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Racing at SCYC

SCYC is proud to play host to a wide variety of sailboat fleets and powerboats who flock to the picturesque and sheltered waters of Cardigan Bay, either to enjoy cruising or partake in our competitive racing calendar which typically runs from April – October. Please scroll down to learn more about our fleets, view their racing calendar, enter an event online or contact the Class Captain.

Class 2

(Mixed Keelboats)

This large and vibrant group of keelboat members enjoy both cruising the beautiful Cardigan Bay and surrounds and taking part in the many organised racing events. The famous Abersoch Keelboat Week (currently sponsored by Conwy Land Rover) takes place during the week leading up to the August Bank Holiday weekend, with two races for each different keelboat class each day for 5 days and plenty of social activities and entertainment in the Bar and The Cove. There are many opportunities for crew to join and learn skills and try keelboat sailing – we’re a friendly bunch – come and join us! 

Contact // Mike Crompton 07785 923306

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Class 3

(Dragons)

The Abersoch International Dragon fleet, based at SCYC was established in the 1960s, and grew to become the largest UK Dragon fleet, with some 26 teams competing in Club and championship racing. The fleet was revived in 2009, and has quickly grown to the current fleet of 16 boats.2019 sees the return of the Edinburgh Cup Championship to SCYC and Cardigan Bay, whilst we’re also in the running to host the Gold Cup in 2022 where boats come from as far afield as Russia and Japan.

Contact // Nick Whipp T. 07836 244302 E. nick.whipp@icloud.com

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Class 4

(Seabirds)

The Seabirds are a unique class of well loved, and admired, classic yachts that started racing in the 19th century, and are still racing in the 21st. SCYC invited the Seabirds to race at the Club in 1922. They have been sailing here ever since, adding to the Club’s rich history and strong racing tradition. Club racing is within July and August and includes a National Open Week each year, welcoming other Seabirds from Wallasey and Trearddur Bay.  

Contact // Nigel Morgan T. 07798 804388 E. nigel@morgan33.plus.com

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Class 5

(Pandoras)

It does not matter whether you are looking for a yacht to take the kids mackerel fishing for the day, or race around one of the most picturesque bays in the country, because the Pandora ticks both boxes. At 22ft and available for less than £4,000 the Pandora really is the ideal entry level yacht for sailing from SCYC at Abersoch. The fleet was established in the bay, and at the Club, in the mid 1970s and has been ever present on the racing calendar since.

So, come and join a keen and friendly fleet, who will give you all the help you need to start racing at SCYC.

Contact // Steve Colclough T. 01782 616246

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Class 6 & 7

(Mixed Dinghies)

The mixed dinghy classes at SCYC are as vibrant and fun as they have ever been and we proudly boast one of the largest fleets in the Club over the busy summer period. We have everything from RS Teras to 29ers on the start line; from old favourites such as Mirror dinghies to the new Cherub and Moths up on their foils. There really is room for everyone and new faces are always very welcome! In order to accommodate the range within the fleet we have split the classes into fast and slower dinghies, giving everyone a chance to compete fairly.

SCYC most notably hosts the famous Abersoch Dinghy Week, currently sponsored by GJW Direct Insurance, and always held in the last full week in July, typically attracting 300+ dinghies, and Abersoch Mirror Week (a great family event), held in the third week in August. There’s plenty of silverware up for grabs! 

Contact // Selina Collinson T. 07816 883500

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Class 9

(Squibs)

SCYC has one of the strongest racing Squib fleets in the UK and the Club fleet numbers equated to approximately 30 boats. The class also has the largest racing programme within SCYC. 

The Squib is distinctive with its mace coloured sails. Squibs sit on the moorings and, with a cockpit cover, take in their stride everything the weather throws at them. Being 670 kg they are easy to tow with a family car. Normally raced with only 2 people, although they can be cruised with more, they are suitable for couples’ racing. If you are interested in finding out more, either contact the class captain Malcolm Blackburn, or better still watch out for the brown sails racing in the bay and join us in the Bar afterwards, then you can meet the sailors, talk about the boats, and organise a chance to sail in one.

Contact // Malcolm Blackburn T. 07770 365206

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Class 12

(Radio Controlled (RC) Lasers)

The RC Laser fleet at SCYC is the newest fleet, established in late November 2011, and now with a fleet of 17 boats we are still delighted to claim that the SCYC fleet is one of the largest RC Laser fleets in the UK! Our races consistently have a high turnout of competitors and provide some very competitive racing during the winter months, without anyone getting their feet wet!

The RC Laser class is by far the simplest way to go sailing at SCYC during the winter, with a great bunch of people to sail them with, what more could you ask for? 

Racing takes place in a pretty informal manner and with short Olympic style courses we can pack around 8 10 races into a morning. There is district, national and world championships for the class and the SCYC fleet currently boasts one of the top UK skippers.

Contact // Paul Proctor T. 07778 988389

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