Now that Spring is well and truly here, those lucky enough to own boats will be looking to get back out on the water.
Although many sailors like to break themselves in on the less choppy waters of lakes and rivers, the 250 miles of spectacular coastline that stretches across North Wales offer an ideal location for beginners, intermediates or experienced sailors looking to ease themselves back into the season.
The coastal towns of Rhyl, Llandudno and Colywn Bay made their names off of the fine weather that they receive from the start of Spring all the way through to Summer. Temperatures during the month of April and May make for ideal sailing conditions and a perfect time to visit North Wales. You’ll need to be packing your winter gear still, as temperatures can dip below 10 Celsius on cold days, but the rain holds off for the most part during this time of the year.
Of course, it’s those winds that we really care about. Thanks to the geographical position of North Wales you can expect mostly favourable breezes, offering good conditions for Gull Dinghies and Toppers alike. If you’re eager to make some decent headway down the coast, then take our suggested trip for a leisurely drift down the North Wales coast.
When planning a sailing weekend to a popular tourist destination, such as Rhyl, it’s always best to book as much of your trip in advance as possible.
All your accommodation, any extra gear that you might need and mooring spots for your boat should all be organised ahead of schedule. Of course, it goes without saying that you’ll need to give your vessel a good look over before you take it out on the water. Unless you’ve been sailing throughout the Winter (congratulations – if so!), your boat will have been sat under cover in a storage place for the last 6 months and will probably need a good servicing, make sure everything’s in order before you set on your way to Rhyl to start your journey.
The long stretches of beach offer plenty of opportunities for setting off from Rhyl, get an early start at low tide to make the most of the day and head South towards the neighbouring tourist town of Colwyn Bay. Providing you know what you’re doing (if not – there are loads of clubs nearby offer tutoring) you should make the 25 mile stretch in around 3 and a half hours, in a 15-ft dinghy. If you’d like to make a stop over night in the idyllic town of Colwyn Bay, then give the Bay of Colwyn Sailing Club a call. They have half-tide moorings available, in addition to moorings across the rest of the coast that can be discussed with other members.
The trek around from the Bay of Colwyn to Llandudno might look short, as the crow flies, but this can prove to be a relatively challenging sail if the weather goes against you.
You’re unlikely to meet much opposition from the breeze at this time of the year, so you can take your time and enjoy some lunch in Colwyn Bay before heading on to your final destination of Llandudno.
Navigate your way round Rhos on Sea and hook your way into Llandudno’s stunning bay by evening, to get a stunning view of one of the prettiest Victorian seaside towns left in the Great Britain. Once you’re in the relative shelter of the bay you can kick back and drift your way into Wales’ quintessential postcard town. There are a handful of lovely top-class restaurants for those with a discerning taste, or if you’re up for something a little more down to earth, The Cottage Loaf offers some great pub grub and local ales. Once your hunger is sated you can take a ride up the Great Orme Tramway and get a huge view of the distance that you’ve travelled.
If you’re up for the drive then you can set off in the evening, but it might be wiser to treat yourself and book a night in one of the stately hotels overlooking the sea. You’ve got easy access to your boat come the morning…
…not to mention one of the best fry-ups in Britain when you wake up.