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.

Mahalo of Conwy

The Festival Racing Weekend 2018

Saturday dawned clear and sunny, with a forecast that promised an 8-12kt breeze from the W/SW.   It would have been nice if the breeze had turned up in the bay, and for a while we thought there would be no races at all, but eventually a light zephyr arrived from the N/NE and  all classes set off on short courses.

After a while the courses were shortened further.  The Class 1 boats all managed to finish while some of the Class 2s completed a shortened, shortened course.  Unfortunately the Nobbys, Gaffers and Classics just didn’t get enough wind to get moving so their race had to eventually be cancelled.

Meanwhile in the river, there was a gentle N/NW force 2, which was enough for the CODs and small cruiser class to get going on course 7.  The CODs completed a lap and a half, while Scooby completed a lap.

After the slow day on Saturday, the breeze finally arrived on the Sunday, both in the river and out in the bay, providing between 5 and 15 kts from the SW. The classes in the river completed two races, all classes got some good, close and competitive racing and at one point there were even rumours of protest hearings!

Hopefully most had fun on the water, if a little frustrating until the wind arrived, but at least the weather was gorgeous with blue skies and warm sunshine.

For the full results from both days, please click here.

We have also set up a picture gallery here that you can all contribute your photos to if you wish.  Please feel free to add any of your own photos from the racing or upcoming LA-LA Rally.


The festival committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the following:

  • Our sponsors Quay Marinas, Lakeland Leisure Estates, The Quay Hotel, The Conwy Council, Mostyn Estates, Buckley’s Mobile Crane Service, Roland Young Haulage, Robinson’s Brewery, Riverside Business Park and Parisella’s of Conwy.
  • Dave Rowlands & John Fothergill, race officers for the cruisers.
  • Richard Stagg & Pam MacDonald, race officers for small cruisers and CODs.
  • The Conwy Harbour team.
  • Bob Grace for the use of his boat, Rovin,  as committee boat.
  • Pat Sale, Harry and Carrie Thompson and Alan Courtney for organising the evening event at the NWCC.
  • Vic Edwards and all who helped in the galley at CYC.
  • Becky and Elaine, behind the bar at CYC and NWCC.
  • And finally a big thank you from Steve Gorst, CRF Chairman,  to the members of the CRF committee for the time and effort they have put in and the level of commitment they have shown.

Here is a selection of some of the photos from the weekend:

Briefing Day

Racing in the Bay

Racing in the Harbour

Thank you to Roger Millward for the excellent photography.

Entrants! Please Sign Up for the Prize Giving Dinner


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


Signups Galore!

Signups for the Festival have exceeded all expectations this year.  We have the following 36 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, 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 21 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, Mahalo, Pinch of Thyme, Pisces of Stone, Promises, Scooby, Sea ma chilli, Sea Swallow, The Articles, Wednesday’s Child, Whitewater.

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

Berthing Offer Extended to 14 Days!

We have some great news on berthing for the festival.

The Conwy River Festival organisers are delighted to announce that the discounted berthing offer has been extended to 14 days for CRF entrants.

Entrants to the Conwy River Festival and/or the LA-LA rally are eligible for up to 14 nights berthing at Conwy or Deganwy Marina for £10 per night.

Berthing is subject to availability, must be arranged with the Marina direct, and is subject to confirmation that you are entered in the event.


Sign-up is Open, Full Event Details Published

Sign-up for the 2018 Conwy River Festival is now open!

The standard entry fee for the full weekend of racing is £15 per boat, and £15 for the LA-LA Rally. However, if you sign up before 30th June, each entry fee is only £10.

You can sign up and pay online, or download and print a form and either post it or hand it in at the Conwy Harbour Master office on Conwy Quay.  We accept payments by PayPal, cheque, electronic banking or cash.

We have also published the Notice of Race, the Sailing Instructions for Cruisers, Dayboats and Nobbys / Gaffers / Classics and the Course Card for Dayboats.

New Website Launched

We have just launched the new CRF website with a preliminary diary of events, information about the Festival and contact information.  Hopefully it is easy to navigate and use, but please post a comment if you have any suggestions for improvements.

Press Release – Conwy River Festival 2018

We missed the fun of the Conwy River Festival last year.  So it is BACK.

On the 14th July we will be racing and cruising in Conwy Bay and winning prizes.

The fun begins on the 14th and continues throughout the 15th. With the famous LaLa rally to Caernarfon and a suitable beach scheduled for the 20th 21st and 22nd July. The LaLa will be suitable for PowerBoats as well as the yachting fraternity.

The racing will be open to all classes and skill levels. The lightweight speedy racers, heavy Morecambe Bay Prawners, traditional Gaff Rigged yachts and the gorgeous Conway One Designs will all be competing. The Conway One Designs will be on the river wowing the spectators on the quay on Saturday 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 shared between the 3 top finishers in each racing class.

The Conwy River Festival is for everyone and we are hoping for a good turnout.

Entry fees will be inexpensive and it will cost only £10 to participate in all the racing events. To take part in the much loved LaLa will be just £10.

Discounted berthing for the Marinas is an added bonus. A weekend entrant can put the boat to bed for the night for as little as £10.

Quay Day, a great family affair is on Saturday 14th July. Fairground rides, market stalls selling loads of goodies will be there for everyone to enjoy.

The social events and briefing for the races will begin on Friday 13th. There will also be a social event after every race on Saturday the 14th and Sunday 15th and a briefing for the LaLa on Thursday  the 19th.

The final prize giving will be celebrated with entertainment and food on 22nd July on the return of the LaLa Cruise.

For further information and to download the coming entry forms visit the website at or just type Conwy River Festival into your favourite search engine.