Following on from last year’s fantastic week in Tenby, 2019 sees us staying in Wales but moving to the north coast and holding the Nationals at Llandudno Saturday 27th July – Friday 2nd August . This is the second time the Nationals will have been held here, the last time being back in 1984. For the first time we’ve also planned a lay day for the Friday. If all goes well this should mean no rush packing up and leaving and we can all enjoy a more relaxed end to the week. But we’ll see how it goes and I’ll be really interested in everyone’s feedback.
Known as the Queen of the Welsh resorts, Llandudno is a charming Victorian seaside resort at the head of the Conwy Valley. It enjoys an almost idyllic setting with a long arcing beach and promenade flanked by two dominant headlands; the Great Orme and the Little Orme. There are plenty of local attractions for families to enjoy including a classic seaside pier, a trip on the unique Victorian style tram to the top of the Great Orme, a dry ski slope (or maybe you’d prefer tobogganing?) or the fascinating Bronze Age Mines (to name but a few). The town centre also offers lots of shopping so I’m told …..
Llandudno has excellent links to the rest of North Wales (either by road or public transport). North Wales placed fourth in the Lonely Planet’s guide to ‘best places to travel’ in 2017 meaning that it really is one of the best places in the world to visit. The area has a mixture of high adrenaline attractions such as Surf Snowdonia (where you can learn to surf or challenge your friends in the ‘Crash and Splash’ Lagoon) and Zip World (where you can ride the world’s fastest zip line over a scenic quarry!) and more ‘family orientated’ spots such as the Anglesey Sea Zoo or beautiful walks in the Snowdonia National Park , where you can find Snowdon – the tallest mountain in Wales. Nearby Conwy Castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain and overlooks Telford’s famous road suspension bridge built in 1822-26.
Clwb Hwylio Llandudno Sailing Club (“LLSC”) has an impressive history dating back to the mid 1800s. It has hosted a National Championships almost every year since 1963 and is situated in a prime location along the promenade in Llandudno. In 2015 LLSC had a brand new concrete slipway built directly opposite the clubhouse making it far easier to launch and recover dinghies. The current club Commodore is a new Scorpion Sailor himself having sailed at the 2018 Nationals in Tenby and is looking forward to welcoming the class to LLSC in 2019 and making it an extremely successful event!
Useful links for the sailing facilities, accommodation options and general visitor information:
Instructions and General Info
As we get closer to the Nationals I’ll look to add to this but some points worth noting:
- SIs will be shared soon.
- Two races planned for each day (+ the practice race on Sunday) with no racing on Friday unless not enough races sailed (full details in NOR).
- Planning on doing a mix of courses e.g. sausage, triangle as an option rather than just triangle, sausage.
- Registration will be run on Saturday (times TBC) and a short slot on the Sunday (times TBC).
- Going to run a daily noticeboard to help let everyone know what’s happening, as well as a Nationals ‘WhatsApp’ group to help communications.
- Boats can be kept on road trailers at the club so no boring need to traipse half way round Wales to park your road trailer.
- We’ll add instructions how to get there kind of thing soon.
- Camping is available very near the club- £30 per tent/van. Facilities TBC there. Please pay at registration and let Steve Walker know via Facebook if you are planning on camping.
- The club will be open every morning from 7.30 am for breakfast, food will also be available every evening.
- Briefing is planned to be held Sunday morning before we launch for the practice race, but we’ll also do a full briefing Saturday evening for those who haven’t done a Nationals before or want some reassurance.
- Results will be run through SailWave.
We’ll do the usual prize giving each evening, looking to run it at 8.00pm each evening. This will, as usual, be followed by The Darwin Award for contributions to evolution- we may even have a new special prize to replace the pecker!
Looking forward to seeing ya’ll there.