The Centre’s history
Cardigan Bay Watersports opened its doors on 1st July 2003. The Centre began life as a community development project of New Quay’s development company, Cei Dev Ltd. With New Quay’s sheltered waters it was a natural home for water based activities. Start-up funds were provided from the EU Objective 1 initiative with a grant from Sport Lot to provide the building, boats and other equipment and to pump prime the enterprise for three years. Ceredigion County Council provided the site for the centre and boat compound.
CBW was incorporated in 2006 and became a Registered Charity the same year, taking over the complete running and management of the centre in April 2007, independently of Cei Dev. The Centre has developed a range of activities and training programmes to meet the needs of a wide variety of users, including schools, clubs, businesses and a range of residents and visitors to the area. Initial offerings were sailing and kayaking, Over the years windsurfing, keelboat sailing and powerboat training have been added to the portfolio. Paddleboarding was first offered in 2012 and is increasingly popular. In 2015 we added high energy activities, wakeboarding, waterskiing and catamaran sailing. We also now offer paddleboard aerobics and paddleboard yoga classes.
It is our desire to provide high quality experiences and to have a good range of up to date equipment. The centre has been fortunate in attracting a wide range of supporters to assist in reaching this objective. We have received a range of grants and donations from the following:
Welsh European Funding Office
Sport Wales / Sports Match Cymru
Welsh Assembly Government
Ceredigion Community Chest
Ceredigion Community Grant Scheme
Ceredigion Social Enterprise Growth Fund
South West Wales Local Investment Fund
NatWest Community Force
VCT Charitable Trust
Reardon Smith Charitable Trust
Maureen Lilian Trust
Gwalch Glas Trust
The Whirlwind Trust
The Sir John Fisher Foundation
RL Wales Limited
Pugh Computers Limited
Coastal Communities Fund
Cardigan Bay Watersports has become an established member of the watersports scene in Wales. It has a growing collaboration with New Quay Yacht Club and provides training opprtunities for nearby clubs such as Tresaith Mariners and Aberystwyth University sailing club. It became an early provider of the RYA On-Board sailing development scheme in Wales and has a strong relationship with RYA Cymru-Wales . CBW in conjunction with New Quay Yacht Club has hosted regional youth sailing championships in 2012 & 2013.
The current management team has a strong vision for the continuing expansion and development of watersports in New Quay, thereby continuing to contribute to the social and economic well being of the area and providing first class recreational facilities in the wonderful environment that is Cardigan Bay.