Circuit Break Lockdown Over, Club and Launch Operating

The Circuit Break lockdown is now over, so the NWCC clubhouse, bar and launch are open again with some restrictions:

The Bar will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 10pm.

The Clubhouse will be opened at 9am as usual so members can use the facilities.

The Launch is running a passenger service again, but only for pre-booked trips. Call Keith on 07751888614 to book your trip.


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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.


Bar Hours – Winter to 31st March

Lunchtime Evening
Monday – Wednesday Closed all day
Thursday Closed 20:00 – 23:00
Friday 12:00 – 14:00 20:00 – 23:00
Saturday 12:00 – 16:00* 20:00 – 23:00
Sunday 12:00 – 16:00* Closed

* Bar will stay open Saturday and Sunday afternoons if in use by members with sufficient demand. For full information about the bar and services, please click here.

Club Launch – Winter to 31st March

Mon – Thur Pre-booked only
Fri – Sun 09:00 – 16:00

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?

Conwy Notice to Mariners 10/2020

All mariners are advised that the netting underneath the Conwy Road Bridge is loose and hanging down. Please navigate with caution.

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

Trinity House Notice to Mariners 19/2020

Discontinuation of the Differential GPS Service

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.

Please click here to read the full notice on the Trinity House website.

Caernarfon Emergency Notice to Mariners 21/2020

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.

David John O’Neill
Caernarfon Harbour Master

Club Reopening

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.

Caernarfon Notice to Mariners 20/2020

Harbour Masters General Direction

5 knot speed limit

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:

  1. 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)
  2. 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).
  3. At the Northern and Southern extent of the entire speed limit. Special Marks will be positioned to demark the area.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The Harbour Master or his deputies will be actively monitoring the compliance with this General Directive.

David John O’Neill
Caernarfon Harbour Master

Blue area denotes existing speed limit. Yellow area denotes new area of General Direction.

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.

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

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