Penmaenmawr Sailing Club

Great sailing in North Wales since 1962

March 17, 2021
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Bernard Carter PSC President

It is with great sadness we announce that Bernard our President and loyal supporter passed away March 17, 2021, peacefully at Ysbyty Gwynedd aged 87. Much loved father of Linda and Steven, devoted Taid of Joanne and Richard, Lisa and Ortwin, adored Taidy B of Scarlett and Phoebe.

A private family service (due to Covid restrictions) was held at Tan y Foel Cemetery on Monday, March 29th at 1.30pm.

Bernard’s Eulogy can be viewed here and at PSC with the Book of condolences for Bernard.

Any donations in memory of Bernard will be gratefully received by the RNLI

Bernard has been an inspiration to all who knew him. Our thoughts to Linda, Steve and Family.

Bernard’s involvement with the WYA North Wales Committee earned him the RYA community Award, and he was a fantstic fundraiser for the Club and the RNLI.

This would have been Bernard’s 57th year as a member. Bernard has held every officer position of the club and finally President for the last few years. As the Club’s race officer for over 20 years, he was always the first at the clubhouse on race days, to prep for the racing and welcoming visitors during open events. Bernard always put lots of effort and commitment to ensure we had great race days, open events, and firework displays!

Bernard will be sadly missed, but his spirit and legacy live on in the Club!

October 1, 2020
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Honorary Life President

Last night Bernard had a special (and safe) visit to honor his lifetimes work at Pen Sailing, with a ‘Presentation Letter’ from the Club Commodore and an ‘Engraved Plaque’ presented to Bernard on behalf of all the club members by Peter Lewis.

Penmaenmawr Sailing Club
(Great sailing in North Wales since 1962)

Honorary Life President

Bernard Carter joined PSC in 1964 so 2020 sees him having been a member for 56 years. Beginning as Safety Boat pilot, Bernard became a very competent dinghy racer during his early days at the club, very experienced at sailing Enterprises and Ospreys in particular. Bernard is always willing to pass on his skills to all members of the Club – young or old.

Bernard has held every officers position and has been the annual President for the last few years. He has been the Clubs long standing race officer for many years, and is always the first in on our Club race days, every Sunday, to set up the club and always ensures we have great race days, open events, and firework displays!
To quote Bernard:-

“Things have changed a lot from the wooden clubhouse built by members under the eyes of Sam Purcock, the clubs founder. Many members put a lot of work in to it since then. We had committee meetings in the early days in front of a nice gas fire in the stone fireplace”.

“I first started sailing in a Firefly and did a couple of years as safety boat pilot in a Dell Quay Dory. It was a great sea boat but very wet. I then bought an Enterprise and if you can sail an Enterprise with a full rig you can sail anything. I then bought an Osprey, which I still think is the best fast trapeze dinghy to sail. Peter Lewis started crewing for me as a young lad, he was great crew. We still have one founder member, Dilys Roberts who is still a great supporter to the Club. She has a hairdressers in the village”.

24th September 2020

Dear Bernard,

No words can express the level of your 56 years commitment and dedication to Penmaenmawr Sailing Club. Your high quality service and contributions to the Club have been, and still, are greatly valued and you are well respected by all our Members. You have never failed the Club through your hard work and loyalty.

On behalf of Penmaenmawr Sailing Club we would like you to know how much we are delighted to write this appreciation letter for you. Congratulations on your long service and committment. Thank you for the 56 years of meritorious services that you have given and shown to our ever growing Club.

The Club would like to recognise your years of service and commitment, by making you the Club’s Life President, and to present you with a special plaque to commemorate the occasion.

Commodore, Gerry Frobisher MBE
On behalf of all the Members of Penmaenmawr Sailing Club

June 14, 2020
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Return to Boating Wales

Message from RYA Cymru Wales CEO, Gerwyn Owen

Further to my initial message on Friday evening about the return to recreational boating that has been granted through the easing of restrictions of lockdown by Welsh Government, I’m pleased to update you further on general guidelines in respect to recreational boating activity in Wales during the current period.  General Guidance for Boating Activity for Red Phase

As our guiding principles have always been, we are taking current Welsh Government guidelines into consideration, whilst being considerate and responsible in our approach. I was delighted that Watersports has been recognised as a form of outdoor activity that can take place at this time, but we still need to consider the wider restrictions such as travel, social distancing and hygiene measures when considering to boat.

Currently, clubs and centres are deemed outdoor sporting facilities, and as highlighted in the statements on Friday, these will be reviewed ahead of the next phase, to be announced on June 18th, 2020. I know this has come as disappointment to a number of you, however it does give everyone the opportunity to implement appropriate control measures, following risk assessments, ahead of re-opening. This evidence will be provided to Welsh Government so that they can be assured that we are being considerate and responsible, and not impacting on the health of the nation negatively.

Our Club Guidance documents provides you with appropriate examples. Additionally join in on our Club Development forums this week, where we will be discussing safety on the water, boat maintenance and risk assessments.

We will continue to follow Welsh Government guidance and take a considerate and responsible approach to the return of boating in Wales. It is essential that boaters follow guidance on social distancing and hygiene carefully, and comply with guidance on interaction with other households.  Equally important is the imperative to boat safely, well within the levels of your ability, and avoid placing unnecessary strain on the RNLI and emergency services.

We are seeking further clarification from Welsh Government and key stakeholders on certain areas of restrictions, specifically around outdoor venues, tourist spots and access to facilities. The general guidelines from RYA Cymru Wales will be updated and shared with members, clubs and centres as appropriate.

Keep safe, keep well, keep smiling


October 20, 2019
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Puffin Race


High Tide 09.58 height 8.6m

Prompt Start midday
Double Handers £10
Single Handers £5
Soup & Roll for crews & Safety Boats
Token prizes for first 3 boats
You never know we might get a good day

October 2, 2019
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The Puffin Island Marathon Race

Sunday October 13th, 12 noon.

Third time Lucky, hoping for good conditions and a great race.

Race to starts midday. Course to be set on the day

Double handers £10 – Single handers £5

Soup & roll for all entrants

July 22, 2019
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RNLI Race Results

Race winner George Moss in action.

Penmaenmawr Sailing Club held their annual Open RNLI Race on Sunday the 21st July, and raised £95.00 for the Conwy Lifeboat Station from the race registration fees and refreshments. The race in a tough breeze, saw seven craft and fourteen sailors take part in a course around the bay off Penmaenmawr to the Penmaenmawr Buoy and back to the Club House start.


1st George Moss – Laser Radial

2nd Simon Murphy and Andrew Drake Laser Vago (Llanfairfechan Sailing Club)

3rd Dylan Williams and Sophie Davies – Laser R

4th Steven, Ben and Tom Sinfield – Dart 18

Patrol Boat was manned by Artie Moss and Gerry Frobisher

Race Officers were Hilary Moss and Bernard Carter.