Welcome to the Conwy River Festival 2018

Conwy’s annual on-the-water festival will take place over two weekends in July.  The fun begins with the Quay Day and racing on Saturday 14th and the racing continues throughout Sunday 15th. The famous LA-LA rally to Caernarfon plus a suitable beach is scheduled for Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July. The LA-LA will be suitable for PowerBoats as well as the yachting fraternity.


IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ENTRANTS TO THE CONWY RIVER FESTIVAL:

Your entry in either the racing or the LA-LA entitles you to up to 4 free tickets for the main prize giving event on Sunday 22nd July at the Conwy Golf Club.

Apart from the prize giving, the night includes a buffet meal, live band and dancing.

The evening kicks off at 1930 with food served from 2000.  However, you MUST sign up in advance if you wish to attend.  To do this, click the link below and fill in the very quick and simple form:

IMPORTANT: Click here to sign up for the prize giving dinner


The racing will be open to all classes and skill levels. The lightweight speedy racers, standard cruising yachts, heavy Morecambe Bay Prawners, traditional Gaff Rigged yachts as well as a variety of day boats including the gorgeous Conway One Designs will all be competing. The day boats, including Conway One Designs will be on the river wowing the spectators on the quay on Saturday 14th and again on Sunday. In the afternoon they will be joined by the Cruiser Racers, Prawners, Gaff Rigged Yachts and Powerboats for an extravagant Parade of Sail. We have a generous prize fund, with princely prizes to the value of £1,500 to be awarded.

Signups for the Festival have exceeded all expectations this year.  We have the following boats signed up for the racing:

Acushla, Anastasia, Barada II, Bijoux, Calva, Carpe Diem, Comrades, Diego, Firecrest, Free Will, Jean, Joie de Vivre, Kandahar, Mahalo, Margaret II, Mercury, Minnie, Minx 2, Mistral of St Helier, Musetta, Phyllis, Pinch of Thyme, Pisces of Stone, Promises, Rhapsody, Sara Ann, Scooby, Sea ma chilli, Seiriol, Slippery Seal, Spray, Swn-y-Don, Talaris, Trash, Viva, Whitewater, Windsong

And the following boats have signed up for the LA-LA Rally:

Annica, Barada II, Bluenote II, Charismoe, Diego, Eira, Free Will, Gigi, Green Goose, Gypsy Lady, Joie de Vivre, Just Olivia, Mahalo, Pinch of Thyme, Pisces of Stone, Promises, Scooby, Sea ma chilli, Sea Swallow, Simo, Testa Rossa, The Articles, Wednesday’s Child, Whitewater.

A massive thank you to all entrants for supporting the event!

Calendar of Events

The calendar of events for the Festival is as follows.  Please note that this calendar may still be subject to small changes.

Friday 13th July

Race briefing at 1900 at Conway Yacht Club, in Deganwy.

Saturday 14th July

Quay Day: Fun events and market stalls for everyone to enjoy.

Racing from 1100 to 1430:

  • Cruiser / Racers (2 classes) in Conwy Bay
  • Nobbys, Gaffers and Classics in Conwy Bay
  • Day boats including Conway One Designs in Conwy River

High Water Conwy: 1230 BST 8.1m
Predicted Deganwy Marina Gate Times: Opening 0938 BST, closing 1534 BST
Predicted Conwy Marina Gate Times: Opening 0933 BST, closing 1541 BST

Parade of Sail on the river from 1430.

Prize giving and buffet for Saturday’s racing at 1930 at the North Wales Cruising Club in Conwy.

Sunday 15th July

Racing from 1140 to 1500:

  • Cruiser / Racers (2 classes) in Conwy Bay
  • Day boats including Conway One Designs in Conwy River

High Water Conwy: 1320 BST 8.1m
Predicted Deganwy Marina Gate Times: Opening 1030 BST, closing 1634 BST
Predicted Conwy Marina Gate Times: Opening 1024 BST, closing 1630 BST

Prize giving and buffet for Sunday’s racing at 1930 at the Conway Yacht Club in Deganwy.

Thursday 19th July

LA-LA briefing at 1900 in the North Wales Cruising Club in Conwy.

Friday 20th July

LA-LA departure from Conwy, and on to Caernarfon.

Saturday 21st July

LA-LA second day, including a day trip for a beach barbecue and return to Caernarfon.

Sunday 22nd July

LA-LA return to Conwy.

Overall prize giving and social event at 1930 in the Conwy Golf Club, near Conwy Marina. Food served from 2000, followed by a live band and dancing.

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