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Cardigan Bay Watersports: 2021 Season

Our 2021 season ended on 30 October with a final Saturday Sail, Saturday Windsurf and some brave souls hiring kayaks. Thanks to all our 2021 customers, regular visitors and staff. Special thanks as ever go to Anne for the ‘Kibble cake’, without which many an instructor would suffer low blood sugar...

2021 saw Wales still under Covid-19 rulings, and we maintained social distancing and mask-wearing, and managed to avoid having to close. We think that’s a win, given the huge numbers of visitors that West Wales saw this season! Online booking only and keeping our small changing rooms closed no doubt helped us stay safe.

We ran two very successful sets of Women’s Only weekly sailing sessions, built up our regular Saturday windsurf crew and continued with the ever-popular Saturday Sail for those with some experience. We have plans to extend these clubs next year and offer new sports, hopefully bringing back paddleboard fitness classes.

We also ran plenty of RYA Powerboat Level 2 courses and adults RYA sailing courses, and were most pround of the amount of youngsters we saw getting into sailing for the first time with our RYA Stage 1 courses. We had two of our younger members of staff, Jessica and Lauren, qualify as RYA dinghy instructors.

This year we searched for and found a new Assistant Chief Instructor, David, who will work very closely with Centre Manager and Chief Instructor Crawford. His input will allow us to grow the business further, and allow Crawford the occasional day off! David has lots of ideas, so watch this space (and the Calendar page). We also say goodbye to our fab Safeguarding Officer Amanda, who is moving away, and hello to Fiona, who is taking her place.

The office has been busy, and we were kindly donated a new computer, which will hopefully keep up with all the demands July and August throw at it. Kat has been researching booking systems and we have funding for a whole new website, which is being designed for a 2022 launch.

Our new RIB, Gemini, was finally delivered at the end of August and has been run in and tested by many of the staff. A fully coded 7.5 metre Highfield with twin 150bhp Suzuki engines, she was designed and built for us by RibQuest and as ever we have been supported throughout by Cambrine Marine, who maintain and store all our boats. Brexit, Covid-19 and the Suez canal issues precluded us getting her on the water in time for 2021 use, but 2022 will be busy!

The super-popular kayak tours down the coast to see the wildlife (always following the Marine Code of Conduct) will be back in 2022, with Gemini being the support boat. We also hope to use the boat to support the officers who patrol the Special Area of Conservation, and are happy to consider helping with other worthy causes.

The Centre is closed until Easter 2022, although there is still plenty of work going on behind the scenes – now is the time for thorough checks, cleaning and maintenance of all equipment, as well as planning next year’s fun.

Members of staff and regular sailors with us will be looking forward to the launch of the New Quay Yacht Club’s notorious Frostbite Dinghy Series in January.

Plans are afoot to offer Wind-SUP courses and tasters, with several of our expert windsurf instructors and SUPpers keen to show off this new sport in New Quay bay. Staff went on a two-day CPD course down at Dale, organised by RYA Cymru, which included Wind-SUP time.

We will leave you with a couple of pictures from the end-of-year staff party, which saw a vigorous session of SUP football followed by an amazing spread courtesy of Ian at Crwst On, Crwst Off, and a few drinks at the Centre. Have an amazing winter, and we hope you can get in the water where safe and possible.

Watersports staff

Centre History

Cardigan Bay Watersports opened on 1st July 2003 as a community development project of New Quay’s development company, Cei Dev Ltd.   Start-up funds were provided from the EU Objective 1 initiative with a grant from Sport Lot to pay for the building, boats, equipment and to pump prime the enterprise for three years. Ceredigion County Council provided the site for the centre and boat compound. CBW became a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee in 2006. Taking over the running and management independent of Cei Dev in April 2007.

New Quay’s sheltered water is a natural home for water based activities. The centre provides high quality experiences and a good range of up to date equipment. 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. Later windsurfing, keelboat sailing and powerboat training have been added to the portfolio.  Paddleboards were first offered in 2012 as were paddleboard lessons and aerobics classes. In 2015 added high energy activities, wakeboarding, water skiing and catamaran sailing.

The centre has been fortunate in attracting grants and donations from the following:

Welsh European Funding Office, SportsLot, 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, Pentwyn Trust, VCT Charitable Trust, Reardon Smith Charitable Trust, Maureen Lilian Trust, Gwalch Glas Trust, The Whirlwind Trust, The Sir John Fisher Foundation, RL Wales Limited, Innovis Limited, Pugh Computers Limited, Coastal Communities Fund, Sported.

Cardigan Bay Watersports has become an established member of the water sports scene in Wales.  It has a continuing collaboration with New Quay Yacht Club and provides training opportunities 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.

The current management team has a strong vision for the 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.