Early Bird Discount Ends this Friday

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for the 2022 Conwy River Festival – we have a lot of interest this year so it’s going to be a great event.

The cost of entry is very low right now: Just £20 for the LA-LA and £20 for the racing, but these early bird prices will be going up this Friday to £25 for each event.

If you are wanting to sign up but haven’t done so yet, now is the time to take advantage of the discounted prices!

Festival Entries Now Open!

Welcome to the Conwy River Festival 2022. After the restrictions of the last two years, we are looking forward to welcoming you back to full-strength Festival again, with a complete programme of racing, LA-LA Rally and social events.

  • The La-La Rally is running from Friday 8th – Sunday 10th July 2022
  • The Racing is running over the weekend of 16th – 17th July 2022

The Notice of Race has been published on the website here, and Festival entries are NOW OPEN:

Conwy River Festival 2021

Conwy’s annual on-the-water festival of boating is back!

We will be running two days of racing on the 10th and 11th of July and the LA-LA Rally from Friday 16th – Sunday 18th July.

The racing is 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 and CODs will be on the river, while the larger boats will be racing out in the bay.

Due to COVID there will not be a full Quay Day this year, but canoe races and rowing races will still be going ahead in the harbour on Saturday 10th. Social distancing restrictions mean we won’t be able to hold the usual briefings and prize givings at the North Wales Cruising Club and Conwy Yacht Club, but may instead hold these outdoors at the marina and potentially stream them online for all to watch.

The LA-LA Rally will be going ahead, but again we cannot organise any large scale indoor events so this year the big get-together will be the beach barbecue.

Note that for both the racing and the LA-LA, we are limiting the number of people on board each boat to 6.

Entry is a much-reduced £10 for either the racing or LA-LA, or £20 for both events.

We have also published the following information for competitors:

River Festival – More Crew Allowed!

Due to updated rules from the Welsh Government last week, and following advice from the RYA and the approach used by the Welsh National Championships in Pwllheli, we are pleased to announce that we will be allowing the following relaxation of the entry rules:

We are now allowing crews to consist of
up to four persons on board
and there are
no restrictions on numbers of households
so each person can be from a different household if you wish.

We realise that while social distancing of 2m may not always be possible on-board, it should always be possible to maintain a minimum separation of 0.5m. Mitigation of the risk of being separated by less than 2m can be provided by reducing the time spent in close proximity, avoiding face to face contact and not shouting.

Conwy River Festival 2020 Open for Business!

We are delighted to announce that due to recent relaxations in the regulations on group sporting events, the Conwy River racing weekend is going ahead on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August.

The entry fee has been reduced to £10 per boat this year, as we cannot hold any social events.

Unfortunately due to the limitations on group gatherings, the LA-LA Rally is on hold and not likely to happen.

No on-land social events, including Quay Day, will be able to take place, but briefings, protests and prize givings will be held online on Zoom. Briefings and prize givings will be recorded and uploaded for later viewing.

The 2020 Festival – COVID Update

COVID-19 Update

At this stage, but dependent on upcoming Welsh Government decisions on organised group events, we are still planning to go ahead with bay racing on the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd August and the LA-LA Rally on the 29th, 30th and 31st August.

The racing will include all cruising classes as well as the Nobbys, Gaffers and Classics fleet out in Conwy Bay, but there will be no River racing this year.

The LA-LA by its nature involves social gathering but we are considering an ‘anchoring off + beach barbecue’ style of event, which could be a circumnavigation of Anglesey, rather than the now traditional Caernarfon Town trip. Again the final decision will be made after the next round of Government announcements on the 9th July.

Many of the COVID-19 restrictions will still be in place in August, so it is likely we will restrict entrants to one household per boat.

Daily social events will not be taking place, but we are considering a single social distanced outdoor barbecue for the prize giving, location to be announced.

The 2020 Festival – What’s Happening

With the current COVID-19 crisis it is a little hard to predict the exact situation at the end of August when the 2020 Conwy River Festival is scheduled to take place. The organising committee is keeping a very close eye on the developing situation and the Government Advice, so these decisions may change over time. 

Racing Weekend

The racing weekend is currently scheduled to be held on the 22nd and 23rd August.

At this stage we are still planning to go ahead with the racing, which will include a full programme: The racing and larger cruising classes out in Conwy Bay, Nobbys, Gaffers and Classics in the Bay, and day boats / small cruisers in the River.

This of course assumes the current tight lockdown rules have been somewhat relaxed by then. 

LA-LA Rally Weekend

The LA-LA Rally is currently scheduled to be held on the 29th / 30th / 31st August.

We are hoping to run it this year, but by its nature it involves social gathering so we have not made any decision as yet. We may consider an ‘anchoring off + beach barbecue’ style of event rather than the now traditional Caernarfon Town, we will keep you posted.

Social Events

Currently it looks unlikely that we will be able to hold the usual social events. This includes the daily prize giving events for the racing at the sailing clubs, town-based social events on the LA-LA Rally or the main prize giving at the end of the Festival.


Again, provisionally and pending the COVID-19 situation, entrants to the Conwy River Festival will be eligible for berthing at Conwy Marina between 21st and 31st August 2020 inclusive for £10/night. Berthing will be subject to availability, must be arranged directly with the Marina, and will be subject to confirmation of entry.

Alternatively, berthing in the harbour will be arranged by the Harbour Office.

Please do not apply for berthing just yet, until the situation stabilises and we open registrations for the Festival.

Costs and Signups

We will open the signup forms for the Festival later in the year. If we are unable to go ahead with the social events, the event is likely to have a much reduced cost of £10 per boat this year.

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors

A big thank you to last year’s Festival sponsors:

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Fun Festival Finally Finished

We have now finished another very successful Festival, once again numbers increased for both the racing and LA-LA Rally and both weekends were very popular and enjoyable.

For those who were racing, we have published the results on the website:

For all participants, we have also created a public photo and video album, which is open to all – you just need to have a Google account and it’s as simple as drag-and-drop. If you have photos or videos of the event, please share them for all to see – many of you have already contributed yours:

The organisers would like to thank everyone who took part, and we hope to see you again next year!

Last Chance for Discounts

The early bird discount on Conwy River Festival entry fees ends tomorrow, so this is your last chance to take advantage of the price reduction.

Before tomorrow, you can enter the racing or the LA-LA Rally for just £20, and both events for just £30.

After tomorrow, the prices go up to £25 for a single event and £40 for both events.

The festival is already proving hugely popular this year, with 53 signups across both events, so don’t miss out!

Entries Coming Thick and Fast

Entries for the Conwy River Festival are coming in thick and fast. We have 17 boats entered so far, across the LA-LA and every class in the racing.

If you haven’t entered yet, the online signup form is quick and easy and lets you enter both the racing and LA-LA at the same time, if you wish. Alternatively, you can download and print a paper form yourself, or pick one up from the Conwy Harbour Office.

Remember that the discounted entry fee of £20 for one event or £30 for both is only available if you pay before the end of June, so be quick if you want to take advantage of this offer.