a point 53 ̊12. 40’ N 044 ̊12. 82’W. (Illustrative chart extract at end of NtoM).
At the Northern and Southern extent of the entire speed limit. Special Marks will be positioned to demark the area.
This Direction is not given to Masters and persons having command or charge of vessels:
(i) used by search and rescue organisations
(ii) of the Caernarfon Harbour Authority
(iii) of HM Customs and Excise
(iv) used in Commercial operations.
(v) used as safety boats by Yacht and Sailing Clubs and other such organisations when engaged in operations where complying with this Direction would inhibit their ability to fulfil their function as a safety boat
No vessel, except those listed in paragraphs 3(i) to 3(v), shall proceed at a speed of greater than 5 knots through the water.
This Direction is given notwithstanding the requirements of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 3 and The Port and Harbour of Caernarfon Bylaws 1991 4.
Not to comply with this Direction is a criminal offence for which the person having command or charge of the vessel may be prosecuted 5.
The Harbour Master or his deputies will be actively monitoring the compliance with this General Directive.
David John O’Neill Caernarfon Harbour Master
1 Sec.3 Harbour, Docks and Pier Clauses Act 1847
2 As defined in the Port and Harbour of Caernarfon Bylaws 1991.
3 Merchant Shipping (Distress Signals and Prevention of Collisions) Regulations 1996 [SI 75/1996]
4 Port and Harbour of Caernarfon Bylaws 1991.
5 Sec.3 and Sec.53 Harbour, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847
Owners, Agents Charterers, Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Recreational Sailing Organisations should ensure that the contents of this Notice are made known to the master or persons in charge of their vessel or craft.
One of our Club Members and well known local sailing instructor Cris Miles is intending to do the Mini Transat next year. He’s just started his 1000 mile qualifier and he’s carrying a Yellow Brick tracker, so if you would like to track his progress you can see it here: