To: KOA Members and Kestrel sailors
From: Chris Grice, President, KOA
Date: October 24, 2018
Subject: 2019 Kestrel Nationals
One for your diaries…The Nationals next year are to take place at Plas Heli Sailing Centre, in Pwllheli, North Wales. https://plasheli.org/
The dates are Sunday 11th to Friday 16th August. We will be sharing with the Miracles and Signets. Cost is likely to be either £155 or £165 per boat, including a dinner for helm and crew. The higher cost includes the provision of quad bikes to help tow boats up the sandy beach. After struggling through those stones at Thorpe Bay, that is looking a nice option!
If you haven’t been to Pwhelli before (the Nationals were last there in 2008), it is a cracking venue, great sailing, no real tide to worry about on the course, and at some point we are likely to get a proper swell into the sailing area, which means great surfing on the reaches!
Since 2008 there has been a lot of investment, including a purpose built clubhouse, right by where you exit the dinghy park for the beach, plus limited serviced motorhome spaces and some camping spots on site. If you are looking to book a space, a link to online booking is on the website, but that function isn’t actually working for 2019 as of this email – it should be up in the next day or so, according to the Centre. Anyway, with three (albeit smallish) fleets going, you will need to get in early if you want one of these. There is also a full campsite a short distance along the beach, so there should be space for all.
Looking forward to it, and seeing as many as possible of you there.
See you on the water,