Cruising Notes

Hafan Pwllheli provides access to some of the best sailing waters in the UK including Cardigan Bay, Anglesey and the attractive harbours along Ireland’s east coast. New Quay, Aberdyfi, Barmouth, Porthmadog, St Tudwal’s Roads and Porth Dinllaen are all within easy reach of the weekend or day sailer. We have highlighted some cruising destinations overleaf. North Cardigan Bay also has a very active boating community. The clubs in the area run a full racing and cruising programme.

Pwllheli Sailing Club

Our local club on site is Pwllheli Sailing Club. This is a friendly, family club, offering a wide range of activities. The club’s racing section organises racing under IRC as well as racing for Sport Boats and a Non Spinnaker class. It also participates in the ISORA races to Ireland. The club’s cruising section organises cruises locally offshore. Cruiser races under P.Y. handicapping are run every weekend and in club regattas. Training for young sailors is being developed using Optimist, Topper and Wayfarer dinghies. In addition, the club has an active programme of social events throughout the year. Yachtsmen visiting Pwllheli are welcome to make use of the club’s facilities. New members are always welcome.

Telephone (01758) 614442.

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Other Clubs

Other Clubs
South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club, Abersoch (01758) 712338
Madoc Yacht Club, Porthmadog (01766) 512976 VHF 37 & M2
Aberdyfi Yacht Club (01654) 767607
Barmouth Yacht Club (01341) 280000


The busy town of Porthmadog is within easy reach of the weekend sailor looking for an overnight stop. The harbour is well sheltered and there is plenty to see ashore.

The town can provide all supplies. Berthing is possible along the channel quay or mid-stream. It may be possible to berth in the inner harbour. At the entrance to the channel is a bar that can make entry impossible when a strong onshore wind blows over the ebb.

Contact the Porthmadog Harbourmaster on (01766) 512927.

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Barmouth’s location on the west coast of North Wales and lying between a mountain range and the sea on the mouth of the river Mawddach is arguably one of the most beautiful locations in Wales. It rests just within the south west corner of Snowdonia National Park and is seeped in a history rich with connections to the shipping and slate industries. The old town is well worth a visit with its steep steps and slate-roofed cottages on the side of a mountain. The harbour is beautiful and you can walk across the spectacular Barmouth Bridge spanning the river, which can be an ideal activity for an evening stroll.

Contact the Barmouth Harbourmaster on (01341) 280671.


Aberdyfi is a thriving little harbour resort set within the Snowdonia National Park, where the river Dyfi meets the blue waters of Cardigan Bay.

Aberdyfi has watersports galore - sailing, sailboarding, rowing, canoeing, fishing and boat trips. In the summer, there are yachting regattas, sailboarding competitions, rowing regattas and other watersports events along with family entertainment on its award-winning beaches.

Contact the Aberdyfi Harbourmaster on (01654 767626).

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Porth Dinllaen

The picturesque cove at Porth Dinllaen (pictured in the banner above) is an ideal destination for a weekend cruise in settled weather, provided the wind is not blowing from the NE. There are a few moorings at the head of the cove although these are usually taken. Otherwise anchor a little further out in the bay. Ashore there is an excellent beach and a good pub.


Hafan Pwllheli
Glan Don
LL53 5YT

Get in touch

  01758 701219

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