PDSC / CHYF History

 

Port Dinorwic Sailing Club was formed on 23rd June 1947, at a “public meeting of yacht and boat owners” convened in the Memorial Hall, “to consider the advisability to form a sailing club in Port Dinorwic”.

 

Twenty three people attended the meeting and unanimously decided to go ahead.  A subscription of 5/- per member and the formation of the rules and committees went rapidly forward.

 

The very first club race was held at 2pm on Saturday July 5th and, in the absence of any premises, was started from the shore on Beach Road. The first racing protest occurred soon after. The protest committee presented their findings with the recommendation that the club buy a copy of the YRA (Yacht Racing Association) Rules.

 

That the club was a village club cannot be stressed enough.  22 of the 23 original members lived in Felinheli, the majority within 300 yards of the club’s present site.  The first commodore was Mr. O.T. Williams, the Dinorwic Quarry Manager, who was an offshore sailor of note (“Falcon”, 8-metre and “Kyria”, 6-metre), and the other officers were village residents.

 

The growth of membership was very rapid, with 165 members at the start of the 1948 season – and still no clubhouse!  Land was rented from the Quarry (for a “peppercorn rent” of2/- a year) and the first clubhouse, an ex-RAF hut from Valley, was erected during 1948 (cost £75).  This was replaced by another building in 1970 at a cost of around £9000, assisted by a grant from the Gwynedd Council Education Committee, and this was replaced by the current building in 2003 at a cost of £225,000, aided by a Lottery grant of £155,000.

Hanes PDSC / CHYF

 

Sefydlwyd Clwb Hwylio Y Felinheli ar 23ain Mehefin 1947, mewn “cyfarfod cyhoeddus o berchnogion cychod” yn y Neuadd Goffa, “i gysidro ymaferoldeb sefydlu clwb hwylio yn Y Felinheli”.

Roedd dau ddeg tri o bobl yn y cyfarfod a penderfynwyd yn unfrydol i symud ymlaen.  Pendefynwyd yn syth ar danysgrifiad o 5/- yr aelod ac ar ffurfio’r pwyllgor a’r rheolau.

 

Râs gyntaf un y clwb oedd am 2 yh ar ddydd Sadwrn 5ed Gorffennaf a, gan nad oedd gennynt adeilad, fe’i dechreuwyd o’r lan ar Ffordd Y Traeth.  Cyn pen dim, cafwyd y brotest gyntaf.  Cyflwynodd y pwyllgor eu penderfyniad a cymeradwyo fod y clwb yn prynu copi o reolau’r YRA (Yacht Racing Association)!

 

Mae’n amlwg mai clwb pentrefol oedd o.  Roedd 22 o’r 23 aelod gwreiddiol yn byw yn Y Felinheli, a’r mwyafrif o fewn 300 llath o sefyllfa presennol y clwb.  Y Commodore cyntaf oedd Mr O. T. Williams, rheolwr Chwarel Dinorwig, a oedd yn forwr enwog (“Falcon”, 8-medr a “Kyria” 6-medr), a roedd y swyddogion eraill yn byw yn y pentref.

 

Tyfodd aelodaeth yn gyflym iawn, i 165 aelod ar gychwyn tymor 1948 – ac yn dal heb adeilad clwb!  Rhentwyd tîr gan y chwarel (am rent rhad o 2/- y flwyddyn) a codwyd yr adeilad cyntaf, cyn-gwt yr awyrlu o’r Fali, am £75.  Yn ei le codwyd adeilad newydd ym 1970 am tua £9,000, gyda grant gan bwyllgor addysg Cyngor Gwynedd.  Codwyd yr adeilad presennol yn ei le yn 2003 am £225,000, gyda cymorth grant Loteri o £155,000.

The first racing boats were a mixture of dinghies (“nondescripts”) from 10ft to 18ft long.  In 1949 three identical (?) 16-footers were commissioned from P. Waters in Appledore and these founded the Port Dinorwic One Design or 16-foot Class.  These were the club’s main class up to 1956 and the racing of these clinker dinghies has provided much of the club’s folk-lore.  One of these, the “Gypsy”, originally owned by Dr. Rowlands, raced by Eric Owen, and restored by Emyr Roberts, was proudly displayed at the 50th Anniversary celebrations.

After 1956 the PD One Design sailors moved into newer classes, and the following 40 years saw classes including Albacores, Fireflies, GP 14s, Enterprises, Lasers, Optimists and a medley of fast trapeze dinghies, including Hornets.  More recently these have been joined by RS Teras, RS Fevas, RS 400s, Toppers, Solos, Laser Vagos and the emerging technology of the foiling craft (in the Wazp and windsurfer).

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Cymysgwch o ddingies (“nondescripts”) o 10’ i 18’ oedd y cychod rasio cyntaf.  Ym 1949 fe gomisiynwyd tri cwch 16’ (unfath?) gan P. Waters yn Appledore, cychod cyntaf y dosbarth “Port Dinorwic One Design” neu ddosbarth 16-troedfedd.  Rhain oedd prif ddosbarth y clwb tan 1956, a’r rasio o’r dinghies “clinker” yma ydy ffynhonell llawer o chwedlau’r clwb.  Dangoswyd un o’r rhain, “Gypsy” (perchennog gwreiddiol Dr Rowlands, a gaeth ei rasio gan Eric Owen, a’i adfer gan Emyr Roberts) yn anrhydeddig yn y dathliadau 50fed penblwydd.

Ar ôl 1956, symudodd llongwyr y “PD One Design” i ddosbarthau newydd, ac yn y 40 mlynedd dilynol gwelsom ddosbarthau yn cynnwys yr Albacore, Firefly, GP 14, Enterprise, Laser, Optimist a llawer i ddinghy “trapeze” yn cynnwys yr Hornet.  Yn ddiweddar rydym yn croesawu yr RS Tera, RS Feva, RS 400, Topper, Solo, Laser Vago a cychod technoleg hydroffoil newydd (fel y Wazp a’r gwyntwr).

In the keelboats, a class of Silhouettes gave way to Scimitars in the 1970s.  More recently, the keelboats have been replaced by cruising boats, these generally have raced in our occasional long-distance races.

Over the years the club has competed in many Open Events, the Wilson Trophy, the 24 Hour race and national team racing series, with, of course, varied levels of success. 

 

Members of the club have travelled throughout the UK, Europe and around the world racing all types of boats and always bring credit to their home club, with many National and World Champions.

 

Before the 1980s, if you wanted to learn how to sail, the standard course of action was to volunteer as a crew for someone who had a boat.  Often this would lead to making or purchasing your own dinghy and training up someone else up in turn. In 1987 the club invested in the dory for safety and ran 8-week learn to sail courses with Plas Menai Toppers. We were then supported by the Welsh Yachting Association to obtain 6 (amateur built) Optimists to run 8-week junior beginner courses. 

 

In 2003, part of the Lottery grant for the new clubhouse was used to get 4 new Topper dinghies and a RIB safety boat, enabling us to expand the training to youth and adult learners.

 

In 2010 the club became an RYA Recognised Training Centre leading to certified training and access to grants for another RIB and Optibats as well as better systems for more formal training and sailing.

 

In 2013 Pirates was launched.  This was an innovative scheme encouraging whole families to sail, with the emphasis on fun, including non-sailing parents and juniors too young to do formal beginner training. It was aimed specifically to support the demographic of the club at the time, which had a lot of young families with sailing parents.  This, in addition to the introduction of more social sailing activities as well as race training has led to an influx of new families joining the club in recent years.

 

In 2021 the Club was honoured by the RYA and Yachts & Yachting to be recognised as Welsh area winners of “Club of the Year” going on to win the “Heart of the Community” award and the “UK Club of the Year”.

 

Whilst many things in the world of sailing have changed since the club’s conception, Port Dinorwic Sailing Club still holds true to the ideals of its founders – that the club should provide sailing for all types of boats, that all people should be eligible for membership, that the club be managed as a sailing club and that the club’s aim is to promote the sport of sailing for all.

Symudodd dosbarth y Silhouette i’r Scimitar yn y 1970au.  Yn fwy diweddar, mae cychod hamdden wedi disodli’r cychod cîl ac mae’r rhain fel arfer yn rasio yn ein rasys hir achlysurol.

 

Ers tro byd mae’r clwb wedi cystadlu mewn llawer i “Open Event”, y Wilson Trophy, y râs 24 awr a cyfresi cenedlaethol gyda, wrth gwrs, llwyddiant amrywiol.

Mae aeoldau’r clwb wedi teithio trwy’r DU, Ewrop a’r byd yn rasio llawer math o gwch ac yn wastad yn dod ac anrhydedd i’w clwb.  Mae llawer ohonynt yn Bencampwyr Cenedlaethol a Byd.

 

Cyn y 1980au, i ddysgu hwylio, yr arfer oedd i wirfoddoli fel criw i berchennog cwch.  Yn aml arweiniai hyn i wneud neu brynu cwch eich hun a hyfforddi rhywun arall yn eu tro.  Ym 1987 prynodd y clwb “Dory” diogelwch a rhedodd gyrsiau 8 wythnos i ddysgu hwylio gyda Plas Menai mewn Topper.  Cawsom ein cefnogi gan y Welsh Yachting Association i brynu 6 Optimist (a adeiladwyd gan amaturiaid) i redeg cyrsiau 8 wythnos i ddechreuwyr ifanc.

 

Yn 2003, defnyddwyd rhan o’r grant Loteri am yr adeilad newydd i brynu 4 Topper newydd  a cwch diogelwch RIB, sydd yn ein galluogi i ehangu addysgu plant ac oedolion.

 

Yn 2010, daeth y clwb yn “RYA Recognised Training Centre” sy’n arwain i hyfforddiant gyda tystysgrif ac i grantiau am RIB arall ac Optibats yn ogystal â systemau gwell am hyfforddiant a hwylio ffurfiol.

 

Yn 2013 lanswyd Pirates: cynllun arloesol i hybu teuluoedd cyfan i hwylio, gyda canolbwynt ar hwyl, ac yn cynnwys rhieni nad ydynt yn hwylio a phlant rhy ifanc i gymeryd rhan mewn hyfforddiant ffurfiol.  Fe’i dargedwyd yn arbennig at batrwm oedran y clwb ar y pryd: llawer o deuluoedd ifanc efo rhieni’n hwylio.  Mae hwn, yn ogystal â mwy o hwylio hamddenol a hyfforddiant rasio wedi annog llawer o deuluoedd newydd i ymaelodi yn y blynyddoedd diweddar.

 

Yn 2021 cafodd y Clwb yr anrhydeddau o “Club of the Year” yng Nghymru ac ymlaen i “Heart of the Community” a “Club of the Year” yn y DU cyfan.

 

Er newid mawr ym myd hwylio ers sefydlu’r clwb, mae Clwb Hwylio Y Felinheli yn ffyddlon i ddelfrydau ei sylfaenwyr – bod y clwb yn darparu hwylio i bob math o gychod, bod pawb yn cael ymaelodi, bod y clwb yn cael ei arwain fel clwb hwylio ac mai egwyddor y clwb yw hybu’r gamp o hwylio i bawb.