The North West Venturers Yacht Club was founded over 50 years ago. It has always been a 'family' club - more interested in BBQ's on the beach at the end of a day’s cruise than Kevlar sails and protest flags.
Our constitutional aims talk about fostering good seamanship, training members (both newcomers to the sport and those who know that there is always something to learn) and 'sailing in company'. Most weekends during the season the Programme includes a cruise - often with a party at the destination for kids of all ages. Longer cruises give members the opportunity to cruise in company to unfamiliar harbours and anchorages. The occasional race is designed more to improve boat handling skills under sail than secure trophies - though we do have a few of those!
The Club is like most Clubs - we have a committee comprising the Flag Officers, Club Officers and members. This is supported by a number of sub-committees, each normally headed by an Officer. Between them they arrange all the Club events and have arranged for various sailing goods to be available to club members at reduced prices. The Club has a dinghy store, a galley for any member to use, newly refurbishedHeads (with showers), lounge overlooking the Menai Strait - and just a small bar, stocked and opened specially for social events.
Beaumaris, is only 20 mins. walk away from the clubhouse with many good pubs and a Spar for victualling. We also have an interest in keeping our members active and safety conscious, and so we are a recognised RYA Training Centre.
To find out more about what the club does and where the members are sailing we publish a quarterly newsletter - The Venturer .
Again this year I was privileged to be given the role as Commodore. I have a team of elected Flag officers and members of the management committee to help me run all the sections of the club. We have over a 100 yachts in our membership in a variety of sizes and they are spread mainly around the bay in Beaumaris and the Menai Straits but also in Conwy, Y Felinli and Victoria Dock.
New members are always welcome to come on weekends to gain experience about the locations we visit and our RYA Training courses go on throughout the year and a new programme of short brush-up courses along with other courses are being planned for the coming months by our Training Officer Richard Forder. Don't hesitate to contact him with any requests and look out on our web site for training course notifications. Marie the Sailing Captain and her team have been very busy putting together a comprehensive sailing programme for this year. Website and Email updates will be given to notify members of any changes to the Social and Sailing programmes.
The club house has been refurbished and is now a smart and useful base with excellent shower and washing facilities. The clubhouse also has a large social room where we have lectures, meetings and social activities.
Our Aims and Objectives remain the same as when the club was established in 1961 - to promote activity in cruising both locally and afar. Obviously the local cruising in company is done most weekends in and around Anglesey which has stunning bays and secluded anchorages where we have beach BBQ's. A comprehensive list of weekend cruising activities is published on this web site by our Sailing Captain. Summer cruises are also organised to go further afield.
Paul Morton - Commodore