Penmaenmawr Sailing Club

Great sailing in North Wales since 1962

The Club

About Pen Sailing Club
This page has been designed to give you some basic information about the club who we are, what we offer, whether you are new to sailing, or an old hand but joining PSC for the first time, we hope you enjoy sailing with us.

The Sailing Club is a private, not-for-profit organisation formed in 1960 which promotes, organises, and oversees small sailboat racing in Conwy bay. The club helps people learn to sail, we organise socials, and cooperate with other organisations to encourage and promote the sport of sailing, and are affiliated members of the RYA Royal Yachting Association and WYA Welsh Yachting Association.

postcard1The Club is located at the West End of Penmaenmawr beach, right next to the waterfront, offering fantastic access to the safe current free waters and sandy beach; we have one of the best club houses on the north Wales coast, with a bonus of spectacular views of Puffin Island just off shore. The new clubhouse has all the facilities you would expect of any 21st century sailing facility.

The sailing program is geared towards providing racing for the various classes of boats sailed from PSC, we also include a number of ‘fun races’ during the summer, training sessions and have-a-go days.

Sunday Racing & Tuesday Evening Racing – From  Easter to late October there are usually two races a day on Sunday. The first start is usually at 11 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m. but watch the program for amendments to this. Depending on the series there may be two starts for each race. More details can be found in the Program page on our website. For club racing we use a 10 minute countdown system.

The club arranges training every Tuesday evening from May; these are aimed at teaching and refining racing skills and the basics of sailing. The PSC training fleets are, Picos. Toppers and Lasers.

Just Starting- try Free Sailing
Push the Boat Out is an annual event, an open day when visitors can have a look around the club and have a chance to get on the water and try sailing. Check the Social pages for dates.

We are a friendly, fun and competitive club which welcomes both family and singles sailing memberships with Freinds of Pen and social memberships available too. All full and family members are entitled to a club key, which gives access to the boat compound and the changing rooms. If you use this facility and are alone please ensure you lock the clubhouse and the gates before going afloat.

Food and Drink
Our galley is open to members to produce a range of hot meals. We provide light refreshments and sandwiches during our open sailing events. Hot and cold soft drinks self service is available from the galley; please contribute to the honesty box.

The club was established back in the 1960’s and has grown and developed successfully over the years. The club has a few heroes (both past and present members) who at various times have put in tremendous effort to ensure the clubs success; not least, the surviving of the arrival of the A55′ in the 70’s; developing the clubhouse premises through various build projects, and fighting for matched grant funding for the fleet of club boats. The latest project is the Observation Deck, a major extension to the club, providing safe elevated viewing over the activities on the water (and not a bad place to chill and relax when all the boats are safely stowed away).

50th Anniversary – Summer 2012
By Vice President, Bernard Carter
From the day in 1960 that Sam Purcocks & his Wife Ivy Louise arrived in Penmaenmawr from Abersoch to run the Alexandra Pub, the lure of the sea called out to Sam, so he set up a meeting with some of the visitors and local people from Pen, like Jackie Davies, Don & Maureen Evans, Keith Lester Jones, Norman Sambrook and discussed the setting up of a Sailing Club. With help from Pen council the building of the first clubhouse got underway by the members and after much work the Clubhouse was officially opened by Peter Thomas M.P. on June 10th 1962. Sam was always sloping off to the beach leaving the Pub work to wife Ivy with help from Dilys a hairdresser in Pen &  who is still going strong & a founder member who still supports the club a lot.

Other Special Dates in the Club’s History

1962: 1st Slipway built at cost to the club £260 (what price now)

1967: A large German Coaster Rethi Muller berthed at the quarry pier in a severe N.W. gale broke her moorings was almost blown up on to the Prom. The club was opened to serve soup etc. Even a lady was brought ashore from the Coster. Rethi Muller was re-floated many months later (My wife & I were at a new years party when some one yelled she’s moving by the time we got down to the prom she was on her way back to Germany never to darken our doorstep again. The Coastguard sent a letter to the club thanking us for the hospitality.

1968/9 Talks began with the council to widen the slipway & was completed in 1971 with the club sharing the costs  also a heads of agreement between the council & the club.

1970: Four club members finished 4th from 30 in a cross channel ski-ing race.

1975 After sometime of negotiating with the Council the Club purchased the Freehold of the Club.!! Hooray.

1989 First floor of the new Clubhouse Completed

2001 A second floor added to the clubhouse

2009 a superb Balcony to finish the clubhouse good looks !!

2012 New Slipway completed after the old one became cracked and crumbling.