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.

Berthing

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.

2019 Festival Entry Now Open!

You can now sign up for the 2019 Conwy River Festival online by clicking here

  • The racing is £25 per boat.
  • The LA-LA Rally is £25 per boat.
  • If you sign up for both events, it’s just £40.

However, as an early bird special, if you enter and pay before the 1st July, the single event fee is £20 and it’s only £30 to enter both events.

Racing Entry Fee includes 4 tickets to the daily prize buffets on Saturday 20th July (at the North Wales Cruising Club) and Sunday 21st July (at the Conway Yacht Club), as well as 4 tickets for the final prize giving dinner on Sunday 28th July (at the Mulberry).

LA-LA Entry Fee includes 4 tickets to the buffet meal on Friday 26th July (at the Royal Welsh), free berthing at Caernarfon for Friday 26th and Saturday 27th July and 4 tickets to the final prize giving dinner on Sunday 28th July (at the Mulberry).

All entrants get discounted berthing at Conwy and Deganwy marinas from the 19th to 28th. See here for more details.

2019 Festival Calendar and Race Details

Festival Dates

Following the successful format last year, the 2019 Conwy River Festival will take place over two weekends in July:

  • Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st – Quay Day, Racing
  • Friday 26th – Sunday 28th – LA-LA Rally, Final Prizegiving

Further Information

We have just published the full 2019 calendar of events for the festival, as well as the Notice of Race, and the Sailing Instructions for CruisersDay boats, and Nobbys, Gaffers and Classics. Quay Day this year coincides with Conwy Lifeboat Day and will include kayak and rowing races, and you can even try out a jetski!

For the sail racing and LA-LA Rally, we will be accepting sign-ups and payment online and at the Harbour Office again this year. Online sign-ups will be available soon.

The LA-LA Rally 2018

So the 7 week British heatwave summer decided it was going to have a little breather, coincidentally starting at just the same moment the LA-LA fleet left Conwy to head for Caernarfon on Friday, and finishing just as the fleet were approaching Conwy on Sunday. 

Although it was wet and grey on Friday, we at least had a good breeze and 15 boats headed out, up around Puffin and down to Menai Br where we waited for the tide. The weather improved a little during the day and we had a clear trip through the Swellies and on to Caernarfon where we had a warm welcome from the Royal Welsh and a buffet meal. 

Saturday dawned grey and dank. We had plans for a beach barbecue and despite some positive thinking and talk of braving it, common sense prevailed and many of us decamped to Weatherspoons for breakfast.   Various groups went walking or steam train riding, and by early afternoon it had brightened so some of us resurrected the barbecue idea on the waterfront, with great success.

A bit later, after some drinks and the judging of the quiz in Caernarfon Sailing Club, we all decamped to Fu’s Cantonese restaurant for a slap up meal.  Very loud, yes, but we had fun. 

Sunday dawned. And guess what – it was grey and dank. We donned waterproofs and set out in the morning, paused for breakfast on the moorings off Port Dinorwic and then headed off for a LW passage through the Swellies. With rather well executed timing, the weather started breaking and it was bright and good vis by the time we arrived at Brittania Bridge. 

The wind picked up to a decent f3-4and we all had a great sail back to Conwy, ending the day in bright sunshine, just to rub it in.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who took part – we ended up with 18 boats (as a couple more joined us over the weekend) which was a fabulous turnout and thank you all for the lovely gift to myself and Mary at the prize giving – that really made our day!

Congratulations to the four prize winners:

  • The CRF Shield for expert seamanship to James on Magic Dragon
  • The Dawson Cobbler Trophy for unconventional sailing activity to Chris and John on Barada II
  • The Good Egg award to Sally from Pinch of Thyme
  • The LA-LA Trophy (awarded to the winners of the quiz) to Sandra and Arthur on Scooby.

To see photos from the whole of the CRF – racing and LA-LA – please check out the gallery here, and please feel free to add your own photos too.

Best wishes, and see you all out on the water.

Austin.
Mahalo of Conwy