A brand new Welsh IRC championships dubbed the ‘Celtic Regatta’ is to be staged at the Welsh National Sailing Academy in Pwllheli. It will be promoted in Dun Laoghaire this weekend by Stephen Tudor, an Irish Sea ISORA Champion and the Commodore of Pwllhelli Sailing Club.
Tudor says there has been a very strong and positive response to proposals for the 2014 IRC Welsh National Championships following the previous announcement regarding the date for the event – 1st to 3rd August 2014. (4th is a bank holiday in Ireland).
The event aims to build on the long established links between Ireland and Wales and in particular between the Clubs on each side if the Irish Sea (the event counts with the explicit support of the National Yacht Club, ISORA and ICRA).
The IRC National Championship is an open event and will use the facilities of the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Event Centre and will draw on the skill and experience of the Academy’s event team who regularly run World and European Championships.
Work on the £8.3M Academy facilities starts in the new year.
This work says Tudor will enhance and extend the events capacity in Pwllheli and will improve access to the world renowned sailing waters of Cardigan Bay with the provision of new dedicated visitor and events berths with cranes located adjacent to the Marina.
The substantial dredging work is expected to be completed before the start of the sailing season. The iconic and new state of the art Academy building will be ready for the 2015 season and will incorporate a café/restaurant and club house all of which will have views of the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia and mid Wales will provide a spectacular backdrop.