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The History Of South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club

Founded in 1924, the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club (SCYC) has a proud history of hosting many prestigious championship events within the surrounding waters of Cardigan Bay. Maintaining the highest standards both on and off the water in our unique clubhouse overlooking St Tudwal’s islands and towards Snowdonia, the Club offers unrivalled benefits, not least the beautiful picturesque view, to existing and new members so join now to come and enjoy all we have to offer.

The First Clubhouse

The first Clubhouse was not built until 1925 and the first races were controlled from the exposed headland as had all the Abersoch Village Regattas since 1881. The records for 1925 also show the first recorded protest when “two boats in the Junior Seabird Class were disqualified because the paid hands had handled the sheets”..

Small Beginnings

From these small beginnings the Club held 11 races in 1925 although the then Captain found that number too strenuous, expanded to two classes racing in 1928. In 1935 the Club took delivery of ten “one-design” dinghies designed and built by C Colquhoun of Dunoon. These open fourteen foot clinker boats, with red cotton sails, were reported in “Yachting World” magazine as one of the fastest dinghies of the day and, at an initial cost of £29, were of good value. The centreboards were manufactured from steel salvaged from the German Fleet scuttled at Scapa Flow back in 1918. They became the third class at SCYC.

The First Dragon

During the war the Clubhouse was not completely deserted as army patrols kept a lookout from the balcony. After the war sailing gradually resumed. The old boats were re-commissioned and in 1946 15 races and a Regatta were sailed. As more people discovered the delights of Abersoch and the Lleyn peninsula the tempo rapidly increased. Fast planing dinghies such as the Cadet, Firefly, and GP 14 were introduced and SCYC took its first delivery of a Dragon.

The first offshore race for the James D Eadie Cup was held in 1961 with seven entries, two from Ireland. The first National Championships hosted by the Club were in 1951 when the Firefly Association came to visit. Numerous National, European and World Championships for both dinghies and keelboats have been held since. From the fifties right up to the present day the Club has expanded at an ever increasing pace. The Honorary Secretary was replaced by a full time Secretary to keep pace with the increasing membership. The Cove was acquired, demolished and rebuilt in 1975. The large exposed girders on the Upper Deck are designed to take the weight of a third storey should it ever be necessary.

In the early days the only way for crews to get out to their boats on the moorings was by dinghy. As the membership increased there was not enough storage space for the dinghies and the launch service was introduced. This was augmented by the building of the Jetty, which was replaced in 2000 by the current extended wooden jetty.

SCYC Continues To Grow

The opening, and growth, of the marina has not had the detrimental effect on SCYC that many predicted and in fact both the sport of sailing, and the membership of SCYC, have witnessed great growth in recent years. The recent successes in the Olympic Games and the various individual and team races round the world have ensured that Team GB are right up at the top of our sport. The marina seems to have attracted more boats to Tremadoc Bay and when the weather is fine the anchorage off the clubhouse is reminiscent of Regatta Days. The outlook from the clubhouse is probably without compare and extra space has been gained by removing the veranda and extending the main club room and bar.

The Club is fortunate that Abersoch is perfectly situated and designed to host the whole range of Sailing Events, with accommodation to suit everyone from luxury hotels, self catering houses, bed and breakfast and camp sites. The beach is one of the safest in the country and has proven to be an ideal spot from which to launch and view the racing. The Open Event Programme at SCYC in 2004 is one of the busiest for many years and is described in more detail below. As I pen these few words the view from the Office is truly spectacular with snow lying on the hills opposite and a fierce easterly blowing away the cobwebs. Not a boat is in sight and the highest mountain in Wales is bathed in bright sunshine.

We are indebted to Capt Mel Barratt for the potted history of SCYC above. His Mother and Aunt were founder members of SCYC back in the twenties. Also to Fran Blackburn for the images taken from original postcards.

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Current & Immediate Past Commodores

Many years ago the Captain of the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club recorded in his log that on the 9 June 1922 racing was opened “by a race for the five boats (four of them new) of the Seabird Class”. Although the plan to form a Yacht Club was taken in 1922 the first Commodore was appointed in 1924 and it is that date that is taken as the foundation of the Club. The aforementioned first Commodore and those since are listed below by term of office:

Year

Commodore

2017ANNE MUNRO
2016P RICHARDS
2015P RICHARDS
2014P H HAWKINS
2013P H HAWKINS
2012D J SHIEL
2011D J SHIEL
2010R K ROWLANDS
2009R K ROWLANDS
2008R K ROWLANDS
2007R K ROWLANDS
2006C J STORRAR
2005C J STORRAR
2004M HORROCKS
2003M HORROCKS
2002P L PROCTOR
2001P L PROCTOR
2000P T TURNBULL
1999P T TURNBULL
1998D J SMITH
1997D J SMITH
1996D J SMITH
1995J D HASKAYNE
1994J D HASKAYNE
1993J P S GRIMASON
1992J P S GRIMASON
1991C N COOKE
1990C N COOKE
1989A H ALLSO
1988A H ALLSO
1987T M BARRATT
1986T M BARRATT
1985C J PLANT
1984C J PLANT
1983E D EDMONSON
1982E D EDMONSON
1981H C MOUNSEY
1980A T G OWEN
1979H C MOUNSEY
1978H C MOUNSEY
1977A A DARBEY
1976A A DARBEY
1975J A CLEGG
1974J A CLEGG
1973J M JANCOX
1972J M JANCOX
1971R LAROUX HANDLEY
1970R LAROUX HANDLEY
1969H L BURBRIDGE
1968H L BURBRIDGE
1967R E AVERY
1966R E AVERY
1965J L HIGGINS
1964J L HIGGINS
1963S A ASTON
1962S A ASTON
1961F E WHIPP
1960F E WHIPP
1959J D EADIE
1958J D EADIE
1957G W ROBERTSON
1956G W ROBERTSON
1955G R DAVIES
1954G R DAVIES
1953E H PETERS
1952E H PETERS
1951D N NIELD
1950D N NIELD
1949H DEAN
1948H DEAN
1947C S HANCOX
1946C S HANCOX
1945C S HANCOX
1939E L PARRY
1938E L PARRY
1937F SCARF
1936F SCARF
1935F SCARF
1934C E HANCOX
1933C E HANCOX
1932W L HORBURY
1931W L HORBURY
1930J D HARWARD
1929J D HARWARD
1928T B AUCHTERLONIE
1927T B AUCHTERLONIE
1926F RUSSEL ROBERTS
1925F C MINOPRIO
1924F C MINOPRIO

Photo credits: Andy Green | Cardigan Creative | Luke Pilling | Kieran Williams