About North Wales OGA

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The North Wales Area was reformed in 1997 following a period when it was integrated into the North West Area. The Conwy and North Wales Area was reformed about ten years ago, to separate it from the geographically discrete North West Area. The Conwy title (CNW) was added to distinguish it from the North West (NW) Area. Although many members’ boats are kept in Conwy, there is a thriving gaffer element based in the slate harbour of Port Penrhyn, as well as in the Menai Straits and Holyhead. The Area has now returned to its original name of North Wales Area (NWA).  

The two main sailing events of the season are held at Conwy and Holyhead. During the Conwy River Festival in early August, around 50 ‘Nobbies’ (Morecambe Bay prawners), gaffers and classic yachts take to the waters of Conwy Bay.

2007 saw the inaugural event at Holyhead. The success of this event means that it is repeated annually at the end of August/beginning of September. An informal event is often arranged to coincide with the Holyhead Maritime Festival at the end of July.

Lower key sailing and non-sailing events are organised throughout the year, including the AGM and dinner at Holyhead Sailing Club. The Area's own newsletter ‘Baggywrinkles’ is sent out to members at intervals during the year.

Photo credit: 'Valerie' makes her debut at Holyhead' by Richard Burnell