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Circus Wakestock Report 2012

National Sailing Academy to open in Pwllheli There’s a New Way: M ARINE SEGWAY C ONSERVATION Z ONE Featured Chef Phil Boyd FAIRLINE ABERSOCH





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Almost like magic, Autumn has crept up on us again! Have we been so wrapped up in this year’s particularly jam-packed season we failed to notice the time slipping away? Or could it be that this year’s slightly disappointing weather has left us doubting whether summer even arrived?! Either way, our beautiful Abersoch succeeded once again in providing non stop fun throughout this summer. From festivals to regattas, charity races to Jubilee celebrations, locals and visitors alike have been left with plenty to talk about and reminisce as we approach our second favourite season of the year! One annual event covered in this issue is the ever-popular Abersoch 10k race. Winner’s gossip and coverage of the day can be found on page 24. We also have our ‘Featured Chef ’ article - this month focusing on Zinc Bar and Grill, as well as Sensation’s fashion pack strutting their stuff at John Lawson’s Circus wearing Abersoch’s latest gear on pages 34. New to the Autumn issue is information on the Marine Conservation Zones; a hot topic of discussion at the moment. And as the conservation is occurring right where we live, it is important we have all the facts before we base our own opinions. Pwllheli has also been the talk-of-the-town this summer, what with it’s brand new developments rising before our very eyes. Not only are buildings being developed in our town, but the National Sailing Academy has also come to the area to embrace the new marina. Never before have we seen so much progress in Pwllheli in such a small space of time, and we are thoroughly enjoying it! More good news I’m sure everyone will enjoy is that it is believed to be staying sunny for some time- ‘Finally!’ some may say! So why not make the most of this hot weather, kick back with a smoothie from Fresh’s new range, and enjoy this year’s Autumn issue of Sensation. We promise it won’t disappoint!

Bron fel hud a lledrith, mae’r Hydref wedi ein cyrraedd unwaith eto. A ydym wedi bod mor brysur yn y tymor llawn yma fel ein bod wedi methu sylwi ar amser yn llithro trwy’n bysedd? Neu tybed a yw’r tywydd digalon rydym wedi ei gael eleni wedi’n gadael mewn amheuaeth os wnaeth yr haf gyrraedd o gwbl? Naill ffordd neu’r llall, mae ein Abersoch hardd wedi llwyddo unwaith eto i gynnig hwyl ddiddiwedd drwy’r haf. O wyliau i regatas, rasus elusennol i ddathliad y jiwbilî, mae pobl leol ac ymwelwyr wedi eu gadael gyda digon i siarad amdano a chofio wrth inni nesáu at ein hail dymor gorau o’r flwyddyn. Digwyddiad blynyddol sydd yn cael sylw yn y rhifyn yma yw ras boblogaidd 10K Abersoch. Mae clecs a hanes y diwrnod gyda’r enillwyr i’w gael ar dudalen 24. Hefyd mae gennym ein herthygl ar ‘Cogydd o dan sylw’ - y mis hwn yn canolbwyntio ar ‘Zinc Bar and Grill’, yn ogystal a131 phac ffasiwn Sensation yn arddangos eu hunain gyda gêr ddiweddaraf Abersoch ar dudalen 34. Yn newydd i rifyn yr Hydref mae gennym wybodaeth am y Parthau Gwarchod Morwrol; pwnc llosg ar y funud. A gan fod y parthau gwarchod yn effeithio ar ble rydym ni yn byw, mae’n bwysig bod gennym y ffeithiau i gyd gan leisio ein barn. Mae Pwllheli hefyd wedi bod ar flaen tafodau pobl yr haf yma, gyda datblygiadau newydd yn codi o flaen ein llygaid. Nid yn unig mae adeiladau yn cael eu datblygu yn y dref, ond mae’r Academi Hwylio Genedlaethol wedi dod i’r ardal i gofleidio’r marina newydd. Nid ydym wedi gweld cymaint o ddatblygiadau yn digwydd ym Mhwllheli mewn amser mor fyr, ac rydym yn ei fwynhau. Newyddion da mae pawb yn mynd i’w fwynhau yw ei bod am aros yn heulog am gyfnod - ‘O’r diwedd’ medde chwi. Felly pam ddim gwneud y mwyaf o’r tywydd cynnes yma ac ymlacio gyda ‘Smoothie’ o gyfres newydd ‘Fresh’ - gan fwynhau rhifyn yr Hydref o Sensation. Rydym yn gado na chewch eich siomi.

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s t n e t n o C Features 18 National Sailing Academy 24 Fairline Abersoch 10k 28 Wakestock 2012 44 Marine Conservation Zones 50 Featured Chef 62 Changing Face Of Abersoch 68 Coastal Homes A sneak preview of Pwllheli’s newest up and coming development Highlights of this year’s race and participants

Get the gossip on Wakestock 2012

The MCZ’s debate is a hot topic this year, get an objective perspective on page 44

This issue we visit the newest addition to the Abersoch restaurant circuit - Zinc Cafe Bar and Grill

Get the lowdown on all the improvements that are being made to our little village

A taste of properties available in the area to buy or to rent


10 Soch Press 34 Fashion Feature 58 Approved Activities 60 Did You Know That? 74 Events 76 Soch Heads 86 Abersoch Listings And Map 88 Pwllheli Listings And Map 90 Last Photo and Poem Catch up with all that’s been happening in the village this Summer, and what you need to know this Autumn

Let’s go to the circus in this Autumn’s fashion must haves There’s a new way - Segway!

Get lost in the Welsh heritage of the area with some definitions of words you might see around Abersoch Essential dates for your diary

Have you been caught out by the Sensation camera?

A list of local businesses and where to find them

A list of businesses in Pwllheli and where to find them

Cover Photo by Totally Abersoch

18 Editor: Emma Hartley Contributing Writers: Jessica Booth, Dai Davies, Heather Owen, Emma Hartley, Dean Pritchard, Lauren Griffiths Artwork: Lauren Griffiths Senior Photographers: Martin Turtle @ John Wormald @ Contributing Photographers: Richard Milnes, Ian Edmondson @ Expix, Lauren Griffiths Managing Director: Mark Durston


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All the latest news from in and around abersoch

Glass Butter Beach


As I’m sure most of you are aware, the organisers of the much anticipated Glass Butter Beach festival had to take the devastating decision of cancelling the event on Health & Safety grounds after forecasts shown just before the build of the festival was to take place, predicted storm force 10 winds to hit the Abersoch coast right on the opening day of the festival and gale force 9 winds and heavy rain forecast for the final day of build and at the time Rudimental, Stooshe & Grandmaster Flash were due to play. It was hugely unlucky but the right decision ensuring contractors and the public weren’t put at risk and the festival would maintain its integrity and support for the future. Paul Ludford of APL and site manager for Download & T In The Park festivals commended the organisers decision stating “.. it was a brave decision to make the call but absolutely the right thing to do when so many other festivals this year have gone ahead in the face of appalling forecasts and then facing serious repercussions after encountering disastrous problems when the forecast did what it said it was going to do.” The organisers wanted to thank everyone that supported this years festival and look forward to getting stuck in to next year’s planning.

Pop up shops are coming to Lavender House! We recently saw a successful pop up shop in the trendy sea side town of Whitstable and thought the concept was great. It means even the smallest business has the chance to rent a small affordable shop unit in this financial climate without the worry or commitment of taking on a business premises. Although we are not on the high street, the spaces we are renting would be ideal for anyone wanting to give a shop a go. We have plenty of free parking and our loyal customers would benefit from seeing new and exciting things when they visit us or our Coffee Shop. We are currently preparing two secure spaces for pop up shops they will be available to rent on a weekly/monthly or long term basis. Any type of business considered. First come first served basis. For more details e-mail or call 01758 614343 between 10 - 4.30, 7 days a week.

Lavendar House Autumn News

On Friday 24th October we are scheduled to open a Christmas shop at Lavender House. The Christmas shop will be selling beautiful decorations and gifts and will be set in the warm comfortable surroundings of the coffee shop, so you can sit and have a coffee and homemade cake whilst viewing all our beautiful new stock. Sit back next to our log burner and ease yourself into the cosy festive season. To find out more visit Tel: 01758 614343 10

Properties with the wow factor receiving lots of interest

Despite the downturn in the economy there is still a good deal of interest in property that has the WOW FACTOR. North Landing overlooking the Abersoch Outer Harbour, a detached 3 bed Bungalow, with planning consent to rebuild, was snapped up at an Auction on 20th July, for the modest figure of £700,000 . Beresford Adams are not sure at this stage whether the new owner plans to re build the property or carry out renovations to the existing dwelling. The Fab house opposite the White House, Cilgeraint, is on the market for a cool £3,500,000. Out of reach perhaps for most peoples budget, but Beresford Adams are receiving enquiries from the London area, so maybe a wealthy Russian will be looking for mooring facilities to park one or two vessels in the Bay before too long. Perhaps we need them on board to fight the proposed marine conservation zone plans!!

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Abersoch 2013

Calendar available soon

ABERSOCH Abersoch’s ultimate guide and essential dates for 2013

2 0 1 3 C A L E N DA R Images B y Mart i n Turt le & J oh n Wormald

Each year Abersoch Sensation Magazine works with Abersoch based photographers Martin Turtle and John Wormald to pull together a collection some of their favourite seasonal images capturing this beautiful coastal landscape. The Abersoch 2013 Calendar will be available to buy soon and is guaranteed to make the turn of every month throughout 2013 a real treat. It’s also jam packed full off all the essential dates you need for your diary so you don’t miss a thing next year. Order yours now by calling: 01758 71 0011. The new Calendar will also be available to buy from Abersoch shops including Totally Abersoch and Turtle Photography from the beginning of December. Calendars are £9.95 each.

Abersoch Boatyard Services Ltd The guys down at Abersoch Boatyard Services Ltd have been busy bees over the summer and have launched a good few boats when the weather has been fit enough. If you would like to have your boat in the best yard for miles around for next season give Tim a call on 01758 713900 and get yourself signed up! In the meantime if you are looking for some pukka undercover winter storage for your boat or caravan then give Tim a call and he can sort that out too through his NF Storage Solutions arm of ABS. We can collect and deliver your pride and joy with our superb Land Rover and store it undercover until you need it again next season. Remember we can also service and winterise your boat too, so for all things boaty give us a call, oh and don’t forget to visit our website each Thursday for the famous Timcast!

Photography Club in Abersoch

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Dwyfor Camera Club, based in Abersoch, is a friendly photographic club where anyone can share ideas and develop their photography skills. The club meets on Tuesday evenings from October to April at 7.30pm in Abersoch Village Hall where beginners and experienced photographers are able to discuss photography skills and share experiences in a relaxed environment. They also encourage members to improve their photographic skills and expertise by entering the club competitions and some members have gone on to enjoy success at both regional and national levels. They have a wide and varied programme including illustrated talks, practical sessions and competitions that should appeal both to those who are new to photography and also to more experienced photographers seeking to advance their skills. You don’t have to live in Abersoch full time to join the club as they also offer an Associate Membership for occasional visitors to the area. For further details about the Club please refer to their website www.


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New technology developments at the golf club Clwb Golff Abersoch has recently launched a new website with updated information, details of tee availability and special offers for visitors and members alike. The site is being developed with funding help from Golf Development Wales as is an ongoing project with future developments in the pipeline. Dai Davies at the golf club said “ a website is becoming the go-to communication requirement for clubs such as ours. Traditionally the noticeboard is the place for information and while that will still run, more members are wanting the information more quickly and to hand. We will be developing a wide range of functions for the site including online tee booking, course and weather conditions, and facilities to team up with other web users to arrange golf games.” This is not the only technology advance the club has made, new mobile apps on iTunes and Android stores are available free of charge, where information about the club is available and tee bookings for both members and visitors can be made on the go.

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Glasfryn Wakeparc on the Cutting Edge As well as attracting top level riders from throughout the UK and Europe, Glasfryn Wakeparc is all about getting people into wakeboarding and trying something new. The perfect conditions provided by the three fresh-water lakes makes cable wakeboarding the ideal way to learn how to wakeboard. The cable can be used whatever the weather and is the most accessible way to get into wakeboarding. The system has been engineered so that riders enjoy the benefit of continuous riding by making a figure of eight style turn so giving the opportunity to practice your skills without having to stop and start. To encourage the youngsters this year, Glasfryn Wakeparc have been participating in the British Water Ski Federation (BWSF) endorsed Cutting Edge programme. This is a course that has been created specifically for children to introduce them to wakeboarding and help them progress their skills. As they learn more and reach certain standards, their achievements are recognised with certificates at Bronze, Silver and Gold level. Mia Croston, the manager at Glasfryn Wakeparc, said: “This has probably been the most rewarding part of instructing this summer. We’ve had kids who have never set foot on a wakeboard before and have now achieved their gold certificate. They’ve done really well and just loved every minute.” All the instructors at Glasfryn Wakeparc are fully BWSF qualified and all gear, protective equipment and boards are provided. There are even hot showers for after your session…..but don’t forget to bring your towel. The Cutting Edge programme is open to children aged from 8yrs up who are competent swimmers. For more information, telephone Mia on 01766 810202; email: wakeboarding@glasfryn. or visit Glasfryn Wakeparc is about 20 minutes from Abersoch on the A499, four miles out of Pwllheli on the way to Caernarfon – LL53 6PG.

Walk and shoot on the Llyn Fens with Bodfuan Shoot. The Llyn fens are the lowlands of the Llyn Peninsula and sit on the boundary of Bodfuan Shoot catching birds that wonder from the heart of the shoot. Walked up days at Bodfuan Shoot are relaxed, fun and good sport. Bags vary normally from 15 to 40 birds with a variety of quarry. Guided by the Keeper you will be dropped off by the shoots gun trailer at the south end of the Llyn Fens in the morning and picked up at the north end mid-afternoon. Days can also be treated as dog training days. Quarry: Pheasant, Partridge, Water Fowl, Pigeon, Snipe & Woodcock (November onwards) Dogs: Bring your own or we can supply a dog and handler for £25 Price: £125 Guns: up to 6 Lunch: In the field (included in price) Dates: October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th , November 5th, December 10th For more information please contact Jono - jono@

Duck & Partridge Day Bodfuan Shoot will be hosting a Simulated Duck & Partridge Day on Saturday 1st September. The day will start at 9.30am with breakfast baps on the veranda followed by 5 drives / 4000 clay targets, ending with a 4 course meal in the shoot lodge. 10 guns are available, the cost is £165 per gun. Please contact Jono at for more information. 14

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Christmas and New Year at Mañana

Christmas and New Year are getting busier and busier in the village and one of Abersoch’s favourite restaurants, Manana, will be opening its doors for the festive season. Leigh and Chris will be taking bookings for Christmas parties from the last week in November until the week before Christmas. They can cater for parties up to 60 and are happy to set aside the whole restaurant for a private party if you wish. There will be a great festive menu to choose from including all of the usual favourites. Call 01758 713373 for more information or to book you party today. Manana will also be open from the 27th December on a first come first served basis, however they are taking bookings for New Year’s Eve for what is sure to be one hell of a party. Get yourselves oragnised and give them a call.

Plans are already in development for the 2013 Fairline Abersoch 10K and the very popular Abersoch Holiday Homes 3K Beach Race. Following the hugely successful event this year with over 1,000 runners taking part despite the weather, many have already been asking for the date for next year’s race so they can get it in their diaries. Well we can exclusively reveal it will be on Saturday 1st June 2013. Early bird entries will go on sale just before Christmas so keep checking the website at www. They always throw in a few gifts for those who get in early and the goody bag is worth the entry price itself with a Brookes official event technical T-shirt, medal, Gatorade energy drink, water, banana all thrown in this year. So it’s well worth getting yourself entered and start your training with plenty of time before June.

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Barcodes as Art by Robert David With a passion for art and design and having spent a year completing an interior design course in New York, Robert David returned to his native Wales in 1996 and has been designing Bar Code inspired paintings on a big scale ever since. Why Barcodes? They’re all around us! On food packaging, newspapers, magazines, official forms and even staff ID badges. This linear one dimensional form of data has dominated our way of life and is largely unnoticed due to its dimensions and format. Robert takes his inspiration from Pop Art, the linear styles of Piet Mondrian and Bridget Reilly and also the Austrian symbolism of Gustav Klimt. At first his paintings were depictions of barcodes, but after a few months it became apparent that the barcodes could be personalised. We are all barcoded, on our Driving Licence, Passport, even our Medical Card! Personalised barcodes

are approached with the challenge of depicting the individual’s character, likes, colours even hobbies! Robert has created many pieces including a private commission for a young couple from Cardiff who were celebrating their 1st wedding anniversary. They had kept a special bottle of champagne from their wedding and fancied a painting of the “”barcode on the bottle.” Robert worked closely with the couple on the design and colour choice. Another example is a piece called ‘Australia’, commissioned by a family from Dinas Powys who wanted a unique memento of their special holiday using the barcode from their luggage tags as inspiration. Talking of the painting Robert says “The colours I chose myself, knowing that Anne was an Olympic Swimming coach gave me a slight clue, also I noted that they had an unforgettable “Dolphin experience” whilst they were in Australia, hence they do make an appearance within the “bars”! This is a large 2metre painting which hangs in their Barn Conversion”. Robert is about to start a series of paintings entitled “Have a drink on me”! These will involve 2 barcodes painted together that will depict some popular drinks maybe; Gin and Tonic, Rum and Coke, Vodka and Lemonade…. These will be on sale in the autumn on his website www.robdavidinteriordesign. com. Or you can get in touch with Robert via his website to commission your very own barcode for your business or private collection.


National Sailing Academy to open in Pwllheli Words by Dai Davies

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We know the country is in economic meltdown, many towns and villages throughout the land are suffering real difficulties with shops closing, and fewer shoppers on the streets buying goods. The Llyn is not immune to the realities of the situation, which together with the poorest summer most can remember, is causing concerns for the businesses and residents here.


It is a fact that there have been a number of casualties of this economic recession already in Pwllheli, with Woolworth, then Ethel Austin and more recently Clinton Cards all closing their doors, but it is also worth knowing that in many ways Pwllheli is bucking this trend. The new development at the former Wynnstay site, at long last the conversion of the dilapidated Bon Marche building opposite the station and the strong rumours of a hotel being situated near the marina, are all positive signs of recovery. There is also another significant development to be considered, a major national and international centre of excellence that will enhance the town’s reputation and is expected to attract thousands of new visitors to the area. The project is for the new Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre in the marina area. The Pwllheli National Sailing Academy and Events Centre has received financial support from the European Regional Development Fund, Welsh Government and Gwynedd Council. Since the development of the marina on the Glan Y Don peninsula in the early 1990’s, Pwllheli has become one of the finest sailing venues in Britain. In fact it is one of the

This 3D artists impression shows how the academy will look when it is finished

most popular locations in the UK suitable to host major events for dinghy sailing. The waters in Tremadog Bay are considered as world class and in recent years Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club has been successful in attracting a number of national and international sailing competitions which have raised the profile of the area. These events include the recently held Finn World Masters Championship with competitors from 23 countries. The Club have also hosted the Splash, Mirror and Cadet dinghies together with UK Youth championships (twice) and over 20 other UK championships in the last five years. It has long been apparent to competitors and visitors that the onshore facilities at Pwllheli are inadequate and do not reflect the superb natural facilities on the water, with events and competitions working from difficult and confined conditions in marquees and non permanent structures. Given that this situation would not be sustainable in the longer term, the Council decided to work in partnership with Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club and other stakeholders including Coleg Llandrillo and Welsh Government, to develop and enhance the provision and to take a clear advantage of the natural waters, rather than seeing a gradual decline and allowing the opportunities to go elsewhere.

The Council considered that it had five options, the first to do nothing and risk losing whatever prestige the sailing facilities currently have, the second and third options were to extend the current Sailing Club either to the side or to the rear, the fourth to rebuild the club on its existing site and the fifth, to create a brand new facility adjacent to the entrance to the Glan y Don beach. The consultation process began in earnest and the importance of developing a centre and adjoining large secure compound with direct access for the dingy events and competitions to the Glan y Don beach became more and more important. It also became clear that there were significant other opportunities that could be developed for Pwllheli, in addition to the sailing, if a radical new event centre was put in place which would be available for a wider audience than just the sailing community. Allied to that was the safety aspect of a wide number of people in one place, access facilities, security and beach launching. The decision was therefore taken to consult on the building of a brand new facility to the Glan Y Don shore. The primary focus is of course, the sailing, but additionally the building and facilities needed to be adaptable for a much wider community use. It is envisaged that it will become the home of all outdoor 19

Turtle photography and watersport activities in the area. Funding was sought and applications successful from the European Regional Development Fund to the tune of £4M, a matched funding available from the Welsh Government’s Targeted Match Funding source of £4M and a further amount of around £325,000 from Gwynedd Council. The timeframe for the development is ready for the 2014 summer season. The project is divided into three phases. You will have already seen the road development and construction which is underway. This enables the opening of the large site for the building development and a large secured compound. As mentioned, the iconic National Sailing Academy and Events Centre is the second phase and the third phase includes the construction of 75 flexible berths for visitors, competitions and events. A full 17 point objective plan was agreed and published in the concept proposals for the project. These included providing for a range of activities not just a centre of excellence for sailing; the facility to be socially and financially sustainable through the provision of differing functions and activities; maximise the economic benefit to the area and to build on the existing and successful sailing events that are already in place. Picking up on the economic benefit to the area, Sensation magazine asked Gwynedd Council’s Economy Cabinet Member Councillor John Wynn Jones how it is believed that local businesses will benefit from this facility. “Whilst we obviously need to undertake the correct procurement procedures, we hope to use mechanisms such as social clauses to encourage as many local contractors and subcontractors as possible to be involved in the construction phase. “Once construction work is completed the new facilities will mean that Pwllheli will be able to compete to attract additional sailing competitions and functions and that this will hopefully provide a significant economic boost for the town and the wider local economy with thousands of additional visitors coming to the area. “As the project develops, we will be looking to further strengthen the links with the community and the business community. Whilst it would be great to attract new sailing events to the town, it should also be remembered that the new building can also be used as a venue for conferences, concerts and a host of other events.” So what about the building itself ? The Council has very kindly allowed us to use the latest images of what and where the building will be, and as can be seen from the impressions, the facility will be an iconic addition to the area’s attraction. At the moment the facility is still being called The National Sailing Academy and Events Centre, however, working with partners work is underway to establish a not-for-profit organisation that will manage the centre. The management of the centre will be run by directors of a new company limited by guarantee running the facility. There will be a process of recruiting directors from the community With the development now gaining momentum, it is envisaged 20

that the links with the local business sector, communities, educational sector and with young people will only grow. “it would be beneficial to see stronger links developed with the local schools by sharing information and offering opportunities to gain knowledge of the project, the construction process and build upon the training opportunities that currently exists. It would also be great to see this duplicated for the wider community. We also see opportunities in sharing information and creating stronger links with the business community in Pwllheli, Pen Llyn and beyond and we hope that this will also be developed over the next year or so.It is still early in the process to be considering that, but we see wider community communication process as an important element to consider.” The main area inside the building will be designed to accommodate the required scrutiny of race boats. In fact the access area into the building is wide enough to be able to cover with a marquee which could also lead to further marquees on adjacent concrete areas to allow for larger events and exhibitions. This will provide further opportunities for outside events. Around the outside of the main area will be the usual amenities as well as a number of changing rooms. In addition there are a number of flexible training rooms which in major races can be used as briefing or press rooms and at other times can be used for local business as meeting rooms, or training rooms for the local schools and colleges. On the first floor will be a bar and restaurant area available to the general public. The facility will be a public venue and as such locals and visitors can come and have a drink and/ or a meal while enjoying the fantastic panoramic views over Tremadog Bay. The area is flexible enough to hold receptions, celebration events and business meetings. The hope is that this

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Further information on this project, and including the full concept and feasibility report can be seen on the Gwynedd Council website at www. sailingacademy

will be another great dining facility in Pwllheli, but hopefully the general public will come to accept this as a great place to eat and drink and enjoy the view. Collaboration with local clubs societies and organisations is crucial to the sustainable future of the project. The Council is talking to the National Coastwatch Institution about setting up a new branch in the facility, has been in discussion with local education facility Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor which is already looking at educational modules for outdoor physical activity events; the local Chamber of Trade about business opportunities, other local outdoor events groups and organisations regarding the opportunities to further develop the local outdoor sector and strength within the area, and other key stakeholders including Communities First and The Pwllheli Partnership, so that the full range of the flexibility offered by the building can be used. With work already started on the infrastructure, the new road is being built and the scheme is well under way. The next stages are the completion of the planning and the tender processes. Further consultation will take place each step of the way to ensure that all business opportunities are considered and that Pwllheli and the local area continues and increases its attraction for world class yachting events to these waters. It is accepted that nature has given us a fabulous resource here to enjoy water sports, we need now to provide the facilities on-shore so that we attract races, competition and visitors from other parts of the UK, Europe and the World. This is a national facility and one which everyone associated with the project is very proud of. This centre will put Pwllheli and the Llyn Peninsula firmly on the international map and provide a welcome boost to the local economy� This is clearly a major project for the area and we will be keeping a close eye on progress and of course keeping our readers informed.


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The annual Abersoch 10k race is becoming one of the main events in the village calendar, this year receiving title sponsorship from Fairline Wales and attracting runners from all over the UK

Ben Fish – winner of the 10K in 30:02 Ok, so it is June and nearly midsummer, but the morning of the race is cold, windy and very damp and the weather is threatening to create havoc and spoil the day for the hundreds of runners who have pre-registered to take part. Arriving on the beach that morning to a sea of kagools, waterproofs and umbrellas the omens were not good. MC for the day, Steve Clayton announced the start of the first race, a 1k dash up the beach and back for the kids from local schools, and the atmosphere changed immediately. Suddenly there was a gathering of excited and nervous children, who transmitted their energy to the hardy soles that had made their way to the start The rain eased, the wind warmed up a little and the event was back on track. Bouncing up and down in anticipation and to keep warm, the race was on and off they dashed up the beach, returning with rosy cheeks and medals proudly displayed around their necks. Then it was the turn of the 2k runners who while a little older, were still as energetic, eager and keen. Two dashes up and down the beach for this hardy group of runners, and by now the beach area was filling up rapidly with more spectators and limbering runners for the 3k event. The main beach event is the Abersoch Holiday Homes 3k Beach Race and runners of all ages and abilities assembled at the start for the run up the beach, through the far end of the golf course and back along the sand. As this is earlier than the main 10k event the beach was still accessible even if there was an element of hurdling over the groynes. The winner of the race was fresh faced runner Iola Hughes from the Menai

running club whose time was so quick he nearly caught the race commentators out by getting back so fast. In all some 300 runners took part in the warm up events on the beach and the weather which had threatened to spoil the event stayed reasonable throughout. It was then time to grab a hot chocolate and head back to the village for the start of the main event - the Fairline Abersoch10k race. The annual Abersoch 10k race is becoming one of the main events in the village calendar, this year receiving title sponsorship from Fairline Wales and attracting runners from all over the UK. The 2012 event, in the year of the Olympics, is in its fourth year and the race looks set to go from strength to strength. Race co-organiser Emma Hartley explained how the event started, “Mark (her partner and co-organiser) and I had run a number of these types of events before, and we thought this would be a great addition to the Abersoch calendar, so we decided to see if there was a willingness locally to do something.” The event has grown from that early idea, but does Emma have any regrets about the challenge she and her partner Mark took on, “no regrets at all, but if we had known about the complexities, all the different aspects that need looking after, and just how much hard work is needed to stage such an event, we might have had second thoughts! As a runner in these events you tend to take everything for granted. You expect the route to be marshalled, the first aid to be available, the roads to be closed, the spectators to behave, the administration to be in place, the timing machines to work and a whole host of other features needed to allow the

runners to run” With the incessant wind and rain in the days leading up to the race, chief organiser Mark Durston had some challenging logistical problems to overcome. High up the priority list was the layout of the course, as the high winds were contributing to an unseasonably high tide, which threatened to make the latter parts of the race impossible to run. He explains, “It was clear to us that the high winds and tide would mean that there would be insufficient room for the runners to come along the beach at the far end so we needed to review our course. This was going to be difficult as we only had two options, the first to run back along the road from Sarn Bach and turn right into golf road then down to the beach. The problem with this option was that the hill down golf road is too steep for the runners to safely negotiate, especially in the wet. The other option was to divert the runners along the pathway through the middle of the golf course. The problem with this option was the disruption to the golf club which had already been extremely accommodating on the original layout which cut through the far end of the golf course.” so Mark approached the golf club around Friday lunchtime, “they couldn’t have been more helpful. There was a competition scheduled for the exact time the main body of runners would have been going through the course, so they suggested that their competition could start on their 13th hole which is away from new proposed route. They even called all the participants to tell them of the changes, the reasons why and to alert them of the possible disruption on the road 25

to the club. We are so grateful to Clwb Golff Abersoch for its co-operation and assistance. It is a real testament to the spirit of community and friendliness in the village that organisations can go out of their way to support another event in this way.” Following the 1,2 and 3k races the attention turned to the centre of the village which was awash with Lycra. Just short of 800 runners had finally registered to take part, which given the weather conditions was outstanding and exceeded the previous year’s figure and continues the trend for this event getting bigger each year. Warm up exercises being done, muscles being stretched, tension eased from the legs and the runners were ready for the off, through the village up towards Sarn Bach. Spectators lined the roads encouraging and applauding, and perhaps thinking to themselves that they may have a go next year, the runners settling into their own pace and providing a real spectacle as they progressed along the course. An early pace-setter and eventual winner Ben Fisher completed the course in just 30.02 minutes beating the winner of the previous three year’s races Nick Swinburn into second place. In third place was Matthew Roberts and the first woman home was Jane Evans. Following behind were club runners, enthusiastic racers, novice runners and those just having a go, all received their 2012 medals and thanks to strong support by Royles of Wilmslow, there were official 10k Brookes race t-shirt and a plentiful supply of Gatorade energy drinks. Goodie bags were enjoyed by all

finishers including some much needed nutritional bananas supplied by Fyffes and an endless supply of water supplied by Robinsons. Y Noddfa Luxury Lodge Park were another great partner for the race and Abersoch Holiday Homes took proud title sponsorship of the 3K Beach Race. Despite the atrocious weather and the implications for the set up of the course and the additional complications, everyone agreed that the event was fantastic. Many thought the route through the golf course better than along the beach, although they admitted it was easier than running the last part completely in sand. Here are a few of he competitor’s comments :Roland Gravelle from London summed up the mood, “I usually run in London and they seem to have something here called hills! The event is fantastic and the views stunning, I will definitely be back to do this again.” Mike Perls is an occasional visitor to the area and he praised the support he received throughout the run, “there were many more runners than I expected and the support and atmosphere is fantastic, especially on the hills and the last stretch on the beach. I’m booking this event into my calendar for next year.” Two serious club runners Jackie and Neil from Oswestry Olympians praised the organisation and the spectacular scenery, “we came last year for the first time and enjoyed it so much we booked a holiday here later in the summer, and while the weather this year was not as good, the atmosphere and support was even better. Being marathon runners this ia a good

workout for us, but the standard is high and the pace very quick, we were grateful we didn’t have to run as far along the beach!” While the race is an opportunity for a number of people to get some competitive running in, for others it is an opportunity to raise much needed funds for a favoured charity. The partner charity for the race this year was the local Royal National Lifeboat Institution and volunteers were on hand with collecting buckets for any spare cash the spectators might like to donate. There was also an opportunity to buy RNLI merchandise as some volunteers were on hand using their car boot as a makeshift market stall. One member of the lifeboat team though stood out head and shoulders above the rest, raising in excess of £3,000 through his own hard efforts on the day. Rick Cotter wasn’t just standing there encouraging donations into a bucket, he “ran” the full course in complete lifeboat heavy duty uniform, and just for good measure he slung a 9 stone deadweight dummy onto his back as well! A fantastic achievement, applauded by spectators all around the course, and of course, raising significant and much needed funds in the process. The last word rests with Emma, “ we are so grateful to everyone that took part, the fantastic contribution of the sponsors, the co-operation and dedication of the volunteers, the community in Abersoch and of course the spectators and supporters. The planning for 2013 starts now, we’re looking forward to seeing you there.”

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Wakestock Report 2012 Words by Heather Owen

The time has come to review yet another Wakestock festival and its thirteenth year of success. Wakestock marks the arrival of the summer every year in Abersoch, kicking off the season by inviting thousands of festival goers to our humble peninsula for a weekend of pure chaos! And this year was certainly no exception. Taking place on the 6th, 7th and 8th of July, Wakestock 2012 was the host to some of the biggest musical acts and wakeboarders to have ever been announced. International riders travelled across the globe to compete in the world’s biggest wakeboard and music festival. Acts such as Dizzee Rascal, Calvin Harris and Ed Sheeran also joined us for the weekend, performing mind blowing sets on the three large stages. What with all the famous faces and some of the most unpredictable weather in history, there really was plenty to talk about following the festival this year. For the duration of the weekend, Abersoch high street was transformed from the normal, working road to a muddy walk way, crammed with hungover party animals! Hourly shuttle buses from the festival creeped through the crowds and dropped off dozens of people at a time into the heart of Abersoch, allowing them to explore the beach, cafes and shops. From Friday to Monday, the village was bursting with vibrant atmosphere as excited groups of people milled around. Local eateries will have benefitted significantly from the weekend, as most people were desperate for a bite to eat after a long night of partying! Preparations were made in advance for the weekend, as business owners by now know to expect the sudden swarm of customers. Most cafes - such as Blades and Angelinas- offered deals on food and drink, to kindly


appeal to those wanting to watch their pennies. Offers that I am sure were very much appreciated by those wanting to save their money for the night times! There was one main topic on everyone’s lips during the build up to the event; the terrible weather conditions promised for the entire weekend. Those with purchased tickets kept their fingers crossed and their eyes on the weather reports, and those without dithered for days -unsure whether or not to still go! Hopes were high on Thursday, when campers set up their tents in the glorious sunshine. There was a strong sense of relief amongst the queues of people carrying their sleeping equipment; we were silly enough to think the weather would last! Of course on the Friday, Pen Llyn experienced some of the worst rain to have occurred in decades, completely flooding unprepared roads and homes and leaving the community in a state of panic! Our very own Wakestock featured across the news for the torrential rain suffered that day, with pictures flashing before the eyes of worried parents of tents floating in mud, people up to their knees in water and destroyed possessions littering the ground... Wakestock’s Facebook page was array with hundreds of posts regarding the weather; fierce complaints competed against enthusiastic accounts of dancing in the mud, demonstrating the mixed emotions in camp Friday morning! It is true that we suffered the worst rain seen in Wales for years that Friday, however some of the news was slightly exaggerated; ITV even disclosed a formal apology for attaching a picture of flooded Glastonbury in 2005 alongside a bulletin about Wakestock. A particular area of the campsite was very flooded, however relocation was in progress immediately and campers were soon re-

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situated on the higher areas of the field. The staff cannot be praised enough for their efforts to comfort distressed campers and to lay down hay in the wettest areas. Their help alongside wholehearted support on Facebook kept spirits high as we all anxiously awaited the decision of the authorities regarding cancelling the festival. To our delight, the decision was made to continue as normal, with the installation of three large “sucking machines” to help remove most of the mud! More good luck came that evening; the weather couldn’t have made a better turn around and by Saturday, the sun was shining down just as it should in July - the stress of Friday was all forgotten. This year Wakestock felt extra generous, as the festivities went on longer than usual. Campers have always been welcome on the campsite from 1pm on the Thursday, but this year an added night of music was included on the East stage in the arena itself. The “warm-up” party featured none other than DJ-of-themoment Jaguar Skills, along with Abersoch regulars, Plastic Thumbs and upcoming DJ, Jigsaw. It certainly felt eerie dancing in a mostly empty arena (alongside fellow hardcore Wakestock fans), but easing our way into the festival this way felt like we’d had the full Wakestock experience. Definitely a great way to start the weekend! Jaguar Skills performed one of the best sets I have seen him do, and praised the audience for their enthusiasm. Unfortunately he didn’t stay for the rest of the weekend, disappointing many fans hoping he would perform for us again. Not only did the music begin earlier this year, but the Wakeboarding events couldn’t wait to start either! This year, on the Wednesday, Glasfryn Wake Park hosted the opportunity for riders to compete to win the chance to perform on Wakestock’s infamous Pool Gap. The public were welcome to watch them battle it out on a number of obstacles on the water, and later enjoyed local DJ’s perform in the evening. It was almost like a mini Wakestock of its own! Glasfryn was then open for the duration of the weekend offering Wakeboarding lessons for beginners and the opportunity for the more serious riders to have a go on their equipment. It has certainly evolved into a well established, thriving Wake park since its opening two years ago. Glasfryn Wake Park uses two System 2.0 Wakeboarding Cables to pull riders along their purpose built lakes. One Cable is shorter than the other for beginners to learn, while the more experienced riders can use the other Cable on the challenging obstacles in a separate lake. On the Friday began the real Wakeboarding hype as crowds gathered in the usual spot on Pwllheli Marina to watch the Pro Qualifiers compete. Here, two huge rails were built for contenders to perform ten of their most impressive tricks to then be judged for the final. Wakeboarders from all over the world competed before our awe-struck eyes, including World Champion Nick Davies and previous winners Dan Nott and Jonty Green. This year, there were more entries than ever before for the hugely anticipated competition, resulting in an intense three hours for onlookers to enjoy from their safer, warmer conditions on land! The following day spectators headed to the same spot in Pwllheli to watch the long-awaited Final. Twenty world class qualifiers competed for thousands of pounds worth of prize money and the title of Wakestock Champion. Qualifiers from Friday battled against international favorites for the top titles. Winner of the Pro Men’s this year after a hugely impressive


run was once again Dan Nott, while Amber Wing took one for the girls and smashed her way into first place in the Pro Women’s category. The winner’s ceremony took place onstage, which is a tradition of Wakestock’s every year. Crowds gathered to cheer and congratulate this years’ winners on their hard work, and of course to watch the opening of the champagne! On Sunday, crowds headed in the opposite direction towards Abersoch for the Mystic Big Air competition on Main Beach. Here, wakeboarders had a little fun and the competitions were based on the biggest trick performed! Toed by jet skis, competitors crammed their biggest jumps into a two-hour performance for the judges, being able to do whatever they wanted for their last chance to impress. Newcomer Connor Jones won the Wakestock Big Air comp for the men, while Amber Wing was still feeling confident and once again took one for the women. Tents were set up along main beach with free goodies and music for the spectators to enjoy. Once again, the weather was on our side and a sunny morning was enjoyed watching some of the last competitions of the weekend. The final wakeboarding location this year was the smartly placed Pool Gap arena situated in the middle of the site itself. This location enabled riders to perform during the festival with spectators watching in between acts onstage. The Pool Gap has become a Wakestock staple feature over the years; reminding festival-goers of its’ unique edge over other festivals. Winners’ of the Pool Gap Best Trick and Overall competitions were Nicola Butler and Ollie Moore. This year, Wakestock musically delivered better than ever before. More tickets were even released last minute for the Sunday night due to popular demand! Kicking off the official beginning of the weekend on the Friday


were Rizzle Kicks, Calvin Harris, High Contrast and Radio One’s own Huw Stevens to name a few. In my own opinion, Calvin Harris stole the show with probably the best light show I have ever experienced at Wakestock. The West stage was spilling from the edges as fans squashed their way in to watch the man himself perform. It was difficult not to be mesmerized by the dazzling visual display as he played his well known tracks to finish off the night. Definitely receiving the largest crowd that night, Harris was in his prime and left us all full of praise for the rest of the weekend. Rizzle Kicks have become quite the regulars on the Llyn having performed at Glass Butter last year; they also wowed crowds by performing to their usual standard. Those watching varied from all ages, demonstrating the huge fan base accumulated by the cheeky twosome since they burst into stardom last summer. Saturday was equally as jam packed with performers; Dizzee Rascal, Katy B, Annie Mac and Zane Lowe each amazed the crowd leaving everyone wanting more as the time came to leave at 1am. So many incredible acts in a short amount of time caused a lot of rushing from tent to tent and frantic flipping of land yard timetables, but this all contributed to the excitement that was clear on everyone’s faces. The weather had improved almost unbelievably from Friday night, resulting in a positive atmosphere radiating from the site; everyone was clearly in higher spirits and feeling incredibly thankful for the decision not the cancel the festival. Dizzee Rascal has performed at Wakestock in the past, and has personally commented since that Wakestock have always been a loyal crowd! One of the unforgettable moments of the night was when he personally broke up a fight in the crowd from his position onstage, followed by enormous cheers from his appreciative fans! ‘Bonkers’ got every person in

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the arena dancing and singing along, quickly bringing back memories of his last performance at Wakestock 2010. Back then, the song had only just come out and we all had gone crazy for it; it can safely be said he worked the crowd just as successfully the second time. Drum and Bass legend DJ Fresh also left fans feeling weak at the knees following his performance in the “rave tent”! Hit single ‘Louder’ and his new collaborated single with Dizzee Rascal ‘The Power’ have become huge summer anthems this year; both of which got the crowd over at East Stage going crazy by the end of the night. Come Sunday, it was clear everywhere you went that most people could not wait for Ed Sheeran to perform that night. By half nine that evening, the West Stage tent was packed shoulder to shoulder with eager fans, cameras at the ready! He received undoubtedly the largest audience of the entire weekend. His performance had a wonderfully calm effect on the crowd, who had by this point forgotten all about pushing and shoving, and were stood side by side swaying and singing along. His flawless vocals sounded no different to his recording voice in the studio, leaving the audience stunned and content by the end of the whole weekend. The man himself posted on Twitter after the festival that his Wakestock crowd was the best he had experienced this summer, which is wonderful to hear! We sincerely hope he comes back again next year. Ed Sheeran was not the only performer on Sunday, of course; old time favorites The All-American Rejects enticed the rest of the festival over at East Tent performing classics from earlier last decade that everyone can’t help but love! The only moment that may not have

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pleased the audience was when front man Tyson Ritter announced their favorite place to have visited in England was Wales; to which he received a truckload of boo’s! This year really was the year of added bonuses; which truly made it a spectacularly memorable weekend. Not only were we blessed with added events and a higher number of performers, but Wakestock organizers took it upon themselves to make our weekend as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. The site itself was equipped with the three large stages as usual, but this year a rollerblading rink was included for extra fun factor! Not only that, but numerous food stalls, bars, shops and fairground rides lined the edges of the site giving us plenty to go and explore. A ‘shisha’ tent was even pitched in camp on Thursday night; entering the tent felt like stepping into another world with fabric lining the walls,

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cushions to lounge on and calming music being played. Speaking of campsites, this year the festival included a Girls Only camp for those interested as well as a Quiet Campsite for those wanting a bit of peace! VIP camping was also available with pitched tents and wooden Yurts. To top off all the extra additions, this year’s Wakestock was the first festival in the UK to ever use electronic wristbands. People were able to top up money on their bands before entering the site, as well as being able to sign into social networking sites for updates. Named the first “cashless festival” the UK has ever seen, Wakestock has made its mark in festival history; proudly putting our area on the map. It is the added touches this year which tied the whole experience together; reassuring us all that Wakestock is still a thriving festival with many more years of success up its sleeve!

have only just learnt to ride the Welsh Wakeboard Open is for you. It’s all about getting riders together and helping each other progress, learn new tricks and most importantly have fun and meet like minded people.

Learn how to Wakeboard Glasfryn Wakeparc host the WWA European Rail When the pros hit the lake, cable wakeboarding is a thrilling spectator sport. It is also the ideal way for total beginners to get into Qualifiers For the second year running, Glasfryn Wakeparc joined forces with Wakestock and hosted the Wakestock WWA European Rail Qualifiers which took place on Wednesday 4th July. Riders from all over the UK and Europe tried to win a limited number of wild card slots to enter the prestigious WWA Rail Europeans which was hosted by Wakestock on its infamous pool gap. The rail setup at Glasfryn Wakeparc consisted of three obstacles under the main System 2.0 cable. A UNIT pipe rail was installed especially for the occasion and it combined with Glasfryn’s flatbar and ‘Mystic Big Berg’ to create a very technical rail course. The standard of riding was exceptionally high and spectators witnessed a mind blowing demo from Nico Von Lerchenfeld which included an ollie onto the top rail of the ‘Big Berg’. An ollie higher than himself.

wakeboarding. Glasfryn Wakeparc and all the instructors are fully certified by the British Water Ski Federation (BWSF) and will make sure you learn in a safe, fun and friendly environment. Glasfryn Wakeparc is involved with the BWSF Cutting Edge initiative which is a programme targeted at getting children into the sport and progressing their skills through bronze, silver and gold standards. All gear is provided and to participate, children must be aged 8yrs+ and a competent swimmer. There are three lakes at Glasfryn Wakeparc and as well as wakeboarding you can also try your hand at kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding.

Welsh Wakeboard Open – Saturday 3rd November As well as hosting competitions that attract high profile riders, Glasfryn Wakeparc is also keen to encourage less experienced riders to get involved and enjoy the sport. The Welsh Wakeboard Open is such an event and is aimed at all standards of rider. This year the WWO will take place on Saturday 3rd November and will include three Sesitec System 2.0s cables, the Mystic Big Berg, the O’Shea Wall Rides, two kickers and the Slingshot Flatbar. The day event will be rounded off with a fireworks display and onsite party with live music acts. Entry and parking for spectators is free of charge all day and evening. The Welsh Wakeboard Open is a grassroots event so even if you 32

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ADMIT ONE Left Page: (top left) WILLIAM wears tractor polar hoodie by O’Shea £40, boys shorts by Hatley from Coastal Culture £12 (top right) WILLIAM wears basic polo by Hatley £16 and boys shorts by Hatley £12 both Coastal Culture / MIA wears Nordic bugs dress by Hatley from Coastal Culture (Bottom) LILY wears sian small check shirt from FatFace £35, navy pedal pusher chino by Superdry from Red 1 £52 / GEORGIE wears white heart knit jumper by LOVE from Red 1 £39, grey skinny jeans by Cheap Monday from O’Shea £49.99 This Page: (Left) TABI wears marsha gilet by Joules from Abersoch Boatyard £36.95, navy joddings by Joules from Abersoch Boatyard £21.95, roxy cream tee from Boardrider £15 / TOBY wears bad influence tee by Lost from Offaxis £19.95, quarter zip denim jumper by Abersoch Original Own Brand from Abersoch Boatyard £32, cargo shorts by Weird Fish from Abersoch Boatyard £25 (Below) ABI wears Charlie skirt by Motel Rocks from First Light £38, quick top by mbyM from First Light £26



(Top Left) WILLIAM wears blue whale raincoat £35 by Hatley from Coastal Culture, blue whale wellingtons £22 by Hatley from Coastal Culture, boys shorts by Hatley from Coastal Culture £12, basic polo by Hatley £16 from Coastal Culture / MIA wears Nordic bugs raincoat by Hatley from Coastal Culture £35 by Hatley from Coastal Culture, Nordic bugs wellingtons by Hatley from Coastal Culture £22 (Top Right) RHIANNON wears hardy shirt by Motel Rocks from First Light £38, premium jeans from Crew £75 (Middle Left) TOBY wears David polo by Joules from Abersoch Boatyard £29.95, shipwrecked trousers by Seasalt from Abersoch Boatyard £26 / TABI wears Neve polo by Joules from Abersoch Boatyard £24.95, navy joddings by Joules from Abersoch Boatyard £21.95 (Bottom Left) LILY wears pink burnout top by Superdry from Red 1 £30 / GEORGIE wears navy riding hood jumper by Superdry from Red 1 £73 (Middle right) LIONEL wears new York button down shirt by Superdry from Red 1 £57, vee /crew orange label knit by Superdry from Red 1 £42, straight leg jeans from Crew £65

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ADMIT ONE (Top Left) LILY wears shocking pink stadium hoodie by Superdry from Red 1 £57, black skinny jeans by Cheap Monday from O’Shea £49.99 / TABI wears roxy cream tee from Boardrider £15, seaweed skirt by Seasalt from Abersoch Boatyard £18 (summer ’12) / TOBY wears orange check shirt by Quicksilver from Boardrider £36, cargo shorts by Weird Fish from Abersoch Boatyard £25 / GEORGIE wears Gemma gilet from FatFace £72, grey skinny jeans by Cheap Monday from O’Shea £49.99, green Abersoch hoodie by Abersoch Original Own Brand from Abersoch Boatyard £19.95 (Top Right) Poise Shoes by Doc Martin from First Light (Bottom Left) From Left: SOPHIE wears Eva knit poncho by Numph from First Light £70, slim fit tank from FatFace £12, 5 pocket twill trouser from FatFace £42 / ABI wears frost scarf by Numph from First Light £35, quick top by mbyM from First Light £26, Ascot trousers from Crew £65 / LIONEL wears ss stripy Henley tee from FatFace £22, Aintree jacket from Crew £145, taylor ‘T’ jeans from Firetrap from Red 1 £70 / RHIANNON wears Meghan cardigan from Crew £70, premium jeans from Crew £75, Kimmi knit scarf by Numph from First Light £35 (Middle Right) TOBI wears red and black mixed fleece from Offaxis £57, brawn shorts by Joules from Abersoch Boatyard £21.95 / TABI wears pickle top by Joules from Abersoch Boatyard £12.95, marble jacket by Joules from Abersoch Boatyard £49.95, kitten hat by Quicksilver from Boardrider £18, navy joddings by Joules from Abersoch Boatyard £21.95






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Marine Conservation Zones What’s it all about?

Jessica Booth sheds some light on the Llyn Peninsula’s hotly debated topic As I write these words, I am sitting in Clwb Offaxis in the Pwllheli Marina. My son and husband are about to set off stand up paddle boarding. There are several swans gliding past along with several types of gull floating calmly in the grey waters. I am reminded of the special relationship this area has both with the water and with the wildlife here. In today’s modern world, the Llyn truly feels like an oasis of natural beauty. This summer saw the proposal for Highly Protected Marine Conservation Zones (HPMCZ) go to public consultation. The proposal is put forward by the Welsh Assembly Government (WG) on advice from Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and recommends that 3-4 out of 10 suggested coastal sites become a highly protected area of conservation. As four of the proposed sites are around the Llyn Peninsula, it is likely that at least one of these zones could be implemented near here. What does this mean for the local community and how will these areas of conservation impact both people and wildlife alike? First a little background. The Welsh Assembly government has a legal commitment to sustainable growth as a country. Their website has this statement on it: “We are committed to legislate on sustainable development in our Program of Government. Sustainability lies at the heart of the Welsh Government’s agenda for Wales; it also lies at the heart of this 44

legislative program. Taken as a whole, it will promote the economic, social and environmental wellbeing and enhance people’s quality of life in Wales. Our approach to sustainable development has been to focus on fairness, social justice and the protection of our outstanding culture and heritage. However, sustainability is more than just a green idea. It is about defining the long-term development path for our nation. It means healthy, productive people; vibrant, inclusive communities; a diverse and resilient environment and an advanced and innovative economy.” It is no surprise then that the Welsh Government has worked with the EU and local communities to put in place programs of both socio-economic and environmental sustainability. As part of its mandated commitment to sustainable policies, the Welsh Assembly Government want Wales to contribute towards the wider network which will be made up of European Marine Sites (Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs)), intertidal Sites of Special Scientific Interest, intertidal Ramsar sites, the Marine Nature Reserve at Skomer, plus the new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) which are the subject of consultation at this time. In Wales we already have a number of such sites covering approximately 75% of the coastline and 36% of territorial seas. The intention is for MCZs in Welsh waters to supplement our existing

sites. In order to determine the best possible sites, the WAG took advice from CCW. Looking at the Countryside Council for Wales information there has been an overall decline in certain aspects of marine life around the Llyn. From the CCW document about the marine reserves some factors include: extensive native oyster beds noted in historical records which have been lost and there has been a reduction in other shellfish and fish populations. Coastal development has led to the loss of coastal habitats and changes to natural sediment movement. Gas emissions are resulting in climate change and ocean acidification. The main objectives are as follows: CCW provided advice to the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) in 2006 outlining a suite of measures needed to facilitate recovery of maritime ecosystems and deliver sustainable management of the wider environment. CCW key priorities are : • Implementation of a Marine Spatial Planning system • Development of Marine Ecosystem Objectives • Improved Management of our European Marine Sites • Development of Highly Protected Marine Reserves • Managed realignment of appropriate areas of the coast In order to create areas that have the greatest chance of marine ecosystem

recovery, the highly protected model requires that many activities be stopped or modified for the benefit of the seabed and marine life. Such activities include anything deemed extractive, depositional, damaging or disturbing. These activities have been defined in the site selection guidance as follows: An extractive activity is defined as an act that involves the temporary or permanent removal or attempted removal, of any living organism or non-living material or natural feature from the marine environment. An exemption to this is the removal of man-made litter. This would include fishing, lobster potting and recreational fishing as catch and release is still considered extractive. A depositional activity is defined as an act that involves the laying down, movement or discharge of living or nonliving materials or substance into the marine environment. This includes deposit of materials such as rocks, gravel or sand, building of structures, and the release of any polluting or toxic or chemical substances, as well as the discharge of ballast, untreated human waste, biodegradable and industrial waste and the discard of fish offal and by catch. A damaging activity is defined as an act that potentially results in permanent or temporary physical harm or injury to species, or cause permanent or temporary

alteration to natural features within the marine environment. Physical damage would count as something which reduces an organism’s ability to operate in a natural manner or caused impact to the wider marine environment through the alteration or loss of populations or natural features. A disturbing activity is defined as an act that interferes with the normal functioning of populations beyond the natural variability of the ecosystem. Disturbing activities may result in short-term distress to a population or longer-term deterioration in the population’s fitness (for example its ability to feed or reproduce successfully). This means that as the document is written that there is a wide scope for activities that could be prohibited including diving, boating, anchoring, fishing, surfing etc. . . It says clearly in the consultation document that “this encompasses a number of different activities and there may be on- site and offsite impacts depending upon the nature and intensity of such activities. There will be direct impacts for some activities in particular anchoring, charter boats for fishing trips and scuba diving. There might also be dive activity associated with the wrecks in this area. There may be other impacts both on and off-site where activities may need to be managed/ restricted in line with the conservation objectives of a HPMCZ.” We are called on to examine our activities in the water carefully. As stakeholders (the

consultation document refers to sea users and local people with an interest in the sea as stakeholders), we have a responsibility to audit ourselves and our actions in the water. Is there any point in catching 30 mackerel just to throw them away? Who is enforcing the no scallop- dredging ban already in place? How are recreational users impacting sea life with boating, jet skiing or surfing? Maybe some of these actions are lowimpact, maybe some of them are not. It is up to us to take responsibility for how we use our waters. So how will this be put in place in the real world? Well I guess that is the big question! Speaking with locals, however, there seems to be something lacking in the planning of these MCZ. While great emphasis has been placed on the conservation data, the actual selection of these sites was down to a computer program. No socio-economic data was considered and local stakeholders only received a voice during the consultation period after the sites had already been selected. As the highly protected status is the most restrictive—this would impact fishing and recreational use. Locals of the Llyn have questioned how this will impact both businesses and tourists alike to the area. Of the many locals I spoke with, all agreed that conservation and a sustainable approach to their relationship with the sea was very important. However concerns were expressed over how these zones 45

important but isn’t convinced by the model suggested. He shares concerns that if this is implemented badly we could have the wrong people being penalized as a result. If sailors and tourists can’t actually use the water then why will they come here? These very points are the same ones raised by business after business, local after local. Responses to the consultation document have been published and some including one from the sailing club in Pwllheli clearly list the knock on effect that these zones could have on tourism, the need for clear scientific evidence as to the damage activities cause to be provided before making bans, and the need to Gwynedd council’s assessment that the local area will loose 2000 jobs and a loss of around £60 million pounds to be addressed. Even the Marine Conservation Society has agreed that the top down approach to the consultation process has been flawed. I think as a local stakeholder myself I have to agree that we should have been involved in this process from the start. However, here we are.

would be implemented and enforced. Claire Russell Griffiths from local community based group Cragen Llyn pointed out that there is no legal requirement for the marine zones to be highly protected, so why go for the most extreme option when there is no local data to show that these zones work. All of the science used to base the evidence for the MCZ comes from the global community such as Australia and the Channel Islands. Claire also points out that the selection of sites hasn’t been balanced when taking in all of the North Wales coast beyond the Llyn 60% of the proposed sites are in North Wales waters, 20% in Mid Wales and 20% in South Wales. The bright side is the threat to the local communities has really brought everyone together, with divers, sailors, business owners and tourists alike wanting to find a way to meet both the needs of the community and support the conservation of our waters. Cragen Llyn is a workable body as a community voice open to anyone who wants to be involved in conservation and working with local groups such as fisherman. Most of the criticism here is coming towards the Welsh Government. Claire asks, “How can that statement by Welsh Government possibly sit comfortably with the proposed 46

One exciting idea which has come out of the process is the proposal by the Welsh Fisherman’s association called Striking the Balance. This document suggests the idea of a multi-use Marine Conservation area where local stakeholders, especially local fishermen work with conservation groups to be stewards of the sea. Collecting scientific data and monitoring the waters. Enforcement would come from local groups and areas would find ways to meet both socio-economic and conservation needs. Local group Cragen Llyn and the RSPB have both supported this suggestion in principle. Maybe this is a way forward? But where does that leave the original proposal? I got in contact with CCW to see if there was more information to be had. As a Llanbedrog local I wanted to know first and foremost what would change for me. If you read the consultation document and the FAQ’s the answer can be hard to understand. As these zones haven’t been implemented in HPMCZ in Wales. There has been no sound real life we can’t say for sure how we will be scientific evidence produced to promote the able to use them. But here is what Dr. Mary need for a Highly Protected choice. There Lewis from CCW had to say: has been no socio-economics done to come up with the 10 sites even though their own 1. Will my children and I still be able to use legislation states it a factor. No regard to how Llanbedrog beach, build sand castles, collect we sustain our livelihoods in North Wales rocks or shells etc. . . ? And will activities with sustainable fishing etc. No community such as dog walking, kayaking, paddle engagement until the zones and model is boarding and swimming still be allowed? decided and we all have to fight to sustain our way of life. And no regards to our Many questions about activities in sites language in not translating the consultation are addressed in the Welsh Government’s Asked Questions which documents. The Welsh Government said Frequently that the consultation document was “too accompany the consultation. You may find technical”. But their own policy states that some questions in section C (e.g. C7, C8, a consultation paper should be read and C10 and C11) of particular interest. As understood by a 12 year old? ” In the end statutory nature conservation advisors, it Claire and many of the local community feel is CCW’s advice that none of the activities that if HPMCZ were implemented in North you refer to need to be excluded; playing Wales these would wipe out our heritage and on beaches, walking, building sand castles, traditional way of life, the way WE sustain swimming, etc, are all activities that could ourselves. We rely on tourism and the season continue. There may be some instances is short enough as it is. Clearly there is a where some sort of management might be foundation of mistrust in the process as it needed, for example, visitors may be asked has happened and a lack of faith that local not to take anything away from the beach and this could be addressed via a code of voices will be listened too. Local businessman and stakeholder, Jonny conduct. Examples of sorts of management Robinson also questions the process. measures, and instances when they may need He agrees that conservation is really consideration, can be found in Table C of

The four sites under proposal around the Llyn are: North Lleyn Peninsula/ Gogledd Pen Llyn Potential Site Option (3) This site is situated on the north side of the Lleyn peninsula, North Wales and is within the Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau SAC. The consultation area stretches along the shore from Penrhyn Cwmistir (southwest of Porth Dinllaen) to Porth Colmon and extends out to sea by around 4 km.

Bardsey Island/Ynys Enlli Potential Site Option (4) This site is situated off the southwest tip of the Lleyn peninsula and is within the Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau SAC. The consultation area includes the shores around the island and the surrounding waters out to a distance from the island of between 100 m and 1.7 km.

St Tudwal’s Island East and Llanbedrog / Ynys Ddwyreiniol Tudwal a Llanbedrog Potential Site Option (5) This site is situated in Tremadog Bay on the south side of the Lleyn peninsula, North Wales and is within the Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau SAC. The consultation area includes the shores and waters surrounding St Tudwal’s Island East northwards to Llanbedrog and Traeth Crugan. The boundary along the shore starts just north east of Trwyn Llanbedrog and extends to Marian-y-de at Pwllheli.

Mouth of the Dwyfor/ Aber Afon Dwyfor Potential Site Option (6) This site is in Tremadog Bay, on the south side of the Lleyn Peninsula, North Wales and extends across either side of the mouth of the Afon Dwyfor. It sits within the Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau SAC. It extends from the west end of Criccieth westwards almost 4 km along the coast and extends out to sea by a maximum of 2.3 km.

Turtle photography Annex 4 in the Welsh Government’s main consultation document. You asked about sailing and boating in your original enquiry. Boating and sailing are also activities that could continue. Questions have been raised about anchoring and mooring. Whilst we have advised that the dropping of anchors where they would damage seabed habitats should be discouraged in highly protected areas, there is considerable scope for working with site boundaries to identify safe anchoring areas, establishing permanent moorings and/or by the provision of fixed buoyant moorings of buoys which do not drag on the seabed. It has been stated by Welsh Government at public meetings that safety will always take precedence so obviously emergency anchoring would be permitted in accordance with international maritime practice.

the communities on Llyn and all over Wales over many issues, and we will continue to do so. CCW is committed to working with stakeholders to secure sustainable use of our seas now and into the future. In relation to highly protected MCZs, CCW has previously advised the Government that - effective stakeholder involvement from an early stage is essential if sites are to be understood and supported and if successful management measures are to be secured. It is also important to help minimize real and perceived conflict between ecological and socio-economic considerations and to help ensure that proposed sites will best meet the needs of society as a whole. 3. What is the next step after the consultation process?

The Welsh Government will decide on the 2. Will the community have a way to work next steps following the consultation. The with the CCW and Welsh Government current process is set out in page 8 of their to make sure both conservation and socio- main consultation document. economic needs are met? 4. Finally, I am aware the Welsh Fishermen’s The Welsh Government is leading this MCZ Association has just put forward the plan Project and will be making any decisions called Striking the Balance for an alternative on future engagement for the Project. As view of Marine Conversation Zones-- is this stated in the Welsh Government’s main something that CCW will be looking at? consultation document the main purpose of the current consultation is to gather views CCW is interested in all constructive and information about the potential sites. proposals for working together to improve CCW has a long history of engaging with the environmental status and sustainable 48

use of Welsh seas. In this regard the Welsh Fishermen’s Association proposal is welcome, as CCW Chairman, Morgan Parry commented in a recent Daily Post article. The topic of Highly Protected Marine Conservation Zones has roused an impassioned local response. It is my understanding however that while the current consultation process has been viewed as flawed by many parties, one thing positive that has come out of it is a unified community and an exciting dialogue about how to move forward with both socioeconomic and conservation goals in mind. As Dr. Lewis has shown, CCW is willing to work with the local communities and is open to ideas from various stakeholder groups. And there is nothing wrong with carefully looking at how we use these local waters. Maybe there should be places where we take nothing but memories and leave nothing but footprints. There may be scope within the idea of conservation zones to make the areas something that can benefit everyone, especially if local communities are given their voice and enabled to design the way they work within their own communities. Possibly going back to the start with a fresh pair of eyes, integrated community support and a clear list of goals for conservation are called for. The question remains to be seen, will the Welsh Government listen?

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Over the last two years there have been some big changes right in the centre of Abersoch. Many will have noticed the new bar which opened in 2010, Zinc, and now we have also renovated the beloved Abersoch Café into Zinc Café Bar and Grill. Sensation had a chance to sit down with owner Rob Middleton and Head Chef Phil Boyd and get some behind the scenes stories of this Abersoch landmark. Rob began his venture with the local favourite Aberosch Deli back in 2000, where he was renting the cellar of what was known in those days as Angelina’s 2 or Y Bwtri. The cellar was vital storage space for the deli, when the property was put up for sale Rob decided he had to purchase the building which then became known as the Abersoch Café in 2002. Rob says that at the time his main vision wasn’t of running the café but soon it became an essential part of the family. Over the years the vision and the dream came to turn the café and building next to it into something more. In 2010 The Zinc Bar opened offering a classic Wine Bar environment and one of the only places to go in the village to purely have a drink. Managed by Josh (Squash) Hatchard Zinc creates a very special atmosphere by focusing simply on the bar and the people. The bar itself has a strict over 21 policy creating a clearly stylish and adult space. There is a well rounded wine list, good selection of spirits and a balanced choice of draft beers along with Guiness, cider and bitter. The décor is a cross between boat house and New York loft with old oak floor boards, deep reds and lots of natural light. It is the sort of place that makes you want to dress up glamorously, perch on the seats outside and both see


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and be seen, as you do in Abersoch. Rob used the experience from the bar to redesign the café and grill. The newly refurbished dining room and outdoor seating areas are spacious and comfortable. Big comfy booths inside and big comfy chairs outside give ample seating space. Warm wood tones and red brick features invite you into the space while lots of big windows fill the room with natural light and fresh air. The outside terrace really makes the most of the beautiful harbour side location allowing diners to relax and watch the boats being launched or the early evening sunset. The café and grill managed by long standing employee Gemma Clayton is open for breakfast 9-12, lunch 12-3 and dinner from 6 pm. The breakfast and lunch menus are still the same freshly prepared café favourites. A proper full English breakfast or lunch favourites such as salads and toasted paninis. The baristas are still there making fresh coffees and teas for the Abersoch masses and the new bar means you can now enjoy a glass of wine with your meal. The evening menu has an easy classic American feel and being an ex-pat myself I took one look at the menu and it made me think of home. True essentials like buffalo wings, pecan pie, epic burgers and real ice cream milkshakes! That’s right the rumours are true this is the only place in town to get the real deal, super thick, straw standing, ice cream heaven of a proper milkshake. The emphasis is on quality ingredients prepared with care in a way that lets the food stand out. Head Chef Phil Boyd clearly puts his experience and passion for exceptional quality ingredients into each aspect of the menu.


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Phil hard at work in the Zinc kitchen

Sensation: How long have you been cooking Phil? Phil Boyd: Well, I started in my granddad’s butcher shop at around the age of 13 or 14. It was a family business so my dad was there too. I carried on working there through school and then got a job as a trainee chef in a hotel in Chester. Then I came to Abersoch for the summer with a job in the café kitchen—but ended up staying as Rob really looked after us, creating work all year round, now 8 years later here I am. Rob: 8 years, a wife, three children and a house in Llanbedrog later! Sensation: Yes, living the dream! Is it this background in butchery that has lead to your care with the meat selection on the menu? Phil: Yes, it is really important to start out with the best ingredients. We have both Welsh Black beef and Aberdeen Angus on the menu and a bone-in steak.

“It is really important to start out with the best ingredients” Sensation: What inspires you in the kitchen? Phil: You have to challenge yourself; any free time is spent keeping up to date with food trends, researching ideas. I was artistic in school and I like to bring that into the presentation and cooking I do. There is a great opportunity here, catering to so many people, and hearing good feedback is great. Ideally, I like to keep things simple and do each item really well. Letting the ingredients speak for themselves. Sensation: So, how do you find the time to do all this! I mean it is outstanding the day you put in—open breakfast, lunch and dinner! Phil: (LAUGHS) Well, it is challenging because of the opening hours, but you just grab any spare minute. We are in the process of finishing some changes to the menu for summer. Our plan is to have a menu change seasonally and then next year add some specials. Everything is still new and evolving at the moment and we couldn’t do it without the fantastic team in the kitchen. The other chefs include my brother Josh Boyd, who has been with us for 7 years and Laurent Gorce who joined at the beginning of the season. Sensation: Well, I can really respect how hard everyone works to get that plate of food to someone. Often as customers we don’t see the long hours behind the scenes, but clearly your happy team creates such a fun and easy work environment— that we wouldn’t as customers see anything but the fine finished product. 52

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Featured Recipe

Sirloin Steak with Thick Cut Chips, Rocket and Parmesan Salad and Peppercorn sauce.

Sourcing your steak is the most crucial part of this recipe, buy the best beef you can. Look for fat marbling and good deep dark colouring. We use thoroughbred breeds in the restaurant such as Aberdeen Angus or Welsh Black. Longhorn beef is particularly good but a little harder to find. Whichever beef you choose should be well aged, and dry aged at that. Usually 28 days is enough but 30 - 35 is better, this ensures the beef will be tender and dry ageing improves and concentrates flavour. Most supermarkets only age their beef for 14 days if at all, which is nowhere near enough. They use ageing techniques that reduce the amount of moisture lost in the beef so no profits are lost. So, the next step is to take your steaks out of the fridge a couple of hours prior to cooking. A tray of oil or fat needs to be placed into the oven at this point, then peel and slice the potatoes and par boil until just done, drain in a colander and gently shake to roughen up the edges, then carefully place the chips into smoking hot oil or fat and put back in the oven on about 200oC. For the peppercorn sauce melt 25g of butter in a pan with 35ml of good brandy, 1 tbsp of whole peppercorns and 1/2 tbsp of cracked black pepper, bring to the boil then stand back and light the liquid to burn off the alcohol and reduce the bitterness. Next, whisk in 100ml of concentrated beef stock or 1 good stock cube then 150ml of double cream, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, bring back up to the boil and take off the heat. After about 30mins the chips should be nearly done, so throw the steaks on a hot barbecue or into a smoking hot pan, season and keep turning the steaks as often as possible for a total of about 8 mins for medium rare. Once cooked, leaving the steaks to rest for 5 - 10 mins is crucial to let the meat relax, in this time, assemble the salad of mixed leaves, finely sliced red onion and Parmesan shavings, drizzle with olive oil and season both the salad and chips with rock salt and fresh ground black pepper. Then enjoy with a good bottle of Rioja

Ingredients Mackerel fillets Potatoes Whole chorizo Washed salad leaves Crème Fraiche Coriander Chives Flat leaf parsley Lemon juice Olive oil Salt and pepper


Ingredients 2x 10 oz Sirloin steaks Potatoes Whole peppercorns Cracked black pepper Brandy Beef stock Double cream Butter Rocket Thinly sliced red onions Parmesan shavings Salt and pepper

Mackerel fillet with potato and chorizo salad, and herb Crème Fraiche.

This is a simple little salad, with freshly caught mackerel plentiful at this time of the year. Perfect for the summer. To start, peel and dice the potatoes and chorizo to a similar size. Parboil the potatoes till tender and drain. Finely chop all the herbs together and mix with the Crème Fraiche, juice of a lemon then season with salt and pepper and refrigerate. Heat up a heavy based frying pan with a touch of oil and add the chorizo and potatoes, lightly season and show the pan plenty of movement until the potatoes have gained good colour. In the mean time heat another pan add a touch of oil and the mackerel fillets, season with salt and pepper and fry for 3 - 4 minutes, turn the fillets, then take the pan off the heat and set aside somewhere warm to rest. Finally arrange the salad leaves on the plate, something peppery like rocket, watercress or mizuno works really well, scatter the potato and chorizo cubes around the plate and lastly the mackerel on top drizzled with the herb Crème Fraiche. Perfect on a warm sunny evening with a bottle of Sancerre or Sauvignon blanc

Wine Recommendations For the Sirloin Steak with Thick Cut Chips

Steak and big fat chips, this is a dish to enjoy at home so spoil yourself with a bottle of red liquid loveliness. But which red to choose? Do you head to Argentina for a full bodied Malbec; some say it is the best wine to accompany a steak; or do you go Italian and open a bottle of amazing Amarone…decisions, decisions. Well listen, you have bought your steak from your local independent butcher and you need to do it justice, so how about choosing an Argentinean red which is made in homage to Amarone. “What can this wine be”, I hear you ask; well made by Bodega Renacer, the wine is called “Enamore”. Enamore, a Spanish word meaning “to fall in love” is made in the “Amarone style”, which means that after harvest, the grapes are left to partially air dry (a bit like the steak) by the winds of the Andes Mountains until they lose about 30% of their weight. The result is a concentrated wine, dark ruby red in colour, with supple flavours of ripe berries, raisins and plums. Sensual notes of exotic spices, charcoal and chocolate are seamlessly layered and will push your flavour buttons to overload. This is very much a “50 shades of Wine” experience for those who enjoy full bodied, ripe reds and who are looking for some passion and adventure in their lives! Bodega Renacer “Enamore” £19.99 a bottle, one taste you fall in love. Be warned it won’t be just the steak that’s sizzling!

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Wine gums - The son of a London sweetshop owner, Charles Gordon Maynard wanted to create a sweet that could be savoured like a fine wine. His ‘’wine gum’’ plan nearly backfired, however, as his father; Charles Riley Maynard was a strict Methodist teetotaller who threatened to expel him from the business for introducing wine to his products. However, then as now, the ‘’wine’’ label was merely a ruse: despite being named after port, sherry, champagne, burgundy and claret, the only flavourings wine gums contain are derived from fruit. Launched by Maynard’s in 1909, they now sell more than £40 million worth a year.

For the Mackerel fillet with potato and chorizo salad I love mackerel, we should all eat more of this healthy, oily (in a good way) fish and the way Phil has combined the fish with a potato and chorizo salad is excellent. You really must try this recipe at home. The dish has a real Mediterranean feel to it; I really feel that to do it justice, the wine needs to be as individual as the dish. Sometimes it’s good to slip out of your comfort zone. There is a simple, intangible but pleasant sense of discovery that comes with trying something new and for me; this is a significant part of the joy of wine. (Although it only works if the new is really good) So for me, the ideal partner for this superb dish would be a Sicilian Fiano, widely available, this aromatic white wine is full, round, dry and smooth on the palate with a fresh, crisp, citrus tingling acidity which works well with the mackerel and chorizo. A crisp Sauvignon or even a Gavi are worthy alternatives but it’s good to try new experiences so remember the name, Fiano, one of Sicily’s great white wines £8.99 a bottle, belisimo! The above suggestions are all widely available and, in my opinion, will work with the featured recipes. But as far as I am concerned, if it works for you, go with it and enjoy. As Galileo Galilee said “Wine is sunlight, held together by water” Cheers Dean

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There’s a new attraction on the Llyn, which opened up earlier this year and is relatively weather friendly and can be enjoyed by all the family. At the established Dragon Paintball Park in Llanystumdwy between Pwllheli and Criccieth, Paul Good and his team have set up a Segway experience along prepared trails, through woodlands. A Segway is a two-wheeled vehicle with computers and motors in the base of the device to keep it upright. A rider commands the Segway to go forward by shifting their weight forward on the platform and backward by shifting their weight backward. The Segway notices, as it balances, the change in its centre of mass, and first establishes and then maintains a corresponding speed, forward or backward. Gyroscopic sensors and fluid-based levelling sensors are used to detect the shift of weight. To turn, the user manipulates a control on the handlebar left or right. These innovative vehicles were first designed for use by the military to enable pack-laden soldiers to get around more easily. The version used by Paul and his team are the off-road X2’s with larger wheels and chrome protection bars. The intention is to provide a family activity which is different, fun, outdoors and attractive to visitors, and locals alike. Says Paul “while paintballing is great fun, it might not be to everyone’s tastes, so we looked for an idea that would work in this environment. We visited a number of Segway experiences and they all lacked a little something, that something we believe is the off-road experience which these vehicles bring.” So Sensation magazine tested the theory by taking a traditional family of four to the park to experience it themselves. Mum and Dad, Dave and Claire Arnold, daughter Charlotte and cousin Lucas agreed to be the guinea pigs and this is the story of their experience. Paul knew we were coming so he laid on a taster session of the range of different trails available to suit all riders. “We had two elderly riders – 72 and 73 years of age the other day and the age range runs from there down to 10 years old, so there’s something for everyone.” When we arrived there was another group just setting off and it was evident from the children’s reaction that there was an air of excitement there, tinged maybe with a little apprehension, the adults on the other hand were raring to go. Usual insurance disclaimer forms required signing, then each were kitted out with helmets and “gliding suits” and an initial instruction and demonstration session started. All four were then up and running 58


and practicing in the holding area while Paul assessed their capability. After no more than a couple of minutes Lucas was already zooming around in control and beaming, Dad was caught speeding and told to slow down, Mum was cautiously getting to grips with the controls quite easily and Charlotte was getting there albeit a little gingerly. It was time then to venture out onto the trails and off-road. Led by Paul the group were out into the woodlands getting used to the terrain and the controls, ensuring at all times that the wheels did not touch logs, walls etc as that immediately causes the Segway to lurch and probably throw the rider off the platform. After a few more figure of eights around the track it was off to attempt to manoeuvre through a number of obstacle courses starting with a slalom through wooden posts, then along a trail ducking under branches and avoid the foliage. With big grins and wide eyes it was clear that the family were enjoying the experience, but concentration is required at all times which Charlotte found when going around a log, just clipped it with her wheel and took a tumble. After dusting herself down, checking everything was in working order, including the Segway, she was back up on the platform completing the course. An obligatory victory photograph at the end and the experience was concluded. All agreed it was indeed an excellent afternoon:Dad – “that was brilliant, I’ve had a bad back so was a little worried how I would be able to cope, but after the induction I was full of confidence and will definitely try it again.” Mum – “I really enjoyed that, it was fantastic that we could all do something like that as a

family, a real treat.” Charlotte – “I wasn’t sure at first but started getting used to it. A pity I fell off but the man was nice and I will be better and more confident at it next time.” Lucas – “Awesome!” The Segway Park is situated within around 30 acres of scenic woodland. The Segways themselves are tough but easy to control and can be got to grips with quite quickly. There are trails suitable for juniors, families, seniors and there is also an adult rally trek available to persons over the age of 16. Booking is advisable as there are a limited number of Segways available and each trek lasts for either 30 or 45 minutes. We’ll leave the last word with Paul “when riders complete the treks we have what we

call the gliders smile on their faces. These Segway X2’s are sleek, tough and provide a unique off-road but smooth driving experience like no other and are designed to put a smile on your face. Just don’t ask me how much they cost or where you can get one – you really don’t want to know!” As new attractions go this is one of the best, with only significant rainfall affecting whether you can take part or not. Already there are stag and hen parties, birthday parties and corporate days out booked. When you have done it once you will want to try it again. Our thanks go to Paul and his team for their assistance and we wish them all the very best for the future of this new and exciting attraction.

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DID YOU KNOW THAT? Regular visitors to Abersoch may or may not have noticed on their travels the rich welsh heritage of the area lives on in the names of places and houses. With so many new property developments happening all the time, the new owners/property developers are strongly encouraged to name their house in Welsh to keep the language alive. The BBC wales website has a Welsh house name generator to help in such cases, and can be found at nameyourhouse Here are some translations of some common welsh words you may have seen around Abersoch, and a couple of things that you may not know...

Y’r Wylfa Hotel. This translates to ‘the lookout’ giving us a clue about the amazing view from the Wylfa hotel’s rooms!

Glanafon Garage. Often the first sight you’ll see when driving into the village. ‘Afon’ is welsh for ‘River’, and ‘Glan’ is a ‘bank’, so this is the Riverbank Garage.

Lôn Engan. Here ‘lôn’ means a road or lane, and ‘Engan’ Is the name of a Saint, who’s church can be found in the nearby village of Llanengan (who’s name means the church of St Engan). The church is said to have been built in the 15th or 16th century, and is part of the pilgrim’s trail to Bardsey Island. It is well worth a visit if you’ve an interest in medieval arcitecture. Cysgod Y Graig. ‘Cysgod’ is welsh for shadow, and ‘graig’ means rock, so this house is in the ‘Shade of the Rock’

Lôn Pont Forgan. As previously mentioned ‘lôn’ means a road or lane, and ‘pont’ is welsh for a bridge. ‘Forgan’ is a mutation of ‘Morgan’, So this is Morgan’s Bridge Road. 60


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The face of Abersoch is changing and that change is gaining in pace, but what is causing this shift and what are the consequences of such a change? Primarily the trend is that hotels are diminishing and that the requirement from visitors is for a different accommodation experience. Of course this is a generalisation and Abersoch still boasts some of the best serviced accommodation (the “new” term for all things, hotel, bed and breakfast, etc) available in the area, but there is no doubt that there is a shift in accommodation provision. In the recent past the following establishments, for one reason or another no longer provide traditional hotel rooms – Bron Heulog, Deucoch, Neigwl, White House, Harbour and a number of bed and breakfast places. In addition we know that planning permission for house building has been applied for at The Riverside – more of this later. On the other side of the equation, only Venetia in the village has bucked the trend and opened new bedrooms in its “restaurant with rooms” style accommodation. Other existing establishments have upgraded their accommodation and refurbished their rooms too, but the overall number of new available serviced accommodation bedrooms remains small. There is significant evidence to show that the number of holiday lets available in the market has increased substantially. The question therefore is whether this trend is driven by customer demand for a different holiday requirement or visitors driven to this change in accommodation by reduced availability of hotel bedrooms. Speaking to Jane Grant of Abersoch Holiday Homes, she believes the trend is consumer driven. “Many visitors are now looking for that extra degree of flexibility that self catering can provide. Families that may be dispersed around the country – or countries – can come together under one roof and catch up over family dinners, barbeques etc. On a single fortnight booking any number of additional visitors may come down for a few days or 62

a long weekend. On the flip side of the coin we are getting an increasing number of property owners who are venturing into the letting market for the first time. Whether it is the economic climate, the increased cost of maintaining a second property or a change in family circumstances, we are including more properties on our books.” Anyone considering letting their property for the first time need to ensure they do their homework first, as Jane says “We always explain the legal, insurance and regulatory requirements before a letting is marketed as well as the important requirements that potential visitors are now looking for – quality furnishings and decoration, allowing dogs and of course WiFi.” The increase in regulation could also be a reason why some hoteliers are ceasing the business, as John Gosling, Chair of Abersoch and Llyn tourism and proprietor of Goslings in the village, explains “more and more of the regulators are placing the responsibilities onto the hotel owners - fire, food hygiene, health and safety. The regulators set ever changing guidelines and then abdicate responsibility to the owners. I could have plastered the front windows with all the certificates I need to run this business.” For Martin Lewthwaite of Beresford Adams the primary estate agent in the village which also lets local properties, the flexibility is also key, “It seems people no longer wish to stay in more upmarket style hotels in Abersoch, possibly due to the expense, so the existing hotels need to rely on short breaks and a high standard of food they serve and the ambience they create i.e. Plas Bodegroes is still very popular. People now want a more relaxed atmosphere and freedom to do what they want and a self catering holiday gives them this freedom, especially with young children.” In Martin’s view it’s not just the economic climate, but the weather climate too that has an effect “The present economy has a lot to do with the change in visitor attitude, but mainly it is the weather, it must be the worst summer on record. The

3 stars to no stars: Below - the neigwl as it was only a year ago. Right - The neigwl today, undergoing a major overhaul being converted into a private residence. Above Left - The White House Hotel back in the 80’s when it was still a bustling busy hotel. Above Right - The White House as it stands today; a derelict and wildly overgrown shadow of it’s former glory.


previous five July/ Augusts have been poor and I think people have taken a view to book a holiday abroad to hopefully guarantee the sunshine. The euro is now weak to the pound so they may be getting more value for money and the sunshine thrown in!” This change in accommodation emphasis also has a knock-on effect for the businesses in the village and surrounding area. The village has been relatively quiet in the early evening and this is not just about the fact that fewer visitors have been seen this year because of economic and weather influences, it also reflects the fact that families are self catering and are likely to be cooking or barbequing for themselves. Put aside the weather aspect, the fact that self catering is seen as economically more attractive to many over standard hotel room rates, it then stands to reason that many will cater for themselves rather than go out to eat. This has an implication for restaurants and bars which then need to cater for this change of attitude. Back to Jane Grant “another trend we are seeing develop is that of take away eating. While the facilities are there to cook many take an opportunity to get take aways to enable the traditional meal maker to have a holiday as well.” The reduction in hotels is, maybe at first, surprisingly, not welcomed by Jane, “we need good quality and attractive hotels in Abersoch, they bring welcome marketing and new visitors to the area. Once people come here they are hooked, they then come back again and again, sometimes back to the hotels, sometimes camping, sometimes self-catering and even sometimes

purchasing. The hotels are integral to the overall mix of available accommodation for visitors so we are concerned by the reduction in the numbers, and hope that the plans for the White House come to fruition.” John Gosling also has a view “we all need to be realistic about the economic capability of the potential visitor and constantly look to ensure we do not price people out of their desire to come here. The season is longer now than it has ever been with many coming down outside traditional school holidays for long weekends and short breaks etc. so the historic requirement to make hay in the weeks of July and August need not be as crucial. That being said the school holiday periods are still where we are the busiest and we have to ensure we market and price our business appropriately.” So what is happening to the actual buildings that used to provide the hotel beds? The Neigwl as we can see is being transformed back into a private residence, the White House stands derelict amid rumours abound about its future. It’s a similar story with The Harbour Hotel and while The Riverside still provides accommodation, rumours too persist about its future direction. Sensation magazine decided to try and get beneath the surface of all these rumours and find out what the reality is and where the plans are. It has to be said that at the time of print, the following aspects were correct, but as we all know on occasions developments can happen at a rapid rate, so we try and report the facts as we know them at the time of writing.

The Harbour Hotel. The current building is run down and as a prominent site along the village’s one-way system detracts from the overall attractiveness of the locality. There are plans being discussed to create a community and care facility for elderly residents of the area. The idea is to split the proposal into two main components, a nursing home with around 50 bedrooms providing care for elderly and dementia suffering patients. In addition a number of “assisted living” apartments where care can be provided when required, sharing a number of the facilities with the nursing home. The existing building would be demolished and a new building created that would “fit well into the townscape and environment.” There would also be a “drop-in” facility that can be used for visiting specialists to hold clinics for the local residents. It is anticipated that some 30-40 jobs could be created. At the time of writing Sensation magazine understands that a planning proposal along these lines is likely to find general approval, but there is a current stumbling block in finding sufficiently qualified local healthcare professionals to be able to run the establishment. Discussions continue and any developments on this will be reported in future editions and of course on






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The White House Hotel Currently this iconic building to the entrance of the village is in a really dilapidated state and the subject of widespread speculation and rumour about its future. At an open meeting in the Village Hall in early August the developers outlined their plans to anyone interested in seeing them, and those plans are quite dramatic. The plan is to create a modern looking steel and glass structure housing 42 hotel rooms, 18 apartments, a health spa and gym together with a high quality restaurant and bar facility. Initial planning approval will be sought in September this year and further consultation will take place with local residents, businesses and council planners. No specific date has been put in for completion at this stage but an estimated opening around the early part of 2016 is being planned for. Clearly the design concepts will not please everyone, there’s hardly ever a new building that pleases everyone, but given the current state of the site something needs to be done and as soon as possible. The new White House Hotel could provide significant opportunities for the local community, with new jobs being created (around 75/80 initially expected) and new business opportunities on offer for service suppliers, this development could provide a significant boost to the local economy for years to come. There are significant hurdles to overcome, discussions to be had, plans to be drawn and redrawn but at least it now seems that the journey has started at last on this project. Abersoch Sensation magazine will continue to monitor and report developments and up to date information will be made available on the www.AbersochLife. com website as it happens.


Innovative Architecture: Top left, middle left, below left, and top right are all extracts from the plans for the proposed building that will take the place of the one we see now. Below - The Riverside Hotel; if plans go ahead could this be the next big change to the village’s familliar buildings?

The Riverside Hotel Planning application has been submitted to redevelop the site into houses, flats and a retail outlet. As we understand it part of the application includes building on land to the rear of the plot which is currently outside the building line. Additionally the planners will require a significant proportion of the development to be made available for “affordable housing” the definition of which is a price tag of up to £120,000 and available only to those that have lived within a 10 mile radius for a minimum of five years. A retaining wall would have to be built alongside the riverbank to prevent encroachment and the properties would be raised with parking facilities underneath.



Ty Gwyn, Abersoch

A little taste of the properties available in the Abersoch area Abersoch has a rich assortment of stunning individual properties, many with unrivalled views and that all important beach chic which is a must for any dicerning home buyer who wants to get the most out of their seaside retreat. Whether it’s a cute little semi or a pimping little palace with your own path down to the beach, Abersoch and the surrounding villages has properties for all tastes and wallets.

Path To The Beach TY GWYN, ABERSOCH Price On Application Ty Gwyn is an exceptional detached arts and crafts coastal residence in one of the most prestigious locations on the headland of Bwlchtocyn. Set within secluded garden of some 1.5 acres with


stunning and uninterrupted panoramic views of Cardigan Bay towards the Snowdonia Mountain Range and Abersoch main beach and Golf course. There is the added benefit of a private path providing access to the beach.

The property has been in the same family for over 40 years and was constructed in the late 1930’s of individual appearance with significant architectural features giving charm and character. Subsequent updates to the property have retained as many original features as possible including oak flooring, architraves and internal doors. Ty Gwyn is constructed of white painted stucco rendered brick walls with gabled roof of Cornish slate. The property is approached over it’s own cattle grid down a long driveway with extensive well established gardens which provide considerable privacy from neighbouring properties yet within walking distance of the beach either via the road or using Ty Gwyn’s pathway access to the beach.

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DOL LLYS, LON HAWEN, ABERSOCH. Offers in the region of £330,000 This is a beautiful traditional and spacious semi-detached property with off road parking for up to three vehicles/boat and a garage, located in this peaceful crescent on the periphery of this ever popular village of Abersoch. The property is centrally heated with electric radiators on option 14 tariff (14 hours at cheap rate) fully double glazed and is within walking distance of the beach, shops, restaurants and pubs. An internal inspection is a must to appreciate what Dol Llys has to offer, you will not be disappointed !

Ty Gwyn is listed as Price On Application via Beresford Adams, Abersoch. 01758 713819

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Dol Llys is looking for offers in the region of £330,000. Available through Yale & Hemmings, Pwllheli, 01758 612233


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Home The Lleyn Peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty with a choice of fantastic beaches in The Good Beach Guide. Sailing, wakeboarding, surfing, fishing, horse riding, golf, clay shooting, diving, karting, archery, ten-pin bowling, cycling, walking and so much more are all available locally. What better way to spend quality time away from home than to rent a stunning selfcatering retreat for your holiday.

Islands and Cardigan Bay. The grounds include a hard tennis court and croquet lawn. Beach huts are also available for rent, located on Abersoch Main Beach, at £100 to residents, £140 to nonresidents. Private parking - but you really won’t need your car once you’ve arrived, the location is so great. Group catering and pampering packages can also be organised at the house.

5-star development including outdoor swimming pool & jacuzzi, tennis court, a gymnasium as well as its own private fishing lake. Luxury lodge with One master king size with ensuite shower. One double and one with adult size bunks. Family bathroom. Open plan kitchen including fridge freezer, washing machine, microwave, dishwasher cooker with gas hob. Spacious open plan lounge with plasma TV, and DVD. Decking area with patio furniture. Private hot tub. No pets.

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HAULFRYN HOUSE, ABERSOCH Haulfrynrental House prices from £475 weekly (Dovecote Cottage) to £3,550 (House). Sleeps 6 - 24 with a Friday changeover. Shorter breaks are available. Contact 01625 262571 bookings@haulfrynhouse. Web Follow Haulfryn on Facebook - become a HAULFRYN HOUSE, ABERSOCH From fan of Haulfryn and stay up to date on all the latest news! £475 per week (Dovecote Cottage) Wonderful in summer and ideal as a relaxing haven all year round, Haulfryn House is superbly situated, tucked away in a quiet location, yet within 200 metres of Y NODDFA LUXURY LODGE PARK. Abersoch village shops and restaurants. From £299 (short break) - £1,100 (One The accommodation comprises “The week peak season) House” (sleeping 12) and two adjoining selfcontained apartments “The Patio” and “The Set amongst a delightful woodland Dovecote” (sleeping 6 each). All individual glade, this carefully planned in design, with fantastic sea views over the park occupies beautiful rolling dunes, Abersoch moorings, St Tudwal’s countryside with tranquil views. A

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Lovely Lovely chalet chalet on on the the luxury luxury holiday holiday home home park, park, The The Warren, Warren, Abersoch. Abersoch. Just Just 50 50 yards yards from from the the beach beach with with partial partial sea sea views. views. Sleeps Sleeps 66 guests guests in in 33 bedrooms bedrooms and and benefits benefits from from all all on-site on-site leisure leisure facilities facilities including including indoor indoor and and outdoor outdoor pools. pools.

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Individually Individually designed designed house house located located in in the the picturesque picturesque village village of of Llanbedrog. Llanbedrog. Fabulous Fabulous open open plan plan lounge, lounge, kitchen kitchen and and dining dining with with balcony balcony with with sea sea views. views. Sleeps Sleeps 66 in in 33 sumptuous sumptuous bedrooms bedrooms with with 22 en-suites en-suites and and aa family family bathroom. bathroom. Wireless Wireless broadband broadband included included and and dogs dogs welcome. welcome.

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Beautifully Beautifully presented presented cottage cottage overlooking overlooking Abersoch Abersoch harbour harbour beach. beach. Elegant Elegant patio patio and and terraces with breathtaking views. terraces with breathtaking views. Only Only 22 minutes minutes walk walk to to Abersoch Abersoch village village and and beaches. beaches. Sleeps Sleeps 88 guests guests in in 44 elegant elegant bedrooms. bedrooms.

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Spacious Spacious and and well well presented presented holiday holiday home home enjoying enjoying both both stunning stunning panoramic panoramic sea sea views views towards towards Abersoch Abersoch and and far far reaching reaching countryside countryside views over the Llyn Peninsula. Just a short views over the Llyn Peninsula. Just a short walk walk to to Abersochs Abersochs popular popular shops, shops, restaurants restaurants and and beaches. beaches. Large Large rear rear balcony. balcony. Sleeps Sleeps 88 in in 44 spacious spacious bedrooms. bedrooms.

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Abersoch is renouned for its awesome variety of events that take place throughout the year. Here’s a taster of what to expect and dates to put in your diary.

June 30th - 5th July - SQUIB NATIONALS - The Yacht Club will once again be host to some amazing competitions throughout the 2013 season. Be sure to check out th action on the water to see some awesome sailing on display.


October 20th - 21st - NORTH WALES OPEN SURF COMP - The annual surfing event held at Hell’s Mouth or alternative location depending THE RLNI NEW YEAR’S DAY SPONSORED SEA DIP ALL PHOTOS BY TOTALLY ABERSOCH July 2013 on the surf. For information visit July 21st - 26th SCYC DINGHY WEEK – The great beach and prefect dinghy conditions combine to make Cardigan Bay the premier family orientated dinghy regatta on the UK calendar. Check out for more information

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Annual Open Golf Competition at Abersoch Golf Club Great Raft Race, Abersoch main beach Sandcastle Competition Best Dressed Beach Hut Comp & Abersoch Sailing Regatta August 13th - 17th - SCYC MIRROR WEEK August 18th - 19th SCYC - RS FEVA OPEN August 20th - 24th – SCYC KEELBOAT WEEK August 24th - ABERSOCH MACKERAL RACE on the Main Beach – A great event for all ages that get people out on the water and raise money for charity.

July 28th - 3rd August -ENTERPRISE NATIONALS -

August 2013

New years dip Eager young dippers!



The theme for this year’s RNLI sponsored sea dip was ‘The Olympics’ and we certainly weren’t disappointed by the wide variety of imaginative interpretations of the theme. Spirits were high on the day despite the bitter cold, and approximately 450 brave souls took the freezing cold plunge in support of the RNLI. This New Year’s day dip was the busiest yet with a fantastic turnout, the beach was transformed in just a few hours from its usual winter state of deserted chilly tranquility to being busier than the hottest day in August. Upon returning to the village the spectators and dippers swarmed to the ‘Vaynol Shack’ (Which takes the place of Cadwaladers in the winter months) for bacon butties, and they were a little more prepared than last year having not predicted the sheer number of hungry Abersochians craving a hot pick-me-up.

January 1st - ABERSOCH RNLI SEA DIP - Over 300 people are expected to hurdle over the waves into the sea, supported by around 2,000 spectators. Any queries can be addressed to All wetsuited up for the cold water

August 5th - 10th -ALBACORE NATIONALS - August 5th - 10th - SQUIB WELSH OPEN & SEABIRD OPEN WEEK - August Tues 6th Sat 10th - ABERSOCH REGATTA - Includes Crab Catching Competition - Abersoch Harbour

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August 16th - 17th - GLASS BUTTER BEACH FESTIVAL – Surfing, skateboarding, wakeboarding & BMX along with big bands & DJs, funfairs & camping with the most spectacular view. A lot of fun (when the weather’s good!) -

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1/2. Volvo and NatWest 2 Day Medal - Gents 9 Geraint (Bank) Davies Memorial Trophy - Gents 13 Jill Coster Salvers - Ladies 16 Jack Smith Memorial Trophy - Gents 20 Wooldridge Cup - Ladies 29 Annual Coffee Morning 29 Winter Mixed Greensomes 30 Bennar Cup - Gents


11 Barbara Wragg Trophy - Ladies 21 Pro’s Prize Medal - Gents 25 Halloween Stableford - Ladies


22 Norwegian Stableford - Ladies


2 Deucoch Cup - Gents 9 Christmas Fayre Medal - Gents 27 Founders Mixed Greensomes


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Jackie is working hard cooking your takeaways!

Toby, Fintan and Milo

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All tucked away for the night

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Zac and Jacob

Zinc chefs

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Concentrating hard being arty at Biscuit

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Dave and Tom working hard

Ruth is loving life behind the bar at the Riverside!


Abersoch’s Largest Free House now in its 4th year

WiFi - Patio - Pool Table Large Selection of Lagers, Beers, Wines & Spirits Try our 100% Chucksteak Burger Menu or our Olympic All Day Breakfast Food served from 12:30 - 8:30pm New for 2012 Shmoo Milkshakes Also available for Birthday Parties etc

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Lovely Gemma and Matt

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Edina and Patsy from Ab Fab! (Ab being short for Abersoch - darling!)

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Josh having the day off enjoying someone else’s cooking for a change!

Jager bombs at the Vaynol

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Drinks and smiles at the Vaynol

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Happy days in Abersoch

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Les, Vicky and friends chilling in the bay

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Pottsy, Mrs P Diddy and the girls looking cool as ever

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Oliver and Dominic doing a spot of fishing

Phil Brown and family still smiling despite a poorly hand

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Matt Sandford and family enjoying time on the water


1 THE COCONUT KITCHEN, Abersoch 01758 712250 Favourite Thai restaurant by the harbour. 2 THE DINING ROOM, Restaurant 01758 740709 Great food in a central Abersoch location 3 PLAS BODEGROES, Pwllheli, 01758 612363 Delightful Georgian Manor House, elegant bedrooms & lovely grounds. 4 ABERSOCH DELI & ZINC BAR & GRILL, Lon Pen Cei, Abersoch. 01758 713456 Breakfast, lunches, daytime snacks & evening meals. 5 PETAL A POT TEAROOMS, Ty Mawr 01758 713098 6 THE TWNTI, Rhydyclafdy, 01758 740929 Fantastic fish restaurant near Pwllheli 7 TREMFAN HALL, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli 01758 7140169 Delicious Food, Great Atmosphere & Stunning Views. 8 VENETIA Stunning Restaurant with rooms in the centre of Abersoch - 01758 713354 9. EGRYN TASTE, Lon Sarn Bach, Abersoch, LL53 7EE Tel: 01758 712332 Web: Egryn Taste offers freshly made soups, pates, salads, pizzas, gourmet steak and chicken burgers, fish and steakstones. 10 FLIPSIDE CAFE, Up the hill by Land & Sea 01758 712772 Coffee, Tea, Cakes Sandwiches & Ice Cream 11 BLADES CAFE, 3 High Street, Abersoch 01758 713158 Licensed Cafe seeling lots of great food 12 ANGORFA BREAKFAST CAFE, High Street, Abersoch 01758 712967


13 GOSLINGS, Abersoch 01758 712526 4 star guest accommodation with stunning views. 14 PORTH TOCYN HOTEL, Bwlchtocyn. 01758 713303 Continuous entry in the Good Food Guide since 1957 15 VENETIA, Abersoch 01758 713354 Stunning Restaurant with Rooms 16 ANGORFA Bed & Breakfast, HIgh Street, Abersoch 01758 712967. 17 THE OLD RECTORY Boduan, Pwllheli, 01758 721519. Five Star Country House Bed & Breakfast with Self Catering Cottage.


18 ABERSOCH HOLIDAY HOMES, 01758 740992 Stunning holiday properties

to rent in the village 19 Y NODDFA LUXURY HOLIDAY PARK Rhosfawr, Pwllheli. 01766 819098. Luxury Lodges for sale & to rent. 20 YALE & HEMMINGS 27 Penlan Street, Pwllheli 01758 612233. Estate Agents, Property Valuation, Structural Surveys, Rentals, Planning Applications. 86

21 DEUCOCH CARAVANS, 01758 713293 Family friendly run caravan & camping site near Abersoch. 22 SELECT HOLIDAY RENTALS, 01928 711671 Specialise in management of self catering holiday accommodation in North Wales 23 HAULFRYN HOUSE, Abersoch Beach Road, Abersoch. 01625 262571 Stunning house of great charm. Sleeps 6 - 24 overlooking Abersoch Bay 24 MENAI HOLIDAY COTTAGES 01248 430258 Fabulous self catering holiday cottages in North Wales 25 GWYNFRYN FARM HOLIDAYS Pwllheli, 01758 612536. Organic Farm where 12 converted farm buildings have been transformed into quality luxury cottages.


26 ZINC BAR, Lon Pen Cei, Abersoch 01758 712880 Open every day, 5pm until late.

27 SANDPIPER FREEHOUSE, Abersoch, 01758 713181 Abersoch’s Largest Freehouse now in it’s fourth year

28 THE SHIP INN Llanbedrog, 01758 741111. Freshly prepared food & great beers. New outdoor dining area. 29 THE VAYNOL ARMS, Lon Pen Cei, Abersoch. Great Pub, Great Food, Great Atmosphere. Check out Buscuit too.


30 ALCATRAZ, High Street Abersoch 01758 712293. Great women’s fashion. Clothes, handbags, shoes & accessries. 31 FLIPSIDE JEWELLERY Aber Uchaf, Abersoch 01758 712772 Jewellery, handmade on the premises. Commissions undertaken. 32 PRESENT THOUGHTS Lon Pen Cei, Abersoch 01758712646 Inspirational and unusual gifts, Abersoch merchandise, fun beach goods, unique home decor and a range of jewellery and accessories. 33 TURTLE PHOTOGRAPHY Aber Uchaf, Abersoch 01758 713641 Landscape & seascape gallery, prints, postcards, framed pictures, photo restoration 34 WEST COAST SURF Lon Pen Cei, Abersoch 701758 Surfboards, wakeboards, windsurfing kit, wetsuits, clothing and footwear. Mail order and surf check. 35 OFFAXIS Glanafon Garage, Lon Engan, Abersoch, LL53 7HP 01758 713 407 Web: Offaxis is a leading supplier of wakeboards, wetsuits and surfboards. Run by boarders for boarders. 36 ABERSOCH GARDEN CENTRE Ty Mawr, Abersoch 01758 713098 Gardeners mecca, come and visit our extensive range of garden accessories, water features and displays. 37 HIDEAWAY BOOKS High Street, Abersoch 01758 701022 Books, gifts, jewellery, beach stuff and much more. 38 FIRST LIGHT High Street Abersoch 01758 713830 Clothing for men & women, jeans, hoodies etc stock HOWIES & clothes made with organic cotton. 39 CHUCKBUDDIES, Abersoch 07812 059726 40 LAVENDER HOUSE Bron y Berth, Penrhos 614343 Extensive showrooms, country furniture, stockists of brass beds, antique furniture, will deliver

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An Ode To Abersoch By Matty Shaw, 12 years old

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Oh Abersoch, Your beautiful waves Crash against the golden sand The sound of the cue ball Lets me know I’m alive The village buzz excites me The sandy toes vanish in my shoes Pulling up is arriving in heaven The un-leavable place Will go on for eternity The friendly people touch my heart Like no one has before Happiness tingles through my veins Oh Abersoch Please don’t let me leave

Traditional British Game Shooting set in the Heart of the Beautiful Llyn Peninsula

Releasing our 2012/13 Dates Single pegs to join our SyndicatesWed 10th Oct

75 Birds

£250 per gun

Sat 13th Oct

150 Birds

£500 per gun

Sat 20th Oct

150 Birds

£500 per gun

Wed 24th Oct

75 Birds

£250 per gun

Sat 3rd Nov

150 Birds

£500 per gun

Wed 7th Nov

75 Birds

£250 per gun

Sat 10th Nov

150 Birds

£500 per gun

Sat 24th Nov

150 Birds

£500 per gun

Wed 5th Dec

75 Birds

£250 per gun

Sat 22nd Dec

150 Birds

£500 per gun

Sat 19th Jan

150 Birds

£500 per gun

Wed 23rd Jan

75 Birds

£250 per gun

Sat 26th Jan

150 Birds

£500 per gun

Breakfast, Transport & 4 course meal included

150 Bird Driven Days Only remaining date - October 27th £5000 team

Walked Up Mondays

for full team of 6 or single guns - £125 per gun

Driven Woodcock & Snipe January 2013 - £2000 per day

Simulated Game Days & Simulated Practice Available throughout the summer months

Bodfuan Shoot Ltd, The Shoot Lodge, Bodfuan , Pwllheli, Gwynedd North Wales LL53 6DT

Tel: 07920 517 289

Abersoch Sensation Magazine Autumn 2012  
Abersoch Sensation Magazine Autumn 2012  

Abersoch's ultimate guide and essential read.